• Milling Barn Wedding, Buntingford in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire wedding photographer Zoë Cooper

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The Milling Barn Wedding

I had first met Megan when I photographed her Sister’s wedding. Her family were such fun to photograph, so I was thrilled when Megan contacted me about her own upcoming wedding.

She and her soon to be Husband Tony had chosen to have their wedding at The Milling Barn, a 17th Century converted oak barn in Buntingford, Hertfordshire.

I joined Megan and her bridesmaids at her family home in the morning. With three sisters as well as nephews and nieces the morning was a hive of noise and activity, all nestled under a cloud of hairspray.

With the ceremony approaching I made my way to The Milling Barn to meet up with Tony and his Groomsmen, as guests took their seats waiting for the arrival of the bridal party.

Megan and Tony held their wedding ceremony in the Dairy Barn, which used to be an old milking parlour. This meant the main barn could already be set up and tables decorated for their wedding breakfast

Following the ceremony wedding guests enjoyed ice creams, and champagne outside on the lawn. Entertainment was provided by magician Steve Rowe (as well as the little bridal party who provided the free entertainment).  The drinks reception seemed to pass in a flash and before we knew it, it was time to take our seats back in the barn.

Speeches before or after the meal?

It really comes down to personal preference. At Megan and Tony’s wedding the speeches were delivered before the meal so that the speakers could relax knowing the job was done. I have certainly seen a shift in the tradition of speeches after the wedding breakfast in the past few years. With a lot more couples preferring to take the pressure off of the speakers and get the formalities out of the way before eating.

I don’t think any member of the wedding party got off lightly during the speeches at Megan and Tony’s wedding.

Couples portraits

I had taken Megan and Tony off for a few informal pictures of just the two of them together during the drinks reception. But, I am always watching as the evening draws in to see how the skies change. We had had a bright sunny day with clear skies so we had a good chance of a sunset. And with surrounding fields just outside of the barn I had planned in advance a few areas I would take them.

After the quiet of the fields with the sun setting we joined the guests who were in full party mode ready for the evening reception. I loved being in the middle of such great dance floor action. The perfect end to a fantastic wedding day.

Wedding Ceremony and reception held at:
Milling Barn wedding venue, Bluntswood Hall, Throcking Buntingford Hertfordshire.

Magician: Steve Rowe https://www.steverowemagic.co.uk

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