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Enchanted Elegant Barn Wedding in Kent


Oh my goodness am I in love with the marriage. From the gorgeous pictures by Darina Stoda to the distinctive particular and significant private touches Carly and Jay integrated via each facet of their wedding ceremony day. It’s beautiful from begin to end and stuffed with such particular concepts so as to add refined particulars each from the angle of enhancing your visitors expertise (hi there tambourines as identify placements) but additionally your personal. For instance, Carly and Jay each created bespoke parts to their wedding ceremony outfits which held distinctive that means to them – Carly had her Nan’s sapphire ring sewn into her costume as a button and Jay had his late Sister and Father’s initials sewn into his swimsuit collar. So very particular and one thing only for them.

And it’s not simply the non-public private touches we love – Carly and Jay additionally produce other good concepts which inspired their visitors to take advantage of being collectively reminiscent of a Desk Grasp for every desk (answerable for a listing of directions from Carly and Jay to ensure their desk was having a very good time (love this!)) a whiskey bar, sun shades for everybody and a lot extra. Additionally they supply such good planning recommendation on the finish with tips about tips on how to get probably the most out of working together with your wedding ceremony suppliers.

When requested in regards to the inspiration behind their wedding ceremony, Carly and Jay mentioned…

After we spoke about what we needed the marriage to be we agreed a giant considerate celebration. A celebration of us as a pair in addition to a chance to have fun the wonderful friendships and household we really feel actually fortunate to have in our lives.

Then considerate when it comes to we actually needed our visitors to have a tremendous time so spent a number of time eager about what little touches we might do this they might recognize but additionally contribute to the celebration together with tambourines for identify plates, heel stoppers to forestall sinking, flip flops, trunks stuffed with midnight snacks, blankets in case it was chilly, catering to all drink preferences and dietary necessities and many others. Additionally, when it comes to inspiration – Instagram was a useful supply of artistic inspiration additionally it actually helped having visuals to indicate the distributors vs. simply attempting to clarify it.

Carly and Jay

Love love LOVE! Pour your self a cup/glass of one thing good pretty individuals and delve in deep to this lovely wedding ceremony. Oh and if you wish to be reminded of why weddings are so bloody superior – watch their wedding ceremony movie beneath!!! EPIC!

Carly & Jay…

Champneys Spa, A Fred Sirieix Lookalike & One Knee…

Because of my freakish capability to just about guess any shock/present Jay organises, and having been collectively for fairly a while, he knew that if he whisked me off someplace immediately I might know what was to return.

Jay and I really like a spa day, so he used the proper cowl of ‘works been manic, we’ve had a number of household issues taking place we’re effectively overdue a spa journey!’ So, we headed to Champneys for some much-needed R&R – little did I do know that Jay had deliberate with the employees there to arrange the proper proposal spot on their lovely lake specifically opening the lakes mini pier. Solely drawback was the entire method there it was raining and I couldn’t work out why on earth Jay was so bothered!

Fortunately simply as we arrived and the spa supervisor “gave us our tour of the services” which lasted lower than a minute earlier than she mentioned “it appears prefer it’s stopped raining should you fancy a stroll exterior” – to which I mentioned “no it’s okay” – Jay was clearly very eager to discover them so managed to persuade me to affix him.

Then persuade me once more to go down the pier – which positively mentioned don’t enter – and I don’t break guidelines, so once more poor Jay needed to do some convincing!

Earlier than I lastly clicked on to what he was as much as, and he bought down on one knee – clearly I mentioned sure ( after a number of “what” “OMG” “Are you joking” )

Then out from a bush pops a person (who regarded similar to Fred Sirieix – a lot so I truly needed to do a double take) with a bottle of champagne. It was good.

The place higher to be than a spa – having a beautiful {couples} therapeutic massage and getting my nails completed to indicate off my lovely ring that Jay proudly designed himself.

