Setting an April wedding date, Jade and Ellis were on the lookout for a barn wedding venue in Hampshire. Ideally, they wanted to celebrate their entire day in one place – from the ceremony to the evening party.
“We fell in love with the oak framed building,” explains Jade. “We also loved the fact that the venue had so much to offer and they were so well organised.”
Design and Décor
The happy couple chose a modern rustic theme to complement the style of the barn. And, as Ellis is an arborist, they wanted to include elements of wood and trees in their theme.
Midnight blue and a dusky pink were the chosen colours and fabulous floral centrepieces with an abundance of foliage by Dawn Jennings Floral Designer adorned the tables along with pretty tea lights. Pink chair ties continued the colour theme.
“We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere so that all our friends and family had a good time,” says Jade.
Jade wore a stunning gown from Wed2B.
“I went in to get some ideas and, as we were leaving, my mum pulled out the most gorgeous dress,” smiles Jade. “It had beautiful lace detailing and I knew there and then it was the dress for me!”
The elegant bride accessorised with diamond earrings, sparkly shoes and a garter made from fabric from her mother’s wedding dress.
Ellis hired a tweed suit from Black Tie in Crowthorne. Meanwhile, the five bridesmaids were stunning in long midnight blue dresses while Jade’s flower girl wore a white dress with midnight blue sash.
Order of The Day
Following their ceremony at Rivervale Barn, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed Pimms, White Peach Sangria and canapés before moving in to dine.
A delicious wedding breakfast started with a smoked bacon Scotch egg with fillet of beef and dauphinoise potatoes for the main course.
“We tried to keep the menu simple so that everyone would enjoy it,” explains Jade. “We served chocolate brownie and ice cream for pudding. The whole thing was fantastic!”
As day turned to evening, it was time to dance. Berkshire Events took control of the entertainment for the day, from the ceremony music to the evening disco. For their first dance, Jade and Ellis took to the floor to ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ by Queen.
“The ceremony. I was quite emotional at first but, when I got to Ellis, I just couldn’t stop smiling. It was the best feeling ever!”
Advice from the Bride
“If you find yourself getting stressed during the planning, walk away from it for a while. I only did wedding planning when I was in the mood for it. That meant I found the whole thing enjoyable as it was on my terms. All that really matters on the day is that you are marrying the person you want to spend your life with.”
Images © Nikki van der Molen Photography