Casual & Fun Tropical Style Barn Wedding

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Oh those summer days, don’t they feel just so long ago now? Well let’s head back to the summer of 2018, Saturday 30th June to be precise, for the truly stunning wedding of WWW readers Jake and Karis. Their wedding vision was for a casual and relaxed wedding vibe, which it sounds as though they achieved perfectly.

First up their barn venue, Park House Barn in Cumbria was perfect for their DIY day, as it gave them the freedom to really showcase their personalities. Their theme for the day? Tropical. How cool is that? Think pineapples, flamingos and paper cranes, plus blooms in bottles and festoon lights galore! Amazing. Loved ones all came together to help craft and create the day of their dreams.

I am so in love with the outfit choices for both Jake and Karis plus their wedding party, the sunset portraits and their hoop backdrop to their ceremony, complete with Edison light bulbs, it really made brilliant impact.

Huge thanks goes to Fairclough Studios for sharing these utterly gorgeous images with us.

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The Proposal

One of our favourite holidays to go on is Disneyland Paris so on our fifth trip this is where Jake proposed. It wasn’t anything over the top or public and was just a nice private moment as the firework show was happening in the background.

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The Vision

We wanted something quite casual and small but due to having a large family and friend group this wasn’t going to be possible. So we decided to keep the theme of the day quite casual and relaxed (even with 100+ guests!) We wanted something a bit different and a day we could look back on and remember having a good laugh.

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The Planning Process

The venue we chose allows you to choose everything yourself such as the theme, caterers, DJ’s and more. We loved this as it allowed us to have a more creative approach to our day. Although it was stressful at times due to having to become a wedding planner overnight, it was really satisfying knowing we had done it all ourselves. Our family and friends were a great help too and were up at the barn for the few days before helping us decorate and set everything out.

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The Venue

We fell in love with the venue the first time we viewed it! We had only been to visit one other venue prior to this and didn’t really know what kind of setting we wanted. Our initial idea was to have tipi wedding but after extensive research it was becoming difficult to find somewhere that could pitch the tent but also be legally married. We found Park House Barn this way as we were looking for venues with fields for tipis! But after visiting we fell in love with the barn and the quirkiness of how it actually houses the animals in the winter, which we thought was fab. Abi who owns the barn and lives on the farm was so much help and always checked in with us to check everything was going okay planning wise. And on the day the staff were so helpful and ensured it was a very stress free day.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Karis’s dress was from Reformation which is an American eco-friendly fashion label and Jakes outfit was from Marc Darcy with a Vivienne Westwood shirt. Karis had a star crown which was handmade by a family member so was very sentimental! For the evening she swapped over to a pair of unique handmade earrings by @reillysparkles on Instagram! She designed them to match the colour of the dress and the pink accents from the shoes. Jake wanted something a bit different to the usual full suit and tie, so decided on trousers, shirt and braces with Nike Janoski trainers to complete the look!

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Beauty

Luckily one of our good friends who was coming to the wedding as a guest is also a makeup artist so this was great for us. Emma did the bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids makeup which was a mammoth task!

I had my hair curled the evening before by my usual hairdresser Kelsey as we were staying in a hotel about 50mins drive from where we live. Luckily the curls stayed in and looked great on the day. One of our bridesmaids did the other bridesmaids hair which was a massive help and enabled us to keep costs down.

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The Readings & Music

We walked down the aisle to Married Life from the Disney film UP! As we got engaged in Disneyland we decided to use the park instrumental version. The signing the register songs were a mix of our tastes with Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean. We walked back down the aisle to Mike and Sulley to the rescue again from the Disney park soundtrack, but more famously from Monsters Inc. Karis’s brother did the reading in the ceremony which was ‘How falling in love is like owning a dog’ which was so lovely and really meaningful to us. We also read our own short vows which was very personal and truly meant a lot.

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Groomsmen

All from Marc Darcy.

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Bridesmaids

From Ebay! The dresses came in at under £10 each and were taken up and altered by a family friend.

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The Flowers

Karis’s mother chose the bouquet and buttonholes and we were happy with this, we showed her some pictures on pinterest and she took this to the florist. We didn’t have any florist flowers in the venue and just bought our own to decorate as it kept costs down. The bridesmaid’s flowers were artificial and made again by Karis’s mother. This was another money saving idea and they ended up looking great!

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The Details & Décor

We didn’t want a rustic theme (not that its bad just not for us!) so thought we could go for something a bit different in the barn and brighten it up. We decided on a tropical bright theme and decorated with pineapples, flamingos, whiskey bottles with flowers in and paper cranes. At the end of the aisle we had a giant copper ring with Edison bulbs hanging from the centre and real greenery draped over. This was provided by Emma from Emma Jane Events and looked amazing, and most importantly was so reasonably priced for hiring! Emma also helped us decorate with the festoon lights throughout the barn and uplighters for the ceremony.

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The Cake

Our brother in law made our wedding cake as he is a trained chef so that was a great help! We had 3 tiers of different flavours and had a ‘naked’ cake. We used the same cake stand that Jake’s dad made for his sister’s wedding. It is shaped like a mini ladder stile as this is in fitting with the family as he owns a fencing and landscaping company.

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The Honeymoon

We wanted to save up for a trip of a lifetime so have decided to go in 2019. We are going to New York for 4 nights and Los Angeles for 7 nights. This is something we have wanted to do for a long time and will be amazing as we will be there for our 1 year anniversary.

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Your Photographer

Well where do we start, Katie and James were amazing from the first time Karis met them at a wedding fair a year and a half before the big day. We loved their style of photography and how they took really natural candid photos instead of the usual posed ones. We went for this type of photography as Jake is quite shy and hated the thought of having a camera in his face all day. Katie and James spoke to us loads during the planning process to discuss what we wanted and how we were going to do it. When we met for our pre-wedding shoot this was great as it enabled us to feel more relaxed in front of the camera and helped them get an idea of what our personalities were like. On the day it was truly like having 2 friends at the wedding as they partied with the guests and took pictures of things we didn’t even realised had happened! Our pictures are amazing and we are so grateful we chose Fairclough Studios.

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Memorable Moments

Jake cried pretty much all day which was so sweet and unexpected! Throughout his speech to stop himself from crying he was downing his glass of wine so was rather merry by the end!

All the speeches were amazing and we felt so loved by our family and friends, we had quite a few different people do speeches such as family and friends and it added to the laid back atmosphere.

The food was absolutely amazing! We had Mexican street food provided by El Kantina and was probably some of the best Mexican food we have ever had. We had nachos to start, burrito taco bowls for main and churros for dessert!

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Advice For Other Couples

Do your own thing, don’t let Pinterest make you believe you have to have a certain theme depending on the time of year/venue. We had navy bridesmaid dresses with tropical flowers on, and with it being a June wedding everyone said they won’t look right being navy but we trusted our instinct and it worked out perfect!

Also people were quite shocked at the tropical theme with it being a rustic barn but in the end everyone loved it as it was something totally different

My main advice would be about the music for the evening reception, make sure you chose something YOU want and not just to please everyone else. We don’t like chart music and wanted some dj’s who would play more our style of old school rap mixed with drum and bass and we found some local guys who were amazing! So when it comes to choosing a dj/band do you research and maybe go to some small gigs and see what’s out there before settling on a wedding specific dj/band.

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Venue Dressing
Emma Jane Events

Flowers
Posh Flowers

Make Up
Emma Fleming

DJ’s
Robbie Gallagher and Homegrown DJ’s

Jake and Karis, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your totally amazing and unique wedding day xo Lou

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