Herons Farm: wedding in a barn

Heather & Rob’s gorgeous farm wedding in Berkshire


Whilst I am primarily a Derbyshire wedding photographer, I’m always delighted to travel further afield as well – particularly when a couple who have been guests at a previous wedding approach me. Heather and Rob were guests at Hannah and Steve’s wedding in Derbyshire, and so I was delighted to be part of their wedding down in Berkshire. It was also great to catch up with Hannah and Steve on the day, and a few other familiar faces.

Bridal preparations took place at Heather and Rob’s house in Spencers Wood. I always consider myself honoured that I can capture this special part of the day, including the precious moment when the bride’s father sees his daughter all ready to go in her dress.

Next stop was the church down the road from the house: St Mary the Virgin, Beech Hill. There was a real community spirit evident here, with a very friendly vicar and helpful bell-ringers who doubled as parking attendants for the day.

Then it was off to the reception at Herons Farm near Pangbourne in West Berkshire. It is a working farm, and the barn is a very rustic, traditional Berkshire tythe barn with beautiful oak beams and pillars. It looked spectacular decorated with simple flowers, bunting and pretty lighting.

Not being local, I had gone down to Berkshire the day before the wedding for some reconnaissance. I always visit venues in advance, so I can do my homework with possible lighting scenarios; consider what equipment I’ll need; and identify where I can take those all important shots of the couple. In this instance, I had discovered a lovely area a few minutes away (by farm buggy!) from the barn known colloquially as Herons Valley. Heather and Rob liked the idea, and they enjoyed taking some time out from their day to capture some relaxed moments of just the two of them, strolling through this summery meadow.

Other highlights included the rather amazing cake table back at the barn. As you can see by the guests’ expressions there was something to tempt everyone, and the cakes had all been made by friends and family to add the personal touch.

Despite Herons farm being a good distance away from me it was well worth the trip to shoot at such a beautiful venue with a great group of folks. I look forward to exploring other locations through friends of friends. I can be available for Skype/ Facetime or just give me a ring. If you are nearby why not just get in touch so we can arrange a meeting over a cup of tea.



Herons Farm near Pangbourne, Berkshire

St Mary the Virgin, Beech Hill village



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