November 26, 2022

Clock Barn Wedding, Whitchurch, Hampshire

Bride and groom chatting next to gate at Clock Barn

Sophie & James’ beautiful summer wedding at Clock Barn in the town of Whitchurch in Hampshire on 30th June 2022.

This stunning Barn, located in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, offers endless opportunities for your wedding photographs. The team at Clock Barn are amazing, and after photographing Sophie & James’ wedding here it’s clear to see that they help you plan every detail to perfection. Sophie and James chose Clock Barn to celebrate their big day as they both fell in love with the idyllic countryside setting. They were also looking for a wedding venue which was located close to their hometown of Overton.

Clock Barn – Wedding Photography – Charlotte Stoneham Photography

Sophie and James contacted me in June 2020 to discuss capturing their wedding day at Clock Barn. We met via a Zoom call in lockdown and it was so lovely to hear all about their love story, how they met and what they had planned so far for their wedding. We also spoke about their hobbies and interests which included walking their lovely Springer Spaniel Rosie in the local countryside and their passion for health and wellbeing. 

Sophie and James chose me to be their wedding photographer as they loved my natural, relaxed and romantic wedding photography style. It also really appealed to them that I offer a complimentary pre wedding photo session to help them feel at ease in front of the camera before their big day as they were both a little camera shy.

Pre Wedding Photo Session, Hampshire

Couple sitting down next to the River Test during engagement photo shoot in Hampshire

We held Sophie & James’ pre wedding photoshoot in the Spring as they both love the countryside and wanted to incorporate a yellow rapeseed field to match the decor in their home. The week of their photoshoot had been very wet, however we were determined to go ahead as Sophie had booked her hair and makeup trial for the same day with https://www.totallyflawless.co.uk/weddings

Luckily, the evening stayed dry and we were blessed with lovely soft light. We started the photo session down by the river in Broughton which is such a great location as it’s usually super quiet down there and offers gorgeous views of the River Test.

groom picking up bride outside Clock Barn in Whitchurch

When Sophie and James arrived at our meet point they looked absolutely fabulous, their outfits really complimented each other and reflected their personalities. Every couple who book with me will receive a comprehensive Wedding Photography Guide which includes a helpful Style Guide for outfit inspiration.

Couple doing a piggy back during engagement photo shoot dressed in black

After spending some time at the river we then jumped in our cars and headed to this stunning rapeseed field near Clock Barn. I love to incorporate the seasons and landscape into my photography and always keep an eye on what’s in bloom throughout the year. Bringing the yellow rapeseed into the foreground creates a lovely dreamy feel to the image below. 

couple at their engagement photo shoot in rapeseed field near Stockbridge

Sophie and James had mentioned to me during our initial chat that they were a little camera shy. During the session I was able to help them feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera by showing them some casual poses and fun prompts to create natural smiles & expressions. Some of these prompts included piggy backs, sitting by the river, a running race and asking them to whisper things to each other to create natural laughter between them. They had absolutely nothing to worry about, as you can see they were both absolute naturals in front of the camera!

couple enjoying a running race through a rapeseed field during their engagement photo shoot near Whitchurch

I discovered fairly early in this session that Sophie and James had such a gorgeous playfulness between them that I really wanted to bring out and capture, so we ended the shoot with a running race in the field tracks which they loved as they are both really into their fitness.

A lovely message from Sophie & James after receiving their Together Session images:

“We were surprised at how much we enjoyed it and didn’t feel uneasy, as we had expected. We are completely blown away by the photos, you have captured us perfectly and we absolutely love them! The online platform is really easy to use, super professional and we have ordered a couple of prints, thank you, we will definitely put these out on the day! Can’t thank you enough.”

The Wedding Day – Clock Barn, Whitchurch

Morning Preparations at the Clock Barn, Tufton Warren.

