Kat & Tom’s wedding at Preston Priory Barn, set it idyllic Suffolk countryside a few minutes from the village of Lavenham, was every inch the perfect country barn wedding. It was a joy to photograph! After photographing a little of the bride’s preparations at The Swan Hotel in Lavenham, I drove the few miles to Preston and as I approached I could see the amazing hand-made signs letting the wedding guests know where to go.

 

 

Photograph of Brides wedding dress hanging on green wardrobe door Photograph of wedding shoes with wedding bouquet Home made DIY wedding directions sign

Groom with groomsmen at Preston Priory Barn Groom with groomsmen at Preston Priory Barn Groom with groomsmen, walking, at Preston Priory Barn Detail photograph of groom's wedding pink tie, napkin and buttonhole flower

The barn itself already has a great look, and it was only enhanced by Kat & Tom’s choice of wedding flowers, hessian-wrapped jars and other details. You could tell they’d put a lot of effort in, and I have to say they’d done it just right!Alternating bridesmaids dress colours were a great touch, and a beautiful classic Rolls Royce delivering the bride and her father.

Rustic wedding details, baskets of fruit and lavender Photography of Preston Priory Barn set up for wedding ceremony Photography of Preston Priory Barn set up for wedding ceremony Portrait photograph of the groom against wooden wall, Preston Priory Barn Sun dial in the gardens at Preston Priory Barn Photography of wedding details, jars of flowers wrapped in hessian Photography of wedding details, hanging signs against wood Groom and groomsmen chatting and laughing Photography of Guests chatting at Preston Priory Barn wedding Photography of Guests chatting at Preston Priory Barn wedding ceremony
Photography of classic Rolls Royce arriving for wedding at Preston Priory Bride looking out of car, arriving for the wedding ceremony Photograph of bridemaids and Rolls Royce wedding car Photography of the bridemaids' wedding bouquet's before the wedding ceremony at Preston Priory Barn. Alternating bridemaids dress colours Photograph of bride with bridemaids and Rolls Royce wedding car 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-062 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-063 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-068 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-069 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-072 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-073 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-074 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-078 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-080 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-082

A huge element of my work is being invisible and photographing the real atmosphere of each wedding, but after over fifteen years as a wedding photographer. I know the essential photographs to take, and the photos different family members will find important. No matter how arty I may try and be, or how discrete, or invisible I may be at many points in a wedding, I’ll always see the importance of certain photos. A father escorting his daughter to her wedding for example. The first kiss at the end of the wedding ceremony. And although it’s not the most trendy thing, the importance of including all the important people in the formal group photographs.

I love to get the formal photographs out of the way without much delay, as I’m sure everyone does, but I never want to miss anyone who’s important to the bride and groom. Some weddings three or four formal groups will do the job, other times The lists of combinations of people are more lengthy, but it’s entirely up to the bride and groom.

Preston Priory Barn has a gorgeous garden area, so, once I’d let the bride and groom spend a while with their wedding guests I stole away the wedding party and closest family, where I could arrange the smaller, more complex group photographs in minimal time, before returning to the barn’s courtyard to gather everyone else together for a large group of the wedding all together, and any friends’ groups they may require. This worked well, and very efficiently.

After another break with their guests I took Kat & Tom off for a walk around the grounds, to the garden and to the the fields adjacent, returning them in time for their wedding breakfast in the barn.

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My photography continued throughout the meal with the speeches, then more of the casual, atmospheric wedding photography as the guests enjoyed their evening, up until the first dance in the evening. Just as I was about to leave I noticed the sun was setting, so I managed to capture a little colour in the sky. 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-160 090716-preston-priory-barn-wedding-photographer-suffolk-163

What follows is a larger set of photos, giving you a feel for the range of styles my photography takes throughout the day, the story-telling nature of the candid photos, along with the details, romantic photos and more arranged groups too.

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These images are just a handful of the photos Kat & Tom received from their full set of wedding photos at Preston Priory Barn in Suffolk.

Do get in contact with me via my availability page to see if I’m available to photograph your wedding!

For more information on weddings at Preston Priory Barn, see their website here