We share the wedding of Charlotte and Adam who married in May last year at the stunning boutique venue, Almonry Barn. Their day was beautifully documented by unposed and emotive wedding photographer Simon Biffen.

Romantic Somerset wedding

Located in the quant village of Muchelney, an area well known for it’s 7th-century Benedictine abbey is where Charlotte and Adam chose to hold their romantic Somerset wedding. At over 800 years old Almonry barn is an original venue that certainly can’t be replicated with its unique charm and architectural texture, it’s historical soul is perfect for a style conscious couple full of character.

Even though it was only Spring, the weather made it feel like a mid-summers’ day! Bride Charlotte works as a Cabin Manager & Crew Training Instructor whilst Adam is a Building Contractor, both love the outdoors and spending time with their cockapoo, Winston.

The day started with wedding preparations at Langford Fivehead, a fine country manor house dating back to the 15th century. With the girls in the sumptuous Nathaniel Barnard suite they were in the expert hands of make-up artist By Annabella and hairstylist Lips and Locks.

When Charlotte opened Adam’s wedding day gift of a photograph of the exact spot where he proposed in Port Douglas, Australia, it was an emotional moment. As Charlotte recalled, “We had taken an evening stroll to the end of this boardwalk one evening and overlooked a stunning view of the ocean. Next thing I know, Adam pulls out his wallet, gives me a penny, and told me to make a wish. When it was his turn to make a wish, he took out a ring and got down on one knee. I said yes!”

Talking of the groom, Adam was in the Sybilla de Gundvill suite with his ushers getting ready into his Ted Baker suit. He also received a wedding day gift, a beautiful Longines watch which perfectly complimented his look. The guys then headed off to the Almonry Barn to welcome guests for the ceremony.

Charlotte chose a divine Made With Love wedding dress and looked incredible as she made her entrance with her father. The wedding ceremony was held in the Hayloft at the Almonry Barn. With medieval beams and exposed stonework, the rustic charm of this space adds a great atmosphere to proceedings. It is always heart-warming to see couples really show how they feel. There were countless times throughout the day where the emotion came to the surface, the ceremony was no exception!

The newlyweds were welcomed outside with an incredible amount of confetti, most of which seemed to end up in Adam’s mouth! It was then on to the outdoor wedding reception where drinks and canapés were served by exquisite caterers, Pickle Shack.

Finding a wedding photographer who can capture a day with a documentary natural style is what Charlotte and Adam were looking for, “Simon’s photos are relaxed and capture all the beautiful moments naturally. He was incredible on the day and just felt like one of the guests. Our photo shoot was so fun and involved absolutely no posing! We were just ourselves, whilst he worked his magic”

As a wedding photographer I am trying to find the genuine moments that make a wedding day unique. When it comes to portraits and the couple this becomes finding what makes their relationship special. For Charlotte and Adam it was their ability to be in hysterics one minute and lost in a tender moment the next. I had the grounds at Almonry Barn to explore with them and was excited to have the chance to get some truly wonderful images later in the evening with gorgeous golden hour light.

One reason the couple chose the Almonry Barn was they didnʼt want anywhere too big so they could always see their family and friends around them. The Threshing Barn is the ideal size for the wedding breakfast, seating up to 100 guests. It always looks incredible and today was no exception. Floristry from Amber Persia gave the tables a touch of class and they also provided the elegant bouquets.

The cake by Baking Chick was duly cut by the happy couple before they hit the floor for their first dance. Hybrd Entertainment provided party tunes and kept the crowd moving all night long. With the bar just around the corner, you were never too far away to hear your favourite song come on! On the day wedding videographer Alistair Harris at AH-Videos filmed the action in his candid, documentary way.

A final tip from Bride Charlotte: “Take some time out of your day for the just the two of you and take everything in. You have done all the hard work and planning, so make sure you enjoy your day, even if small details donʼt go to plan, it’s the big picture that matters most.”