We’re going sweet, simple and oh so stylish today with Joanna + Lucas’ wedding at the Gilbert White Barn, in Hampshire. They envisioned a relaxed and boho feel to their day and it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun. I have never seen as much love and emotion in a room before. Passion, laughter, happy tears and lots and lots of dancing. Joanna + Lucas’ friends and family really welcomed me and let me capture the day excatly as it unfolded. It was colourful, there was so much energy and happiness everywhere you looked. The barn was a visual feast of lovliness. Green hops hanging from the brown barn beams was the perfect contrast and really enhanced what was already a beautiful rustic space. Joanna designed all the stationairy herself and it tied in perfectly with the setting. Outside, the barn is surrounded by beautiful green rolling fields as far as the eye could see. The Gilbert White Barn is the perfect space for a Boho inspired, DIY wedding.
Here is what Joanna + Lucas had to say:
How did you meet? And how long have you been together? We met at university in the sailing club in 2010 and became official in January 2012, so we have been 6 years together.
How long did you take you take to plan the wedding? We spent 9 months planning our wedding.
How did you spend / allocate your budget? Decided on the things we wanted the most and were the most important to both of us and spent the most of the money on that. We also tried to do a lot ourselves to keep cost down.
How/Why did you choose your photographer? Kirsty was suggested to us by another photographer who did my friend’s wedding. I loved the documentary style photographs. When I saw Kirsty’s work I knew straight away she would be perfect for us!
What did you eat? In the day, we had delicious canapés as the guests arrived including little tarts, toasts and arancini. Then we had a huge hog roast with rolls, stuffing and apple sauce lots of lovely salads on the tables. For pudding we had lots of homemade cakes made by a local baker.
Wedding cake? My mum once again used another of her amazing talents here! – I sent her pictures of cakes I had seen on Pinterest and she did the rest! A delicious tower of three rich fruit cakes covered in marzipan and white icing with sage and gypsophila around each layer… And of course of little foxy Jo and Lucas sitting on the top! (I also bought these on etsy).
Entertainment? We had an amazing folk band, ‘Reavers Rant’ in the early evening which we had seen one time when we stumbled into a pub in Wickham. I just adore folk music and think it is the absolute best thing to dance to and you can’t help but feel happy when you hear it played live. For later in the evening we had our wonderfully talented friend Alex Yates who is my beautiful friend, Melly’s husband. Alex is one of the Sound as Funk collective, known for his awesome skills on the turntables and diversity in music selection. He takes influence from old school hip hop, funk, soul and disco and will play generally anything that gets people moving.
What was your biggest surprise of the day? One of my best friends Tallulah had said she was unable to make it to the wedding as she works abroad and was unable to get the time off… however in the weeks before the wedding she had manage to arrange to come and secretly told Lucas she could come and then took my by complete surprise when she came up to me outside the church!! Tears of joy all round!
Words of wisdom? Don’t stress, go with the flow and you will have the most wonderful day whatever!
Floristry – AT Cooper
Hops – The Hop Shop
Reception Venue – Gilbert White Barn
Tables / Chairs / Lights – Lewis Marquee
Wedding Cake – The Brides Mother
Catering – Catch a Fire Pizza
Wedding Dress – Ava Louise Bridal
Grooms Suit – Herbie Frogg
Bridesmaid Dresses – The Brides Mother
Hairdresser – Melly Yates