A Homespun Rustic Barn Wedding

homespun rustic barn wedding

Happy Friday WWWers, it’s so nearly the weekend already yay! To get you through the morning in the office i have a super lovely wedding to share.

Katie and Neil were married in August at Cripps Barn, Bibury. They wanted their wedding to reflect their love of vintage and the country. They handmade many of their pretty wedding details, including the bunting and coat hangers, collected vintage china and they also hired a beautiful vintage bicycle.

Katie looks stunning, i adore her classic up do and Neil went for a charcoal suit with dusky pink tie, which worked really well. There are pretty peonies, a luggage tag table plan and a vintage typewriter too which look so so wonderful. This is one beautiful wedding.

Thanks so much to the lovely Jen Marino Photography for sharing her photography today.


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Names…. Katie and Neil

Wedding Date…. 02.08.12

The Proposal…. The proposal took me by surprise during a ski holiday to Austria with friends and family. Little did I know that almost everyone on the trip and back at home knew what was going to happen! It was on New Years day at the top of the highest peak in the resort that Neil stopped to “tighten his boots” and asked me to wait for him. Everyone else, secretly knowing Neil’s signal, had skied off around the corner and got the video camera rolling. I had no idea what was about to happen, but when I turned back to Neil he was down on one knee in the snow holding out the ring. I was so shocked that all I could manage to say was “What are you doing?” and then Neil popped the question and the tears began to flow.

The Vision for the day…. I have always loved vintage so knew immediately the theme I wanted the wedding to take. I have always been interested in my Grandparents tales of the past and as a child loved my Nan’s old jewellery. As the wedding venue had such a country feel I wanted the theme to be a mixture of vintage and country. I collected photos off everything from bunting; to typewriters to begin putting some idea’s together and began to plan!

The Planning process…. I had all my ideas together but know needed to put them into action. I began collect all sorts of trinkets from charity shops and went on a search for vintage crockery. One of my friends sister was also getting married at the time so they had been collecting vintage teacups, plates etc and were kind enough to let us use all of these for our wedding. I made a scrapbook full of idea but my ideas just grew the more I got into it and didn’t want to stop. I became obsessed with the little details, as I love making things so the whole planning process completely took over the next few months. I loved it so much!!

The Venue… We chose Cripps Barn, in the village of Bibury as the atmosphere there really suited our character. It was an old converted Barn with wonderful staff and the best wedding food we have ever had. We were hoping to have the ceremony outdoors, but unfortunately due to the great British weather we were forced to retreat before the heavens opened which, as it turned out was even more beautiful! The staff were fantastic, they made Neil feel at ease on the day and helped him with the decisions that made the day absolutely perfect.

The Dress + Accessories….. My dress was designed by Phil Collins and was laced all over with beading detail around the top and side.  Everything including my dress, veil, earrings and necklace were all from Mae Bridal in Witney. I had silk flowers in my hair and a vintage inspired broach from a beautiful shop in stow called ‘As long as it sparkles” owned by one of my friends. The bridesmaid’s necklaces also came from here.

Finding the dress…. I wish I had gone to Mae Bridal straightaway. We traveled an hour to look at dresses but nothing jumped out at me. It wasn’t until day two that one of my bridesmaid walked past Mae Bridal and just popped in to see if they had an appointment and they’d just had a cancellation. We went straight there and didn’t leave for another 4 hours!!

Groom’s attire… Neil and the groomsmen wore charcoal suits with dusky pink ties. Neil decided against the traditional top hat and tails as he in his words “they make me look even shorter!” We were really pleased with the suits that were bought from Next and feel that the colour worked really well with the bridesmaid’s dresses.

The Readings + Music…. The readings proved to be a tough selection for us as neither of us really were drawn to anything in particular. We eventually came across “Union” by Robert Fulgham, which we felt suited us as a couple really well. Our second reading was from the book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. We chose this one as having visited the beaches where the book was set, it felt as if we had a connection to the story.

We were really fortunate to have our friend Kelly sing me down the aisle. We decided to have Eva Cassidy “Songbird” as I entered the barn and as we left “somewhere over the rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole as this is a fun song and set the mood for the rest of the day. Kelly even played the ukulele to really get in spirit! After the ceremony we had a steel drum played as the drinks and canapés were served and photographs taken and despite the rain, people were getting the sunshine feeling! In the evening Kelly performed a set to warm people up after dinner before the band we had hired, Breeze, performed their first of 3 sets. They were fantastic! They really know how to work the crowd and played so many great songs to everyone on the dance floor!

Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had six bridesmaids, all of whom mean the world to me. They wore a deep fuchsia symphony dress from Coast that looked stunning as the wind caught the material as they walked down the aisle. All of them looked absolutely amazing and I can’t explain how glad I am that we stuck with the pink dresses!! (There were a few colour changes to say the least)!! They all had necklaces from ‘As long as it sparkles’ in Stow.

The Flowers… Having collected photograph after photograph in magazines I finally decided that I wanted ‘fluffy’ flowers for mine and the bridesmaids bouquets, which left me know other choice but peonies as I loved them so much!! I was so scared when the flowers arrived as I had exactly what I wanted planned in my head but they arrived exactly as I’d hoped for. They were beautifully done by a family friend and her business partner, Sarah and Ros. For the table we had tall flower arrangements with a mixture of peonies, roses amaranthus and achomilamolis, with small glass objects around the bottom, some of which had a small flower head in. My bouquet was made up of pink and white peonies with a few deep fuchsia roses embedded deep inside the bouquet, and the bridesmaid all had white peonies.

The Cake… The cake looked and tasted amazing! We were very lucky as a friend of ours used to be a caterer and makes beautiful cakes. We decided to go with 2 layers of chocolate sponge with a white chocolate and raspberry butter cream and one layer of carrot cake. I didn’t even get a look in on the carrot so I guess that was very popular! We also had a small top layer of fruitcake that we have now put away for the future!

Your Photographer…. What can we say about our photographer… We could not be happier with our photographs. We were recommended Jen Marino through a friend and have to say she was even more perfect than expected. She made every moment of the wedding process so much fun and we always felt so at ease. She has managed to capture every moment even when we didn’t know she was there. We knew we wanted the vintage effect but think that Jen’s photo’s really top off the entire wedding. They portray everything that we wanted and more so cannot speak more highly of her.

The Details + Decor…. Both Neil and I love to be doing things, so there was no better thing than to create our own perfect wedding. We made absolutely everything, from 80 metres of bunting to coat hangers for the dresses to a wedding tree for guests to put their fingerprints on. Our bridesmaids were incredible with helping make everything. We hired some vintage props from Rebecca Jane Weddings such as an old vintage bike and signs for the venue. We also collected hundreds of little glass vases and bowls from charity shops to make such nothing match and found an old typewriter that guest were able to leave us messages on. Every detail was so important and I could have kept going forever only the wedding came up. For the evening we had a room full of fancy dress props. One trunk was full of vintage clothing and accessories whilst another was full of silly outfits. This went down amazingly and we have some incredible photo’s to prove it.

The Honeymoon…. For our honeymoon we decided we needed some guaranteed sunshine. We opted for Paxos, a beautiful tiny island in Greece. We rented a villa for two weeks and it was perfect. We spent most of the time relaxing by the pool, wandering around the small villages and even hired a boat to explore the coast.  We really enjoyed our time here and will definitely be going back in the near future.

Memorable moments… Fluffing my lines when the registrar said,” I promise to listen”…. My response… ‘Sorry what was that?’

Advice for other couples… Always go with what you want not what you think you should have. It’s your day, nobody else’s so go with your heart and follow it!

Credit where credit is due…

Jen Marino photography  – http://www.jenmarino.com/

Mae Bridal – http://www.maebridal.co.uk/

Coast – Bridesmaids dresses – http://coast-stores.com/

Hair Broach and Jewellery – http://aslongasitsparkles.co.uk/

Cripps Barn- http://crippsbarn.com/

Rebecca Jane vintage hire – http://www.rebeccajaneweddings.info/

Ceremony singing – Kelly Smith

The Band – http://www.breezeband.co.uk/

Flowers – Rachel Jones – http://www.racheljonesflowers.com/

Flowers – Sarah and Ros

Vintage Crockery – The Wedderburn’s

Katherine Duff – Wedding Cake

Steel Band – Bravo

How utterly beautiful was that?! Thanks so much to Katie and Neil for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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  • Very sweet vintage details and I’m sure all lot of thought and hard work to pull all of it off! Congrats x

  • thanks so much girls, and thank you Jen :) xx

  • Hello,
    I came across this page and your wedding looks BEAUTIFUL! I have been trying to find ideas for bridesmaids gifts and LOVE the idea of the jewelery box!! I was wondering where you got them from or how you did it? Thanks so much!

  • Where did you get those bridesmaid boxes with the pictures?

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