WWW readers Adam and Rebecca celebrated their romantic, intimate, country barn wedding at Loseley Park on the 11th August 2018. Following a church ceremony, they headed to the beautiful gardens before enjoying their reception in the magical fairy lit barn.
It sounds like our pair really enjoyed the planning process and wanted a big party in the evening, I’ll think you’ll agree that mission was accomplished! There’s a lot of beauty to appreciate too, the neutral colour scheme of the florals is so elegant and will you just look at that twinkling fairy light canopy?
Rebecca’s Louise Bentley dress is actually a two piece, doesn’t she look glamorous? I do love a long veil. Adam looks really rather dapper in his Steven Bishop three piece suit and the beautiful bridesmaids wore sage dresses from Forever Unique, the gypsophila in their hair is just gorgeous too.
Kit Myers blended seamlessly into Adam and Rebecca’s day and captured these wonderful shots. Thanks so much for sharing with us Kit.
For the four years that we have been together, Adam and I have always considered Italy as our favourite country to holiday in and over the years we have slowly been making our way around the country’s hot spots! At the start of 2017 we booked a trip to Venice for the May of that year. We stayed in a beautiful hotel that was on its own island, surrounded by the canal and overlooking the Venice skyline. On the proposal evening Adam and I had been having cocktails in the hotel grounds when Adam suggested exploring the hotels gardens. As we were exploring, Adam pointed out a path that led up to a hill. At the top of the hill was ‘the view’ where you could see the entire Venice skyline, it was beyond beautiful. As I turned around to gush about the view, Adam was behind me on one knee with the ring in his hand. It was the most beautiful, private proposal.
We knew straight away when planning our wedding, that we wanted our day to be full of laughter, fun and celebration, not just for us, but for our guests too. We both envisaged an intimate church wedding, which would then be followed by a lively barn reception in an English country garden barn venue. Both of our families and our friends love a dance and a drink so we knew that our evening reception would not be quiet and that’s exactly how we wanted it. We hired a fantastic band who kept everyone dancing the whole evening. Our theme was based around the wood of the barn with a green and white colour scheme running throughout.
The Planning Process
I loved the planning process! Adam and I planned the wedding ourselves and it took us just over a year of organising. We went to a few wedding fairs and followed some barn wedding themed blogs to get a few ideas, but most of the ideas we went with came from our own ideas and some from our suppliers. We decided on having a toastmaster so that the best men could enjoy the wedding and not have to keep an eye on the clock for the timings of the day. My biggest tip would be to buy a calendar just for your wedding outgoing costs, this allowed us to plan ahead for costing’s. Prioritise which things are the most important to you both for the day, and get them booked up quick!
We had a budget, but may have gone slightly over…
It was really important to me that the three bridesmaids all wore the same outfit but that the dress suited all of them individually. We found a gorgeous sage green maxi dress from Forever Unique with a decorative beaded top section. This was matched with a pale pink sandal ready for dancing!
We got married at St. Nicholas Church in Compton. The church is a very old, small
church at the top of a little hill. The church held our 114 guests comfortably and felt very intimate.
Our reception was at Loseley Park in Godalming, Guildford. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and the venue has a separate ‘White Garden’ space for canapés and drinks.
The barn is at the front of the venue, surrounded by fields and the estates central house. The barn is beautiful inside and consists only of two sections-this was a non-negotiable for us as we didn’t want to lose guests in too many rooms!
The backdrop of the venue is stunning and the large outside space meant that our guests could enjoy sitting outside in the summer evening toasting marshmallows and drinking, whilst the rest of us danced the night away in the barn!
The staff at Loseley are fantastic and are so accommodating in supporting you through the planning process and on the day itself.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was a Louise Bentley design and I felt beautiful in it and most importantly so comfortable. The dress had two parts to it. The first part was a lace strapless dress that fitted tightly around the bodice and waist. The second part was a lace slip that went over the top of this dress with small buttons tying it together at the back. Around my waist was a delicate blue and silver tied belt that added some sparkle. I chose a lace floor length veil that had a silver hairpiece holding it in place whilst adding decoration to my hair.
