Dan and Rachel are gracing us with their stunning Doxford Barns wedding today, which was held on the 21st September 2019 in Northumberland. Their day was one filled with happiness, fun times and was also family focused. All elements that make for a really special, memorable celebration.
They had beautifully soft colours and decoration in the rustic barns. With pretty festoon lights, candles, blush silk fabric and divine flower centrepieces. In fact the flowers were one of my favourite elements of their day, I think Rachel’s bouquet is just lovely. I have a feeling you are going to love the stylish attire, the semi naked cake and the chic table plan too.
Lara Frost Photography thank you so very much for sharing your fantastic captures of a truly wonderful wedding.
We were going away to Paris for Rachel’s 30th Birthday which is on New Year’s Day, the night before I gave Rach her present as we wouldn’t have time the next day. Her gift was just a card and a cheap cushion from Tesco with a stain on it. Knowing the clean freak Rach is I knew she would have to take the case off to wash it almost immediately (after thinking what an awful gift but trying to be polite about it of course). When she took the case off she found I had made her a cushion with a picture of our pets (Dog called Maggie and Horse called Oscar) both stood next to signs reading will you marry me. And I had her Great Grandmas engagement ring restored for when she ‘hopefully’ said yes.
The vision was a barn wedding in late summer with lots of pretty florals – nice and simple.
The Planning Process
The first step was to pick a venue that suited the ‘vision’, it also had to be dog friendly. After we had decided on our venue the majority of ideas and vendors came from extensive Instagram research. There were also lots and lots of spreadsheets!
Rach had seen Doxford Barns online some years before (before Dan even proposed!) and loved how it looked. We only went to view one venue but when we saw Doxford in person it was always going to be where we got married. It ticked all the boxes.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Dan was pretty set on a dark green suit but we struggled to find one that fit the bill, whilst looking we came across a local suit shop called Review in Stockton on Tees where we found a lovely grey/blue Marc Darcy 3 piece suit which we finished off with a pink blush woven bow tie. Rachel chose a white Kenneth Winston dress style 1774 from the amazing Victoria Robson Bridal in Northallerton. The service here was incredible. Rach’s chief Bridesmaid sent a lovely long soft veil all the way from British Columbia in Canada.
Beauty & Grooming
@laura_hair_lounge this is Rachel’s regular hairdresser who travelled up to Northumberland to do all of the bridal party. Makeup: Kitty Kerry was her makeup artist. Dan got his hair done at his usual barbers in our home town of Billingham, cost £8, left a tip 😁
Dan has 3 groomsmen who wore navy blue suits also provided from Review in Stockton on Tees and pink blush woven bow ties.
Rach had 4 bridesmaids all dressed in taupe dresses from ASOS.
The Readings & Music
We didn’t have any readings at our wedding. Rachel walked down the aisle to ‘The Promise’ by Tracy Chapman and music before and after the ceremony was acoustic twists on classic songs such as ‘Right Here Waiting’ by Meg Birch and ‘Show Me Heaven’ by Ane Brun as well as ‘Songbird’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘Edelweiss’ (a family favourite!!) by the Mayries.
Lara Frost was our photographer. We came across Lara on Instagram as we loved the natural feel of her pictures. We travelled down to Doncaster to meet Lara for a practice shoot and from the first second of meeting her we knew she was the person we wanted to capture our wedding. Lara was wonderful from start to finish and even after. She captured our day perfectly. Exactly how we wanted it along with her friend Lianne Gray who was also absolutely brilliant. The day probably wouldn’t of been the same without these two.
Flowers were provided by Sharon Wright from Wild With Love. We had vuvuzela roses, carnations, cappuccino roses and jasmine in the bouquet and around the venue. The colours were peaches, creams and pale pinks. Sharon was wonderful from start to finish, she went above and beyond and is a genuinely lovely person.
The cake was from ‘That Cake’ which is a cake shop based in the Lilian Daph store in Saltburn. We had a 2 tier semi nude cake which was white chocolate and raspberry on the bottom tier and lemon sponge on the top. This was decorated with fresh figs and foliage.
The Details & Décor
We kept everything simple with decoration. We had floral centrepieces from Sharon at Wild with love with brass candle sticks and tapered candles with a dusty pink light fabric ruched in the middle of round oak tables. We had home made fudge from Dan’s sister Genna in personalised jars and individual scratch cards for everyone with shiny new pennies.
For our honeymoon we wanted somewhere we could go with Maggie the dog, where we could relax and reflect on the day. We went to the Alpnhaus in Singdean in the Scottish Borders not far from Kielder Forest. Again we found this place on Instagram and it is incredible! It’s a high quality chalet in the middle of a forest with little to no phone signal. No wifi. No neighbours. Our hosts were Christa and Del who are fantastic and will do anything for you. We still crave the homemade breakfast they supply every morning 🤤.
Memorable moments for us include the band that played at the reception, they are called Redwings and they absolutely brought the house down! Great guys who are extremely talented. We had so many comments on the evening and long after about them. The speeches were also a memorable moment. Dan’s best man Lee had everyone is hysterics and Rachel’s Dad Steve’s speech was a great mix of laughs and emotions. The less said about Dan’s speech the better as he messed his cue cards up and had to wing it. Dan’s most memorable moment was watching Rachel and her dad turn round the corner and walk down the aisle.
Advice For Other Couples
As hectic and full on as the day is you should consciously make an effort to sit back and observe at every opportunity and just enjoy everyone that you love that has gathered there to celebrate with you and to take in all the fruits of your labour with the planning and organising. The day goes so fast you’ve just got to take it in as much as you can!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Lara Frost Photography
Victoria Robson Bridal
Dan and Rachel thanks ever so much for sharing with us your really beautiful wedding xo Lou