Lian & Ray - July 2019, Maidens Barn Wedding
We met through my best friend (She & Ray were friends since school). We were together 10 years before he finally asked me (I may have threatened all sorts but that’s not the point). We got engaged on Xmas day 2017 and got married 18 months later. I had waited long enough!
The venue is so beautiful, nothing needed changing and the simplicity of just fairy lights etc is exactly what we wanted. The team at maidens barn is what sold it to us, nothing was too much and they made sure it was as relaxed as possible. We really wanted a relaxed BBQ and party with no formalness!
Inspiration for the day
Ray didn’t want a big fuss and loads of people whereas I wanted all the people and a huge fuss! We are both really laid back and love a BBQ so that was a must for us. Food, drink and dancing were so important and they were all fab. The photo booth was loved by all too and I only went though the photos again for the 100th time yesterday! We also had a last dance to green day, time of your life, instead of a first dance which was perfect and finished off the day better than I could have hoped.
What they wore
My mums side of the family are Scottish and Ray‘ name is also Scottish so we had a piper and rays waistcoat was in the Gunn clan Tartan. I loved that the most about his suit. The thing I loved most about the dress was detail of the top and the simplicity of the bottom . I have never worn anything off the shoulder but this stayed up and fitted perfectly!
My something borrowed was shoes. They were Rays sisters wedding shoes! I decided against any jewellery apart from earrings (from my bridesmaids) as the dress spoke for itself and I didn’t want to overdo it with too much bling! Mum made a trinket for my bouquet out of material from her wedding own dress and in it was a photo of me on my christening day. First tears of the day when she gave that to me!
My hair (and all bridesmaids hair) was done by Cally Oswald. My sister from another mister and forever friend! Makeup for all of us was done by Jemma Moss.
Ray wore a dark navy suit, Gunn clan tartan waistcoat and black shoes. It was a surprise for me on the day! Ray went shopping with his mum and sisters then my dad got the same and I only knew the colour etc on the day! It was perfect.
The bridesmaids dresses were hunter green and suited all three of my gorgeous bridesmaids different hair colour and complexions. I wanted something they would all feel comfortable in and the dresses were so flattering. The colour fitted perfect with an outdoor barn!
“From the minute we met over cake & coffee I felt so relaxed. You really understood how informal we wanted things and honestly you were the best choice we could have made.
The best photos are the ones where we didn't even know you were taking them and that was what I wanted the most. I felt like I had my friend taking them & everyone said how fab you were!”
The flowers - My Fair Lady, White Roding
I went for simple whites and greens! Perfect for the style of venue. White roses and geraniums and green foliage. I went for flower baskets for centrepieces so that people could take them home and keep in garden. Shame to see flowers always go to waste!
We had scratch cards as wedding favours! We love scratch cards so was the perfect wedding favour, and even had a few winners on the day!
We didn’t need to add anything to the venue decor wise. It was simple and perfect. We only added a photo booth and card table
Ray's uncle handmade our rings, and Ray's mum was our ring bearer. He didn’t have best men etc (keeping with the informal theme!)?
We didn’t have any children at the wedding, looking back this was definitely the right decision and everyone just enjoyed the party!
The Cake - Collier Row Cupcakes
I love buttercream and hate icing so went for a three tier, chocolate, red velvet and then chocolate again cake! Buttercream icing. Again it was simple but gorgeous
My dad walked me down the aisle and the piper played 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri for the entrance. We had the shortest vows and ceremony ever! We were able to have a ceremony of only 12 people but at the same time have 100 outside enjoying a magician (Nick Crown, literally the best magician and slight of hand artist I have ever seen!) until we joined them. Was just perfect for both of us, he got the small ceremony and I still got to walk through everyone and be centre of attention!
Piano DJ provided our evening disco. He was fabulous and had the floor filled the entire night.
I did a first dance with my dad to Guns and Roses 'Sweet Child O' Mine', and me and Ray did a last dance to Green Day 'Time of your life'
Words of wisdom for future couples
Do what is right for you both. It may not be the norm but that doesn’t matter. It is your day. A fabulous wedding truly is made by the people in it and we have the most amazing family and friends who we are lucky to share it with. I swear I didn’t stop smiling the entire day. It was worth the wait!