My jewellery consisted of a pair of square diamond earrings that Adam had left for me on the morning of the wedding as a present and a small silver bracelet. My shoes were a small lace kitten heel from the Rainbow Club.
Something new, the dress. Something old, my mum’s sixpence that she wore on her wedding day – I wore it in my shoe too. Something Blue, a garter. Something borrowed, my mum’s brooch that my Nan had given her – I tied it to the front of my bouquet.
Groom & Best Men
The boy’s suits were from Steven Bishop suiting. All of the suits were navy with a white shirt, grey/blue waistcoats, blue pocket squares and a varying navy or grey/blue tie to separate groom from best men. The outfit was finished off with a brown brogue shoe.
Two fantastic hairdressers from Academy Hair Salons in Cobham did our hair on the morning of the wedding. I went for a half up half down curled hair-do fastened with a silver beaded clip. My bridesmaids had a messy bun with a side plait and gypsophila woven into the back of the bun to match their bouquets.
Make up was done by the very talented Becca Gray. We all went for a very natural wedding look, with a touch of pink on the lips.
The Readings & Music
We chose for my eldest brother and Adam’s sister to do our readings in church. We chose Corinthians 13 and “I will be here” by Steven Chapman. We had a string quartet in the church to receive the guests and they played Canon in D as I walked into the church. During the signing of the marriage certificate they played Hoppipola and Your Song. Our two hymns throughout the service were Be still for the Presence of the Lord and March of the Beautiful. We left the church to the Wedding March.
Our florist was White Lilac, based in Hampshire. Our flowers across the wedding were predominately green and white with a touch of akiko pink. My bouquet was a mix of white, green and pink flowers with a lily hidden in-between.
In the church we had alternate pew displays and then one larger display by the lecterns, which was then brought over to our venue. The table displays were a mix of tall flute vases and small glass bowls.
Our photographer was Kit Myers who made us feel so comfortable throughout the day. He organised all shots seamlessly and just blended into the event so that you become unaware you are having your photo taken. He also offers an engagement shoot which I would definitely recommend so that you know what to expect- ours was in the pouring rain and Kit still stuck it out- great photos too!
Our videographer was Ashleigh from Ash Videography who was lovely on the day and who again just blended into our day- you didn’t even notice her camera as it’s that small!
Our cake was made by Holly at Etoile Bakery. It was four layers consisting of chocolate, chocolate caramel, carrot cake and then a top layer of fruit. The cake was decorated with a lace pattern and flowers made from icing.
The Details & Décor
Our table décor consisted of varying size and height candles, some on stands and some within tea light holders. Our favours were small brown kraft boxes which held inside them five sugared almonds for health, happiness, fertility, wealth and long life. Our band, XO party band were fantastic and kept people dancing all night. Our sweet table also went down a storm. It was great to see that all our female guests used our flip flops as the evening progressed! The fire pit and marshmallow stand outside was also a huge hit.
We spent five nights in Tuscany and five nights in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Gorgeous places with great food, wine and weather.
It’s hard to choose, as the whole day was amazing! The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle. This was such a special moment for me, walking with my dad towards Adam whilst seeing all our guests for the first time.
Seeing how much everyone else was enjoying the wedding as much as Adam and I also sticks in my memory.
Advice For Other Couples
The whole day goes so so quickly! So try and enjoy and note every minute of the day!
Don’t rush off to honeymoon straight away the next day. You will be on such a high the next day and the celebrations continue so you don’t want to be rushing to catch a flight! We made sure that we spent our evening dancing and socialising with our friends-this was really important to us as we wanted to enjoy our own wedding, especially after all that planning. Try not to worry about the weather, I know that’s easier said than done because I worried about it all of the week before, but you will wake up on the wedding morning and you really won’t care about the weather anymore as you’re too excited and it’ll be amazing regardless of the weather!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Just lovely. Thank you ever so much Rebecca and Adam for sharing all your hard work with us, what a beautiful day you had. Rachel x