As a wedding photographer I’ve seen some pretty amazing weddings – but I have to say, Hannah and Kieran’s wedding at Long Furlong Barn in Sussex was one of the most beautiful weddings of 2017!
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Wedding at Long Furlong Barn wedding venue
Hannah and Kieran had booked my all-day wedding photography package, so I started my day with the bride in her hotel suite at the incredible Long Furlong Barn in Worthing, Sussex. Hannah’s older daughter was getting ready with the bridesmaids, while her twins – just six months old – were keeping groom and his parents busy!
I took the opportunity to focus on all the details in this stunning wedding venue, before heading off the see Kieran and the groomsmen. Naturally, we took the obligatory “manly” shots before the proceedings began. Sometimes I shoot already 1000 photos before the actual wedding ceremony begins.
Summer wedding photography
Hannah and Kieran must be very popular – the wedding ceremony room was filled right down to the last chair! The wedding ceremony began with the little ones walking in before the bridesmaids holding a ‘last chance to run!’ sign which got everybody giggling. The pair had the most wonderful smiles, so I made sure I got plenty of shots of these. It’s the privilege I have as a wedding photographer that most faces in front of my lens naturally look happy and joyful.
My next challenge was the essential ‘signing the register’ shot – there was a lot of light coming in from the windows behind them, so I threw lots of flash onto the ceiling to ensure the foreground was brighter than the background.
Portrait shots and outdoor fun
After the wedding ceremony I snuck into the ceremony room to capture a moment alone with the bride and groom – the ushers were busy setting up the confetti shots. While they were busy admiring the decorations, I got a wonderful shot of the two just enjoying being in each other’s company as a married couple.
Next came the integral confetti shots before the drinks reception. The guests enjoyed canapés while Hannah and Kieran tended to their babies – even on their wedding day they managed to be great parents! Fortunately, Long Furlong Barn offers an excellent bridal suite where the parents and the babies could be alone for a few moments. Of course, the kids were more than entertained with all the afternoon’s entertainment, including a bouncy castle. We took some family shots in the courtyard to accommodate the less mobile members of the family as people chatted and enjoyed themselves. As a wedding venue I cannot recommend Long Furlong Barn enough!
Wedding reception photography
I managed to sneak in a few photographs of the function room before the guests assembled – I wanted to get all the details on the tables and some other beautiful finishing touches. I had to close the curtains behind the top table to avoid the dreaded silhouette shots during the speeches – there was just too much backlight! As a wedding photographer I sometimes need to improvise on the spot.
The guests had fun playing with ‘mouth cards’ before the speeches. We had a backup and a quick break after dinner before heading outside as the sun went down.
Sunset wedding photography at Long Furlong Barn
Long Furlong Barn offers incredible scenery sunset wedding photography. I even enlisted the help of one of the ushers to hold a studio flash as we took more portrait shots. The sunset was breath-taking and the newlyweds could not have looked happier.
Back inside we headed to the dance floor to get those party shots, before having fun in a traditional red telephone box! I’d slyly installed a flash in the booth to get shots of both the ushers and the bride and groom in the phone booth, before taking a ‘synchronised drinking’ shot at the bar.
Hannah and Kieran certainly pulled out all the stops to make this a beautiful day, and it ended with sparklers leading the way for the couple to enter their taxi. I got my final shot of everybody waving goodbye before signing off for the day – and what a day it was. Hannah and Kieran gave me a great review and I can’t wait to photograph another wedding just like theirs. If you are thinking of getting married at Long Furlong Barn and you’re still looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch today!