It’s a pinch myself moment when I get to feature such amazing stories and laid back creative couples. How do I sum up this wedding? Super fun, super cool, super happy… I could go on really.
WWW readers Liz and Luc were hitched on the 6th August 2016 at The Secret Barn in West Sussex. They hoped to create a wedding which was relaxed and fun and held over a weekend. They also wanted to make their mark with plenty of DIY projects, which included a croquembouche cake, DIY blooms sourced from a flower farm, home made jam, ribbon bunting and hay bale covers. It all looked so very gorgeous and perfectly rustic.
Liz and Luc were married beneath the open sky against the backdrop of a fun door frame and they chose some wonderful readings. I really love the reading put together by Liz’s dad, it really stopped me in my tracks, it’s well worth a read below in their report. I also just have to mention Liz’s beautiful dress, which was actually her mum’s, she altered the gown for their summers day and teamed her look with a sweet flower crown. Stunning.
WWW fave Anna Pumer Photography was along for the ride to capture their day in all it’s glory. Thanks for sharing these epic shots Anna.
THE PROPOSAL | We’ve been dating since we were 18 and somehow just knew we would always be together. We’d talked about marriage over the years and for us it was a plan to be made together. No big fancy proposal was needed or wanted! We decided to get married on our 10 year anniversary.
THE VISION | Relaxed, DIY, barn wedding over a fun-filled weekend on a farm.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were also renovating our house at the same time, so we gave ourselves plenty of time (2 years). Liz is an OBSESSIVE researcher so it was mainly her googling lots and reading lots of blogs like WWW! Luc planned and executed the food and as always got most of the credit.
BUDGET | We had lots of help from parents (super lucky and eternally grateful) and managed to stay on budget.
THE VENUE | The amazing Fairoaks Farm (or known as The Secret Barn to some). We were so lucky to find this venue and Johnny, the resident farmer, was so lovely and helpful.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Liz: I wore my mum’s dress, which we altered with the help of a family friend and my mum’s amazing sewing skills. My jewellery was all borrowed from my sisters.
FINDING THE DRESS | Liz: I’ve wanted to wear my mum’s wedding dress since I was little! So she brought it out the attic, dusted it off and I was so lucky that it fit beautifully. I decided that I wanted to make it a bit more modern and summer friendly so we took the sleeves off and changed the neckline. I loved it!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Luc: 100% handsome thanks to a dark green custom internet suit.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had the following readings, which our celebrant wove beautifully into the ceremony.
“Union” by Robert Fulghum (Read by Luc’s Dad), Plato’s Symposium (Read by our friend, Sinead) and “Time Travelers” by Terah Cox (Read by Liz’s mum). My dad also did a reading during his speech which we called “A scientific love story” – it included lots of quotes from scientists such as Einstein, Carl Sagan, and Brian Cox. It read…
“Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is a tiny blue dot that we humans call home. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries. We are constantly reminded that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is a prerequisite to survival. Our little planet floats like a mote of dust in the morning sky. All that you see, all that we can see, exploded out of a star billions of years ago, and the particles slowly arranged themselves into living things, including all of us. We are made of star stuff. We are the mechanism by which the universe can comprehend itself.
The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth. We should remain grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides. The sum of all our evolution, our thinking and our accomplishments is love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with the person you love for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity. A marriage makes two fractional lives a whole. It gives to two questioning natures a renewed reason for living. It brings a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth, and a new mystery to life.”
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Liz’s two sisters and two oldest friends who she’s known for 25+ years! As they all have different styles and personalities we asked them to choose their own dress. All we asked was that it was black! They all looked fab. The groomsmen to wore dashing three piece grey suits with matching knitted bow ties – very dapper!
THE FLOWERS | We tried to grow our own flowers but failed spectacularly. (Snails ate all the Gypsophila). Luckily we had a back up plan so Shelley at Sussex Flower Farm provided more flowers. Liz and her girlfriends made the arrangements and bouquets the night before the wedding.
THE CAKE | Luc and his Dad, Tim made a croquembouche, which ended up being baked at 4am and put together at the last minute!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Anna Pumer. Again, we were so lucky to find her as her style is exactly what we were looking for – fun, informal and capturing all the best moments of the day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All the details and décor were planned and handmade by us and our family and friends. Luc made 90 jars of jams as favours, Liz made 40 meters of ribbon bunting (with friends) and Liz’s mum sewed 44 hay bale covers and 20 table runners.
THE HONEYMOON | We waited 3 months and went hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland! We didn’t find any, but we did have a fabulous time.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Liz: The ceremony was so memorable and perfect for us, but another memorable little moment that sticks out for me was as the bridesmaids and I arrived at the venue in my sisters car, with “Born to be Wild” blaring out and Luc sat in the boot! Totally unplanned but hilarious and fun.
Luc: Whilst exploring the venue for shots with Anna, Liz and I climbed onto a big hay bale. Then the farmer, Johnny came running out. I thought we were in trouble but then he said “I usually give people a bollocking for playing on my bales, but as it’s you I will let you off!” Then he got his phone out and started taking pictures! Just sums up the cheerful and informal atmosphere at our wedding.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Liz: The best advice I was given was “Remember that it’s just a wedding!” haha! It was super fun to be creative and organise a fun weekend wedding, but I tried to keep perspective which helped me to not get stressed about things that didn’t work out and to enjoy the whole process. Johnny the venue owner did tell me I was the ‘smiliest’ bride he’d ever seen doing a wedding set up so it must have worked! I loved every second.
Luc: Go with the flow. Liz and I (mainly Liz) spent a lot of time planning everything to make sure we were prepared but we knew it wouldn’t ALL go to plan. We put other people in charge of everything on the day and asked everyone to muck in and help; which they did. It meant we could just sit back and enjoy our favourite peoples’ company! Our celebrant, River, told me I was the most relaxed groom she’d seen. Quite a compliment!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Dress | My mum’s
Suit | Internet jobby
Bridesmaids’ dresses | Debenhams
Hair and make up | Powder and Pin
Flowers | Sussex Flower Farm
Cake maker | The Groom
Band | Jackson and the Kingkickers
DJ | Auntie Jo
Catering | The Groom and family & friends
Good times all round.
Many thanks to Liz and Luc for sharing their wonderful wedding story xo Lou