Sisters
Sisters
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Confetti
Confetti
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Rustic
Rustic
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Love
Love
Image by Story & Colour - Bride in Tea Length Lace Justin Alexander Dress with birdcage veil & Rachel Simpson Shoes. Bridesmaid in Hobbs navy dress for a rustic barn wedding with berry blooms, naked cake & nautical theme.
Decor
Decor
Image by Story & Colour - Bride in Tea Length Lace Justin Alexander Dress with birdcage veil & Rachel Simpson Shoes. Bridesmaid in Hobbs navy dress for a rustic barn wedding with berry blooms, naked cake & nautical theme.
Cake
Cake
Image by Story & Colour - Bride in Tea Length Lace Justin Alexander Dress with birdcage veil & Rachel Simpson Shoes. Bridesmaid in Hobbs navy dress for a rustic barn wedding with berry blooms, naked cake & nautical theme.
Sparklers
Sparklers
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Emma & Tom

The Autumnal light catching Emma’s tea length Justin Alexander gown is simply magical, it shows all the beautiful intricate lace detail perfectly and Emma looks absolutely stunning wearing it along with her birdcage veil & fabulous Rachel Simpson shoes.

I love that there was no particular theme or colour scheme accept to include everything they love! Emma & Tom are keen sailor’s so that’s where the nautical themed stationery design & decor inspiration came from and of course Emma, her Father & Bridesmaid Sister just had to arrive in the childhood VW camper van even though it was only a short journey.

Everybody seems like the kindest, sweetest group, all enjoying the gorgeous rustic barn wedding and taking of sweet how utterly adorable is that home baked naked sponge cake cleverly displayed on the vintage bicycle!

Brides Outfit

Emma The Bride: I knew that I wanted a short dress, which I could move around in all day and dance the night away in. It was a Justin Alexander dress from Creatiques. I had a head piece made by Abby at Cherished Vintage . She uses vintage pieces of jewellery and broaches to make you something wonderful and unique. The birdcage was also from Cherished Vintage. I then needed a pair of pretty shoes to be shown off with my short dress, so picked some vintage inspired Rachel Simpson from Mirror Mirror. I wore some pear earrings, which my Nan had given me on my 18th birthday.

The Grooms Attire

Tom decided that he didn’t want anything too formal as it wouldn’t suite the relaxed feel of our venue and wedding, but he did want a three piece suite. He picked a suite from T.M.Lewin. They tailored it beautifully and even had their tailor make a matching waistcoat. I had some cufflinks commissioned for Tom as a surprise for our wedding day by Charlotte Cornelius. The cufflinks where in the shape of the infinity symbol, in a twisted rope design to reflect our love for each other and sailing, which was how we met.

The Venue

We picked Upwaltham Barns as it gave us everything we wanted. A barn for our wedding ceremony, a different barn for the wedding breakfast , a lovely cottage and lots of different beautiful outdoor space for our guests to enjoy. The staff were so welcoming form the minute we arrived. They have their own catering service and a member of the team helps you through the whole process. We felt in complete control with them and they are experts at what they do! The Barns are just off the South Down Way and are in a beautiful area.

Colour Scheme/Decor

There was no colour scheme, we just wanted the wedding to reflect us. We met sailing when we were 15 years old and continue to sail and cycle together. The other important thing was to include our family VW camper van which has been in our family before I was born. My parents lovingly restored it the year running up to the wedding as a surprise. We made all our own bunting and confetti. Tom had the idea of having our table plan reflecting the harbour we sail in. Our top table was called Prinsted, which was were Tom proposed to me, whilst on a bike ride around the harbour.

Florist

Laura from Rococo met with us and produced the most wonderful bouquets, corsages, door and chair swags for us. She completely understood what we were after, something relaxed, which reflected the beautiful surroundings of the barns. We wanted to do as much as we could, so we made our own table pieces. Decorating jam jars of all shapes and sizes. We were able to get flowers from my bouquet from a wholesaler and then went hedge rowing for foliage with both our mums, my Sister and my friend Dheirdre who gave us guidance and inspiration. She kindly made the swags to decorate the barn for the wedding breakfast.

The Wedding Party Fashion

I had my Sister as a Bridesmaid and she wore a navy Hobbs dress. She reflected me with a sweetheart neckline. We then paired this with some raspberry coloured Hobbs shoes. She wore a small pearl hair piece from Mirror Mirror. We decided to let our Groomsmen wear any suite they wanted. We didn’t want to get them something that they would never want to wear again. They all wore handkerchief and corsages.

Ceremony

My Godmother read a poem called ‘Today’s the Day’ by Author Unknown. Tom’s Father then read a passage from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis De Bernieres.

Entertainment

We were lucky enough to find Amy Baker. She sang John Legend – All of Me as I walked in. As we signed the register she sang Katie Melua, Nine Million Bicycles. We then walked out to Jack Johnson- Better Together. Amy then entertained all our guests during the canapés. Many of our guests still rave about her.

In the evening Decade got everyone up and dancing. Our first dance was to Lumineers, Ho Hey. They kept the party going all night long!

Food

We had sun blushed tomato, red onion and mozzarella tarts for starters. Followed by either Tenderloin of pork with local Sussex cider, apples and a cream sauce or Breast of chicken filled with Jarlsberg cheese and asparagus, rolled in Parma ham with a white wine and cream sauce. For pudding we had Apple and blackberries with a cinnamon crumb and crème anglais.
In the evening we had fish and chips in cones.

Cake

Everyone knew when it came to the cake it had to be made by my Mum. Tom has a love of Victoria sponge cake so we decided to go for a naked cake. She made a Victoria sponge and a chocolate sponge with white chocolate ganache. She beautifully decorated it with winter berries and roses from my bouquet. She sweet talked the local butcher into borrowing his butchers bike, which she then decorated with flowers and displayed the cake on the stand of the bike.

Photographer

We were so please to have found Dan from Story & Colour. We met with him in London after seeing his work on his website. On the day we all felt very relaxed around him. He was very discrete during the day and captured all the special moments. All our friends and family have commented on our photos and how Dan has managed to create a story with our photos, which we will all cherish forever.

Stationery

We made our own save the date post cards by writing a message in the sand on the beach by our home. My Sister was responsible for spending many hours designing our wonderful invites, order of service and thank you paper. Again she incorporated our love of sailing and cycling together in the design.

Photography by Story + Colour
Author: Lorna Shaw

Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful babas.

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