Nikita & Jonny
Set in the Suffolk’s beautiful Waveney Valley, Bateman’s Barn is a wonderful wedding venue at South Elmham. South Elmham hall is thought to have been built in the 11th century by the first Bishop of Norwich. It soon became famous for its deer hunting and in 1326 King Edward II came to visit, conducting government of the country at the hall for 10 days.
Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, it came into private hands and is now a working farm, family home and wedding venue. Treading in these historical footsteps was Nikita, as she and her bridesmaids made their preparations in the same hall.
When Nikita and Jonny first sent me the video of them exploring the venue, I could tell it had been love at first sight. They both live in Manchester so it was a long way down to East Anglia, nevertheless they were so excited about inviting everyone to share in their wedding at such a beautiful venue. The converted Bateman’s Barn is a stunning building with wooden beams perfectly in-keeping with the rustic wedding vibe.
Bride & Groom Portraits
Nikita is a florist and designed her own amazing bouquets and floral arrangements, which greeted the guests to the barn and marquee covered courtyard. They were an excellent addition to the picturesque surroundings. Straight after the ceremony, we found time to shoot some portraits in front of South Elmham Hall. One of the focal points of the wedding venue is a derelict gatehouse, supposedly built by Bishop Dispenser (famous as a suppressor of the Peasant’s revolt) and here we caught some of my favourite images.
The food was a hearty paella and authentic log-burning-oven made pizza, complimented by a beautiful homemade cake table (all provided by close family and friends of the happy couple). Further away from the buzz of the reception were the grounds covered in dappled sunlight, the perfect setting for lawn games or finding guests sitting around the fire-pit later on in the summer evening.
Sunset In Suffolk
Just before sunset, I whisked Nikita and Jonny off to a nearby wheat field to capture a few shots. I love these images and thank you so much to Nikita and Jonny for being willing to venture out with me so late in the day on a spur of the moment. You were a dream to photograph and I wish you all the best in the future! Congratulations.
Congratulations Nikita & Jonny!