Jutta and Rob’s wedding in a rustic barn is relaxed, characterful and exciting. With plenty of DIY details and atmospheric photography by Barney Walters it really stands out from the crowd and I think it’s wonderful! Jutta wears a Phase Eight wedding dress, bought last minute – but she fell totally in love with it and looks stunning.
The venue for the reception is a country farm barn which the bride and groom decorated to gorgeous effect with paper poms and a glitterball, long trestle tables and wooden chairs with hessian table runners.
Rob and Jutta: our beautiful DIY country vintage wedding with a worldly twist!
Our wedding report: Robert and Jutta
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Thrilled to bits!
St Muebred Church, Cardinham and the bride’s parents’ farm on the Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A celebration of our love, bringing together of all our friends and family, near and far.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were absolutely amazed at how brilliantly Barney had captured our day. We had hardly noticed he was there and yet he didn’t miss a thing. There are so many candid moments full of love and laughter.
Your wedding style and theme:
DIY country vintage with a worldly twist. The colour scheme was very natural with cream and green. We requested uniform or smart casual country attire. There was a substantial amount of tweed on the day.
Any happy tears on the day?
Mostly from the bridesmaids and dad.
How did the two of you meet?
Whilst living and working in Borneo. Rob was posted in Brunei with the British Army and I was teaching in a military school. We started dating and quickly discovered our love for travel, food and expensive hotels. Within a year we were engaged to be married!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Six months from Brunei.
Best bit of budget advice?
Compromise is necessary to stick within a budget, unless it comes to an ice cream van…
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We scanned well used pages from our passports for the background and designed the invitations on Publisher to keep costs down. We went for a cream and recycled brown card look, which we bought online and assembled with hessian garden string. We used the same ideas for our order of service and menu cards. Place settings were simple luggage tags, again bought online. We made the seating plan using an old cork pin board, audience survey map of the Bodmin Moor and alas more luggage tags! Calligraphy and chalk felt tip pens were vital for finishing touches.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It took an online purchase, a return and a final last minute panic, but somehow I found “the one”. It was ridiculously comfortable and made me not feel inhibited in anyway. I felt completely myself and able to pull some impressive shapes on the dance floor.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Phase Eight. Their off the hanger dresses are not only affordable, but very well made. The customer service and staff in their Bath store were great! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
The best accessory was the 1950’s vintage juliet bridal cap which I managed win on ebay for $25 all the way from America. One of my bridesmaids bidded on it for me and brought it over with her three days before the wedding. When I tried it on everything started to feel real. As the reception was on a farm I opted for wellington boots, which I recieved a lot of positive comments for.
The groom wore:
His Army No.1 Dress.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
As we all lived a considerable distance apart (Borneo, UK, Canada, America and Australia), I gave them the colour and they bought their own dresses. I wanted them to be comfortable and bring their own style to the party. I bought matching headbands from Etsy for subtle continuity and cheap patent black wellington boots for later.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY. I had a make-up tutorial in a large department store where you are obliged to spend a certain amount of money on their products for the service. I fired away a hundred questions and got to keep the make-up for the money. Our hair was done by a good friend who so happened to be a hairdresser too. Thank you Sally!
I had a very clear idea what I wanted on the day. We kept it rustic and simple. Our florist, Fiona Hammond is amazing. She picked a lot of local foliage from the hedges and grew most of the grasses herself. My bouquet was a King Protea surronded with eucalyptus leaves, a very personal touch as I was born and raised in South Africa.
Our wedding readings were 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13 and The Places You’ll Go (Dr Seuss).
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes. We decided to have the reception in my parents’ barn which needed a lot of clearing. We even knocked through a wall to make the area larger. Although it was a lot of work, it gave the wedding a real personal touch.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional on the outside, but a battenberg inside. Yum yum…
At the church and leading into the reception we had the pipes and drums from Rob’s Regiment. After dinner, more friends were employed to put on a ceilidh which got everyone off their seats and thrown about a bit.
On the day tips and advice:
We are really proud of what we managed to achieve in six months, most of which was planned from abroad. However, on the day we wished we delegated more. Try not to be invovled with any decision making on the actual day, except the “I do” part. Relax, take it all in and enjoy being in a space and place in time with all your favourite people in the world celebrating you!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing we will always have someone to share our love of travel, food and expensive hotels with.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Weddington Boots http://www.weddingtonboots.com
Florist: Fiona Hammond (as seen by Kirstie’s Homemade Britain) Tel: 01208 821709
Photographer: Barney Walters http://barneywalters.com
Lighting, tables, chair etc hire: http://eventzuk.co.uk
Catering: Tinkers Catering firstname.lastname@example.org
Ice cream van: http://www.kellysofbodmin.co.uk