Alex and Adams colourful barn wedding is very special – not just because aesthetically it’s wonderfully inspiring but because this couple happen to be our competition winners from last year who won their wedding photography package with our sponsor Frances Carlisle. Both Alex and Frances have written such lovely narrative I’ll hand over now. Brace yourselves – it’s really pretty and joyously colourful!
From bride Alex: We both just wanted everyone to have a great time; that was the main drive for the whole day. We didn’t take every tradition for granted; instead we focussed on what could add elements of fun to our day and what we felt resonated with us the most. I made almost everything myself, from the bunting to the flower arrangements the day before and am especially proud of the DANCE letters, also made by hand! Adam wanted to add a man’s touch to the decorations, which came in the form of some sparkly dinosaurs and dino-cufflinks for the grooms party (some more DIY fun!). My dress was bought from The Bridal Mill in Botley at a spontaneous trip to their sample sale; I knew I wanted a short dress, mainly to show off the yellow patent leather shoes I’d dreamed of for years (and so that I could bust some moves on the dance floor), and getting it at a sample sale was such an added bonus! It all revolved around the shoes really; the colour scheme just developed from there and daffodils fit the bill perfectly, being affordable, in season and so, so cheerful!
We’d like to extend a big thank you to our friend and jeweller Daniel Musselwhite who made my engagement ring to Adam’s designs, and who helped us to make each others wedding rings. The fact that they weren’t just store-bought and have little imperfections just reminds us of the love and care that went into making them.
Our dance routine was thrown together with the help of the maid of honour, Hannah Jackson who is a yoga teacher, dance teacher, singer-extraordinaire. And lastly, a HUGE thank you to our photographer Frances, and also Ben, a friend of Frances’ who acted as second shooter for the day. We were overjoyed to have won our photography package with her through Juno and Joy. Photography is such an important part of the wedding and we feel blessed that they were able to capture everything about the day. It makes all those hours of DIY’ing totally worth it!
Photographer Frances added the following: Alex has been very modest with her styling here – she is an interior designer by profession, and it completely shone throughout the entire day. Yes, it was a very fun day, but it was also perfectly styled. Her colour theme spun from the gorgeous yellow shoes – so yellow and grey abounded, with the odd hint of pink in the giant balloons, black and white paperchain backdrop in the ceremony. It all went together like a stylist had worked their magic – from the home-grown daffodils to the self-designed ‘tissues for happy tears’ cards and everything in-between.
How beautiful! So creative and expertly styled with oodles of personality. What worthy winners!
Credits: Photographer: Frances Carlisle Photography//Second shooter/photographer: Ben Larpent//Venue: The Manor Barn//Rings: Daniel Musselwhite//Dress: The Bridal Mill//Brides shoes: Russell & Bromley//Dance teacher & singer: Hannah Jackson//Flowers & design details: DIY by the bride.