WWW readers Jodie and James were married on the 7th August 2018 at Kingscote Barn in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. We do love a barn wedding here at WWW, they just have such a charming, relaxed and rustic vibe about them, just as Jodie and James’ wedding had. Along with cool bohemian style and a carefree summer atmosphere.
I just have to rave about Jodie’s dress choice. I adore her floral lace Claire Pettibone gown, named Gardenia, it looked stunning on her teamed with a greenery flower crown and bouquet. James and the gents all donned matching blue suits which looked really smart, while the bridesmaids wore floor length blush dresses, gorgeous.
Keep an eye out for a striking naked cake and motorbike adventures come sunset. Huge thanks goes to both Lush Imaging by Naomi for sharing these incredible images and to Daniel Watson for sending us the emotive film.
James proposed to me on Christmas Day in 2016. I had no idea that he was going to do it. It was totally unexpected! We woke up on Christmas morning and he told me to stay upstairs as he had a surprise for me downstairs. Eventually he called me and I went downstairs. He had put little notes all around our house with little clues on them a bit like a treasure hunt. I had to follow the clues to find my present. The clues eventually led me to a small box in the tea bowl in the kitchen! I opened it and James got down on one knee and asked me to marry him just as I opened the box and saw the ring! The most perfect, relaxed Christmas proposal with both of us still in our dressing gowns!
Although we did consider travelling abroad for our wedding, in the end we decided we wanted a small wedding in a relaxed setting. I have always loved bohemian weddings as I love the carefree nature of them. A traditional wedding was definitely not for us! I use Pinterest for inspiration quite a lot and boho was definitely the common theme when looking through my boards! A laid-back barn in the countryside, garden games and a flower crown were all things I was very interested in!
The Planning Process
As we both have very busy jobs, I can’t say we particularly enjoyed the planning process! Obviously it was all worth it in the end as we had an amazing wedding but it took a lot of planning and organising as you can imagine! It helped that the venue we chose had a recommended list of suppliers. We got married in the Cotswolds but as we are from Yorkshire, we relied on this for various aspects of the wedding. I found that after you’ve booked the big things like the venue, flowers, entertainment etc. then there isn’t really much to do until much closer to the big day. That’s when the panic really set in for me! It didn’t help that we made lots of the little details ourselves!
As soon as I knew for sure that a barn was what I wanted I began researching wedding barns in the UK. We decided that if we weren’t going abroad, then we’d like to get married somewhere other than Yorkshire to have a little mini break at least! We didn’t like the idea of a wedding being over in just one day. I looked online and a lot of barns that I really liked were in the Cotswolds so we decided to look round this area. Neither of us had been before and it was always somewhere we quite liked the look of so we thought this could be the perfect location!
I wanted a beautiful barn inside and out (obviously!), an aisle for me to walk down and accommodation for close family. I wasn’t willing to compromise on any of these things! Kingscote Barn was the second of three barns we saw and it just ticked all the boxes. I was amazed at how beautiful it was inside. The exposed brick and honey coloured floors gave the barn a warm, relaxed feel which I loved! We also loved the scenery. The barn is in a valley surrounded by lots of sheep and lambs.
The Readings & Music
My good friend Eloise read a poem we selected called ‘I will be here’ by Curtis Chapman during the ceremony. We had Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran playing when I walked down the aisle and Imagine Dragons’ ‘On top of the world’ playing just after we got married. We also had The Courteeners ‘Take Over The World’ as our first dance song.
We hired a DJ and a saxophonist for our wedding night and they were both amazing! James and I spent a lot of time writing a playlist that we thought everyone would enjoy and it went down very well. The dance floor was packed for the entire night!
I was very lucky as I have family relatives in the hair and beauty business so planning for this part of the wedding was pretty straight-forward! My Auntie is a hairdresser and she has done my hair since I was little so why would I want someone different? As I had the flower crown, I wanted my hair quite simple and not too different from how I usually like to wear it so I went for simple, soft waves.
I was originally going to do my make-up myself as I know which products I like and I know how I like it to look. However my sister-in-law is a make-up artist so it made sense for her to provide a helping hand. I still used most of my own products but she helped apply it beautifully and naturally, just as I wanted!
Your Outfits & Accessories
Bride – I had such a difficult time trying to find a wedding dress. I went to seven shops! It was definitely a case of seventh time lucky on that occasion! I knew I wanted a bohemian-style dress and I knew I wanted a flower crown. However, I found that a lot of the bridal shops I went in didn’t really have the styles I was looking for. They were far more structured, traditional wedding dresses which just wouldn’t have gone with my theme. Then I found a shop whilst researching online called Lace and Co. which was a little shop in Horbury, Wakefield. As soon as I went in I knew it was the shop I would find my dress in and sure enough as soon as I saw it I knew it was THE ONE! It was by Claire Pettibone who specialises in bohemian-style wedding dresses and it was called Gardenia due to the gardenia flowers sewn into the fabric. The back of the dress was interesting and beautiful without being too revealing which just wouldn’t have been me at all!
My shoes were from ASOS. I’m quite tall so I didn’t want a huge heel and I wanted to be comfy on the day too. I found them quite soon after finding my dress. They were nude, open-toe, strappy heels that went really well with my dress! I had ‘I Do’ discretely put onto the soles of my shoes which was my subtle ‘something blue.’
My flower crown was made by Jacaranda Flowers in Nailsworth with fresh flowers on the morning of my wedding. I had asked for wild flowers which were white and blush with lots of foliage too. When it was delivered on the morning of my wedding I cried as I was so happy with it! My bouquet matched my flower crown and was just perfect too!
