Hello there lovelies! Today we have a classic English wedding full of bright florals to inspire autumn and winter brides. I love the vibrance of the flowers, and beautiful bride Ruth is just stunning, don’t you think?
Images are by lovely Carol Elizabeth Photography, who has very kindly shared her thoughts on the fabulous Lains Barn wedding venue and some wonderful memories of a very special day for our gorgeous couple. You can discover more from Carol here:
Contact & Bookings: Carol Elizabeth Photography
We were at 4 different locations for Ruth and Kieran’s wedding, which offered lots of variety for their photos with some really amazing backdrops. I started at the rented house, which was very quirky with plenty of character. We then drove over to the church wedding ceremony in Abingdon, which is a lovely bright church, quite modern with plenty of space for all the guests. And a really lovely vicar, who was so helpful and accommodating to ensure we had plenty of lovely photos for Ruth and Kieran to remember their day.
On the way to the reception we stopped off at Barton House for a few wedding portraits. All I can say about this beautiful venue is wow! We walked around the grounds and spent a few minutes in different locations for photos of Ruth and Kieran. This gave them some time on their own to chat whilst I captured a few natural and informal photos in the lovely grounds, by the lake and on the bridge.
We then headed over to the Lains Barn wedding reception. This is one of my favourite venues, who doesn’t love a rustic barn! The staff are so friendly and helpful and the food is always perfect. We took a few photos in the grounds before joining the guests to enjoy the various lawn games on the lovely open space outside the barn.
As I’m a Lains Barn recommended supplier I often photograph weddings here, but they’re always so unique and enjoyable. The barn itself is a blank canvas, so the wedding couple can add their own touches to create the look and feel of their day. There’s plenty of outdoor space, and the barn itself is spacious and full of character. ~ Carol Elizabeth Photography
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We found her name on a wedding website. She got great reviews and beautiful, candid shots.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
She was brilliant. Very unobtrusive but loads of great shots.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
The day we got back from honeymoon. Very exciting and we were both thrilled. It was like reliving the day.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Fun and relaxed, quaint, beautiful and elegant.
Your wedding style or theme:
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Get friends to make the cake: much more personal too.
Buy a sample wedding dress.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Labour of love.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Completely and utterly.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Krystal brides, Bath.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Necklace from krystal brides, simple earrings from ernest jones and a borrowed bracelet. All silver-coloured.
And what did the groom wear?
Blue suit, autumnally purple waistcoat and burgundy tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Long, floaty, red dresses.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Red and burgundy roses, thistles, gypsophilia. Very autumnal with a soft, romantic feel.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Home made tree seating plan. Lots of work but more personal.
Canvas with a painting of us as a couple under an umbrella and paint balloons above for guests to throw darts at – good fun.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
4 tiered autumnal cake with leaf decorations. Red velvet, tiramisu, carrot and chocolate layers. Much more interesting.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Friends playing a string quartet on the tudor balcony. Friends and family making up the band at the church. A friend singing fun songs during the signing of the register. A concert pianist playing fun pieces at the reception.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make sure you stop to think and enjoy the day with each other.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Coming home to the sweetest man after the best and worst days.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Hairdresser: angela from abingdon
Carol elizabeth photography
Flower workshop in Abingdon