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Bartholomew Barn Wedding Photography

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Updated for 2020

bartholomew barn wedding photography

Bartholomew Barn Wedding Photography


‘I hope the weather holds out for the egg and spoon race!’ is not a sentence you hear very often as a wedding photographer. But it was apt for the wedding of Katy & James – If I ever talk about creating teams for your wedding games it came from this wedding.

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Wedding games at Bartholomew Barn

Wedding at Bartholomew Barn

Set within the rolling Sussex Downs, Bartholomew Barn is a refurbished Grade II listed barn, it was a relaxed and happy event for everyone. They had planned the day down to a tee, including games, but as everyone prepared for the Bartholomew Barn wedding ceremony to begin, the grey clouds threatened to spoil the fun…

Katy, her family, bridesmaids and close friends got ready at a beautiful house in Bognor Regis, rented especially for the occasion, so that everyone could be together during the morning wedding preparations. It’s really rare for me to arrive and the bride to be ready to go, but Katy already had her hair and make-up done and all that was left to do was slip on the wedding dress. I’ve got to say, it was a great game plan – It meant she could relax, joke around and help her bridesmaids and no one had to worry about being late – It was a stress free zone!

Wedding at Bartholomew Barn

Wedding in the Sussex Downs

When we arrived at Bartholomew Barn we were totally captivated by this venue's idyllic setting, perhaps we should have guessed with a wedding in West Sussex, but the weather started to turn. We watched as people dashed from their cars clinging onto umbrellas and James hopped in and out of the wedding venue as the wedding guests took their seats outside… OUTSIDE? That’s right, the ceremony was in the doorway to the beautiful Bartholomew Barn! We juggled our cameras and an umbrella to get the best photos. But right on cue, just as Katy started to walk down the aisle, the sun beamed down on everyone. As the wedding day went by, it was evident how much Katy & James and their friends and family cared about each other. I felt pretty lucky as their wedding photographer, as every time I turned around, there was another wedding guest beaming with happiness and pride. The bridesmaids were fiercely loyal to Katy and you could tell they were all having a great time! But that meant it got pretty competitive when the eggs and the spoons finally came out for the big race – even Lewis Hamilton would have broken a sweat over this one! Dresses were pulled up and trainers were on, all the better for running! And I think you’ll see from the wedding photos that there’s only one word to describe this part of the wedding day – Hilarious! If you don’t think wedding games like this have a place on a wedding day, then you’re not doing it right, because with the right people, the right atmosphere and the right weather (!) it can make a wedding day go from average to unforgettable!


Wedding ceremony at Bartholomew Barn

Barn Wedding in West Sussex

We took some time to take Katy and James away from Bartholomew Barn to get some wedding photographs in the surrounding fields. These brief moments are sacred at a wedding because they are not only so we can get great wedding photos but they are also a valuable opportunity for you to have some time together. Even if you didn’t have a wedding photographer with you, you should still go off for a walk in the grounds of your wedding venue.

Mr and Mrs game at Bartholomew Barn