There are plenty of alternatives to wedding cakes, including cheese towers, but our fave has to be a doughnut tower! They always look showstopping! Jade & James’ epic doughnut tower created by Recommended supplier, Bella & Bean Cake Design, for their autumn wedding at Recommended venue, The Barn at Botley Hill, has blown us away. Not only that but we’re swept off our feet by these photos taken by the incredible Recommended supplier, Kirsty Mackenzie Photography.We’ve literally had to take a seat to digest this amazing day! From champagne-popping moments and neon signage to a copper colour scheme, every aspect, but especially the decor by Recommended supplier, The Little Wedding Warehouse, is so inspiring!

A doughnut tower, disco balls, and a neon sign! The decor at this wedding is off the chart!

The minute we saw Botley Hill Barn's gorgeous industrial window on Instagram that looks out onto the Surrey Hills, we knew it was the venue for us. A friend had Kirsty as their wedding photographer and recommended her, we looked at her work on Rock My Wedding and saw her energy and colours through her pictures and knew Kirsty was perfect.

Jade & James

Doughnut Tower

Jade & James opted for a big doughnut tower instead of the traditional wedding cake. There were a few other things this couple didn't play by the rules with...they had a horse box as the photo booth, a mobile pizza oven for evening food and an epic show band lit up by a neon sign and disco balls on the dancefloor. One of Jade & James' favourite moments was the champagne spray outside the iconic windows with the wedding party. Another fave moment was when Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond came on. Everyone started a small circle on the dance floor linking arms and dancing, which turned into a circle the size of the room with all of the guests singing along and dancing. Jade & James stood in the middle admiring how everyone they loved was belting out the lyrics and enjoying the moment as much as them.

Autumn Wedding Decor

Having an autumnal wedding, Jade & James had lots of oranges, dark pinks, and foliage featuring in the flowers. The couple also included a lot of copper as a crucial part of the styling, which went well with the venue's rustic and industrial style. Jade & James designed their own stationery to match the copper theme. They used a copper frame around the neon sign and copper picture frames for the table numbers and menu holders, too. The bridesmaid dresses and groom/groomsmen's ties were a vibrant shade of copper. The florists created incredible flower columns to go around the doors of the ceremony barn, which were then repurposed around the neon sign. Having a neon sign lights up the dancefloor and gives you a great backdrop as the natural light starts to fade.

The Barn at Botley Hill is such an incredible wedding venue! Those windows are just unreal!

Enjoy every moment! Pouring over spreadsheets and juggling planning meetings with suppliers might feel like a chore in the run-up, but once your day has been and gone you'll look back at all those little tasks fondly and wish you could do it again. The nerves will go - I felt so nervous the morning of the wedding but as soon as I walked down the aisle, the nerves went and the whole day was a joy.

Well, as we said earlier, whilst a doughnut tower is a fabulous alternative to a wedding cake, don't forget about the cheese towers! We'll take some cheddar to go! We've also been convinced that maybe a barn wedding venue is for us...especially when transformed into the disco heaven Jade & James have created. 

Leah Blundell

Written by Leah Blundell

Venue: The Barn at Botley Hill | Photography: Kirsty Mackenzie Photography | Band: The Distractions | Florist: Mad Lilies | Food: Kalm Kitchen | Doughnut Tower: Bella & Bean Cake Design | Hair & Makeup: Holly London | Wedding Dress: Savin London | Bridal Boutique: White Lace & Butterflies | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Groom & Groomsmen's Outfits: Moss Bross | Decor & Hire: The Little Wedding Warehouse

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