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Bryony and Arran's Spring Wedding at Fitzleroi Barn

Before I jump right into the busy 2019 wedding season, now is the perfect chance to catch up on blogging some of the 2018 weddings I was lucky enough to photograph!

I'm starting off with Bryony and Arran's Spring wedding which took place on April 21st 2018 at the charming Fitzleroi Barn in West Sussex. Based out amongst the countryside of Fittleworth, the barn venue boasts miles of open fields which come to life with bright yellow rape seed plants for just a few weeks in the Spring time. Bryony and Arran picked the perfect date to tie the knot as the yellow fields were in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the temperature was a mild 20-25 degrees...perfect!

I actually knew Bryony already, she was a couple of years above me at St Mary's university and worked as a mentor for the Media Arts course whilst I was in second year. We loved her and she was always such a great help! When I met her and Arran in a coffee shop in Brighton to discuss their wedding plans, I was so overjoyed that they wanted me to capture it and I was excited to see how Bryony would add her creative touch to the day. I arrived with plenty of time before the ceremony to explore the area as this was a venue I'd never worked at before. It also gave me some time to capture the details and guests arriving.

The couple picked Fitzleroi Barn because they wanted their ceremony and reception all in one place, and liked the idea of a barn. They loved the patio outside which was perfect for having drinks, and no grass meant no heels getting stuck in the ground! They got the venue to themselves the day before which meant they could set up.

Bryony and Arran decided to add a purple coloured theme to the day which I loved. Bryony said that when she was thinking about the decorations she wanted to include something personal so she incorporated her and Arran's hobbies. He loves plays and flowers, and she likes crafting in all sense so this is where the origami idea came in. This is also where the inspiration for the 'logo' came from, which is designed as a heart depicting half a rose and half origami style. The origami decorations were made all by hand. Bryony made three thousand of these tiny stars to go in the glass jars to hang from chairs and decorate tables. She even made all of the bouquets herself out of post-it notes, gems, and buttons whilst getting inspiration from Pinterest and watching Youtube tutorials. A lot of the materials were bought from Hobbycraft. I love how much effort and love goes into DIY wedding decor. I'm also a huge fan of purple at weddings and think it is the perfect Spring/Summer colour!

Bryony and Arran's wedding ceremony took place in the barn surrounded by their loved ones, with the sun shining through the doors. They did their own emotional readings to each other which was lovely to witness and capture! The ceremony was sealed with a kiss and the signing of the register whilst their very talented close friend performed some music with her ukulele, along with a couple more tear-jerking readings before everyone followed the beaming newlyweds out for Pimms, champagne and canapés in the sunshine!

The dresses are all from Asos Bridal, and alterations were done at Alma's Alterations in Brighton. I absolutely adored Bryony's dress, it looked so fun to wear and dance around in! I also loved the purple petticoat which matched the colour theme! Her shoes were Ruby Shoo from Vitas Footware and they paired so well with her 50's style dress. Arran bought his suit from Profile in Brighton, and the rest of the Groomsmen bought their own suits and all wore matching purple ties. The buttonholes were also hand made the same as the bouquets! The Bridal party's hair was done by Victoria Jane. Hair pieces were from Naturalgemsaccessories on eBay. Arran's wedding ring and Bryony's engagement ring are from a jewellers in Brighton - www.ringjewellery.co.uk and Bryony's wedding band is from www.thebeautifulcompany.co.uk.

Bryony used jewellery for her something 'old, new, borrowed, blue'. 'Something old' was her gold opal and diamond ring from her grandma who had sadly passed away a few months before the wedding. 'Something new' were Bryony's pearl and amethyst earrings. She used her 60th birthday gift to her Mum - a gold opal and diamond ring for 'something borrowed'. And for 'something blue' was her opal bracelet which is also her birth stone.

After Bryony and Arran mingled with their guests for a while we wandered off to take portraits in the yellow fields. It was such a romantic setting!

The staff and caterers at Fitzleroi Barn worked their magic setting up the tables and cake in time for Bryony and Arran's BBQ wedding dinner, which was supplied by Marmalade Hospitality (the food was ah-mazing by the way! Honestly, is there any better combo than a BBQ buffet and Pimms?!) I loved wandering around the barn capturing the set-up and fine details. Again, I was so impressed with how much Bryony and Arran had hand made! It all fit together with the Spring vibe so well. The cake was made by a close friend Claire Stephens-Lee (her Instagram handle is @cakesandrecreation) - I liked how the purple was blended into the cream, and the subtle lilac rose decor looked lovely. The heart toppers were the wedding logo design. There was a table specifically for Wedding favours which were inspired by Bryony and Arran's hobbies - eg spice rub for cooking, and seeds for planting. There was something for every guest!

The flowers for the table decorations were made in a similar way to the bouquets. Bryony collected the twigs for these after a particularly windy night, and dried them out for a few months. The centrepiece holders were actually made out of Pringle tubes! I love that! They were painted purple and wrapped in fairy lights, and weighted in order to stand. The miniature flowers were difficult to fold, and ten were made for each table. I think they are so impressive, and look like real flowers!

After dinner it was time for the speeches, which brought on many happy smiles and tears, and then the cutting of the cake. Bryony and Arran then decided to make and throw paper airplanes instead of throwing the hand made bouquet (sensible idea!) This was a fun activity for everyone and both the female and male guests got involved!

The sky started looking stunning just as the sun was setting so I wandered back down to the fields with the couple to get some sunset portraits. It started to rain slightly, but luckily it wasn't pouring and it was actually quite refreshing and gave us that epic sky for the photos! Bryony and Arran ran to the field which made for some fun photos!

As the sun set the evening celebrations commenced, with Bryony and Arran kicking the dance floor off with their first dance to the song 'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green. Love that song! I stayed for a while after the first dance to get some action shots of the guests dancing. By the time the sun had fully gone down and it was dark, the rain was pouring outside which I found really romantic. I always say it's lucky to have some rain on your wedding day - a knot is harder to untie when it's wet! I know it's cheesy but I love that line.

This was my second wedding of 2018 and it put me on such a high for the rest of the year. I really enjoy capturing barn weddings - the colours are always so warm and they have such a romantic, rustic look. I hope I get the chance to shoot more lovely Fitzleroi Barn Weddings!

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