Kim & Lewis

Kim and Lewis wanted all their friends and family to be with them to celebrate their special day. Their summer wedding married classically elegant and gorgeously rustic touches to create a wedding that was memorable and beautiful in equal measure.

The Venue

When it came to organising their big day, Kim and Lewis kept four words in mind right throughout the planning process – friendly, warm, loving and happy. The first step towards creating the wedding they wanted was to find the perfect venue and Clock Barn was the natural choice:

“We instantly fell in love with the warm and cosy barn feel. We loved the long drive down to the barn as you feel so far away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. Clock Barn was a little piece of heaven, just for us and our friends and family to enjoy.” – Kim

Clock Barn is one of the finest wedding venues in Hampshire with a unique clock tower outsideThe beautifully rustic oak barn is the perfect space for a wedding ceremony with oak beams draped with bunting

The Décor

With the venue confirmed, Kim and Lewis set about deciding on their decorations. They chose a sophisticated, shabby chic theme with a definite country wedding theme and the colour scheme reflected this too:

“We chose pastels to keep with the country, shabby chic theme and these tones also suited the barn very nicely. We didn’t stick rigidly to certain tones and my bridesmaids wore lilac because that’s my favourite colour.” – Kim

Like so many brides and grooms, Kim indulged with some wedding craft and worked with her mum to create some very personal touches:

“My mum and I made all the table decorations and the seating plan and tables numbers. We also used flowers to decorate and these came straight from Morrisons! I love gypsophilia as it’s so versatile and last for ages – five months after our wedding, we still had some! We mixed the gypsophilia with a range of other different flowers, including pretty germinis.” – Kim

The wedding ceremony chairs for the bride and groom are decorated with burlap sashes that read Mr and MrsKeeping to a rustic wedding theme the wedding centrepieces consisted of flowers in glass jars – wedding ideasMr and Mrs burlap bunting adorned the top table as well as beautiful floral arrangement of white lilliesEach table was presented with a wedding menu detailing the delicious three course wedding breakfast to comePhotos of the couple with family and friends were hung from string against a wall in the barn – wedding ideasIn the cosy and inviting Snug, the couple decorated the fireplace with photos in frames – wedding ideas

The Outfits

Kim wore a fabulous Justin Alexander gown that she found in Elderberry Brides, Basingstoke:

“As soon as I put it on, it fitted perfectly. I was able to wear it with ease and felt so comfortable in it. Plus, with a maiden name of ‘Sparkes’ and a nickname of ‘Sparkles’, my dress couldn’t be anything but subtly sparkling all over!” – Kim

The finishing touches to Kim’s outfit were shoes featuring more sparkles and butterflies and her nanna’s pearls and earrings.

Lewis wore a fabulous three-piece suit from Moss Bros and shoes from Next while the bridesmaids wore multiway dresses from Debenhams. While Kim chose the colour, her maids were free to decide which way they wanted to wear their bridesmaid dresses.

The bride is ready for the wedding ceremony as she waits in the beautiful Lavender Barn wearing her wedding dressThe groom wears a striking blue three-piece suit with a white flower buttonhole – wedding ideasThe bride stands with her bridesmaids who each wear floor-length blue grey multiway bridesmaid dresses The groom stands with his groomsmen who each wear blue suits with blue ties and brown shoes

The Wedding

The wedding day itself was absolutely everything Kim and Lewis hoped it would be. After an emotional ceremony at Clock Barn, the couple and their guests celebrated with a drinks reception before everyone took their seats for the wedding breakfast.

The bride and groom look at each other as they exchange their wedding vows in the spacious wedding barnGuests congratulate the couple with wedding confetti as they leave the wedding ceremonyGuests enjoy refreshing drinks served by the Galloping Gourmet Events Team in the pretty gardens

“We choose our food after the Tasting Event and opted for a pork spring roll starter followed by steak and then a trio of desserts – lemon tart, shortbread with raspberries and chocolate brownies.” – Kim

Guests sit down to enjoy the three-course wedding breakfast created by the venue’s expert wedding caterersGuests enjoyed fillet of beef, dauphinoise potato, green peppercorn sauce and seasonable vegetables – wedding food

Kim and Lewis worked with DJ Chris Burford and loved his service. Chris also brought along a photobooth and photographer and that was a big hit with guests. As a teacher, Kim enlisted the help of one of her colleagues to make her first dance extra special:

“Our first dance was choreographed by the dance teacher at my school. We danced to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ and this was before everyone knew the song so it was extra special. Everyone loved it and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.” – Kim

The DJ gets ready to play some hits for partygoers during the evening reception – party wedding venuesGuests have fun in the wedding photobooth – wedding ideasThe bride and groom take to the dancefloor to enjoy their first dance as husband and wife

During the evening, The Great Wedding Bake-Off took place – lots of guests brought their showstopper cakes with them to the wedding and then everyone could enjoy the bakes during the evening. Kim and Lewis also arranged a popcorn machine and sweetie table so guests were well looked after all evening long.

Guests were treated to a sweet buffet set up on a table in the barn – DIY weddingThe couple had a couple of wedding cakes including this three-tier cake decorated in royal icing and fondant flowersAnother wedding cake consisted of two-tiers with iced lace detailing, purple ribbon and purple fondant flowers

Final Thoughts

“It’s impossible to choose my favourite moment from the day, there are so many to pick from. There was the ceremony, the confetti, the drinks and dinner, the speeches, the photobooth and the first dance. I also loved cutting the cake and dancing all evening at Clock Barn!” – Kim

The bride and groom steal a moment away from guests and share an embrace under a treeThe couple enjoy the countryside setting whilst taking a stroll around the wedding venue hand in hand

“Our wedding was perfect and very, very ‘us’. I’d say to anyone planning a wedding – be yourself and don’t worry about making it too fancy. It was really enjoyable making the decorations ourselves and not stressful at all.” – Kim

Images courtesy of Blue Lily Weddings

Kim and Lewis Clock Barn wedding