Jamie and Evie’s Country Barn Wedding

bride and groom in church

What did you consider were the most important things when you started planning your wedding?

When we started planning we wanted to make sure that our wedding was relaxed and that it reflected us as a couple. Jamie has always worked in agriculture and I love living in the country – so we wanted to make sure that these were incorporated into the wedding – starting with the venue. 

bride and groom in front of church

wedding guests toasting

Which venue did you pick and what made you choose it?

We chose to get married at All Saints’ Church in Waldron, East Sussex, where I was christened. For our reception venue we knew that we wanted a barn to fit in with our relaxed, country theme. My mum suggested Michelham Priory and as soon as Jamie and I saw the Elizabethan Barn there, we fell in love. Hannah and her team were so helpful and we were able to choose to have a hog roast for our wedding breakfast, something that we really wanted. We both love food and loved the menu that Neil, the Michelham Priory chef, created for us.

wedding flowers in baskets

Can you tell us about some of the companies/suppliers you used? What made you pick them?

One of the most important aspects of our wedding day was ensuring that we had the perfect record of the day after it happened. We spent a long time researching wedding photographers when we came across Joanne Collins Photography. As soon as we saw Jo’s work and met her, we knew that she was going to be the one to capture our day. Jo was excellent at getting people to relax and enjoy having their photo taken, as well as shooting natural photographs where people weren’t posing.

When it came to choosing my wedding dress, I knew I wanted to have a look at the gorgeous gowns in The Pantiles Bride, Tunbridge Wells. I took my mum and one of my Bridesmaids along to my appointment and ensured I tried on a range of styles. Alexandra at The Pantiles Bride made the whole experience so enjoyable and helped me to find my dream dress – Vicenta by Atelier Pronovias.

Flowers were a really important part of the wedding and we wanted to make sure that they suited our venue. Pat, of Pat’s Flowers in Hailsham did a fantastic job of creating rustic bouquets, buttonholes and flower girl trugs. Pat dressed the venue with Kentish hops and a flower ball suspended from the ceiling; the barn didn’t require a great deal as it has so much character and was filled with fairy lights.

bride putting on wedding dress with bridesmaids

Was there anything you did yourself to save money?

To fit in with our relaxed, rural theme we decided to make our own table decorations, from spray painting photo frames and pumpkins to creating our own place names on copper hearts (originally Christmas tree decorations!). We wanted to create our own rustic seating plan, so borrowed a palate from Jamie’s work and used copper nails to attach the plan to the palate; we also sourced straw bales for outside seating and draped them with fabric from a local loom mill.

skipjacks folk band playing at barn wedding

What made you choose The Skip Jacks as your wedding band?

Can you tell us a bit about them on the night? When it came to the entertainment for our wedding, we knew that we wanted live music and we wanted a band that played a range of hits to appeal to all of our guests. Jamie was really keen to have a band that played in a folk style and we found that The Skip Jacks were the perfect fit to play at our barn wedding. We really liked the fact that the band learnt our first dance and offered electric sets as well as folk sets. The band got everyone onto the dance floor and really set the mood for the evening reception!

bride and groom having their first dance

What was your first dance and why did you choose it?

For our first dance we chose Lost Frequencies – Are you with me. We wanted something a little bit different, not your traditional first dance song and this song really spoke to us. Our first holiday as a couple was to Mexico, soon after this song was released, and the lyrics reminded us of the time we spent together on the beach. The Skip Jacks did a really lovely version of the song, and even did an encore at the end of the night that was slightly more upbeat!

Bride and Groom with their dog

What was your favourite part of the day?

One of our favourite parts of the day was having our dog Lottie at the church for a few photos after the ceremony. She absolutely loved being the centre of attention in our confetti shots and joining in the celebrations. We loved having her there as she was also there for the proposal, although she was more interested in sniffing around in the grass than Jamie getting down on one knee!

bride and groom getting into tractor

What is the most important piece of advice you would give to others planning their weddings now?

I know everyone says it, but the day really does fly by. Weddings are relatively long events but as the couple who’s special day it is, the day is over before you know it. Do make sure that you take time out on the day just to spend a bit of time as just the two of you. We were really lucky in the fact that Jamie drove us in a tractor from the church to the reception, so we had half an hour together straight after the ceremony to have a breather and take it all in. Another crucial piece of advice is to make sure that the day is truly yours – do not try to please too many people, remember it is your day.

Suppliers

Photographer – Joanne Collins Photography

Band – The Skip Jacks

Venue –  Michelham Priory

Flowers – Pat’s Flowers

Dress – Vincenta by Pronovias at  The Pantiles Bride

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