With a July wedding date in mind, Kelly and Adam were looking for a beautiful barn wedding venue in the West Sussex countryside.
They came across Bartholomew Barn and fell in love!
“I loved how pretty the grounds were,” smiles Kelly. “We wanted a barn with outside space and the flower gardens captured my interest.”
Design and Décor
The happy couple chose a seasonal theme of ‘colourful flowers’, embracing a range of blooms. As a carpenter, Adam made a beautiful arch adorned with flowers which the happy couple married beneath.
“We wanted a boho look which we achieved ourselves,” explains Kelly. “Adam made our guest book which was on an easel, we both made our tree of love and I created the table centres.”
The table centres were a family affair, with jam jars decorated by Kelly’s mum that were then filled with flowers arranged by both Kelly’s mum and her mother-in-law.
“These were placed in the fireplace during the ceremony and on the tables for the wedding breakfast,” says Kelly.
The bride wore a slipper satin Payton dress with Voulaire lace overdress by Charlie Brear.
“It was the first dress I tried on and I loved the lace and the boho feel,” explains Kelly. “I chose a lace belt that defined my shape but had a flow with the overdress.”
She completed the look with a Pandora bracelet and a bangle from Adam, continuing the boho style with a full-length veil and flower garland.
Meanwhile, Adam looked the part in a navy suit from Next and pastel green tie. Finally, the bridesmaids were beautiful in pale green multiway dresses from Debenhams, accessorising with flowers in their hair and silver bangles from Kelly.
Order of The Day
Following their romantic ceremony in the barn itself, Pimms and canapés were served in the courtyard.
Moving in to dine, a delicious camembert starter commenced the wedding breakfast, and Kelly and Adam celebrated with their guests.
As day turned to evening, the newlyweds took centre stage for their first dance to ‘Only One’ by the John Butler Trio before the DJ took requests and the dance floor filled.
“Friends and family were all dancing together. There was even a pile up (on top of the groom) and ties around heads,” laughs Kelly. “We had blue up lighting around the barn which looked really effective on the bare brick walls.”
Fish and chip cones were a popular choice for evening dining and the perfect finale to this most special summer day.
“Walking down the aisle. I was so nervous but I held on to my dad's arm and smiled at our guests before looking up at Adam and seeing the beautiful arch that he had made as a surprise.”
Advice from the Bride
“Take memory snapshots in your head on the day, these will stay with you and bring back happy memories. This was given to me as advice by other brides.”
Images © Camilla Hards Photography