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.
“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!
Wedding photographer’s website:
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.
Contact & bookings: Penny Young Photography
Winters Barns, Canterbury, Kent.
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
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 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:
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