I do love a barn wedding… and Emma and Gavin’s is bursting with lovely little details which I know you’ll love. They married in October at Alpheton Hall Barns in Suffolk, and included lots of DIY details which are captured in the lovely photos I’m so happy to be sharing with you all today!
Emma told me “I especially loved that our photographer had captured so much detail of our day, having pictures of all the little bits and pieces reminded me of how everything had come together so well“.
The images are by Lorraine Claire Photography. Lorraine was excited to share the wedding with us all today: “Emma was honestly the nicest bride I have ever photographed. The whole day Emma was telling her bridesmaids how gorgeous they looked. All Emma wanted to do was to make sure everyone was having a good time. It was a gorgeous wedding full of happiness and laughter.”
Find out more about Lorraine Claire here:
Our rustic wedding in Suffolk, by Emma and Gavin at Alpheton Barns
Our wedding story: Emma & Gavin
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes our photographer did a fantastic job. Having someone so passionate but also friendly and easy going photograph your wedding is ideal, as not only did she capture all of our wonderful memories but she did so in an efficient non-intrusive way.
Alpheton Hall Barns, Sudbury, Suffolk.
18th October 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A truly amazing day full of love and happiness, making memories to treasure forever.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
I loved seeing our pictures for the first time, it was so nice looking back on our special day and remembering how wonderful it all was. I especially loved that our photographer had captured so much detail of our day, having pictures of all the little bits and pieces reminded me of how everything had come together so well.
Your wedding style or theme:
As we had chosen a barn for our venue, it fortunately already had a lots of character so we decided to keep in a rustic style and add to the charm. Also as we got married mid-October so we wanted to try and acknowledge the season of autumn while trying to keep it all bright and fresh.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
It took us a few months to find the right venue and then once booked that up we had about a year before we got married, so that gave us plenty of time to plan the detail and make all the final arrangements,
Best bit of budget advice?
Urmmm… I have to say honestly my husband-to-be took on the role of budget controller (booo) Best advice would probably be to plan and keep on top of everything as much as possible. Once you have established venue and catering costs which are normally the biggest expense then you know where you are against your budget so you can try and stay in line with all the other costs such as dress, flowers etc.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We found some lovely designs on not on the high street. I liked that it meant I ended up dealing with a small independent business and they gave a real personal service. We made a lot of our own stationery too such as place cards, table plans etc. Once we ordered the invites we just stuck to that theme with anything we made ourselves.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I had tried on a few dresses before trying on my dress and actually ended up going for something totally different from what I had initially thought I wanted. As soon as I tried it on I did think there was something special about it, I went back and tried it on again and then again and I loved more and more each time I tried it on so I knew it was the right one for me.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ronald Joyce from Wedding Dreams by Lisa
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Pearl head band from a custom made range at Confetti & Lace. Pearl and diamanté stud earrings from M&S.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Alexandre Savile Row range from House of Fraser.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We chose navy dresses to match the colour of groom and best man. We went for full length, chiffon one shoulder dresses, which were made to measure ordered online.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My best friend got married the year before me and I was her bridesmaid. I loved her hairdresser and make-up artist which was handy as it saved me having to shop around I just booked them both as knew I really liked them. It was great on the morning of the wedding as removed any stress, it was nice having it all taken care of.
Sam at Wild Poppies. So many people commented on our lovely flowers which is always really nice to hear. We went for pinks and creams in various shades, keeping in with our theme the florist went with a rustic, freshly picked look which worked really well.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
As I said before the barn had a lot of charm anyway but it was a blank canvas for you to decorate and that is where you add your own personal touches. We had a collection of small vintage vases (from various charity shops) we placed single or small bunches of flowers in them which really brightened the place up. We also had vintage cups and saucers with candles inside which we used on the tables. Lots of wicker hearts as well as various bits and pieces we found on Ebay or in shops along the way like hanging Mr & Mrs decorations, bird cage candle holders.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We also made lots of bits ourselves so that we could make them in our wedding style. Hobby Craft was great for that; we did decoupage E & G for the ceremony table decoration, we made our own table plan on a bird cage frame, and also made our own personalised little signs like ‘welcome to our wedding’ ‘eat cake’ ‘guest book’ etc as wel as getting some pretty card and making our own place cards and table numbers. Hobby Craft sell lots of cute little pegs that make something simple like a photo string look really effective.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky; we both love sweets so we had a cake which had marsh mellows & love hearts stuck all round it which did look really good. It was 3 layers; chocolate, Victoria sponge and carrot so was nice to get a selection.
We had a pianist/singer who played outside during the drinks reception and canapés which was really nice. We had a band for the reception in the evening, Sax on Fire the live sax in the band sounded great and we had lots of people dancing which is a good sign.
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t sweat the small stuff, you can’t control absolutely everything if you have planned well enough beforehand then you can just go with the flow on the day and ENJOY yourselves.
What’s the best thing about being married?
After saying your vows to each other its really nice having that commitment to be together for life as a married couple, it just makes your relationship feel solid and complete.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Invites: Lucy Ledger via http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/
Make Up: By Carly Davies of www.beyondbeautyhertford.co.uk
Hair: By Sophie Noble of Lolly Lou Bishop Stortford.
Flowers: Sam at www.wildpoppies.co.uk