Craig and Becky’s  wonderful summer wedding at Montague Barn by Sussex Wedding Photographer Alison Buchanan

Craig and Becky were married at the beautiful Hellingly Church, and they held their reception a short drive away at  Montague Farm near Pevensey.  I visited them on the Thursday before their big day at their venue which they decorated themselves with lots of help from friends and family.  They started with a completely blank canvas so it means they had a lot more to do than a conventional venue but had complete control over how it was done.  I loved the idea that all their friends had made bunting for them, some had even knitted little triangles, which they decorated the barn with.  So this blog is a little different as you get some of their pre wedding shoot which took place just days before their wedding…  Montague Barn is set in the farmyard, with an enclosed courtyard where the spit roast and bar were set up – and is in Hankham, on the western edge of the Pevensey Levels.  The farm is run as an organic farm and it is a lovely venue for a country wedding, being surrounded by wonderful countryside and with the animals taking it all in their stride….

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After our shoot I left everyone hard at work and I couldn’t believe what a wonderful transformation this family had achieved  when I saw it on the Saturday. I met these two lovely people over a year ago and am so pleased they chose me to photograph their wedding.  Craig found me at the Eastbourne Wedding Fair and literally dragged Becky over!  They had a very definite vision of what they wanted their wedding to be even then.

Becky got ready at home, and all was calm – the cat watched the whole process before making herself scarce…Country style wedding

And Becky’s bouquet was beautifully made with wild flowers and berries …wild flowers and berries bouquet2016-02-12_0013Country style wedding

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Leaving home they headed for Hellingly Church where Craig was waiting…..2016-02-12_0016Bride in moment of contemplationBride and father walk down the aisleGroom waiting in churchChurch decorationsBride and Groom Hellingly ChurchHellingly Church wedding

and then back to Montague Barn – standing where two days before they had stood with cups of coffee in their hands planning their day….Montague Barn Weddingdocumentary style barn weddingCountry wedding SussexBride and Groom Montague BarnBarn wedding photography

It was a day of family, friends and celebration and lots of little touches that reflected this lovely couple.  A spit roast in the barn, wonderful cakes – a sofa to take the weight off your feet, and a play area for the children – what more could you want.   Guests wandered round, the geese didn’t seem to mind and happily posed whilst the sheep grazed happily completely ignoring us and the sheepdog sitting by the fence watching them!Bride and groom in farmyard2016-02-12_0031Barn wedding decorationsbarn wedding decorationsbarn wedding decorationsbarn wedding photographybarn wedding foodMontague Barn weddingMontague barn weddingwedding speeches in barndocumentary style wedding photographybarn wedding photographycountry flowers in wellieswedding cake

As the day progressed into evening Craig and Becky cut the cake, baked by Becky and her Mum, and then the Ceilidh started – absolutely brilliant – everyone danced with great enthusiasm and energy and the band were awesome – accompanied by Becky’s brother on guitar.  And as Craig and Becky took to the floor for their first dance they were joined by some younger members of the party…..Barn Wedding first dance 2016-02-12_0053they ceilidh dancing wedding Montague barn wedding

Just before I left I persuaded them to come outside for a few moments for a final portrait….Montague Barn wedding

As a footnote I should say that Becky and Craig wrote me one of the nicest thank you letters I have ever had.  Thank you both for being so fantastic and letting me share this special day with you.