Haughley Park Barn Wedding
I was obsessed with WWW during the planning of our wedding (and let’s be honest here, even before we were engaged). I found so much DIY inspiration and loved seeing how other happy couples managed to inject their personalities into their big day. I think all the couples featured creating a wonderland of sorts for their own wedding days and it was really important to me that we tried to do the same but create a day that was very us!
WWW readers Chrissy and Daryl
Well isn’t that just the loveliest way to begin this real wedding feature? Its always so special to feature WWW reader weddings, I love it when we come full circle and then a couple features their day here and it all begins again. I am sure you are going to find Chrissy and Daryl’s wedding super inspirational, let me explain why.
They chose 21st September 2019, a special weekend for them personally, to tie the knot and they fell for Haughley Park Barn in Suffolk which turned out to be the perfect choice for their celebrations. They decked the barns in fairy lights, greenery hoops and fabric for the ceremony and at the reception they added some lovely personal touches. Think Harry Potter confetti cones and film inspired table names, not to mention a selfie station and sweetie table too. It was all so glorious.
Their romantic day also included stunning outfit choices, sensational flowers and a floral cake with wow factor!
Him and Her Wedding Photography are behind these beautiful captures and I am so thankful to be sharing them today.
Daryl proposed whilst on holiday in Santorini! Although we had spoken about marriage, I did not see it coming at all. Daryl had arranged one evening for our hotel room and outdoor terrace to be decorated with flower petals, tealights and lanterns. It looked gorgeous! I didn’t realise that the bartender was trying to stall us on the way up to our room from the pool as everything was still being set up. When I got upstairs I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Daryl just passed it off as if it was a special treat for it being our first holiday abroad together but shortly after our private dinner on the terrace he got down on one knee! It was my dream proposal!
We always knew we wanted a rustic barn wedding, with lots of twinkly fairy-lights, good food and some Greek dancing as my family is Greek Cypriot. Typically, Greek weddings are quite big but we both agreed that we wanted to be able to get around to talking to everyone and we wanted our guests to feel happy and relaxed!
We got married at Haughley Park Barn in Suffolk. The venue was absolutely beautiful and less than a 10 minute drive away from our home! It was perfect for our rustic wedding and had a lovely farmhouse which I could stay in the night before our wedding with my bridesmaids and which we could use until 2pm the day after the wedding. It was a great location for a fry-up with our closest family and bridal party on the Sunday morning. It really ticked off all the boxes for us – it had stunning grounds, allowed us to have our wedding ceremony and our reception all in one location, had accommodation and hire included the day before the wedding to enable us enough time to set up and settle into our surroundings for the weekend. The staff at Haughley are also so helpful and I felt like they knew absolutely every question I had for them before I even asked! They really thought of everything!
We spent just over two years planning our wedding. Much of that time was spent on blogs such as Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and on pinterest! We started planning pretty quickly after coming back from Santorini but during the two years of planning, we moved house and I changed jobs twice so it was a hectic time!
We set our budget at about £25,000 for both the wedding and our honeymoon. Daryl created a spreadsheet to keep track of costs and became very attached to the spreadsheet whilst I kept adding more and more things to it! In the end we did opt to book a videographer which was something that we hadn’t budgeted for but I know the video will be so worth it, especially as it is something that I can show my nan and can look back on for years to come.
Our florist was Helen Newman. Helen is so talented and has an undeniable reputation. She knew exactly what I meant when I said I wanted our flowers to look like they belonged in a whimsical wonderland mid-summer night’s dream! Her help setting up the venue the day before was so much more than I expected. My mum decorated jars that the family had been collecting in the run up to our wedding with twine and lace, and Helen filled all the jars and moved things around to help us create the look that we wanted.
The Readings & Music
We had two readings during our ceremony. The first was a reading by one of my best friends of ‘On Your Wedding Day’. This was truly so special and it really made me emotional. One of my closest friends then did our second reading which was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton. It’s about two dinosaurs falling in love and it was just really cute and got lots of giggles!
We looked at the music as being the soundtrack of our time together as a couple and we wanted to include the songs that made us most happy. I walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by the Piano Guys, and we walked out together to Come and Get Your Love by Redbone as its in one of our favourite films, Guardians of the Galaxy. During our ceremony, we also played Re-write the Stars (the James Arthur and Anne-Marie version) as I love the Greatest Showman, and Angel by Shaggy! I’m a massive Shaggy fan and we had been to see him live in Norwich shortly after we got engaged and it was one of the best nights of my life, so there was always going to be some Shaggy being played during our wedding!
Our first dance was to The One by Kodaline. This is really special to us as it was playing in the background when we both said I love you to each other way towards the beginning of our relationship so it had always stuck in our minds as our song.
We were really fortunate that my mum had arranged for a saxophone player (the SaxWalker) to play during our drinks reception after the ceremony, following an open evening at our venue. He is very talented and created a brilliant buzz for our guests.
The Details & Décor
Our colours were a mix of blush pink, rose, burgundy, peach and rose gold.
We tried to do as much as we could ourselves and where possible, so I painted a wooden palette which had been lying around in my mum’s garage and used it as our order of the day. I also painted some rustic wooden boxes which we used for a display.
Me and my mum made our table plan out of a wooden frame from ebay and attached chicken wire and we arranged artificial flowers and eucalyptus purchased from Country Baskets around the frame. Our tables were named after our favourite fictional couples or duos from films, television and movies. For example, some of our tables were named after Ron & Hermione, Elizabeth Bennet & Mr Darcy, Carl & Ellie from Up and our cake topper was a wooden topper of Super Mario & Princess Peach. It was perfect for our very romantic theme and injected a bit of our personality into the day! I designed the table name cards on Zazzle. Zazzle proved so useful in the planning of our big day! I used the same suite on Zazzle to create our wedding invitations, table name cards and table menus. Zazzle often has big discounts, so this helped us cut costs when budgeting,
We had a sweetie buffet, and greek biscuits which my family individually wrapped a couple of days before the wedding. We also created a DIY selfie station and a glow stick station. Both went down a storm in the evening, not only with our younger guests but many of the adults too!
