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March 18, 2019

Wedding clients, Helen & Si, share their experience of choosing a Wedding Photographer

“How could we afford Kelly Hearn?” is the question that we asked ourselves when we were first shown her album. We were visiting Upwaltham Barns for a show-around of what was to be our chosen venue. In the beautiful Jasmine Cottage in pride of place on the coffee table was Kelly’s album. As we looked through, virtually every page started with a “wow”, “gosh look at this one” or “that is stunning” from one or both of us.

We have Nicola at Upwaltham Barns to thank for introducing us to Kelly. I remember so clearly her saying to us, “When you go into the cottage to look around, do take a look at Kelly’s album; it is such a shame when couples have a lovely wedding and don’t spend money on getting good photographs”. We totally agreed.

Through the album, Kelly’s photographs showed that she could capture the venue beautifully in all seasons with her knowledge of lighting specifically. The natural poses that she had couples, their families and friends take were so original and, most importantly, showcased personalities in the moment. Beautiful photographs capturing special moments from getting ready and that special time a bride has with her parents and bridesmaids, to the seriousness of the vows, through to the fun speeches and party time. We knew we just had to see if she was available and if we could afford this award-winning photographer.

As an event planner I knew the importance of contracting your chosen suppliers as soon as you can. We already had the beautiful Upwaltham Barns and therefore the totally tasteful Nibbles 2 Nosh secured. The next thing was to book the photographer and the florist. I am so glad we booked these in 17 months beforehand because it meant we got to work with the ones we wanted to all along.

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All About Connections

December 13, 2018

Charlotte & Dom's Autumn Upwaltham Barns Wedding

On an idyllic sunny September day, Charlotte and Dom married at the stunning venue of Upwaltham Barns, a gorgeous English country venue set against the rolling hill backdrop of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex. No stranger to these lovingly restored family-owned barns, bride Charlotte, who works for their in-house catering team Nibbles2Nosh, called upon well-loved local suppliers to assist her in creating the ultimate wedding day! Having personally helped hundreds of brides and grooms with the running of their weddings, Charlotte’s knowledge and experience of the industry ensured that all the the ‘i’s were dotted and the ‘t’s crossed on this glorious big day of her own. The barns were full of charming rustic decorative details and the atmosphere perfectly laid-back as this couple enjoyed undertaking the formalities whilst choosing to take a more relaxed approach to some of the other wedding traditions.

Stunning flowers, delightful decor, tantalising food and lively entertainment were all exceptional elements, giving me plenty of picture-perfect moments to photograph. It was a joy to capture happy scenes of the bride, groom and their guests enjoying the easy-going ambience in such a beautiful setting and I was honoured to be a part of this special day.

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A Wonderfully Warm Wedding Experience Evening with Nibbles2Nosh

December 05, 2018

Upwaltham Barns in West Sussex is a beautiful setting renowned for its warmth, friendliness and the personal approach which is offered to each and every couple who choose to hold their wedding day there. Every year couples flock to these rustic barns to secure it as their top choice of wedding venue, knowing it is well sought-after due to its family-run charm and beautifully rustic contemporary style.

Full of enthusiasm and vision for what they want their dream wedding day to look and feel like, many couples are very excited to be invited to Upwaltham’s unique in-house caterers Nibbles2Nosh’s Wedding Experience Evening. Ensuring hopes come to life, this brilliant team serve a bespoke tasting menu offering a large variety of delicious dishes, starting with canapés, finishing with coffee and including absolutely everything in between!

Also for a hand-picked selection of local wedding industry suppliers, the evening also offers an opportunity to showcase a little of what they can offer to help a couple create that perfect wedding day. A florist, decor specialist, entertainers and more, provide an authentic wedding feel to the Wedding Experience Evening, helping to present the barn at its best and create a relaxed inspirational environment for couples to enjoy tasting, chatting to the staff and meeting other couples in the same boat!

Delighted to be asked to capture the event, we at Kelly Hearn Photography, had a brilliant time and were ourselves inspired to see behind the scenes and appreciate all the hard work that went into making this a truly fantastic evening.

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