Barn weddings have been the biggest trend to hit the wedding industry in the last 18 months, and I love them for their versatility. Barns can be rustic and cosy or bright, open spaces – today we have a wonderful example in the Tythe Barn at Launton in Oxfordshire.
Hayley and Alex’s wedding is pretty as can be – Hayley went for a statement dress for a princess look… and she rocks it. The day has some pretty and thoughtful touches – the flowers are super feminine and the gold accents work incredibly well!
Images are by lovely Alexandra Jane Photography. Alexandra is based in South Oxfordshire and photographs weddings in surrounding counties. Find out more:
Hayley found her wedding suppliers online, through Facebook pages and groups as well as finding her photographer via internet searches. She and Alex wanted a natural look for their photography and kept searching until they found the right style. She told me Alexandra Jane was amazing! Do read Hayley and Alex’s English Wedding Blog interview after the images – it’s a lovely read!
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Hayley & Alex
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Searched through the internet and looked at different photographers’ photos, we knew we wanted a more natural look so we kept looking until we found the right style.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Alex was amazing! We had a pre-wedding shoot which really helped us to get to know each other! She made us feel so comfortable and on our wedding day we didn’t even know she was there a lot of the time! Alex sent us little gifts during our booking process which were just so thoughtful!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We loved looking through our photos, it was like we were reliving the whole day again. We are both really pleased with our photos! We are now saving up until we can get some canvases done!
The Tythe Barn, Launton
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The most amazing day of our lives!!!
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Facebook was a great help! I joined wedding pages so got loads of advice from lot of other brides.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Bartering with everyone! Venues charge so much for everything, there is always a deal to be made.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely our venue and food! They were both amazing and everyone complimented it! We visited so many different venues and held out until we found THE one and we are so glad we waited!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We found her on facebook! Devine designs by Natasha, she was amazing! Everyone said our invitations were the most beautiful invitations they’ve ever seen! We made sure all our stationery continued with the table settings etc and it really paid off!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
1000% it was a proper princess dress, I went with the idea of thinking that’s the only day I can ever dress like a princess so let’s do it properly! I tried lots of other dresses on in all different styles but my dress was the only one that made me have a huge smile on my face!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Allure dress 2750 from adore bridal, aylesbury
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My jewellery was from Jon Richard, shoes were from Dune
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
We got our suits from adore bridal too. I recommend to get your suits from the same place as your dress if possible! It reduces stress levels and they gave us a loyalty discount too!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had my daughters as my bridesmaids – they had long gold dresses on with an ivory side sash.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My friend did my hair but she is a professional hairdresser so I was lucky! My make up was professionally done too, I didn’t want the stress of anything on the morning and I wanted to be pampered!!!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?
My florist I found on facebook too! Little flower stall. Clare was amazing, she really helped us as we didn’t have a clue what flowers we wanted we just knew we wanted logs with little jars. On the day she was really calming too and helped out loads!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really as it’s an amazing barn anyway! I just added a few touches to make it more personal.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I loved making little bits for our wedding! I made our pew ends, candles for the centre pieces, our favours, confetti cones, orders of service and my two favourites: pick a seat not a side sign for outside the church and a memorial frame. The sign outside the church I was really pleased about as I made it out of a pallet and our memorial frame I made from a mirror we already had!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a four tier cake with 4 flavours: fruit, Sponge, lemon drizzle and chocolate. Our wedding cake was served as our pudding as we felt the wedding cake usually gets wasted.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a DJ and band, we felt the music was a really important part of the day as we wanted our guests up and celebrating with us!
On the day tips and advice:
Take a few minutes to sit back and take in everyone’s company. That is one of the only times you will have everyone you both love in the same room enjoy it!!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing we a proper family and being committed to eachother forever is the best feeling!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Tythe barn www.thetythebarn.co.uk
Food Jamie olivers fabulous feasts
Make up www.creative-makeup.co.uk
Band The Genuine Article booked through www.warble-entertainment.com
Wedding rings www.goldfinger-rings.com