Wedding photo opportunities you won’t want to miss

As your wedding day comes to a close, your photo album will host all of your special memories to cherish forever.

You may have saved some photos on Pinterest that you’ll want to replicate, or a group of pals you’d like a group photo with. Whatever the case may be, you do not want these moments forgotten!

We’re confident that you’ve already a long list of must-have ideas prepared for your wedding photographer – from the walk down the aisle to the first dance and everything in between. However, if you are considering Old Essex Barn for your barn wedding venue, we’d like to share a few more ideas you will not want to miss. Make the most of our space by capturing the barn’s unique details on camera to produce amazing photos to suit any wedding theme:

  1. The Getting Ready Moments

These scenes are effortlessly casual and often offer the most entertaining photo opportunities. Before the glitz and glamour of the clothes and jewellery, capture some fun snapshots of the day – perhaps in matching pyjamas in our dedicated bridal preparation suite for some more relaxed photos to cherish!

After all that wedding dress shopping, you need to capture the big reveal! Take a candid picture of your mother or Maid of Honour zipping you in.

But what about the groom? The ladies are often the centre of attention on the morning of your wedding, but it can be lovely to see grooms preparing for the big day. While it may be true that grooms spend less time getting ready, it doesn’t mean that putting on the wedding suit, fastening your tie, or setting your buttonhole isn’t a memorable moment too.

  1. The Venue

With all of the attention on the wedding, it can be easy to forget your surroundings. Your wedding venue is an important part of your day, and while it will always be the backdrop for your images, it’s nice to look back and recall how beautiful it was in its own right.

This is especially true if you have a unique or historic setting, such as Old Essex Barn, but wherever you celebrate your big day, you will want photos to remind you why you chose that location in the first place!

Consider photographing the venue before guests arrive, the reception room all decked out with decorations, the stunning grounds – all the details that made this place stand out to you.

  • Outdoor barn shot: an essential establishing photo, the outdoor venue photo is a must-have. You’ll want to pass this photo down through the generations so that everyone in the family can remember where your love story began.
  • Overhead reception photo: Capture all of your wedding’s carefully planned elements with an overhead image of your tablescapes and décor. This photo will encapsulate all of your ornamental features in a single stunning image. This shot – easily snapped from our balcony – is one you will not want to miss.
  • The spiral staircase: Another popular location for wedding photography, our spiral staircase offers a plethora of shooting opportunities. Standing or seated, staged or candid – the staircase is a stunning location for a range of photos. To heighten the drama of the scene and make it personal, add glowing lanterns, scattered flower buds, or romantic fabric hanging.
  1. The First Look

As the bride walks down the aisle, all eyes are on her – especially those of the spouse-to-be. Having a snapshot of your spouse seeing you for the first time captures an unforgettable moment.

If you and your other half want to have a private reveal, this is another opportunity to capture that first reaction. This is becoming more common as partners frequently want a souvenir of that great “wow!” moment when they first see one other on their special day. Some couples insist they want a first glance, while others prefer to wait until the aisle moment; it is entirely up to you! If you decide to see your partner before the ceremony, make sure to capture it on film. We guarantee you will treasure their on-camera reaction forever.

  1. Portraits

Following your “I do,” slip away with your photographer for shots of just the two of you. It’s a great time to spend alone with your lover, and it’s ideal for some romantic pictures.

Don’t forget about the outside shots! While our interior setting is beautiful, you can’t ignore nature’s splendour. Make the most of our outdoor space by snapping a few photos against a natural backdrop—ideal for group images of the bridal party or personal portraits of the bride and groom.

  1. The Little Ones

Every bride should have a picture with her adorable flower girl or junior bridesmaid. Take a couple of photos of the two of you in whichever pose comes easily to you, whether it is looking down at them or crouching down and showing some affection.

Kids can be difficult to photograph, so it is usually a good idea to get a range of pictures with any little ones at the wedding. Pageboys and flower girls are usually included in the bridal party and formal shots, but it is often on the dancefloor or when racing about the venue that you get a real sense of their personality. Many weddings include games or presents for the children, which is a fantastic opportunity to see them having fun and take some gorgeous photos of them in their element!

“I do!”

You have probably already thought of this one! Everything else revolves around the moment you tie the knot. While there are several photo opportunities around the barn, don’t get too caught up in capturing every detail. Everything else pales in comparison to making your vows and walking down the aisle with the right person.

We can’t wait to see how you personalise the Old Essex Barn wedding venue. Photographers and brides are always inspiring us with new photo ideas that we haven’t seen before! We hope you will consider making Old Essex Barn the setting for your love story—we’d be honoured to be a part of it.