On an estate of nearly 30 acres in the countryside overlooking the Malvern Hills, this beautiful, modern barn conversion is a brilliant place for a relaxed, elegant wedding. Windows flood every room with gorgeous natural light, making my job as a Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photographer an absolute pleasure (I LOVE natural light for awesome, award-winning wedding photos!).
With everything you need in one place, if you have your wedding at Bredenbury Court Barns you can also book guests into the luxurious on-site accommodation, so you can make the country estate your home for the night and extend the celebrations!
Jeorjie and Tom – Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photography
I met Jeorjie and Tom at the Cheltenham wedding show in 2021, after my amazing PA Rhian had answered a few questions by email they’d made their decision and booked before the day had finished – possibly a new record for booking speed! I joined them as their Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photographer, where they’d finally get married in their tenth year together.
Bredenbury Court Barns was the first venue they viewed, and they couldn’t get it out of their heads, nothing else came close to the space, light, and rustic charm mixed with luxurious modern design – all things I was absolutely in love with too as their Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photographer. Having everything in one place also meant I could move quickly between Jeorjie and Tom in the morning, capturing bridal prep and groom prep almost simultaneously without having to worry about missing a moment.
Wedding at Bredenbury Court Barns
I arrived at the venue and was met by Tom, with a big smile on his face, he introduced me to his two brothers and awesome Uncle Phil, and straight away I knew we’d have a great day and lots of fun! The boys were getting ready together and having a few drinks in one of the well-appointed, modern kitchens of the on-site accommodation. There was even an honorary mini-groomsman, Jeorjie’s sister’s little boy, who was wearing a tiny little matching suit.
Jeorjie and her three bridesmaids (her sister and two childhood friends), were having their hair and make-up done in the Beauty Booth and bridal prep area, all laughing, having fun, and drinking fizz, you could tell how close they all are and how excited they were for Jeorjie’s big day.
Becki Williams, Jeorjie’s hairdresser had brought the most massive hair rollers I had ever seen! I had lots of fun playing with capturing shots of Jeorjie framed by her rollers in the mirror, they were a big (literally!) feature of Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photography that day! The beautiful natural light in the room gave superstar make-up artist Ruth Starkie the ideal conditions to apply perfect make-up for Jeorjie and the girls.
Meanwhile, guests were starting to arrive, and Tom was chatting and relaxing with them – both Bride and Groom were remarkably chilled, and having the whole wedding in one location really helped this, they could just relax and enjoy the day. I popped outside to check the weather and found Tom quietly going through his speech, I love capturing these ‘moments between moments’ for the couple to remember their day, and for Jeorjie to see how Tom was preparing so carefully before her arrival for their wedding at Bredenbury Court Barns.
Jeorjie got into her stunning fitted dress, from ‘The Other White Dress’ Collection from Morilee by Madeleine Gardner. Both her dress and her veil were from The Dressing Rooms, Halesowen and they couldn’t have been more perfect for Jeorjie – she looked incredible! The earrings she wore had special meaning, they were a present to Jeorjie when she was a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding.
Once she’d been helped into her dress, I took Jeorjie outside into the little courtyard, ready for an emotional first look with her Dad. Capturing moments of genuine emotion is so important to me, and seeing Jeorjie’s Dad fill with pride and happy tears as he came outside to see her was really wonderful. Before heading to the ceremony (just a few moments away) they all had a group hug, and Jeorjie took her Dad’s arm, ready to walk down the aisle.
Having the whole wedding in one place meant there was no need to rush those final moments, which are often so precious on your wedding day. As a Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photographer, everything feels relaxed and effortless, which shows on everyone’s happy faces from start to finish.
Bredenbury Court wedding photos
Tom was waiting with their guests in the beautifully restored Oak Barn, which had been decorated for the ceremony. With a wall of huge windows allowing light to flood in, I switched off the ceiling lights so we could make the most of the natural gorgeousness – if you can have natural light for your ceremony enjoy it, it’s great for Bredenbury Court wedding photos too!
Jeorjie had been the chief wedding planner, doing everything from designing and printing the invitations, table plans, and signs, to sourcing and arranging the table centerpieces. She’d chosen artificial flowers from Bear Green Flora Designs, so they could enjoy them forever (I believe they are now proudly on display at home!). Their ceremony was full of smiles and some lovely readings, with Tom’s brothers taking care of ring-bearing duties.
