It was a beautiful and sunny day on the Somerset Levels for Katie and Steve’s wedding at the Almonry Barn in Muchelney. Katie and Steve struck us as one of the most intelligent and witty couples we’ve ever photographed and it was a pleasure to share their wedding day in their company.

The day was auspicious as it also marked 39 years to the day since Katie’s own parents got married. This happy accident wasn’t planned, but was certainly ample cause for double celebrations all round.

Katie radiated happiness and confidence in a beautifully understated and stylish vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey. Katie and Steve are clearly a modern, progressive couple and very much an equal partnership, so we thought it was great that Katie broke with tradition and gave a speech at the reception. Wedding speeches are so often an all-male affair and personally we would love to see more brides speak as she did – with grace, confidence, poise, humour and eloquence.

Steve is an accomplished climber and Katie’s mum has a long-running tradition of baking cakes for Katie and Steve to celebrate important occasions, so she created a masterpiece for their wedding: a cake featuring a mini Steve climbing up to the cake’s summit with Katie waiting on top!

The Almonry Barn has a fascinating history. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument – an accolade it shares with Stonehenge – and has been standing for over 800 years. It’s said to be the oldest surviving wedding barn in the whole of England, though sympathetic renovation and decoration have brought it into the 21st century whilst retaining its rustic charm!

Below are a selection of some of our favourite photos of the day. Please scroll to the bottom of this post for links to venue and vendor websites!

Bride's shoes and wedding dress, Somerset

Bridal wedding hairpiece in Somerset

Wedding buttonhole flowers in Somerset

Bride using Snapchat whilst getting ready in Somerset

Bride having hair makeup done with her bridesmaids in somerset

Bride examines her makeup in mirror

Bride having her makeup applied before wedding in Somerset

Bridesmaids with Mr Men book framed wedding gifts

Bride embraces bridesmaid before wedding in Somerset

Bride putting a necklace on her bridesmaid

Bride putting her ear rings in

Bride's mother helping her put her wedding shoes on in Somerset

Bride hugging her bridesmaids

Portrait of bide with her farther and mother

Groom and best man get ready in Somerset

Groom putting on his tie and suit before wedding

The Almonry Barn, Somerset

Bride arrives at The Almonry Barn, Somerset with her father and bridesmaids

Bride and her father embrace outside the Almonry Barn, Muchelney

Speech given during wedding ceremony by brides' friends

Bride and groom during wedding ceremony in Muchelney, Somerset

Ice cream toppings

Bride and groom are served an ice cream at their wedding reception

Ice cream tricycle at Somerset wedding

Bride and groom eating ice cream at their wedding

Toasting with ice cream instead of champagne!

Two guests kiss at a wedding

Interior of dining room at the Almonry Barn, Muchelney, Somerset

Cake made by bride's mother at wedding in Somerset

Detail shot of wedding reception dining table

Detail shot of wedding reception dining table with wine and food

Bride and groom arrive at evening wedding reception

Wedding rings with Somerset apples

Macro shot of wedding rings

Macro shot of wedding rings

Gift table at Somerset wedding reception

Portraits of bride and groom at sunset

Portrait of bride and groom at sunset

Portrait of bride and groom at sunset

Portrait of bride and groom at sunset

Bride with her flower bouquet

Bride with her flower bouquet

Bride and groom in an orchard in somerset

Bride and groom in an orchard in somerset

Wedding flower bouquet

Guests at a Somerset wedding

Best man's speech and bride and groom dancing

Mother and father of the bride dancing at wedding reception

Bride's sister and her partner dancing

Guests enjoying the sunset at a wedding in the Somerset Levels

Sunset over the Somerset Levels

Wedding vendor list

Venue: The Almonry Barn, Muchelney

Flowers: Amber Persia

Makeup: Jodé Bliss-Thompson

Hair: Victoria’s Hair Design

Food: Strawberry Field Catering Ltd.

Ice cream: Cafe Bon Bon Ice Cream Tricycle