Clock Barns clock tower

The morning wedding preparations began at The Stables which is Clocks Barns signature bridal suite. This bridal suite is perfect as it has everything that you need including plenty of space for you and your wedding party to get ready together, plenty of natural light, large mirrors and well-placed lighting. 

Bride enjoying a glass of bubbly before she gets in to her wedding dress at Clock Barn
bride looking at wedding dress at clock barn stables

As you can see in the below image, there is a separate room within the stables which allows the bride to get dressed in private. This is also a lovely location to photograph the hanging of the dress as well as the big dress reveal. Clock Barn has thought through every tiny detail and this is the perfect place to get married in Whitchurch.

Wedding dress hanging up in bridal suite at Clock Barn
stunning bow detail on brides wedding dress
Gorgeous bride in white wedding dress in the stables room at Clock Barn
Father of the bride smiling at his daughter in her wedding dress
Father of bride hugging bride whilst smiling in the stables at Clock Barn

Throughout the grounds of Clock Barn the gardens are very well maintained and provide lots of luscious green backdrops. The large garden in the courtyard is the perfect place for group photos with your wedding party.

Groomsmen posing for a photograph together in the gardens at Clock Barn
Groomsmen walking in to wedding ceremony at Clock Barn
Best man fixing grooms button hole in gardens at Clock Barn

The wedding ceremony – James & Sophie – The Clock Barn

Sophie & James’ marriage ceremony was held in the traditional Main Barn. They decorated the rustic beams with crisp white bunting and fairy lights which gave the barn an extra special feel and wow factor when you walked in. 

Grooms waiting patiently for his bride at clock Barn
Bride walking down the aisle with her dad who has a broken leg

This room is light & bright and flooded with lots of natural light which means that your photographer / videographer won’t need to set up any additional lighting or have to use any flash photography during your ceremony.

Couple smiling during wedding ceremony at Clock Barn
Bride and groom exchange their rings at Clock Barn in Whitchurch
Signing of the register at Clock Barn in Hampshire
Bride and groom enjoy their first together as husband and wife inside the beautiful barn in Whitchurch

At the end of the ceremony Sophie & James walked down the aisle and were greeted with a glass of champagne at the end. They were then able to spend 5 minutes alone together before being showered with confetti by their family & friends.

Married couple walking down the aisle at Clock Barn in Hampshire
Confetti being thrown over bride and groom as they walk through their confetti tunnel at Clock Barn

The courtyard is the perfect place for loved ones to congratulate the happy couple and capture group photos. As refreshments are all served in the same place it makes it easy to gather family members together whilst your other guests enjoy their drinks & canapes.

whole wedding party photo at clock barn in Hampshire
family photo taken in clock barn gardens
wedding guest enjoying herself at Clock Barn

Romantic Portraits – Clock Barn

Clock Barn has endless options in terms of backdrops for your couple portraits, you really are spoilt for choice. We started Sophie & James’ couple session by taking a short stroll just outside the venue grounds to give them a bit of privacy away from their guests. Below you can see just how much variety there is within just a one minute walk away.

bride and groom walking away hand in hand at clock barn
Bride and groom kissing in front of the clock tower at Clock Barn
The Clock Tower
groom carrying brides dress through the gardens in Tufton Warren
Bride and groom romantic portrait with flower wall at Clock Barn Tufton Warren
The Wall Flowers
Groom kissing bride during their couple photo session just outside of Tufton Warren
The country tracks and stunning willow tree
Wedding portrait of bride and groom taken in the old barn near to the main Clock Barn wedding venue
The Old Barn

We then returned to the venue grounds and incorporated the Stables Barn & well kept gardens. As you can see below the lavender looked stunning in June! It only took 30 mins to capture so  many different images which is why I really enjoy photographing at Clock Barn as it offers so much variety.

