Not many couples opt to tie the knot in January - but Ellie and Jamie aren't keen on hot weather, so a winter wedding fitted the bill perfectly! And whilst we didn't get the hoped-for snow (well, I hoped for it anyway!), their wonderful venue, Long Furlong Barn, was as picturesque as ever, with stunning views of the South Downs in the winter light. If ever there was a venue that looks magical year round, it's Long Furlong Barn. I love its sweeping driveway with the expanse of fields either side and dramatic skies - whether hazy with sun or grey and moody. The owners have taken great care to maintain the natural feel of the outdoor space, with sympathetic signage and wooden fencing - great for photos! - plus they've added a secret garden with natural seating options and attractive foliage. As I write, I'm back at Long Furlong Barn tomorrow for a wedding, and am very much looking forward to seeing how the secret garden has matured over the summer. I always appreciate having a good variety of backdrops for my couple photos.
Inside, the barn is welcoming and atmospheric, with fantastic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Ellie and Jamie contacted Amanda of Hire Your Day, to hang beautiful drapes with fairy lights in the main barn, adding a romantic atmosphere which perfectly suited Ellie's fairy-tale Mori Lee dress - from Whyte Weddings in Worthing. Beautiful centrepieces and bouquets by Findon Flowers completed the look. Ellie was complimentary about all the suppliers involved with her wedding and told me she would recommend them all 100% - praise indeed! But she did give Findon Flowers an extra special mention, telling me how flexible and accommodating they were to her suggestions, even providing an interactive trial of the centrepieces before the day.
Long Furlong Barn offers couples the option of a licensed wedding ceremony inside the lovely beamed Cowshed, or to use the venue for the reception only. Ellie and Jamie wanted a traditional church ceremony, and given the short daylight hours and a very photogenic country church - St Mary's in East Preston - we elected to take the family formal photos outside the church before guests made their way to Long Furlong for the celebrations. With the ceremony just after 1:00, we had plenty of time to make use of Long Furlong's lovely grounds for couple photos, before heading inside for comforting pies by The Gourmet Chef, one of my favourite catering companies and popular with couples getting married at Long Furlong Barn.
Their day ended with live music by Worthing-based band Murdoch's Crazy Eyes - this was the second time they'd performed at a wedding I'd captured, and, as before, they provided excellent entertainment and had everyone up on the dance-floor. Any band who keeps the dance-floor filled has my vote - I love getting in on the action and capturing the party atmosphere up close! Always makes a great end to the wedding album or video slideshow I compile too. And to keep up my energy levels, a sneaky piece (or two!) of delicious cake - thanks Rebecca from Frizelle Cakes!
If I can be a little cheeky, a shameless plug for me too - thanks so much Ellie!:
"All I can say is we are so totally in love with our wedding photos which really captured the greatest of memories. From the inclusive engagement shoot, to the running around helping (whilst taking incredible pictures) on the morning of the big day to the beautiful timeline video of the pictures afterwards, Jenny was just incredible and I would recommend her (and have been) to anyone and everyone!"
Pets are important too!Images by award-winning Sussex Wedding photographer Ellie and Jamie's Long Furlong Barn WeddingCake by Rebecca Frizelle of Frizelle Cakes and centrepiece by Findon Flowers Ellie and Jamie's Long Furlong Barn WeddingRomantic drapes by Amanda of Hire Your Day, Worthing Ellie and Jamie's Long Furlong Barn WeddingLong Furlong Barn's stunning driveway with fields either side
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Off to charge batteries and clean lenses for my return to Long Furlong Barn for Mandy and Mark's M&M-themed wedding tomorrow (love M&Ms - can't wait guys!)