Good afternoon everyone, I hope that by now, all you brides and grooms who have yet to book your wedding photography has seen this incredible opportunity launched this morning on Love My Dress. This afternoon, we’;re turning our focus to Jack and Jasmine’;s beautiful summer wedding that took place on 10 August last year with a ceremony at St Margaret’;s Church, in Rottingdean, Brighton, followed by a reception at Court Garden Farm and Vineyard in Ditchling.
This is a really pretty, relaxed and elegant rustic barn style celebration with lots of thoughtfully gathered detail – I hope you enjoy.
“I never started with a set colour theme – the pinks and greens just evolved through the bridesmaid dresses and then the flowers. I also just liked the country feel and knew I wanted bunting and hay bales! Doilies became a bit of a theme for inside the barn and I collected many from charity shops and ebay to go on the tables and had some hanging from the walls.“
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Turner and Moss
“Jack and I met through a friend in 2006 in Oxford, and started dating in November of that year! We got engaged in January 2012. Jack took me away on a surprise weekend to a beautiful little cottage near Arundel. Dinner was on the go and the log fire was burning when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We popped the champagne and had a wonderful weekend in the countryside celebrating together. Our families from Bournemouth and Brighton came to Arundel on the Sunday, to meet and celebrate the good news.”
“We chose St Margarets Church, in Rottingdean, Brighton, for our ceremony as it is in the village where Jack grew up and is attached to the primary school he attended. It is also very beautiful and stands in the centre of the village.
Our reception was at Court Garden Farm and Vineyard in Ditchling. We knew we wanted a barn venue and Jack stumbled across this place on the internet! We went to view it in the snow a couple of weeks after we got engaged -i t was the first and last place we looked at! We loved the rustic and authentic vibe a working farm and vineyard provided.
The owners, Jenny and Howard, were also very welcoming and extremely helpful. This venue was also the blank canvas we were looking for and we were able to have the barn for the whole day before the wedding so we could decorate.”
“Most of the items used to decorate our venue were collected by us and our family members, they included vintage books, doilies, tins, jars, ladder, rugs, cushions, glass bottles and watering cans from my dad’;s garden. We had some old family suitcases and wooden crates that we had at home already which we also used. We bought 2 vintage metal bath/troughs which we used for the bottled drinks. We also created a sweet area and a dressing up corner with disposable cameras.
We hired mis-matched vintage napkins and an old typewriter from Rosie Watson.”
“We used bunting – much of it from our friend Lotte and all homemade by her very talented mum. Lotte also lent us the use of her vintage crockery which had been used at her wedding in 2012. The paper lanterns in the barn were from Tiger.”
“Our florists were Pollen of Brighton. I wanted soft looking flowers with natural/pastel tones with an overall effect of a country field! I imagined they would look like someone had been out to pick them in the morning, and in fact some of the flower arrangements in the big jugs were just that, picked and arranged by Jacks mum, Julie!
I was so happy with the flowers at the barn that the florist arranged for us in the many vintage glass bottles that we had collected. The hydrangeas, sweet peas and peonies were perfect and mixed with some flowering mint and other bits, smelt good too! The bouquets also reflected this and I was keen to get a ‘wild’ look to my bouquet – Donal at Pollen flowers was very accommodating and searched and travelled to find the flowers that would work best – I was thrilled with the result.”
“My dres was by designer Jean Fox and I purchased it from Wedded Bliss in Beaulieu. I had thought I would opt for strapless and up until the point I put my dress on all I had tried had been strapless! So when I put it on I was shocked at how much I loved it. If felt classic but a little different and I liked the shape it gave me. I also loved that the back was lower than usual, plus I loved the train! I felt really comfortable in it, and my mum and sisters commented that my demeanour changed and I seemed happier and relaxed! We all became a bit emotional which I really hadn’t expected.
My veil was from Etsy and my shoes were second hand vintage Russell and Bromley. I love them and now have them on display in our lounge!”
Jasmine’;s bridesmaids wore gowns from Kaliko via Debenhams and Coast – and each wore their own shoes.
“My bridesmaids wore their own earrings and necklaces if they wanted to. On the morning of the wedding I gave them all an antique pearl bracelet to wear. Each was unique and I had been trying to find the perfect ones to suit each of them for months – I hope I succeeded!”
“I hand drew our wedding initiation – I was actually inspired by a design I had seen on Pinterest! I tied them up into bundles using green and white bakers twine. I also made the table plan by taking the glass out of a large frame, painting and distressing the frame and covering the back board in a wrapping paper from paperchase. I then stapled string across and used pegs to peg on the table plan cards which I had printed on brown paper and backed on more floral wrapping paper.
