A perfectly timed proposal meant that Keziah and Sam’s wedding planning got off to a flying start.
“We got engaged in December, which meant we could look around possible venues in West Sussex and see them as they would be for the November big day we were dreaming of,” says Keziah.
It was Bartholomew Barn, a beautiful wedding venue in West Sussex, that stole this couple’s hearts.
“We fell in love with the huge open fire in the barn,” says Keziah. “The venue was cosy and warm yet big enough to accommodate everything we wanted, including a live band. We loved that it was essentially a blank canvas, giving us the freedom to build our day as we pleased.”
There aren’t many brides who find ‘the one’ in the very first dress they try on, but for Keziah it was meant to be.
“I visited Mathila Rose in West Sussex with my mum and maid of honour,” explains Keziah. “My ‘Roberta’ dress by Maggie Sottero was the first I tried. It was perfect and I loved the backless detail, so we thought, why shop more?”
The bride accessorised with nude heeled boots from ASOS.
“I wore moonstone and topaz earrings, gifted to me by my nan, for my something blue and a silver ring from my great nan for my something old,” says Keziah.
Four bridesmaids joined Keziah for her journey down the aisle.
“I didn’t even want to try and find one dress to suit each of my best girls,” explains Keziah. “They’re all so different! Instead, they chose dresses in light and dark blue and grey and looked amazing.”
Suited and Booted
Jennis & Warmann were Sam’s tailors of choice for his aisle attire. The groomsmen dressed in grey tweed suits from the same tailors.
“Sam wouldn’t show me what he was wearing until the big day, so I had to trust his judgment,” says Keziah. “I absolutely loved what he chose!”
Style it Out
“We’re very outdoorsy, so a classic white wedding just wouldn’t have worked for us,” explains Keziah. Instead, the couple embraced a relaxed, woodland theme for their day.
“We hired in drapes to cover the curtains, installed a fairy light canopy and put up two chandeliers. I made all of the table decorations myself in the evenings leading up to our wedding – something I absolutely loved!” Keziah reveals.
A muted blue and grey colour scheme, complemented by green and white florals, enhanced the forest feel for their celebration at this West Sussex wedding venue.
Top of this couple’s wedding wish-list was a free bar and live music.
“We wanted everyone to have the best time in an informal setting,” says Keziah. “We knew the day would be magical for us, but we wanted it to feel that way for everyone else too.”
The barn set the scene for a brilliant drinks reception with Prosecco and Mr & Mrs cocktails, while Pieminister pies and a Mexican street food van proved equally popular with guests.
Words of Advice
Keziah and Sam have a great money-saving tip when it comes to feature flowers.
“Take your flowers from your ceremony venue to your reception too. You can reuse them to decorate the top table.”
Images © Naomi Kenton Photography
If you’d like to find out more about this breathtaking wedding venue in West Sussex, visit the Bartholomew Barn listing page.