By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Nature enthusiasts, you will be in your element today with this beautiful bird inspired wedding in the glorious countryside.
Sarra and Lee were married on the 7th May 2016 at WWW favourite; Healey Barn in Northumberland. The stone walled barn was just perfect for their fresh and chic vision which was pulled off to perfection. I adore the simple yet charming details which included feather place names, sweet bird seating chart and nest centrepieces. They looked perfect amongst the pretty pink blooms in jars, and talking of flowers just check out Sarra’s amazing Peony bouquet in candy pink. Hearts for eyes.
Sarra found her dream frock in Candy Anthony, all tulle embroidered floral belted inch of it looked just gorgeous. Lee chose a blue suit by TM Lewin teamed with pink tie and tan shoes for a classic and dapper look. They are such a loved up and happy pair, awww.
Thanks so much to Melissa Beattie for sharing these divine photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | We had an amazing 3 months traveling around South East Asia before an agonising two weeks apart at opposite ends of the earth (Lee in the UK and
Sarra in Australia). After what seems like a lifetime we were finally reunited in sunny Brisbane, where Lee immediately proposed with an amazing and unique engagement ring from Sarra’s favourite bespoke jewellers Saunders and Pughe of Corbridge.
THE VISION | We wanted our big day to be beautiful, relaxed and fun. Full of personal touches to really reflect our personalities and surrounded by our amazing friends and family (all of whom really made the day magical!).
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Living in Australia and arranging a wedding in the UK made planning rather interesting! We searched the Internet (a lot!) and arranged most things in advance via email before jetting back to our hometown of Newcastle-upon- Tyne a month before our big day to finalise everything.
THE VENUE | We first visited Healey Barn while it was still being renovated on a sunny spring day in 2015 and instantly fell in love with the place! Situated within the picturesque Northumberland countryside the traditional stone walled barn has stunning high beamed ceilings, a gorgeous restored fireplace and charming courtyard.
The venue had so many amazing menu choices and we blown away with the quality and sheer amount of food provided during our wedding breakfast! We selected steak bricks for the main course and chose one special guest per table to carve the meat wearing a chef hat and apron. It was lovely to get people involved with our special day and sharing the food around the table was a great icebreaker to get guests mingling.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The wedding dress was made by London based designer Candy Anthony. Their signature tea length style was perfect for my petite frame and it was fabulous for dancing (and twirling) the night away! I chose a rose lace overlay with delicate 3D embroidered flowers and a cute little bow waist belt. I received so many compliments about the dress being so unique and beautiful, I felt absolutely amazing.
FINDING THE DRESS | I bravely (crazily?!) bought the dress from the UK without having tried one bridal gown on! My fiancé collected the dress from London (where his fabulous friend Ian checked that it was correct before packing it) and flew it all the way back to Australia without peeking at it once. Thankfully customs believed his story and the dress fitted perfectly when I finally received it in Brisbane!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The first thing on on our to-do list upon arriving home was to find the groom’s outfit. As we already had the idea of a blue 3 piece suit with a pink rouche and handkerchief it didn’t take us long to find the perfect outfit at T.M. Lewin.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The groom’s brother read a lovely poem during the ceremony about promising each other love and support forever more. In connection with our north-east roots our entrance song was Shape of My Heart by Sting. We walked back up the aisle together as husband and wife to the Island Song by Ashley Eriksson; a quirky little tune that has lovely apt verses about living together merrily. We chose Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” for our first dance which was played live by Phil Rostance and the Ben Marshall Band.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We chose to have one flower girl for the day, dressed in a gown very similar to the bride’s designer dress to create a cute “mini me” look.
THE FLOWERS | We chose a florist local to the venue; Flowers Unlimited. After dropping into Harriet’s quaint cottage and discussing our ideas around her kitchen table we immediately new that she was the florist for us. We must have sent her dozens of pictures of the styles we liked and she managed to piece them all together to create the most perfect flower arrangements imaginable.
THE CAKE | Our wedding cake toppers were the initial inspiration for our bird themed wedding. Angela of Cotton Birds produces adorable hand-made bride and groom birds to order, enabling us to dress our birds to match our outfits exactly!
To compliment the birds Pat of the Ivory Cake Company then decorated our wedding cake with handmade icing feathers. Our delicious and beautiful cake was made of three tiers of traditional fruit cake, white chocolate and raspberry sponge and lemon sponge. We kept part of the cake to celebrate Sarra’s birthday a week after the wedding and it was perfect to reminisce about our big day after it was all over.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Finding the right photographer was one of the most important decisions for us and the instant we looked at Melissa Beattie’s beautiful enchanting wedding portfolio we new that she was the photographer for us! Melissa captured the mood of the entire day perfectly, with beautifully romantic images of the most magical moments, alongside more quirky shots of people enjoying the day.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We loved tying everything together with our bird wedding theme. Our favourite parts of the décor have to be the gorgeous bird seating plan and the adorable little feather shaped place names. Many people wore the feather place names throughout the entire day and took them home as keepsakes!
THE HONEYMOON | We honeymooned in Indonesia and really enjoyed the tranquil island of Gili Meno where we sipped cocktails by the sea and wandered the circumference of the island chasing sunsets. It was lovely to relax together after all of the hectic wedding planning!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The entire day was amazing and there were so many memorable moment. In particular, the groom’s brother Chris played a very special part of the day conducting the ceremony alongside the registrar. It was magical having such important moments (including the exchanging of the rings) conducted by Chris and it added a real personal charm to the ceremony.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t be afraid to do something more personal to you that breaks tradition. We received so many compliments for having a relaxed, fun day that brought everyone together to celebrate “us” and that’s what the day is all about!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Melissa Beattie Photography
Hair | Capelli Corbridge
Wedding dress | Candy Anthony
Groom’s suit | TM Lewin
Florist | Flowers Unlimited
Cake toppers | Cotton Bird
Cake | Ivory Cake Company
Fudge | The Posh Fudge Company
Seating plan and table numbers | Gemma Milly
Feather place names | Eleri Haf Designs
Bird nest favours | White Tulip Boutique
Band | Phil Rostance
Cottage | Mr Foggs
Engagement ring | Saunders and Pughe
Wedding rings | Kim Mison Jewellery
How very special.
Sarra and Lee, thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou
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