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Vibrant, alternative peacock inspired barn wedding ideas – in pictures!

Hey gorgeous! Pop your sunglasses on – it’s about to get awfully bright in here!

Today’s wedding inspiration could have turned out very differently. It’s the first shoot Rachel from Rose Petals Vintage has created, and we love the vibrant colours – but that wasn’t the plan to begin with! It all began with one word: vintage. But that’s not so easy to define!

Surely by vintage I meant a tea length dress, with a vintage hairstyle and pastel colours right? Wrong, I used the word vintage thinking it was easy to explain, quirky, a little alternative – and because I knew I would be doing a vintage hairstyle and wanted a vintage dress. It wasn’t that simple. Although I have a passion for vintage fashion, hair and design, I also like bright colours not usually associated with vintage. I love peacocks, and I love the countryside. So the styled shoot I had imagined morphed into something quite different once I had seen the many different things on offer!

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The shoot took place at Patricks Barn in West Sussex, using the rustic walls and floors as a backdrop which contrasted with well with the peacock theme. Despite the rustic backdrop, the overall look is fabulously decadent rather than delicate.

I love the brightly coloured place settings with vintage tableware from Vintage Flair. The bride’s tea length dress by Beretundesigns looks gorgeous accessorised with Purple DMs and a leather jacket. The groom’s suit from Dickies of Eastbourne is traditional with a vintage twist and a pretty buttonhole to match the peacock colours.

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The stunning foliage-rich bouquet is by Bella Poppy Flowers. The combination of clematis and varied, textured foliage works beautifully! And the cake is an absolute showstopper… it’s by The Garden Chef.

Despite the original vintage plan, Rachel says “The shoot ultimately ended up being a mash up of my favourite things, but it worked so well. I was so happy with how it all came together, I couldn’t quite believe that giving a brief description of the colours, the venue and the word vintage created such a stunning set up. The team were amazing, they seemed to know what I meant better than I did. I’ve never organised a shoot before but it was a fun, and absolutely surpassed my expectations. What we ended up with was a fun quirky shoot with a vintage/ alternative edge.”

All of the beautiful images are by lovely Maryann at The Menagerie Lifestyle Photography. See the full supplier list below!

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Photographer – The Menagerie Lifestyle Photography

Styling and concepts – Rose Petals Vintage

Venue – Patricks Barn

Bridal hair – Rose Petals Vintage

Make up artist – Sophie Jane Make up

Dress – Beretundesigns

Suit –  Dickies of Eastbourne

DJ – Dance mix 

Florist – Bella Poppy

Vintage Crockery – Vintage Flair

Cake – The Garden Chef 

Venue Décor & Styling – Colour Pop Occassions

Stationery – Proteleia

Groom – Sam Willett

Bride  – Michelle Louise

 

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.

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