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Stalking the Prettiest of Pretties
I told you last week that we regularly talk about our dream weddings in the office. I showed you a glimpse of one of the dreams of a vintage garden party. One of us is getting married in September, so I am saving her inspiration board until closer to the date. I’m going to show you one of my dream days today. I have several dream weddings, I guess the great thing about not actively planning your wedding is that you don’t have to rule out any of the dreams!
This is the one that I am currently obsessing over. A rustic yet glamorous barn wedding.
I was originally inspired by this chandelier-bedecked barn in the top left. Gorgeous, isn’t it? I love the idea of something looking so uninspiring and every-day on the outside, then pulling a thick curtain aside to reveal a wonderland. So I thought, why not take it one step further?
Start with an outdoor ceremony, with patchwork quilts and picnic blankets tossed over hay bales acting as seats. An ornate door-frame, hung with a heavy, vintage print curtain (velvet, perhaps, or suede) forms the background to your vows. A few Tiffany lamps on pedestals mark the aisle and give a taster of what’s to come.
Our bride wears an a-line skirt (her hands tucked into her pockets) and this bright cardi from Kate Spade, paired with gorgeous shoes from Modcloth. Her gorgeous groom is wearing an equally individual take on wedding-wear. A light linen waistcoat, buttoned over a floral shirt with a daisy boutonniere and daisy cufflinks.
Once the rings are on (hand-beaten, fairtrade gold) and kisses are exchanged, the interior of the barn is revealed. Trestle tables, lace runners and vintage tableware are in the top half of the barn. The bottom half is sectioned off with that same material that draped the entrance and ceremony. After the meal, this is swept back, revealing a dance floor and a big band. Old romantic movies are projected onto the draping.
As the night wears on, a buffet is set up at the top of the barn. Oven baked chips and slabs of freshly baked bread allow guests to make their own chip buttie, an ice-cream parlour and mini bakery are set up – the perfect food for when you’ve had a few drinks and danced your feet off!
And to end the night? A sparkler-lit sending off of course!