If you like your weddings pink, girly and sparkly then you are going to LOVE Hannah and Jamie’s outdoor wedding at The Barnyard in Kent’s countryside.
There are wonderful milk churns full of flowers as table centrepieces next to fabulous gold glitter table numbers and the cake….. Well. I simple adore the cake. Baked by a talented friend and wonderfully displayed in front of fairy lights creating a beautiful focal point and giving it that extra wow factor.
Which leads me perfectly onto Hannah’s show stopping lace Maggie Sottero Bronwyn gown with gorgeous key hole back.It’s utterly dreamy and she looks SO stunning in it, as do her bridesmaids in their handmade slinky blush pink silk gowns. But not to be totally out shone by the ladies, Groom Jamie opted for a funky peacock feather print lining in his dapper Ted Baker morning suit from Moss Bros which I have to say is totally fun.
A truly cute couple, enjoying every bit of their day amongst the vineyards, even with the treat of rain.
Hannah The Bride: Being quite little, (I’m 5ft2), I didn’t want to feel swamped in a huge wedding dress. My Mum spotted my dress at a wedding fair and predicted it was ‘The One’. I tried it on and, as always, she was right. I’m quite a magpie when it comes to sparkly things and adore big statement costume jewellery – I wanted to incorporate this into my Bridal look whilst going for a classy, 1920’s Art Deco style for my accessories, particularly my earrings and feather hair comb.
Jamie (the Groom) liked the idea of tails or a morning coat for a classic wedding look, but he felt traditional wedding suits were quite shapeless. The Ted Baker suits in Moss Bros were more ftted and our groomsmen all looked very dapper!
A friend had taken me to The Barnyard for afternoon tea one day in the summer years ago and I fell in love. As cliched as it sounds, I decided straight away that was where I would love to get married. I love that as a venue it has a very relaxed atmosphere, whilst combining the countryside with the glamour I love (the chandeliers in the marquee are amazing)! We have lots of nieces and nephews between us and I could imagine them running around outside and visiting the animals. After Jamie had proposed, I took him there for lunch and dropped into conversation it would be a perfect wedding venue – luckily he agreed and that was it! Tessa, the wedding coordinator was fantastic throughout the planning, and her calm, enthusiastic manner made our wedding day run absolutely seamlessly.
I had quite a clear idea of the look I wanted to create for our wedding. I’m very girly and pink is my favourite colour, but I didn’t want an entirely pink wedding. Instead, I wanted to use pink as a highlight, in amongst other fresh, summery colours. I love the elegance of the 1920s so incorporated elements of this style, with lots of gold and sparkle! I felt really strongly that our wedding day should be elegant and glamorous but fun and relaxed too, and I think our decor went a long way to contribute towards this. Fresh fowers were a huge part of our wedding and I’m incredibly lucky to have a very talented forist for an Auntie so she created our gorgeous table centrepieces which wowed all of our guests, as well as the bouquets and buttonholes. We collected various vases and containers for her to fill with gorgeous peonies, freesias and roses from a local fower wholesalers. I was a very DIY bride and as well as drawing on the expertise of friends and family, I made lots of bits and pieces for the wedding myself. Our favours doubled up as place settings and were little jars with hand stamped name labels, flled with our favourite sweets. I also made a box of goodies for the bathrooms with party essentials like hairbands, deodorant and plasters, and provided ‘dancing appropriate’ footwear in the form of pink fip fops for the ladies. One of the biggest hits with all of the guests was a giant ‘Polaroid’ style MDF frame made by my bridesmaids, and a table full of props and instant camera. We made a washing line of fame for everyone to peg their photos on and it was so much fun. I really think the little details made our wedding special and very ‘us’.
My best friend and Maid of Honour, Anna Lucas, read an exert of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin during the ceremony which was beautiful and very emotional.
I am lucky to know some very gifted musicians and we were so privileged to have the wonderful Ryedale (woodwind) Trio play for us during the whole day. They added something very special to the ceremony, and gave everyone goosebumps! They played beautifully throughout a very hot day! For the evening we booked Discologic to provide a disco, and asked all of our guests for their favourite song to dance to on their RSVPs so the playlist was epic and the dance foor was never empty. We had lots of little guests so I made them party bags to keep them busy during the wedding breakfast, including colouring pencils, stickers and sweets.
The food at The Barnyard was one of the main draws – gorgeous fresh local produce, and we chose our ultimate meal – retro prawn cocktail, roast chicken with all the trimmings and a rich chocolate brownie with cream and raspberries for pudding. Our beautiful wedding cake was made by another especially talented friend, and was three tiers – Victoria sponge, lemon sponge with lemon curd and cream, and strawberry with champagne buttercream. It was covered in buttercream and was decorated with beautiful handmade sugar fowers. Rachel also produced lots of salted caramel cupcakes covered in gold glitter to match our theme!
Having been let down by a photographer at the beginning of our engagement, I had a very set idea of exactly the person I wanted to capture our special day. We’re both quite obsessed with beautiful photos so it was probably the biggest priority for us as a couple. As soon as I found Emma’s website I felt her warmth and genuine passion! From our frst meeting, Emma has been incredible; organised and a true perfectionist and our pictures really show how much she cares. She’s amazing, simple as!
We realised quite late that we really would like our ceremony captured on video and my wonderful family rallied around and surprised us on the day with a videographer! It was a wonderful wedding gift and a great surprise.
Several people told me to savour every minute of the day so I made sure we caught time together throughout the day to look around at everyone we love most in the world having a beautiful day celebrating with us. Stick to your guns and try to not let other people sway your decisions, it is your big day after all, and enjoy the planning – you miss it when it’s all done!
Photography by ELS Design Photography
- Dress Designer Maggie Sottero – Bronwyn
- Bridal Boutique Wedding World Kent
- Bridal Shoes Carvela – Kurt Geiger
- Hairpiece Lily Bella – Tiffany
- Grooms Suit Ted Baker at Moss Bros
- Venue The Barnyard
- Chair/Postbox Hire Bedecked
- Entertainment Ryedale Trio
- DiscoLogic DJs
- Videographer Confetti Productions
- Makeup Harriet Rainbow
- Earrings River Island
- Necklace Alan Hannah Devoted at Debenhams
- Bridesmaid Dresses Handmade by the Bride & friends as a collaboration