WWW readers Jo and Ollie really stamped their personality onto their wedding celebrations. Their vision was for a relaxed, fun and rustic day, which was to be held on the 19th August 2017 at Healey Barn in Northumberland. I for one think they totally smashed their vision and achieved a day which was filled with joy and laughter throughout. Melissa Beattie has captured all the festivities from beginning to end and all those little details just perfectly. I love their flowers, which were delicate and pretty, the minimal décor, which included hessian and wooden touches plus the DIY succulent favours, which were a real treat for their guests.
Their dog Murphy had a starring role as ring bearer and I just adore the portraits of the three of them together in the woodland. Jo’s intricatly detailed beaded lace gown really was a show stopper plus she added pretty blooms into her hair do for a really pretty look. Her favourite girls wore pastel pink with bouquets trailing with ribbon, while Ollie and the boys chose waistcoats, bow ties and floral print shirts. Don’t they all look really brilliant? Enjoy it all in full folks.
THE PROPOSAL | Ollie took me on a surprise treasure hunt around Durham. He had prepared various different clues and props which he presented at different stages out of his rucksack. We ended up at Durham cathedral where I tried to put the clues together. Unfortunately it took me a while and Ollie was worried that I would work out that he was proposing on the way home in the car!
THE VISION | We really wanted a fun day that our guests enjoyed as much as we did. We wanted the day to feel relaxed and for everyone to be well fed, we love our food. We also wanted to be able to share our wedding with our dog Murphy.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Initially we had wanted an outside wedding however bearing the British weather in mind we searched for a barn. We found our venue and then went from there. We booked the wedding 18 months in advance so had plenty of time to plan and this meant that we didn’t need to do something related every weekend. I really enjoyed the planning process and Ollie saw part of his role was to reign me in when I got carried away.
THE VENUE | I searched for barn venues on the Internet and immediately fell in love with Healey Barn. We went to visit the venue and we both knew it was perfect. It was so beautiful and felt like it would offer us the relaxed atmosphere that we were looking for. Not to mention the beautiful countryside surrounding the place. To top it off they allowed us to let our dog Murphy come and share a part of our special day.
The food at Healey Barn should get a special mention as it’s so fantastic. Everyone loved the food, especially the pizzas in the evening.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Lucia by Eddy K, which was fully beaded and lace. I wore dried flowers in my hair and had gold sandals by Miss KG. I also had pink Hunter wellies for our photos in the woods.
My hair was done by Lisa Cameron and I loved it. I asked for a curly Mohawk and she captured it perfectly. Lisa also did my bridesmaid’s hair and the each had an individual style. Kitty Kerry did our makeup and she was fantastic! They were both so relaxed and professional that the wedding morning was really calm and enjoyable.
FINDING THE DRESS | I wanted something a bit different but I didn’t know what that was. As a result I tried on a lot of dresses! I went to the Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge who were fantastic. My dress was on a mannequin and I knew I needed to try it on. It was prefect and I loved it as soon as put it on.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ollie got his suit from Master Debonair in Sunderland. He also wanted something a bit different and the light tweed was perfect. Bow ties were a must for the groom’s party as he is known for wearing them to work. Even Murphy the dog had a bow tie. Ollie also had a pair of Hunter wellies.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our dog Murphy was our ring bearer and made an entrance half way through the ceremony. Along with our vows we wrote our own promises to each other. Ollie’s sister Alex gave a beautiful reading by William Shakespeare called Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet 116). Ollie really wanted to have a song and chose Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. We printed the lyrics and it was great to watch everyone sing and dance along. At the end we had a brief knot tying ceremony which was conducted by Ollie’s Dad.
Our evening band, the Redwings, were amazing and played a great mix of music. Lots of people commented on the band and would definitely recommend them.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids who each had a different pink dress but I think they looked amazing together. Emma was 8 months pregnant and had a maternity dress from ASOS. Lois also had a dress from ASOS. Sophie wore a dress from Monsoon and Jayme had a dress from Debenhams. Emma’s daughter Emily was our flower girl and she wore a dress from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | We wanted wild looking flowers and Ollie specifically wanted to include some small sunflowers. Our flowers were done by Harriet with Flowers Unlimited and she totally understood our vision for a more natural look.
THE CAKE | We chose not to have a cake and I don’t think anyone missed it.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Melissa Beattie and she was one of the best decisions we made about the wedding. Melissa was a pleasure to share our wedding day with and produced some amazing photos. I was over the moon when I saw the photos and couldn’t have asked for any better.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We decided to do lots of the details ourselves. We grew succulents (and had to replace half because we killed them) and decorated glass jars for our favours. We used ink blots for our table numbers as a reference to our jobs as psychologists. My Mum decorated the card box and I made the table plan. We made photo bunting and hung it in the eaves outside. We did our own sweetie bar but went a little over the top on the quantity of sweets as we still have some left. We made our own photo booth using Polaroid cameras. I think being able to wear the fancy dress on the dance floor went down really well with our guests.
THE HONEYMOON | We did a little tour of Italy for our honeymoon starting in Venice, then Lake Garda, Cinque Terre, Florence and finally Rome. I had always wanted to go to Italy and we had the most amazing time.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Jo: It really was the best day of my life. Saying our own promises to each other was really special and funny that we both mentioned how hangry I can get. We laughed all day, during our photos and especially during the speeches.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I would say to enjoy every minute, it really does go so fast. Also to take spare shoes, I ended up wearing two different pairs of heels before going barefoot!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Melissa Beattie
Second Photographer | Zoe Emilie
Venue | Healey Barn
Dress | The Wedding Dress Company
Wedding Hair | Lisa Cameron
Hair accessories | Englishflowerfarmer
Wedding Make up | Kitty Kerry
Bridesmaids dresses | ASOS Debenhams Monsoon
Suits | Master Debonair
Flowers | Flowers Unlimited
Band | Redwings
Jo and Ollie, we cannot thank you enough for sharing your divine wedding story here with us today xo Lou