Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Wedding stylist Not Your Average I Do was called in to transform a working barn venue into the perfect summertime wedding location for Tom and Caroline – here’s how they did it…

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Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Farm gate Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: D&J Photography.

Tom and Caroline chose a beautiful working farm in the heart of Lymington, New Forest, as the backdrop for their big day.

The Set Up

Farm barn garden Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayA blank canvas… Credit: D&J Photography

Tom and Caro asked the Not Your Average I Do[1] (NYA) team to work their magic and completely transform the sheep pen farmyard from its usual working order into a highly stylish backdrop for their day.

Barn wedding set-up Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe NYA team begin their set-up. Credit: D&J Photography

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There are always areas in a working barn that, rather than requiring beautiful decorations, just simply need to be covered up to ensure perfect wedding photographs! NYA opted for bespoke draped wall towards the back of the barn to hide those unsightly spots.

Barn wedding drapes Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayPreparing the draping. Credit: D&J Wedding Photography

When relying on an outside summer lawn to host your guests there are several things you want to think about to ensure the guests enjoy your day as much as you do: shade, seating, entertainment, lighting and warmth. Tom and Caroline ticked all these boxes, and then some!

Shade

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe farm lawn is transformed! Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Come rain or shine, cover from the elements is essential. Tom and Caroline opted for a stretch tent marquee as well as NYA’s barrel poseur tables with parasols to keep the guests (and their drinks) cool!

Seating

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayGuests enjoyed the chill-out area on the lawn. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

With over 100 guests, Tom and Caroline wanted to ensure that there would be adequate (and comfortable) seating for everyone. Dotting NYA’s deck chairs and bean bags about the grounds gave a chilled-out summer vibe. They added hay bales covered with blankets and cushions for added comfort.

Farm barn seating hay bales Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStable door with hay bales. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Entertainment

Barn wedding garden games Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe traditional wooden garden games were loved by all. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

The addition of NYA’s garden games brought fun for all ages!

Garden jenga Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Giant connect four Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Using NYA’s ‘not so average’ moon arch and a bespoke polaroid photo frame created a unique backdrop to act as the couple’s photobooth.

Floral hoop photobooth Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayMoon arch photo booth. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Wedding photobooth guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Lighting

Barn fairy lights Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DaySetting up the lighting in the barn. Credit: D&J Photography

For the wedding breakfast inside the barn, the happy couple chose a striking hanging table centre design, using NYA staggered festoon lighting covered in foliage and hanging glass baubles filled with candles and flowers.

Barn wedding reception tables Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Barn wedding reception details Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

NYA installed a stunning 30m fairy light wall which acted as an amazing backdrop for the wedding breakfast and those all-important wedding speeches.

Father of the bride speech Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStaggered festoon lighting and glass baubles. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Barn wedding bride Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFairy-light backdrop. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography barn wedding reception guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Warmth

Evening wedding guests fire pit Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe bride and her friends enjoying the warmth of the firepit. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Extra blankets are a great way to keep you and your guests warm as the evening sun drops – patio heaters are a great addition too, as well as firepits for mood lighting and toasting marshmallows!

Finishing Touches

Wooden light-up table plan Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBespoke light-up table plan. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

It’s the finishing touches that turn a blank canvas into a beautiful wedding venue. Tom and Caroline asked NYA to create a bespoke personalised light-up table plan. The couple’s floral hoops beautifully highlighted the brick wall of the barn.

Floral wedding hoops Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFloral hoops. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

As dusk turned to evening, the barrel festoon lighting by NYA turned the yard into a functional and romantic space to snuggle by the fire, really giving it that WOW factor. What a perfect way to end a perfect day!

Evening wedding reception Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBarrel festoon lighting. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Contact book:
Set-up photography – D&J Wedding Photography
On-the-day photography – Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography
Styling, lighting, props and photobooth – Not Your Average I Do
Florist – Katherine Bly Flowers
Venue – Warborne Farm[2][3][4][5][6]

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References

  1. ^ Not Your Average I Do (notyouraverageido.com)
  2. ^ D&J Wedding Photography (www.dandjphotography.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography (tomandlizzieredman.com)
  4. ^ Not Your Average I Do (notyouraverageido.com)
  5. ^ Katherine Bly Flowers (katherinebly.com)
  6. ^ Warborne Farm (www.warbornefarm.co.uk)
  7. ^ notyouraverageido.com (notyouraverageido.com)

A Gin Bar & Bake Off For This Berkshire Barn Wedding

Ellen & Peter

Foodie feasts, a DIY gin bar and endless entertainment made this Berkshire barn wedding super fun

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Hannah McClune Photography,
hannahmcclunephotography.com[1]

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Ellen and Peter were slowly sailing along the river, after hiring a boat in Henley-on-Thames to celebrate their ninth anniversary weekend, when all of a sudden the boat came to a stop. “Peter cut the engine about 20 minutes into our journey up the river and asked me to marry him! The ring features a beautiful platinum solitaire diamond with a gold inlay.”

