Katie and Sam’s Autumnal Upwaltham Barns Wedding in West Sussex was a real treat. I have a huge soft spot for autumnal weddings – the light on cold but sunny days makes for some truly romantic photos. I also have a huge soft spot (and need to give excited high fives) for brides who can rock a dress with a capital D! Katie’s Martina Liana gown was g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. I love love love the frothy full skirt, and it was perfect for twirling on the dance floor. Can we also talk about the shoes? Studded killer heels by Valentino. I. KNOW!

The fashion all round at this autumnal Upwaltham barns wedding was pretty drool worthy. Katie’s bridesmaids looked wonderful in their gold sparkly gowns, and I loved all the laughter and giggles as they got ready together. The boys scrubbed up well too, with their rust coloured tweed. The autumn colours continued in the choice of flowers, Katie’s bouquet full of rich plum blooms and thistles by Wild Willow Flowers was so beautiful in the rustic barn setting. I do love a bouquet with texture!

After an emotional service (I swear I get goosebumps every time a bride’s veil is lifted from her face) it was time for mingling with some absolutely exquisite canapés. Seriously, seriously delicious! Then it was on to the speeches. Watching the room react to stories and jokes about the couple they love is always a favourite moment for a reportage photographer like me. I could snap people bursting into laughter until the cows come home. Every face behaves differently when giggling or guffawing and I think it’s beautiful. This room was filled with stunning smiles and wonderfully brilliant cackling.

I’ll let you get scrolling through the image gallery soon, I promise. But I just have to mention Katie and Sam’s wedding dance. They had a mega dance off in the big barn at Upwaltham Barns, and that is just epic. The sparkles in Katie’s dress lit up and the moves and shapes made everyone guffaw. What can be better than that?

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Autumnal Upwaltham Barns Wedding Favourites

The bride and bridesmaids get ready together An external shot of Upwaltham Barns, including a flag with the bride and groom's initials in plum and gold The bride's Valentino shoes cast a shadow on the wall in the sunshine A close up of the bride's studded shoes by Valentino on a windowsill The bride fastens her earring as she gets ready for her autumnal barn wedding Shot of the bride getting ready for her weddingThe bride's Martina Liana gown hangs from a beam in the ceiling of the room where she's getting ready. The beaded wedding dress is done up by a bridesmaid An action shot of the bride getting into her Martina Liana wedding gownThe bridal bouquet by Wild Willow Flowers. Featuring deep plums and pale pinks Bride and Bridesmaids looking out the window at the Upwaltham Barns wedding guests arrivingAn Autumnal Upwaltham Barns Wedding With Some Serious Sparkle | Maria Assia PhotographyThe bride poses with her mum before the ceremonyThree bridesmaids wearing gold sequinned dresses get a first look at the bride in her dress The bride's father lifts her veil from her face as she reaches the end of the aisle The bride hugs her father A black and white shot of an emotional mum during the wedding ceremony The bride and groom hold hands at the end of the aisle during their marriage ceremony The couple share their first kiss as husband and wifeA basket of petal confetti in cream, plum and blueA close up confetti shot of the bride and groomThe train of the bride's dress is covered in confetti petalsThe bride greets some female guests after the ceremonyA funny group shot of the groom and groomsmenThe bride stands with her four bridesmaidsBride laughing with her girlfriends at Upwaltham BarnsA tray of delicious canapes decorated with yellow flowersA close up shot of the canape selectionA close up of the mulled wine stationThe mulled wine cartA female guest with bright pink hair chats to a friend while holding a glass of fizzA sunset shot of the couple silhouetted in a doorway The newlyweds walk across the courtyard of the barn during their couple's shoot The groom leans in for a kiss The groom whispers something in his bride's ear, and she bursts out laughing The couple gaze at each other, laughing The bride leans and rests her forehead against her groom's The bride sits on a wrought iron bench as her Martina Liana gown flows around herAn area of the barn is converted into a chill out area with patterned cushions, sofas and throws Upwaltham Barns decorated for a wedding recpetion Bride and groom's gold and white wedding topper Cake topper dog Bride bursts out laughing and covers her face during the speeches Bride's brother laughing at the wedding speechesA male guest leans forward and laughs during the speeches Guests applaud and wave their arms during the speeches. Woop woop! Wedding guests putting her feet up at Upwaltham Barns during the wedding speechesThe bride and three female guests pose jokily with bowler hats decorated in loads of flowersThe couple cut the cake A close up as the couple cut the cakeThe bride prepares to throw her bouquet Groom twirling the bride at their Upwaltham Barns wedding first dance Bride and groom dancing a fun routine at their Autumnal Upwaltham Barns WeddingBride and groom hugging after their first dance at Upwaltham Barns Bridesmaids dancing at Upwaltham BarnsBride dancing with her bridesmaids at Upwaltham Barns Bride laughing with wedding guests in her Moroccan corner at Upwaltham BarnsThe bar gets crowded at Upwaltham Barns. Almost time for dancing An Autumnal Upwaltham Barns Wedding With Some Serious Sparkle | Maria Assia Photography


These are all gorgeous Maria. Love your photos, love the wedding, love that dress! Beautiful.

Thanks so much Clare. I really appreciate the kind words. Isn’t it just a wonderful dress? xx

Oh my gosh, her dress is epic! Looks like a wonderful day!

Isn’t it just? It really was fabulous

Looks like a fun wedding Maria, well captured.

Gorgeous work Maria. I love the way you are right in amongst the action.

Love Upwaltham Barns as a venue, and you’ve captured so much energy in your pictures Maria. They look like a great group to photograph.

Thanks so much David. They really were. What a blast and a really great venue!

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