TOP

Alex & Duncan’s beautifully simple country wedding in Kent, with Penny Young Photography

Alex and Duncan’s summer wedding is super sweet and pretty with daisy bouquets (I’m so in love with daisies this year!) and simple, elegant styling touches. The gorgeous couple married at Winters Barns in Canterbury and chose my lovely friend and sponsor Penny Young to photograph their day.

A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (25)

“My florist was Chantelle Gadd who works at Contemporary Flowers, Kent. I wanted something extremely simple yet beautiful so went for gypsophila and white roses. Chantelle collected the hundreds of glass jars I had saved and wrapped in twine, and then brought them filled to the venue and arranged them for me. She was amazing!

A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (31)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.pennyyoungphotography.com

We spent a long time looking online for a photographer – it’s so difficult because there are just so many photographers out there! We wanted to find a style of photography that really suited us us a couple and knew that posed, formal photographs were definitely not our thing. All of Penny and Jim’s photographs online were beautiful in their own right and had appeared to capture moments without being noticed which we liked.

We were so pleased with our choice of wedding photographer. We all joked that we are not a particularly affectionate couple in public and felt very unnatural in front of a camera. Penny and Jim put us completely at ease and we felt totally relaxed with them. The first time we saw our photos we just couldn’t believe how beautiful they were and how happy and natural we looked. I loved that they caught moments without us noticing.

A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (36)

Contact & bookings: Penny Young Photography

www.pennyyoungphotography.com
Instagram.com/pennyyoungphotography
Facebook.com/pennyyoungphotography
Pinterest.com/pennypyp

A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (1)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (2)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (3)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (4)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (5)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (6)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (7)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (8)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (9)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (10)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (11)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (12)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (13)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (14)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (15)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (16)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (17)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (18)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (19)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (20)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (21)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (22)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (23)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (24)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (26)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (27)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (28)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (29)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (30)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (32)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (33)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (34)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (35)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (37)
A prettily decorated elegant barn wedding in Kent with Penny Young Photography (38)

Wedding venue:

Winters Barns, Canterbury, Kent.

Wedding month:

August

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Rustic, country feel and beautiful simplicity

Your wedding style or theme:

Rustic (we really wanted to avoid a theme – I’m very much a less is more person and wanted to make the most of the beautiful features the barn already had)

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

Recommendations from the venue
Online searching
Recommendations from friends
We went to the Ceilidh Club in Camden to find a Ceilidh band for our evening entertainment!

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Get creative! We collected hundreds of glass bottles of different sizes and wrapped twine around them. We scattered these throughout the whole venue filled with gypsophila and I think it looked beautiful
Get family and friends on board and allocate tasks!

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

The photographer
The Ceilidh band in the evening – it got everyone involved!

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

We made our own Save the date cards – I bought lots of fabric swatches and made cards with mini bunting & the date stamped on!
Our wedding invitations we bought from Notonthehighstreet and then ordered our menus cards from America (a guest coming over from the USA brought them in her suitcase!)

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes I loved it!
I found it very hard to find one that suited my frame – I’m a petite 5ft 2 build so mermaid style and lots of layers swamped me!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Justin Alexander
Perfection Bridal Boutique – Maidstone

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

My shoes were made by designer Rachel Simpson – they were simple but beautiful.
I wore a Links of London silver and pearl bracelet that my brother (and best man!) bought for me on my 18th birthday.
My aunt and mother in law bought me a veil but I didn’t want lots of jewellery to detract from the dress!
Hair vine: https://www.rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk/georgia-wedding-hair-vine

And what did the groom wear?

The groom wore a navy suit from Moss Bros and brown brogues. He had a navy tie with small white polka dots to match the gypsophila and white rose buttonhole.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Pale pink dresses with silver T-bar heels
Long and flowing to match the grecian bridal dress I was wearing.

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

My hair, the 5 bridesmaids, mother of the bride, mother-in-law and my aunt all had hair styled at at Therapy Hair and Beauty first thing in the morning. They arranged for us to have champagne, croissants and strawberries and had decorated the room which was a lovely touch.
Two mac-makeup artists then came to the bridal saloon at Winters Barn where we were getting changed, to do our make-up. The manager of Mac also happens to be a good friend so that make it extra special.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No – again I just wanted to appreciate the natural beauty of the barn and not to do anything to detract from this.

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

We decorated the jars for the flowers ourselves and made our save the date cards. It didn’t take a great deal of time so yes! 🙂

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

We wanted something to fit the rustic, country feel of the wedding so picked a Naked Cake – with fresh fruit and flowers.
I really don’t like iced wedding cakes – they’re much too formal for us and the Naked Cake tasted beautiful and looked stunning too.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

License to Ceilidh – our ceilidh band for the evening were amazing! They travelled from London to perform and are one of the most famous Ceilidh bands in the UK.
To finish the evening, the musician Adrian Benn (also from London) came to perform. He was such good fun and an amazing end to the evening.

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

There’s nothing to be stressed or worried about, just relax and enjoy every moment of the day! You’re marrying the love of your life with all your closest friends and family around you – how amazing 🙂

What’s the best thing about being married?