Only when the bride felt like a real princess did she know she’d found the gown to step down the aisle in for her Berkshire barn wedding.

“My A-line Amanda Wyatt dress wasn’t at all what I was looking for to start with, but when I tried it on I never wanted to take it off again.”

The design featured soft tulle, lace detailing on the bodice and an illusion back in ivory and champagne colours.

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

“I borrowed a Tiffany & Co bracelet from my mum and purchased gold moonstone earrings from Astley Clarke. I wasn’t going to wear a necklace, but Pete gifted me a beautiful Links of London design. It matched my dress perfectly.” Kurt Geiger shoes and a Vera Wang two-tier veil, bought from David’s Bridal, completed Ellen’s aisle style.

The groom opted for a navy blue morning suit teamed with a grey tweed waistcoat and burgundy tie. “Pete looked so handsome. We hired all of the suits from Black Tie Menswear in Berkshire.”

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Six bridesmaids stunned in navy blue, full-length chiffon dresses with lace detailing on the back from Monsoon. “My sister found them for us.”

“I thought it would be a challenge to find a dress to suit blondes, brunettes and redheads, but navy was the perfect choice.”

“I ordered a sample of the dress first for the girls to try on. They all looked beautiful.”

Liz Patey joined the bride on her wedding morning to take care of her hair and makeup. “She was absolutely brilliant and so patient during my trial, even when I couldn’t make my mind up on my hairstyle. She used a lovely MAC lipstick in ‘Peach Blossom’ on the day.”

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Ellen and Peter married at St Andrew’s Church in Sonning. “Pete’s family are Catholic, so it was important to us to have a religious ceremony. My grandfather read ‘Love Is A Temporary Madness’, an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and Pete’s father read from 1 Corinthians 13.”

In keeping with tradition, the bride walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’. The couple then mixed it up for the music as they signed the marriage register.

“The church organist kindly learned the piano version of ‘Married Life’ for us, which is the theme music from the Pixar film ‘Up’!”

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

“The food at Lillibrooke Manor, where we celebrated our Berkshire barn wedding reception, was amazing! We opted for a three-course meal, starting with black fig, buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto salad with a chilli dressing. For the main, we tucked into pot-roasted beef wrapped in parma ham with dauphinoise potatoes. Dessert was Pimm’s-inspired, featuring strawberries, cucumber and red berry sorbet with a raspberry tuile.

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Lillibrooke Manor has so much character of its own – one of the reasons we chose it for the venue of our Berkshire barn wedding – so we didn’t need to choose a theme.” Academy Audio installed festoon lights and a fairy light canopy to complement the barns. The couple then took care of the rest of the décor themselves.

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

“We strung up Polaroid pictures in the smaller barn, where we held our drinks reception, and collected gin bottles to be the vases for our floral centrepieces. In the engine room, next to the main barn, there was a bridesmaids’ bake off – each of my best girls baked cookies in different flavours for our guests to snack on in the evening.”

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

“Break down wedding planning into monthly steps and it’s much more manageable!”

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Local florist, VFB the Florist, created burgundy, peach and cream arrangements using roses, dahlias, hypericum berries, astrantia, lisianthus, spray roses and asclepias. “We also asked our florist to make floral corsages to decorate our chocolate ganache and white chocolate ribbon wedding cake.”

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Keeping their guests entertained was high on this couple’s priority list for their Berkshire barn wedding. They enlisted a rustic photobooth from Box Photobooths for guests to dip in and out of during the evening. Next on the list was Kris Solo, booked via Alive Network, to play acoustic guitar at the drinks reception, which also featured a gin bar. To party the night away, the couple also booked DJ Gavin Harris from Freestyle Entertainment.

Gorgeous greenery, DIY details and rustic, bohemian touches deck out Ellen and Peter's Berkshire barn wedding beautifully, see all the dreamy photos here...

