Nina the Bride:
Jake proposed in Devon when he surprised me with hiring Volkswagen Campervan for the weekend. He insisted in me going to get ready and he would start breakfast. When I returned he was wearing a shirt and had tidied the campervan and had set it all up for us to have breakfast outside. I was starting to be a little suspicious but didn't want to think too much just in case! I was talking to him whilst he was finishing breakfast and then we had miss- located the eggs. Just as I was going through all our things to locate them. Jake was adamant that we just forget the eggs, and with that he got down on one knee and proposed.
I didn't really know what I wanted with regards to a wedding dress. I couldn't really even imagine myself in a white dress. I was willing to try on almost any dress, much to my sister's enjoyment.
I went to 9 different shops in total and was not scared of trying everything and anything on. I was really hoping I would have that moment that the dress would just shout out at me. Unfortunately this was not the case until I tried on the Claire Pettibone
dress for the second time, when I realised I had definitely made the right choice. It felt amazing on and so comfortable, and both my sisters liked it which was a rarity!
The Grooms Attire
I really wanted all the boys in the same suit, but Jake really wanted to wear his blue suit that we had made in Thailand the year before. Jake entertained me with the idea of going to a few different suit companies, but nothing fitted as well so we decided that we would have everyone in blue suits and hoped that the ushers and best men owned a navy blue suit! I chose a tie online through Etsy
. Jake, the three best men and Ushers all wore ties, the master of ceremonies, my brother in-law and page boys wore bowties
Originally we were going to get married in Holland as I had always said it would be nice to get married in Holland as Jake moved to England. Unfortunately we couldn't find the type of venue I had set my heart on and I soon realised how hard it was to organise a wedding in another country. Luckily Jake just wanted me to be happy so we decided we would start our search in England. When we saw Stone Barn
we knew that we had found the venue that really felt like us, a relaxed barn with a difference and the fact it was a Dutch Barn was so apt. Jake didn't want to get married in a church, but with choosing Stone Barn, I felt that it had a church feeling about it so I was more than happy to make a compromise. We met Clayton, the Events Manager, and he was so helpful as was all the staff at Stone Barn.
I was very set that I didn't want pink as my colour but then I found an image of the flowers I wanted. It ended up being a Lilac/Pink, which set the colour for the rest of the wedding. I then had to hunt down a tie that matched which seemed to be the hardest job of all! I loved the lilac colour next to the boys blue suits.
My mum past away two years ago, so it was important for me to have her represented there in some way. My mum loved a party; she was always entertaining and throwing a party at any opportunity. I decided that I would have a photo of her on the table as people walked in and then I wanted her picture under my dad's chair so that she could 'watch' it from there. The photo ended up being thrown around by my nephew! My mum would of loved that whole relaxed environment.
With the help of my sisters I had always wanted to do homemade jam as my favour, I liked the idea of it coming from us. Unfortunately the vision I had of Jake and I slaving away making jam didn't really happen but my sisters were there to help make jam and a salt rub, whilst I wrote all the labels and Jake did the packaging of them. This was definitely a labour of love.
We used the recommended florist from the venue, Go Wild Flowers
. We met Beth in the February my sister joined us as she has a better understanding of flowers. I gave Beth an image of what I had envisaged, which Beth told me would be hard to replicate due to the season we were getting married. So we discussed alternatives and I liked her vision and the examples that she talked me through. I trusted her completely and everything she delivered on the day was better than I could have hoped for.
Jake and I were keen to keep costs down as much as possible, so we did the table plans ourselves. We bought second hand terracotta pots and two weeks before the wedding potted them. I loved the idea of people taking them home with them so as not to be wasteful.
Food was really important; my dad was a butcher and always makes his views well known when he is not happy with his meal. Not only is Stone Barn an amazing location and setting, the food is outstanding. Stone Barn has the biggest indoor barbecue ever so the cooking is very impressive. We chose 6 canapés as a starter for people to eat after the ceremony whilst chatting, and then the main course was the BBQ butterflied leg of lamb with a mustard sauce served with seasonal greens and Dauphinoise potatoes. Dessert was Crème Brûlée with shortbread and raspberries. Stone Barn also provided a cheese buffet with French bread, biscuits, grapes and chutney for after the meal. For the evening we had Sausage and Bacon Rolls for later in the evening. All our friends and family commented on how great the food was.