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Love, lanterns, hearts and glass jars for a rustic barn wedding at Hellens Manor, Herefordshire

Hollie and Tim’s wedding is adorable! I can imagine being there… so much to see, so many gorgeous little details and quirky countryside touches. They had a September wedding at Hellens Manor, a historic country home with the most magical gardens and a charming barn for wedding receptions. There are dozens of images to share with you – I love the lanterns and every little thing just looks amazing… not to mention the most gorgeous bride and handsome groom!

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Lovely wedding photographer Amy (Amy Taylor Imaging Photography) emailed and told me “fab bride Hollie worked so hard putting together her country vintage look, right down to hand frosting all the jam jar lamps herself after collecting from friends and family all year to get enough! They are a cracking couple whose wedding day was so much fun it would be lovely to share 🙂

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I’m delighted to be able to share Hollie and Tim’s rustic barn wedding on the English Wedding Blog today and I hope you’ll love it every bit as much as I do! Enjoy!
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Hollie and Tim’s handmade, relaxed English country wedding with a hint of vintage – Hellens Manor, Herefordshire

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Your names: Hollie and Tim Hill

Your wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.amytaylorimaging.com/

We were very pleased with our photographer Amy, she is such a talented lady and captured our wedding exactly as we hoped she would. Every little detail I had spent months creating she captured beautifully. Most of the time we did not even notice she was there which resulted in the natural shots we wanted.

Wedding venue:

We got married in the small Herefordshire village of Much Marcle, at St Bartholomews church then had our reception across the road in the Great Barn at Hellens Manor. A gorgeous venue we were able to decorate exactly how we wanted.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Amy posted a sneak peek 24 hours after the wedding. This was so nice as we all got to see a handful of the images prior to receiving the high resolution disc. We just kept looking at them over and over again. When we received the full set of photos we were over the moon. They are beautiful and it is going to be a tough job to just pick a handful for the album.
Your wedding style and theme: We wanted country vintage, I’m quite creative so wanted to put my own personal touch on the day. I spend a year collecting hearts to decorate the inside of the barn. I asked my friends a family to collect jars which I decorated with lace and ribbon to put the flower in on the tables and sprayed the larger jars with frosting spray to make lanterns to hang in the trees outside.

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes, my husband to be had a huuuuuuge bunch of my favourite flowers delivered to the house the morning of the wedding and that was it… my mum, bridesmaids and myself were all in floods of tears.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We had been engaged for 6 years so I had an idea of what I wanted the wedding to be like. Plans started in earnest a year before the big day.

Best bit of budget advice?

Spreadsheets! Everyone took the mickey out of my spreadsheet but it enabled me to keep track of everything. We did go over budget slightly but at least I knew by how much. Also, give yourself plenty of time, shop around, there are loads of bargains you can find on ebay and in the sales.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I am a graphic designer so designed all the wedding stationery myself, we sent out luggage tags with small wicker hearts attached with twine for our save the dates then went with the same theme for the invites, menus, table plan etc. all printed on ivory linen card and sent with handmade confetti with the date and our names printed on them.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

At first I didn’t want to try it on, I didn’t like it as it was not what I had in mind, but the lady in the shop convinced me just to try it and as soon as I did I fell in love with it, well she is the expert!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Dress designer Ronald Joyce, wedding boutique Sara Dawn bridal in Malvern http://www.saradawnbridal.co.uk/

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

When I tried my dress on I also tried a beautiful hair clip with Swarovski crystals and pearls in, it was so lovely, my lovely mum bought me this as a present. And Tim bought me a pair of earrings and a necklace to wear.

The groom wore:

Tim and the groomsmen wore dark grey suits hired from Nicholas Smith suit hire in Worcester http://www.formalsuithire.com/

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I wanted mismatched bridesmaids as I think it looks really nice. The girls are all different shapes and sizes so the same dress would not have suited them all and I wanted them to feel comfortable, look amazing and where the dresses afterwards. I told them I wanted natural colours dusky pink, cream, taupe etc. and then let them choose their own. My two flower girls wore ivory to match my dress. I think all the girls looked stunning and I was really pleased with the end result.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

For our make up we had the lovely Kirsty from Beauty at the courtyard http://www.malvernbeauty.co.uk We had a trial a few weeks before to choose the colours then she came to the house the day of the wedding to make us look pretty. It is well worth having a professional as the make up looked amazing and lasted the entire day. I would highly recommend this it is not something to cut out of your budget.

Wedding flowers:

We got our flowers from Forget Me Not in Great Malvern, Lyn there was amazing at realising exactly what I had in mind. I had seen green Hydrangeas in jars in a magazine and had my heart set on achieving that look. I wanted to keep to greens, cream with a little hint of pink, Lyn sourced the biggest hydrangeas I had ever seen (about the size of my head) and then used champagne and pink roses, small spray roses and lisianthus along with some greenery, the bouquets looked stunning! She also supplied the loose flowers so we could dress the tables too.

The ceremony:

The ceremony was at St Bartholomews church Much Marcle and was performed by Rev Howard Mayell, he was so lovely and loads of fun. My chief bridesmaid Sian read a poem and one of my closest friends Georgina did a reading.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We decorated the entire venue ourselves the day before the wedding with the help of an army of our friends and family. We rigged up 24 paper lanterns from the beams on a pulley system so the battery lights could be switched on after the church service. We hung hearts absolutely everywhere, and lanterns on every branch possible outside. The centrepieces on the tables consisted of a log about two inches thick with a cream lantern and lots of jars with flowers and candles in placed on top, it was just how I had pictured it!

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Our wedding cake was made by our very talented friend Katie from KJ’s Cakes https://www.facebook.com/KjsCake?fref=ts I had seen a photo in a magazine years ago and she recreated it perfectly for us. It was traditional yet modern, square rather than round with a tier of chocolate, a tier of lemon and the top in fruit. All white with a beautiful ribbon tied around the top tier and flowers tumbling down from the top, it was perfect.

Entertainment:

We hired a band for the evening party and I can highly recommend to do this as everyone was up dancing and we had a absolutely brilliant night. The cost was not much more than a disco and it did add to the atmosphere. We hired The Undercovers https://www.facebook.com/theundercoversmalvern?fref=ts and they were fantastic!

On the day tips and advice:

Just enjoy it, you have spent all this time planning and building up to it so just relax and enjoy it as there is nothing more you can do now. Delegate as many jobs as you can so that you can enjoy the day and they will be chuffed to be part of the day. We were very lucky to have an amazing group of friends and family around to help make sure our day went perfectly, and it did, but even if something does go wrong no one will notice anyway!

What’s the best thing about being married?

We keep referring to each other as “Husband” and “Wife” and it’s nice ticking the “Mrs” box, but mainly it’s just being married to my best friend.

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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3 COMMENTS
  • Belinda McCarthy
    6 years ago

    Smashing wedding and some beautiful use of light in these shots! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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