Wanting to re-create a relaxed and rustic French vibe (a place that holds many memories for the couple), Joanne & Calum opted for the beautiful Long Barn. With its exposed beams and blank canvas, it provided the perfect space for them to put their own stamp on the day, and create the wedding of their dreams. Wanting to keep the décor simple, they chose to style the space with plenty of wildflowers, fairy lights and candles. Joanne found her perfect look in Sassi Holford - having found elements she wanted in other dresses, Sassi then created a bespoke look for Joanne. They also named their tables after herbs to represent their love of cooking… 

What Made Our Day Unique

We had wanted to get married in France, a place filled with so many memories for us but settled on a UK wedding. So to re-create the rustic relaxed French vibe, we were looking for a barn with gorgeous grounds to give us the French countryside/rustic feel so when we visited Long Barn for a friends wedding we knew this was the one. The barn as a blank canvas was beautiful with its exposed beams and was strewn with fairy lights. As we couldn’t have the wedding breakfast al fresco as they do in France we wanted to bring the outside in keeping the décor simple but with lots of wildflowers and candles.

Joanne & Calum

The Long Barn

With stunning views of the countryside, Long Barn offers the picturesque backdrop you’ve been looking for. This incredible space provides all the room you need to make your mark, and turn this venue into the wedding you’ve always wanted. With fairy lights twinkling along the original beams, and room for all the reception dancing (good & bad…), you’re bound to fall in love with this unique space!

Inspiration & Styling

Although the barn was beautiful stand-alone we had wanted to put our stamp on it and had wanted to bring the English garden feel inside with a French country feel also thrown in. We chose Alice to do our flowers as she is a local grower and we simply loved the wild look she creates using her own flowers. We had no colour scheme as such but the pops of colour complemented the blue colour of the table linen and stationery. We had lots of personal touches from friends and family- wooden benches for the chill-out area outside and wooden signs for around the venue in keeping with the rustic feel. We wanted to add a special touch to the top table and had illustrations for each family member as place settings and a gift they could take home. My mum also made some French lace chair covers for the bride and grooms chairs.

Joanne & Calum

If a rustic barn venue is your kinda vibe, then we have a plethora of inspiration for you, (and venues too!) Check out this beautifully colourful wedding at the Doxford Barns, and, if you’re already sold on the barn idea, then check out our Recommended Venues & Suppliers, here you’ll find everything you need from spaces to cakes, to florists (and everything in-between).

Videographer: Paul Van | Wedding Dress: Sassi HolfordJewellery: Hallmark Jewellers | Bridal Shoes:  Emmy London | Grooms Shoes: Russell and Bromley | Headpiece: Calabylilian Florist: Alice Antcliff Reception Venue: The Long BarnDécor/Styling: Linen and Lace Cake: Final Touch Cakes Caterer: Wild Fork Bridesmaid Dresses: Maids to Measure Groom/Groomsmen: Gresham and Blake Tailors, Brighton Store Stationery: Handmade Invitations using The English Stamp Company Table Plan, Table Names & Place Names: Victoria Shute Calligraphy | Place Name Illustrations For Top Table: Sarah Smart Illustration Day/Reception Music:  Rob Austen via Tailored Entertainment | Evening Band: Blunter Brothers |Brides and Bridesmaids Hair: Carolyn Armstrong | Brides and Bridesmaids Makeup: Ana Ospina


Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

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