Clock Barn Wedding Photography
Clock Barn is a simply beautiful venue. It’s rustic beams and fairy lights combined with it’s stunning gardens and expansive grounds make it the perfect backdrop to your wedding day.
looking a Clock Barn wedding photographer?
look no further for relaxed, natural photography full of light and love!
I’ve been a recommended photographer at Clock Barn for more than ten years now and Clock Barn is one of my all time favourite wedding venues. I’ve put together this helpful page full of tips for your Clock Barn wedding as well as plenty of wedding photos for inspiration. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions about your wedding at Clock Barn!
You want your wedding to feel relaxed and laid-back…
with zero cringe worthy posing, just beautiful candid moments and natural photos.
You don't want to miss out on the party
to spend loads of time posing when you could be hanging out with your mates.
You want a photographer who knows Clock Barn
but you still want your wedding to be unique (no cookie cutters over here!) I love that each couple and each day is different!
Imagine your wedding photography feeling easy and fun
(but you still get amazing wedding photos full of beautiful moments captured)
Hi, I’m Lydia and I’ve been a Clock Barn wedding photographer for over ten years!
I love photographing weddings at Clock Barn and was put on the recommended list more than a decade ago when the venue owner saw how I worked and took a liking to my relaxed approach. This amazing wedding venue has so much choice for your your wedding photos and knowing the venue well means I’m experienced and able to work with you to quickly capture beautiful, natural photographs fast with no faff. I know all the best spots around the large venue site for all seasons and weather conditions, which just means less time spent with me in front of the camera, and more time for drinks with your mates.
Relax, you’re in experienced hands!
Most of the couples I work with would say they’re not a fan of the camera, but don’t worry I work in a natural way, with no posing that’ll give you the ick, just genuine moments which tell the story of your wedding day at Clock Barn perfectly. The best complement for me is when wedding guests assume I must be one of your mates, but with a really great camera!
HOW IT WORKS AT CLOCK BARN
The new prep space at Clock Barn is great, as it’s so spacious. When you arrive please leave your dress and any details like your shoes, jewellery, perfume, invitation etc in the small room with the mirror as this is where I’ll photograph your details and flat lay, followed by a shot of your dress on the large mirror. I tend to arrive around two hours before the ceremony and I use this space so I’m out of the way of hair and make up and also as it has a large door I can open to get a bit more natural light. The rest of the morning’s shots will be capturing all the fun, as well as the preparations and I love to finish with a first look I tend to start by capturing a first look of your gang or your parents seeing you all dressed and ready to go. Have the tissues on hand!
I’ll head round to the barn about half an hour before the ceremony start time to capture your partner and their friends and family – as well as shots of your guests arriving and the barn looking beautiful with any flowers and backdrop you’ve chosen. During the ceremony it’s self I’ll usually position myself behind the registrars table and I don’t tend to move or use flash photography – I want to be as unobtrusive as possible. This is the perfect place to capture all the emotion on your faces as you exchange vows. Beautiful!
Whoop! You’re married! Once you’ve walked down the aisle we’ll arrange your guests down the pathway outside the barn ready for your confetti tunnel! Then you should soak up all those warm hugs and congratulations. I like to give you the first half an hour of the reception to relax and enjoy things before we take any photos together. I’ll be capturing candid moments while you relax and mingle. After a while we’ll shoot some relaxed group photos and finally finish with a walk around the grounds to some of my favourite photo backdrops. And do let me know if you have any favourite spots too and we’ll be sure to include them. At Clock Barn you’re spoilt for choice!
on the dancefloor
Most of my couples book me for the whole day, and after your wedding breakfast & the speeches in the evening your guests will spill back out onto the outdoor terrace and the gardens. This is the perfect opportunity to sneak you off down the long drive to capture a few golden hour photos if we get lucky enough. Or the sunset in the paddock with it’s long grass is beautiful too. Then we’ll get that cake cut and get you onto the dance floor! My whole day package lasts until the first dance but I always stay to photograph some of the dance floor action to ensure the full story of the day told in the photos.
Lydia, we cannot thank you enough for the absolutely incredible, beautiful and outstanding photos that we have just looked through.
We are bowled over that you were able to capture such incredible shots that will serve as beautiful memories for the rest of our lives.
see how i capture
a full day at clock barn
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What if it rains?
If the weather isn’t on our side we’ll get creative. I always travel with clear umbrellas in my boot! The stable room where the fireplace is is my go to spot for group shots during winter weddings and this room has plenty of natural light thanks to the big windows on one side. I’ll also keep one eye on the weather throughout the day so as soon as it’s dry I’ll sneak you two off! In over twelve years shooting weddings I’ve never shot a wedding where it’s rained all day!
What's the best layout or location for a wedding ceremony at Clock Barn?
Ceremonies at either end of the barn are best, either facing the bar or the dancefloor. Or if you have lower guest numbers the stable room is a lovely option too. This is purely because these options have the best natural light which will result in better photographs. Both the dancefloor and the semi circular seating facing the side of the barn will lead to much darker photos so keep that in mind.
I think Clock Barn are also now starting to add the option of outdoor ceremonies in the paddock too which will be gorgeous and also handy as it won’t require a room turn around to set up your wedding breakfast. This just means I can get into the barn sooner to take detail shots of the table and flowers.
As a Clock Barn wedding photographer where do you recommend we have our group photos taken?
I almost always shoot group photographs in the archway leading from the garden to the paddock with the long grass. I do this as it’s the part of the garden with plenty of shade which means you and your guests won’t be squinting in the photos! During winter or on rainy days (when it’s stopped raining!) I’ll also use the pathway directly outside the barn to help keep your guests feet dry. And I make use of the stable room (where the fireplace is!) on very rainy days. If it’s possible I’ll always get you outside year round for photos as natural light will give us the best results.
We love the photos we've seen you do on the long drive to Clock Barn, when do you do those?
During the drinks reception I don’t want to keep you away from your guests for photos for long. Usually before dinner we’ll have a fifteen – twenty minute mooch around the grounds close to the barn it’s self for some photos. If you want photos on the long drive and it’s surrounding fields I tend to take these after dinner, once you’ve had more of a chance to relax and greet everyone. I’ll bring my car round and you two can jump in. It’s especially gorgeous up there during golden hour.
How do we book you?
Whoop! I’d absolutely love to be your wedding photographer! Let’s start by checking my availability, drop me a line via my contact form but don’t delay as I tend to book up around a year or two in advance. Also, if you’re having a Northbrook Park wedding I offer a little VIP discount as it’s such a pleasure to work there. Just ask when you enquire!
Wedding commissions are available at Clock Barn now booking winter 2024 and 2025 weddings. My most popular package is 9hrs, which is usually just right to cover from the preparations to the first dance. Wedding album options are available too. Drop me a line to grab a brochure with all the details. All my wedding packages include…