So this is new… and kind of amazing to read! Gorgeous bride Sophie told me Cold Harbour Barn was so much more than a wedding venue: “The barn has so much character and charm that a lot of wedding venues simply don’t have – it has real soul.” It totally shines through in the images from their beautiful wedding day too!
Today’s wedding is lovely, with a ‘barely there’ colour palette, gorgeous peonies and lots and lots and lots of fabulous DIY details.
Gorgeous bride Sophie has shared some great advice in her interview at the end of the feature, but do take a little time to scroll through all of the beautiful images before you read it – they’re really special.
The photography is by lovely Louise Adby, who shoots weddings all around the UK and even further afield! Do find out more about her – as Sophie and Charlie will tell you, they were “absolutely delighted!” with Louise 🙂
The English Wedding Blog interview: Charlie and Sophie
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely delighted! We were quite nervous about choosing a photographer as neither of us particularly like having our photo taken but Louise made us feel so at ease and captured the story of the day beautifully
St Helens Church Dry Sandford and Cold Harbour Barn
May 31st 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Relaxed, inclusive and happy!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Totally thrilled and very emotional! It brought back all the memories so vividly and felt like we were reliving all the special moments over again
Your wedding style or theme:
The main thing we wanted for the wedding was for it to feel relaxed and inclusive – this was really important for us and informed lots of decisions we made from the hymns and readings to the type of food, venue, guest list and even the suppliers we chose. In terms of colour, I’m a big fan of neutral decor so very quickly came up with the idea of “barely there” for the colour scheme with a mix of pale blush and cream.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Don’t worry about spending money on things that you feel you “should” spend money on. Think about what is important to you and what you would like your guests to enjoy and just focus on those elements.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Feel Good Invitations. We created our own designs based on a rough template they had to fit in with the overall look and feel of the day
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Second time around yes! I actually bought a Jenny Packham dress to begin with but whilst the dress was beautiful I never quite felt right in it. 3 weeks before the wedding I completely changed my mind and bought a second hand Monique Lhuillier Scarlet dress online, 2 sizes too big! It was a huge risk but as soon as I tried it on I absolutely loved it and found an amazing seamstress who came to my house to do all the fittings so it was the perfect fit! My husband to be was so supportive and understanding and it was definitely worth it on the big day. Both dresses will be going to new loving brides’ homes!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Monique Lhuillier, private seller
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Jimmy Choo clutch bag and peep toe shoes. Pearl and diamond drop earrings
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Tailor made suit
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Two birds bridesmaids dresses in blush pink
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Emma Lou Wells did my hair and make up and was amazing and lovely!
A mix of blush pink peonies and roses – I chose peonies because I think they look like very happy flowers!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We absolutely fell in love with Cold Harbour barn from the moment we saw it! The outside space and views with nothing else around is just incredible. The barn has so much character and charm that a lot of wedding venues simply don’t have – it has real soul. We also loved the fact that it was a blank canvas that we could do pretty much what we wanted with? And the owners Rich and Steph are so lovely, they made us feel really special and the whole family got stuck in helping us to set up!
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Pretty much everything we did was DIY! The barn had no running water and electricity was run just on a generator so absolutely everything had to be hired in – including posh portaloos!
We created the place settings out of menu cards, hessian string and luggage tags and used rustic silver tealights as small vases for the table flowers.
We also had baskets of flip flops as “treats for your dancing feet”, chalkboard signs to designate the different areas of the venue (Dinner and Dancing, Bar etc), fairy lights in trees, handmade table plans and signs.
We set the marquee up as the bar and a bit of a chillout area with sofas, baskets of blankets, tea lights etc.
We had old barrels and railway sleepers as the card table with a guest book to sign and stick polaroid photos into.
My Dad also did an amazing photo wall with photos of Charlie and I growing up and a selection of photos of us together in the middle – some very embarrassing!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Cheese cake. Neither of us have a very sweet tooth so we had a cheese cake that served as evening food with a selection of bread (an amazing Behemoth loaf from Hobbs House Bakery!) and biscuits
Estilo String Quartet played during the reception
The Doowops band played in the evening – Charlie’s brother plays the keyboard in the band and the rest of the band are all friends he grew up with at school so it kept it all really personal and relaxed. And they know how to get a crowd going!
On the day tips and advice:
Remember what the day is all about – marrying the love of your life – and you will enjoy every moment. Nothing else matters!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being your very own family and knowing that you are with the person you love more than anything, for better for worse, forever.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Dress Designer – Monique Lhuillier,
- Scarlet dress Bridesmaids dresses – Twobirds
- Wedding planner – Rachael Corigliano of Serendipity Weddings
- Make up and hair – Emma Lou Wells
- Florist – Flowers by Kirsty
- Stationery – Feel Good Invites
- Band – The Doowops
- Catering – Cotswold Cooks
- Car Hire – Henley Classic Car Hire
- Bus hire – Nostalgia Travel
- Cake – Tastes Delicatessen, Eton