Good morning beautiful peeps! I hope you’re as happy as I am that we finally saw a snippet of Spring this weekend. We spent the whole of yesterday on the beach in Croyde, my beautiful engagement spot and one of my favourite places of all time. It was absolutely beautiful and the Vitamin D was very much appreciated! From Devon to Dorset, this week’s real wedding was brought to us by husband and wife photography duo Beard & Mane. Married in the beautiful Ashton Barn in Dorset, Rosie and Jon used their events expertise and their very own coffee truck and ice cream van to create a rural, festival-style wedding with a hint of rustic glamour. The empty barn was decorated with oodles of DIY love by the couple’s friends and family, resulting in a stunning fairy-lit space lined with outdoor meadow flowers and cutsie bunting – the perfect space for the laidback couple. Even the cakes (which btw look super scrummy!) were homemade, along with the stationary and the table plan. This wedding is an absolute delight and we are so happy to share it with you.
Here’s Rosie to tell you all about it!
We are quite a laid back couple and we wanted our day to reflect us. We also both work in events and so lots of our inspiration came from events we’ve attended. It also meant we had a lot of contacts to help, in particular the food! We love street food and we also have our own coffee truck and ice cream truck which had to be included in our day!
Beach and Sunset Proposal
It was my birthday and Jon surprised me with a trip on our boat to Brownsea Island. He decorated the boat with bunting and once we arrived at the island we sat on the beach watching the sunset. His phone then rang and he ran off down the beach to answer it which I thought was a bit strange (I later found out it was my dad calling, Jon had been trying to contact him all day to ask his permission) on his return I asked him what was going on and then he knelt down and popped the question! Champagne followed and then we went back to shore and out for a meal!
Simple Lace Gown
I’m not a twinkly kind of girl so when I saw this lacey simple dress I knew it was the one. Later I added the sash with the flower detailing with a few small pheasant feathers. My shoes were from tReds. I had a real flower crown made and I borrowed my sisters veil. Jon’s outfit was from Next and the bridesmaid’s dresses were from Dorthy Perkins.
We got married in a small church in the middle of the Dorset countryside, set at the end of along tree lined drive we didn’t need to decorate the church as it was stunning just the way it was. We chose modern songs with traditional readings, for us it was the perfect combination.
Ice Creams and Coffee
We had a selection of garden games on the lawn as well as our favourite folk band, Kadia, singing on a small stage in the garden in the afternoon. We also had our coffee truck attend which served hot drinks throughout the day and our ice cream truck served our dessert, our brownie wedding cake topped with ice cream!
Beard & Mane were awesome – they were recommended by a friend of mine and they didn’t disappoint. They took photos of both the ceremony and the after party, both were captured amazingly well and their teamwork together was second to none. They found some great spots at our venue for photos. I will always remember standing at the alter having just made the scariest walk of my life, I was relieved to be stood with Jon but the main thing that calmed me, as strange as it might sound, was having Kerry and David sat in the choir pews singing along to our hymns and smiling! It really put me at ease and I am really grateful to them for that!
Haybale Stage, Fairy Lit Halos and DIY Decor
Every part of our decoration was made by us and family members. Our empty barn was decorated with a thousand fairy lights, 100 meters of giant hand made bunting. We hired long rustic bench seating, with hessian table runners, lots of meadow flowers in rustic watering cans and old jam jars wrapped in lace and hessian housed 100 candles across the barn. We also made fairy light ‘halos’ which were hula hoops wrapped in hessian and fairy lights which we then suspended from the ceiling with fishing lines. They looked really effective! Outside was yet more fairy lights, as well as our ‘haybale stage’ where our band played in the afternoon, this was decorated with white windmills. The rest of the lawn was covered in hay bales covered with coffee sacks from our coffee business. We also had 6 meter high white flags and smaller white bunting. We made ‘R&J wedding’ signs from fence panels and then we stencilled and spray-painted them.
DIY Meadow-Picked Flowers
I found a flower farm in Devon and I bought four of our DIY flower buckets. The day before the wedding we arranged them ourselves. This meant we were able to have loads of meadow flowers without the massive cost of a florist.
Our band, Kadia , played our first dance which was one of their own songs called Silver Linings!
An impossible question to answer… everything was perfect. We designed and organised every single part of the day ourselves, it was everything we wanted.
Delegate jobs, your family and friends are there to help, don’t be scared to ask for help.
The Line Up
Photographer: Beard and Mane
Videographer: Thompson Wedding Films
Venue: Ashton Barn
Table hire: Coastal tents
Flowers: The Real Cut Flower Garden
Groom’s Outfit: Next
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dorthy Perkins
Food: Food Fire Knives
Ice cream truck: Chilled
Coffee truck: Grounded Coffee