Joel whisked girlfriend Alexandra away to London, just before Christmas in 2012. After watching Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells, Joel took Alexandra on a stroll down the riverside – the very same route the couple had walked on their first date. “Joel got down on one knee, presented me with a beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. I was so overwhelmed – of course I said yes!”, smiles Alexandra.
With a wedding to plan, Alexandra turned to Pinterest and began making a multitude of wedding boards. She also took inspiration from online blogs, her favourite being the Natural Wedding Company. “I knew that I wanted bright wild flowers and bold colours to complement our spring wedding. But instead of trying to create a theme, we simply picked things that we liked and felt happy with”, explains Alexandra. In fact, the couple found the majority of their wedding suppliers online too, including their florist and photographer.
Where to wed
When it came to location, the couple had their hearts set on a Midlands venue – where Alexandra grew up. They decided to build a shortlist of venues by researching on the web, but once they arrived at Mythe Barn they knew it was the one. “The minute we walked into the barn we fell in love. It was light and airy and we also got to sample some brownies on our showround, which were delicious. So we knew the catering was going to be fantastic”, laughs Alexandra.
Simple and sweet
One thing the couple particularly loved about Mythe Barn was its natural beauty. They were also impressed with its architecture and were conscious of going overboard with styling when it wasn’t necessary. “We still included a few personal touches throughout the day though, from our ceremony music, to our cake decoration – that was knitted by Joel’s mum – and games that guests played during the drinks reception”, says Alexandra.
Much like the simplicity of the couple’s barn venue, Alexandra wanted a simple and elegant wedding dress, with jewellery kept to a minimum. She decided to start her hunt for the perfect gown at Lola Bridal, in Northampton, a boutique she passed every day on her journey to work. “I was always blown away by the window displays at Lola Bridal so I knew I’d find my dream dress there. I tried on about 10 dresses in total and found ‘the one’ during my first visit”. She teamed her dress with Rachel Simpson shoes and her mum’s veil, her ‘something old’.
The rest of the couple’s wedding party complemented Alexandra’s elegant style with similarly stylish attire. Joel and his groomsmen wore a three-piece navy suit with a white shirt, navy tie and brown brogues, while her bridesmaids wore a long cobalt coloured dress from Coast. “The most important thing to me was that the girls liked their dresses and felt comfortable. They were my two oldest and closest friends from school”.. Her two flower girls completed the bridal party and wore cream satin dresses from Debenhams with satin ballet pumps.
Music from the heart
Alexandra and Joel’s spring nuptials took place on the 3rd May. “It was a glorious sunny day, so we got to use the courtyard, outside the barn throughout our celebrations”, smiles Alexandra. The couple’s big-day started with a civil ceremony at the barn, with a carefully chosen playlist. “I walked down the aisle to ‘You’re so cool’, by Hans Zimmer, we signed the register to Feist and Bob Dylan, and walked out together to ‘Boom Bang a Bang’, by Lou Lou”..
With the sun shining, the couple and their guests enjoyed fizz and canapés outdoors, while Joel’s sisters provided acoustic music. Guests were also entertained by party games, including bar skittles, all before tucking into a three-course wedding breakfast. “We had a smoked bacon scotch egg with apple puree and crisp pancetta for starters, a fillet of beef with Dauphinoise potato, green peppercorn sauce and mixed greens for our main and a glazed lemon tart and raspberry coulis for dessert”.
The couple’s day of celebrations ended with a night of dancing and laughter. They enjoyed a first dance to ‘La Vie en Rose’, from the film Wall-E and set off on honeymoon to Dubrovnik and Canada. “It was an amazing, memorable holiday. We didn’t want it to end.”
Alexandra’s top tips:
- Time flies so try and make sure you dedicate some time to talk to all of your guests
- Don’t delay your honeymoon – we needed a holiday after all the planning and preparation we had done, it was a great newlywed escape.
Images © Pete Henderson Photography
To find out more about getting wed at Mythe Barn, call the friendly events team on 01827 217009.