The Most Good Costume…

Proper from the beginning I knew I needed one thing completely different and I simply liked the thought of a two piece in that I believed it could be distinctive and actually properly praise the venue. I needed it to be enjoyable but additionally elegant.

Two items are laborious to return by however certainly one of my bridesmaids had seen Story of My Costume and so they simply occurred to be positioned 10 minutes from my workplace. I by no means thought I might get a costume constituted of scratch – because of the unknown however as quickly as I used to be in there, I knew I might belief them. I visited the normal retailers and had 100% determined a conventional costume wasn’t for me and visited another shops that to be sincere wasn’t an amazing expertise –  one mentioned I used to be allowed to strive on simply 4 attire regardless that I had travelled for hours to get there.

However as quickly as I walked into Story of My Costume it was completely different. They made me really feel so welcome, actually listened to what I needed and helped me to design probably the most good costume. For the highest I needed it to have a twisted cloth function on the entrance and Cara and Gill created me a bespoke sample and spent hours ensuring it was excellent. For the again I needed embroidered flowers that will look elegant but additionally match the venue.  Cara designed me a very bespoke sample with the proper collection of flowers and integrated pretty touches reminiscent of a C&J in a coronary heart. Then to complete it off I had a sapphire ring that had belonged to my nan made right into a button. This was my one thing outdated, blue and borrowed.

For the skirt I needed it to be snug however traditional and so they had the proper one inside their assortment so we used that. Gill, the costume maker, made it match perfectly- even letting me come again days earlier than the marriage for a slight tweak.

Then the ultimate piece was the veil. Cara designed this to match the embroidery on the again of my prime and the size gave it the dramatic impact I used to be on the lookout for.

I truthfully couldn’t suggest them sufficient – I genuinely felt like they cared about making each element good and so they simply made all the expertise a beautiful one.  

Customised Go well with…

For Jay’s swimsuit he went to Anthony’s formal put on in Billericay. He went for a customized design gray twead blazer, waistcoat and bow tie. He needed it to be in line with the venue however nonetheless formal. He additionally added personalised embroidery together with our names and wedding ceremony date (that needed to be patched over) and his sister’s and grandad’s initials underneath the collar. He then had purple lining contained in the jacket and in the back of the waistcoat as a nod to his different love…Burnley FC.

We each stored our outfits a secret so it was much more particular seeing one another for the primary time on the day.

The Equipment…

Jay had a watch I had introduced him restrapped to match the footwear and belt. On the day he was gifted a particular stone in reminiscence of his sister by certainly one of his ushers, his spouse and our flower woman which he stored on him all day underneath the instruction he might give it a squeeze anytime he needed to really feel her presence.

Hannah from Eden B Studio created me a bespoke headband. I needed a chunky assertion piece but additionally needed it to be female and mushy. Hannah makes equipment utilizing tiny clay flowers she makes individually by hand so I  knew that if I might get the proper depth of band the flowers can be the proper mixture of chunky however nonetheless delicate while to matching my costume embroidery. Her service was wonderful, she labored with me till it was good, and I completely liked sporting it on the day. Additionally, she made me some bespoke earrings to match – I mocked up what I used to be after on a dodgy Powerpoint and she or he some how created precisely what I needed. Hannah had additionally bought married at Elmley so once more was tremendous useful for ideas in planning.

Additionally on the day my dad and mom gave me a fantastic tiffany bracelet that completed the look completely – and is now one thing I put on day-after-day.

No Place Like Elmley…

Inside half-hour of us being engaged my sister had already despatched me the hyperlink to Elmley and we thought it was positively one to take a look at. After researching what felt like each venue within the UK we stored going again to Elmley so booked a go to. We had been eager to have a venue that we might have for a weekend not only for our fast household but additionally our visitors, we liked that they had been household run and we liked that we might be capable of return and go to staying within the wonderful huts that they had there. I feel we had been satisfied simply by the driveway – a pair miles via a nature reserve stuffed with bunnies, birds, cows even a peacock! Then there was the beautiful window within the barn, Eleanor the marriage planner who was in a position to reply each single query I had – and regardless that the homes had been mid renovation we simply knew they might be unbelievable. Elmley was the one venue we checked out, we booked it the following day- for us there isn’t any place like Elmley.

