We have simply the most glamorous barn wedding for you today here at WWW. Samantha and Adam wed on the 20th August 2016 and were lucky enough to find their dream venue just around the corner from their home. After a ceremony in the beautiful church, which the pair are able to see from their house, they travelled by a vintage red bus up the road to Loversall Farm for their reception.
The colour scheme for the day was decided by the incredible burgundy Virgos Lounge bridesmaid dresses, I’m in love! Samantha did lots of DIY for the day including folding a thousand paper cranes with just five weeks to go and going wild with the gold spray paint. Burgundy and pink blooms finished the barn off perfectly.
Samantha’s stunning A-line dress is called Dior. She went for a traditional veil and her super stylish hairstyle is complemented perfectly by her Jenny Packham hairpiece. Adam and his groomsmen hired their very barn appropriate tweed suits from Moss Bros and the couple’s daughters who acted as flower girls wore mini versions of Samantha’s gown.
Huge thanks to Terri Pashley for these wonderful images of the day.
THE PROPOSAL | Adam proposed at Newquay Cornwall on a family holiday with our children, Harriet was just 5 weeks old at the time. it’s was a beautiful sunny day and the first time we’d visited Cornwall as a family. It was a wonderful surprise for me and our children.
THE VISION | A traditional service followed by a country style party at a barn or an outside venue with plenty of food, drinks, dancing and happy children. Nothing too formal.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the wedding venue in 2015 just a year in advance and left all other planning until January. We always knew we would get married at our local church St Johns Baptist. It was one of the reasons we bought our first home as it is a beautiful church on our doorstep and the view I see from my bedroom window. It is where our children and I have been christened. When the venue a mile down the road started accommodating weddings I knew I had to book it. With the venue and church being within a mile apart I wanted all my guest to travel together. We chose a vintage London bus which was so perfect as we wanted to be with our guest from start to finish. It was so lovely traveling with my guest to the barn. The atmosphere on the bus was full of love and laughter! I was always going to be planning and creating the majority on my own but as a special touch my great auntie hand made the invitations with brown card, lace and rope for a rustic vintage feel.
The bridesmaid dresses were my first purchase and I worked my colour theme around them, burgundy, gold with a touch of pink. Although this was a summer wedding it had more of an autumn feel, you could tell that this was my favourite season.
THE VENUE | Unique occasions at Loversall farm. When I first found out that the barn had started doing weddings I instantly fell in love! With it only being a mile from our home and church it just seemed so perfect for us. After a traditional service at the church we wanted a laid back informal reception with an outdoor vibe. When we visited unique occasions at Loversall we instantly fell in love with the barn. With its super high ceiling and wooden beams on display it just had us stunned for words. It had 35 acres of parkland woods and a little pond which felt relaxing to be around. The meadow was phenomenal and picturesque with the most beautiful surroundings.
Inside the barn it was lit up with twinkling lights that added a magical ambience.
The barn also has a delightful hideaway hut for the married couple to escape and enjoy their first night together. This was very appealing to us. Overall this rustic vintage barn was so us! Being local and so perfect it instantly fit the bill for our wedding that I had visioned in my mind.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was purchased from It’s Bliss bridal. A very timeless classic called Dior which is also my favourite perfume. It has a beaded and pearl strapless basque with a tie up the back in Ivory with a full A line tulle skirt. I went for glitter flat ballet style shoes matching my flower girls. My bridal headpiece was Jenny Packham and the crystals complemented my dress just perfectly.