Ellen and Peter jetted off on a twin-centre honeymoon after the wedding, starting with a two-week private tour of Sri Lanka, organised by Kuoni. “We then flew on to Kuramathi Island Resort in the Maldives. It was the perfect honeymoon. We went snorkelling in the ocean in the Maldives and ventured out on Jeep safaris and cultural excursions in Sri Lanka.”

Their best planning advice?

“Be as realistic as possible and don’t be afraid to ask for discounts, especially when you’re buying multiple items from one supplier.”

“We also saved money by working with local vendors to avoid additional travel fees, giving us more to spend elsewhere.”

Suppliers

CEREMONY St Andrew’s Church, Sonning
RECEPTION VENUE Lillibrooke Manor, Berkshire
DRESS Amanda Wyatt at Borrowed Blue & Lace, Wokingham
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Monsoon
ACCESSORIES Tiffany & Co, Astley Clarke, Links of London, Vera Wang at David’s Bridal, Kurt Geiger at House of Fraser
GROOM Black Tie Menswear, Berkshire
HAIR & MAKEUP Liz Patey
LIGHTING Academy Audio
FLOWERS VFB The Florist
ENTERTAINMENT Box Photobooths, Kris Solo via Alive Network, Gavin Harris from Freestyle Entertainment
HONEYMOON Kuoni

References

  1. ^ hannahmcclunephotography.com (hannahmcclunephotography.com)

Be Inspired By This Gorgeous Greenery Barn Wedding

Keith & Michelle

This couple said “I do” to leafy, country garden style at their greenery barn wedding

Photography by Adam Cash, adamcash.co.uk[1]

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

After discovering a mutual passion for food on their first date, Michelle and Keith knew they were onto something good. “Two years later, Keith took me for a picnic and proposed. We were enjoying the food and sunshine, and I remarked that it was like a scene in Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts’ character reads to Richard Gere. I asked Keith to tell me a story too… he went straight into the story of our relationship and finished by asking me to marry him. I was gobsmacked!”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

“I spotted my Enzoani wedding dress in Wedding Ideas!”

Michelle fell for her strapless, lace mermaid gown by Enzoani at Bellissima Weddings. “I felt incredible as soon as I’d put it on. I’d seen the dress in Wedding Ideas and at a wedding fair, but I never thought the style would suit me. I finally plucked up the courage to try it on and burst into tears with my mum. I knew it was the one.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

The bride accessorised with a lace-edged, cathedral-length veil from the same boutique, as well as Love Art Wear Art shoes. “Keith gifted me my gorgeous earrings, they matched my engagement ring and were made by the same company – Galaxy Diamonds in Hatton Garden.”

“My dress was quite dramatic, so I didn’t wear any other jewellery.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Keith and his ushers opted for stylish, three-piece suits sourced from Debenhams, teamed with brown belts and shoes from Next. The groom also commissioned a tweed waistcoat from Stuart Austwick at Essex Waistcoats to ensure he stood out. “He looked nervous on the day, which surprised me because he’s usually quietly confident, but also very, very handsome,” Michelle gushes.

One adult attendant and three younger bridesmaids formed the bridal party. “We found Leanne’s dress at Bellissima Weddings too – it’s a Kelsey Rose design in taupe. We knew we wanted something soft and romantic and I loved the tulle skirt. Most importantly, Leanne was comfortable in it and this was the dress she wanted.” The three younger bridesmaids wore beautifully coordinated dresses created by the bride’s talented mother in law.

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Three pageboys also joined the couple, with one also embracing the role of ring bearer. They each dressed in a smart suit and shoes from Roco Clothing.

“I asked makeup artist Charlemagne Smithies to join us on our wedding morning. She was amazing – the fire alarm went off while we were getting ready and she was still totally on time! My good friend and hairdresser Tracy Griffiths styled our locks – she’s a gem.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Michelle and Keith married in a civil ceremony at Alpheton Hall Barns.

“The ceremony was my favourite part of the day.”

“I loved walking down the aisle towards Keith, holding onto my father’s arm and seeing the happy faces of our family and friends. We had ‘I’ll Be There’ for our reading and I walked down the aisle to ‘A Thousand Years’, sung by Sarah O’Shea.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Ellis Catering cooked up a storm for the couple’s reception meal at Alpheton Hall Barns, serving up a barbecue of locally sourced chicken, halloumi and lamb kebabs alongside burgers, sausages, salads, pasta dishes and more! Lemon tart offered a delicious dessert.

