HAUGHLEY PARK BARN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
The Ultimate Guide to a beautiful, relaxed Haughley Park Barn wedding, Suffolk – Everything you need to know.
As a relaxed wedding photographer, I’ve photographed my fair share of relaxed, gorgeous, weddings at Haughley Park Barn near Ipswich. Over the years I’ve been recommended to Suffolk couples having their wedding celebration here and it’s always a joy to return. This place is very special wedding venue, offering completely unique grounds, quintessentially English accommodation and truly wonderful staff. Here’s everything you need to know about holding your wedding at the wonderful Haughley Park Barn.
Where to get ready for your wedding at Haughley Park?
As a wedding photographer, I know how important it can be to get ready on site! It reduces so much stress on a wedding morning. The bride and groom being able to have a relaxed stroll over to the ceremony venue is really beneficial.
Haughley Park On-site Accommodation
It goes without saying that one of the benefits of having your wedding at Haughley Park, is The Farmhouse. The on-site accommodation is a wonderful space which is perfect for the bridal or grooms party.
Most commonly, it’s been the bride and her bridesmaids staying here the night before the wedding. However, for one of my past weddings, the grooms party stuck to the downstairs of the property which the bridal party upstairs. It worked really well, being just far enough away to not catch a glimpse of each other the morning of the wedding but having everyone on site to lend a hand for last minute organisation.
Having everyone getting ready all together makes for truly beautiful, emotive bridal and groom prep photos the morning of the wedding. There will be such an excited buzz in the air on the morning of the wedding! I always recommend staying on site if you’re able.
Local Suffolk accommodation for your guests
The wonderful thing about getting married at Haughley Park is that the location is fantastically easy to access from lots of Suffolk towns and villages. Haughley Park is located in central Suffolk just a few minutes from the A14. It is easily accessed from either direction and is close to both Cambridge and Stansted airports. So, even if your guests don’t live locally, there’s a whole host of hotels and Air BnB’s to host them before and after the wedding. Places like The Angel, The Swan and Travellodge are all nearby amongst others with plenty of accommodation available.
Holding your Wedding ceremony at Haughley Park
I’ve photographed weddings at Haughley Park many times now and all of the wedding ceremonies have such a special, unique feel. The flexibility Haughley Park offers for your wedding is second to none. You can choose to have a relaxed, outdoor ceremony with the sun shining down overhead outside the barn. Alternatively, opt to say your vows in a gorgeous indoor wedding in the dedicated ceremony room. Whichever you choose, know that your ceremony here will be so atmospheric.
Alternatively, the location of Haughley Park means it’s perfectly placed if you choose to have a church ceremony; with countless beautiful Suffolk village churches just a stones throw from the barn.
At the end of your ceremony, whichever location you choose; you’ll be pleased to know you’re able to throw confetti freely at Haughley Park Barn. This is one of my favourite parts of the day as a wedding photographer!
Ideas for your Haughley Park Barn Wedding Reception
As I’ve mentioned before, the beauty of Suffolk venue Haughley Park Barn is that you can literally make your wedding whatever you want it to be. The space is so versatile, I’ve seen it used so differently every time – here are some ideas!
Most commonly, my past brides and grooms have chosen to have their wedding breakfast in the rustic, beautifully decorated main hall. Have your wedding exquisitely designed with flowers, atmospheric lighting and candles. With such versatile seating options, it’s a great option for intimate and huge wedding guest lists alike. Have your favourite people celebrate with you sat at round, elegant tables; cosy and really atmospheric for speeches and a divine wedding meal.
Brides and grooms can also choose to opt for a more relaxed dining experience. During the warmer months choose to use the outside space for more informal luxury grazing platters, through to freshly cooked Pizza. Haughley Park Barn offer a list of approved Caterers so you know you will be well looked after!
Whichever dining style you choose, set the ambience with background music. I can recommend a great many singers, guitarists, pianists and more that I’ve seen at Haughley over the years. They make for the perfect background accompaniment to your meal – don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like suggestions!
At a recent winter wedding at Haughley Park, I saw the ceremony room transformed in to the perfectly style bohemian chill out area. With lots of children at the wedding, it was the perfect space for entertainer Magic Olly to perform to the children before the meal. Later on, the perfect space for conversations and quiet space for guests to rest away from the dance floor. I adored using that area as a unique photo backdrop for Emily & Matts couples photos too.
Your Evening Wedding Party at Haughley Park Barn, Suffolk
Whether you decide on a band or a DJ for your evening entertainment, Haughley Park Barn has the perfect evening set up.
With the permanent wooden stage, the main hall of the Barn is spacious, ideally set up for a packed dance floor. There’s always an electric atmospheric during the evenings at Haughley. Another added benefit is that it also has the bar in the same room as the dance floor – the absolute key thing to having an amazing evening wedding celebration is keeping your guests all together!
During the evening, the ceremony room turns in to the perfect chill out area, for evening grazing or desert tables, photo booths, glitter bars and anything else you can think of!
The parties at Haughley Park Barn are always at full whack, with dance moves being thrown and the drinks flowing. There’s the clinking of glasses and conversations over candlelight and watching the stars before fireworks.
Making your Wedding Photography at Haughley Park Barn unique
Haughley Park Barn wedding venue is so ideal for a luxury but relaxed wedding photographer. There are 250 acres of maintained woodland and parkland, as well as the intriquitely landscaped gardens; there are so many possibilities for you to be photographed in. Whether we’re wandering through the wooded area or pausing amongst the kitchen garden. Laughing together under the willows by the water – the backdrop certainly never gets old. With Haughley Park Barn as your Suffolk wedding venue, your couples portraits and group wedding photographs will be utterly gorgeous.
Weddings at Haughley Park Barn are as unique as the couple getting married. It stands to reason that the relaxed photography I offer at Haughley Park is unique to you, too. I’ve photographed Suffolk weddings here so many times but even now, I always find new places to take my couples for their relaxed portraits and natural group photos.
If you’re looking for a photographer for your relaxed wedding at Haughley Park Barn, you can find out more about what I offer here; I’d love to hear from you.
For ideas from my past couples weddings at Haughley Park Barn, you can check these galleries from some of my past couples:
Emily & Matt – Bekka & James
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