“The flower crown was my favourite……It made me realise that every girl should wear one every single day of their life!” I couldn’t agree more with our lovely Bride, flower crowns are truly beautiful and Jessica’s in particular is so delicate & pretty and sets off her outfit perfectly.
Taking of pretty, all the amazing decor at the rustic barn is truly wonderful, there’s bunting, hessian table runners, wooden slabs and enamel pitcher jugs displaying gorgeous blooms as well as a fabulous drinks dispenser filled with the aptly named cocktail ‘Sex on the Barn’.
Jessica was an avid reader of RMW whilst she was engaged and our real weddings inspired her to have her own dream day where the images resonate “Two people, head over heels, sharing their love with their nearest and dearest” and you can’t argue that this is exactly what is displayed here, Jessica & Paul are the smiliest happiest couple having the time of their lives.
Jessica The Bride: Our Wedding day…well what can I say?! Yes I’m sure every bride says it’s the best day of their life, but mine truly was. The engagement was a long time coming as me and Paul got together at school aged just sixteen. As we were dancing together to a Boyz II Men number at the school prom, I’d have never thought in a million years that we’d be doing the same thing ten years later on our Wedding day. Once Paul finally popped the question on a cold Christmas Eve at our home during an episode of corrie (romantic eh?) my mind started buzzing with ideas about our big day. I didn’t know where to start. All I knew was its about two people, head over heels, sharing their love with their nearest and dearest. And that’s what we wanted. And that’s what we got. And yes, knowing we will never re-live that day again is rather sad *sheds tear,* but the memories we have are completely perfect and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
When we first got engaged I had so many ideas running through my head but nothing really stood out until we found our venue. We didn’t have many places lined up to visit but knew we wanted something a little different than all the places we were used to. Currently we’re at that age where its all weddings, weddings, weddings so finding somewhere we hadn’t already been to was going to be a challenge! As soon as we walked into the courtyard at Over Farm we knew it was the place for us. It was rustic, relaxed and the fact we could do anything we wanted to the place clinched the deal. Driving in past pigs, ostriches and chickens was certainly going to be different! But it was perfect for us.
I lost count of how many dresses I had pinned. There was no type. Nothing jumped out at me. All I knew was that it was going to be lace. I made sure that I tried on every style; fitted, big, lace, chiffon, fishtail, strapless…all while sipping on champagne with people ooohing and ahhing at me. I mean, surely that’s the best bit of being a Bride to be?! Finally I came across a fitted lace Wendy Makin number in Linda Gray Bridal. After that I didn’t want to try on any more, so took that as a sign that this would be the dress I’d walk down the aisle in.
Flowers have always been a big part of my life, especially during my childhood. My Mum and I would pick flowers from our country garden and stuff them into makeshift vases around the house. I love all colours, shapes and sizes which I wanted to reflect in my bouquet and the flowers at the reception. I wanted all the flowers to look handpicked and natural, the team at The Great British Florist were amazing. I simply gave them my colour scheme and left them to it. When they arrived the day before the wedding I cried. They were just so beautiful. The flower crown was my favourite. I’d considered something big but then opted for dainty and delicate. I wasn’t sure of how it was going to look until my hairdresser popped it onto my head. It made me realise that every girl should wear one every single day of their life!
I was so nervous the night before the wedding. All I kept thinking of was the vows. To have to speak in front of everyone, hoping and praying I wouldn’t mess up. I’d been an emotional wreck on the lead up and really didn’t want to be crying all day and ruining my make up! When I woke on the morning of the wedding I felt so different. A calmness washed over me and I just couldn’t wait for the day ahead. When we arrived at the church I couldn’t wait to get inside and see all our family and friends, and most importantly, my Husband to be. Miraculously I didn’t mess up my vows, although Paul really did and swore right in the middle of the service much to mine and the vicars horror! Beforehand we discussed with our Vicar to have a cheeky selfie right before the big kiss. He loved the idea and said “I am about to declare Paul and Jessica as Husband and Wife, but first, let me take a selfie!” Our guests erupted in laughter and we managed to get a brilliant, non-blurry photo with iphone, one of my favorites from the day.
