Annie & Lewis – The Garden Barn Wedding

Here’s a little interview with Annie the lovely bride, telling me all about her and Lewis’ gorgeous Garden Barn Suffolk wedding.,,,

Tell me a little about you and Lewis?

Lewis and I have been together for 3 years and engaged for a year and a half. I had no clue Lewis was going to propose. It was Christmas Eve and we had decided to make our own tradition of giving each other a Christmas present early. I had given Lewis a silly present and was waiting on mine. I didn’t at the time understand why Lewis was so anxious for me to keep my eyes shut and had found it funny he had asked me to put a blanket over my head. When I took the blanket off he was down on one knee. It was the most amazing feeling! That was and will be the best Christmas ever!

How would you describe your wedding and did you have a style or theme?

I would describe our wedding as the most wonderful day – so chilled and relaxed.  We had the most beautiful weather and really enjoyed the day drinking and eating sitting in the picturesque garden. It was so nice to celebrate with my closest friends and family. The highlight for me was marrying Lewis – it was the most amazing feeling declaring my love in front of friends and family to the man I’m so glad I found. The whole day was filled with love and it’s a day I will never forget!

Our wedding style was rustic vintage.  I wanted wedding flowers that were very natural and loved the soft pastel colours and loved roses and peonies. I was a little nervous as you don’t really know what your flowers will look like until they day but they were perfect. Just what I had imaged! They went with the theme perfectly.

You chose The Garden Barn venue, what made you decide on this venue?

We had visited a few venues before we booked The Garden Barn, but nothing felt quite right. I knew I wanted a barn wedding and as soon as I stepped inside the barn I fell in love. The beams were beautiful and the garden was lovely. I just knew I wanted our wedding there.

Any tips for saving money and what are you glad you spent money on?

My best tip is to try and make as much as you can. I made my own invites, wedding favours, table plan, chair decorations and more. Pinterest helped with this too. I bought the bridesmaid dresses from Asos and customised the belts, that was a great money saver.   I was pleased we spent money on Lewis’s suit. He had a tailor made suit and it fitted perfect. He looked so smart and handsome.

What did you wear – dress, accessories and shoes, and what did your bridesmaids wear? Did you have professional hair and make-up?

I work for Phase Eight and we have a beautiful bridal collection. I had been working in the Freeport Braintree Outlet just after the proposal and was curious as to what style would suit me so tried a few on. I instantly fell in love with one, I was so pleased with it on the day it felt amazing!

Lewis wore a tailor made suit from Trotter and Dean in Bury St Edmunds which fitted with the theme perfectly.

The bridesmaid dresses were from Asos and my mum custom made the belts. They were a perfect colour and everyone commented on how lovely they were.

Lewis had bought me as a wedding present my Tiffany necklace which was perfect for the wedding day and it was such a lovely surprise. My mum had made me a bracelet from the pearls of her wedding necklace and added blue beads in for something old, new, borrowed, blue. My shoes were one of my favourite accessory. I had hunted for a pair of shoes I liked for a while and came across a designer called Charlotte Mills. Every shoe in her bridal collection are amazing but I loved the heart detail on the back of mine.

My make up was by Sabrina Professional Make up – she did an amazing job.

I was being so indecisive about my hair and it started to get very stressful. My friend was amazing and practised lots of different hair styles on me but I didn’t decide on which style to go for until the day before the wedding and on the day it looked perfect. I was so grateful to her for being patient with me.

What other little touches did you have?

My favourite touch of the day was the  Polaroid station we had. I had bought a Polaroid camera with film and left it for people to take photos and hang them up on the board. It was nice to get some silly photos and photos of people in the evening. It’s a great reminder of the day. The other thing that was a great hit was the flip flops. I had bought 30 or so pairs of flip flops from Primark in different sizes. This was great for the ladies that had worn their heels all day and meant they could dance more in the evening.

What kind of cake did you have?

I originally always wanted a naked cake until I went to a vintage wedding fair and saw the work of Amelie’s Kitchen.  Helen’s cakes were amazing, so detailed and so vintage looking. After a cancellation our date became available and I booked up straight away. It tasted amazing!

What kind of evening entertainment did you go for?

Lewis used to DJ so we knew music would be easy to organise and we chose a friend of Lewis’ to DJ for us.  We asked everyone to choose a song that would make them get up and dance and it was so nice hearing people say “this is my song”.  We also hired our LOVE letters for the dance-floor.

How did you feel on receiving your wedding photos?

I was so exited when we got the email through for the photos. I was quite sad when the wedding was over and it was so nice re-living the day again through the photos. Clare captured all the moments perfectly, telling the whole story of the day. I can’t wait to look at them in 20 years time and still be just as in love.

And now for the photos….


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