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Happy Monday and welcome to another fabulous week on the blog. I hope you had a good weekend? We have some wonderful weddings to share with you this week and we are kicking it all off with this Gin and Tonic themed barn wedding, courtesy of Shootinghip. Charlie and Morgan wanted a relaxed, informal day and this is exactly what they achieved. With a beautiful outdoor ceremony, complete with a filed of cows as onlookers, this wedding is filled with so many smiles and a whole lot fo fun. Charlie’s smile is infectious and I just love the gin and tonic theme that runs throughout the day.
Charlie and Morgan Rushton were married on 22nd September 2017 at Gate Street Barn in Bramley. ‘As soon as we saw it we loved it – we wanted a relaxed informal day, and the venue fitted that perfectly. We had 108 daytime guests and a further 30 in the evening, it took a year to plan.
How they met
We’ve been together for 8 years and we met in a pub in our hometown. Although we also went to the same school, we didn’t know each other back then.
Epic! We climbed a mountain in Capri, and at the top he got down on one knee – very hot and very sweaty!
How did you allocate your budget
Charlie looked after it – she loves a good spreadsheet!
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
Our main aim was to have a good band, amazing food and lots of booze, so those were our biggest expenses. Charlie is quite frugal and our biggest saving was not doing save the dates but designing our own invitations and sending them out well in advance.
How did you choose your photographer?
We met Rob at an open day at Gate Street Barn. During our initial conversations he made us feel at ease – we’re not a lovey dovey couple so it was key not to have a ‘cringe’ photographer!
Farnham Boutique – handmade but their own seamstresses. I altered the design slightly by adding sleeves. Shoes from Dune.
The suit and bridesmaids
Suits were from Moss Boss; groom and best man had made to measure. Bridesmaids were Chi Chi of London.
Theme or colour scheme
We had a bit of a Gin & Tonic theme; table decorations were gin bottles, we had a gin & tonic bar outside, invitations were gin-themed, each table was named after a gin. Not a strict colour theme; boys were all in blue, ushers in navy and groom/best man were in lighter blue. Bridesmaids were in berry – this colour ran through into the flowers.
I don’t really know my flowers but they were beautiful and rustic. Lots of berry, pale pinks, foliage and gyp.
Empty gin bottles on their relevant tables, jam jars / glassware with flowers and tea lights, bunting – all very natural and relaxed. Chandelier lights in the venue were wrapped with fairy lights, ivy and gyp. We had a few games: coconut shy, jenga, wedding speech bingo, guess how old the bride/groom is…
Extra canapes / no starter. Large joints of sirloin beef per table, carved by a guest at the table, with sharing salads/potatoes/vegetables. Mini desserts served on an afternoon tea style tiered stand
3 tiered semi-naked cake; white choc sponge with raspberry butter cream, red velvet, lemon sponge with butter cream
Acoustic guitar and vocals during ceremony; sax and double bass during reception and 6-piece band during evening
We did a lot ourselves; invitations, table plan, games, worked with the florist for the table decorations – supplied jam jars/glassware
Special moments or highlights
Charlie: walking out into the ceremony and everyone standing looking at you, best feeling ever! Our first dance was awesome. Seeing all our friends having a great time – the dance floor was always full!
Advice for other couples
Do it how you want to and not how anyone else wants you to do it – it’s your big day and you should have the freedom to do whatever you like!
Biggest surprise of the day
Morgan: cutting the wedding cake and Charlie shoving a slice into my face! Either that or her doing a speech and not telling me!
I focus on allowing couples to relive their amazing wedding day through the pictures that I provide. If I can take a wedding slideshow, show it to someone who had never been at the wedding, and make them feel like they were there, the the intensity for the couple themselves will be incredible. I describe my style as “wedding photography in the first person”. I prefer to be part of your day instead of just looking in. It’s what makes my images personal, warm and emotional. I’m based in Petersfield in Hampshire and cover all of the Home Counties and London.