Afternoon and here’s to a brand new week! I hope you have been enjoying, and taking part in #marriedmay? I have loved going through everyones images each morning and getting to know you all a little better. On to today’s wedding which comes from the London suburb of Harrow, and I think the first we have blogged from there. Chris and Emily’s wedding took place in a beautiful barn which was swathed in fairy lights and pretty pastel flowers.
photography | Kate Waters
My lovely Mum (with the help of my Aunt and Mother-in-law). We went to the Western International Market to get all the flowers direct from the warehouses so they were much cheaper than in a florist, and my mum arranged the bouquets and table pieces. I won’t forget the 3am trips to the warehouse in our high-vis yellow jackets!
Bride’s hair/makeup: https://www.raechristinamakeup.co.uk/
Bridesmaids’/dresses/shoes/accessories: Dresses all from Asos, shoes and accessories all bridesmaids’ own
St. Andrew’s Church, Roxbourne and The Great Barn, Headstone Manor Museum
Suit from Topman (bowties from Etsy)
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Topman (bowties from Etsy) (Pageboy’s trousers and waistcoat: H&M)
We tried to have a rustic theme to go with our barn, looking on eBay/Etsy for accessories and décor. We also tried to rope in as many friends as we could – for example, we bought plain burlap bunting and had a friend write on each one ‘cards’ ‘guestbook’ ‘cake’ etc. to be placed around the room.
Friends/Family made cakes for after the church ceremony, Heriots provided our afternoon meal, and YourPaella was our evening food. The Great Barn provided all the drinks at the venue.
We stayed quite locally after the wedding in a converted barn/cottage; it was nice to not have to travel far and to be able to relax after a busy few months! This summer we are going on our honeymoon round 2, with a road trip up the East Coast of America.
I think my favourite moment was during our first dance, looking around and just seeing everyone we love all in one place! The weather was perfect so we all ate our paella outside with games on the grass and music from inside, there was nothing we would have changed. We had the best man and maid of honour give their speeches in the evening when everyone had arrived, which was a great way to get everyone together and kick off the evening.
I love organizing and planning, so I enjoyed keeping on top of my colour-coded spreadsheet! We found it helpful to split jobs up each week, so once those jobs were complete it was okay to stop, not keep going on to next week’s ‘to-dos’. Our top tip would be to make sure you put aside a least one day a week when you and your partner get to hang out and all wedding talk is banned!
Where did you find your inspiration? I had many Pintrest boards running! We also thought of different things from friend’s weddings that we liked and as we had so many friends/family involved along the way, it was fun to get other’s ideas too.