Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Hampshire Barn Wedding with pale blue and Terry Pratchett inspired elements.
Images were captured by Hannah McClune Photography.
Hannah McClune is a photographer covering Berkshire and the surrounding counties capturing modern, relaxed, and fun
Wedding & lifestyle photography.
I hand over to stunning Bride Emma to tell us all about the couples amazing Hampshire Barn Wedding…
How did you meet?
We met on a night out in Southampton, in a bar called Marshall’s.
I was there having Christmas drinks with friends from my university days and Gav had been there to watch the rugby.
I tripped down a step and was feeling sorry for myself when Gav swooped in to help me and we swapped numbers and went on our first date a couple of weeks later having spoken non-stop in the meantime.
Our second date Gav came and met my housemates and closest friends and very quickly got the seal of approval for his laid back attitude and joining in of fun and games and we’ve never looked back!
Tell us about the Proposal…
Because I am teacher we only go away during school holidays.
In the summer we had planned a road trip around America (L.A., San Francisco, Las Vegas), unfortunately in May Gav tore his Achilles tendon whilst playing football and had to spend the summer in a cast!
The trip got postponed and we decided to go on a small break during October half term instead.
We settled on Dubrovnik and picked a nice place to stay near the old city.
When we were packing Gav told me to pack something nice in case we went anywhere fancy, something that gave me an inkling that he has something planned, our usual holiday attire is a lot more relaxed!
On our first day there whilst exploring the old city we found a beautiful restaurant in the old walls overlooking the harbour and booked a table for our final night there.
During the meal, an 8 course tasting menu (with wine!) Gav pulled out the most beautiful ring and got down on one knee.
I was blown away by how perfect it all was, right down to the pop of a champagne cork from the sommelier at the special moment.
I got on the phone and told my parents (who already knew) and we carried on celebrating all evening!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
I’m not one to wait around once I have a green light to organise something so started thinking about venues and all the finishing touches that would make our day special as soon as we got home again!
I already had a Pinterest board full of ideas so started looking in to them seriously and discussing all of my ideas with Gav.
We knew we wouldn’t be having hundreds of people but it was important to us that we had everyone there who was important to us so finding the right venue was the first job!
I knew I wanted to get married in the church I went to when I was younger, with my Aunt officiating.
She is a vicar and took my sister’s wedding a couple of years before and it was really special to have someone do the service who knew the couple so well!
I love DIY and doing things myself so we originally thought about venues where we could do everything ourselves.
Unfortunately around the same time my mother was diagnosed with cancer and after some discussion we decided to look at some venues where some of the jobs, like catering, would be taken care of for us!
Gav, Mum, Dad and I went to look around venues one Sunday morning and the second we waked into the Clock Barn we knew it was THE place.
The building was beautiful and the team were welcoming and relaxed, my perfect combination!
We looked at their available dates and they had one that was on our shortlist of possibilities so we booked it that evening!
Once the venue was sorted other things started falling in to place, we met Chris the DJ whilst we were looking around the barn and loved his sense of humour so quickly booked him.
I met Christiana the hairdresser at a wedding fair and booked her too.
The flowers were going to be taken care of by a family friend, Zoe who already does a lot of displays for the local school where my parents worked.
The wedding cake was going to be made by good friends Greg and Penny – personal touches which made the day much more special in the end.
Hannah the photographer had done my sister’s wedding and we loved her service so mum called her up and booked her to capture our day.
We went to The Ring Studio and got our rings made, I wanted one that would fit with the beautiful engagement ring that Gav had brought and they were able to scan the ring and make something that fit with it perfectly.
We also made our invites online so were able to order them to give out and ended up ordering order of services from the same site.
By Christmas we had most things organised and booked in.
I went dress shopping with my mother and sister the weekend before Christmas and ended up buying the second dress I tried on (the first one got laughter from the audience when I tripped out of the dressing room, the second one tears of happiness!).
Last big thing to organise where the wedding party. I gave presents to my girls (Niki, Chloe, Gemma and Isla) with edible rings in to “pop the question” to them asking them to be part of our big day.
Gav went slightly more traditional and just asked the boys (Richard, Alex, Tim and John), we also asked his friend Lex and my brother in law Dan to do the readings in the church.
Richard, the best man and Niki, my sister and maid of honour did a fantastic job organising stag and hen weekends and providing support getting everything else sorted.
Unfortunately my mother passed away the week before the hen and stag weekend, three weeks before the wedding, so we really relied on the support of our wedding party and friends in the last weeks before the wedding.
This is one reason I’m so grateful that our suppliers were so great, we really needed people we could trust and who could take care of things for us and we were very lucky!
Any special touches/DIY?
As neither of our mothers were able to be at the wedding (Gav’s mum is unfortunately ill and we knew wouldn’t make it either) it was important for us to have some little touches to remember them.
In the Clock Barn there is a fireplace and we put wedding photos from our parents and siblings weddings up on display.
I also wore a bracelet of Gav’s mums during the day and had a friendship bracelet that I shared with my mum wrapped around my bouquet,
I also wore her perfume and gave my Dad her special tissue box – mum was known for being a crier – something I’ve definitely inherited from her!
We made all of our centre pieces, blue bottles with fairy lights in sat on round mirrors. Our friends generously helped us here emptying a lot of gin bottles so we could put them together!
Our tables were names after Terry Pratchett books and the seating plan was printed on to a map of his Discworld.
We also used Lego minifigures to attach names to as place settings.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We wanted a relaxed attitude with little quirks that were unique for us, it was important for me to have the barn feel.
The colour palette was pale blues.
What was the best bit of your day?
Aside from marrying my best friend! It was the sunshine, the weather had been miserable all week but come the weekend the sun came out and we were able to have drinks outside and beautiful pictures in the Clock Barn setting.
The say would have been great whatever the weather but the sunshine just lifted everyones’ mood and was the icing on the cake!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not at all, our Hampshire barn wedding day was perfect!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Find someone you trust to take care of the little things on the day of the wedding, whether a wedding planner or members of family/the wedding party.
Make sure that they know about all of the little personal touches that will be important to you in the future so that they came make sure that everything is taken care of – the most important thing for you to do on your wedding day is take it all in and enjoy it.
Photographer – Hannah McClune Photography
Bridesmaid Gowns – Jolie Moi from John Lewis
Suit/Kilt Hire supplier – Moss Bros
Cake Maker – Friends (Greg Kennedy and Penny Moss)
Florist – Zoe Webster
Rings – The Ring Studio – Southampton
Stationery – Optimal Print
Make up – Niki Cox (my sister)
Hair stylist – Christianas of Folkestone
DJ – Chris Burford
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