Mr & Mrs Head at the Tithe Barn Symondsbury / by Daniel Bristow

Here we are then, back to one of my favourite Dorset Venues. The Tithe Barn in Symondsbury. A Lovely barn set in some stunning grounds at the base of Comers hill, whats not to love?

This was the wedding of Chris and Tanya, which again if you read my blog you will recognise them from a pre wedding shoot at the barn. An early start for this one and a short trip from Weymouth to Bridport  I was soon with the very nervous Tanya, ready to get going with the prep. Once the bridesmaids arrived and the hair and make up people arrived too it became very busy and lots too do, which certainly helped with the nerves. I then had to head over to Chris's parents for a little bit of groom prep and to deliver the buttonholes for them, (not just a photographer) and then back to Tanya to finish of the prep, and then off to the barn. Just as last time we didn't have amazing weather and it was pretty wet the morning of the wedding, but it did start to ease as the day went on and once the ceremony had started the rain had stopped. 

A lovely ceremony with lots of special moments. I love shooting the inside of this barn, its always so light and the stone looks great. Coupled with the great pink and grey colour scheme and the lighted love letters at the end of the isle the barn looked really lovely. 

Once done with the ceremony it was outside and a chance for everyone to grab a drink and chat away, during this time we popped off to shoot some pictures with the wedding car and a couple in the field, with an over cast sky we got some great images with the off camera flash. Then back down to the barn to set up a confetti shot leading out of the barn doors. From there straight into the group shots. Then onto the speeches which as always provided some great moments and are always great to listen too. Then a wonderful meal provided by the guys at Crab Apple Caterers. Cameras down while everyone ate and relaxed as no one wants to be photographed with a face full of food. This gave me a chance to catch up with Amy the events manager at the venue, always nice to chat weddings and business with someone who loves what they do. 

After the food was cleared away it was a good chance to catch some candid images and watch people play some giant Jenga. We did also pop back up to comers hill as the clouds had cleared and the setting sun was prime for some bright images with lots of lens flare. Use of a large reflector again to bounce light back and fill shadows, shooting trough the reflector creates a great soft wrap around light far different than holding it to one side. 

Once we made our way back down to the barn the evening was nearly underway, so candid's of new guests arriving and everything that was going on. A Photo Booth provided by Clicks & Pics kept the guests well entertained until the Disco started. First dance was lovely, and I took a few shots from the balcony above the dance floor, an angle I've not seen often done, maybe because you have to stretch out fully over the floor to clear the ceiling beams! 

After that a few more pictures of the guests going nuts on the dance floor and that was me done for the evening. The last thing I did do though was grab a bit of the hog roast outside provided by Kenniford Farm. It was just too tempting! 

There will be links to all the suppliers and people that made a really wonderful wedding, and a big thanks to everyone involved that provide such a great service it makes my job incredibly fun and somewhat easier! 

Again enough of my rambling words and some images to really show what the day was like