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Tom and Ewa

Swallows Nest Barn Wedding

by | Nov 21, 2021 | Summer Weddings, Weddings | 0 comments

Tom and Ewa had a Swallows Nest Barn wedding in the summer of this year. Coming out of months of lockdown this was the ideal venue.  A rustic barn with exposed beams held the civil ceremony and wedding breakfast.  Adjacent to this, the attractive south-facing walled courtyard has mature olive trees scattered about, thus giving the guests a great backdrop to talk and interact.  Open, airy and spacious this made the venue feel Covid-compliant and safe allowing us to enjoy the main event.  

Situated in a valley, this is an idyllic location for a wedding at the best of times.  But after being in lockdown due to the pandemic,  you could sense the relief of the couple and the delight of their guests as they could finally celebrate together. 

Swallows Nest Barn Wedding Venue

This was my first time shooting here and I was really impressed with the venue, surroundings and staff.  The Swallow’s Nest Barn dates from the 19th Century and has some great, original features that all come together to create an intimate atmosphere as the day turns to night.  The glazed annexe used to host the drinks reception and dancefloor feels really big with its contemporary glass wall facing into the courtyard.  The courtyard, as a result, serves as an outdoor extension of the internal space and this summer wedding played into that feature perfectly.

The private farmland that houses Swallows Nest Barn is only 5 minutes from Warwick and J15 of the M40.   It is set in 350 acres of both farm and woodland.  Therefore it has seemingly endless opportunities for creative images.  I can imagine how throughout the year with the changing seasons, the transformation of the landscape affords every couple a unique experience.  The Sherbourne Brook with its kissing bridge and the surrounding fields with their bales of hay, for example, were features I made good use of.  The fact that the barn is in a valley also allowed for some great closing-out images at sunset, once we had walked up to the treeline of the woods, to catch the dying rays.


Wedding Day Highlights

It was an excellent wedding and the photo’s below will give you a flavour of how much fun it was.  Below are some of my standout moments and the background to some of the images.

  • The stories told in the dressing room while Ewa was getting ready, were hilarious!  Jane the hairdresser from Chez Titine had us all in stitches!
  • Ewa getting into her dress from Wed2B and having her veil fixed in place.
  • Tom’s tearful reaction to seeing his bride Ewa as she walked down the aisle towards him.
  • The Maid of Honour and Mother of the Bride’s emotional contributions to the civil ceremony.
  • The Sherbourne Brook and walk through the fields, were amazing and we were thrilled to find the bales of Hay, making for some great shots. (Two weeks prior to this, I had visited the location and the fields were uncut and filled with wheat stalks!)
  • Tom’s tearful speech and Ewa’s touching response.
  • The evening party! There was some real bugging out on the dance floor!  It was amusing to see one’s letting loose and loving it!!


GateEntrance to the Swallows Nest Barn
The Main Barn room ready for the civil ceremony
The Bride's hair getting tonged with three circular mirrors in the Dressing Room
Laughter in the dressing room with the bridal party and hairdresser
A details shot with the brides bejewelled trainers and her order of ceremony for this Swallows Nest Barn Wedding
Bridesmaid looks on as the Brides hair is completed and the bride puts a hair fastener on a bridesmaid
Silhouette of the Bride getting into her dress and receiving her bridal bouquet
Bridal portraits outside Silo Studios
Bridal shot against Silo Studio Garden Wall, with her bouquet for this Swallows Nest Barn Wedding
Jenga on the Lawned Garden between Dad and his daughter and father of the groom getting his lapel fitted
Laughter from the Groom and his father at the doors of the Swallows Nest Barn
Outside the barndoors the groom and his bestman
Maid of Honour adjusts the Bridal veil while a reflection is caught in an opposing mirror in the dressing room of the Swallows Nest Barn
Adjusting the Bride's silver bow on her wedding dress
A shot of the laughing bride in her dress and some getting ready shots of one of her bridesmaids
Ready for the entrance of the bride, the groom gets a supportive hand from his best man, the flower girl drops petals for the bride's entrance
A tearful greeting of the bride at the Swallows Nest Barn wedding and an image of the bridge and groom in the Main hall with their friends and family
Tears from the Maid of honour and Mother of the bride as they perform readings during the civil ceremony
A just married kiss after the vows at this swallows nest barn wedding
A re-enacted signing of the register shot at his warwickshire wedding
A private moment with a glass of champagne for the bride and groom in the annexe of the swallows nest barn
Congratulations for the newly weds as they walk the tunnel
The Bride and her maids on the lawn at the Swallows Nest Barn
Goofing around group shots of the bridal party in the summer sun
Great laughs as the maid of honour has an unexpected new addition to the family
Reportage shots of wedding guests enjoying the relaxed atmosphere
A few details of of the wedding breakfast
Couple time around the Sherbourne brook for the Bride and Groom
The bride and groom on the Kissing bridge over Sherbourne Brook Swallows Nest Barn Wedding
A kiss under the bridal veil for Tom and Eva by Sherborne Brook
Laughter on the Kissing Bridge Sherbourne Brook Warwickshire wedding
A lovely genuine moment for the laughing bride at the Swallows Nest Barn
The new couple walk hand in hand to another location with the brides veil flowing behind her in her Wed2b Dress
A scenic shot In the fields with the Bales of hay, the bride and groom
The bride and groom of the Swallows Nest Barn wedding walk the scenic route to their guests
Documentary shots in the Rustic Barn for the wedding breakfast
The arrival of the Bride and Groom to the breakfast, with a wave and a kiss
Documentary details of the wedding breakfast for Tom and Eva Swallows Nest Barn Wedding
Tears as the Groom gives his speech
reportage of guests enjoying their drinks in the walled courtyards
Cutting the cake the bride holds her broken slice to camera at this Swallows Nest Barn wedding
First Dance for the bride and groom on the dancefloor
Entertained by the live band
Lots of expressive singing, fun and laughter on the dancefloor
The Bride and Groom catch the setting sun with a little backlight and embrace
The couple put nose to nose as the sun dips low in the back ground at this Swallows Nest Barn Wedding
The Groom and his Bride with her veil flying silhouetted against the treeline at Twilight

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