FINDING THE DRESS | Dress shopping was fun from start to finish! It was a good excuse to get my close friends who were my bridesmaids and my nan together. I visited a few bridal boutiques trying on lots of dresses. I originally had in mind a fishtail design with sleeves, this was totally opposite to what I ended up choosing. In the third shop was where I instantly fell in love with my dress. Never would I have thought i would have picked such a traditional dress and veil. I think we all shed a tear when I tried on the dress and I just knew it was the one. On my first fitting my dress fitted perfectly in every way and my friends surprised me with a gift for my bouquet. It was a locket with a picture in of my mum, this was a lovely gesture I felt emotional and it was a lovely ending to finding my perfect dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | This was purchased from Moss bros. We went for a tweed blazer, waistcoat and cream chinos with a burgundy tie for the groom, my grandad, best man and usher. A bow tie for my son all in burgundy to match in with the with colour theme and my bridesmaids of burgundy, gold and pink. The groom’s attire was very barn fitting and tied in so perfectly.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the isle to ‘Can’t help falling in love with you’, a cover of Elvis Presley by Samantha Harvey. It was a very fitting song as I grow up with my grandad listening to Elvis but was covered with a modern day twist that I found on YouTube and was more suited to me and Adam. My bridesmaid Michelle did a small reading about love in church followed by The hymn all things bright and beautiful this was chosen as we sang it at my Mum’s funeral. it was her favourite hymn as a child. It was my grandad who gave me away. Leaving the church to get the party started a more upbeat song we Chose Bruno Mars ‘marry you’. Our first dance Florence and the Machine ‘You’ve got the love’. Not a typical first dance song but the words said it all and it was a very ‘get the party started’ kind of song.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Flower girls were our beautiful daughters Lacey-May & Harriet. My three bridesmaids were my stunning best friends from nursery and high school, Lyndsey, Debbie & Michelle and they wore Virgos Lounge dresses. I knew from the day I started planning my wedding that my bridesmaids were going to wear a Virgos Lounge dresses, I’d fallen in love with all the styles and colours so it was just choosing which one. I went for a floor length burgundy dress with trail and encrusted with gold and multi colour beading on the front and sleeves with a low cut back. These dresses were stunning to me and the reason for my whole colour theme of burgundy, pink and gold. My bridesmaids tied in with the groom attire perfectly and my flower girls’ dresses were the mini version of my wedding dress, which worked beautifully and my daughters were over the moon with this.
THE FLOWERS | I decided to go with a very traditional cascading bouquet to match my dress veil and the traditional service but mixed it up with plenty of grasses, berries and reeds to bring in the barn feel. I opted for a burlap and lace to go around the bridesmaids bouquets to add a rustic feel and used plants as well as flowers like dahlias in pink and burgundy to add a wild outdoor feel. We also added a few roses to mix it up a bit. My bouquet was burgundy, cream and pinks. One of my flower girls had a halo of flowers to tie in, the other had a flower bracelet.
THE CAKE | 3 tier cake with gold sequin icing. pink and burgundy flowers complemented it beautifully. This was made by Confectionery Queen Cakes. We did not go for a traditional fruit cake we opted for a sponge cake with 3 different flavours being lemon, chocolate and vanilla.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Terri Pashley is an extremely talented photographer so it was a dream come true to have her shoot our wedding. Looking over the photos brings back the magical and fantastic moments of our special day. Terri did a perfect job in capturing all our treasured memories.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I did most of the decor my self from spraying jam jars for candles and animals gold to scatter around the venue, handmade black board signs, to matching bunting in cream and burgundy hung in side and out side the venue. This was one of the fun parts for me and it was a good job we planned our big day within a year as my creative streak was running wild. Just five weeks before the big day I read an article on a Japanese tradition to fold a thousand origami cranes and that this would bring luck, love and happiness to the bride to be. So I set upon the challenge. This took 50 hours in total and over four weeks! But it looked fantastic when strung together. From the first 100 I wish I had never had started but knew if I did gain anything from the experience it was the patience of a saint to start married life with and they looked absolutely fantastic in the barn. Even if I didn’t get to hang them all.
THE HONEYMOON | Punta Cana Dominican Republic in November still to come.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Two of my bridesmaids who I’ve grown up with since nursery surprised us by doing a touching speech, there wasn’t a dry eye. Followed by a rap to Fresh Prince of Bel Air soundtrack. They had rewritten the words and practiced for months and this rap told a story about my life leading up to me meeting and marrying Adam. They really took on the rapper’s role by wearing sunglasses and a lot of crotch grabbing going off. This was fun and uplifting and a good end to the speeches.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy every second and just stop a few times to just breathe it all in as the day goes so fast. Remember to spend a little quality time as a couple. I never really realised how much the photos would be a big part of my day and if I could give any advice it would be to definitely think long and hard about getting a really good photographer. My photos are what we will look over and over together for years to come and what we will show old family and new.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Terri Pashley
Venue | Loversall Farm
Flowers | Busy Lizzie
Cake | Confectionery Queen Cakes
The Dress | It’s Bliss Bridal
Make up | Sarah Turgoose
Samantha and Adam, thank you both for sharing your wonderful wedding with us. Rachel x