On their first visit to Long Furlong Barn, Hannah and Kieran knew it was the perfect place for their dream day.
“We drove around the bend and there it was, a small barn surrounded by fields. It was beautiful!” smiles Hannah. “I loved the old brickwork on the original building, and the contemporary interior. It was so light and airy and we could imagine our guests standing in the cute courtyard.”
Design and Décor
Working in harmony with the style of the barn, the happy couple chose simple, rustic décor and introduced colour by decorating with pink, navy and ivory hanging lanterns.
The tables featured a log slice centrepiece with simple wild flowers and gold tea light holders, alongside pink pearls and wooden heart confetti sprinkles.
“We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere,” says Hannah. “It was important to us that our six-year-old had an amazing day too, so we put a lot of effort in to making it child friendly.”
After having twins just eight months before the big day, Hannah understandably wasn’t feeling at her best when it came to wedding dress shopping. The bride and her bridesmaids went to take a look at dresses and came across the perfect design, a stunning gown by Amanda Wyatt.
“I tried it on and it made me feel beautiful,” explains Hannah. “The A-line shape was so flattering and I loved the high lace neckline. I knew instantly it was the dress for me.”
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
Kieran looked the part in a blue three-piece suit from Reiss, a pink tie and brown shoes. Hannah’s two bridesmaids wore navy maxi dresses by Little Mistress, silver sandals and a silver bracelet that was a gift from Hannah.
Order of the Day
Following their midday ceremony, the newlyweds served a fabulous drinks reception with Pimm’s, a beer barrel and Prosecco with a ‘Pimp my Prosecco’ station.
For the wedding breakfast, guests were given a choice of meat, fish or vegan.
“We wanted people to have a choice,” explains Hannah. “Kieran loves steak so we chose a beef main. We chose Eton Mess for dessert in memory of Kieran’s gran who passed away when we had just got together. It’s a family tradition to have strawberries on her birthday in June.”
As day turned to evening, a DJ filled the dance floor and the happy couple danced their first dance to ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ by James Arthur.
“It wasn’t choreographed, I’m not even sure you could call it dancing!” laughs Hannah.
“After the ceremony, Kieran and I escaped in to a room while the confetti shot was being set up. Our caterer brought us each a glass of Prosecco and we had five minutes just the two of us – it was perfect. To be honest, the whole day was perfect! “
Advice from the Bride
“Try not to let things you can’t control, such as the weather, worry you. Come up with a Plan B and let it play out.”
Images © Moritz Schmittat Photography
To see more of this beautiful wedding venue in West Sussex, check out the Long Furlong Barn listing page.