“My dad gave a very beautiful and emotional speech that made my cry,” Michelle gushes. “Keith and the best man Nick’s speeches were both suitably witty – they were funny yet endearing.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

The couple opted to decorate their greenery barn wedding with a country garden theme. “Keith designed and printed our stationery on Kraft card with a vintage type setting, then I decorated it with lace and twine.”

“The décor was really important to me – I had a vision in my mind for our greenery barn wedding that I wanted to create.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Michelle scoured markets and auction sites to source decorations for the day. “I found a vintage ladder and crystal vases and purchased baskets and apple crates at a market in France. My amazingly talented mother-in-law made our table runners, hessian and lace chair ties and bunting herself.

We dressed the venue the day before the big one – it was so much fun seeing my vision unfold! The flowers arriving brought everything together – our florist’s work was breathtaking.”

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

Briefed to create arrangements in green and ivory with a country garden wedding style, Samantha French from Wild Poppies got to work. “Samantha is incredibly talented and the flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day.” Arrangements included Nora Jean roses, astrantia, astilbe, nigella, alchemilla, foxgloves, agapanthus, mint and rosemary.

Country garden flowers, homemade seed packet wedding favours and gorgeous greenery barn wedding decor make Keith & Michelle's wedding a must-see...

“We enlisted the help of Amazing Cakes By Jean for our four-tier cake. We had a fruit base layer topped with vanilla, lemon and chocolate sponges. The design was finished in ivory with hessian and lace trim.”

“I handmade wildflower seed pack favours for guests to take home from our country garden wedding.”

The owner of the venue suspended two large frames from the barn’s beams, so the couple simply added props to bring the DIY photobooth to life. “We also hired Tony Winyard for our DJ. He was so much more than a DJ – a DJ, toastmaster, entertainer and organiser too! He provided the music for our entire day, provided personalised introductions for the wedding party and hosted a Mr & Mrs game – he was amazing!”

“My friend Annina Cremona, who is also a photographer, surprised us with some lovely photos from the day too.”

The newlyweds shared their first dance to Take That’s ‘Rule The World’. “I wasn’t overly keen on the song, but Keith really wanted it so I caved,” the bride laughs.

Booking with Jasmine Holidays, Michelle and Keith jetted off to Hong Kong for two nights, staying at The Park Lane in Causeway Bay, before moving on to Bali for two more stops, one at The Four Seasons Hotel in Ubud and the other at The Oberori Hotel in Seminyak. “We went sightseeing in Hong Kong, trekking in Ubud and sunbathed in Seminyak.”

SUPPLIERS

VENUE Alpheton Hall Barns, Sudbury
DRESS Enzoani at Bellissima Weddings
BRIDESMAID DRESS Kelsey Rose
GROOM Debenhams, Next, Essex Waistcoats
SHOES Love Art Wear Art
HAIR Tracy Griffiths
MAKEUP Charlemagne Smithies
CATERING Ellis Catering
FLOWERS Wild Poppies
CAKE Amazing Cakes By Jean
ENTERTAINMENT Tony Winyard, Awe DJ
HONEYMOON Jasmine Holidays
VIDEOGRAPHER Adam Heath, Inverve

References

  1. ^ adamcash.co.uk (adamcash.co.uk)

Beautiful Bath Wedding Filled With Blossom Trees

Sophie & Ian

Blossom trees fill a twinkling barn for this beautiful Bath wedding

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jessica Raphael,
jessicaraphaelphotography.com[1]

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

When a second date means flying all the way to Singapore for dinner and drinks, there’s more pressure than ever for it to be perfect. But distance didn’t deter Sophie and Ian and once back home in London after an exciting time living in Asia, the couple got engaged. “My rose gold ring has a diamond in the centre and smaller diamonds on the band – it’s gorgeous!”

After a busy day working in the city, Sophie popped into Stephanie Allin’s boutique and discovered her dream dress.

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

“It’s a couture dress, so it was more than I had planned to spend, but I fell in love and the quality and the experience of buying the dress made it well worth the investment. I even had a few fittings with Stephanie Allin herself!” The classic A-line gown featured a drop waist, sweetheart neckline and a scalloped lace edge to the skirt.

