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Happy Monday everyone and how are you this fine Monday morning? I hope you had a great weekend and are now ready for the week ahead of us. We have a whole host of cracking weddings for you this week, starting off with the wedding of the lovely Victoria and James which was sent into me by Jemma King Photography. This lovely yorkshire wedding takes place at Barmbyfield Barn, a super cute wedding venue offering a blank canvas and the opportunity for the couple to carry out as many DIY projects as they wanted. Choosing a wild flower theme the bouquets and table decor was home-grown by Victoria’s mother and they all look gorgeous.
James and Victoria were married on the 11th of June 2016 at Barmbyfield Barns, Barmby Moor, Yorkshire. ‘We viewed two venues and fell in love with Barmbyfield immediately. The venue is perfect for putting your own stamp on and has a relaxed feel. It is in the middle of beautiful countryside at the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and is tucked away behind a farmhouse so feels secluded but with plenty of space. We had just over 100 guests, including children and babies. We were engaged for 18 months but the planning part probably took more like a year, from booking suppliers early on to making decorations a couple of weeks before the wedding day.’
How they met
We met 11 years ago working in a pub in Shoeburyness, Essex. I was a waitress and James worked in the kitchen. After a summer of teenage romance we went our separate ways then unexpectedly reunited in 2010.
I decided that I wanted to make a seemingly mundane situation something special so that every time we experienced it we would be reminded of that moment. I knew Vic wouldn’t want a proposal in front of anyone or anything too elaborate. I got down on one knee during a walk down a country lane near Vic’s parents house, where we were staying for the weekend.
How did you allocate your budget?
We had a budget that we stuck to very carefully. We were adamant we didn’t want to overspend, so we prioritised, and spent over a year of saving to ensure we could afford the day.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We really didn’t splurge too much and tried to save as many ways as we could. The venue, food and photographer were the most expensive items, as to be expected. We didn’t use a florist for the venue flowers, my Mum grew all of them in her garden and they looked amazing. We also chose not to have any evening entertainment so spent months working on Spotify playlists instead.
Why did you choose your photographer?
We saw Jemma’s website and loved her style of photography, her style was exactly what we were after. We said from the start we didn’t want hours spent on posed photographs and wanted a more natural documentation of the day.
My dress was made my Hayley at Glory Days Vintage, York. She also made my flower crown. I had a necklace from Anthropologie and gold shoes from Topshop.
The suit and bridesmaids
James’ suit was from Paul Smith (dark blue) and his shoes were from Ted Baker (oxblood red). His socks were from Happy Socks (fluro-pink with pattern).
The bridesmaids’ dresses are Ted Baker with a floral pattern, that just so happened to match the design of the invitations, they were perfect.
Theme or colour scheme
There wasn’t ever a theme but we knew we wanted wild flowers and a lot of the decorations stemmed from that idea quite organically.
We had poppies, daisies, buttercups (picked from the field near where James proposed), cornflowers and plenty of others from Mum’s garden!
The ceremony room was already decked out with lovely fairy lights and candles so we just added a backdrop and hung confetti bags on the backs of chairs. The venue was so beautiful we didn’t want to over do it so kept decorations simple with flowers in jars & bottles on the tables. We had colourful tassel garlands and giant balloons with ribbon. The favours were scratch cards supplied with a penny. The colour gold was an accent throughout. We just wanted it to feel fun and relaxed.
No8 did an incredible job. We had Yorkshire inspired canapés; Beef in Yorkshire puddings, Yorkshire rarebit and yellow beetroot with fettle cheese. Dinner was a buffet with chicken and chorizo summer stew, feather blade of beef with a selection of salads followed by Limóncello posset. We also served fish & chips later on in the evening, which went down very well!
A friend of the family made the amazing cake, which really blew us away. It was four tiered with four flavours; fruit cake, carrot cake and two victoria sponges – one with lemon curd and one with raspberry jam. The cake was decorated with wild flowers handmade from sugar icing, so beautiful and incredible detail.
Nothing! We considered having a band but instead we crafted Spotify playlists ,which went down a treat and got everyone on the dance floor.
James designed the save-the-dates and invitations. We pulled in a favour for the invitations to be printed at no-cost.
We did all of the decoration ourselves with the help of our best friends (best man and girlfriend) and my parents. James’ Mum made the backdrop for the ceremony. We had framed photos of all of our parents and grandparents’ wedding days. One of the most personal things was the music, which we curated ourselves but tried to include songs that are special to us and family members and friends.
Special Moments or Highlights
The speeches have to be a highlight and dancing with our family and friends.
Advice for other couples
Take 5 minutes to process things after the ceremony and have a moment to yourselves. But don’t stress if you don’t see each other too much as the day goes on; you have the rest of your lives to spend time together. enjoy the day celebrating with everyone else!
Biggest surprise of the day
The feeling of so much love in one room was incredible and nothing like we’ve ever experienced before.
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