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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.

Grroms men getting ready

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.

Bride and Groom at The Alter

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.

Wedding guests drinking

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 ….

 A family wedding photograph

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.

Tudor Barn outdoor wedding

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.

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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.


  1. A lovely post Mark, it must have been a very emotional and rewarding day being on the other side of the lens, and it sounds like you struck the balance perfectly. I’ve got 20 years to wait for my moment like this, and I already anticipate it, wondering how it might be. A lovely story.

  2. Really nice documentary work Mark! So much going on in each frame, they really do tell the story of the day.

  3. Reading this left me rather emotional Mark. Even though my daughter is (probably) a good few years away from getting married, I can imagine what it’ll be like for me on the day. I hope her wedding will be as great as this one clearly was.

  4. I rarely read the words of blogs but this really captivated me and as a wedding photographer, really made me think. A fantastic and heartfelt read. Congratulations Mark on what was obviously a very special day.

  5. Lovely selection of photos Mark, I very much enjoyed looking through them. It looks like it was a very happy day. Where’s the TR?! Fx

  6. Great to read about your perspective from the point of a photographer but also the dad. Looks like a great day too!

  7. Really nice work – great to see and hear the perspective from both sides, must have been a hard one to balance and stay out of full-on work mode, but I’m sure your family were on-hand to help there :-)

  8. Fascinating read Mark. Great pictures as usual but such an interesting perspective. Certainly makes me consider giving more thought than I usually do on the value of a well composed family group shot.

  9. Wow great read Mark was so amazing to hear your thoughts from both perspectives….and the candidness of it all thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

  10. Great pictures Mark – full of life and energy!

    Really interesting to hear your thoughts too, they really resonated. Although my daughter is only 3 I know her wedding day (fingers crossed!) will be pretty emotional and I look forward to experiencing it!

  11. Brilliant reading Mark. Straight from the heart! How wonderful and emotional it must have been for you. Love your photography.

  12. What a lovely wedding. And that dog ? so cute. I’m pleased you had a lovely day. It’s very hard enjoying your children’s wedding but it looked like you had fun.

  13. I love it when people have their dog’s as part of the wedding! Especially when they dress them up like this one!

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