Today I am thrilled to share the beautiful Barn Wedding of Kirstie and Matthew with DIY aspects and a gorgeous peach and pink wedding palette.
Their Wedding ceremony and reception were held at The Granary at Fawsley.
Images of the day were captured by Adam Watts Photography.
Adam Watts is a Photographer based in Northamptonshire where he lives with his wife, his children ( and their gerbils.)
He bought his first camera in 2005 (a 4 megapixel Vivatar camera) and could not put it down, it went everywhere with him.
Now, in 2014, he is a full time Senior Visual Marketing Photographer for a leading school photography company and is now venturing into the world of photographing weddings and portraits.
I spoke to the lovely Bride, Kirstie who tells us the couples story…..
How did you meet ?
“Matthew and I met through the Sarah Beeny dating website, My Single Friend.”
Tell us about the Engagement…
“We got engaged on March 10th 2013.”
“It was a Sunday, my birthday and mothers day (we have two daughters, our flower girls). Matthew bought me a bottle of Bollinger champagne as a birthday gift.”
“After the girls had gone to bed at the end of the day, he completely out of the blue got down on one knee and proposed, then asked if I would like to celebrate with the Bollinger.”
“He said he had bought it in the hope that I would say yes!”
Tell us about the Wedding planning experience..
“Finding the venue was the easiest bit.”
“I had been to the Granary previously for a birthing class when I was pregnant with our second daughter.”
“I went back to look at the wedding facilities and fell in love with the venue. It was everything that we were looking for for a relaxed country wedding.”
“The rest was quite daunting. I didn’t realise how much there was to do.”
“There were aspects which were great fun, having the invites designed, looking for dresses for the girls, flicking through Pinterest for hours on end for ideas.”
“Best of all was spending time with girlfriends chatting and shopping.”
“The worst bit was looking for a dress for me.”
“I have always hated trying dresses on and had wanted to be a perfect size 10 for the day!”
“This obviously didn’t happen. I found out very quickly what I liked and didn’t like in a dress, but always take the advice of the people in the shop, as they really know what works.”
“I would never have picked my dress off the peg, but with a little persuading from the lovely ladies at Serendipity I put it on and knew it was the one straight away.”
“I would definitely recommend going to good quality dress shops as well.”
“I had initially written these off due to the price, but they have amazing sample sales and the people who work there really know their stuff and don’t let you put stuff on that you will hate or hate yourself in!”
“It all becomes very stressful towards the end, but it’s amazing how it all comes together on the day.”
Best bit of the day
“For me the best bit was after the ceremony had started and I realised it wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be, I loved every second of the day from then on.”
Top tip for engaged couples
“Have faith that it will be perfect on the day and that all of your plans will come together.”
“Enjoy the whole process as much as you can and if you get the chance on the day to step back and take it all in do.”
“If not, have a great photographer to capture as much of the day as you can. I still love looking back at the photos and notice new things every time I look.”
Thank you so much to Adam for sharing this beautiful celebration.
The peach and pink palette is just perfect for a summer wedding and the sunny hues resonate throughout the day.
I love how the Bride has created such beautiful arrangements and the story of the jars makes me smile as they are such an underestimated resource that can make the prettiest of decor.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Granary at Fawsley
Dress: Serendipity Brides, Weedon.
Flower girls dresses: Marks & Spencers.
Band: We didn’t have a band. Some guests lent us their sounds system and some disco lights and friends made up a playlist for us.
Stationery: Our invites were designed by the Skinny Card Company.
Photographer: Adam Watts Photography
Reception décor: The decoration was done by myself. I had the help of some lovely friends and my mother putting it all together for the day.
Catering: The catering was provided by The Granary. The food was fab!
DIY: We were trying to keep the budget down so all of the decoration was DIY.
I collected bits and bobs throughout the year on the run up to the wedding.
I sourced ideas from Pintrest and had what I wanted as the end product firmly in my mind.
I had friends and family collecting glass jars for me which were cleaned up (no small task!) and then with friends we tied raffia and ribbon around over 100 jars!
These were then used throughout the venue for flowers and placed on the wall outside with candles in.
I made some hanging jars to be hung from the beams. I looked at using kilner jars but they were expensive, so I bought six jars of Gherkins from Aldi at about 70p a jar.
We are still eating Gherkins now!
I used brown gardners string plaited together to hang them. I then finished it with ribbon to decorate these jars and some hurricane lanterns which I had borrowed from a friend.
Flowers: Bride, friends and Brides mother.
Don’t immediately write things off because of the price.
I found it amazing how people would move on price if asked and also how you could change things around to suit your budget.
It was also easy to do lots of things yourself at half the price if you asked about to find out where you could source things.
Bridal bouquet: This was made for me as a gift by an incredibly talented friend called Stephanie Toms.
To Contact Adam Watts Photography
Phone: 01327 209244 or 07842 554084