Good morning everyone, and welcome to another beaut of a real wedding here on the blog! Forget the windy wet day that’s most likely tapping at your windows, as this wedding will take you right back to glorious sunshine, summer park strolls and village fetes. Fiona and Tim were married in my home county of Somerset at Almonry Barn in Langport. Such a beautiful part of England! And surrounded by woodland and rolling countryside fields.
The couple always dreamt of an old stone barn wedding and this place stole their hearts at first sight. They weaved classic festival-inspired elements into their day by handing out flip flops to all the ladies and bright retro sunglasses to everyone. With a short but very sweet ceremony, the couple then partied the summer night away with a vintage-style prosecco van, garden games and shots of Jaeger (the wedding favours!).
Our favourite things to do centre around good food and drink, relaxing with friends and family, listening to music in the sunshine – and ideally mixing all these things together! So that was really our starting point – get all the people we love together in a beautiful setting, relax, eat, drink and have fun.
Captured by Rose Images, this wedding celebrates rustic chic at it’s best – fairy lights, moss covered centrepieces, wooden-backed chairs, blush roses and an ambient, delightful atmosphere. We love it and we are thrilled to share it with all of you festival-loving gals.
Here’s groom Tim to tell you all about his beautiful barn wedding to Fiona….
Vintage Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring on Move-In Day!
Tim: Fiona was due to undergo some life-changing surgery to significantly reduce the chance of her getting breast cancer. I definitely wanted to propose before this and we were also moving into our first house together – so seemed the perfect time and also gave me the idea of how to pop the question. Unknown to Fi, I arranged to get the keys for our new house the night before we were due to move in – I then sneaked over there with a load of flowers, champagne, glasses and some cool ‘marry me’ bunting. I set it all up around the fire place then locked up ready for the big move the next day. When we got to the house in the morning, Fi was a bit suspicious as to why I had keys, but I mumbled an excuse and ushered her through the door and into the front room. She was so surprised – and I got on one knee and asked the question. Thankfully she said ‘yes’ and the deal was sealed by a vintage diamond and sapphire ring that has been in my family for four generations.
Old Stone Barn Venue Near Glasto
We were married at Almonry Barn in Langport, Somerset. This was our venue for both the ceremony and reception. The venue is a beautiful old stone barn – the oldest barn in the UK! The ceremony took place in the hayloft upstairs, and the wedding breakfast and reception took place downstairs.
We really wanted to get married in an old stone barn, so we initially started looking in the Lake District which was where we met. During our search we came across Almonry Barn, and the minute we walked in we just fell in love with it. There was the added bonus that it was close to Glastonbury, where we have been every year since 2010. This made it a clear winner!
Relaxed and Casual Festival Wedding
We wanted the day to feel relaxed and casual. We visualised a vintage/festival/woodland feel to our day; we didn’t want too much formality, so the focus was definitely on maximising the time that our guests had to mingle and unwind. We had a structure but didn’t stress about the timings too much and definitely didn’t want too many staged photos.
Simple and Pretty Hayloft Ceremony Area
We had a civil ceremony that was quick – we just wanted to crack on with the party! We had 2 short readings; the first from Winnie the Pooh and the second was the lyrics to ‘Wanna Be Yours’ by Arctic Monkeys – a song by a band we both love! It was read by a close friend of ours who set us up when we first met. The hayloft upstairs was so beautiful it hardly needed decorating. We had a couple of pew ends of flowers and a memory candle for Fiona’s brother who passed away at the end of the last year. We kept upstairs pretty simple!
The Perfect Photographer
We found Sally from Rose Images at a wedding fare, then looked her up online. We were drawn to her style as most we natural rather than staged. When we read her bio and saw she likes travelling and festivals we were decided that was it. We are so happy with all the images. She managed to capture the day so well and it was hardly noticeable that she was there. We couldn’t recommend her highly enough!