Our favours for our guests were the table place names which were rustic wooden hearts purchased from a seller on Etsy. I also purchased confetti cones made from pages of Harry Potter books from Etsy. I seriously love Harry Potter and this was such a cute and subtle way of including that world in our wedding. Etsy was brilliant for wedding bits and we also ordered our kids boxes (these kept them entertained for hours) and signage from sellers on Etsy.
We also bought a range of garden games, which went down a treat with our younger guests. I even found Daryl bouncing up and down the aisle on a space hopper the day before the wedding whilst we were setting up!
Your Outfits & Accessories
When I pictured my dream wedding dress, I always thought it would either be a vintage style tea-length dress or a dress with long lace sleeves like the dress that the Duchess of Cambridge wore. However, I ended up going for something totally different and it was actually the first dress I tried on – a Kenneth Winston dress in Lavender and Jude in Bungay. My veil was also from the same shop and was absolutely beautiful. It really completed the look. I also purchased some really quirky and custom-designed vans for the evening from Morgan & Thread which had our wedding date and tiny Harry Potter motifs on them. My shoes for the day were classic ivory mid-heels from Paradox London and they were just so comfy! I kept my accessories quite pared back and Daryl bought me a beautiful bracelet to wear which I opened on the morning of our wedding.
My two adult bridesmaids’ dresses were actually free! One of them was gifted the dresses and the dresses fit them perfectly! I always knew that I wanted the dresses to complement each other but suit them individually and they were both so happy! My junior bridesmaid’s dress was from ASOS – ASOS stock some lovely designs for weddings, and my flower girl dresses were from JJ’s house. I purchased some floral clips in our wedding colours which we added to their belts and they looked so cute!
The cake was perhaps one of the things that I was most excited about when began planning our wedding. We are so lucky that my Mum’s cousin makes wedding cakes. Andria is incredibly talented and created the most gorgeous tiered cake with flavours of red velvet, carrot and walnut, vanilla and raspberry and lemon drizzle. Her iced flowers are second to none and the cake was just beautiful! It meant so much to me that she made our wedding cake. It was a dream come true as I knew there was simply no one else I wanted to ask to make our cake. I think I text her pretty much as soon as Daryl and I set a date to make sure she was free!
Daryl’s suit, shoes and tie were all from Moss Bros, as were all the ties for the groomsmen. We asked the groomsmen to wear navy suits which they already had. I was a bit nervous about this approach at first as although I love a mismatched look, I was worried that it may not work and I’m a bit of a control freak. Despite this, I didn’t go with Daryl to try his suit on so I didn’t see the finished look until our wedding day. However, it all came together incredibly well and he looked so handsome.
I found an incredible hair and make-up stylist in Kathryn of Doll-Creative. Kathryn covers weddings in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire. Kathryn is seriously talented and she made me feel so relaxed during both my trial and on the morning of my wedding where she did hair and make-up for both me and my mum, and hair for my adult bridesmaids. I felt like my best Beyonce-self on my wedding day thanks to Kathryn. I chose to have my hair half-up and half-down and wavy as I very rarely wear my hair-up so I didn’t want to do anything that was wildly different to what I was already comfortable with. Kathryn did an incredible job in taming my messy mane!
Our photographers were Him & Her Wedding Photography and after the wedding venue, they were the first suppliers we booked! We loved them instantly and both Lisa and Neil are not only super professional, but just such a joy to be around. They captured some beautiful pictures of our day. We fell in love with their natural and romantic but slightly edgy style and loved how they captured all those little moments that we may not have necessarily noticed or seen on the day.
We spent nearly two weeks in Bali! We flew to Bali two days after our wedding, which was a little bit stressful as there was double the planning and rushing about in the lead up to the wedding, but we had the most amazing time and found that we really needed a break after a hectic few months in which we had moved house and planned the wedding.
It’s really hard to pick just one memorable moment as there’s so many, but two have stuck in my mind. That moment when I first started walking down the aisle and mine and Daryl’s eyes connected was just so special. I had been feeling really anxious in the run up to the wedding and together we have been through so much, particularly in the last twelve months before the wedding. However, as soon as I saw Daryl, I just remember feeling the happiest I have ever felt in my life. I just felt peaceful and warm and it’s a moment that really moves me whenever I think about it. I also loved our drinks reception. We were so lucky with the weather as it seemed to be the last good day of Summer weather before weeks of rain hit the region. We were able to have drinks and canapes out on the lawn and the saxophone player played outside. I just remember looking around at all our guests smiling, laughing and many already dancing and that brings back the most amazing memories for me.
Daryl says that his favourite memory of our wedding day was when he saw me walking down the aisle towards him for the first time. I didn’t make him say that, I promise!
Advice For Other Couples
Try and enjoy the planning stage as much as you can. I think at times I did get unnecessarily stressed out and I became anxious. At times, this did put a downer on planning the wedding and I was harsh on myself which made it worse. It was so amazing in the end that I wonder what on earth I was so worried about, so I think it’s important to try and remember what your day is about and what that represents. It goes by so quickly so make the most of it and cherish every moment!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Him and Her Wedding Photography
Lavender and Jude
Hair & Make-Up
Oh so special. Didn’t Chrissy and Daryl look so stunning and very loved up too!
Chrissy and Daryl, thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous nuptials today xo Lou