Wedding at Dove Barn.

Dove Barn is one of my favourite locations, a beautiful wedding venue set in the grounds of Castling’s Hall in Groton, a small hamlet near Sudbury in Suffolk. It was here that I had the pleasure of photographing Rachel & Roberts wedding.

You may remember I did a blog post about Rachel & Robert’s pre wedding photo shoot sometime back, you can see it here. It’s the closest pre wedding shoot I ever done to the actual wedding, just three days beforehand, Rachel had been ill and so had to cancel an earlier arrangement.


The bride and bridesmaids get ready for the big day ahead.

The day actually started by photographing the bridal preparations, this was at Rachel’s mum’s house in Braintree. It was nice to see Rachel again and even nicer to see that she had fully recovered in time to enjoy her big day. It was also a pleasure to meet her bridesmaids, Sarah, Katie and Jessica. You could just tell from the banter between them and the way that they helped each that they were clearly all very good friends with a strong bond between them.

The ‘bridal prep’ gave me oportunity  to capture some individual portraits of  the girls as well as shots of them all together; it was also an opportunity to photograph the weddings dress, bouquet and shoes that Rachel had taken so much time and care to choose for her special day.

The groom and the guts posing for a few photos

Fantastic views of the main house next to Dove Barn

From there I went off to Dove Barn where I met with Robert together with his best man Edward and groomsmen Gregory and Steve. Again we spent some time shooting some individual portraits as well as some fun shots together.

The ceremony itself was wonderful,  there was just so much love between them, I’ve never seen a bride before with such beaming smiles interspersed with tears of happiness, so chocked at times she could hardly speak – it was a privilege to be there.

What a handsome man, the groom all scrubbed up and waiting for the big moment.

The bride's arrived and spends some time with her bridesmaids, her mum and dad

Smiles all round (before a few tears as I remember)

The ceremony

Signing the register

Confetti & Fun

Portraits of the Bride and Groom at Dove Barn

As I said at the beginning Dove Barn is not just a wedding venue, it’s a part of Castling’s Hall, which is an absolutely stunning House set in magnificent grounds with sweeping drives, streams, bridges, lawns. Trees and flower beds – what a place to live! All of these presented some wonderful photographic opportunities and as you can see from the photos we got lots of gorgeous shots of Rachel & Robert as they wandered around.

Photos of the bride and groom

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It was truly a joy to photograph their wedding and to spend time with them on their special day. I know they will be happy together for many years to come. It was also very warming to know how much they appreciated the service that I provided and how overjoyed they were with the photographs. They have since recommended me to two other couples both of whom have booked me to photograph their wedding in 2015, one of these again being at Dove Barn.

Bride and groom in the grounds of Dove Barn

Cutting the cake

If you are planning to get married at Dove Barn in 2015 or any other venue and would like to find out more details about my wedding photography then please do get in touch, preferably  now whilst I still have some booking available.

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Wedding at Dove Barn in Suffolk – by Tony Sale Photography

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