Ahhh how elegant does everyone look at this wedding? It’s so lovely to see Bridesmaids in rich dark purple floor length gowns, the boys in tails and gorgeous Bride Hannah in a structured dress by Jesus Peiro. Just because you’re having a barn wedding, it doesn’t mean that you have to have rustic or bohemian styling, and Gate Street Barn is a fabulous venue for versatility – we’ve featured so many weddings from there, all with their own individual style, and all of them have looked gorgeous!
Hannah & Luke’s big day looks like such a joyful occasion and we love the soft, golden light that seems to flood every image – Karina at Richmond Pictures by Karina Lax has done a fabulous job of capturing every special moment, and there were lots and lots of them! Come and take a look…
Hannah The Bride: I got my Jesus Peiro Dress from Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley, Surrey run by a fabulous lady called Emma. After looking at lots of other places and trying on hundreds of dresses I finally ended up at Miss Bush (which was apt as I was at the time a Miss Bush myself!) Emma asked what sort of thing I thought I wanted and what things I definitely didn’t want, indulged me whilst I tried a few dresses on that I picked out and then got me to try on something completely different: the Jesus Peiro Dress. She styled my hair into a quick up do using flowers from an arrangement in the shop and changed the belt for a beautiful very sparkly Suzanne Neville Mimosa belt. I looked in the mirror, my mum cried and I thought, this is the one. This is what I want to look like on my wedding day. It was simple but stylish and a little bit different and I loved how confident it made me feel. On the day, from the moment I stepped into it any nerves I had vanished and I felt confident and overwhelmingly happy! I never realised how important getting the dress right was!
Because of the very glam belt, the only jewellery I wore on the day was my engagement ring which was made by Luke’s Uncle Simon who is a jeweller. He designed and made my ring with Luke who chose two diamonds set either side of a natural yellow sapphire. I love it because it is so unique and unusual, nothing I would have chosen for myself and was made just for me. And a gorgeous but simple knot bracelet my sister in law gave to me the morning of the wedding.
On the day I had my makeup done by a marvellous lady called Zoe Newlove who patiently spent hours with me one Sunday morning whilst I indecisively tried to decide what I wanted and then just got it so right on the day. And hair by a lady called Carolanne Armstrong, who came highly recommended by the ladies at Miss Bush and didn’t disappoint!
Grooms fashion turned out to be a lot simpler than brides and the bridesmaids, or maybe the boys were just better at making a decision. Armed with one of the bridesmaid’s dresses, they managed to sort out their suits in one fowl swoop one Saturday afternoon at Moss Bros getting cravats that could have been cut from the same cloth as the dresses!
We were married in Christ Church, Coldharbour. A beautiful little country church and had décor to reflect that; simple country flowers in spring colours. I had wanted to marry at that church my whole life and love the thought that in the future our children may be christened there. It is such a special, spiritual place.
We organised for our friends to arrive to the church and then onto the venue in a green country bus, it meant none of them had to worry about parking etc and I think they all enjoyed arriving together!
Our reception was at Gate Street Barn and was the one and only venue we visited; we just knew straight away it was the place for us. We loved the setting; beautiful countryside surrounded by fields and cows, and the barn itself was rustic enough to have a lot of character and charm but ‘venue’ enough to have proper toilets, heating and a well-stocked bar!! We didn’t feel it needed much décor so we kept things to a minimum but splashed out on some very cool light up letters which our guests loved and look fab in the photos!
We got our flowers from Kingfisher Farm Shop, Abinger; they do beautiful arrangements that use seasonal flowers and they did the flowers around the entrance to the church. One of my best friends works for them from time to time and so she made the bouquets for myself and the bridesmaids herself which was extra special. My Mum and some of her friends made the centre pieces for the tables and arranged the flowers in the church which made it all feel a lot more personal which we loved!
Both of our mums made homemade jam, sloe gin and lavender bags as favours for the tables, and many an evening on the weeks leading up to the day was spent cutting, sticking and sewing things. It was lovely to do creative things in the lead up to the day with our family and friends.
We used the wonderful and ever so professional people at Kalm Kitchen who ran the day to military precision, ensuring everything ran to time and that everyone was full of beautiful looking, tasty food. The canapés especially were amazing!
Our Cake was made my wonderful mum, Hilary and sister, Erica. I gave them a picture from Pinterest and they somehow managed to replicate it – it looked and tasted gorgeous. It was quite a feat to make and my mum lost sleep over it on the days leading up to the wedding. Two of my most trusted friends were given the job of transporting it over on the day with strict instructions from my mum as to how to ensemble it once there. Part of it actually collapsed a bit in transit and had to be propped up with forks- thankful neither myself nor my mum heard about this until quite a few days after the wedding!!
Choosing a wedding photographer was one of the hardest and most expensive choices to undertake. We wanted photos that we would love forever and transported us back to the day but didn’t have the budget for some of the photographers that gave us quotes. My sister-in-law then suggested a friend of hers; Karina and Tom of Richmond Pictures. She said they would make us feel at ease on the day and that their photography was amazing. She wasn’t just being a good friend – Karina and Tom are the kind of people you meet once and feel like you’ve been mates with for ages, from our first few convo’s to the day its self they were great at making us feel relaxed and able to be ourselves. They listened to what we wanted and as a result we have photo’s that fill us with love and happiness whenever we look at them. There are very few times in life where you manage to get all your favourite people together in one place at one time. That is one of the things that make weddings so special. Karina and Tom capture that in their photos for us; all our favourite people, together, celebrating such a happy day.