Oooh! I have another inspiring filled Tudor Barn wedding to share with you today.
This time the very lovely Aba and Joe, who got married in February 2013. Joe, who it appears is a bit of a smooth operator, decided to catch Aba completely off guard, with a marriage proposal in-between unpacking boxes on the 2nd day they moved into their new home!
Aba runs a fashion blog (by night) and we have been following each other on twitter for quite some time, so I was super excited to get my hands on their wedding day.
I love the fresh injection of the yellow against the sprinkling of snow. This south-east London wedding effortlessly has such a lovely warmth to it, captured by the talented Cecelina Photography who I am rapidly growing rather fond of!
Tell us about your proposal!
Joe surprised me with a proposal on the second day we moved into our new home. We were both utterly exhausted and after what seemed like hours of unpacking, we decided to have a little break.
We literally had nothing in our home just several unopened boxes and one plastic chair that Joe kindly let me sit on whilst he sat on the cold wooden floor (bless him!) Nu Bride: Clearly a true gentlemen Aba!
It was approaching dawn and a lovely sunset had appeared (we love sunsets!) so we stopped to admire the beautiful picturesque moment in our messy but perfect surroundings! Suddenly Joe turned to me and explained how happy he was and then out of nowhere he produced an engagement ring. I was in such a state of shock I couldn’t believe he had kept it a secret and most importantly hadn’t lost the ring during the move! To be honest, I was in such a state of shock, my mind has completely forgotten most of what Joe said afterwards. But what I do remember is that there were lots of tears (of happiness!) hugs, most importantly, I said yes!
The Wedding Venue:
We chose to hold our wedding ceremony at St Mary’s Church in Blackheath, South East London followed by the reception at the Tudor Barn
Dress and veil– Berketex Brides
Faux fur shrug – Coast
Tiara – My “something borrowed” from my sister
Shoes – Jenny Packham
Jewellery – Pearl earrings (Fraser Hart) necklace (Swarovski)
Hair and makeup – by my very talented sister Perky Effik
Bouquet and Flowers: Joanna Marriott Flowers
Perfume – Miss Dior Cherie
Bridal lingerie – Gossard
The Gorgeous Groom: Joe
Joe and his groomsmen all wore suits from Debenhams.
We searched several high street chains for suits and in the end Debenhams won by far. The quality of the suits were extremely good and fantastic value for money. Joe and all the groomsmen got so many compliments! The service at Debenhams branch in Bromley was extremely good.
My bridesmaids were my three sisters. I really wanted them to wear non-conventional bridesmaid outfits and since I was having a winter wedding I really wanted to try something different. I found the most beautiful elegant yellow cocktail dresses from Monsoon and chose chic fur jackets from Dorothy Perkins to go with it. They all wore gold shoes from various high street shops (Asos and Zara). I knew February weather can be cold and bleak month so I wanted my bridesmaids in colourful frocks to stand out. I didn’t expect it was going to snow so I think they were relieved they had their fur jackets!Nu Bride: Love this chic and modern look for bridesmaids!
Nu Bride: Such a beauty!
How did you find inspiration for your wedding day?
I found inspiration from several places; ranging from magazines to image searches on Pinterest, but my favourite were wedding blogs. (Nu Bride: yippee!)
I bookmarked dozens of real wedding features I found on blogs, where I found so many ideas and it is always so helpful getting insight from the brides themselves.
What was your favourite moment of your wedding day?
My favourite moment was definitely during our ceremony. As we each took turns to deliver our vows to each other in the presence of our friends, family and God I was overcome with emotion and utter happiness. It was also a relief once it was all over as I knew we could both let our hair down and enjoy ourselves immensely at the wedding reception.
It was really important I found the right stationery that reflected our style and the theme of our wedding and struggled to find exactly what I wanted. All our stationery including invitations, guest book, table names etc was created by the very talented Nicky at Birchwood Handcrafted Stationery. One day my sister showed me a beautiful handcrafted invitation and I knew that was the stationery we wanted! We were able to change and alter the invite exactly the way we wanted it to reflect our taste and adding our own stamp to it, like adding the key lock to each invite. I loved that personal touch to our invitations which was reflected throughout all our stationery.
The food at the Tudor Barn is excellent and had visited the venue’s restaurant several times before and had always been impressed with the food (which uses the best locally sourced produce) and service. We had canapés on arrival for guests and opted for the traditional three course wedding breakfast. For starters, guests were served duck liver and grand marnier parfait with fit and apricot chutney. Followed by roast breast of chicken with butter braised fondant, green beans, butternut squash puree and thyme jus for the main course.
The Tudor Barn is a beautiful, grade 2 listed building that dates back to the Tudor monarchy. Our wedding breakfast was held in the Tudor gallery with a beautiful burning stove at the far end of the room so we really wanted to enhance the original features rather than cover them with unnecessary décor.
We had simple white chair covers and lace bows. Our florist, Joanna Marriot, is incredibly talented and very creative. The theme of our wedding was yellow and white so I had a beautiful yellow and white flower bouquet. Joanna listened to our ideas of wanting an elegant yet breath-taking flowers to use as our centre pieces and she suggested my favourite, tulips, in a simple arrangement and in white. She also decorated the beams in the barn with ivy and lights too which made it look incredibly beautiful especially at night.
The first dance and your entertainment:
Our first dance was to Prince’s “Power Fantastic” one of our favourite songs. The Tudor Barn, supplied our entertainment including our DJ. Joe and I have a very large and varied music collection so we were adamant that they played only the songs on our created song list in exactly the order we requested it and they did!
What was the funniest moment:
The funniest moment had to be when I threw the bouquet. All the women were lined up waiting eagerly to receive it, yet surprisingly Joe’s cousin managed to catch the bouquet one-handed as she was holding her baby cousin with her other arm. (Nu Bride: Now that’s what I call the art of multi-tasking!) My photographer managed to catch this moment and every time I see the picture it makes me chuckle!
Thank you so much Aba and Joe for sharing your beautiful day with us and may I take this opportunity to wish you a belated Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary. Much love. xxx
All Image copyright: Cecelina Photography