I may have written thousands of real wedding features over the past nine years here on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, but each story gets me every time. One of the things I’ve come to realise is just how unique each and every wedding story is, both the couple’s story and their wedding celebrations too. But fundamentally it’s all about the love, the commitment and the start of a wonderful lifelong marriage together. Today’s wedding feature made me all reflective as it’s just so romantic; from the beautiful images by Amy Lou Photography (thanks Amy!) and the glorious setting at Healey Barn in Northumberland to the laid back, rustic vision this pair had.
WWW readers Becki and Nick were hitched on the 24th July 2017. Natural and relaxed was the plan and what a day it turned out to be. I mean take the florals for example, the bouquets and arrangements were heavily laden with greenery and foliage galore, interspersed with delicate white blooms. The result was a paired back feel, allowing other elements from the barns to shine through. Then there were the outfits which were ever so stylish. Becki chose an Augusta Jones strapless lace dress with flowers in her hair, she looked gorgeous! Nick meanwhile opted for a blazer, chinos, bow tie and braces combo together with his groomsmen. I have to say they all looked very dapper.
Enjoy these images and the accompanying words from the couple folks, it’s just lovely.
Nick’s proposal was such a special moment, we were away in the Lake District with our dog Finnegan. Nick had planned to take us out on a rowing boat across Coniston Water, with a Haribo ring stashed in his pocket (an inside joke from when we met over 10 years ago).
A couple of mishaps later, including having to go with an electric boat with an engine that cut out and us being close to calling the emergency boat to rescue us, Nick stopped the boat in the middle of the water and got down on one knee.
The moment had us both in tears and was something we’ll never forget. It was also lovely to extend the experience by going ring shopping together afterwards for a less edible version!
We always knew we wanted something quite laid back and rustic for our big day. As soon as we saw Healey Barn we were immediately in love. It helped that we found and booked the venue quite early on as it gave us an idea of what to look for to match the style.
We wanted the venue and heavy green foliage to play a big part in the day, so everything else was pretty paired back and done in a way to complement the existing flowers and plants around Healey Barn.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
The biggest piece of advice we would give to other couples would be to make full advantage of sites like Pinterest and websites featuring real weddings. We created separate boards for everything from the flowers to the cake styles and used these in meetings with our suppliers to help explain the look we were after.
Alongside that, Excel charts were fantastic for keeping track of guests, dietary requirements and budget. It was arduous to keep adding everything to it, but it paid off in the long run so do stick with it!
Healey Barn was everything we wanted our venue to be and more. A converted farming barn, it stayed true to its original features and quirks and we loved that aspect of it. The staff couldn’t do enough for you and there was even a handy online planning portal for easy messaging back and forth, which proved really useful.
Our favourite features were the open courtyard (including the outdoor fire pits which were perfect for roasting marshmallows in the evening!) and the large brick fireplace in the long barn where we were married.
All of the guests commented again and again about the quality of the food, and we have to agree that it was just delicious! The portions were large and locally sourced, with the chocolate fondant dessert going down a real treat.
THE READINGS & MUSIC
Our aisle song was ‘Her Joy Was Complete’ by Sleeping at Last. We wanted something that would match the feel of the wedding and this instrumental piece brought the big moment together perfectly.
Our first dance was to ‘Come To Me’ by the Goo Goo Dolls. We’ve listened to the band throughout different stages of our relationship and this one felt like it summed up this new chapter in our lives.
For our readings we tried to pick something with a bit of humour that spoke to who we are as a couple. ‘I’ll Be There For You’ by Louise Cuddon was definitely the favourite!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES
People often say you go for a dress that’s completely different from what you thought you would pick – and that was definitely the case with mine. I expected myself to go for a floaty, structure-less boho type of dress and instead ended up with an Augusta Jones dress that was classic in style with a large train and full skirt!
I would definitely say to keep an open mind and trust what you feel comfortable in, even if it isn’t the style you thought you would pick. You’re going to be in your dress all day, with photographs taken from every angle, so you need trust in what works best for you.
The dress was from a beautiful boutique in the centre of Corbridge, Northumberland called The Wedding Dress Company. They have the most stunning collection of dresses, and I went to a quite a few places.
I had a look through their website and social channels before booking an appointment and showed them print screens of the dresses they had shared that stood out to me. Funnily enough, the dress I picked was in 2 of the photographs I showed and it was on the mannequin when I walked in – so I ended up asking them about the same dress 3 times because it stood out to me so much.
The boutique were also fantastic in sourcing the perfect Augusta Jones veil that matched with the lace on the dress whilst being in the shape of small flowers to tie the whole look together. I kept it on all day and night I loved it that much!
Our stunning bridesmaids were made up of my two best friends and Nick’s two sisters.
Following with the rustic style, Nick and the guys went for a non-traditional navy blazer and chino combo coupled with braces and bow ties. They were all from Moss Bros in Newcastle where the staff were very helpful.
The flowers and foliage were one of the highlights of the day. We were so lucky to work with Karen. From the very moment we met we knew she just ‘got it’ and we had so much fun collecting ideas and sharing Pinterest boards that it was like having a good friend arrive on the morning of the wedding when she dropped them all off.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR
Most things were bought from small boutique shops around Corbridge and we designed and arranged all of the stationery, order of services, name cards etc. ourselves with help from family and friends. Healey Barn as a venue was everything we wanted it to be, so we didn’t want to dress it up too much.
Our favourite touches were the sweet table, guest book jenga and the fire pits outside.
The cake was made by Nick’s very talented mum. She’s an absolute pro with icing and floral designs and even though we decided to go with a slightly different, paired-down rustic approach, it looked just as good! Not only that, but it tasted delicious too.
Our photographer Amy was an absolute star. She was so much fun to work with and that allowed us both to be completely at ease and relaxed around her. Her work perfectly captures the ‘natural’ feel we were after and allowed us to enjoy the day without feeling like it had been staged for the pictures.
We also had our friend Holly capture and edit a video of the day. Again we were hoping for something very casual and unobtrusive and just like Amy, Holly seamlessly captured all of the natural moments of the day as they unfolded. The pictures and video are something we’ll treasure forever.
We decided on an epic road trip around the North coast of Scotland for our honeymoon. Known as the NC500, the route was utterly fantastic and full of the most beautiful empty beaches and quirky places to stay.
Escaping into a forest and field nearby with our photographer, Amy and videographer, Holly. The moment was both magical and hysterical in equal measures!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Everyone says it, but the day really does fly by. Make sure you grab enough moments for just the two of you and don’t forget to laugh and be silly!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Amy Lou Photography
Holly Valentine Creative
Pip & Hatty Bloom
Goodness me, wasn’t that just a delight?
Becki and Nick I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your wedding with us here at WWW xo Lou