We love a good barn wedding, even more so when there’s heaps of individual touches that reflect the happy couple in question and there’s no doubting that’s what we’ve got this morning in the big day of Bryony and Nick.
We have bunting and fairy lights, jam jars and giant light up letters, milk churns and tassels all of which are topped off by some epic dancing and a dollop of ice-cream. I really really love Bryony’s Sassi Holford gown too – I don’t think I’ll ever tire of a lace sleeve especially when your maids have got them to boot. Epic.
The Bride’s Fashion
Bryony The Bride: My dress was ‘Tamsin’ by Sassi Holford and I absolutely adore it – it was quite different to what I set out to find but when I tried it on, I knew it was the one…it’s true what people say! I knew I wanted a dress with a vintage style but never thought that I would go for one with sleeves and nor did I think I’d end up with a full length veil! I went for a simple pair of nude shoes with studded detail from Zara and I wore fresh flowers in my hair.
The Groom’s Fashion
Nick wore a navy tailor made suit from Reiss and brown brogues from Bertie. This was all topped off by a vintage gold pocket watch which I gave him as a wedding gift.
Our wedding reception was held at Wick Botton Barn in Rockley near Marlborough. I am so thrilled that we found the perfect venue for our wedding day. It really enabled me to create the vision I had in my head but it was incredibly difficult to find. So many venues have so many rules and regulations you have to follow and restrictions on caterers etc. which meant we couldn’t achieve what we were after.
Wick Bottom Barn don’t advertise, they don’t even have a website and yet they get booked a long way in advance purely on recommendation. It was a colleague who told me about the venue and as soon as we saw it we knew it was perfect. It is an amazing venue set deep in the Marlborough downs. It is a blank canvas! You are given the keys to the barn for 5 days and it is up to you to decorate it and do with it as you please. Everything has to organised separately – there is NOTHING there except an empty (and very rustic barn) but it does allow you to create your vision exactly as you please. Thus our wedding was a real DIY affair and it would have been impossible to carry out if it weren’t for our very creative and supportive families. As the barn was ours for a few days some guests camped overnight and lots of us met back at the barn the next day for brunch.
The Colour Scheme
Originally, I didn’t really have a colour scheme for the wedding. I am not a fan of everything being matchy matchy and so the colour scheme just seemed to evolve as we went along. Once we had chosen the bridesmaids’ dresses and navy suits for the men, I chose the flowers which I thought would work well with them but I never set out with these colours in mind – I was keen for the day to be full of colour and with a vintage feel.
All the decorative items were either collected by me or made by myself and our amazing family members; we even had friends of my little brother running our bar. I was constantly car-booting prior to the big day to collect props – nothing was hired and you can now see lots of wedding memorabilia dotted around our home. For example, the vintage trunk used for our table plan now makes a lovely coffee table in our lounge. Rather than hiring a real photobooth, we decided on a DIY affair with a large gold frame and a polaroid camera. My brother Luke designed all the wedding stationery for us, my sister Verity made 160 metres of bunting and my sister in law Ali was in charge of the dessert table and baked up a feast!
My amazing Dad Roddy did an astonishing amount of DIY – creating our super light up letters, a coconut shy, making and dotting signs all over the countryside and much, much more! It really was a group of effort and I couldn’t have pulled it off without them all. We wanted a really relaxed and informal style and we were really pleased with the results. Rather than hire a car with a chauffeur, we decided on a vintage, bright-red, two-seater MG. My Dad drove me to the church in it and then Nick drove us both from the church to the venue. Much more fun! Driving down Marlborough high street with the top down just after our marriage was such fun! My sister adorned it with decorated tin cans and a knitted bride and groom.
My mum, my sister, my mother-in-law and I also did most of the flowers ourselves. We enlisted the help of Hedge Rose Florist for the bouquets, the arch at the church, the flower girl’s crown and the buttonholes. All of the other flowers at the church and the barn were by us. We purchased the flowers from Bristol flower market a couple of days before the wedding (a VERY early start) and spent half a day arranging them all at the barn in jam jars and vintage pots of various descriptions.
The Bridesmaids’ Fashion
I wanted my bridesmaids to have a dress that they were all comfortable in and could wear again and when I saw the Gloria dress in Whistles I knew it was perfect. The grey/blue colour was just ideal and luckily they all agreed too. They each wore a pair of nude heels and some fresh flowers in their hair. My beautiful niece, Matilda, was my flower girl and she wore a lace cream dress from Monsoon with a fresh floral crown. My three month old niece Bea even wore a matching dress. The best men and ushers wore their own navy suits. We tied them all together with a pair of polka dot socks, a polka dot pocket square and a blue herringbone tie from ASOS. I think the navy blue worked perfectly with the blue/grey of the bridesmaids dresses.
We were keen to offer our guests lots of entertainment as we didn’t want them to be standing around with nothing to do. As our venue provided lots of open space (and we were lucky with the weather) we were able to have croquet and a coconut shy. Along with the photobooth, sparklers in the evening and a well-stocked bar there was lots to keep everyone happy. We also had a live band – The Clone Tones – who were amazing and kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.
I was keen to do something a bit different for our wedding breakfast but we wanted something tasty too! Our wedding was catered by Pieminister and guests were served good old pie & mash. In fact food was really important to us….we didn’t want our guests to go hungry which often seems to be the case at weddings. As well as canapés we had an ice cream bicycle when guests arrived at the barn.
Following the pie & mash, guests were treated to a packed dessert table (lots of which was made by my sister in law) and an evening buffet which included a tiered savoury cheese cake. Not to mention the sweetie table! All our guests commented on the lovely food. I also made homemade raspberry gin which went down a treat but led to a few heavy heads the next morning. Our wedding favours were jars of home-made chilli jam – our favourite. We opted for a naked sponge cake as our wedding cake, decorated with beautiful fresh flowers and fruit.
I am lucky enough that my brother in law is a professional photographer. It was so lovely to be photographed by someone we both know and are comfortable with. I love his relaxed style of photography; they feel natural, unposed and really capture the atmosphere of the day.