We had bell tents out there for all of our visitors then along with the homes had unique use of all of the shepherds hut which our visitors liked. They didn’t a lot love being woken up by Vincent (the Elmley Roaster) at 4am although!

Enchanted Overgrown Class…

Our florist referred to the theme of our wedding ceremony as “enchanted overgrown class”.

Basically, we needed to construct on the pure, wild fantastic thing about the venue and guarantee what we did complimented that, while making a degree of ritual reflective of the event. We for instance had wild flowers however stored them to a traditional white and inexperienced colourway.

Written By Associates…

We actually needed to have the ability to have the official ceremony on the day which was another excuse we picked Elmley and why we picked a civil ceremony. We needed it to be reflective of what we needed our marriage to be:

1) to all the time be variety, considerate and caring

2) to all the time have a way of journey

3) and to all the time have a jest for/ appreciation of life

So we picked the individuals from our wedding ceremony visitors that we felt finest mirrored these values and requested them to organize no matter they needed. All of them did an unbelievable job, every one private and so considerate plus we liked that we heard it for the primary time through the ceremony with the remainder of our visitors – we’ve got all of their studying playing cards in our reminiscence field.

Wild Flowers Bursting…

Décor clever we caught to the “overgrown enchanted theme” with chairs that regarded like that they had been overgrown with wild flowers, and the archway the place we bought married was fantastically framed within the prime and backside corners and we had my late grandfather’s cupboard stuffed with photographs of Jay and I once more with wild flowers bursting out.

Music clever we had my amazingly proficient buddy Iona Thomas play the harp. As we got here down the aisle she performed Canon in D – this was good as meant that we weren’t attempting to hurry down the aisle attempting to time it with components of a track. She then performed and sang as we signed the registry (we picked songs from her listing that we knew our associates had had at their weddings) then she performed us out to Right here Comes The Solar.

A Particular Visitor…

Probably the most memorable components of our ceremony was after we had a go to from the roaster Vincent. He got here strutting proper down the center of the aisle like ‘what are you guys doing right here in my kingdom’ – One of many ushers tried to softly encourage him away and a hilarious chase occurred – the proper ice breaker.

Tambourines, Scattered Flowers & Second Hand Decor…

The important thing factor we needed was banquet type seating. We liked the social, relaxed atmosphere this creates. The barn itself is beautiful with an enormous window that overlooks the reserve and stuffed with string lights so we didn’t wish to go loopy and overshadow these. We centered on the beams when it comes to florals – once more making a wildly overgrown however elegant theme – as if the barn had been deserted and these lovely flowers had simply grown from the bottom and beams.

By way of the desk decorations we scattered wild flowers, stored the plates and napkins easy with touches of gray however our huge items on the desk was the identify place tambourines. My buddy Jing helped me to supply these negotiating instantly with suppliers in China then my sister handwrote each 126 names. Once more we liked the look of those and we actually needed our entrance to be enjoyable and so they 100% made that so each single individual was banging and shaking them as we got here in- precisely how we needed. Folks had them on the dancefloor, and we had been despatched a great deal of photographs the following day of their kids having fun with them.

Along with this we had a The Warburtons huge canvas behind the place we sat which made for certainly one of my favorite photographs from the day and this was matched with a Until Dying Do Us Celebration signal behind the band.

I additionally managed to supply a phone chair from Fb that matches the his and hers chairs completely for the signing of the visitor e-book after which we used certainly one of Elmley’s cupboards for the cake stand which the florist stuffed with wild flowers to proceed the overgrown theme.

