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Wedding venue hunting can be a daunting task there are so many different choices.
Do you pick a stately home, a manor or a hotel will you get married outdoors probably not if you get married in Wales but we do have some nice weather honest and then comes up the thought or maybe a barn some sort of big stone building that you can make your own
I really do love barn weddings, being a chilled out relaxed wedding photographer a barn backdrop really suits my style of photography.
We are lucky in Wales to have some lovely barn venues including The Barn At Brynich, Rosedew farm and Coed weddings all of these venues hold a special place in my heart and I love photographing weddings at them.
What are the best things about a barn as your wedding venue is that you have a blank canvas to put your own stamp on, with the rise of Pinterest couples are inundated with ideas and themes for their wedding they can really make the wedding decorations reflect them as a couple.
Talking of Pinterest I will be honest it does give people far too many ideas and some of them can be ridiculous but used in moderation it can be great as sourcing ideas and getting visual representations of what you want from your wedding.
A barn wedding gives you a blank canvas, unlike a Manor House or a stately home that’s already dressed with decadent wallpaper and portraits that may be hanging on the walls a barn can just be a big stone room, gorgeous wooden eves used to hang flowers or fairy lights from.
You could dress it up like barn chic, you can dress it down and make it a rustic venue with bales of hay for your guests to sit on. When it comes to decoration I think a band lends itself to flowers I’m only a photographer what do I know, your florist will be able to help you on this but I’ve seen some beautiful barns decorated with gorgeous flowers, ivy hanging in the eves looks amazing.
Then it comes to the table dressings if you’re going rustic maybe some log segments as your table numbers, awesome hessian runners across the tables themselves why not go both chic and rustic with hessian and rose gold runners.
Table decorations can really help bring your theme together I love homemade items an old metal jug with a table number on to me looks so much cooler than a massive glass ornament in the middle of the table obstructing everybody’s view.
What about jam jars just filled with fairy lights with the table number or name on, another great idea also cheap and inexpensive you can even do it yourself.
You can also bring the outside inside using herbs like sprigs of rosemary they smell amazing ( you could even ask if your florist could at some to your bouquet), pine cones or even acorns will add to the outdoors feel and as mentioned before cuttings from logs as table centrepieces are perfect. Even trailing some ivy across the tables can add a lovely touch.
One of the great things about this type of venue is nine times out of ten the barn is located in the middle of the countryside take Barn at Brynich in Brecon the backdrop to that place is absolutely stunning as is Rosedew Farm the field behind the venue itself looks gorgeous in the summer so you always know you’re going to have a great backdrop for your images.
Your wedding day is probably one of the biggest days of your lives you spend a lot of time and energy and of course money on making it perfect. Your venue, the decorations and the whole feel of your wedding should reflect you as a couple. If you are are the sort of person who doesn’t wear high heels you may not want to wear them on your wedding day and there’s nothing wrong with this, you may want a really chilled wedding and your choice of venue you can really help reflect this.
If you are this type of person then maybe a manor house is not for you that’s not to say you can’t make it your own however the backdrop of a barn really adds to that relaxed feel. In the summer months with warm evenings, there’s nothing better than sitting around a fire or taking in the last of the summer sun watching the sunset with a cold beer or glass of gin (because let’s be honest who doesn’t love gin).
As you might have gathered I love the feel of barn weddings, they really compliment my style of photography which is relaxed laid-back and most of all chilled out if you’re this type of person I could be the photographer for you and a barn is possibly a venue you’ve booked.