Today I am thrilled to share a vibrant and colourful Oxfordshire Wedding at Lains Barn.
Images were captured by Carol Elizabeth Photography.
Carol Elizabeth Photography captures contemporary wedding photography throughout the UK but mainly weddings in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire in a timeless and natural style.
Carol says of the couples Big Day…
I was delighted to be Katie and Lucas’s Lains Barn wedding photographer for their beautiful Spring wedding.
They had planned a relaxed and fun celebration with family and friends, which is just perfect for the rustic setting of Lains Barn.
I met Katie for bridal preparations with her bridesmaids, who all had matching robes.
They opened their gifts from Katie and enjoyed a relaxed brunch with family.
I headed over to the Lains Barn wedding ceremony to capture a few photos with Lucas before Katie arrived for the ceremony.
It was a truly wonderful moment as she walked down the aisle with her Dad to meet Lucas.
Due to the very rainy weather we threw the confetti indoors which was really fun and allowed everyone to get involved without going outdoors.
Katie and Lucas braved the cold for a few photos in the grounds before enjoying their wedding reception drinks.
It was soon time for speeches and Pie Master, which is always a firm favourite with guests and so much fun to photograph.
After the meal it was time for the cake cutting and dancing with great music provided by Matt from Visually Sound
I hand over to beautiful Bride Katie…
How did you meet?
We met at work. I had got a job at a charity in Oxford and spotted Lucas straight away as a tall and handsome man.
Unfortunately on my first day he was quite rude to me, telling me he didn’t have time to meet with me because he was ‘far too busy’ so it definitely wasn’t love at first sight!
However, three months in we started seeing each other in secret and kept it that way from all but a few for four months… sneaking in and out of work together, until everyone found out at the Christmas party when a friend accidentally asked us if we were having our own Christmas day together!
Tell us about the Engagement…
We are very lucky in that we have a beautiful house with a long garden.
At the end of the garden we have a summer house building with a bar. I had been cover teaching a Yoga class and got a test message from Lucas saying he was really sorry but he had broken the front door so I needed to come round the back.
I remember being mildly annoyed as he had actually broken a window the week before!
However, I came home to go round the back to find the garden lit up with 100s of tea lights and Lucas in the bar at the end of the garden with a ring!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Our engagement was about 7 months and we were originally planning to get married around September 2018.
We had talked quite a lot about Lains barn before and when we went there to see it they offered us a date in March and we thought why wait!
Everyone told us the planning in a fairly short time would be stressful but I think we both enjoyed it for the most part.
It helped that we had very helpful family and friends and chose awesome suppliers!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
All the colours! When we met with the florist we hadn’t thought about colours so we decided to go with all of them.
It worked so well and I just love looking back at the photos.
Our bridesmaids were in a dark purple and the flowers were bright pinks, yellows, purples, and blues.
We also had a cake table made by my sister in law with brightly coloured cupcakes and cake pops with a small cutting cake that had a clay figure of Lucas, me and our very, very loved cat.
Our table places were all different action figures that Lucas has kept from childhood, and all our flowers were in gin bottles.
We really wanted to get personal touches into our wedding and guests told us that really came across which was great.
What was the best bit of your day?
For me personally I really loved the ceremony.
It was so special standing with Lucas and promising to be together, to love and to trust each other forever in front of all our family and friends.
I think for Lucas he would probably say just after the ceremony where we got some time in the back room to freak out about having just getting married.
Carol took a great shot of us then looking so happy and excited.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Something that people said to us all the time was ‘just do what you want and don’t listen to others’ but that is actually really hard to do.
Personally I think you have to realise that your family and friends are there to help and that people like your parents will probably have thought about this day more than you even have!
So I would say get them involved! My mum came dress shopping, bridesmaid shopping with us and on my hen do and my Dad helped us choose the food.
Lucas’s parents just loved talking about it during the planning and Lucas’s Mum did a reading. It was really great to have them all involved.
Also you will probably find your guest list grows from the originally as you may have suggestions from parents about inviting people.
Don’t invite people you don’t want there but we had a few people added and it was actually really special to have those people there on the day!
Also – advice given to me – be really clear if you do or do not want kids there. We only had our nieces at ours and were really explicit about that.
Everyone was fine with it (some actually delighted to leave the kids at home) but if you don’t explicitly state it early on people don’t arrange childcare and then can’t come.
Venue – Lains Barn
Photographer – Carol Elizabeth Photography
Dress – The Bridal Box – Oxford
Bridesmaid Gowns – Ghost – Chelsea
Suit – Moss Bros
Cake Maker – Sister in law (Katy Daly)
Florist – Ann Laing Flowers
Rings – Peter Casey Jewellers London
Stationery – Bridesmaids
Make up/Hair stylist – Lipstick and Curls – Charlotte Cromer
Entertainment – Visually Sound
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