This wedding is oh so stylish from beginning to end; from the beautiful attire to the magical location and the rustic signage, you’ll love it all.
Neil and Sinead were hitched on Monday 29th August 2016 at Lower Stockbridge Farm Barn in Dorset. The barn and the setting fitted their quintessentially English countryside wedding vision perfectly, and they then set about adding all of their personal touches. The barn was decked in festoon lights, blooms and wooden details, it really was a sight to behold. There were whimsical florals in whites and greens, which worked superbly with the bridesmaids dresses in particular.
Sinead was a vision in Amy by Anna Campbell; a flowing embellished gown, which fitted her perfectly. She teamed her dress with a boho flower crown and pretty waves, divine. Neil was suited and booted in a grey herringbone suit with blue knitted tie. I told you the attire was amazing didn’t I? To finish a brilliant day the The Indie Killers rocked out in the evening, we had them at our own wedding and from experience I am sure they really got the party started. Enjoy every image WWWers.
Thanks goes to Sarah Morris Photography for sharing these epic shots today.
THE PROPOSAL | A blustery Sunday afternoon in November at Man O’ War Bay in Dorset. A location that had been special to us previously whilst Neil was living and working in Dorset in the first two years of our relationship. He hid the ring in a hamper which had rugs, a tea flask and cakes – we received some strange looks on the route down given it was blowing a gale! You never really know how you will react when that day comes but I can say it was truly magical. I was in total shock and didn’t know what to say apart from yes… and “oh my god” repeatedly. It immediately felt different, I couldn’t stop smiling.
THE VISION | A relaxed, rustic yet quintessentially English countryside wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We always had very aligned ideas of what our day would look like and once the venue was determined the rest was pretty fluid despite the 9 month turnaround from proposal to the big day.
THE VENUE | Lower Stockbridge Farm Barn, nr Sherborne, Dorset. We had both been very clear on the type of barn venue we were looking for and realistically once we had set our sights on Lower Stockbridge there was never going to another option. We had stumbled across it via a simple internet search as we knew we wanted ‘rustic’ and ‘Dorset’ given that Neil had spent the first two years of our relationship working in nearby Weymouth and my Dad is from Bridport so the county holds a special meaning to us both. We contacted Cherry in mid December and she was so flexible in allowing us to visit despite the closeness to Christmas. We set eyes on the barn, arguably one of the finest medieval barns in the country and it became more about when we could married there rather than if it was an option. Available dates for the following year (2016) were few and far between particularly as we knew we wanted a Summer wedding to benefit from the outside spaces but I spotted that the August Bank Holiday was free and this would also allow for family and friends to come a stay locally for an extended break to enjoy Dorset.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | ‘Amy’ by Anna Campbell. A Grecian / boho style dress, I had minor alterations made by a recommended seamstress Larysa Harrison who also fashioned a wrist cuff for me from the material from the alterations. Shoes from Carvela. Flower crown from our florist Martha & the Meadow.
FINDING THE DRESS | Found at first attempt via a trunk show at Coco & Kate Atelier, Warwick. I loved the detailed bead and embellishment as it was both glamorous but relaxed enough for our laid back countryside setting.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Neil wore a bespoke three piece grey herringbone suit from Dress2Kill, his best man Gavin wore the same in a two piece version. Our two ushers Joe and Kevin wore grey suits from TM Lewin. All accessorised with blue knitted ties and brown brogues.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | An acoustic set from our beautiful friend Brooke whilst guests were taking seats including a rendition of ‘Kiss Me’ by Ed Sheeran for my aisle walk. We had two readings, the first ‘Once Upon A Time’ by Kathy R Jeffords read by my good friend Claire’s daughter Evie. The second reading was ‘Marry Your Best Friend’ by N’tima Preusser which was read by our bridesmaid Ceri.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS & BRIDESMEN | I ended up with a fairly large bridal party with my maid of honour Alice, bridesmaids Ceri, Lindsay, Leigh and my sister in law Joy and our beautiful flower girl Isabella. Doing it for the boys I had two bridesmen in my close friends Sean and Adam and two pageboys in Louie and Sam. All outfits and accessories were from a combination of high street retailers in Debenhams (girls), River Island (boys) and Monsoon (kids) and were in keeping with the wedding palette of pastel tones.
