Happy Sunday my lovely! It’s a blustery one so I hope you’re staying safe and warm tucked up inside! While you’re all snuggled up and cosy, I have a stunner of a wedding to share with you today, courtesy of our fabulous friend and sponsor Dorset wedding photographer Robin Goodlad Photography. Beautiful bride Natalie and gorgeous hubby James were married in The Barn at Burley Manor last March – their rustic wedding day has everything (sooo much to Pin!) with lush flowers and foliage and joyful country charm throughout. The atmosphere is electric; these two are SO much in love! And the images are the kind of stop-in-your-tracks beauties you’ll be swooning over all day!
The Barn at Burley Manor in Hampshire is a great venue with a rustic charm. It’s beautiful in its own right so you can add as much or as little decoration as you want. We kept it to the foliage runners, some fairy lights on the beams, hessian bunting made by my mum and some candles in jam jars! We had some white chair covers and used some floral accents, again made by my mum, to keep the chairs in keeping with our style. We used wine as our table themes using bottles as centrepieces and grape varieties as table names. We continued the theme with bottles on fireplaces and in amongst the foliage decorations.
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Robin was at a wedding fair in Bournemouth and as we wandered around his photographs stood out as exceptional against the other suppliers. We agreed to meet to discuss our upcoming day and hit it off over our shared loves of the New Forest and food & drink!
Robin and his assistant caught lots of the little details we had spent hours planning but could easily be missed by guests. His style suited us and he captured lots of special moments without it being choreographed. Our choice was to spend time with our guests and enjoy the day rather than spending hours doing group shots and Robin got the balance perfectly- we had a couple of the obligatory family shots then lots of photos capturing us and our guests having fun.
We received a couple of photos through not long after the wedding which we loved straight away and only made us more eager to see the entire album. When Robin shared the full suite of photos we were still shocked at how beautiful they were. We spent a good few hours working through the 1200+ photos and reliving our amazing day.
Contact & Bookings – Robin Goodlad Photography
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendations from friends, Dorset and Hampshire Wedding supplier award nominees, Wedding fair at Bournemouth BIC
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Come up with a rough ‘guestimate’ based on your budget, of what you want to spend on each aspect of the wedding (dress, venue, flowers, photographer etc.) before speaking to any suppliers. As and when you meet suppliers you can then see where you may be able to save more or where you want splurge based on what is most important to you. Don’t forget you can always ask if there are any discounts or offers available!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely the decorations and the photographer- the decorations reflected our style perfectly and the photographer captured the essence of the day which you can treasure forever. A few days or weeks after the wedding your dress or suit will be hung in the wardrobe and the flowers will have wilted but your photos will look as good as the wedding day itself.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Kathryn Deeley, Lymington. We decided there were a few decorations we would make with the help of friends and family but I was happy to pay for someone to print the stationery once we were happy with the designs.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Buying a wedding dress was a totally different experience to going shopping for a new outfit. I had no idea what I wanted or what would look good so I didn’t know where to start, nor was I bothered about who designed it. I first shopped with my two bridesmaids, maid of honour my sister Naomi and my now sister-in-law Louise, and we had a great time whilst I tried on every dress shape and style- I didn’t come away with a dress that day but I knew from then on what I wanted. Next I shopped unconventionally with my mum and dad and being more decided on what I wanted, I tried on a couple of dresses in one shop and headed to the next still upbeat. It didn’t take long to find the ‘one’ for me and being an ex-display/runway dress didn’t make a difference, still to this day I don’t know who designed it but I made some fairly bold changes so I know it’s one of a kind now.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were my splurge and cost not much less than my dress! I treated myself to a pair of ever longed for Louboutins but I chose wisely by selecting a pair I can wear at other weddings and Christmas parties – they’ll definitely get more wear than the dress! James treated me to a bracelet which I opened on the morning of the wedding and my earrings were my 30th Birthday present from my family.
And what did the groom wear?
James had a tailor made suit from Isobel’s Bridal & Groom in Poole. James wanted something different about his suit to the other groomsmen so he chose a material that would be specific to him but kept his waistcoat the same as the others. His suit was a checked wool blend and being a March wedding no-one got too hot! He also chose something that he can wear again at other weddings or days out at the races. We hired the groomsmen’s suits and the team at Isobel’s were really helpful.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My girls wore a pale green ASOS bridesmaid dress in a Grecian style but we altered it with help from my mum and Louise’s friends mum. We also added an embroidered belt for that bit of sparkle and they both looked gorgeous.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I decided to hire professionals for hair and make up for me and my two bridesmaids as we wanted to feel a little pampered and if you can’t do it on your wedding day when can you!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Lauren at Concept Flowers created all our flowers- the bouquets, buttoniers and the table arrangements. We went for a relaxed foliage led theme as my colour scheme was mainly white and green and she captured our vision amazingly. Our venue also had some windowsills and fireplaces so I had Lauren create foliage runners for these too.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
The jam jars for candles were collect by everyone I know and both James and I sat and decorated most of them with help from some friends. The bunting was a labour of love by my mum and the true star she is she also made the floral arrangements for the backs of the chairs. James made a few signs too for our wedding using a chalk board and some picture frames. It was really nice to add the personal touch.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Cake was difficult as I have coeliac disease so never really get to eat wedding cake, nor are either of us a big fan of fruit cake. We found a local cake supplier who was happy to make the entire cake out of gluten free sponge so after a few tastings we settled on a 3 tier semi-naked sponge cake with different flavours in each tier. Most guests never realised it was gluten free.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Music is a passion of both mine and James’ so evening entertainment was a bit of a debate, in the end we agreed on a DJ (Simon Clarke) and we had quite a lot of steer on the playlist- I didn’t want to have an empty dance floor at any point. We also made a few playlists of our own for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast to get everyone ready for the party.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy the wedding day, sounds silly but stop worrying about every detail and take time to appreciate what is happening and what it means: partnership with the person you love forever, two families combining and friends and family celebrating their love for you both.
What’s the best thing about being married?
James and I were together over 10 years before we got married so initially we though nothing would change. Having the memory of celebrating our love for each other is amazing but above all else we’ve made our love and commitment to each other official.
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