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….
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.
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!
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….. they
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.