The Great Barn Rolvenden winter wedding
I love a barn wedding, and Rebecca and Chris’ day was a perfect example of why they’re so wonderful. They got married at the Great Barn, Rolvenden, an 18th Century barn that’s full of its own character whilst also giving you the entire space to make fully your own too. (I love it so much I’ve included it in my Top 8 Barn Venues in Kent and Sussex, if you want to take a look). Their day was a totally relaxed celebration of family and friendship, and I was honoured to be a part of it.
As the barn is a blank canvas – and therefore a hugely exciting opportunity – Rebecca and Chris used Anthology Vintage Hire for the décor and furniture. They had both their ceremony and their reception in the barn, getting married in front of a beautiful mossy arch by Blue Hen Flowers and underneath twinkly fairy festoon lights.
Just like the décor, Rebecca was the epitome of understated elegance throughout the entire day. Her bouquet was gorgeous and neat, full of blooms that reminded me of the colours of Starbursts (and that is not a bad thing at all!) Her Laure de Sagazan dress was also a masterclass in relaxed chic, featuring the world’s softest scalloped lace, capped sleeves and a skirt that just flowed, finished with pearl buttons running down the back of it.
For the reception, the barn was decked out with long trestle tables so that guests could eat informally. They had a really simple but effective table plan, chalking a map of the tables on a blackboard and renaming the Top Table “Down Below”.
Barn weddings lend themselves really well to a relaxed feel to the day (which I love as a natural documentary wedding photographer), as there’s nothing too starchy or prescriptive about them. The spaces are always so beautiful and historic in their own right, whilst giving you the opportunity to put your own stamp on their rustic base. They’re also never too far from some lush green space, and I used this to my advantage for Rebecca and Chris’ portraits! With the sun just about to set behind us, and the last of its golden rays gracing us with their presence, they took some time away from everyone else to just be the two of them. We got some really stunning shots of the two of them that reflect their wonderful kind-heartedness and love so well.
“Chosing Matilda to be our wedding photographer was one of the best decisions that we made – the photos she took of our wedding exceeded all our expectations. She made us feel completely at ease for the pictures of us as a couple and captured so many natural and special shots of us and our guests throughout the day – we can’t work out how she managed to be both invisible and in three places at once at any given time. Matilda was warm, thoughtful, efficient and an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout the whole process, and thanks to her we have the most beautiful record of our day which we are absolutely delighted with. This lady has serious talent.”
Rebecca & Chris