I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to bring you this wedding at The Tithe Barn in Hampshire today. It is literally a fashionistas dream. Bride Kat is a Visual Merchandising Manager for Vivienne Westwood & Groom Ben is a Graphic Designer, so as you can imagine together they are a force to be reckoned with and Every. Last. Detail is utterly immense.
Naturally Kat wore a pair of Westwood shoes gifted by her sweet groom, along with a gorgeous Alice Temperely gown and absolutely making her bridal look unbelievably stylish and totally unique was her Chloe Haywood London headpiece and veil, which I just LOVE. Groom Ben looks rather dapper too in a Gucci suit, as do the maids in mis-match gowns. And don’t even get me started on their matching bomber jackets.
There’s twinkly fairy lights, eco friendly cutlery, gorgeous Autumnal blooms and a wonderful and absolutely breathtaking day full of inspiration captured by James Green Photographer. You ready to be blown away?
Kat the Bride: For inspiration I took my mum to the Most Curious Wedding Fair, which was amazing. Here I saw one of Chloe Haywood’s veils and just HAD to have it. It was the star of the show so I wanted a simpler dress that wouldn’t clash with it. Alice Temperley has always been a favourite designer of mine so when I found an amazing grecian style sample piece that needed a bit of altering (being a tailor myself), I knew it was the one! Ben had surprised me with my wedding shoes- a pair of holographic Vivienne Westwood shoes- dreamy!
The Grooms Fashion
Ben wore a perfectly fitting navy plaid Gucci suit along with a pair of oxblood Loake Loafers. We both had a pair of white Reeboks for the evening that we wore with pink heart socks <3
Having done a lot of research into possible venues I stumbled across a local Tithe Barn that was just down the canal from our local pub. Once we had a look inside we knew it was the one! We held the whole day in and around the barn, which had a beautiful courtyard and was surrounded by fields.
We knew we wanted a rustic looking wedding and the barn was perfect for this but we didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind. We knew lighting was going to have a big impact on the look of the barn, so we hired 400m of festoon lighting to drape across and around the room. As well as the lighting, the barn was full of flowers and foliage, much of which had been gathered from the local area. We handmade and painted concrete pots in which we planted various succulents which decorated the tables and were also favours for our guests. Ben laser etched plywood place names that we stuck into the pots and matching signs for around the venue. The year running up to the wedding our families collected lots of different jars and bottles to fill with flowers to decorate the barn.
Our good friend Poppy was our wonderful florist. I gave her total creative freedom with the flowers, we just told her to make them rustic and wild! She did a super fun flower comb workshop the night before with the bridesmaids which made them even more special. Along with our beautiful bouquets and buttonholes, she also made the venue look incredible with foliage and flowers arranged in glass jars and bottles that were placed around the barn and along all the tables.
The Wedding Party Fashion
The lovely bridesmaids chose their own outfits- the only brief was long and grey. They ended up looking really great together being a nice variety of styles and shapes all matching up with their combs and bouquets.
We wanted a very relaxed ceremony, so we had this in the barn. The registrar was lovely and personable, exactly what we had hoped for. It was informal and intimate and it really felt like there was a lot of love in the room.
Instead of live music, we put together a playlist of music to have throughout the day. We had a real mix of music ranging from Earth, Wind and Fire to So Solid Crew and everything in between.
We had Mexican Street food catered by El Kantina. Everyone had a bamboo plate at their seat and had to go and help themselves. It really added to the relaxed atmosphere and everyone loved the Churros! My dad sourced all of the champagne and wine, which went down a storm, with sore heads in the morning. The cake was made by my mum, and was absolutely delicious.
When looking for a photographer, we wanted someone with a romantic and natural style. Then we found James Green, who we adore! He made us and all of our guests feel so relaxed, they barely noticed he was there! He captured all the moments of the day beautifully.
We managed to have our dream wedding on a budget, it just takes hard work and some creativity! Don’t worry about things you didn’t do, remember the wonderful things you did do. Have fun, enjoy every moment- the build up, the day and your lives together!