Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Hampshire wedding with pretty pastels and a focus on fun at the lovely Warborne Farm.
Images were captured by Amanda Balmain Photography.
Amanda Balmain is a full time wedding and portrait photographer living in the beautiful Cheshire countryside.
She says of the couple and their day…
Last summer in the heat of early August I had the absolute honour of photographing Charlotte and Sarah’s Warborne Farm Wedding.
It was the most epic day filled with love, laughter and a lot of dancing!
After the most beautiful outdoor ceremony, everyone wandered into the farm courtyard to relax on straw bales and play games of beer pong and table tennis.
The food was glorious, the wine flowed and the party went on into the night.
Such an amazing day for a truly special couple.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Charlotte to share the story of the couples lovely Hampshire Wedding…
How did you meet?
We met at our work Christmas Party. Very ‘Love Actually’ looking back at it but I plucked up the courage to ask Sarah out after a few drinks, and the rest is history…
Tell us about the Proposal…
I proposed to Sarah in a very special place called Rangeley in Maine.
My best friend’s family own some gorgeous lake houses which I first visited when I was 13. Sarah and I went in July 2017 and I knew I was going to pop the question there.
I was so nervous about her seeing the ring when we travelled out there so I enlisted the help of another friend who was travelling out a day later to bring it out for me – the ultimate test of friendship!
I proposed on a lovely clear evening on the dock under the stars. It was perfect. At first Sarah thought it was a joke but at the third time of asking, she said yes.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Wedding planning was really fun.
Fortunately, we knew exactly what we wanted: a DIY wedding celebration with our closest friends and family for the whole weekend.
We spent a good few months searching for a Hampshire Wedding venue and ended up coming across Warborne Farm in the New Forest which was right on the doorstep of where Sarah’s parents live in Lymington.
A working farm and Hampshire Wedding venue, it was perfect and allowed us so much flexibility to create our own DIY wedding with plenty of accommodation for guests too.
I had to work abroad at the World Cup in Russia for eight weeks in the build up to our wedding so we got most stuff sorted early.
Ordering 23 meters of bunting from Moscow (along with other decor) was a challenge, but we got there! I did miss out on the booze cruise to Calais which was my personal biggest disappointment.
We couldn’t have done it without the help of our friends and family though, who put in so much effort in the build-up and on the day itself.
Many an hour was spent decorating jam jars and designing seating plans but we wouldn’t change it.
Our parents spent a whole year collecting jars and wine bottle corks for us and our house looked like an arts and crafts shop for a good few
Any special touches/DIY?
Our day had so many special touches in it.
Sarah’s Dad built us a wedding arch, which looked gorgeous and her Mum designed and created all the flower decor.
We were keen to use a lot of wild flowers and the display looked stunning.
My mum baked our wedding cake which went down a storm – I’m determined to get her on the Bake Off one day.
And we also had a piñata which was great fun and a fitting tribute to Sarah’s brother, who lives out in Mexico with his wife and son and had made the long journey over.
We had a crack at it but they were the professionals! We replaced the sweets with miniature bottles of jager which went down extremely well too.
We both love a silent disco, so had to have that as part of the evening festivities too.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
The theme was: ‘fun!’. All we wanted was everyone to celebrate our special day with us, eat, drink and dance – and that’s exactly what we did.
What was the best bit of your day?
Very tough to answer that. It was all incredible.
Standout moments for me were: seeing Sarah walk down the aisle, the speeches, and our first dance to ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon. That song means so much to us.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Bitesize chunks. It’s a phrase which Sarah and I use a lot and it helped us.
It can feel very overwhelming at times with such a long ‘to do’ list but ticking off one thing at a time, you eventually get there.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family either.
Photographer – Amanda Balmain Photography
Venue – Warborne Farm Wedding Venue
Charlottes dress – Jenny Packham
Sarah’s Dress – ASOS
Flowers – Flowers By Design – Wedding Specialist – New Milton
Cake Maker – Charlotte’s Mum
Decor – DIY
Band – The Flyaways
To Contact Amanda Balmain Photography
Phone: 07738 166374