Fete Games, Prosecco Cart and Vintage Accessories
We wanted the venue to feel casual and fun. Outside we had traditional English fete games (like ‘bat the rat’, ‘coconut shy’ and ‘tin can alley’) which went down a hit with our guests.
Outside we had a ‘pimp your prosecco cart’. We bought a retro gold drinks cart from eBay and decorated it ourselves with some vintage inspired accessories. We also had hay bales don’t around outside. Finally, there were flip flops for the ladies and personalised brightly coloured sunglasses for everyone – an instant hit with our guests.
DIY Table Décor, Stamp Kit and Moss Covered Centrepieces
The tables were the most fun to design. We had moss covering the tables and tiny medicine bottles with a couple of flower stems in each. We did the name places ourselves by purchasing brown labels and a stamp kit, then stamped everyone’s names onto their place setting individually. The table names were all places we’ve visited together with polaroid’s of us in each location.
No Cake, Simple Food and Blush Wild Flowers
We didn’t have a cake! Neither of us have a sweet tooth, so this was a tradition we opted out of – we saved money to spend on the party!
Bramble and Wild, based in Frome, did all of our flowers. Grace was wonderful and definitely had a lot of experience with the relaxed and wild look we were trying to create. The colours of the flowers had to suit the day, so we went for blush (bridesmaid dress colour), burgundy (Groom’s suit), cream and sage. We loved the look of moss amongst the tables as this gave the day a woodland feel and we didn’t over do the flowers. They were brilliant on the day and completely stress free.
We used Pickle Shack which is the venue’s caterer. We had a delicious carrot and beef soup for starter, lamb as a main and brownie as a desert. We kept the evening food simple with bacon sandwich’s. We had a lot of compliments about the food after the wedding, so the caterers went down extremely well.
We gave our guests mini bottles of Jaeger – we LOVE a shot of Jaeger!
Romantic Wedding Gown and Shoes from Dune
Fiona’s dress was from Eliza Jane Howell. She’d been looking for something that wasn’t uncomfortable but still very flattering and she wanted it to be comfortable enough to dance in all night without feeling restricted. She went for a 1920’s-meets-woodland/romantic look.
Her shoes were from Dune – they didn’t stay on long! She also wore a chapel veil. She never really wanted a veil but tried one on in the dress fitting and loved it – it complimented the dress so well and made her feel that extra bit glamorous.
The girls and Fiona agreed on a colour and the type of look for the bridesmaid dresses – and they basically chose their own dresses! The dresses were from different places – one was from Topshop, one from ASOS and one from Frock and Frill.
Maroon Suit and Loafers
My suit was an unusual maroon/burgundy-ish colour that really went with the colour theme of the day. The suit was fitted – but worn with loafers and no tie – and still pretty relaxed. It was set off by a colourful pocket square and thistle button hole. Everything was from Paul Smith.
Neither of us are keen on formality so we did question whether to have a first dance at all. One of our favourite songs is ‘Out Of Time’, by Blur. We’ve actually heard Damon Albarn perform this song several times live, and once when he opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. The song just brings back so many memories of our relationship and when we met, so if we were going to have a first dance, that was definitely the song. We had our bridesmaids and groomsmen ready to join as soon as we gave them the nod!
We delayed the first dance by over an hour because the sunset was so beautiful outside, and everyone was out on the grass playing games, drinking prosecco and having fun. It was warm, a perfect summer’s evening and the first time we got to stand back and appreciate the setting and the day.
Don’t do tradition for the sake of tradition, do your own thing. Where you can, keep things simple – the more you can do that, the less stressful it will be and the less money you will spend!
The Line Up
Photographer: Rose Images
Venue: Almonry Barn
Bride’s dress and veil: Teokath Wimbledon
Hair: Another Little World
Make Up: Lewis Clarke
Groom’s Outfit: Paul Smith
Bridesmaids: Topshop, ASOS, Frock and Frill
Food: Pickle Shack
Flowers: Bramble and Wild
Garden: Cafe Bon Bon Ice Cream
Props: Personalised sunglasses
Rings: Eric Ross Jewellers