Nestled between the borders of Surrey and West Sussex sits Bury Court Barn, a perfect wedding location for those stuck between the pull of the traditional and the contemporary and one of my absolute favourite venues for wedding photography.
There’s an intimacy about a converted barn that really is a pleasure to photograph, and intimacy is certainly the word that comes to mind when thinking about Bury Court Barn weddings. There are several options in terms of where to hold your wedding ceremony on the land at Bury Court. The barn itself, sitting amidst what once was a supposed village dating as far back as the 17th century, was restored and converted in the early noughties. Exposed brickwork contrasted with traditional oak beams (adorned with twinkling fairy lights) gives the impression of closeness, cosyness, warmth. Though, on the contrary, the barn can accommodate plenty of tables, a bar, a dance floor… whatever you require to make your day a unique experience for you and your guests.
The real show stopper at Bury Court, however, has to be the gardens, conceptualised and created by Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. If you’re holding your ceremony in the warm walls of the barn, taking your guests out to be wowed by the gardens is really your pièce de résistance. Grassy perennials and towering trees bloom inside the walls of Bury Court, a secret garden of vibrant greens in spring, a kaleidoscope of colour in autumn. This little hideaway is perfect for an outside wedding, as is the tree-lined courtyard that edges the barn. I’ll capture those beautiful candid wedding photographs as you arrive to greet your guests over a glass of bubbly, or step out for air mid-dance on a hazy hot evening.
These little chapters in the story of your day need to be told with honesty and presented as they are – no posing, staging or awkwardness. This style of wedding photography is known as ‘reportage’ or ‘documentary’, a form that owes itself to capturing the narrative of an event.
For the couple that don’t want to travel far post-wedding to spend their wedding night, Bury Court offers a stunning Oast cottage, so close that you can reach it directly through the wedding barn. Both rustic and simplistic in its interior, the Oast House is a gorgeous place for the bridesmaids to spend the early hours with the bride, but also the perfect retreat for the couple post wedding – minimal travel effort for maximum traditional luxury!
Bury Court Barn is and always will be one of my personal favourites for wedding photography, and of course I always welcome the opportunity to go back. I have loved every minute of the weddings I have captured here, due in part to the timeless beauty of the location, and of course to the couples who have really made it their own. But in your treasured moments, you’ll barely notice me, though I’ll be in the midst of them.
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