After a romantic proposal in Iceland, Karis and Ed started to plan their special day. Deciding on the most important element – the guest list – they were on the hunt for a venue that not only suited their size of wedding, but also their style. Searching for a rural wedding venue in West Sussex, they fell in love with Upwaltham Barns.
“It was simply beautiful and ticked all our boxes for a relaxed, rustic venue,” explains Karis. “The team there were so attentive and thoughtful and the two barns were perfect to ensure a seamless, fuss free day. We could just concentrate on celebrating!”
Setting The Scene
Choosing a natural green colour scheme and a rustic, vintage theme, Karis and her mother spent months seeking out props and decorative pieces, from bunting and jam jars to vintage cameras and a typewriter!
“My parents, aunt, grandparents and cousins all got involved in some element of making things,” smiles Karis. “it was great fun seeing it all come together.”
A caravan photo booth completed the look and provided some fabulous entertainment.
Gypsophila was chosen for the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the centrepieces and to create an archway over the barn doors. Other country garden style flowers were then added in to create a rustic bouquet of pastel tones for Karis.
Karis wanted a relaxed, whimsical look and struggled to find the perfect gown, even after visiting 12 bridal boutiques. She finally found ‘the one’ in a small Sussex boutique – a Mori Lee lace dress with boat neck and low back.
“I loved my dress and felt comfortable and special in it,” she says.
The beautiful bride completed the look with Rachel Simpson shoes and a garland of gypsophila in her hair. She also chose a simple, elegant veil and a delicate silver bracelet.
“I couldn’t believe how perfect the dress was and for such a great price,” smiles Karis. “With a few alterations, it fitted everyone beautifully. The girls also wore gypsophila in their hair.”
On The Day
Following their romantic ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and canapés before moving to the South Barn for a classic wedding breakfast.
“When we looked at the menu options, there was no question about the main course,” laughs Karis. “It had to be my favourite meal of all time – sausage and mash!”
As day turned to evening, a nine-piece soul and funk band, The Blunter Brothers, filled the dance floor and also provided a DJ set. The newlyweds took to the floor for their first dance and enjoyed every moment of it.
“I’ll always remember our first dance as one of the few moments of the day where Ed and I could actually ‘stop’ and be together,” says Karis. “I just sang along and chatted with my new husband.”
Let Them Eat Cake!
Cupcakes decorated in muted pastels looked stunning and tasted delicious.
“They were made by our good friend Leila from ‘What Leila Eats’,” says Karis. “I didn’t see them until the guests did too and couldn’t believe how incredible they looked.”
Advice From The Bride
“Try to enjoy it! Things can get stressful when you’re planning your day. Take people up on their offers of help and don’t ‘sweat the small stuff’.”
Images © Natalie J Weddings Photography
If you think that this magical wedding venue in West Sussex would be the perfect place for your wedding, find out more on the Upwaltham Barns listing page and arrange a visit to see it for yourself.