For the drinks reception I sourced a number of issues from Fb and Bootsales. We had a bookcase for glasses of prosecco, a bureau with whiskey and cigars in reminiscence of my grandad – (we had saved his Whiskey particularly for the day), coat stands in case it was a scorching day and the boys might take away their jackets, apple crates for waters after which tin baths and bins for the drinks- my mum didn’t fairly get the imaginative and prescient and we dragged a battered tin tub throughout a bootsale at 8am on a Sunday. I truly actually loved looking for these items and located it cheaper than hiring them with supply and many others.

Stationery To Begin The Celebration…

I used to be actually fortunate to have one other buddy from Uni who had her personal stationery enterprise Claire Kennedy of Papier and Plume.

She designed and equipped all the pieces for us unique invitations, up to date save the dates, new invitations, desk plan, posters, menus and particular Desk Grasp playing cards.

For the invitations we needed to include the venue and the foliage really feel. One among my good associates from work truly did a sketch of the venue for us that we included then Claire designed the remaining. We needed to ensure the visitor had all of the attainable data and in addition as we had been supplying a number of the alcohol we requested individuals what they had been prone to drink within the RSVPs in order that we might make an informed guess at what to purchase.

One among my favorite items of our stationary was the Desk Grasp playing cards. We picked an individual from every desk whose job it was to ensure the desk had been making a number of noise for our entrance, that drinks had been flowing, some potential speeches video games or bets in the event that they noticed match and because the meals was all sharing ensuring individuals had been getting caught in. At one level all of them joined forces in an try to get the most important recreation of drink when a sure phrase is alleged through the speeches going. Sadly for my aunts it was primarily my uncles who had been taking part in.

White & Inexperienced Flowers…

The unique florist was now not out there, so I went to trusty Instagram to seek out one other. There I discovered Jo from Moody Blooms and we met in a Costa Espresso by my work the week earlier than lockdown hit. I might simply inform that Jo had such a ardour for floristry however ensuring what she delivered was good for us. I additionally discovered that she was tremendous affordable for the quantity of flowers and simply her expertise. Jo additionally thought of how we are able to reuse and transfer the completely different preparations so some had been in three completely different places all through the day.

I’m completely clueless at flowers so having visuals of kinds of flowers I favored from Instagram was actually useful – poor Jo was met with a clean face a number of the time when she would recommend names of flowers so footage had been our type of communication. I gave Jo a listing of the issues and photographs of issues I used to be considering we might costume and she or he did the remaining. For us white and greens can be timeless however the wild collection of flowers felt not solely in line with the venue but additionally extra fashionable. Jo simply completely bought what we needed in phrases wild/ overgrown however nonetheless lovely and even visited the venue to do mock ups and ensure she would be capable of create. When she arrived, I simply couldn’t imagine what number of flowers she had they had been by no means ending.

By way of my bouquet I needed to duplicate what my Nan and Mum had had on their wedding ceremony days with a path of foliage that creating extra of an extended hanging down form. I additionally needed it massive- however Jo reigned me in and made certain the scale was good for my dimensions- one other instance of how she actually goes past.

The bridesmaids bouquets had been designed to match mine then the buttonholes to go with the groomsman’s fits with just a few small foliage. We added little hints of purple to Jay and his Mum’s to honour his sister Jayne as that was her favorite color.

The opposite great point was that soo lots of our visitors stayed so we had been in a position to ship them dwelling with big preparations, so it actually felt like they had been being absolutely appreciated.

A Pure Documentary…

We truly requested our photographer for videographer suggestions – and she or he despatched us over a pair. We went with Andy Inexperienced of Harrera Photographs. We liked his pure documentary type. Andy was additionally a large  assist to us all through our planning giving us a number of prime ideas and recommendation primarily based on the 100s of weddings he had been to.

He created us an unbelievable trailer, longer movie and in addition filmed all of the speeches which is simply so pretty to have. He actually couldn’t have captured the day anymore completely and we are actually obsessive about watching it.

