From Christmas trees to cosy candles, roaring open fires to delicate winter blooms, there’s SO MUCH about Richard and Alexandra’s winter wedding that has took our fancy. The local couple tied the knot at the groom’s family church and later celebrated at beautiful Hampshire barn wedding venue Bury Court Barn, last November. As we’re sure you’ll agree it looks completely magical!
Here’s beautiful bride Alexandra to give us the WOW-down on her big day:
We met at school 15 years ago, so I suppose we are childhood sweethearts. We had a break during these 15 years, and then rekindled and the rest is history!
We chose to get married in Hampshire as we live close by and were thankful for this in the lead up to the wedding as we could easily pop to the venue if required. Being local we have personal connections to the area. Rich used to live in Crondall when he was younger and we also knew of the vicar who married us – were happy to be married by somebody we both really liked. We also liked the idea of being close to London for logistical reasons, so it was easy for friends and family coming down. It’s an easy location to get to, and it’s also a beautiful part of the world which is a big plus!
We had strong opinions on what we wanted…
We found our suppliers through word of mouth mainly. We both had strong opinions on what we wanted so didn’t need much advice. I knew who we wanted as a photographer straight away (Jason Mark Harris) as he had done two of my close friends’ weddings previous to ours and we both loved his work. That was one of the most important parts as photos are for life so it’s worth every penny if you find the right photographer. My sister-in-law’s friend did our flowers who is a local florist (Hannah Berry Flowers) and she was so good at capturing exactly what we wanted and her attention to detail was spot on.
We picked up little pieces of inspiration from weddings we have been to over the years, and pieced it all together to suit our tastes and come up with the ideal wedding for us.
Intimate & personal
I would describe our wedding theme as having a country feel with an intimate and personal touch surrounded by close friends and family!
My top tip for other brides (and grooms) to-be are…
Don’t stress out! I think all brides have a tendency to panic and over plan, which is a bad combination. Trust the professionals there to help you through the venue, caterers, florist etc. Ours were so professional and really took away any doubts and last minute panic, as a result everything ran very smoothly.
A stress-free wedding…
If I’m totally honest we didn’t find the planning stressful at all. My mum helped a lot, but we are very relaxed people so we didn’t feel like we needed to over plan anything. I also think people can go overboard and spend a lot of money on the smallest of things which go unnoticed. Stick to the bigger picture and add bits to add a personal feel, but there is no need to go crazy.
The WOW factor
The reception venue was a barn, and in the winter time it looks gorgeous with all the fairy lights and candles. Due to the time of year we also had a Christmas tree which added to the wintery vibe! I think all our guests agreed it looked stunning. I would definitely recommend a winter wedding!
If we could do it all again we would… Not change a thing!
Winter weddings are especially romantic aren’t they? This one, with its intimate and personal details, well and truly stole our hearts.
We loved Alexandra’s top tip of trusting your professional wedding team to do their thing to (hopefully!) help with those big day build up anxieties.
A HUGE thank you to the newlywed’s photographer Jason Mark Harris for sharing these seriously dreamy photographs with us all and of course, lotsa love to Alexandra and Richard for telling us all about their wonderful winter wedding.