WOW Sarah & Steve’s Kent wedding barn looks like Pinterest heaven. If you’re planning a barn wedding or a DIY wedding; grab those notebooks and get poised – Sarah and Steve went to town (and back again!) with their amazing creations for their Preston Court Barn big day in Kent! You may have caught this wedding previously but it’s soooo good you need to see it again!
Taking the majority of their inspiration from American barn weddings on Pinterest, this creative pair got hands on making nearly EVERYTHING and we’re sure you’ll agree: it looks AH-MAZING!
Got that notebook and a cuppa? Good! Here’s beautiful bride Sarah to spill the beans about her DIY dream Kent barn wedding!
We met on Facebook
We met via Facebook, through mutual interests. Steve randomly messaged me and though I’d usually ignore messages from strangers I decided to reply. After chatting for a week we met for a date. We met at Highgate station (North London) grabbed some coffees and went for a walk in the woods. It had been snowing (December) and the woods resembled Narnia, it was beautiful.
Roll on 1.5 years, on a very lovely sunny day, Steve surprised me and proposed to me in that very same wood.
While it took us a while to find, Preston Court was absolutely perfect- fitting the theme and feel of the day we wanted, as soon as we saw it online, we just knew.
We found most of our suppliers online. During planning I changed jobs which affected our budget, so we had to be clever about what we prioritised.
Pinterest was invaluable
Pinterest was invaluable. I pinned a huge amount of American rustic barn weddings, vintage wedding and DIYs for inspiration. I’d describe our wedding theme as rustic, DIY with a nod to vintage! Our wedding colours were white, cream, peach and mint.
A something old dress…
I bought my dress (Justin Alexander 8465) second hand. The previous bride had only worn it for the ceremony as she didn’t have a reception. It looked new but was less than half price. I wanted an amazing dress but didn’t want to use too much of the budget!
The wedding wasn’t religious, so we opted out of using the church for our vows, Preston Court has a choice of three locations to say “I do”, we went for Julianna’s Island, a small island over a tiny bridge the other side of the stream from where the guests sit. We were blessed with gorgeous weather so an outdoor ceremony was perfect!
DIYing our day
We made half the paper pompoms, we put together our own photo booth area under a gazebo with a large gold frame and I made a backdrop of paper medallions. We designed our own stationery, from invites, order of service to place settings (which were vintage inspired train tickets attached to the chairs). We also had tiny signs in the grass directing the guests toward the ceremony.
We wanted a little part of London in our Kent wedding, as it where we lived and met, so our table plan was written on the windows of a small scale red telephone box.
My top tips for other brides (and grooms) to-be are…
Relax, enjoy the day and take a break from it all if you need to. Steve and I sneaked into the barn pre- wedding breakfast to see how it was all set up, the DJ had already put some background music on and we had a secret ‘real’ first dance to “Accidentally In Love” by the Counting Crows- it’s one of my favourite memories. I also went on a short walk around the venue with my sisters after the breakfast.
Weddings can be overwhelming so don’t be afraid to take a moment for yourself. Also don’t get stressed if things go wrong, arriving too early and circling round in the cab and the wasp that got trapped in my bridesmaid’s dress still amuse us.
What I enjoyed most about planning our wedding were the little details; the table decorations, the invites, the cupcakes, flowers etc.!
My least favourite part of wedding planning had to be starting planning. There’s so much to do, it’s confusing and overwhelming.
If we could do it all again we would…do everything the same!
A wedding with WOW factor
The venue has a lot of wow factor, there are two ornate vintage organs in the barn and a vintage carousel in the court yard, steam trains by the car park and horses in the surrounding fields. Also the DJ was pretty great, he played a lot of Motown and a select few of our favourite modern songs. The dance floor was rarely empty!
Hell yeah; we’d be all over that dancefloor with a bit of Motown too – seems to go down well with all ages! Well, wasn’t Sarah and Steve’s gorgeous wedding an absolute feast for the eyes?
So many hours must have been spent making and DIY-ing their little details (we especially love those pompoms!), which had a stunning impact. Sarah offers sound advice when it comes to getting started (er, just get going!) for those of us also planning to get crafty for our big days!
Top marks to Sarah for opting for a second-hand dress too. She not only looked beautiful but also saved herself a lotta cash too – our kinda girl!
Thanks to Sarah and Steve for sharing their top DIY wedding tips with us (we noted them down, did you?!) and massive WOW love to their amazing photographer Fiona Kelly for letting us take a peek into this beautiful barn big day!