Natalie and Michael were brave enough to go their own way when planning their delightful nuptials, even when some of their loved ones weren’t on-board with their ideas. But on the day they won them over and everyone had a right roaring time. Proof that sticking to your gut when wedding planning usually works out just perfectly.
The couple tied the knot on the 2nd July 2016 at Sugar Loaf Barn in Wales. The barn is set in the most idyllic rolling countryside with a rustic and quaint interior which was perfect for their relaxed and chilled vision. They decorated it beautifully with drapes, hay bales, hessian and cool stationery, all in a white and green palette. There were hand made paper flowers adorning the walls too, which made such a visual statement. The blooms were just out of this world, oodles of greenery and foliage were used everywhere and the peony bridal bouquet? Well hearts for eyes!
Natalie’s tiered lace gown is by Martina Liana and didn’t she look stunning in it? Michael went for a classic navy suit and tan shoe combo, while their bridesmaids wore white and sparkly frocks. Such an elegant and stylish wedding party.
Many thanks to Eleanor Jane Weddings for providing the glorious photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | On a visit to see Mike’s parents in Jersey. He said we were going to beach but put on a shirt. I found that quite strange! He took me to a pretty bench on a hill between 2 beautiful beaches, the view was gorgeous… And went down on one knee.
THE VISION | We found it very daunting that we were going to be centre of attention all day, so we wanted something very relaxed and chilled!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had moved to Jersey just after we got engaged from Wales. At first, we really wanted to get married in Italy, but soon realised not everyone could afford to come and we wanted everyone we loved at the wedding. As we had moved to Jersey we decided to have it in my home country Wales! We love the Welsh hills and went on many walks up the Sugar Loaf mountain with our dog Zack.
I was obsessed with Pinterest and going to lots of wedding fairs for ideas. I soon realised that we couldn’t afford to do everything I seen on Pinterest or even had the time! (we still had 18 months to plan). You just don’t realise how long it takes!
THE VENUE | I loved the idea of a rustic barn and loved the idea of a barn dance and being outside in the beautiful Welsh hills. I searched online for barn weddings in Wales and found Sugar Loaf Barn! My bridesmaid Sian and I went to view the barn and the sheep had just moved out of it. It was quite hard to envisage how a wedding could even be held there! But Will who showed us around the venue was so enthusiastic and made me see the potential. We could do anything we liked to the barn in the way of décor and it came with the most beautiful tables and huge wooden doors. I could just see ourselves in the huge doorway looking out onto the hills saying our vows.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Martina Liana at Laura May Bridal.
FINDING THE DRESS | I visited probably around 7 bridal shops and found it difficult to find the dress I loved. I had a flowy number in mind and went for something completely different!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Mike really wanted a check suit, we visited his friends shop in Jersey and he loved the first one he tried on! So easy! Although we did have rows about the tie choice.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We didn’t have any readings but our good friend Mat sang me down the aisle acoustically with a guitar to James Bay ‘Hold Back the River’ then back out to The Wannabies ‘You and Me’. While we were signing the register, we had our niece and brother do a violin duet.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my sister as maid of honour, my 3 best friends as bridesmaids and my god daughter and niece as flower girls. Their dresses were from ASOS and the flower girls from Monsoon. They were so easy going and I let them pick their shoes and hair styles. I like the mismatch style, so it went perfectly.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were important for me as I think they make a room! I wanted a natural all green and white theme. I found The Flower Hive and she just knew what I wanted! She came up with some great ideas and grows most of her own flowers.
THE CAKE | I wanted something that looked tasty! My auntie advised me that a lady she worked with made delicious cakes… Although she had not made a wedding cake before. I wanted a naked cake with lots of fruit as decoration. Very simple and rustic which fitted the theme nicely.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I went to college with Eleanor Jane Photography, we both studied photography together and always loved her bright and colourful but elegant wedding photo style. I just had to have her as our photographer! She made us feel very at ease and we had lots of giggles.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I had seen on Pinterest some gorgeous huge paper flowers. As the barn was so big I needed a lot of fillers. I searched online for these and found them expensive and couldn’t afford them seeing as I would need so many. I sent an image to my grandmother who immediately went out and bought some lining wall paper and started making some. Before I knew it, she made around 50! They looked so fabulous and lots of guests took them away to out in their homes.
Our name settings were Jersey Oyster Shells. Free from the local fishmonger, although they took quite some scrubbing to get them sparkly.
THE HONEYMOON | We just had to do America! We wanted variation. We started off in LA then Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco then drove the coast road back to LA all in a mustang! Had to be done.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The delicious food from Purple Carrot Catering. All our family friends meeting each other, getting on great and dancing the night away! Our band (Soul Lotta Funk) were incredible, I had a fear that no one would dance, but the dance floor was never empty.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do what you want and don’t conform to what you think your family or friends would want. Lots of family didn’t like the idea of our wedding being in a barn, sitting on hay bails or riding a tractor to the venue, but everyone loved it when they were there!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Eleanor Jane Weddings
Venue | Sugar Loaf Barn
Caterer | Purple Carrot Catering
Band | Soul Lotta Funk
Flowers | The Flower Hive
How very special.
Many thanks to Natalie and Michael for telling us all about their fabulous nuptials xo Lou