There is nothing rubbish about this elegant and historical barn property found in Somerset in the Southwest of England. Standing tall for more than 800 years and believed to be one of the oldest wedding barns in England, this unique and vintage spot has proven itself to be ideal for the style-conscious couple. With overlooking views of orchard fields, lush garden grounds, and an ancient abbey that was once used by the monks to give trades to travellers and pilgrims, Almonry Barn represents all things history and style. When catching a glimpse of the gorgeous architectural design, the stone-brick walls, and strings of twinkling lights, it’s easily understood why this spot is so sought after.
When we heard that Fine Art Wedding Photographer, Victoria Lamburn captured a dreamy styled wedding shoot at the property, we knew instantly that we wanted to hear everything. Everything from the romantic decor to the tranquil location and picturesque village made this styled shoot almost too easy to photograph. But in the hands of these amazing creatives, its really something special. This team of photographers, planners, and designers made this day a 10 out of 10, and thanks to the interview and photos we snagged you can check it out for yourself!
Words + photography by Victoria JK Lamburn Photography
Some of the highlights of your experience at the venue?
Almonry Barn is so beautiful, the surroundings are so tranquil and quiet. There is no noise from roads, or aircraft. It’s such a peaceful location. Everything has the wow factor but when you step into the main barn, you know it’s a quality venue which has been restored and furnished in the most tasteful and refined way, its simplicity is understated but done so well. It’s easily one of the most stunning barns that I know of that I have worked at and I have worked at many.
Why did you choose Almonry Barn as the venue for your photo shoot?
So the photos from this session were actually from a styled shoot workshop, so the location was very much a deliberate choice.
Tell us a little bit about the Almonry Barn details.
The Almonry Barn is in rural Somerset in the South-West of England. It’s closest main roads are the A303 and M5 motorway which means its accessible from all areas of the country. The location is set on the Somerset Levels, beautiful countryside pockmarked with picturesque villages.
Tell us a little bit about the shoot you photographed?
The idea was to refine the wedding photography in such a way to create a beautiful story that went beyond just story telling. We wanted to inject a sense of the magical about it all, and remove that feeling of the procedural. That really came across. The photos were sculpted around the usual sequence of events at a wedding but bespoke in such a way in their final sequencing to really create something artful. It wasn’t just ‘One of the cake’ and ‘one of the decorations,’ it was all about a cohesive aesthetic.
What made this venue an ideal location for the shoot?
The Almonry Barn is often mistaken for rural Italy or southern France in photos, and the rustic al fresco touches evoked a sense of a gorgeous wedding in the latter two continental locations. However this all goes back the refined feel of the venue, its effortlessly chic. I think in this respect it makes an ideal location and setting for those who would dream of a wedding in Tuscany or Provence but logistically the UK suits their wedding party better. In terms of this event, it was because that southern European feel that the rustic al fresco styling really shone.
What do you think makes it a great venue in general?
Pretty much encapsulated above but you have a combination of a stunning barn, with beautiful gardens and planting outside. Lots of parking as well!
What additional types of events do you think it's ideal for?
I think weddings, rehearsal dinners, and workshops.
What made the venue a great backdrop and setting for photos?
Lots of green lusciousness with a blend of pastel pops here and there.
Were there any areas you thought lighting was the best?
Outside of the barn towards the stream at the bottom of the grounds is particularly nice. The trees diffuse the low sun perfectly in the height of summer and really make for beautiful couple portraits and family photos.
Favorite existing design elements of the venue?
I just love the stonework on the barn, its weathered look photographs beautifully. It’s what gives the whole venue a sense of class and refinement.
What makes both the area + the venue a good destination for a group getaway or event?
This truly is a getaway location. The South Western tip of England is beautiful and so varied. It’s easy enough to get to and it’s just done so beautifully.
Did you meet anyone at the venue that you connected with or made a lasting impression?
Louise who runs the venue is fabulous.
Any inside tips?
Leave a little time for bridal preparation shots outside on the beautiful grounds once your hair and makeup is done, and make sure you time your bridesmaids/groomsmen and couple photos to time with the best light in the evening. Speak to your photographer about the ideal schedule, don’t let them run your day, but when they suggest something as crucial as the right time of day for the right light, listen to them.
Offering a stylish twist that blends rustic elegance with vintage décor elements, this boutique barn is beyond fitting for tying the knot. We know for certain that the magical wedding that was photographed here was an absolute success and the proof is in the pics. Featuring a main reception room with a separate dance floor, a ceremony room, and a bar area all complete with gorgeous furnishing and designs, this spot will, without a doubt, leave your guests talking about your wedding day forever!
Venue: Almonry Barn | Photography by Victoria JK Lamburn | Mentors: Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography and Naomi Kenton Photography | Dress and Accessories: Lady Evelyn | Flowers: The Rose Shed | Stationery: Gemma Milly | Ribbon: Lancaster and Cornish | Shoes: Harriet Wilde | Make Up: The Barn | Hair: Louise Alway | Model: Rachel Hayton