Heirloom wedding inspiration with Emily Andrews Events at Thurning Hall. Photo credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (22)
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Did you have an amazing weekend? I’ve been teaching calligraphy and general pottering around whenever the sun peeped out… And this week I have a stack of wedding invitations and place names to write, so it’s going to be pretty busy at English Wedding HQ. Of course we also have gorgeous wedding pretty to share with you, starting with this stunner of an editorial shoot sent in by Emily Andrew Events. You may have seen a sneak preview of this one in the English Wedding Bible (and if you haven’t, do grab your FREE copy here!) – today we’re delving into all the details of this breathtaking shoot at an intriguing Norfolk wedding venue.

Heirloom wedding inspiration with Emily Andrews Events at Thurning Hall. Photo credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (15)

Lovely English Wedding Directory member Emily Andrew Events is here to tell you more. All of the beautiful images are by Benjamin Mathers Photography.

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Girls and guys – if you’re booking a barn for your wedding reception then you’re going to need a little help with the styling… and you’re going to have so much fun planning and decorating the place! Countryside touches, rustic floral arrangements and traditional crafts are some of the things I love most about English barn weddings… and all of the beautiful touches in the images shown here are from Gemma & Joe’s wedding, photographed by lovely Benjamin Mathers Photography.

Barn wedding styling, hanging flowers and setting the ‘stage’ for your cake!

English country barn wedding credit Benjamin Mathers Photography (1)

Barns need lighting, so it’s a great idea to start here. Gemma and Joe strung festoon lighting between the beams, added fairy lights and repurposed a beautiful vintage candelabra – which they found in a bric-a-brac shop – as a centrepiece for their barn wedding.

Hanging flowers on the walls add interest to bare patches – and they’re super easy to do with a little twine or raffia and some nails! Remember to add water unless you’re using dried flowers! 😉

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Gemma and Joe had one of those country weddings which look effortlessly beautiful… the flowers and venue styling work seamlessly together, and the atmosphere is of celebration in a relaxed setting surrounded by a wonderful family. I adore their day, from the most heart-melting moments to the finer details. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

An English barn wedding in Suffolk by Benjamin Mathers Photography (24)

Special touches include some fabulous ideas: “We hired a vintage sports car for the weekend, which Joe and his brother enjoyed the morning of the wedding.  We then drove ourselves to the reception venue and enjoyed some time-out together and we also put it to good use the day after the wedding, driving to the coast, where we sat on the beach and reminisced about the amazing day we had

An English barn wedding in Suffolk by Benjamin Mathers Photography (14)

Images are by Norfolk wedding photographer Benjamin Mathers. It’s the first time Ben has featured on the English Wedding Blog, and I have to say I feel a fool for never sharing his superb photography with you before! His images are amazing: do, please visit his website and find out more: