Jen Marino Photography

As a wedding venue we work alongside numerous suppliers from all areas of the wedding industry and are usually the first step along the wedding planning journey for many couples.  As a result, we are often asked by our couples for advice, inspiration and tips that might help them to pin down the most fitting suppliers to complete their day.

We thought it would be great to share the ‘love’ for our suppliers and here we speak to Jen Marino about her take on wedding photography, photographing a wedding here at the barn, her rustic style, her favourite shots to capture and her best moment of the wedding day!  We love Jen’s style – have a look for yourself…


1. When did you first realise working in photography was the career for you and when was Jen Marino Photography established?

I first realised that I wanted to be a photographer when I was about 14. As vain as it sounds haha, I started to take self-portraits, looking back they were awful but I was trying to be creative! After that I plucked up the courage and started to take photos of family and friends on my little compact camera that my mum bought me for Christmas.

I really enjoyed the process of taking photos and then editing them on Photoshop, I loved how I could see things in a totally different way that most people could. After school I went to college and did media, funnily enough I didn’t get accepted into the photography course. Now I am actually pleased because I heard it wasn’t that great and not getting accepted just made me push myself to learn everything that I could on my own and find my own way about it.

I really enjoyed the process of taking photos and then editing them on Photoshop, I loved how I could see things in a totally different way that most people could. After school I went to college and did media, funnily enough I didn’t get accepted into the photography course. Now I am actually pleased because I heard it wasn’t that great and not getting accepted just made me push myself to learn everything that I could on my own and find my own way about it.

2. How would you describe your style of photography? 

I would describe it as intimate, raw, rustic and romantic. I love capturing the raw natural moments, I love for people to be able to feel the love and emotions come through the images.

3. The Tythe Barn is a big old barn – what or which photos do you think work really well and why?

I absolutely love the big glass panelled back doors at the back of the barn and the beautiful tunnel of wisteria. You can get some incredible shots of the ceremony outdoors from that angle, I think that’s my absolute favourite shot of the barn. The whole the barn is so stunning though I really love shooting at this venue.

4.  When discussing the wedding photographs with our Tythe Barn couples what have brides requested the most and what advice can you offer them when planning their photographs?

Most of my couples that I shoot at the barn always want very natural photos as I think the barn just gives a really relaxed, natural vibe. They love the grounds and want to make the most of it all.

5. We all see what wonderful photographs you create, but tell us a bit more about what your job entails leading up to a wedding day here at The Tythe Barn?

I know how versatile the barn can be and how different each wedding can go at the barn. I always want to know how the couples day will go because there are so many options and different ways of doing things at the barn.

I know how versatile the barn can be and how different each wedding can go at the barn. I always want to know how the couples day will go because there are so many options and different ways of doing things at the barn.

Some like to get ready in the gorgeous area of the barn called the Nook. Whenever I hear that my couples are getting ready in there I get really excited because it is the most stunning rustic building to get ready in.

6. What do you love most about photographing a wedding at The Tythe Barn?

What I love most about the barn is that it can look so different for every wedding and I absolutely love the staff. They are so helpful and you can tell they really love what they do. I love how every time I shoot there, each wedding is so different and the barn always reflects that. The Tythe Barn is definitely my favourite venue and I am always so excited to shoot there.

7. What’s your favourite part of the wedding day?

To be honest, my most favourite part of the wedding has to be the ceremony. I just love the emotion, I love hearing the vows and I love seeing the guests emotions and capturing those special moments. I do also really love the dancing in the evening!

8. What would you say has changed the most since you started out as a wedding photographer?

People are definitely becoming less traditional. I think there will always be an element of tradition in weddings but people are more so now doing things the way they want to do it and not just because that’s the way they think they should. I feel like wedding blogs and social media plays a huge part in that. It’s great! As us wedding photographers can be so much more creative and every wedding is much more different.

9. Outside of weddings, what else do you love to photograph?

I love to photograph families and general portraits. I also do branding shoots for other creatives and small business owners. It’s definitely important to branch out and not just shoot one thing, but weddings are what I specialise in.

10. Who are your top three industry professionals that inspire you the most within the wedding industry?

I don’t think I could choose as there are so many people that I admire. J

Wedding Music

Three ways to include music on your wedding day

Music is often one of the last things people consider for their wedding day, but it’s also one of the best ways to add a romantic atmosphere, liven the party or simply allow your guests to relax throughout your day. We’ve seen a lot of styles and set-ups over the years at The Tythe Barn, so we’ve pulled together 3 great ways to include music on your wedding day.

The Ceremony

Unless you’re planning to stick to the traditional wedding march, you’ll need to come up with a selection of songs for your wedding ceremony. We advise our guests to have at least 5 – one for the bride’s and/or groom’s entrance, two to three to cover the signing of the register, and one for the couple’s exit as they walk down the aisle, plus any you’d like whilst the guests are arriving.

A couple can choose to simply plug in their iPod or phone or even a laptop to play music for the ceremony but a popular choice and one that works really well during this part of the wedding day is for couples to hire one or more live musicians to play.  This creates a great atmosphere from the beginning and there really is something quite special about live music. 

String quartets, pianists or harpists (a very popular choice for ceremonies) can make for a lovely instrumental offering. The wonderful Tory Handsley is in high demand here at the barn for her talent as a harpist – pop your favourite song down on a bit of paper and she will bang it out on the harp for you…even Guns and Roses!  Singing guitarists are also a great choice, creating acoustic versions of popular songs that work really well for wedding ceremonies.  

The wedding industry awards

As many of you may already know the last few months have seen all sorts of activity within the wedding industry scene due to it being ‘Awards Season’!  For us here at the barn it has been exciting times as we saw ourselves being both shortlisted for and winners of a number of trophies.  It started with being shortlisted for the Regional Finals of the 2019 Wedding Industry Awards in two (yes two) categories!  Countryside Wedding Venue and Wedding Event Team for the South Central area.  We were absolutely delighted and found ourselves travelling to Farnham Castle back in November for the first awards ceremony with much anticipation and excitement. 

We were thrilled to win the Best Countryside Wedding Venue of The Year 2019 and brought our trophy back to the barn feeling incredibly proud and hugely grateful to all of the judges and of course all our wonderful brides and grooms who voted for us. 

Most of the team, both the The Tythe Barn and Absolute Taste, then travelled on a minibus to London on Wednesday 16th January (imagine that for a minute) for the National Awards but we were just pipped at the post by the Old Kent Barn, however being voted as one of the 8 best countryside barns in the UK was fabulous news to us!  Following the awards we are sent the feedback collated during the voting process which means we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to read all the wonderful comments from our couples and… wow what a read that was!  Thank you so much to each and everyone of you. Firstly for spending the time to vote and secondly for your amazing comments.  We have had an amazing year at the barn and we would also like to thank you all for sharing it with us. You too were all part of our wonderful story and we will be forever grateful.

Wedding Trends

2018 has certainly left its mark, with ultra-violet accents from the Colour of the Year, some gorgeous natural greenery chosen by couples to dress their venues and tables, and some offbeat animals (llamas we’re looking at you!) Now it’s time to take a look at the 2019 wedding trends coming our way.

Let’s start with the 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year, Coral. Now we’ve been lucky enough to see this bright and beautiful colour in action at past weddings at the barn, and it certainly lights up the room. From rich bridesmaid dresses to subtle floral touches, it’s such an eye-catching colour, and it really pops in bouquets. Why not consider it for your cake decoration or even make-up as well?

Word in the wedding dress world is that we’ll see a return to simple and classic styles – minimalists rejoice! Now this can only be following the beautiful royal wedding back in May, where Meghan Markle wore a simple white ceremony gown with bateau neckline. Sometimes it’s good to keep things simple with clean lines and no embellishment, allowing your beauty to shine.