A wintry, Christmassy wedding at Milling Barn for Issy & Alistair, with Becky Harley Photography
Hello there beautiful! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and staying snuggled up and warm inside! While our hearts and minds are full of Christmas, I have the loveliest wedding to share with you today. Issy and Alistair married at Milling Barn in Buntingford at Christmas time and chose lovely Becky Harley as their wedding photographer. The bouquet and styling are insanely beautiful, Issy is stunning in a modern style Maggie Sottero dress and Alistair oh so handsome in his RAF uniform. There are berries and holly and evergreens galore in this wonderful winter barn wedding, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
Our wedding venue was Milling Barn, Bluntswood Hall, Buntingford – a wonderfully rustic barn with plenty of countryside charm. The barn is beautifully decorated anyway so we wanted to enhance what was already there. We cut down ivy from the garden and wound it around the staircase, bannisters, and some hoops hanging on the walls. We bought a mistletoe ball which hung from the ceiling in the ceremony room, and had a big branch of mistletoe hanging above everyone in the reception room. Apart from that we just had LED candles lining the aisle and berry-lined hearts on the walls.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We saw Becky at the Knebworth House Wedding Fair and instantly fell in love with her relaxed, candid shots. She had a huge queue so we grabbed her card and emailed her when we got home!
From the moment we first sat down with Becky we clicked, she just seemed to completely understand us as a couple and what we were looking for. We had an engagement shoot which was a great opportunity for us to get used to being photographed and Becky knew exactly how to put us at ease and get the best out of us. By the time the big day came, we were both able to completely relax and let Becky do her thing!
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What’s your top tip for saving money?
Be savvy! We spent a lot of the January before scouring the sales for wintery decorations that would fit our theme.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
There were two areas we were not prepared to scrimp on; the wedding rings and the photography. After the day is over they are the only tactile things you keep!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I saw the dress online and loved it so much I tracked down my nearest stockist, when I tried the dress on I knew it was the one.
Tell us about the suits for the guys – what did the groom and ushers wear?
Alistair is an Officer in the RAF so wore his No.5’s and No.1’s. We invited other members of the military attending to do the same.
Crafts and makes – did you DIY anything – and was it worth it?
I am really creative and we are both fortunate to have creative family and friends too. It was so much fun creating handmade pieces which fitted the theme perfectly. The stationery, centrepieces, room decorations and cake(s) were all handmade. It’s such a great way to get people involved and save some money, I highly recommend giving it a go!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a Gin & Tonic sponge cutting cake and an abundance of other cocktail themed cupcakes so that guests could easily help themselves throughout the evening.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
It’s your day, if you create a day the two of you will enjoy, everyone else will be basking in your happiness all day long!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Dress designer & boutique: Deirdre, Maggie Sottero & Morgan Davies Hitchin
Florist: Florist On The Green, Stevenage Old Town
Hair & makeup: Clare X for hair and Hayley Simpson for makeup
Band: http://www.roadrunnerbandlive.co.uk/ kept the dancefloor full all night long