Friday 30 June 2017

Beautiful Barn Wedding with Fairy Lights, Cake Pops & Chalk Boards

This morning is a good one! I can't wait to share this stunning spring wedding with you. It's a beautiful barn big day, hosted by Claire and James at Ashley Wood Farm near Salisbury. It's such a pretty wedding venue - I love all climbing roses and the powder blue of the woodwork. They themed their day around the natural beauty of the venue, keeping the details relaxed, rustic and sparkly {thanks to lots of fairy lights}. I love the dusty pink and light grey colour palette, and Claire's flattering True Bride gown and cosy fluffy shrug. Also rather impressed by the BHS bridesmaid gowns - definitely a shop worth checking out. Gorgeous photographs here published with thanks to Christy Blanch - don't miss the reception pictures in my second blog post later today.

We got married on the 20th of May 2017 at Ashley Wood Farm in Wiltshire, the barn was perfect. We wanted a venue that would allow us the freedom to make our own choices - we didn't want to be tied to specific caterers, or feel like we were just part of a 'wedding conveyor belt' like lots of the other venues in our area.

Our theme was as in-keeping with the venue as possible – relaxed, rustic {but not too rustic}, and filled with fairy lights. The colour was a mix between a dusty pink and a light blue/grey for the bridesmaids – we had a 'bake off' so there was a lot of cake.

My husband originally chose a morning suit with tails and nearly a top hat! But eventually he changed his mind, and after a really uninspiring visit to Moss Bros, they chose a local supplier. Rob at The Regency Groom in Cheltenham was great and helped at every stage.

My bridesmaids’ outfits came from BHS. The gowns I chose had to fit 4 different bridesmaids of varying heights and shapes. I wanted them to feel comfortable, and BHS did the business.

We knew we wanted a relaxed ceremony and the outdoor ceremony seemed to be perfect. We didn’t have readings or songs, as there were none that particularly appealed.

My wedding dress was a True Bride gown, which I bought at The Bridal Lounge in Trowbridge. To make the fit perfect I had it altered by an amazing seamstress at Hen House Brides in Devizes, Wiltshire.  If I could go back I would have taken more time dress shopping.

My shoes were from Pink Paradox and my hair accessory came from Debenhams. I looked at lots of magazines and shopped around a fair bit to come up with my wedding look. I wanted it to fit with the venue, and have a relaxed feel to it.

Our wedding florist was China Rose in Pewsey, Wiltshire. We chose a mix of avalanche roses, stocks, lisanthus, eucalyptus and astilbe – all spring flowers that fitted in with the look for the barn. They blooms went together in a really natural way, and they highlighted the colours from other aspects of the day, like the suits and bridesmaids' dresses.

Christy Blanch was our wedding photographer – and she was possibly the best decision we made! Christy was amazing – neither of us particularly like having our picture taken, and on the day we hardly even noticed the photos being taken.

Christy was really organised and incredibly easy to work with – we kept the group shots to a minimum so people didn't have to stand around for ages, which worked really well. We couldn't be happier with the end result, our wedding pictures are amazing.

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