SOPHIE and GARY – Healey Barn
My first shoot of a very busy October wedding schedule was in a beautiful area of Northumberland at the charmingly rustic Healey Barn. I’d been looking forward to this wedding all season as this was to be my first experience of Healey Barn (I’d heard great things) and I’d already worked with both families on a couple of occasions in the past. I’d had the pleasure of shooting Sophie’s sister, Kathy’s wedding and Gary’s brother Jake’s wedding so the congregation was filed with familiar faces. It’s always a huge shot in the arm being asked to repeatedly work with the same families, I guess I must be doing something right!
I arrived in the village of Blanchland after a beautiful Sunday morning drive through the Northern Pennines, and met with the boys at The Lord Crew Arms. Gary wanted a very relaxed feel to the photos so that’s exactly what we did . Just a handful of shots of the lads making their way to the pub for a swift pint and a few portraits before I moved on to Healey Barn to meet the girls.
Sophie and her family were just arriving as I pulled up so I took this opportunity to scope out the building and find suitable places for photos. The barn is seriously impressive, with stunning brickwork, huge wooden beams that resemble the hull of an upturned ship, decorated tastefully with twinkling LED lighting. A handful of perfectly positioned brick windows allowed just enough light through to create an atmospheric and beautiful space. I knew that the natural light photographs in here could be fantastic!
After giving Sophie some time to bed in to her new surroundings, I went along to her room and begin shooting the preparation shots. You could feel the nervous energy in the room, but every few moments Sophie would break into a huge, excited smile. The big moment was almost upon her!
The ceremony was every bit as enchanting as my first impressions of the barn had promised and was a joy to shoot. I always like to ensure that the ceremony is captured as well as possible. It’s the most important part of any wedding day and I enjoyed using fast, prime lenses in the low light to capture the ambience of the room.
The rain was holding off but unfortunately the wind was howling! We used the blustery conditions to our advantage by lining up guests to throw confetti as they greeted the newly weds to a huge cheer.
As I mentioned earlier, Gary and Sophie had asked me to keep the photography really simple and hassle free so I left them to mingle with guests before stealing them away for 5 minutes around the grounds of Healey Barn.
A similar theme entailed with the family portraits, which we shot inside the building using a beautiful doorway light cast across a brickwork backdrop. Simple, yet very effective.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course meal including the biggest BBQ’ed steaks you’ve ever seen (thanks guys, absolutely LOVED mine)! A set of brilliant speeches had the whole room in fits of laughter, particularly from Gary’s brother the Best Man, Jake, who set up a game of Mr and Mrs which went down a storm!
While the cigars were being lit outside, the drinks were flowing freely in the bar as Mr and Mrs Carter prepared for their first dance. It was wonderful to see so many people joining them on the dance floor and making this a moment to treasure for Sophie and Gary.
I'd like to offer a huge congratulations to a brilliant couple. It's been an absolute pleasure working with your right from the very beginning. Here's to a long and happy marriage together. Cheers! xx