Colourful and rustic Gildings Barn wedding

There is so much to say about this Gildings Barn wedding, I absolutely loved it! It was so colourful, so fun, so emotional and such a laid back, relaxed day.

Adding some personality into your wedding

Tamara is from Kenya and she wanted to have lots of references to that throughout the day. Tamara, her mum and her bridesmaids were all wearing multicoloured African cloths wrapped around them as dresses while they got ready in the morning. They looked gorgeous, and the most colourful group I’ve ever photographed! They also used more of these ‘kitenges’ (colourful ethnic cloths) to cover the hay bales at Gildings Barn later in the day.

There were also guinea fowl feathers included in Tamara’s bouquet and in the buttonholes. I had never seen this before and it really worked well. All the flowers looked absolutely beautiful.

Tamara and Mark are both really into rowing and do it all the time (that’s why they’re both so fit with excellent toned arms!).  A lot of their guests were also involved in rowing so they wanted to include a reference to that in the wedding. After their wedding ceremony, when most people might have had confetti, they walked under an arch of rowing blades held by their teammates. It was truly unique and the wind catching Tamara’s veil added to the drama and fun of the moment.

The tables for their wedding breakfast at their Gildings Barn wedding were also named after parts of a rowing boat. I loved how Tamara and Mark had really tied in a lot of their history, personality and hobbies into their wedding day making it feel really personal.

Church ceremony

Mark and Tamara had their wedding ceremony at the beautiful St Mary Oatlands Church in Weybridge, Surrey. It’s the stunning Church where I shot this whimsical winter wedding back in 2016. The ceremony was gorgeous and emotional, I did spot Mark wiping away a few tears when Tamara arrived looking so beautiful. I love the heightened emotions on a wedding day, you feel everything just a little bit stronger I think.

Gildings Barn wedding

Gildings Barn is a truly unique venue, and full of interesting decorations and quirky details. I loved it as soon as I saw it, and when I discovered the log cabin in the woods I just knew I needed to take Mark and Tamara there for portraits.

I think a Gildings Barn wedding will tend to always be fairly relaxed, it just feels like that kind of venue. It looks completely beautiful when it is decorated for a wedding, and the outside area is perfect for a few laid back drinks and canapés. There were lots of hay bales around and I knew I wanted to use them for a group portrait with the wedding party. We had a bit of time to try something different with this and it ended up looking great!

I also loved taking the bride and groom off into the woods for their photos. There are some lovely backdrops, including the log cabin, which made it a brilliant venue for photos.

Surrey wedding photographer

If you are planning a relaxed wedding at Gildings Barn or at another wedding venue in Surrey and you would like documentary, creative wedding photography then please do get in touch via my contact page.

Gildings Barn wedding suppliers

Wedding dress brand – Lillian West
Wedding dress shop – Wedding Frox
Groom’s suit – Buckleighs of London
Hair and make up artist – Melissa Oldridge
Florist – I Do Wedding Florists
Cake – made by a (very talented!) friend
Caterer – The Wheeler Estate
Transport – Weybridge Classic Cars and Redroute Buses
Band – The Thatchers Band
Photobooth – Horse Box Photo Booth


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