THE FLOWERS | Emma Whicher of Martha & the Meadow was highly recommended by Cherry from the venue. After a few emails we met with Emma in Sherborne over a coffee following our second visit to the barn. What she delivered was nothing short of outstanding, not just my flower crown and bridal party bouquets but the dressing of the venue with large milk churns lending themselves really well to the barn / farm venue. We were also able to have multiple uses for jam jar flowers used for pew ends in our service which were then transferred to tables for centre pieces later in the day.
THE CAKE | Our main wedding cake was a carrot cake with polaroid toppers of us as children. However being such lovers of cake we had a further five cakes and two types of tray bakes all provided by our good friend and former Savoy pastry chef Charlotte. We provided kraft food boxes so that guests could take away as much as they could hold and they went down an absolute storm.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our friend Sarah Morris, we knew that we wanted to ask Sarah to be our photographer as soon as we got engaged. We had admired her work for a number of years, her combination of candid shots as well her eye for stand out posed shots meant we got the best of both worlds capturing the natural interaction of our guests but also taking advantage of the rustic farm environment. The juxtaposition of my dress / Neil’s suit against the farm buildings / environment are some our favourite images. The fact that we had an engagement shoot in Weymouth with Sarah beforehand earlier in the year also meant we were really comfortable in ourselves regarding the photo process on the big day, her approach means maximum time can be spent with your guests but you still end up with super amazing images.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The barn itself was the main attraction and did most of the work for us really, despite the option of having the service outside I was set on having the service inside to create a really special atmosphere, the exposed medieval beams and dimmed lights were simply perfect. Neil set about sourcing the majority of the additional decorative pieces via eBay and online including apple crates for cake stands and storage of garden games to sawn logs for centrepieces. Our wedding signage, guest board and table plan were rustic wooden signs handmade and painted and lent themselves perfectly to the venue as did the fire pits, which once lit at dusk meant that our s’more wedding favours were a real hit with guests.
THE HONEYMOON | We stayed in Dorset for the remainder of the week by way of a mini moon but with our honeymoon booked for December where we will be going to New Zealand for 3 weeks.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We were blessed with amazing sunny weather, which meant the surrounding areas of the barn were fully utilised between the service and speeches / food – children were able to play garden games on the lawned areas and we just threw down rugs for people to relax. The barn really was magical and come dark the outside space at the front of the barn came alive with fire pits and sparklers. We had a great band in the Indie Killers who ensured the dance floor was always busy but steered clear of the cheesy wedding classics! Aside from the big day, the weekend beforehand spend in a farmhouse at Bailey Ridge Farm round the corner from the barn. The bridal party stayed here and it was great to spend time together for the entire weekend before which involved making wedding favours together as well as an evening in Weymouth on the Saturday before the wedding at our favourite restaurant (The Stable) in the harbour where we hired the top floor for around 30 friends and family.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Find alone time amidst the excitement – we were told time and time again to try to spend regular alone time with each other throughout the day to take it all in, we wished we had done this more. In hindsight a videographer would have been money well spent but didn’t feel like a priority when planning / budgeting. Finally, don’t sweat the little things, some things won’t go exactly as planned but aside from you it’s likely nobody else will even notice – breathe it all in.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Sarah Morris Photography
Venue | Lower Stockbridge Farm Barn
Flowers | Martha & The Meadow
Catering | The Queens Arms
Hair | Bella Chouhan, Trevor Sorbie (Richmond)
Make Up | Celine Bopp
Dress | Coco & Kate Atelier
Bridalwear Alteration | Larysa Harrison
Groom Attire | Dress2Kill
Wedding Signs | The Blk Mrkt
PA & Fire Pits | Stylish Entertainment Ltd
Accommodation | Bailey Ridge Cottages
Huge thanks to Neil and Sinead for sharing their amazing nuptials here on WWW, what a stunning celebration xo Lou