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Upton Barn & Walled Gardens wedding photographer

Upton Barn & walled Gardens wedding photography.

Are you looking for professional wedding photos for your wedding at Upton Barn & Walled Gardens in Devon?

Hi, I’m Helen, and I have written this guide to introduce myself as a Upton Barn & Walled Gardens wedding photographer.

What is Upton Barn & Walled Garden like as a wedding venue?

Upton Barn & Walled Garden is a charming and picturesque wedding venue located in the stunning countryside of Devon, England. Upton offers beautiful gardens, providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor ceremonies and photographs. The grounds also feature a lovingly restored 17th-century walled garden, adding a touch of historic elegance to the overall atmosphere. The barn itself has been carefully converted into a stylish and spacious reception space, with exposed beams and modern amenities that seamlessly blend the traditional with the contemporary as well as wide picture windows that are perfect for photos. The venue can accommodate both intimate gatherings and larger celebrations, with flexibility to cater to the specific needs of each couple.

Why choose Upton Barns for your wedding?

From my perspective, this venue is a beautiful barn place to get married if you are looking for a barn wedding in Devon as it offers a variety of different spaces to suit every need and of course, this venue already looks beautiful without the need for additional decoration.

From a wedding photography standpoint, it has many areas where couples can go to have their photos taken. Down by the lake is a place I often take my couples, for their couples shoot. This area apart from having beautiful views, allows couples some space to themselves for a few minutes but still is close enough to their wedding so they are not away from their wedding party for too long.

Another of my favorites, especially for a night photo, is just in front of the pergola as all the plants and surrounding foliage is light so when you light the couple you get a stunning evening portrait.

The service is also impeccable and attentive to detail, making it the perfect venue for any couple’s special day. From the moment you enquire about their services, their wedding coordinators and staff are dedicated to ensuring your wedding day is everything you’ve dreamed of. Their professionalism and expertise are evident in every aspect of their service. There are many wedding venues I have photographed at that have not been as good to suppliers as they have to the couple. Upton is not one of them, the staff are friendly and accommodating and go above and beyond to accommodate your every need.

Getting ready

The paddock and stalls are just a few meters away from Upton’s restored 17th-century cider barn and offer a beautiful getting-ready room with views across the paddocks,  for your wedding party to enjoy on your wedding morning. The getting-ready room is a luxurious, purpose-built, spacious area with elegant décor and plenty of room and windows that flood the venue with natural light, and provide the perfect setting for wedding day preparations with that all-important touch of luxury.

As a wedding photographer, I have to say that this is probably one of the best getting-ready spaces I have worked in. The natural light at The Paddock & Stalls at Upton is wonderful to work with as it allows me as the photographer to work in a photojournalistic way as no area within the room is too dark. Photographers are always looking for the light to get the best results, so not having to set up flashes for a dark room means more time and more time equals more photos.

Ceremony options

The Cider Barn

The lovingly restored cider barn at Upton Barn and Walled Garden is a stunning event space that exudes rustic charm and character. This beautifully restored barn features traditional and contemporary architecture, exposed wooden beams, a polished concrete floor, and a cosy ambiance, making it an idyllic spot for indoor wedding ceremonies.  The room is licensed to accommodate up to 156 guests for an indoor civil ceremony or 200 for a standing reception. The Press Barn, situated adjacent to this room complements the cider barn perfectly offering an additional space for your guests to relax in. With their own private courtyard for your drinks reception and with views overlooking the stunning walled garden and Blackdown Hills Upton Barn the Cider Barn provides a versatile and enchanting dream venue for guests to enjoy. The barn also boasts modern amenities and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, ensuring that your evening wedding reception will be a great success.  The Cider Barn at Upton Barn and Walled Garden offers a charming and impressive setting for any gathering.

The Walled Garden

This walled garden wedding venue and its beautiful pergola is a charming and picturesque setting for an outdoor wedding and a perfect place for couples to say their “I dos.” The garden is an award winning space surrounded by historic stone walls and features an array of flowers and greenery, creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere for the ceremony. With the capacity to accommodate up to 156 guests, on their new purpose-built seating. this location provides ample space for couples to exchange vows in front of their loved ones with a  beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos.

Wedding Reception

The Stable Barn

The stunning stable barn has been lovingly restored to create a beautiful and versatile space for ceremonies and receptions. With its exposed beams and high ceilings, the barn exudes rustic charm and character, providing the perfect backdrop for any wedding breakfast. The spacious layout of the barn allows for various seating arrangements and can accommodate both intimate gatherings and larger parties. The large window allows natural light to flood into the space, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your reception and some brilliant opportunities for your wedding photography.

The Grounds

This  160-acre organic farm is surrounded by stunning countryside, an idyllic lake and a formal lawn which provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography. The meticulously maintained gardens and surrounding countryside create a serene and peaceful atmosphere, a perfect place where guests can relax and celebrate your special day and of course a great space for your couples portraits later in the day.

Overnight Accommodation

This barn wedding venue can accommodate up to 150 guests for overnight stays. With luxurious on-site accommodation in the form of The Cider Barn and The Press, guests can relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings after the wedding festivities without needing to find a hotel near by. The Cider Barn offers 9 en-suite bedrooms, while The Press boasts 7 en-suite bedrooms, providing plenty of space for guests to unwind and recharge.

They also offer scandi styled accommodation pods that are cosy and intimate space.  The pod is adorned with fairy lights, warm blankets, and rustic decor, creating a romantic and intimate ambiance. It provides a unique and unforgettable wedding night experience for any couple and their guests.

Bride & Groom at Upton Barn & Walled Garden in Devon

Award-winning Upton Barn wedding photography and what to consider?

When looking for award-winning Upton Barn wedding photography, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s important to research the photographer’s portfolio and look for consistency in their style and quality of work.

For example, My style of photography is bold, colourful, and emotion-driven which might not suit everyone but for me, I feel it allows me to capture the emotions of the day as I want you to be able to feel like you are reliving your wedding day when you look at your photos. However whatever style of photography you are looking for make sure you see a full gallery of their work to ensure the photography style and approach is what you are looking for.

You may also want to find someone who has experience shooting at Upton Barn and can capture the unique beauty of the venue. This is not essential however as photographers such as myself, if they have not shot at a wedding venue before, will usually arrive early in order to look around the venue and ascertain the best locations for your photos.

What is crucial is to consider the photographer’s personality and how well they will work with you and your wedding party. A good rapport with your photographer can make a big difference in the outcome of your wedding photos and cannot be understated. E.G my aim, by the time we reach your wedding day, is to have become a “friend with a camera”. That way you will be comfortable will me and that will show in your photos.

Lastly, be sure to discuss pricing and packages in advance, so there are no surprises later on. By taking these factors into account, you can find your perfect Upton Barn wedding photographer who can beautifully capture the essence of your special day.

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The history of Upton Barn & Walled Gardens

Upton Barn & Walled Gardens is located in the heart of the Devon countryside in the United Kingdom. The history of Upton Barn dates back to the 13th century when it served as a monastery. Over the centuries, the property has undergone various transformations and has served as a farm, a private residence, and a wedding venue. In 2015, extensive restoration work was carried out to convert the barn into a stunning event space wedding venue, and now provides a beautiful backdrop for weddings and events. Today, Upton Barn & Walled Gardens is a popular choice for couples looking for a picturesque and romantic setting for their special day. The venue also offers accommodation for couples and their guests, allowing them to fully experience the beauty and history of this unique and enchanting place.

How to find Upton Barn & Walled Gardens

Upton Barn & Walled Gardens is very near Cullompton and the M5 meaning easy and quick access to the motorway network.

To find Upton Barn & Walled Gardens in Cullompton, there are a few options depending on your mode of transportation. If you are driving, simply enter Upton Farms, Upton, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 1RA.  into your GPS or map application.  If you prefer public transportation, the nearest train station is Tiverton Parkway, which is about a 15-minute drive from the venue. From there, you can take a taxi or use a rideshare service to reach Upton Barn.  Once you arrive, there is ample parking available on-site. Overall, finding Upton Barn & Walled Gardens is straightforward with the provided address and additional transportation options for those without a car.

