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Blackstock Barns Summer Wedding Shoot

October 21, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I don't photograph many styled wedding shoots - I'm just too busy with the real life weddings - but when I was asked to photograph a styled wedding at Blackstock Country Estate, also known as Blackstock Barns, I jumped at the chance!  As an experienced wedding photographer, I can turn up at any venue, from church to barn to country manor, and be confident of capturing images of my couples that they'll love.  It doesn't matter if I've photographed weddings there before; in fact, some of my best ever images have been captured when I'm on creative overdrive from the excitement of a venue that's new to me.  Being a wedding photographer is about seeing light and working with people; finding the most photogenic backdrops at a venue is the easy part.  However, being a wedding photographer is also about trust, and many couples feel reassured by having a photographer who's photographed at least one wedding at their venue of choice.  Whilst I understand that, it's sometimes hard to get the opportunity of that first venue wedding, and I know I've lost out on Blackstock weddings before for the sole reason of not already having photographed there.

So when the opportunity arose to expand my portfolio of Sussex barn weddings (regular readers of my blog will know I'm big on barns!) I was more than happy to oblige!  Just as with any wedding, we set a date with the venue and then went about sourcing a dress, suit, flowers, and decor.  Unlike a real wedding, we also had to find the couple themselves!  I say we, actually it was the very talented Kimberley of Kimberley Louise Make-up who did all the sourcing and co-ordination.  I just turned up with bags of equipment and bags of enthusiasm!

Blackstock is located in Hellingly, East Sussex, and set in stunning countryside.  As Sussex barns go, it's up there with the best of them, with beautiful beamed interiors and picturesque backdrops - both inside and out.  I knew that before I arrived.  What I didn't know, was how tasty the food would be! Chef Marco had prepared a banquet for me to photograph and sample.  Actually, I'm not sure two full plates of mains and desserts counts as sampling, but it was delicious, and after several hours of shooting, just as with a real wedding, we'd certainly built up an appetite.

On the day, we were blessed with gorgeous weather - a little too bright for great portraits, but we sourced some great shady locations at the front of the barns, and saved the open fields with the beautiful bird cage and arched seat for the evening when the light had softened a little.  As many of my readers will know, I like my couple images to look natural, even if they may be gently directed.  Usually, a bit of direction helps create a more flattering photograph, but overly staged images can lack emotion and feel a bit stuck in the 20th century.  So the gate leading from the barn onto the fields was perfect for the style of image I'd usually create at barn weddings.  And our models Helen and Stefan were patient and willing participants.  I found it a little strange directing them at first as I'm used to asking couples to interact as they usually would - some are romantic and like to kiss, others fool around and gently chide each other - but Helen and Stefan were not a 'real life' actual couple, and both have other partners, so I would start to say something completely inappropriate, then stop myself just in time!  There was quite a lot of giggling!  I have to say though, as the shoot progressed, they both went into full-blown acting mode and were extremely believable as a couple, making it easy and fun for us to capture - thanks guys!

And thank you to Ivana and the team at Your Sussex Wedding magazine too for featuring our shoot in their current (Oct/Nov 2016) issue - myself and all the suppliers involved in the shoot were proud to see our work in print and being distributed to thousands of local brides:


Blackstock Wedding PhotographyBlackstock Country Estate featured in Your Sussex Wedding magazineEditorial feature from styled wedding shoot at Blackstock Country Estate, with images taken by Sussex wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford

Thank you to Your Sussex Wedding magazine for featuring our Blackstock Barns shoot


Wedding Photography at BlackstockBride arrival at Blackstock Country EstateBride arriving at Blackstock with flowers by Nells Flowers and dress by Opulence & Grace. Image by Blackstock wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

Helen's gorgeous bouquet was by local florist, Nells Flowers
Natural make-up by Kimberley Louise Make-up


Nell's Flowers bouquet, Sussex Wedding photography by Jenny RutterfordBlackstock Wedding Bride with bouquetBeautiful bouquet by Nell's Flowers. Photographed by Blackstock Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

Blackstock Wedding PhotographyBlackstock Wedding Ceremony stylingStyling by Not Your Average I Do at Blackstock Barn. Image by Sussex Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford


Wedding Photographer BlackstockBlackstock Wedding Floral arch and Love signFloral archway by Figtree Flowers, taken by Blackstock Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

Beautiful floral arch by Fig Tree Flowers; Table decoration by Nells Flowers;
moss LOVE letters by Not Your Average I Do


Wedding Ceremonies at BlackstockBlackstock Wedding CeremonyOne of the ceremony rooms at Sussex wedding venue, Blackstock Country Estate. Image by Blackstock Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

One of the two Blackstock Barns that can be used as ceremony rooms


Blackstock wedding photographyBlackstock WeddingWedding ceremony at Blackstock Country Estate captured by Jenny Rutterford Wedding Photographer


Blackstock Country Estate WeddingsBlackstock Wedding Ceremony RoomBlackstock offers a choice of ceremony room. Image by Blackstock Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

The second barn option for wedding ceremonies at Blackstock Barns


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Blackstock Farm Wedding_1009Blackstock Wedding Couple ImagesPhotography by Blackstock Wedding Photographer Jenny Rutterford Photography


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Helen's bridal hair by Lulus-Hair by Lucie; Make-up by Kimberley Louise Make-up

Event decor by Not Your Average I Do


Catering at Blackstock Farm WeddingsCatering at Blackstock Farm WeddingsFood at Blackstock photographed by Sussex Wedding Photographer, Jenny Rutterford

Delicious, beautifully presented food by Marco at Blackstock Barns


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Blackstock Farm Wedding at sunsetBlackstock Farm Wedding at sunsetBeautiful wedding photography at Blackstock Country Estate in Sussex. Image by award-winning photographer, Jenny Rutterford Photography

One of my favourite 'couple' photos, and in keeping with my usual photographic style


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Helen's beautiful dress was supplied by Opulence and Grace in Broadwater, Worthing;

Stefan's suit was supplied by Dickies Of Crawley


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Blackstock's stunning backdrop in the Sussex Downs is perfect for natural couple photos


  Blackstock Summer WeddingBlackstock Summer WeddingNatural wedding photographer Jenny Rutterford, based in Sussex


Blackstock food by Sussex Wedding Photographer Jenny RutterfordBlackstock Wedding DessertsDelicious desserts at Blackstock Country Estate Weddings

Simply yummy desserts by Marco, chef at Blackstock Barns


Blackstock First Dance captured by wedding photographer Jenny RutterfordBlackstock Wedding First DanceFirst dance in Blackstock's stunning beamed barn. Image by Blackstock wedding photographer, Jenny Rutterford


Blackstock's rustic beams with coloured uplighting create an atmospheric setting
for the couple's First Dance


As I write, I'm hoping to meet lots of lovely couples at Blackstock's Wedding venue Showcase day this Sunday 23 October 2016 if you'd like to come along.  I'll be excited to book my first real Blackstock Barns wedding so please stop by my stand! 

Jenny x


Sussex Wedding Suppliers involved in the Blackstock shoot:

Venue:  Blackstock Barns

Photographer:  Jenny Rutterford Photography

Bridal Make Up:  Kimberley Louise Make Up

Bridal Hair:  Lulus-Hair by Lucie

Florist:  Nell's Flowers

Dress:  Opulence and Grace

Suit:  Dickies

Floral Arch:  Fig Tree Flowers

Event Styling:  Not Your Average I Do 

Models:  Helen Green and Stefan Hughes




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