Emily & Joe. The long barn
New years eve wedding at The Long barn, Hampshire. Emily + Joe
The final wedding of a fantastic 2017 was definitely one I had been looking forward to. Back in 2012/2013 I photographed Emily's brother's wedding to Rachel and was over the moon to be asked by Emily to capture hers. Being recommended to photograph someone's big day by a past couple is always a huge honour, even more so when it's for family.
Emily and Joe's wedding was almost the exact opposite of Rachel & James' wedding but equally amazing. There's was a tipi wedding in blistering sun in the height of summer, and this was on New years eve in the most stunning barn I've seen. Sure it rained as we left church but it didn't matter - we got the most incredible light to see out 2017, some serious dance floor action and an incredible firework display!
Getting ready at the family home.
I started the day at the pub where I was staying, all the guys were having breakfast there. Everyone was in full swing by 9am - this was going to be an epic day! Just a hop over the road was the family home where Emily was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mum. A stunning home with loads of character and pockets of natural light - perfect for me to just hang back, leave the girls to it and get creative. Things started to get a little emotional as the time neared to go to the church, just a few strides up the path. I love being able to capture these moments. These are the things you will look back on and remember how you felt before you got married - real moments, real memories.
The church was small and beautiful and the show was very nearly, but not quite, stolen by a few cheeky moments by their daughter. The new Mr & Mrs walked up the aisle together and off to the Long barn.
The long barn wedding reception.
The Long Barn in Hampshire is one of the most spacious and exquisite barns I've seen. Nestled in the picturesque village of Newton Valence, The Long Barn has breathtaking views from one of the highest points in the South Downs National Park.
The oak-framed building and flint walls that date back to 1764 have been lovingly restored by the Kelvin and his team. It is a stunning venue to spend NYE in. I loved the split level that separates the dining area from the party area, while still keeping the wedding party together. A huge Christmas tree in the middle really set things off and made for great wedding photography. Such a great way to see the year out with a massive bang!
Congratulations to Emily and Joe! If you are getting married at The Long Barn and like what you see, please get in touch