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Ben and Sarah’s wonderfully rustic barn wedding, with Richard Pickavance Photography

I love Ben & Sarah’s barn wedding – they’re both gorgeous, Sarah’s dress is beautiful and they look just perfect together. I also adore the outdoor shots – those huge trees are one of my favourite things in wedding photography this year! – and the venue is pretty amazing with books lining all the walls. I really like their unique stationery as well, and Sarah’s bouquet is fabulous. I’m sure you’ll be inspired by all their awesome details too!

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Sarah told me they didn’t have to do much decoration inside their venue: “The Barn speaks for itself decor-wise… we went for a cosy/rustic style throughout the day and because our surname is McGregor we sourced all sorts of ribbon and fabric in the McGregor tartan to give it a personal touch.

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Images are by London & UK wedding photographer Richard Pickavance, who you can (and totally should!) check out here:

http://www.pickavanceweddings.com
Instagram.com/richpick
Pinterest.com/pickavancewed

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Richard told me “I loved the joint effort everyone put into the big day. Almost all the decor was done by the happy couple, family & friends. Touches like the hot chocolate favours, stationery, table plan & centre pieces really helped to create that relaxed homely feel. The happy couple & guests were so genuine and they made the day so effortless. The venue had a charismatic & rustic look about it which echoed the laid-back, homely feel of the wedding.”

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Ben & Sarah

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.pickavanceweddings.com/

How did you choose your photographer?

We had a recommendation from a colleague at my work – I took one look at her photos and loved them!

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

We were so impressed, he made us feel at ease and had fun with us. Whilst myself and the bridesmaids were getting ready he got some great candid shots without us really knowing he was there meaning the results were natural and really captured the emotions of the day.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

We’d just arrived back from honeymoon and were exhausted! Looking back through the photos with a cup of tea was exactly what the doctor ordered; it was like reliving the day. We were full of joy at how well Rich had captured the spirit of the day.

Wedding venue:

Selsdon Baptist Church and evening reception at The Red Barn, Lingfield.

Wedding month:

January

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A day full of joy and laughter.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Mostly recommendations which worked out really well as you’re able to chat through other people’s experiences.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Homemade favours are worth the effort!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The photographer – especially our decision to pay extra for a photobooth. It added so much to the evening and everyone loved it. We also paid to have a second photographer on the day which was worth it – it meant that we got photos of both the girls and the guys getting ready in the morning, and we got 2 different perspectives during the day. The other thing we splurged on was the band, who were phenomenal.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

We asked a work colleague’s husband to design them for us – we were glad we didn’t try to do it ourselves because of our hectic schedules.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Love (and tears) at first sight! Funnily enough I didn’t think much of it on the hanger, but as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. So cliche, but true.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Jasmine Collection – Bromley Brides

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

My shoes were my favourite part of the accessories. My mum and I were shopping and I didn’t fancy any of the more traditional style wedding shoes. As soon as I saw the Irregular Choice shoes, I fell in love. They were “bridey” enough, but so fun! I got lots of compliments – the minister even stopped the ceremony to say how much she liked them!

And what did the groom wear?

Ben wore a Ted Baker suit, with brown shoes and belt, red tie and a McGregor tartan pocket square.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

We bought them dresses from Dessy. I was conscious i wanted them to feel comfortable so they chose which neckline/style they liked and we ordered them all in the same colour. Their shoes were a great find in Next.

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

I hired a professional. My advice would be to be really clear in your trial about what you want, and if you don’t like something they do – they won’t be offended. I was incredibly indecisive and didn’t decide on my hairstyle until the morning of the wedding.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

We had an incredible florist called Dora – www.dorakovacs.com – who was recommended to us by the evening venue. We were so pleased with everything, and she even came back out on the morning of the wedding to rearrange my bouquet when I was unsure about something.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We filled the church with flowers and foliage, and Ben’s mum made some incredible banners to go with our colour scheme. The evening venue didn’t need much doing to it at all, all that we did was table centres.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

I hand-wrote the table plan on a huge chalkboard the day before the wedding. It was stressful, but we were pleased with the end result. We also made the favours ourselves which was a great project for the week of the wedding to get everyone involved in. We enlisted the help of our amazing friend Jenni who is very talented at lettering and typography – she wrote all of our name places, the signs for the guest book/cards box and did our table numbers.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We chose a 5 tier cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company. I’m not a fan of normal cake so we thought it would be fun to have our favourite dessert instead.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had an incredible live band play in the evening. We’d first seen them at Ben’s sister’s wedding last year, and no one left the dance floor all night. It was the exact same at our wedding, everyone was raving about how much fun it was! There’s nothing worse than a live band playing to an empty dance floor so make sure you choose wisely!

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Remember to enjoy yourself in the planning and on the day – it’s so easy to let the stress consume you, but remember that guests won’t know if you’ve forgotten a detail.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Doing life together! Ben and I didn’t live together before we were married so setting up home together has been so fun.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

http://englishcheesecake.com
http://www.dorakovacs.com
http://www.pickavanceweddings.com

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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