Moments Captured…

Our photographer was Darina Stoda- she is unbelievable! As quickly as we noticed our buddy’s engagement shoot photographs we knew we needed to have her! We met her in Norfolk for an engagement shoot which meant that on the day we had some concept of what to do vs. the very same pose we do in each different picture. We simply couldn’t be happier with the results- she captures moments so effortlessly and the enhancing is gorgeous. She can also be the loveliest individual so good to have at your wedding ceremony.

A Full Dancefloor…

For the night leisure we went huge with Salut Band and DJ. They had been AMAZING!!! The dancefloor was full all the night and everybody simply had probably the most wonderful time. They carried out a complete host of medleys, from Motown to Contemporary Prince and are had been proper in with the viewers creating a tremendous environment from woman vs. boys Justin Timberlake/ Ain’t no mountain excessive sufficient sing offs to conga strains. We did select to additionally add the DJ as we knew that we needed to maintain the dancefloor full and thought a playlist can be flat in between the excessive tempo units and it was positively price the additional price range – it additionally meant we didn’t have the fear of constructing certain the playlist was good/ going to work on the day.

Our wedding ceremony was one of many first put up lockdown and so it was simply much more particular to see everybody dancing and actually having the most effective time. They had been effectively well worth the cash.

Extra issues that stored the dancefloor full was to choose night meals that individuals didn’t want to sit down down for to eat – we had croque monsieur’s. We additionally sourced some flashing foam sticks from Amazon which had been tremendous low cost however a giant hit together with a load of coronary heart formed sun shades from Primark.  

Favorite Second…

As our Mum’s had been signing the registry we bought to have a second simply us two and it was so pretty. We had been so completely satisfied to see one another, so completely satisfied to lastly be getting married and for a second we completely forgot that anybody else was even there or that we had been actually within the midst of our ceremony. We simply had our personal little chat. We had each integrated personalised touches to our outfits – I had a C+J in a coronary heart embrodied into mine and Jay had our names and date in his jacket in addition to his sisters and grandads initials so was simply actually particular to share these and realise we had each completed the identical.

Any Recommendation?

Proper initially agree on some ideas of what you need it to be about. This fashion when issues begin getting loopy or prices are getting out of hand you’ll be able to return to those and remind your self what’s most essential to you each.

As completely bonkers because it makes us sound and truly really feel – Along with this we discovered that making a “temporary” to ship to distributors actually helped us to articulate what we had been after. We had a powerpoint that had each element in it. For instance, a piece with photographs of the venue and the way we needed issues to be arrange i.e. archway seating, these props in these places with most of these flowers, then we had a piece on the stationery and what data wanted to be included, a piece on meals not simply what we favored however what serving plates and many others. we favored. This made working via necessities and quotes a lot simpler and so they might additionally see the overall imaginative and prescient of the day.

This additionally meant we had a doc with how we had pictured all the pieces being arrange that our household and associates had been in a position to verify off the morning of the marriage, so we didn’t have to fret. On the day all the pieces was good so though it made us look bonkers – it was completely price it.   

Additionally don’t overlook that distributors are human beings too. If you happen to can’t afford them don’t simply ghost them, be sincere. We had this with one provider and so they truly despatched us a number of different suppliers that will be extra in our vary that that they had coached.

Additionally don’t underestimate the connections suppliers have if you’re struggling for a vender ask certainly one of your current ones for a suggestion. Additionally they have been to 100s of weddings and know what works and what doesn’t so ask them for recommendation.

The Line Up…

Images: Darina Stoda; Venue: Elmley National Nature Reserve; Videographer: Harrera Images; Hair: Carly Williams; Make-up: Huda Make Up; Florist: Moody Blooms; Harpist: Iona Thomas; Caterer: Countrycity Catering; Band: Salut Band; Tipi Tent: Beau and Bell; Costume & Veil: Story of My Dress; Fits: Anthony Formal Wear; Head Piece and Earrings: Eden B Studio; Stationery: Papier and Plume; Bride’s Footwear: Topshop; Groom’s Footwear: Lanx; Canvas Indicators: Lydia Packham Calligraphy


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