Barley Wood Wedding

North Somerset

I was thrilled when Hannah and Tom asked me to be their Barley Wood wedding photographer. I had previous been a bridesmaid at this beautiful venue and knew that the setting was going to be stunning. I was excited when the couple told me they hoped to have their wedding ceremony in the south facing summer house, which has panoramic views over the Mendip Hills.

The venue itself needs little decoration, having been lovingly restored by the YMCA after they purchased it in 2015. With restored original windows and breathtaking rural surroundings, I knew this wedding was going to look gorgeous.

Like so many of my clients, Hannah and Tom wanted a relaxed, informal day and although the photographs were really important to them, they didn’t want to spend all day posing in front of the camera.

My relaxed, documentary approach and my love for beautiful, nature-inspired portraits suited exactly what they were looking for, and so it was a wedding photography match made in heaven!

barley wood house


the mendip hills views


the bride holds her bridal bouquet


a find your seat sign at barley wood with tables and chairs behind


the bride and groom framed by the hedges in barley wood gardens


wedding guests throw confetti over a happy bride and groom with mendip hills in the background


the mother of the bride looks emotional as she holds her daughter's hand during the wedding speeches


the bride leans into her new husband


the wedding guests laugh at the best man's speech


the bride's mother and a bridesmaid wipe away tears


black and white portrait of the groom kissing his wife


wedding guests chatting and enjoying drinks at Barley Wood


the bride hugs a wedding guests excitedly


wedding guests enjoy the drinks reception


wedding guests drink champagne under umbrellas as it rains


a landscaped pond in the gardens


wedding tables and chairs set up for the wedding breakfast at barley wood


black and white photograph of wedding guests crowded into the summer house at barley wood while rain pours in the landscape behind them


the father of the groom hugs his son


the bride's engagement ring


the bridal bouquet in window light


wedding decor at barley wood


wedding guests wipe away happy tears during the speeches


wedding guests toasting during the drinks reception


morning preparations as the bride and her bridesmaid both have make up applied at barley wood


wedding guests sit in the garden at Barley wood under umbrellas


a man performs a reading during the wedding ceremony at barley wood


the bride exclaims as her new husband cuts the three tiered wedding cake


the bride grins at her new husband


the bride and groom exchange wedding rings


wedding guests watch the ceremony under the summer house at barley wood


the wedding ceremony at barley wood


the bride looks concerned as venue staff hold an umbrella above her as she walks through barley wood gardens towards her wedding ceremony


barley wood wedding decorations int he grand hall


wedding flowers at barley wood entrance way


the bridal bouquet with bride behind and out of focus


chairs set out for the ceremony at barley wood


a large floral arrangement for a wedding outside the front door of Barley wood house


wedding ceremony set up


Night portrait of the bride and groom in front of Barley Wood Wedding Venue


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The Wedding Day

When I checked the forecast on the morning of the wedding it looked a little iffy to say the least. Despite being sunny, there was rain forecast at the exact time of the wedding ceremony.

When I arrived with bride, Hannah, and her bridesmaids in the four-poster bridal suite, they remained hopeful for an outdoor ceremony.

Once hair was finished and make-up had been applied, the bridesmaids’ dresses and wedding dress were put on. ahead of the walk to the summer house. Guests had been seated in the beautifully landscaped gardens and groom, Tom, waited patiently alongside his best man and groomsman for his bride’s arrival.  

As Hannah and the girls made their way towards the wedding ceremony, the sky looked grey and it started to spit with rain. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before the sun came back out and stayed that way for a while.

In classic British wedding style, once the vows had been said the heavens opened and it started pouring with rain. Brollies were put up, but it wasn’t long before the rain was so heavy that Hannah and Tom beckoned their guests to join them underneath the shelter of the summer house. The rest of the ceremony took place under the cosy shelter whilst rain poured through the landscape behind, it was incredibly atmospheric and one of the most memorable ceremonies!

The rain quickly eased and once the register had been signed, guests were able to head back outside for the confetti toss before walking back to the house where the reception drinks and canapes were served.

The sun continued to shine during the drinks reception, so the bride, groom and I took a stroll through the gardens for some beautiful newly-wed portraits

The wedding breakfast was served in the Grand Hall upstairs and was beautifully decorated within its wood paneled walls. Guests clapped and cheered as the new Mrs and Mrs were announced into the hall and once the three course wedding breakfast had been devoured, and the speeches had been delivered, the newly-weds cut their wedding cake before heading outside to enjoy the last of the sunshine.

The band set-up whilst guests spilled out onto the terrace to enjoy a drink or two before the first dance commenced and the party started!

Before heading off, I asked Tom and Hannah if they’d like a night portrait in front of the beautiful house. I was able to set my exposure to get some blue light in the sky and the house was lit up with tungsten lights through its pretty windows. I lit the couple using an off-camera flash and a second one behind to create rim light. Then I asked the groom to dance with his new wife. The final images are beautiful and such a lovely way to end a wedding photo album.

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Tying the knot at Barley Wood

Barley Wood is a stunning venue which was originally built in 1801 for social philanthropist Hannah Moore, who lived there with her four unmarried sisters. It originally included a Rose Garden, Walled Garden, potting sheds and greenhouses, which have now been sold off separately, but remain open to the public. There is also Barley Wood Nursery set in the former grounds of the house.

The venue is practically located, being only 13 miles south-west of Bristol city centre, 3 miles from Bristol airport and only half a mile from the A38 with excellent access to the southwest of England.

The Grade 2 listed, eighteenth century house was recently restored after it was purchased by the YMCA Dulverton group’s social enterprise. It has several owners including Henry Herbert Wills, the wealthy director of the Imperial Tobacco Company. It was also a drug and alcohol treatment centre for a time, before being sold to its current owners.

These days the house is used to hold events to raise money for the charitable objectives of the YMCA.

The venue has space for up to 100 day guests and can have 175 guests for evening receptions. It has stunning views over the North Somerset countryside and boasts nine double bedrooms with free-standing roll top baths and two large function rooms.

Becky Weir – Barley Wood Wedding Photographer

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