Paul and I knew we wanted a band from day one. There really is nothing like live music to get people dancing. We wanted a local band – The Shy Teds – and were thrilled when they said they were available to play at our wedding. Our guests were on the floor until the early hours. There was never a moment where the floor was empty, exactly as we’d hoped. And yes we did witness quite a few dodgy dance moves and a rather questionable teenage dirtbag karaoke performance but nearly all of our guests commented on how great the band was. It really did make the night.
Maids and More
Choosing Bridesmaids is never easy. Its very much all or nothing! I choose my Cousin and partner in crime, Emily, as my MOH. She helped me at every single stage of our wedding, I could not have done it without her. I also chose my Sisters-in-Law and two of my closest friends. I didn’t want them all exactly the same so told them the colour scheme and we opted for same style/different colour dresses, also from Linda Gray Bridal. I am quite lucky that they are all ridiculously beautiful and would have looked fab in anything that I stuck them in! They all put up with me going a bit crazy (bridezilla if you will) but it all came together on the day and they all did me proud.
Paul chose his navy fitted suits from John Lewis and teamed them with pale blue shirts from TM Lewin and pink bow ties from Mrs Bow Tie. The lads looked so smart and matched in with our adorable Nephew Alfie who was on his best behaviour all day.
Our venue gave us complete control of what we wanted to do, and told us literally anything goes which is just what we wanted. I’d been collecting random bits and pieces and made quite a lot of things with the help of my MOH and just hoped it all worked on the day! The day before the wedding, me and my amazing team (any family member or friend I could find!) packed everything we’d collected and stored in our garage and took it up to the barn. It was non stop. The men did the hard, heavy work and us ladies did the pretty bits. It was a full on day but as it ended I stopped and looked over the balcony. It took my breath away. Everything was just as I’d hoped and more. All it needed was the arrival of the cake which my lovely work colleague made, however that would arrive in the morning so would be a complete surprise to me and Paul until we got to the reception. That day before was so special. Everyone was buzzing with excitement and nerves. You think that it’s just the wedding day itself, but the build up is all part of it and everyone is there for you, to be a part of your special day.
Photography & Videographer
Paul’s Brother got married a few years before us and we loved their photographer. We called Julie Warner not long after we got engaged to secure our date and she was over the moon to do the job. She’d also photographed many of our friends weddings so it was great on the day as she knew a lot of our guests. She captured the day beautifully and stayed til the early hours partying with us and capturing all the hilarious moments that happened late into the night when too much alcohol was involved! To say we looked worse for wear late into the evening is an understatement!
I knew 100% that I wanted a videographer and was very meticulous on my search. Paul took a bit of convincing but now, since seeing our wedding film, he knows why I sat up til the early hours watching random peoples weddings! If it made me cry, that videographer would go into the ‘maybe list’! Late one evening I came across Adam Nicholas. I loved his films instantly. They just capture everything as it is, telling the story of the day. When we received ours, we watched it over and over not believing it was us, our wedding! It was stunning and would still be my absolute must have for any Bride and Groom.
Yes, it can be hard and stressful to plan a wedding. But you must remember the one reason for everything. You love someone. You want to get married to that someone and spend that day with the most special people and celebrate your love. End of. Throw your personality into the mix and that’s your Wedding Day. And pretty much no matter what, its always going to be an incredible day. Whether things turn out the way you planned or not, you get to marry your best friend. So try to enjoy the ride and make it the day that you and your partner want it to be x
Photography by Julie Warner Photography
- Dress Designer Wendy Makin
- Bridal Boutique Linda Gray Bridal
- Bridal Shoes Next
- Bridesmaid Dresses Linda Gray Bridal
- Grooms Suit John Lewis
- Grooms Shirt T.M.Lewin
- Bow Ties Mrs Bow Tie
- Groomsmen Suits Topman
- Venue Over Farm
- Caterer CaterCater
- Florist The Great British Florist
- Stationery Something Kinda Cute
- Entertainment The Shy Teds
- Transport Love Bus Weddings
- Videographer Adam Nicholas Films