Setting the Scene
Not many couples can claim that they knew their venue was ‘the one’ before they’d even left the car park, but for Emma and Lucy, Upwaltham Barns had already blown them away.
“We fell completely in love with this venue’s charm and setting surrounded by beautiful countryside,” says Lucy. “We wanted an old, vintage feel for our wedding, so it was perfect for us.”
Lucy chose a friend’s pearl necklace for her something borrowed and accessorised with Jimmy Choo shoes.
Emma’s dress gave her the opportunity to change her look from day to night.
“I wore a vintage lace tea-dress from White Leaf Bridal in Brighton. Lace sleeves kept my look traditional for the ceremony, and then I removed them for an alternative style in the evening.”
Harriet Wilde shoes, a pearl bracelet and drop earrings completed Emma’s big day look.
Well-Groomed Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
“We gave our bridesmaids a budget and colour and let them choose their own outfits,” says Lucy. “The end result was amazing – every one of them wore something different and one even chose a jumpsuit!”
“For the bridesman and groomsmen, though, we did take charge!” they laugh. “We wanted their outfits to suit our venue and the vintage country theme.”
Sourcing tweed waistcoats, stone trousers and aubergine ties and bowties fitted the bill perfectly.
Order of the Day
After exchanging vows in the East Barn, the newlyweds kicked off the celebrations with a drinks reception in the courtyard at their picturesque West Sussex wedding venue.
“We had two incredible violinists play during the ceremony and drinks reception, too,” says Emma.
The couple chose their favourite foods in canapé form in place of traditional starters.
“We didn’t want an overly formal sit-down meal, so this suited our laid-back approach to the day,” explains Lucy.
Continuing the theme, everyone tucked into fish and chips for their main course, before helping themselves to ice cream from a vintage cart for dessert.
“The caterers at Upwaltham Barns were incredibly accommodating of our requests and ensured our menu was one to remember.”
Having chosen to marry in September, Lucy and Emma were inspired by the season when it came to styling their barn wedding venue.
“We chose an accent colour of aubergine to enhance the autumnal, warm feel for our relaxed day,” says Lucy.
Decorating this couple’s day was a real team effort, with family and friends all pitching in.
“Lucy’s best friend Harriet is very creative, so she made a lot of decorations for us,” Emma explains. “She created the sign post outside, the bunting in the barn, garlands to wrap around the beams and even our seating plan.”
“My mum created an old-fashioned sweetshop style table of treats, as well as teacup candles for the centerpieces. Lucy’s mum made beautiful autumnal flower baskets, which provided a lovely welcome for our guests.”
“An awesome live band joined us after the meal. They had everyone up and dancing all night long,” the couple enthuse.
“We decided that we would freestyle our first dance and just enjoy the moment. We chose a song that we’d heard the night Lucy proposed, so it was very special to us.”
For both Emma and Lucy, one moment from their big day stood out above all others.
“Seeing Lucy for the first time as I walked down the aisle was my favourite,” Emma says.
“Seeing Emma walking towards me took my breath away, she looked sensational,” Lucy echoes.
Advice from the Brides
“Try to enjoy the entire experience of planning. The team and package at Upwaltham Barns were so incredible. They put so much thought into every last detail and it’s something we’ll never forget.”
Images © James Grist Photography
To see more of this beautiful West Sussex wedding venue, check out the Upwaltham Barns listing page.