For our menu we bought a big chalk board from TK Maxx and some chalk board pens. I then wrote up the menu and the itinerary and we displayed it where guests came into the courtyard.:
“We hired caterer Jacqui Hobbs. Jacqui was amazing, not only in the run up with contact and tasting sessions, but also with helping with the logistics of the day. On the day she was flexible, calm and understanding. I can’t recommend her highly enough!
My sister Abigail of Made With Love Cakes made our beautiful cake! She came up with some designs based on a floral theme and I gave a few colour ideas – I liked the idea of a bit of gold! Then she pretty much planned and created it from there – I was amazed at the intricacy of the flowers and am so glad it was all made with sisterly love! The cake bunting was handmade and I bought it off Etsy . The wood that the cake stood on was the handiwork of Jacks dad who is handy with a chainsaw!”
“We hired Amy of Turner and Moss to take our wedding photographs. We had a great but windy pre-shoot on Brighton beach which was fun! Amy and Andy were great at keeping in touch and the process was very smooth – personal touches like a Christmas card were really appreciated!
We were delighted with the final photos and love the finish on them – they captured some great moments and details of the day. The vicar commented on how professional and discreet they had been throughout the service and this continued during the day, there were many shots where I thought, I didn’t know they had taken that! I especially loved the sequence of ‘throwing the bouquet’ shots.”
“I wore a pair of earrings that were from a jewellery shop in Notting Hill, bought whilst shopping with my best friend and bridesmaid Victoria. My gold bracelet was given to me to wear by my mum, which had been worn my my great nana, nana, mum, auntie and now my sister also on their wedding days.”
“Jack wore a Reiss suit and tie from Tieplant. Karl and James were Jack’s best men and were perfect in the lead up and on the day – organising and herding whenever needed! They both wore the same Reiss suit and Karl bought matching socks for them all.”
My dad, Malcolm, gave me away – we walked down the aisle to the traditional Bridal March by Wagner. We used the traditional vows during the ceremony and our friends, Mark and Lotte, each read something – this included ‘What is Love’; (anon) and The Newly Wedded by W.M.Praed.”
“We made our own playlist for the evening, but had a band in the courtyard for when guests arrived – Red Jackson are a brilliant rhythm and blues trio and we have the pleasure of sometimes seeing them busk in Brighton!“
“It is very hard to choose my favourite part of the day because I really did love it all, even the nervous butterflies in the morning! I loved the ceremony, I was so happy to get to Jack at the end of the aisle!
I loved playing rounders with everyone, it was so much fun and we were really lucky to have such perfect weather. Dancing through the evening was also a highlight, especially seeing my nephews with wigs and pom poms dancing the night away!“
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
“I suppose for the lead up my advice would be to enjoy it and try to get most of it done and organised as soon as you can so you can ‘relax’ for a couple of months before the wedding, and deal with anything that crops up. I sent out confirmation emails to all our suppliers with about 3 months to go which was lucky because we had forgotten to tell the band about the revised timings!
I think it is also important to stick to what you both want and to what you have envisaged for the day. Your memories of your wedding day are the most important thing so when the day arrives relax and have fun! People don’t notice if things go off plan and everyone is so happy you don’t need to worry about them.”
What a pretty summer wedding, huge thanks to Jack, Jasmine and their photography Amy of Turner and Moss for sharing this lovely day.
If you love what you see here ladies and gents, you might want to view more pages in these categories; barn wedding, summer wedding, pink, rustic weddings.
Have a lovely afternoon on this charming Spring day all,
Photographer – Turner and Moss
Venue – Court Garden Farm and Vineyard in Ditchling
Wedding Dress – Jean Fox via Wedded Bliss in Beaulieu
Veil/Headpiece – Etsy
Brides’; shoes – vintage Russell and Bromley’;s
Grooms Suit – Reiss + Tieplant
Bridesmaids – Kaliko from Debenhams + Coast + own shoes
Page boy – Trousers, shirt and bowtie combo from H&M
Flowers – Pollen
Cake – TMade With Love Cakes + cake bunting via Etsy
Transport – Alfred the morris minor + bus hired via Southern Transit
Entertainment – Red Jackson
Rings – Number 10 – Brighton
Catering – Jacqui Hobbs
Stationery – The bride
Hair and make-up Artist – Rebecca Sargeant of Beauty Call
Vintage items hired – Rosie Watson
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