A family wedding at Tudor Barn
My pre-thoughts a month and longer before the wedding
A Family Wedding
A busman’s holiday after 1500 of my own weddings as a wedding photographer
I wanted to do the wedding photos myself
I also wanted to be in the moment with my son on his wedding day
He was worried that all I would do was take pics and not relax and be Dad at his wedding
I couldn’t get excited about the wedding although I was involved with the planning from a been there done that perspective
Getting mum organised for their wedding, she’s 78 years young, is the best mum in the world but takes forever to get ready
I now see what every couple who get married go thru with wedding planning and what’s important to them
A week before the wedding at Tudor Barn
I’m getting super excited and can’t wait for their wedding day
I’ve decided I need my camera as my mask but promise myself that won’t take lots of pictures at the wedding
I’ve taken out the Triumph TR6 to polish it and give it a little run as it’s the grooms wedding car.
I’m nervous. My ex-wife Sarah will be there with her husband her family and a few friends and although I know there won’t be any issues .. its over 18 years.
The day before my sons wedding to Emma
The lawn is cut, and I get help making the garden look great, we set out in the garden three large tables laid with Indian cotton tablecloths as my three boys, their partners, best man and all the ushers are coming around for pre-wedding english breakfast prior to the wedding ceremony cooked by my partner Karen. Preparation takes most of the day at the house with the final touch of putting cream ribbons on the wedding car that James and his best man will travel in.
The big day.. The first of two family weddings this year !
Its our first Family wedding, I drive to mums at 9.30 and I’m chuffed, she looks amazing in her wedding day outfit and is ready and on time. James my son and groom arrives with his best man and friend Sean followed by all the ushers along with Alex my youngest son and Jonny with his fiancé Stevie.
A pre wedding breakfast is served for 14 people with vegan options for some, I don’t think any of us realise what a task this is feeding so many hungry mid 20 year old guys hours prior to the wedding ceremony . Karen does a superb job but has still to get ready herself!
The time is ticking, and the guys use my lounge to change and get ready into their wedding suits, I’ve already decided I will use my camera to photograph bits of the day and start at this point with the guys but leave the main stuff to my best friend fellow wedding photographer Frank who is already with Emma at the brides house with all her bridesmaids and parents.
Once ready James and best man Sean jump in my Triumph TR6 sports car, looking brilliant adorned with white ribbons which compliment the cream colour of the classic car . They roar off for the short drive to their wedding venue The Tudor barn in Burnham.
I arrive 15 mins later at the wedding venue with Karen, all is great the weather is kinda perfect, not too hot as of recent weeks and a beautiful blue sky to boot, perfect for an outdoor wedding in the grounds of the beautiful Tudor Barn.
The Wedding Ceremony
I decide not to take my seat in the second row behind all the ushers for the wedding ceremony but stand alongside Frank my main photographer, I just wanted to be there by the side of the wedding registrar’s as I knew from experience as a wedding photographer we always have the best view in the house.
I take the odd snap but am emotional seeing my eldest son marry his soul mate Emma, she looks amazing and has the happiest smile on her beautiful face, my son also sheds a tear as he sees his future wife for the first time.
The Wedding Drinks Reception
Frank our main photographer and my best buddy organises our family wedding groups quickly and efficiently whilst I use my camera as a prop to go talk to people I don’t really know as father of the groom.
All is well, I talk to my ex-wife, her sister and friends, it a lovely atmosphere on the lawn with the sun beating down on us in the gardens at The Tudor Barn. A perfect day for sipping champagne and nibbling a canape or two but before we know it we’re being called in to the barn to enjoy the wedding breakfast…. a deliciously simple sausage and mash wedding breakfast followed by sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream…. every plate in the house clean!
The wedding reception went at a hundred miles an hour with great conversation and being entertained by industry friend wedding singer Fil Straughn and his band, he really had the whole of the room in the palm of his hand with his amazing voice singing around the tables inside the beautiful room at the Tudor Barn.
A lovely moment happened during the wedding at the bar…. Kevin my ex-wife’s husband came up to me and said “I’d just like to congratulate you on having and raising three amazing sons” to which I replied “thanks that’s really appreciated but I should also be thanking you as you’ve also been a part of their lives helped bring them up and whenever they talk about you it’s always in the highest regard”
We shook hands, and both shed a tear and toasted the wedding couple James and Emma.
Dancing the night away
James and Emma opened the dancing to a Lionel Ritchie number sang by Fil and his band Strong Sensation. We danced, we drank and we all had an amazing and perfect day.
My favourite wedding photograph
With the pictures all processed I’m looking at the photographs from two differing viewpoints, one as a documentary wedding photographer and the other as a father at a family wedding and if I were to pick two they would be the reflection shot of Emma getting ready from a photographer’s view point but from a father and family the one image I have had printed is a family group with the Bride and Groom, Mum, my three boys and Stevie Jonny’s fiancé, Go figure ….
Tudor Barn Wedding Photography. The rest of the wedding photos.
TUDOR BARN wedding venue in Buckinghamshire
The Tudor Barn in Burnham Buckinghamshire was built way back in 1505 and offers wedding couples elegance and charm that is conveniently situated just outside the charming village of Burnham.
With its original timber beams, a stunning banquet hall and over six acres of beautiful landscaped gardens The Tudor Barn offers couples a romantic and unforgettable backdrop for a family wedding of up to 130 wedding guests with a further 50 for the evening.
The Tudor Barn also offer couples the opportunity to get married outside and say their nuptials under a beautiful oak gazebo set amongst the beautiful gardens. Its kinda the prefect place to tie the knot in Burnham with the beautiful stunning gardens making perfect backdrops for your wedding photos.
MARK SEYMOUR photographs a small number of exclusive weddings each year, please contact me to find out if im available to photograph your wedding date, wether it be here at Tudor Barn or another venue from Essex to Berkshire and more.