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Stratton Court Barn Wedding – Musicians, Tattoos and Pumpkins

Hi everyone! I’m super excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you. Dani and Jordan held their wedding at the lovely Stratton Court Barn in Oxfordshire in October last year. The day was glorious and we were treated to some pretty incredible light and lovely warm weather. The day was really chilled, with an emphasis on having a lovely time with the people that they love the most. I left feeling like i’d just had a lovely warm hug. Thank so much guys <3
 
Here are some of my favourite images and a run down of the day from the couple.
 
 
Venue:
 
we are a fan of all things rustic, vintage and shabby chic, and from the start knew our venue had to be a converted barn! We viewed quite a few barn venues, but chose ours because of the beautiful countryside location, the flexibility with having the decorations we wanted, and most importantly the fact that we could choose our own caterers and have our own music and entertainment. Many venues we viewed only allowed you to choose food and a DJ from their own select list- whereas we knew what kind of catering we wanted (relaxed afternoon tea) and we also wanted Jordan’s band to play and didn’t want your average wedding DJ.
 
 
Outfits: High Street Stores
 
We are a fan of vintage style and from the start knew that we wanted the groomsmen to wear vintage style suits, so we chose navy suits with a subtle herringbone pattern. Jordan also wore a similar vintage style navy suit. The bridesmaids wore navy dresses to match. We didn’t want outfits that you see time and time again and weddings, we wanted something individual and to go with the vintage/shabby chic theming. We actually got a lot of inspiration for the suits from Peaky Blinders! We purchased the outfits from high street stores and stayed away from traditional wedding shops. Dani’s dress was actually only purchased two weeks before the wedding! She had bought a dress previously but did not feel it was quite ‘the one’. She wanted something with delicate lace that would reflect the style of the wedding, and eventually found it in a shop in Birmingham, who sold discontinued and one off dresses, so we knew it’d be unique.
 
 
 
Again we wanted something rustic and decided we wanted a naked cake. Our cake lady was sourced from our caterers (Time for Tea) and did a fantastic job of creating a classic naked cake with jam and cream, and dressed it up with flowers which matched our bouquets and a bunting cake topper, which we chose ourselves from hobbycraft! To add the finishing touch Jordan added two Nintendo figurines on top as he is a huge gaming fan!
 
 
Rings:
 
The brides ring is actually her grandmothers wedding ring which she has had for over 50 years and passed it down. Luckily there is a jeweller in the family and they had the plain gold band coated in white gold, and a vintage floral pattern engraving was added. The grooms ring was also from the family jeweller and was a white gold band with small beaded rivets around the edges.
 
 
Flowers:
 
To keep costs down, and also because she has a very good eye for flowers and decoration, the brides grandmother made all bouquets and buttonholes. She chose cream roses and gyspophelia for a classic vintage look and also added blue ribbon to match the navy outfits of the bridal party.
 
 
Photographer: Laura Rhian Photography
 
In early planning stages we actually decided not to have a photographer at all because we are not a fan of overly posed and cheesy wedding photos. After a bit of thought, we decided we did want our day documented- but in a more relaxed manner. Dani searched online and looked at quite a few photographers but they all seemed so ‘standard/typical wedding’! Until she came across Laura and automatically knew she’d be perfect as her style seemed so relaxed, natural and with a touch of unique individual style! (Plus she also likes cats so that was a winner with us!).
 
 
Evening entertainment:
 
We knew we wanted Jordan’s band to play (they were also the groomsmen!). Smith & Sons play weddings weekly- all over the UK and further afield, they perfectly fit our vintage relaxed style and obviously played the style of music we like, which is indie, rock and a touch of pop! One of the singers plays a banjo which is quite different and sounds amazing. They played acoustic for most of the set as Jordan is the drummer, then after the first dance and first few songs, he got up to play a few songs with them which was a great touch.
 
 
Table Decorations:
 
The main decorations were supplied by the caterers and were an Alice in Wonderland theme. We love Disney and decided to add a touch of Disney to our wedding, in a subtle and classic way. The tables were named after locations in Disney films and the table name cards and place cards were made by Dani herself, with the same floral vintage design as the invitations that were sent out. We also placed handmade favours out for our guests which included small decorated jars filled with sweets and rustic hessian bags filled with lavender. The jars on the table which the caterer put flowers in were also hand decorated by Dani.
 
 
When you were planning, what were the most important things that you wanted for your wedding?
 
The most important thing was that everything would be relaxed and slightly different to your average wedding. We didn’t want it to be ‘staged’ or cheesy, and we wanted it to reflect what we like and who we are as people.
 
 
Is there anything that you wished you had done differently?
 
On the whole, no. The day went perfectly and we were so happy with everything we chose. The only thing we wish we could have done is not to worry so much! It went so smoothly and the pre-wedding anxiety wasn’t needed!
 
 
Can you offer any advice to couples in the planning process?
 
Do not worry! Everything falls into place in the end and the stress is not worth it. Definitely go for themes and ideas that reflect you as a person and the things you enjoy in life, rather than the standard wedding themes that everyone else has. Also a lot of money can be saved by making your own invitations, place cards and favours if you are crafty and have a bit of spare time. I actually really enjoyed making things for the wedding and liked the fact that it made it unique!
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