Today, we're bringing you a real wedding that's both unique and beautiful from Cathy and Josh. The couple chose to marry in Orange Tree House and had their reception in the stunning Barnwell Farm Cottages. With hues of purple and pink, temporary tattoos, as well as doughnuts and pizza, this Barnwell Farm wedding was original, delightfully laid-back and full of personality! Smiles and laughter on the day were captured by The Martins, who did such a wonderful job. Take a look for yourself!
Before we go any further, we have to talk about these drop-dead gorgeous bridesmaids dresses. They're by Ever Pretty and the dreamy pinky-purple shade is called purple orchid. We feel a new bridesmaids dress trend coming on!
This is one of Cathy's two rescue cats, a "very senior dude" named Captain Oats!
Cathy's grandfather couldn't make it on the day so she Face Timed him in the morning before the ceremony. So sweet!
Cathy tells us that these lovebirds met because they went to the same University. "We tried to play it cool and pretend we were keeping it casual for a few months before making it official in 2016," she tells us.
The beautiful Orange Tree House was on the same property as their reception for the Barnwell Farm wedding. We love this space and the amazing floral ceremony backdrop really takes it to the next level.
Cathy's dress is a Kang Chun Lin creation from the Blue Enzoani collection. We just love the botanical appliqué and mermaid shape, it's a stunner!
Cathy tells us that the proposal came about on an early July morning while the couple were on holiday in Rome. "Knowing it was the busy season, we’d planned to go to the Trevi fountain before sunrise." It was about 5am when they reached the fountain and, she tells us, "it felt like the rest of the city was asleep". They made their wishes in the fountain and admired its beauty and that's when Josh popped the question! Cathy tells us that there was also a seagull-eats-pigeon incident, but Josh managed to salvage the situation!
The couple chose to downsize their ceremony due to the pandemic, and said that it was so special for them that everyone came over from England for their big day. They also loved the fact that they could all stay together in the cottages for the weekend. "The most special thing of all was the realisation that everyone who came made the effort, had given up a weekend, most had taken time off work or travelled from England during a pandemic too, we felt so so loved," Cathy tells us.
The couple chose to do things their way on the day and remain authentic to themselves! Cathy tells us, "Josh's mum walked him down the aisle, then both of my parents walked down in front of me instead of choosing one and following the ‘giving away’ tradition. We scrapped the big wedding cake and swapped it out for individual cakes and doughnuts, scrapped the three-course meal and opted for pizza and chippy chips, and didn’t do a first dance." Cathy even had traditional Autumnal colours in her Summer bouquet.
Another great feature of the couple's venue was that it was right beside a beach they had all to themselves for pictures! Their top tips for couples is to "just do you and don't get lost in the expectations of others."
The couple are planning their official honeymoon to Hawaii, but, due to Covid-19, are opting for a European getaway this year! "There’s so much pressure from movies and the internet wedding community to tick all of these boxes and do things in a certain way, I can see how couples end up snowballing and ending up with a wedding that is nothing like they’d wanted - it’s your day and your honeymoon, make your own rules and do it in a way that you love and that works for you financially," says Cathy. Here, here!
A huge thank you to this lovely couple for sharing their Barnwell Farm wedding with us! A special thank you also goes to The Martins for the amazing work on these dazzling images. There are more swoon-worthy pictures in the gallery below.