a foliage filled rustic barn wedding in Sussex | uk wedding blog

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Merry Monday! Kicking off the week with a beautiful floral filled wedding in Sussex. Emma and Ian chose to have a few DIY elements such as their Penguin (the publisher, not animal) inspired stationery and all of their flowers. They didn’t have a wedding cake, instead opting for cheese. And can we talk about Emma’s gorgeous dress? It has pockets.

photography | Louise Griffin

I went pinterest mad with research and then designed all my own stationary and got it printed on vistaprint. It made it so affordble and was so personal to us. We went with the penguin book designs as it was the first artwork we bought together for our first home.

We bought them all from a wholesalers in South Godstone for flowers for florists. My mum then did all our flowers for us from the church to the venue, they looked absolutely amazing.

The grooms party all had 3 piece suits from Next in a navy Italian wool. The grooms shoes were tan brogues from Loakes. The rest of the grooms party had tan brogues from ASOS. Ties were all from Topman. We had one tie made into a bow tie for the groom,

The bridesmaids were all completely different shapes and sizes, including one that was 8 months pregnant. They each had a different bridesmaid dress style from Maids to measure. A bonus being that they all make maternity dresses. We went for a misty green color which looked beautiful on them all. They were more money than we wanted to pay but they were worth every penny. Shoes were all from ASOS.

My dress was from a gorgeous boutique in Lindfield called Mathilda Rose. The owner, Nicola was amazing and helped me to choose a classic satin a-line dress from Sottero and Midgely. The name of the dress was McCall and it was perfect. As my dress  was so simple I wanted some shoes that stood out. I went for a pair of Rachel Simpson shoes, mimosa in mint green. I loved them.

Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Possibly my favourite thing about my outfit was my hair vine which was a gold leaf piece by Britten Weddings. It was so elegant and was finished off perfectly by my chapel length veil, again from Matilda Rose

Bride’s hair /makeup: My hair along with the rest of the bridesmaids hair was done by ‘Beckies Bridal Hair’. All our make was done by ‘make up by Millie’

We didn’t really have a theme. We wanted a rustic but classic feel to the day. I love foliage and with mum doing the flowers we were able to have lots of it. We went with neutral colours which are our favourite.

We doubled us mason jars as name places. We have mason jars at home and when we have guests they often comment how much they love them. We thought my not give everyone their own to use in their own homes. They went down a treat and by the end of the night everyone was drinking out of them. We bought them from home bargains and they worked out as under 80p each.

Our catering was provided by The Gourmet Chef. They were fantastic from start to finish. We had 3 courses and then each chose our favourite main meal: Leek and potato soup with rustic bread, A rack of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes or chicken and ham pie with a white wine sauce with seasonal vegetables followed by chocolate brownie with a white chocolate sauce. It was delicious. Our evening food was wood fired pizza served out the back of a horse cart. So cool!

We don’t really like cake but love cheese! We therefore got a cheese cake from Costco and served in with crackers in the evening. It went down a treat! We also went for a ‘sweet table’ and had a selection of cakes made by my nan, krispy kreme donuts and Pic n Mix. It all went by the end of the evening….we couldn’t believe it.

There were so many to choose from. I loved it when we were pronounced man and wife. It was the most amazing feeling. I also loved the speeches. They are always my favourite part of the wedding and Dad, Ian and Mark (our best man) did not disappoint. The highlight was Ian singing a song on his guitar.

We had a band called Riot! They were the absolute highlight of our day…The evening ended with crowd surfing and a mosh pit. Best night ever.

Bali. It was ultimate luxury and relaxation. Just what we needed after a hectic few months.

Work out a rough budget right at the beginning and work out how much you need to save each month to save the required amount. It means you don’t have lots of debt after the big day.

Also by getting friends and family to help out where they can saves you lots as well as being more personal.

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