Knowing that the person you are with has made a lifetime vow to be with you

Favourite suppliers for other brides and grooms:

Not on the high street is great for ideas!
Pinterest is always good too

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 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

«

»

what do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Instagram – @englishweddingblog

  • Sweet and simple but oh so pretty... floral hoop by @wildorchiddesigns and pic by @mbishopphotography on the blog today #floralhoop #weddinginspo #weddinginspiration #blush #love #weddingflorist #weddingsofinstagram #northeastwedding #floristsofinstagram #floralgarland #bridalhoop #flowerhoop #bohochic⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#wedding #weddingflowers #bridal #bridetribe #instaflowers
  • On the blog today... ❤️ we're all quintessentially English countryside with this lovely bunch! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@hannahbucklandphotography @jennyfleurflorist⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@bydesigngloucester @shopoliverbrown @hicksandbrown @sashabrownmakeopartist @foxdentonestate @oscarsbarhire @gertrudeolivecakes #autumnweddingstyle #englishweddingblog #quintessentially #brideandgroom #weddingvenuesuk #autumnweddingflowers #whenyousayyes #weregettinghitched #2020wedding #2019wedding #autumnbride #elegantwedding #underthefloralspell #flashesofdelight #holyswoon #weregettinghitched #bridalgown #loveauthentic #stylishbride #inspiredbypetals #bridalbouquet⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sent via @planoly #planoly
  • Love this super sweet pic of Hannah & Souheil! More on the blog today with this lovely lot - Photography @katehennessyphotography | Coordination, planning and styling @yourweddingyourway | Venue @kingsdownrectory | Cake @cakemebysurprise | Stationery @sharonestevensdesign | Tablecloths, ribbons, napkins and runners @silkandpurl | Hair stylist @leeanngrevatt | Make up artist @glamparsons | Models @hannahtwigger @iamtherealsouheil1 | Videography – katietulip.com | Bridal dress @asos | Bridal hair vine @pswithlov3 | Props and furniture @locatetocreate | Styling assistance @flutterbeemee Sent via @planoly #weddingideas #weddingstyle #inlove #weddinggoals #springbride #springwedding  #engaged #Bride #weddingplanner #bestoftheday #love #couples  #weddingvenue #weddinginspo #weddingreception #weddinginspiration #brideandgroom #bestdayever #weddings  #styleblogger #weddinginspiration #planoly
  • This gorgeous pair have it so right! Farhaa and Fed's engagement features in our "what to wear for an engagement shoot" article with lovely @emilyblack.photography on English-Wedding.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#engagementphotos #engagement #hampshireweddingphotographer #fun #love #weddingphotography #essexengagementphotographer  #loveintentionally #lookslikefilm #weddingphotographeruk #loveislove #photobugcommunity #theknot #thewandererscommunity #indianwedding #essexwedding ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#hampshireweddingphotographer #love ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #makeadventure #loveauthentic #junebugs #loveislove #photobugcommunity #loveandwildhearts #dirtybootsandmessyhair #engagementphotos #london #londonweddingphotographer
  • LOVE this shot from today's wedding! Beautiful Lucy by @yorkplacestudios at @alrewashayes ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are so many images on the blog today with a sense of humour, and that's what I love to BITS about these photographers. Weddings are fun, as well as being full of love and romance there's laughter, there are stories and every wedding is unique because of the characters in it. More on english-wedding.com today - don't miss this one! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#weddingphotography #reportagephotography #realwedding #bride #weddinggoals⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sent via @planoly #planoly
  • We missed this beaut when Insta flopped the other day... A gorgeous @kennethwinston gown for a timeless bride at @hothorpeandwoodlands captured by  @kathrynphotos and featured on English Wedding today! @extraspecialtouch @redvelvetbakeryuk @helenalborncakes @walnutandwillowflowers @makeupbysophiedowning @lhprofessionalhair @popplebirddesigns @aspirejewellery @matildabentleybridalltd @beautifularchesweddings #kennethwinston #kennethwinstonbride #weddinginspiration #weddinggoals #weddingstyle #luxurywedding #modernwedding #weddingplanning #relationshipgoals #weddinginspo #weddingdress #wedding #weddingphotography #weddinggown #bride #bridetobe #weddingphotographer #weddingideas #weddingphotography #englishweddingblog #photo #pictur #photoshoot #photography #makeup #married
  • There's more to this stunning intimate wedding... but the bouquet is just ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Image by @graceelizphoto⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dress by @grace_loves_lace⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Flowers by @missfleurfloral⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
English-Wedding.com for full feature⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sent via @planoly #englishwedding #weddingblog #ukbride ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#bridetobe2019 #bridetobe2020 #graceelizabeth_photography #essexweddingphotographer #isaidyes #weddingideas ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#essexphotographer #essexwedding #wivenhoehousewedding #weddingplanning #firstsandlasts #thatsdarling #isaidyes💍 #intimatewedding #bridetobe #ukweddingphotographer #luxurybride #luxuryweddingphotographer #planoly
  • Warmest welcomes to @casterleybarn who joined the English Wedding Directory this week! Casterley Barn is a stunning, modern events venue on an organic farm in Wiltshire - discover more at https://casterleybarn.co.uk ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Image credits - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photography by @lydia.stamps ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Styling by @whatpdidnext ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Flowers @thewildfoxuk ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Dress @tarabradleybirt ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Models @nadiaachha @joey_love85 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hair and Make Up @yaseminbilgichairandmakeup ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#weddingvenue #barnweddings #wiltshireweddings #weddingplanner #organicfarm #sustainablevenues #casterleybarnSent via @planoly #planoly

 

Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (18)

Image credit: Oobaloos Photography

Would you like to get exclusive offers, exciting
updates and wedding blog sneak peeks by email?

 

Read previous post:
Opulent and luxe wedding styling ideas from Hothorpe Hall Leicestershire (20)
White and gold wedding styling ideas from Hothorpe Hall, Leicestershire

A lot of you lovely couples are choosing very classic, elegant styling touches this year, so when this ...

Close