This was my first time shooting a Wedding at Seftons Barn in Buckinghamshire and what a fantastic wedding it was! I photographed Toni’s father’s Farm Festival pre-wedding party and Church Ceremony a couple of years ago, so it was lovely when Toni and Simon got in touch and told me all about their own wedding plans. We had a good chat during their Engagement Shoot in Clifton Village, so I was really looking forward to shooting such a fabulously unique wedding.
Sefton’s barn is a stunning Grade II listed tithe barn, set on a 200 acre farm within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a relatively new wedding venue in the beautiful grounds of the Horse Trust in Speen and the barn has been lovingly restored to make a stunning venue for weddings. The Horse Trust also care for over 100 retired and rescued horses, ponies and donkeys so the surrounding fields were full of them and inquisitive faces poked out over all the stable doors. They were beautiful and I just knew I had to incorporate them as often as I could in the wedding photography, especially Star, the beautiful pony who pulled the bride’s carriage.
After rather an emotional ceremony (a real tear-jerker!), the wedding party headed out to enjoy the surroundings of the Horse Trust, play on the red London Bus, pet the Shetland ponies and generally have a jolly good time at Champagne Hour before cream tea was served in the lunch tent.
Later, we headed off to The Pavillion at Lane End for the evening reception and another first for me - a closest-to-the-pin golf competition! After snapping a few shots of the Bride and Groom, I put down the camera, picked up a pitching wedge and, well…, reminded myself why I no longer play golf.
Marie and I headed off on holiday for a week immediately after the wedding, but I thoroughly enjoyed editing these images by the beach in Mallorca… I’m absolutely delighted with results of this wedding at Seftons Barn (and the Pavillion).