After their all-important first married kiss, everyone assembled to throw confetti as they walked back down the aisle and out onto the terrace for drinks. On the day I worked alongside Jeorjie and Tom’s video team, LeeLea Films – making sure we all got our shots of the important moments, whilst also having a really brilliant time together!
Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photographer
I’d been constantly keeping an eye on the changeable weather throughout the day, so knew we had to be quick if we wanted to capture outdoor group portraits in the grassy area between the beautiful main house at Bredenbury Court and the wedding barn. I managed to get a few groups photographed, then the rain started – Uncle Phil had seen it coming and was ready with umbrellas to get everyone back inside, where I finished group portraits in the ceremony room.
As soon I spied another gap in the weather, we went outside to set up some awesome fun smoke grenade wedding photos, that Jeorjie and Tom bought colourful smoke grenades for. A group piggyback race through the coloured smoke ended in absolute chaos and some really funny, wonderful real moments.
Jeorjie and Tom
After that, I took Jeorjie and Tom away for a little photoshoot in the grounds itself, where there are loads of brilliant places for Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photography. Although the main house at Bredenbury Court is in the process of being completely refurbished, we were still able to use the lovely architecture in the background, and the newlyweds sat on the front entrance steps for a little snuggle.
Another thing I love about Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photography is that the gardens become part of your décor, via the huge windows. The grounds also have amazing views of the surrounding countryside and some beautiful old trees. Jeorjie and Tom climbed on top of some logs in the gardens for a few portraits, and I think some of my favourite photos of them from the day are as they climbed up and down from the logs. They were both so fun and playful, capturing that in their wedding photos really made me smile.
After some romantic moments and silhouettes under the trees, we headed back to join their wedding breakfast.
Wedding breakfast in The Oak Room at Bredenbury Court Barns
The white and taupe colour scheme was classically elegant, and Jeorjie really had done so well with planning everything. Their tables had been named after their favourite TV shows and films, which was a lovely personal touch. There were also some super cute photos from throughout their time together as part of their guest book.
The only minor mishap on the day was the top tier of their cake, which sadly melted in the car on the way to the venue! A suitable replacement was quickly found from the Co-Op just around the corner from the venue, and it sat on top of a tower of brownies and cakes made by a baker local to Jeorjie’s Mum in the Forest of Dean. An absolute tower of deliciousness, that I snuck a sample of before I left in the evening!
Jeorjie and Tom were met with a roaring welcome as they arrived back with their guests, and their wedding breakfast started with some beautiful speeches, with some really emotional and funny moments!
Their food, a ‘Host a Roast’ provided by Jenkinsons Caterers was also part of the entertainment for the day, with every table having one guest allocated as chef to carve and serve food, complete with chef’s hat and apron.
Evening fun and iconic dance moves
After dinner their guests relaxed and enjoyed the venue, I like to keep an eye on what’s happening on the edges of the main activity, and found one of Jeorjie’s bridesmaids sneaking a little rest and putting her feet up on the sofa, which we all laughed about!
I captured a few smaller group portraits with friends and family while everyone had drinks on the terrace, the weather had cleared and the evening was beautifully calm. Then, after cutting their cake Jeorjie and Tom had their first dance, followed by everyone piling on to the dance to celebrate with them.
The evening party was an absolute blast, with some iconic dance moves, piggybacks, and lots of fun. Wedding DJ Pete Stead played all their favourite songs and got everyone partying.
As the squad took a break from the dancefloor, they sat outside on the terrace and lit some cigars. The dramatic backlit portraits were great fun to photograph in the smoky evening light, with everyone kicking back and relaxing. Once they’d rested, they all charged back to the dancefloor to party the night away to some classic tunes, with Jeorjie and Tom always at the centre of the fun!
It was an awesome day, with brilliant people – after ten years together Jeorjie and Tom are finally Mr and Mrs, and they partied in style! Congratulations and thanks so much for inviting me!
Looking for your Bredenbury Court Barns wedding photographer?
I’d love to join you as your Bredenbury Court wedding photographer, it’s a pleasure to work in such a relaxed venue, with beautiful natural light and stunning surroundings.
For some more wedding inspiration check out some weddings at other locations in the UK, including Temple of Minerva wedding photography, or maybe the complete opposite end of the lighting spectrum at this underground Wookey Hole wedding!
Get in touch and Rhian, my Amazing PA will get back to you as soon as possible, so we can start planning!