2020 has to go down as the year of the cancelled plans. I don’t know...
Today we have another stunning Boho inspired wedding for you, courtesy of one of my favourite wedding photographers Matt Parry. Lauren and Adam visited many barn venues until they came across Upwaltham Barns which ticked all their dream wedding boxes. They filled the venue with so many lovely touches, an abundance of beautiful soft pink and peach flowers and so many pretty details. As they both work in the fashion industry their outfits were very important to them and I’m sure you will agree they both look super stylish. I just love Lauren’s gorgeous Boho gown, and those balloons, really finish the whole look off perfectly.
Lauren and Adam were married on the 2nd September 2016 at Upwaltham Barns in West Sussex. ‘I always knew I wanted a Barn venue as I love the boho rustic style. After looking at 9 other barn venues, the moment we stepped into the courtyard at Upwaltham Barns, we just knew it was the one for us; we loved it. It was so pretty and romantic. We had 100 guests in the day and an extra 20 in the evening. We planned it casually over our 18 month engagement.’
How they met
We worked in the same department store in Kingston Upon Thames, Adam used to buy me hot chocolates from Starbucks in the morning; he knew me well from the start. We have since been together for 7 years.
Adam had taken me away for my birthday. We were in the Dominican Republic, on the beach, with champagne and birthday cake.
How did you allocate your budget?
We had a budget in mind, and tried to stick to it as best as we could, we always knew what parts were important to us so always stuck to that.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We both work or have worked in the fashion industry, so we did end up over spending on the dress and the suits. We managed to save on wedding stationary and decorations, I designed and made most of them myself.
Why did you choose your photographer?
When we saw Matt Parry’s blog and website, we fell in love with his style of photography, we are both not a fan of cheesy staged photos so knew we wanted a photographer to capture natural shots. We also loved that Matt is super creative with his shots and loved some of his quirky photos. He was a pleasure to have as a photographer on our day, and we couldn’t be happier with our photos!
The Dress and Shoes
I found my dress at the Mews Bridal in Notting Hill, I knew I wanted something a little bohemian but romantic and I also knew I wanted it to be backless and the Mews bridal was just the place. My dress was from a new French designer Lora Folk, it was perfect, exactly what I was looking for.
My shoes were rose gold and from Dune. My flower crown was dried flowers from Sophie and Luna.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Adam works on Savile Row for Gieves & Hawkes. So he had the suits for the grooms party all made for them. Bridesmaids dresses were from ASOS.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We didn’t pick one colour but had mostly peaches, blush and soft pinks with rose gold tones.
We had garden roses, café au lait dahlias, natural foliage, garden flowers, eucalyptus, in peaches, ivory and soft pinks.
We had lots and lots of flowers, our centrepieces were an arrangement of peach and ivory roses and café au lait dahlias along with natural foliage in cream jugs which were on wooden slices. I did the table numbers in rose gold paint and put them in rose gold frames and stood them next to the jugs.
We also had big balloons with tassels, paper pom poms, ivory bunting and lots of rose gold modern calligraphy signs throughout the venue for the sweet table, flip flops for sore feet, table plan and a table for the photo booth props and guest book.
For canapes, we had mini fish and chips in paper cones, mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish, and pancakes with crispy Peking duck.
We had a BBQ for our main course – the caterers did burgers and chicken skewers on the BBQ and brought them to the table where we also had salmon fillets, pasta salad, bread rolls and new potatoes. For pudding, we had salted caramel cheesecake.
Then in the evening we had bacon rolls and chips in paper cones.
We had a 3 tiered Victoria sponge naked cake, finished with straight edges – made by Pudding Fairy.
We had a band called the Revue they were a 4-piece band, and were amazing! They played classic to modern floor fillers in their own style. They had everyone on the dancefloor all night.
We did all the stationary ourselves.
I did a modern calligraphy course last year and loved the idea of having the personal touch on our wedding day, so we did all decoration and stationary ourselves from the table plan, writing the place cards in calligraphy to homemade signs thought out the venue. We were lucky enough to have the venue to ourselves the day before where we could set up and do all the decoration ourselves.
Special Moments or Highlights
Our photographer Matt took us down a county lane which was away from everyone for some photos, he got some amazing photos and it was so nice just to have some time together on the day.
Advice for other couples
Enjoy the day! And make sure you spend some time together, remember the day is about you two getting married, the stress of making sure everything is perfect on the day can take away the real reason why you are doing it.
It was raining, and I was surprised at how much I didn’t care, I thought it would be a massive deal to me, but it wasn’t.