Tithe Barn Symondsbury Wedding Photographs
With over thirty years of shooting weddings between us it is rare to be working a new venue. Thus we were excited to be working in the Tithe Barn Symondsbury wedding venue on the Symondsbury estate near Bridport (not to be mistaken for the Tithe Barn wedding venue in Petersfield).
This beautifully renovated 14th century barn is a stunning wedding venue set in a quintessentially English country village. With stone floors, wooden beams, a gallery and lots of glass letting natural light pour in it is a wedding photographers dream.
Tithe Barn Symondsbury Wedding Bridal Preparation Photographs
Tom arrived at Ellie’s family home in Weymouth, Dorset to find the ladies in an excited buzz for the day ahead. Hair and make-up preparations were being expertly attended to by no less than four stylists from Pretty Bland Beauty Bar in two different rooms!
All morning Ellie’s mum was attentively on hand providing teas, coffees and nibbles to everyone.
Meanwhile, upstairs the bridesmaids lavender dresses hung as if guarding the doorway to Ellie’s gorgeous full appliqué backless dress. Tom couldn’t resist taking a picture of the wedding dress with Ellie’s childhood collection of Japanese posters.
Downstairs was all hairspray and laughter. Then the sound of an air-cooled engine announced the arrival of the beautiful split screen wedding transport, raising excitement levels. Before they knew it the girls were looking particularly stunning in their bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride dresses. They rallied around Ellie who was now being buttoned into her dress by her mother.
The bridesmaid’s reactions to Ellie in her dress spoke a thousand words - she looked gorgeous. With just enough time to add the veil the ladies departed for their Tithe Barn Symondsbury wedding. En route the ladies stopped on the hill overlooking Chesil beach to admire the view.
Tithe Barn Symondsbury Wedding Groom Preparation Photographs
Meanwhile I found Josh enjoying a breakfast sandwich with his groomsmen round the corner in Weymouth. It wasn’t long before they were all getting into their wedding attire.
No sooner as they were all dressed and Josh in his kilt and out came a special bottle of Port. The label honouring the commissioning into the fleet of HMS Queen Elizabeth complete with label with Elizabeth I’s motto “Semper Eadem” meaning “always the same”. An expression of stability, integrity and tranquil equanimity. Especially relevant on a wedding day!
So with all the gents ready it was time for a quick toast before we headed across the road for a pint of Dutch courage. The groom’s party left Weymouth and headed towards the Tithe Barn Symondsbury wedding venue. We made our way there in a convoy of two mini buses and stopped a top the hill to take in the view of St Catherine’s Chapel with Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland in the distance.
At the second lay-by was and Ice-cream van and one of the best men couldn’t resist getting one for Josh. After a few photos Josh had eaten his ice cream we set off again. As we got closer we followed the handmade signs signalled the route to the Tithe Barn Symondsbury wedding venue
Tithe Barn Symondsbury Wedding Ceremony Photographs
Soon after our arrival at Tithe Barn Symondsbury wedding guests began to appear and were greeted by Josh and his groomsmen.
While the guests took their seats in this gorgeous barn venue Josh and his groomsmen sensed that it was ‘game time’. The gents gathered at the front awaiting the arrival of the bridal party.
Ellie and the girls arrived in Grace, a 1966 VW split screen camper from White Dub Weddings. After a pause to compose herself Ellie was led down the pathway by her three bridesmaids. Next she was escorted by her brother.
Once at the front all eyes were on the bride and groom. Next they made their promises to one another and after a short reading from one of the bridesmaids rings were exchanged. Thus they were married. After sealing the deal with a kiss and taking care of the paperwork the happy couple made their way down the aisle. Cheers and applause from the wedding guests.
We gathered the guests outside, lining the path so that the bride and groom could be showered with confetti. After a few photos taken around the garden. The courtyard and gardens at Tithe Barn Symondsbury wedding venue are lovely, winding paths and tiered lawns lead to a woodland area looking back over the venue itself and the surrounding countryside. Here, in the sun everyone enjoyed the drinks reception before making their way inside for the wedding breakfast.
Tithe Barn Symondsbury Wedding Breakfast Photographs
After the wedding breakfast supplied by Brown Goose Catering it was time for the wedding speeches. As Ellie’s brother gave her away he kicked things off with a heartfelt speech swiftly followed by Josh’s tear provoking oration. Next the speeches were concluded by the best man.
Tithe Barn Symondsbury Wedding Evening Photographs
While the band completed their sound check the new Mr and Mrs and guests enjoyed the beautiful gardens. The newly-weds then took to the dance floor alone to have their first dance as husband and wife. Straight after they were joined by most of the guests. Everyone danced away to the classic wedding tunes the band belted out.
After the band had completed the first set it was next time to cut the cake. Everyone gathered round and the happy couple cut the cake as everyone cheered and took photos. We left the Barn as the sun dipped below the horizon and everyone danced the night away.