Cullompton, the nearest town to Upton Farm

Cullompton is a small but charming market town nearest to Upton Barn, and offers visitors a taste of quintessential English countryside living. With its picturesque high street and historic buildings, Cullompton is a delightful place to wander and explore. The town is home to a range of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, providing ample opportunity to sample local fare and pick up unique Devonshire souvenirs.


If you are looking for something bigger than the historic town of Tiverton is known for its beautiful architecture, including the stunning Tiverton Castle which dates back to the 1100s as well as the  Grand Western Canal, where visitors can enjoy a leisurely boat trip or a peaceful walk along the towpath. Tiverton is a thriving community with a range of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a great place for both residents and visitors to explore. The town also has a rich cultural and historical heritage, with several museums and heritage sites to discover. Furthermore, Tiverton hosts a variety of events and markets throughout the year, adding to its vibrant and lively atmosphere. With its picturesque surroundings, historic attractions, and community spirit, Tiverton is a town that your wedding guests can enjoy both before and after the wedding.

Frequently Asked Questions about Upton Barn & Walled Gardens

(Q) What is Upton Barn and Walled Garden?

Upton Barn and Walled Garden is a blend of traditional and contemporary, exclusive-use, stunning venue located in Devon. The venue complements a cider barn and a secret walled garden, providing lots of different spaces both inside and out within a beautiful countryside setting.

(Q) What makes Upton Barn & Walled Gardens a unique wedding venue?

This beautiful venue is a restored 17th century cider barn with stunning views over the secret walled garden and Blackdown hills.

(Q) Can I have my wedding ceremony and reception at Upton Barn?

Absolutely! Upton Barn & Walled Gardens is a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for your wedding ceremonies and reception. The barn and stunning walled garden provide the perfect backdrop for both your ceremony and your wedding breakfast.

(Q) What photography opportunities are available at Upton Barn?

Upton Barn & Walled Gardens offers plenty of places for photos for your wedding day. The venue’s scenic views over the stunning garden and the restored 17th-century rustic barn provide the perfect setting for capturing emotional and memorable beautiful photos of your special day. The natural light flooding the venue also enhances the colourful and beautiful moments that you will cherish forever. This wedding venue offers some hidden locations for photos and quiet moments away where you can relax and enjoy your wedding as a couple.

(Q) Is Upton Barn and Walled Gardens an exclusive-use venue?

Upton Barn and Walled Gardens is indeed an exclusive-use venue, offering a stunning and secluded setting for weddings and events. The beautifully restored 17th-century walled garden provides a picturesque backdrop for any special occasion, and the venue itself can accommodate up to 156 guests. With exclusive use, clients have the freedom to create their own bespoke and personalized event, with the assistance of the experienced and dedicated events team at Upton Barn. The venue boasts a charming, rustic feel with its oak beams, stone walls, and elegant lighting, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. The surrounding countryside and gardens add to the tranquil and idyllic ambiance, making Upton Barn and Walled Gardens the perfect choice for those seeking an exclusive and intimate location for their celebration. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, or private party, Upton Barn ensures a memorable and unique experience for all attendees.

(Q) What is the best time of year to get married at Upton Barns & Walled Gardens?

The best time of year to get married is during the spring and summer months when the walled garden is in full bloom and the surrounding countryside is lush and vibrant. The venue also offers flexibility for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, making it an ideal choice for couples who want a romantic and idyllic setting for their special day and its charm and breathtaking scenery make it a stunning location for weddings year-round. Ultimately, the best time for a couple to get married at Upton Barns & Walled Gardens depends on their personal preferences but whatever time of year you choose this Cullomption wedding venue will not disappoint.

(Q) How much does it cost to book Upton Barn and Walled Gardens?

The cost of booking varies depending on the time of year and the specific package chosen. Prices for venue rental and exclusive use start at £4,000 for a weekday wedding, while weekend weddings start at £6,000. Additional costs may apply for accommodation, food and beverage, and other services. It is recommended to contact the venue directly to inquire about specific pricing and packages.

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