The Barn at South Milton: Alex and Ben’s wedding by the sea

Bride and groom sitting together outside glamping tent


Saturday’s wedding was all kinds of wonderful. Not the royal one, that was just the warm up act, although everyone did watch keenly as Megan Markle arrived in Windsor, and said ‘I do’ to her prince. Meanwhile, Alex was busy preparing for her own big day, in the beautiful setting of Salcombe, Devon. With sea views from their family’s holiday home, it was such a lovely start to what continued to be an all round perfect day. There was something genuinely lovely about having the royal wedding taking place in the background, adding to the excitement building up around Alex and Ben.

Ben and the groomsmen managed to squeeze in a quick pint at the local, before walking up Salcombe High Street to the church (much to the delight of the locals and holidaymakers), where Alex and Ben had a beautiful ceremony of their own. They then headed to the wonderful Barn at South Milton, for a relaxed wedding reception there, with beautiful sea views over Hope Cove. The Barn looked absolutely amazing, with all the lights across the ceiling and tables, and the all new (all weather!) covered reception area recently finished. Not that we needed it, as the sun was blazing all day. But it created the most beautiful little slice of light later in the day, and was a great spot to create some lovely portraits of Alex and Ben together in that evening light.

I loved photographing their day – surrounded by such warmth and love from all their friends and family, in a beautiful setting, with Alex and Ben just beaming at each other all day long. It was a huge pleasure, and I’m really excited to share a preview of their images.


Union jack flags hanging on a house signBride having her make up done with sea reflected in glassTimes newspaper with royal wedding headlineBride to be watches Megan Markle arrive at Windsor Bride laughing while having her make up doneBride to be watches Megan Markle getting married A bride standing with Salcombe sea in the backgroundThe boats on the river at SalcombeGroom and best men walking up Salcombe high streetGroom and best men walking up to Salcombe churchMother of the bride smiling at flower girlsBride and father arriving in wedding carGroom standing at the front of the churchFather walking bride up the aisleFlower girls being held back from stepping on bridal veilGroom smiling at bride at the front of the churchBride and groom sitting listening to wedding sermonBride and groom saying wedding vowsBride and groom exchanging rings at Salcombe churchBride and groom leaving church in JaguarBride and groom on the beach at South MiltonBride and groom on the beach at South MiltonBride and groom by their wedding jaguarGuests standing outside the Barn at South MiltonWedding guest chatting to bride outside the barnWedding guests laughing with brideFlower girls and page boys running across a fieldGroom's mother and grandmother sitting outside the barnInside of the Barn at South MiltonInside of the Barn at South MiltonClose up of flowers on the wedding tableClose up of fairy lights on the barn ceilingBride's father giving a speechWedding guests laughingWedding guests laughingFather of the groom laughingWide shot of the wedding speeches in the barnBest men giving wedding speechWedding guests laughingBridesmaid listening to wedding speechesGroom laughing at best men's wedding speechWedding guests taking a selfieFlower girl jumping on the dance floorWedding guests chatting and laughing Bride and groom smiling at each other Purple flowers and candle decorations in the barnBride with flower girlWedding guests in evening sunshine outside the Barn at South MiltonBride and groom standing in evening sunlightBride and groom on an oversized leather sofa in a barnSmall boy reading with the sun setting behindBride and groom's first danceWedding guests dancing and laughingBride and groom kissing by large illuminated lettersBride and bridesmaids on dance floorGroom and groomsmen on dance floorBride and groom with sun setting behind them


Lovely suppliers involved in this wedding:

Venue: The Barn at South Milton

Alex’s dress: Pronovias, fitted by Mirror Mirror

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Maids to Measure

Groomswear: Alexandra Wood Bespoke

Caterer: Lyme Bay Field Kitchen

Florist: Twig of Salcombe

Make up: Ruth Hawkins

Hairdresser: Brigitte Fisher

Band: Bring the Noise

Cake: made by family friend

Videographer: Chestnut Productions

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