I wore a simple silver bracelet with a lucky four-leaf clover on my wrist which was from Pandora. I borrowed a pair of my mum’s flower earrings which I had as my something borrowed and my something old was a beautiful locket from my parents which had photographs of my great-grandparents on their wedding day in it. I wrapped this around my bouquet.
Groom – My husband got his suit from Next. He didn’t try on that many as he knew straight away that the mid-blue colour suited him and also went perfectly with our summer wedding. He didn’t want anything too dark or printed so this was the perfect choice. He went for a fitted suit as we didn’t want his suit to look too formal either. He chose a blue patterned tie to match and he also went for tan shoes and a tan belt all from Next. James also had a buttonhole to match my flower crown. His was slightly different to the other groomsmen’s buttonholes.
The Groomsmen’s outfits were also from Next. They had the same suits as the groom. However they had plain navy blue ties whilst the groom had a patterned blue tie as we wanted James to stand out in some way as the groom. James had his cousin and friend as his best men as he is very close to both of them. He also had my brother as an usher and both our dad’s wore the same suit too.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were all from ASOS. I got them quite early on as I wanted to be organised with me having five of them! They all had the same colour – nude but there were three styles of dress for them to choose from to suit their shapes and personalities. James has three sisters so they were all bridesmaids as well as my brother’s girlfriend and my friend Becca. I allowed them to choose their own shoes and I was quite relaxed with hair styles too. I just said as long as it wasn’t too formal I didn’t mind what they chose as long as they felt comfortable. All the bridesmaids had gypsophila flowers in their hair to match their bouquets too.
Our flower girl was my seven-year-old cousin. Her white boho dress was from Next, her sandals were Marks and Spencer and she wore a gypsophila flower crown too. Our two page boys were James’ 2-year-old nephew and my 3-year-old cousin. They both looked super cute in crisp white shirts from Next and navy shorts with braces also from Next. They also wore navy high-top converse trainers.
The cake was made by Tanya Smith from The Cuppacakery. I went for a naked cake with three tiers. We had Victoria jam sponge, lemon sponge and chocolate sponge cake. The cake was decorated with summer berries and topped with a rustic wooden Mr and Mrs cake topper. The perfect rustic wedding cake!
My flowers and flower crown were made by Jacaranda Flowers in Nailsworth with fresh flowers on the morning of my wedding. I had asked for wild flowers which were white and blush with lots of foliage too. They also made the button holes and the flowers for the venue too, which were also mainly white with lots of foliage and a touch of blush.
Our amazing photographer was Naomi from Lush Imaging. We chose her as we wanted relaxed, natural images and from looking on her website this is exactly what she does! She was very friendly and just blended in with our guests. She made us and everyone else very comfortable.
Again I was very lucky that a family relative is a videographer and his relaxed style was totally perfect to capture our wedding day. He is called Daniel Watson and his company is called Made to Last Films. A lot of people said that one thing they regretted about their own weddings is that they didn’t have a video to watch back afterwards so we knew early on that we definitely wanted a videographer to film our day. The video itself is amazing and we still get emotional when we watch it back now!
The Details & Décor
I used Pinterest to get inspiration for wedding details and decor which was a huge help.
When planning our wedding I found that decor can be very expensive so we decided to do most of it ourselves. We hired some glass jars and sliced logs for the table centrepieces from our florist and we had flowers lining the aisle and foliage with fairy lights above the main beam in the barn. However apart from this we did everything else ourselves to keep the price to a minimum.
Luckily the barn was beautiful anyway and didn’t need much to make it look amazing. I bought some large wooden crates from Amazon and we stacked them on top of each other. We put photographs and various other decorations on the crates so people had something to look at when they arrived at the barn. My friend Becca made us some bunting to hang in the main barn and outside in the garden area. We also had a wooden ‘order of the day’ sign made which I ordered from Etsy. There are some lovely things for weddings on there.
I was very lucky that my bridesmaids came to help me with some of the small details that actually take a lot of time. For the favours I ordered some brown paper sweet bags from Amazon and we filled them with old-fashioned sweets. I made the name tags myself from recycled craft card and I also made the table names too. I bought some white table stands from ‘The Range’ and used a white chalk pen to write the name of each table on each one. For the table plan I bought a large wooden frame from ‘The Range’ and a large map of the world to go inside. We wanted our table plan to be based on places around the world that meant something to us as a couple so we used brown string to mark each place and then labelled each place and the guests sat there with brown craft card.
We went to Italy for our honeymoon two days after the wedding. We visited Sorrento, Positano, Capri and Rome. It was amazing! We really enjoyed relaxing in Sorrento after such a busy time planning the wedding!
I was quite spoilt on the morning of the wedding and I received various beautiful gifts. However two gifts really stood out. One was a locket from my parents which had photographs of my great-grandparents on their wedding days in it. I attached it to my bouquet and it made me feel very emotional, almost as if they were with me on my wedding day.
The other was a private number plate from James. As both our first names begin with J I always used to joke that I could have his ‘J LASSU’ private number plate if we ever got married and on the morning of the wedding that is exactly what he gave me! I really had no idea he was going to do that so I was very shocked (and happy!).
My Dad’s speech was utterly amazing and made everyone feel very emotional. Including me!
James’ sister wrote us a beautiful song which she performed to everyone on the wedding day.
Literally riding into the sunset on James’ motorbike.
Sitting down with James and watching everyone having an amazing time on our wedding night!
Advice For Other Couples
Try to spend time together on your wedding day. Although it is an amazing day it is also a very busy day where everyone wants a chat or a photograph with the bride and groom. Make sure you take yourselves off to be alone for part of the day. Even if it is just for ten minutes or so.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Lush Imaging by Naomi
Lace and Co
All the summer vibes.
Huge thanks goes to Jodie and James for sharing their utterly amazing wedding day with us xo Lou