Wedding Photographer at Barnsdale Gardens
The wedding featured on this page was a couple of firsts for me; it was the first time I was working as a Barnsdale Gardens wedding photographer, it was also the first time I’d shot a wedding since the middle of March(!) due to the ongoing Bastard Virus (BV), the BV has all but wiped out all of the beautiful weddings I was due to shoot this year – Alex and Eleanor had booked in this date, and planned a full shebang of a wedding. Not to be deterred, they decided to have a wedding ceremony under the current BV rules, and then will have a big celebration next year for the rest of their friends and family to attend.
I’m sure glad they did; Barnsdale Gardens is an ideal venue for an intimate wedding such as this, take a look for yourself! Please note – all BV rules were followed during this ceremony, social distancing was used as appropriate, along with household bubbles, and clever camera angles from me to ensure the day still felt intimate.
Geoff Hamilton, the creator of Barnsdale Gardens, was born on 15th August 1936 in East London. In 1959 he gained a National Diploma in Horticulture from Writtle Agricultural College in Essex.
The skills and techniques he learned at college gave him the platform to set out as a freelance landscape gardener. Always a forward thinker, in 1970 Geoff moved his family to Kettering in Northants to begin a new project; a Garden Centre. A dilapidated building on a plot of land was soon transformed into a thriving business where Geoff promoted the plants above all else, which was quite unusual, even then. The Garden Centre is where Geoff really developed his deep love of plants and it was this passion that stay with him for the rest of his life.
In 1983, he found the perfect site. Just one mile away from the Barnsdale Estate, a Victorian farmhouse with over 5 acres of land – ‘Barnsdale’ was born! Two years later Gardeners’ World was well established in its new home with Geoff’s down to earth style making him a hit with the viewers. It was here that he continued to present Gardeners World, developing the individual garden designs, experimenting with plants, themes and ideas to inspire the nation to get outside and have a go.
Weddings at Barnsdale Gardens
With Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens, Barnsdale Gardens is teeming with great ideas. The stunning gardens make for the perfect romantic day, with the wedding ceremony held in the purpose-built oak arbour, surrounded by spectacular planting with lots of room for your guests on the manicured lawn. The remainder of the gardens are also at your disposal for photographs for as long as you need.
The planning and packages at Barnsdale gardens are flexible, they aim to fit to your requirements. Whether you are looking for Champagne and canapés, a cream tea, traditional wedding breakfast. If you are looking for a ceremony venue, a ceremony and drinks package, or a location that can accommodate all of your celebrations, then they have the space and facilities for you.
Photography at the Gardens
The options for photography at Barnsdale Gardens are huge! If you’re a keen nature photographer then you could spend hours here; set up your tripod and macro lens to photograph some great insect photography. Using a long focal length on your camera will let you compose beautiful images of the plants and flowers throughout the gardens.
Barnsdale Gardens really is the perfect backdrop for a wedding photographer; everywhere you look there’s beauty. I love to document couples’ days by using a wide angle lens and capturing moments as they happen, photographing all of the wonderful things that happen throughout your day.
Wedding || Alex & Eleanor
Alex and Eleanor didn’t let the BV get in the way of their plans (well, I mean, it obviously did, but they still had a beautiful day). The couple decided to move their ceremony to the beautiful Barnsdale gardens, and had an outdoor ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family. Being outdoors there was plenty of space to maintain social distancing yet it still felt like a wedding – while the guests relaxed in the gardens we went and had a relaxed walk around the gardens and got some couple portraits. Now, my whole thing is to document what happens and not to lead anything or direct poses – unless the couple (Alex) are massive posers and won’t stop looking at the camera. So that’s why the couple (Alex) sometimes look posed, they (Alex) aren’t, it’s just their (Alex’s) personality – which is the most important thing for me to capture!
These guys were great fun, they literally didn’t stop laughing and giggling with each other the whole time, they are clearly very much in love – I genuinely can’t wait to see them again next year when EVERYONE gets to come! (well, I mean, they’ll decide and invite people, don’t just turn up)
If you’re looking for a Barnsdale Gardens wedding photographer then I’d love to have a chat about your plans, contact me today to discuss how I can document your day.