Updated: Feb 19
Bartholomew Barn Wedding Photos
‘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 – Set amidst 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. 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 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
When we arrived we were totally captivated by this venue's idyllic setting, perhaps we should have guessed with a West Sussex wedding, 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 venue as the guests took their seats outside… OUTSIDE? That’s right, the ceremony was in the doorway to the beautiful Bartholomew Barn! But right on cue, just as Katy started to walk down the aisle, the sun beamed down on everyone. As the 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 Hampshire wedding photographer, as every time I turned around, there was another 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 photos that there’s only one word to describe this part of the day – Hilarious! If you don’t think 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!
Barn Wedding West Sussex
We took some time to take Katy and James away from the venue to get some portraits done and I am so glad we did – as a mechanic, James loves his car, and he had requested a photo of him and Katy with his beloved vintage Mini and the shot of them at sunset while Katy is dancing is one of my favourite photos – I hope you like it too!
It was one of those weddings that seemed too easy, not because I wasn’t running around working incredibly hard, because I was, but because the people there were all such a pleasure to photograph. That’s because they genuinely cared about Katy and James. And the couple repaid them by putting on a really fun and memorable unique barn wedding day. So I take off my hat to them, a couple who know how to throw a party!