Another gorgeous feature that’s sure to have you reaching for your “pin” button, today’s real wedding comes courtesy of Devon wedding photographer Rosie Anderson who’s beautiful work never fails to give me goosebumps! Tsara and Tristan celebrated their elegant day in Somerset at the Almonry Barn, a venue that reflects their relaxed personalities. Featuring an abundance of seasonality both in the beautiful blooms and menu as well as luxurious yet laid back fashions, it makes for one heck of an inspiring British barn wedding…
From Bride Tsara: From the age of 10 Tristan lived in Cape Town and I grew up in the sleepy Cotswolds so we both wanted a day that reflected our relaxed demeanour. We wanted to keep it intimate and ultimately elegant. The flowers were prepared by Cottage Flowers, and were seasonal and local to give a sense of place – as if they’d been picked that morning from a rambling English country garden.
We wanted the beautiful 800 year old interior of the barn to speak for itself so our decoration was simple and understated. We were lucky with the Almonry Barn as soft twinkly lights already hung from the ceiling and they own lovely trinkets which we were able to use. Vintage birdcages full of our chosen flowers sat in the middle of the round tables and odd shaped jam jars were filled with candles or flowers. The table names were named after our favourite vineyards in the Wine Region of South Africa. The top table was named after my favourite hotel just outside Franschhoek, Babylonstoren. My wonderful mother-in-law went to each vineyard and collected corks for us to use on the tables as the place card holders and bottles from each place to hang our placements from.
My dress was by Ronald Joyce. It was not the dress I had in mind when I went shopping. I was hankering after an antique lace gown that would be long and sleek but the tiered version felt so special when I tried it on. Not only did it appeal to my sense of fun and wanting something different but both my parents and maid of honour burst into tears when they saw it on me. It was a joy to wear and the kind of dress that could only be worn for such a day as my wedding. My shoes were by Freya Rose.
Details & entertainment:
Our stationary was from The Letterpress of Cirencester a) as a nod to my hometown (as a child I was drawn to the shop, there was something beautiful and interesting about paper, fonts and calligraphy) and b) as they create beautiful stationary. Our invitations were printed on oyster impression and had a rustic yet elegant feel to them which set the tone of the wedding.
We had the best music on the day. We had two acts. The first to get the party started was the singer/ songwriter Johnson Jay who we’d encountered at Amuse Bouche in Parsons Green one night. He has hair like the guy from Toploader. He has such a great voice and he learnt and sang Magic by Coldplay for our first dance. Such a beautiful voice and it was such a special moment to dance as man and wife with our friends and family cheering us on from the side-lines.
We then had Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8 which took the party to another level. They are a foot stomping bluegrass, gospel, country and Irish folk band from Brighton and they were the best. Tristan found them and everybody loved them. There was even an Irish dance off!
Our favours were little bottles of either local honey or a combination of cider and cider brandy from the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, Burrow Hill Cider. The farm has been pressing cider for the past 150 years and distilling the cider into Somerset Cider Brandy since 1989. On top of the bottles were Liberty print fabrics tied on with string. The notes said ‘eat me’ or ‘drink me’.
I adore how Tsara described her wedding dress – precisely how you should feel about such a special investment. And oh-my the flower and herb confetti – inspired idea!
//Credits: Photographer: Rosie Anderson//Venue: Almonry Barn, Somerset//Wedding Dress: Ronald Joyce//Shoes: Freya Rose//Flowers: Cottage Flowers//Catering: Strawberry Field//Stationery: The Letterpress of Cirencester//Entertainment: Dr Bluegrass & The Illbilly 8