Fans of colour, DIY and festival vibes are simply going to love today’s wedding, the celebrations of WWW readers Sophie and Callum. They tied the knot on 25th June 2019 with a beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by an excellent barn reception all at Bert’s Barrow in Yorkshire and with lots of DIY decor and a riot of colour.
Sophie knew from the start of planning that she wanted to make lots of the decorations herself, and wow, didn’t she do a fantastic job! One of my favourite touches is the abundant pom poms, definitely worth the effort as it sounds like they took plenty of hard work!
Thank you ever so much to Ryan from Shutter Go Click Photography for sharing these simply fabulous images with us. Don’t they capture the festive atmosphere just brilliantly?
Well this was something- Callum is the most UNromantic person in the world. BUT whilst enjoying a wonderful three week trip around Thailand Callum thought this would be the best time. We’d been together three years by this point and if I’m honest I never saw myself getting married ever!
I had arranged a day trip which included snorkelling and a beautiful tropical island trip. It was my birthday and I was rather irritated as Callum hadn’t even said happy birthday. But all was forgiven when we were out in the estuary of the island and to my surprise Callum was on one knee with a ring in his hand asking me to be his wife!!! This did just so happen to be a national holiday day in Thailand and meant there wasn’t a drop of alcohol served the entire day/night so it was a very sober celebration.
My ring is a beautiful princess cut vintage style white gold ring and he couldn’t have done better if he tried!
Within seconds of the proposal I already had my notebook out making plans. I’m a self-confessed do it all crafter. (Jack of all trades but master of none) I love creative and beautiful art. My vision was a woodland festival theme. I always knew I wanted to get married outside as I love nature. I’d seen a few weddings outside in woodlands and thought it would suit us to the ground. In addition to that I really wanted a huge party! With LOADS of flowers! I love flowers and colour, flower crowns, tents and beer. Lots of friends, family and dancing. A real festival vibe
The Planning Process
Like I say, we literally started planning immediately, the list of names went down and poor Callum had an ear full every two seconds for more wedding ideas. When we got home from Thailand and everything had kind of settled. We got straight on the ball. Two months later we had booked our venue and we found the photographer and then everything else kind of slotted into place. I’m quite the control freak so the excel spread sheet was made and everything was quite organised on that front. Although I am a control freak I am so chilled with what happens. As long as everything was booked and paid and what we thought would make people happy, that is all we wanted.
This was completely blown and we managed to stick just under £20,000.
What can I say, we got told about Bert’s Barrow by chance. A friend had been to a wedding there and when they found out we were engaged they knew we would love it.
We went to go and see the venue in the September and booked it that day! It was perfect for us. A working farm with two giant potato sheds and a blank canvas for us to do whatever we wanted.
Its set in the village of Hillam in North Yorkshire and literally cant do enough to help. The team are so friendly and approachable!
Your Outfits & Accessories
I got my dress from a little local wedding shop called ‘The Yorkshire Bridal Shop’. The team there are absolutely second to none! I went in with the idea that I wanted something boho and floaty, a bit mystical and came out with a beautiful lace/tulle tea dress.
I am usually really conscious as I’m plus size so was really scared about trying dresses on in sample sizes.
I instantly knew the second I put this dress on which was chosen by my maid of honour, it was the second one I tried on and nothing could beat it! I felt amazing and could have walked down the aisle that second.
Over the time of the wedding dress purchase and the wedding day I lost a lot of weight nearing four stone!!! As such it had to be taken in A LOT but it wasn’t anything the ladies couldn’t fix and they smashed it!! Making the dress nearly three sizes smaller and no compromise on the dress at all.
My accessories were super simple with just my nanna’s ring on my other hand which I needed to have with my as my something old as she is no longer with us and I know she would have LOVED the wedding day! I then had some Oliva Burton bee earrings to match with my wildflowers and my LOVE of bees!
I had a flower crown custom made for the wedding, I couldn’t think of anything else to have as I literally couldn’t wait to put this on my head! Lucie from Into the Hedgerow on Esty
She literally sent me the pictures every second of the way and matched the dried flowers to my real flowers that I was having in my bouquet. She then had her amazing husband drive from York to hand deliver all eight of the crowns to me. LEGEND!
I have lots and lots of curly hair and I had no idea what to do, I went to my hairdresser for some advice and scrolled endlessly through Pinterest! We decided on a half up half down whimsical style with plaits and my flower crown which just fitted amazingly.
I’m not one for a huge amount of make up but I knew I wanted to have something festival themed and bright. Rachel Taylor MUA is a local make up artist to me and she has done my make up for many an occasion so she couldn’t wait to do this for me.
I had a copper eye with fluttering lashes and glitter. I felt like a festival fairy ready to dance! I chose to go for a red lip as I LOVE to have a lipstick so didn’t think twice about this, I chose the Kat-von D everlasting lipstick in Santa Sangra
So we found this pretty difficult as we honestly didn’t know what to do. Callum absolutely hates wearing suits and didn’t feel comfortable so the theme for this changed a number of times. In the end we went with a light blue suit from Marc Darcy with the ‘Arthur’ shirt (as we love Peaky Blinders) and original wanted the Peaky Blinders theme but with a summer feel.
