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I was so excited to photograph Rick and Rose’s Almonry Barn wedding. Somerset is my home and one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the area – in the country – is right on my doorstep. Almonry Barn is of course the perfect setting for a pretty English country-styled wedding, so when rick and Rose approached me to be their photographer, of course I jumped at the chance. October was a particularly mild month and so their wedding photographs could easily have been take on an overcast summer’s day. Rose looked stunning and was the perfect compliment to the utterly stunning floral decor about the barn. The tables were adorned with an abundance of single stems in a variety of pretty vessels, with candles and bird cages adding to the pertty English Country styling.

Almonry Barn was the setting for the recent `A Beautiful Way` fine art wedding photography workshop; A girl from a rural Italian village meets an English boy and falls in love. Olivia and Anthony have been away from each other for the last month. The day begins with Olivia getting ready, sitting on an antique chair in the shade of a tree in the orchard, having quiet time to herself. Soft fabric, tulle, a handmade lace robe, calmness and peace – with all her pretty details.

Anthony has sent a wedding day love letter for Olivia to read before the ceremony. She sits quietly, looking down, reading.

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The second part in my installment of blogs from the `A Beautiful Way` workshop focuses on the bride and groom prep. Set at Almonry Barn, with a whole host of talented wedding vendors. The day was a little overcast, yet warm enough to mooch around the grounds of The Almonry Barn, photographing the bridal prep; excellent model Rachel as she reads through the love letter sent by her husband to be.

My personal aims for the course were to fine-tune the way in which I plan my day for each individual wedding. I have come away with a few excellent ideas for creating a set of photographs which cover a full range of ideals that couples are likely to have; Bridal prep will become a thing of two parts – during the first hour, I will concentrate my efforts on details and setting the scene. When the hair and make-up are near completion, this is when i`ll fit in a bit of time for some documentary shooting, before finishing off the morning prep with a set of portraits. This means that my brides can feel relaxed and focussed until they are ready, saving on any unnecessary rushing about.

Workshop | A Beautiful Way

Mentor | Naomi Kenton Photography

Mentor | Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography

Venue | Almonry Barn

Dress and Accessories | Lady Evelyn

Flowers | The Rose Shed

Stationery | Gemma Milly

Ribbon | Lancaster & Cornish

Shoes | Harriet Wilde

Make Up | The Barn

Hair | Louise Alway

Model | Rachel Hayton

I am based in Somerset, just a stone’s throw away from Almonry Barn wedding venue in Muchelney (a small village between Yeovil and Taunton). Almonry Barn is a new wedding venue in an 800 year old barn! The almonry barn is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, as part of Muchelney Abbey and was used by the monks to give alms to passing travellers and pilgrims.

Almonry Barn is close to the town of Martock, in which you’ll find The Hollies hotel – an ideal place to get ready for your big day!

With it’s beautiful, light dedicated ceremony room, Almonry Barn ceremonies are serene, comfortable and spacious.

The large dining area within the main part of Almonry Barn allows for your wedding theme to shine in full splendor among the rustic barn walls.


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