Purple Autumn Wedding Filled With Personality - Juno and Joy

Purple Autumn Wedding Filled With Personality

I just couldn’t resist showing off this pretty wedding by Natalie of  Mckenzie Brown Photography as even though our minds are turning towards summer, the punchy colours in today’s autumn wedding are too tempting to turn my back on for the coming months…so opulent and feminine I hope to see more of these hues throughout the wedding year!

I’ve laid this post out a little differently as Bride Jen has written the most incredibly detailed narrative – such a wonderful endorsement of her wedding suppliers. So without further ado, here’s what Bride Jen had to say about her wedding plans:

We wanted to have a really laid back day, we didn’t want anything too formal. It was important to us that everything happened in the same place, so we could spend as much time as possible with our lovely guests. I grew up in Devon, so getting married there seemed like the perfect choice. We liked the idea of an Autumn wedding, it is a bit different and we knew there would be so many beautiful colours which would look amazing in all the photos…

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We were also really excited about the delicious, hearty food choices we would be able to get away with, including mulled cider. My family are Scottish, and Rich is Welsh, so we tried to have elements of both, we had kilts, purple thistles and welsh cakes. Once we had found our venue, and I had my dress, most other detailed evolved from there. I didn’t want to have to many definite plans, we just tried to see what fitted together in the best way and what made us the most happy.

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And the details…

Venue: The Great Barn. It was the first venue we visited and we were blown away, nothing else compared, it was just perfect. John and Emma ran the day down to smallest detail, and we can’t thank them enough.

Dress: PirouetteWhen I started looking I had absolutely no idea where to start, but had narrowed my choices down as far down as ‘lace’. I also didn’t think I wanted a strapless dress however, as soon as I put on Presca, by Maggie Soterro, I loved it… but it was strapless. Kathy, Pirouette’s amazing seamstress, listened really carefully to my ideas and designed my beautiful bolero. She used the veil that came with my dress so the lace matched. It was lovely seeing it evolve and I was so happy with it on the day.

Rich decided on a suit from Alexander at House of Fraser and as we didn’t want anything to formal we asked all the Groomsmen just to wear a navy suit and provided them with ties. The ties proved to be one of the most difficult decisions as they would also have to match my Dad’s and Uncle’s kilts, as well as the Navy suits.

Flowers: This may have been one of the easiest choices, I have always loved the Dutch Flower Shop, in Totnes. Chris and Corine have created so many beautiful bouquets for my family over the years. By this point we had decided we wanted Scottish Thistles, as these are purple the bouquets, button holes and corsages were created around this. Neither of us knew anything about any other flowers, we left the choices entirely up to Chris and he did a marvellous job.

Bridesmaid dresses: We decided on Twobirds dresses, I wanted something my bridesmaids would love and feel comfortable in. They were perfect.

Jewellery: I kept this very simple. I wore one of my bridesmaid’s necklaces (something borrowed), a bracelet my Dad had given to my Mum when I was born (something old) and Rich gave my a beautiful bracelet (something new). Rich was my something blue.

Food: Dartmoor Kitchen.We wanted to keep the food simple and tasty. Rich loves Sausage and mash, so this seemed like the perfect choice. As soon as we tasted Dartmoor Kitchen’s (recommended by the Great Barn) version, we were convinced they were the right choice. They listened so carefully to everything we wanted and all our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food. We had a cream tea with canapés, scones and welsh cakes after the ceremony and for the reception the sausage and mash with a trio of puddings was to die for. We also had some of their pies for the evening, which went down extremely well.

Stationery: Once of my very clever bridesmaids designed our save the dates, invitations and place settings. It was so nice that it could be so personal. As wedding favours we gave Welsh love spoons, these acted as out place settings as well. We also made a donation to St Christopher’s hospice in memory of a dear friend.

Hair: Gill Goddard, Totnes. I love this salon so much I still get my hair cut there, despite living in London I can’t find any other one to compare! I never wear my hair up and didn’t want to feel different on the day. Kate did an amazing job and after two trials worked out the beautiful half up half down do.

Make up: An old school friend, Nicky Timms, is a make up artist and was the perfect choice to do my make up. She made me feel so comfortable and relaxed on the day. I also had eyelash extensions, which I absolutely loved.

Cake: Crafty Cakes Exeter. My mum took charge of the cake, we had no idea what it was going to look like. It was lovely to have a surprise like this on our day.

Photographer: Again, this was a really easy choice. As soon as I met Natalie from Mckenzie Brown and looked through some of her photos I knew she would do an amazing job and would be really easy to work with. We had an engagement shoot, which gave us the chance to try out a few different styles and then decide on what we liked and didn’t like. This was such a useful thing to do and also gave us a chance to get to know each other, which made us much more comfortable on the day. On the day she was amazing, never intrusive, and we couldn’t be happier with the photos. She really captured the feeling of the day and we will treasure them forever.

…Something special isn’t it? Thank you so much to Natalie, Jen & Rich for sharing.

This post is dedicated to the memory of Jen’s Gran xXx

♥ Sarah


  1. sam daw March 11, 2014 Reply

    What beautiful photos. The photographer captured the most beautiful colours with some unusual but wonderful photos. Well done fantastic

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      Sarah March 11, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Sam – such a pleasure to publish! X

  2. Anna Roots March 11, 2014 Reply

    Love the unique and very individual pictures!

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      Sarah March 11, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Anna – Natalie has captured the essence of the day so well…feels like we were all there!

  3. Danielle Oakley March 11, 2014 Reply

    By the way Natalie this is the venue I would like when you’re the photographer for my wedding 😉 Absolutely perfect setting and photographer! Xx

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      Sarah March 11, 2014 Reply

      Couldn’t agree more!

  4. Deborah Walsh March 11, 2014 Reply

    What amazing photos. Everything looks so perfect. Wonderful photography.

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      Sarah March 12, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Deborah – Natalie is crazy talented and Jen & Rich created such a beautiful celebration X

  5. David Horsburgh March 12, 2014 Reply

    I’m one of the kilted warriors – Jen’s Dad! What can I say. Jen summed it all up so well. I was very impressed with Natalie, too. She arrived at the house at about 9.30am, while all the others, inc the groom & best men, were all out getting their hair & make-up done. There was only me & St Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the house – & we were ironing my kilt. Natlaie was discretion personified – she took loads of photies without me bumping into her, tripping over her, even seeing her. What’s more, her son & my nephew (one of the groom’s men) are great pals. So, it was a real family affair. She’s wonderful!

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      Sarah March 12, 2014 Reply

      Thanks David – what a wonderful testimonial of Natalie and a lovely description of the morning too…it’s a privileged to be given the photo’s and narrative to publish such a personal celebration. Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment x

  6. Jennifer Kurzik March 12, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing our wedding on your blog, we are thrilled! 🙂

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      Sarah March 13, 2014 Reply

      An absolute pleasure Jen & congratulations – looks like you had an incredible day! X

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