Couple walking hand in hand after wedding ceremony at Clock Barn
Bride and groom enjoying a quiet moment alone together in the stunning grounds at Clock Barn wedding venue
Wedding couple laughing together

The Wedding Breakfast

The Main Barn gets completely transformed for the wedding breakfast at Clock Barn. Sophie & James really put their stamp on making it their own by including lots of personal touches to their tables. The exceptional food at Clock Barn is served by their fantastic on site catering team. 

Stunning table decoration at Clock Barn in Whitchurch
Bride and groom making their formal entrance in to their wedding breakfast at Clock Barn
Grooms speech at Clock Barn in Whitchurch
Beautifully decorated wedding cake
Bride and groom laughing whilst enjoying feeding each other wedding cake at clock Barn

Golden Hour Photos

After their meal Sophie & James were able to enjoy 15 minutes alone together in the Paddock for their golden hour photos. The Paddock is set away from the Main Barn which makes it a great location for photos as it offers you a little privacy away from your guests. The long grass creates a dreamy countryside feel as you can see below. 

Bride sitting on gate at Clock Barn in Tufton Warren
Black and white portrait of bride and groom laying on blanket at Clock Barn
Groom picking up bride in long grass at Clock Barn
Bride and groom walking through long grass together during golden hour at Clock Barn

Golden hour is the last hour before the sun sets. It’s well worth scheduling a golden hour session into your wedding day as the light is super flattering and it’s another perfect opportunity to have a little time to soak in all those wedding day feels!

Bride and groom enjoying the warmth from the sun during golden hour photos at Clock Barn wedding venue
Bride and Groom with their springer spaniel dog in the grounds of Clock Barn at sunset
Bride and Groom enjoying an intimate moment alone together in the beautiful grounds at Clock Barn during Golden Hour
Bride and groom on a bridge in Hampshire
Bride and groom kissing in a field at sunset at Clock Barn in Hampshire
Bride and groom kissing at sunset near Clock Barn

The wedding reception at Clock Barn, Whitchurch

In the evening, the Main Barn turns into the ultimate dance floor. James & Sophie had an epic first dance which set the scene for the night. If you’re looking for the ultimate Barn wedding venue in the countryside, I would highly recommend Clock Barn, the team are amazing and really look after their couples covering every tiny detail.  If you would like to contact Clock Barn about getting married please contact Lauren and click below or email team@clockbarncatering.co.uk

Couple having their first dance at Clock Barn
Groom with best man on dance floor at Clock Barn
Bride and groom enjoying their first dance together on the dance floor at Clock Barn

Kind words from Sophie and James

“Where to even start? Your Wedding suppliers are so so important as you remember what they bring to your Wedding day, forever and there’s no take 2! We are so glad we had Charlotte there as our photographer. Charlotte is talented, professional, friendly and relaxed – she made the process of having your photos taken (which can be uncomfortable) so enjoyable!! From our first communication, our video chat to officially booking, our together shoot, the Wedding day and receiving our photos, it has been completely stress free. Our day has been captured so well, the photos are beautiful and the whole experience has been so special. We would recommend Charlotte to anyone! Thank you so much. xx”

wedding night portrait taken in Whitchurch Hampshire

Dream Team of suppliers

Wedding Venue – Clock Barn, Whitchurch, Hampshire https://clockbarn-weddings.co.uk/

Photography – Charlotte Stoneham Photography https://www.charlottestonehamphotography.com/

Florist – Petals and Posies https://petalsandposies.co.uk/

Hair & Makeup – Totally Flawless https://www.totallyflawless.co.uk/links

Wedding Dress Boutique – Olive Blossom Bridal https://www.oliveblossombridal.co.uk/

Wedding Dress Designer – https://allurebridals.com/

Suits – https://linktr.ee/BenettiMenswear & https://www.isobelsbridalandgroom.co.uk/

Musicians – https://www.brightside-band.co.uk/ & https://www.tailored-entertainment.com/

Cake – https://reillycakes.co.uk/

twilight portrait of the bride and groom in Whitchurch Hampshire
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