All About The Venue
Setting their July wedding date, Abi and David loved both the indoor and outdoor spaces at this breathtaking wedding venue in Hampshire.
“It was the right size for our guests and had a separate dance floor as well as a ‘snug’ area where our grandparents and guests with young children could enjoy some quiet time,” explains Abi. “The outdoor space was beautiful and we loved the countryside setting for our wedding photos.”
Setting The Scene
Deciding on a simple, country theme, Abi and David decorated with plain white bunting and then used an abundance of colourful summer flowers.
“We made table numbers and our seating plan but kept it at simple as possible,” says Abi. “The barn was already beautiful so needed very little!’
With a focus on pale blue, the end result was a warm, relaxed vibe and a wonderful happy setting that included all family and friends.
All About the Dress
The beautiful bride wore a dress from Anya Bridal. Abi couldn’t find anything she loved so ended up customising a strapless gown, adding a lace bolero to complete the look. In the evening, she attached lace straps and a diamante belt to add a little glamour and make it ‘danceworthy’!
Abi accessorised with lace shoes, a navy blue garter and diamond drop earrings. She also wore bracelets given to her by her friends. Finally, as her very special ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something old’, Abi borrowed a ring from her mother and pinned her grandfather’s war medals to the inside of her dress.
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
The groom and his ushers wore grey three-piece morning suits from Moss Bros, the perfect complement to the pale blue gowns worn by Abi’s three adult bridesmaids.
Abi chose a beautiful shade of pale blue and then left it to her bridesmaids to select the dress they would feel most comfortable wearing.
“While the bridesmaid dresses were different, they were so similar, few people could tell,” says Abi. “The flower girls stole the show in their pretty ivory and blue fairy dresses.”
The happy couple married in All Hallows Church in Whitchurch, walking in to beautiful floral pew ends and a large floral arrangement at the church.
“My bouquet was really vibrant and reflective of a British hedgerow and fields in the summer,” says Abi. “It featured all my favourite flowers.”
And, back at Clock Barn, the wild summer flowers played a star role, looking absolutely stunning and introducing a glorious abundance of colour.
The Wedding Breakfast
Following their church ceremony, the newlyweds travelled to Clock Barn for peach sangria or elderflower mocktails alongside delicious canapés. The warm summer weather meant they could all make the most of the stunning outdoor spaces.
Choosing their menu from the Tasting Event, the wedding breakfast started with ham hock followed by roast pork tenderloin and a pudding of triple chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
“We love locally sourced meat and vegetables so were keen for the majority of our produce to come from local farms,” explains Abi. “The pork was amazing and so many people commented on the outstanding quality of the food.”
Live band, ‘The Hitlist’ played in the evening and the newlyweds danced to ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds.
With 30 additional guests attending the evening party, Abi and David decided to have an outdoor pizza oven serving pepperoni or spinach and goats cheese pizza.
“We found speaking to the chef during our planning very helpful,” says Abi. “We had a number of children, vegetarians and vegans to cater for and they gave us exactly what we asked for.”
Abi’s Favourite Moment
“Walking down the aisle as husband and wife and for our dream to come true. It was the proudest moment of both our lives and the warmth and emotion showed by our families will stay with us forever.“
Advice from the Bride
“When planning your wedding, stay true to the types of people you are. That way, when the day arrives, it’s the perfect reflection of you and your love.”
Images © Tom Halliday Photography
To find out more about this beautiful wedding venue in Hampshire, visit the Clock Barn listing page.