Laura & Mitch
Laura and Mitch set out to create a relaxed, summer garden party atmosphere for their guests and that’s exactly what they got. Their wedding, in August 2015, took place on one of the hottest days of the year so they and their lucky guests made the most of the idyllic gardens and paddock at Clock Barn.
When Laura and Mitch started searching for their perfect wedding venue, they had a list of must-have to hand – they wanted a barn that would be great in summer with lots of outdoor space and the freedom to have a live band. Luckily, they found all that, and more, at Clock Barn:
“We fell in love with Clock Barn the moment we pulled up the mile-long drive and saw pheasants and bunnies run across our path. Clock Barn allowed us to host the ceremony and reception in a beautiful and central location in the Hampshire countryside. We loved the rustic feel that the Barn provided and the competency of the lovely staff who seemed to be able to cater for our every need very willingly.” – Laura.
Laura and Mitch chose a gorgeous cornflower blue and ivory colour scheme for their wedding as it reflected the meadow and sky and gave the fresh feeling that they wanted to create. Blue also happens to be Laura’s favourite colour so she was able to include the beautiful ‘Love In The Mist’ flowers in her bouquet as well as adding a fabulous Gypsophila flower crown to her outfit.
“We made quite a lot of the rustic decorations ourselves, this included collecting pheasant feathers for our bouquets and buttonholes, making confetti cones out of old vintage books and filling them with real, dried rose petals. We collected jars, jugs and old books for our table displays plus made hand-stamped kraft tag name places attached to a feather and key (a secret bottle opener) and our own photo booth props!”
“We also attached childhood photos of the both to an ombré helium balloon display and made a welcome to our wedding sign that I got printed off Pinterest, a floral ladder, a table plan where I painted a blue canvas and used pegs to hang the bunting names. I made some pom poms that hung behind the top table, a guestbook made out of a old pallet and shaped into a heart where people could write their names on, heart table confetti that was stamped from old books as well as wooden heart table confetti that was stamped with our wedding date and finally kids party bags that I filled with colouring activities from Pinterest!” – Laura.
Laura wore a beautiful Justin Alexander gown that worked with the boho feel of the day and included fab off-the-shoulder and lace details. After visiting six bridal shops, Laura fell in love with this design as soon as she tried it on and, with its figure hugging design and flared hem, it was her absolute dream dress.
“My shoes were simple Rainbow Club ivory heels – you couldn’t see much under my buoyant hem and I just needed a slight height as Mitch isn’t too much taller. I wore a very simple sterling silver knot ring that my mum made when she was at school for my ‘something old’. I had a borrowed an Agent Provocateur blue garter from my cousin who had recently got married as my ‘something blue/borrowed’. I kept my jewellery to a minimum as I didn’t want it to distract from the simplicity of the look and my gorgeous wedding ring was designed by the ring studio in Southampton who engraved our wedding date inside it.” – Laura.
Mitch sourced suits for himself and the groomsmen from Next and despite the soaring temperatures on the day, everyone loved the brown tweed woolen suits! Laura bought Mitch personalised cufflinks to wear and the couple purchased simple Ascot-style silk cravats from Etsy to match their colour scheme.
The White Horse Flower Company worked with Mitch and Laura and the delightful bouquets and arrangements made Laura fall in love with all things floral.
“Our florist got our vision straight away and she really went to town with the country-detailing – there were real feathers and even dried raspberries in my bouquet. The flowers ranged from Nigella, daisies, delphiniums, spray roses, scabious and corn flowers.”
The expert on-site catering team provided the delicious food and drink that included Pimms cocktails and canapés, asparagus, roast lamb, lemon posset and the couple’s evening food was served in the garden and featured ‘Street Feast’ options plus a vintage popcorn machine and ice cold beer barrels.
“The expert on-site catering team are exceptional at their job – you immediately feel in safe hands as you start discussing your ideas; you feel as if they are willing to cater for your every need. It’s literally some of the best food we’ve ever eaten and the service staff all day were amazing.” – Laura.
As the super hot summer day drew to a close, Laura and Mitch took to the dancefloor for their first dance, ‘Loving You’ by Minnie Riperton and played by their band. Academy Allstars from Tailored Entertainment kept the party going all evening long, playing all of Laura and Mitch’s favourite tunes and really bringing that fun, festival atmosphere to Clock Barn.
“After the ceremony when Mitch and I were whisked away for some photos where we could breathe a little and just be together. I knew summer fields surrounded Clock Barn and I had arranged with our photographer to find one for photos. We hired a gorgeous VW camper van from Vinnie’s Vintage Vehicles which I used to collect when I was younger and it tied in with our theme beautifully, and we were plodding along the mile long driveway and just stumbled across this perfect cornfield. We sneakily waded through it in my beast of a dress and it was so much fun. We ended up getting some amazing photos that felt so natural and yet iconic.”
“My number one tip is to have fun planning your wedding – it all happens so quickly and you’ll wish you could do it all over again. Secondly, make sure the wedding reflects you and your partner’s style and don’t let family upset you – the whole reason they’re coming is to celebrate YOUR love so don’t let them make it about them. Lastly, choose a great photographer – those memories are so valuable and it’s worth spending money on someone who gets your vision and who you get along with!” – Laura.
Looking for more summer wedding inspiration? Then check out Sian and Joe’s relaxed and rustic day at Clock Barn and see how amazing it was!
Photography: Mia Photography