Where to start with Matthew and Arusha? They’re funny, infectiously chatty and so in love. They had their beautiful mid summer wedding at the gorgeous Bateman’s Barn, a first for me there this year. We’d met through the fabulous make up artist Emily from The Cottage in Norwich and we got together in Autumn 2016 for the first time. We chatted for well over an hour and we got along famously! With the wedding date firmly in the diary we met again in early 2017 for an engagement shoot and to see Bateman’s Barn in the flesh. It looked fabulous in late spring weather!
Bateman’s Barn is owned and operated Nicole and her husband and I met them both on the wedding morning. The decorations were up and the tables all set for the day. The theme was light and bright with real and handmade sunflowers, hand grown succulents and fish named tables. Matthew is a real enthusiastic angler and their joint vision and planning came through beautifully! It looked great. Alice from The Cottage was doing all the girls hair in South Emlham Hall and by late morning everyone was done and relaxing having champagne! Arusha had this planned with military precision! The relaxed atmosphere made for a lovely intimate bridal preparation session.
The ceremony in the Barn was beautiful with a lovely poem reading which the registrars followed up with at the end. It was full of love and laughter which set the theme for the wedding breakfast speeches. The bridesmaids and groomsmen’s speeches had everyone in stitches and I struggled to keep it together myself!
Bateman’s Barn is set in fabulous farmland and in mid July there were ripening wheat and oat fields stretching to the horizon. Just before their first dance I stole them away for 15 minutes for a beautiful sunset in the fields and we got some lovely portrait shots in incredible lighting. The evening party was banging and the fish and chip van provided much needed evening sustenance!
Matthew and Arusha thanks for letting me be a part of your day and being so fantastic. Here’s your day.
Batemans Barn – A brief history
Bateman’s Barn South Elmham dates from 1270. It has been lovingly restored and is now a relaxed and homely Suffolk wedding barn venue with lots of natural light, oak flooring, lime washed wattle daub walls and ancient oak beams. This beautiful flint, brick and timber barn has been carefully restored by its organic farming owners, Nicole and John Sanderson, for future generations to enjoy.
Medieval Bateman’s Barn is licenced for wedding ceremonies and our Secret Garden and ancient grove of trees are just two of the outdoor spots on our historic ‘island’ which are also very popular for outdoor country wedding ceremonies. We have also opened up our home, Grade I listed South Elmham Hall, to provide a relaxed, convenient and comfortable B&B for couples and their wedding guests.
Surrounding the wedding barn are a romantic ruined gatehouse, plus two acres of secluded gardens and woodland and lawns – ideal for garden games, fireworks and our primeval fire pit. There’s also sunny terrace and wildflower meadows – all make amazing locations for outdoor ceremonies and stunning backdrops for those all-important photographs.