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Well hello Monday and how are you all? I am currently on my way back to the UK from Ibiza, having had a lovely week with my two boys. I will be bringing lots of wonderful memories home with me, ready for the next trip to back to my favourite place in the world. Ibiza will always hold a special place in my heart. If you haven’t visited the island before, I urge you to, it really is a magical place! Now just 10 more sleeps til my next little holiday to Croatia.
I am starting this week of wonderful weddings off with this gorgeous winter barn wedding from Devon. Heidi and Andrew chose this lovely rustic location and let the venue do the talking. With simple, yet elegant decoration, Upton Barn was the perfect backdrop for their candle lit wedding, and Daze Of Glory was there to capture the day for us.
Heidi and Andrew were married on 15th February 2019 at Upton Barn and Walled Garden in Devon. ‘We really wanted somewhere with a relaxed vibe as we didn’t want a “traditionally formal’ wedding. We’re both quite laid back and we wanted a venue to reflect our personalities and Upton Barn ticked all of our boxes. It was truly amazing. We had 56 guests for the ceremony and about 70 for the evening. I would say we had a year from booking until the big day.’
How they met
We both work for the same airline and have been together for 3 years.
I had booked a night away in North Devon for Andy’s birthday, we went for a walk along Woolacombe beach and I turned around and Andy was down on one knee! We had discussed marriage but I totally did not expect him to propose on his birthday trip away!
How did you allocate your budget?
We had just bought a house when we set the date so funds were pinched; we chose a winter wedding mostly due to the cost element and it being more cost effective. As it happened we had glorious sunshine so the weather wasn’t an issue. We bought a lot of decorations etc. from EBay, and did the invitations ourselves, which obviously helped with the budget also.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We saved a lot on the venue and with a lot of other things due to our wedding being ‘off-season” and held on a Friday.
How did you choose your photographer?
I used the website Bark, and Carla of Daze of Glory replied to me via there. After checking out her work we knew she’d be perfect for what we had in mind for our wedding photography. She has such a talent for capturing moments naturally without the whole awkward posing for photos thing.
My dress was by Sophia Tolli and I found it at The Wedding Company in Plymouth. My shoes were from Aldo and my hair piece and jewellery were from Debenhams.
Andy’s suit came from Marks & Spencer. It was the same as the suit worn by England football manager, Gareth Southgate during the World Cup- so that sealed the deal for Andy when choosing his suit!
Theme or colour scheme
The theme was quite rustic as we felt it tied in well with the style of Upton Barn. My flowers and the grooms party were a dark red/burgundy colour.
I had some dark red roses and a lot of greenery, again my bouquet was quite rustic and quite relaxed. Gemma @ Poppy’s Flower Studio created my bouquet and she brought to life what I had in mind.
We went quite simple decoration wise as we felt the venue speaks for itself in terms of wow factor. We did have a lot of little tea lights in jars and we had some sparkly bunting which looked amazing for the evening.
Ashley and his team at Cottage Caterers did a fantastic job with our food, and we’ve received so many compliments from people who really rated the food. We had roast chicken with traditional roasted vegetables for our main course or vegetable lasagne. The evening food was homemade pizza and a variety of cheese and crackers.
Again, we had so many compliments on the cake. It was a gorgeous chocolate sponge cake made by Cottage Caterers also.
We had Paul from Devon DJ providing the music.
Who supplied the stationery?
We did all of the stationary ourselves, with pieces bought from Ebay and HobbyCraft.
All of the stationary was done by ourselves, there was many an evening sat writing out invitations, place names etc. It was quite satisfying when it was all done.
We had our own “sweetheart” table for the wedding breakfast and it was nice to sit in front of all of our guests and see everyone having fun. It gave us time to enjoy a little moment just the two of us also.
Advice for other couples
There will probably be some things which will cause some stress or anxiety in the run up to the big day and with hindsight, these things will be turn out to be quite insignificant. The most important thing is that you and your partner enjoy your special day with those around you who truly want to see you happy.
How quickly the whole day went! We had Soby Films capture the day on film and we’re so glad we did so because you can re-live the day by watching it over.
I describe my work as Atmospheric, authentic and creative and above all storytelling. I am an alternative wedding photographer and I love to create unique photographs that throws away the rule book and focuses on the intimate, the genuine emotions, the whole reason you are getting married – the love between two gorgeous humans.
I am a Devon based 30 something girl who is soon to be married herself As well as photographing all over the UK I also travel the world for destination weddings.