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

“I borrowed my friend’s porcelain rose crown, which I wore with a Stephanie Allin veil during the ceremony and reception.”

“When the evening party began, I changed up my look, removing the veil and crown and adding a Stephanie Allin jewelled belt.”

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This groom sought out inspiration for his Bath wedding day style from weddings of friends. “He liked the dinner suit our friend had worn when he was a groom, so he went for a similar look.

Ian purchased his dinner suit and bowtie from Suit Supply, so it was off the peg but the tailored fit complemented his body shape really well. I’d tried to imagine the moment when I first saw him at the church, but it was overwhelming and even more special than I had expected it to be.”

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

Six bridesmaids, including Sophie’s sister as maid of honour, and two pageboys joined the bride for the big day. “The girls wore dark green multi-way dresses from Coast. They were more complicated to tie than I anticipated, but they did a beautiful job creating similar but different looks. They had faux fur shawls to keep warm with and a rose gold necklace and bracelet each.”

The bride met her hair and makeup team at the weddings of her sister and bridesmaid. “Louisa Fleming did our makeup and Jessy Graham styled our hair.”

“I also had eyelash extensions, HD brows and a spray tan beforehand. They all made a difference to how good I felt on the day.”

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

Sophie and Ian exchanged vows in a religious ceremony at St Mary’s Charlcombe in Bath. “My friend read an extract from ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ and Ian’s godmother read from Song of Solomon, chapters two and eight. My father walked me down the aisle as Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ played, we exited to ‘Wedding March’ by Mendelssohn and chose ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele, played on the organ, for when we signed the marriage register.”

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“Spending time together, just Ian and I, in the car on the way to our Bath wedding reception was really special.”

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to Wick Farm, Bath, to celebrate, starting with the wedding breakfast. “We had ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli to start, roast lamb and dauphinoise potatoes for the main course and a chocolate and raspberry roulade for dessert. After the meal we had fireworks, which were amazing! We had sparklers at this point too and we put out a big box of blankets to make sure nobody got cold.”

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

The groom’s graphic design background meant he was full of ideas for their woodland wedding theme. “Ian used a turquoise, rustic pattern to design our woodland stationery suite. We used animal portraits to label tables with. My mum also pitched in, creating loads of wedding signs[2]  from MDF and upcycled wooden pallets to place around the venue.” Lighting Fantastic supplied the twinkly fairy lights in the main room and bar.

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

“Flowers and blossom[3] were our focus for the décor for our Bath wedding.”

“We asked the fantastic Jill Jeffries to bring them to life. She created the feeling of a romantic woodland wedding perfectly, using tall, blossom tree-style centrepieces[4]. For the bouquets, she used a selection of roses teamed with more textural flowers and foliage to enhance the slightly wild vibe. My bridesmaids carried gypsophila posies, dreamily tied with trailing peach ribbons.”

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

A three-tier, gluten-free cake made up of lemon and vanilla layers, sandwiched with buttercream and jam, delighted the couple and their guests alike. “It looked stunning with blossom, miniature meringues and naked-style icing and it tasted truly delicious too! Our friend Rosie, a qualified chef, created our lovely wedding cake for us.”

Planning your own Bath wedding? Then you'll LOVE Sophie & Ian's big day with a church ceremony and barn reception filled with blossom trees...

The party continued into the night with a DJ and band providing the soundtrack. “We chose Florence and the Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’ for our first dance because we didn’t want anything too cheesy and we both love the song.”

After their country Bath wedding, the newlyweds opted to venture somewhere more exotic for their honeymoon. “We booked a dual-centre honeymoon, with ten days in South Africa and five nights in Mauritius, through Trailfinders.”

SUPPLIERS

CEREMONY St Mary’s Charlcombe, Bath
RECEPTION VENUE Wick Farm, Bath
DRESS Stephanie Allin
BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coast
GROOM Suit Supply
ACCESSORIES Stephanie Allin
HAIR Jessy Graham
MAKEUP Louisa Fleming
FLOWERS Jill Jeffries
DÉCOR Lighting Fantastic
FIREWORKS Sky Rascal
VIDEOGRAPHER Andrew Moore Photography
HONEYMOON Trailfinders

References

  1. ^ jessicaraphaelphotography.com (jessicaraphaelphotography.com)
  2. ^ wedding signs (weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ blossom (weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ blossom tree-style centrepieces (weddingideasmag.com)