Beautiful Cosy Autumnal Barn Wedding

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What a stylish autumnal wedding we have for you today! Rosanna and Malachy tied the knot at Shustoke Barn in Warwickshire on the 28th October 2017 and it really was so tastefully seasonal. From the rich colour palette to the abundance of autumnal blooms and the outfits; everything just works perfectly and the vibe is ever so cosy.

Rosanna decided that white dresses didn’t really suit her and instead went for a skirt and top combo with a fabulous lace shawl from Etsy, which all works with the autumnal aesthetic just perfectly, as does Malachy’s burgundy ASOS suit.

Our pair gave themselves plenty of time to plan the big day and during the process, really refined exactly what they wanted from their celebrations, as well as allowing themselves time for the all important crafting of handmade touches of course. You’re going to love the table plan which Rosanna’s mum and sister both had a hand in and there are plenty of other pretty details to feast your eyes on.

These beautiful warming images come courtesy of Ellie Grace. Thank you ever so much for sharing them with WWW!

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THE PROPOSAL

Malachy proposed to me in Cambodia while we were travelling. She took me to a private stilt pavilion sitting over a lotus pond. There was a candle lit bridge leading to the middle where there was a table for two. Everywhere was surrounded by candles and bamboo flares. We had a personal chef cook us dinner and she proposed after the meal.

THE VISION

We wanted an autumn wedding using lots of home made and individual decorations. We wanted to use dark colours and lots of candles to give a cosy/autumnal feel without any links to Halloween.. (other than pumpkins)

THE PLANNING PROCESS

We planned for two and a half years, giving us plenty of time to save up the money to afford our dream wedding. We worked out a budget and guest list first, then searched Pinterest and Instagram to find some inspiration for venues and decorations. The venue was the easiest thing to choose, as we fell in love with it as soon as we stepped inside. The beautiful barn felt cosy and warm, mainly because of the dark brick and wooden features. After that we booked the DJ, photographer, cake and flowers pretty quickly after. We then spent the rest of the time buying little decorations from vintage shops, and getting friends and family involved in making some decorations too.

BUDGET

£30,000 (this was including the honeymoon)

THE VENUE

Shustoke Farm Barns in Warwickshire

THE OUTFITS

I actually wore a skirt and top to the wedding. The skirt was made on Etsy and so was the lace shawl. The top underneath was from H&M.

I had a hard time finding a dress that would suit me and my autumnal theme for the wedding. I tried on lots of white dresses but decided none of them were my style, so went looking for a more comfortable and unusual outfit. I enjoyed putting my wedding outfit together, and was much cheaper than an actual wedding dress.

Malachy wore a suit from ASOS, she knew she wanted a burgundy colour so was a very easy and simple purchase for her.

THE READINGS & MUSIC

The readings in our ceremony were actually from our favourite Disney films. We used ‘I see the light’ from Tangled, and ‘If I never knew you’ from Pocahontas. We had a harpist playing throughout the ceremony, and I walked down the aisle to ‘Latch’ by Disclosure ft Sam Smith played on the harp. (My mum’s favourite song)

Our first dance song was ‘Just wanna love you’ by The Shires, which we chose because the lyrics are just so beautiful and seemed to fit us perfectly.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS

My bridesmaids were my three beautiful sisters and my best friend who flew all the way from Dubai. They wore nude/lilac dresses from Monsoon.

THE FLOWERS

The flowers were by Lily Jones Flowers in Birmingham. We wanted very wild autumnal flowers, using dark colours and lots of foliage. The centre pieces were all different, and were the talking point of the wedding! My mother has dried my bouquet for me, so I still have it now on display in our home.

THE CAKE

The cake was from Wedding Cakes By Jayne, it was a naked sponge cake, covered in autumnal flowers and fruits.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Our photographer was Ellie Grace. We chose her because all her pictures seemed very natural, spontaneous and candid. She also filmed our wedding and put together the most touching and romantic video which we still can’t watch without crying!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR

The décor included lots of wooden crates, photographs of our parents at their own weddings, lots of glass pumpkins, wooden acorns and pine cones. My favourite decoration was my seating plan which my mother and sister made. It was a ladder painted a shabby chic white colour, with the table plans hung from the steps of the ladder. My mother painted watercolour flowers on each piece of card hanging from the ladder, and my sister painted the table numbers and names in calligraphy over the top. We had flip flops in the ladies room which were put to good use in the evening part of our wedding! We also had a huge wooden slab for our guest book, which is also on display in our home now. There was a lovely courtyard at the venue where we had fire pits and blankets to keep anyone outside warm. At the end of the evening we had a sparkler send off which was just a beautiful way to end our special day.

THE HONEYMOON

We went to Bali for our honeymoon and stayed in The Viceroy hotel in Ubud.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

The speeches were my favourite part of the wedding! Had everyone laughing and crying too.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES

Give yourself plenty of time to plan, our ideas changed and evolved over time and I think you need this time to decide exactly what it is you want.

Try and make the information on the invitations as clear as possible, you won’t believe how many people can read information wrong!

Don’t stress over the little stuff, our cake topper and few other decorations went missing on the day. I stressed about it until I walked down the aisle… but once you’re there in the moment, nothing else matters other than the two of you.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Photography
Ellie Grace Photography

Music (Harpist and DJ)
Ear Candy Live

*WWW wedding directory member – Wedding Entertainment*

Flowers
Lily Jones

Wedding Cake
Wedding Cakes by Jane

Venue & Food
Shustoke Barn

Wedding Car
Finishing Touches Cars

What a stylish autumnal wedding day you had! Thank you so much Rosanna and Malachy for sharing everything with us today. Rachel x

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