Phoebe and Steve – An Autumnal Rustic Barn
Childhood sweethearts, Phoebe and Steve, originally became an item after Steve kept poking fun at Phoebe for getting very drunk at a local horse event (she has never lived it down). 7 years later they got engaged on Phoebe’s birthday during a trip to Jamaica.
After a day out exploring the mountains on the island, Steve ordered a bottle of champagne, Phoebe thinking it was a bottle of birthday fizz, didn’t quite realise what was about to come next! Steve handed her a little gift wrapped box, accidentally wrapped in Christmas paper by his Mum. Thinking it was a nice pair of earrings, imagine Phoebe’s shock at seeing a beautiful ring inside. She was so busy crying, Steve had to repeat the question, to which of course she said a big fat yes! Steve was so nervous afterwards he even began to describe the ring as per the buyers guide as he’d read it so many times before buying it.
They chose to get married at Oxleaze Barn, where they had the opportunity to take a gorgeous blank canvas and put their own stamp on it – the perfect setting for their Rustic theme. Incorporating autumnal colours with flowers from Bumble and Wild Phoebe wore a gorgeous lace gown by Maggie Sottero, whilst the bridesmaids wore wine coloured Ted Baker gowns and the groomsmen dressed in amazing suits from Vintage Suit Hire. Phoebe remembers a touching moment on the morning of her wedding when her mum and 9 year old niece spotted a robin out the window. Her niece turned to her mum and said, “A robin on your wedding day means a lost loved one is there looking down on you.” Phoebe knew her Gramps had come to watch over her.
After sneaking off for some photos in the private garden and to let it soak in that they were actually married, Steve, Phoebe and their guests enjoyed an incredible wedding breakfast, lovingly prepared by Jack’s Kitchen, who they booked nearly two years in advance to cater to their style of food and not charge the earth. The couple handmade a lot of extras for their wedding, including wooden name places for their guests, homemade chocolate, rum and raisin fudge and little bottles of elderflower cordial per person to put in their glass of fizz. Phoebe was a bit of a dab hand at DIY, making all her own stationary including invites, order of service and the guest book. They finished the evening with a delicious hog roast from a local butcher, Paddock Farm butchers – a fab pick me up before dancing the night away to some classic wedding tunes.
“The couple managed to organise a lot of their wedding in the first couple of months of planning, giving them almost two years to save the money and break it down into manageable chunks to pay for it on their own.”
“Pinterest is your best friend.”
“Keep the details of your wedding sparse so it’s a surprise for everyone on the day – help’s avoid any politics.”