The Great Barn Anyho Wedding- Rachel and Steve.

A bride and groom walking at Great Barn Wedding Venue, Aynho. Photo by Sam and Steve Photography

A spring wedding in a rural wedding barn venue

It’s nearly a year since we photographed Rachel and Steve’s wedding at the Great Barn, Aynho.

The 18th century Great Barn is a lovely venue for a wedding; as a dedicated wedding venue the couple have sole use of the facility. Set on the border of Oxfordshire and Norhamptonshire, and between the busy towns of Banbury and Bicester, the rolling countryside and rustic nature of the Great Barn make it a perfect destination wedding venue.  Over 250 acres of landscaped grounds gives plenty of opportunities for photographs and for the wedding guests to spread out.

A bride and groom on a bridge over a lake at Great Barn Wedding Venue, Aynho. Photo by Sam and Steve Photography

As usual, Samantha and worked together as a husband and wife photography team. This meant I started with Steve getting ready at a Bicester hotel, whilst Rachel and the bridesmaids getting ready was photographed by Samantha.

A groom getting ready before his wedding in Bicester. Photography by Sam and Steve Photography
A bride getting ready before her wedding at the Great Barn, Aynho. By Sam and Steve Photography

We have photographed regularly at the Great Barn, so we were well prepared for photographing there. Like most barns, the lighting can be a challenge, with parts of the barn being much darker than others. However, our Fujifilm cameras as usual copied well.  After a moving wedding ceremony, the wedding party moved outside, to the rear of the barn, where the wisteria was blooming beautifully.  The early summer sun meant the wedding party were able to sit outside for most of the day, and enjoy the rural location.

Guests talking outside the Great Barn Aynho

Samantha and I photographed throughout the day, only pausing when Rachel and Steve, together with their guests, enjoyed their wedding breakfast. After some moving and genuinely funny speeches, the wedding smoothly moved onwards towards the bride and grooms first dance, and the all –important evening dancing and partying.

A groom giving a speech at the Great Barn Wedding Venue, Aynho. By Sam and Steve Photography

As usual, we stayed photographing well into the evening party, to ensure we were able to capture the whole of the day for the bride and groom. 

A bride and Groom Dancing at the Great Barn Wedding Venue, Aynho

Rachel and Steve received their photographs after 4 weeks, and ordered a gorgeous Folio Albums fine-art wedding album soon after.

If you are getting married at the Great Barn, Aynho, and would like a husband and wife team of documentary wedding photographers, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us here.

Here are some more photos of their wedding day.