Callum ended up wearing the full suit as when he tried it on he felt really comfortable as the fit was perfect for him. With us wanting to make a little bit of a statement we decided that the groomsmen were going to just wear the waistcoats rather than a full shirt.
We had the bow ties made again to match in with the blue theme and the fabric was sourced through the amazing arsenicandoldlaceUK through Esty and they made them all. Including a matching one for our dog Rufus who joined us on the wedding day.
My bridesmaids’ dresses were bought before I even got my dress. I knew I wanted a bluebell blue colour as it’s my fave flower/colour in the world!! I found the dresses on ASOS! And managed to get them all in the sale for less than £40 each! They were originally long dresses but I never wanted that and as such the ladies at the Yorkshire bridal shop altered them completely and added a flutter sleeve to them and shortened them to the knee, they looked amazing!! And could be worn again if needed.
The girls all chose their own shoes and the maids of honours went for white whilst the rest went for nude.
The accessories were really simple for them, I bought them little rose gold heart necklaces from KukeeUK from Esty.co.uk and they looked beautiful with the dresses.
Our amazing photographer, Ryan at Shutter Go Click Photography. Words cannot literally describe how amazing he was. He captured everything we could have ever wanted in a fun and unusual way. He was on the ball and had everything in hand. I’m sure everyone will understand but its hard to have pictures taken when you’re not a picture person but he made me feel at ease. I didn’t even know he was there the majority of the time. He was honestly the most amazing person and his partner who came to help too was just so helpful and friendly.
The Readings & Music
The readings were beautiful as we decided to go for a celebrant ceremony and this meant we had full freedom to do as we wanted.
My mum wrote a poem and so did my step dad. Which really was the most beautiful thing. My best friend/ maid of honour did a reading from Les Miserables.
To walk down the aisle I chose Tom Walker – Just U and I and then to walk out we had Sweet Caroline as Callum is a diehard Castleford Tigers Fan and this is their winning song.
He didn’t know this was going to be the walk out song and me and my brother had arranged to make it a surprise.
The cake was something me and Callum wanted to do for tradition really, we never wanted a cutting ceremony but in the end it was something that we would remember (a little too late)
The cake was truly beautiful and Beth and Beth’s Kitchen is an old friend and I just knew I had to have her to make our cake. We met for coffee and planned everything. We had a three tier semi naked cake with flowers from the florist arranged on top.
The flavours were Carrot Cake which is Callum’s favourite, traditional Victoria sponge middle and lemon drizzle top. It was beautiful!
The only problem was not everyone got to try it as we totally forgot to cut it on the wedding night and the next day we had to take the full thing home with us and try and get it out to everyone. We were eating cake for a lot longer than planned.
The Details & Décor
I knew I wanted to try and make as much as I could myself.
I scrolled through Pinterest till my eyes were sore and set out a plan. Festival theme with colour.
I made lots of outside games and had a kids corner with a tipi and dress up box to keep them entertained.
My brother made me two 4ft letters ‘S’ & ‘C’ which I and my friends and family made the woollen pom poms which felt like the worst decision ever after the first 100!!! We made over 600 woollen pom poms.
We toyed with what other things we wanted to do for the décor and in the end we decided that less was more with the barn, we bought loads of coloured paper lanterns and hung them up from the roof of the barn with the help of my team of friends/family on the day before the wedding day.
We also put up outside all of the bunting to make it a festival theme. We also put up pictures and made a DIY photo booth with the help of Hire my selfie! Which was a huge life saver.
The highlight of the night was the glitter bar that we decided to make, the men/children loved it and it really did go down a treat!
I knew flowers had to be a huge part of the wedding and it was pretty much the main focus of the venue/plans
I had decided that I was going to get my mum to do the wedding flowers but as time went on I felt that it was too much pressure and that I wanted her to enjoy the day too.
I got recommended Blossem by a friend and she didn’t disappoint. She was amazing we had a really good meeting and I pretty much just said I trust her implicitly and that she had free rein to do as she pleased.
I just knew I wanted to have a flower arch to be married under and lots of Gin bottles with wildflowers everywhere. She didn’t disappoint one bit and everyone to take home some flowers at the end of the night as a souvenir.
At the end of the night we were overly intoxicated and I didn’t want to stop dancing so convinced everyone to stand at the bottom of the barn and sing bohemian rhapsody at the top of our lungs dancing on the tables. It’s a video that I still watch and is on Facebook stories still!
The men with the glitter eyebrows and beards made me laugh and the hay bale fights that made everyone who came to the wedding take home at least straw in their clothes.
Being able to share the day with our pride and joy Rufus the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
We toured Italy for two weeks. It really was a dream honeymoon, we walked the bridges in Venice. Drank Aperol spritz in Rome, ate pizza in Naples, climbed Mount Vesuvius, walked Pompeii and drank limoncello in Sorrento and Amalfi.
Couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t worry about the little bits, nobody honestly notices them. Take some time with your new husband/wife and make sure you enjoy everything!!!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Shutter Go Click Photography
What a magical day, and what a lot of hard work with all that DIY! Thank you Sophie and Callum for sharing your celebrations with us! Rachel x