Emma & Joe

From the moment they started planning their wedding, Emma and Joe knew that it would be a day that was all about their family and friends. Their fabulous autumn wedding was a beautiful celebration that was full of love and laughter.

The Venue

We all know that love at first sight exists and for Emma and Joe, this is definitely what happened to them at Clock Barn!

“From the moment we walked in to Clock Barn, we just knew we had to get married there. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming and we loved the character of the barn, especially the beams with the fairy lights around them. It’s such a beautiful venue and having accommodation on site was a bonus too. It was so nice to have exclusive use of the venue and the surroundings.” – Emma.

The bride and bridesmaids wear matching dressing gowns as they prepare for the day ahead

The Décor

One of the things that attracted Emma and Joe to Clock Barn is the fact you when it comes to décor, you really can do as much or as little as you like to the Barn to make it your own. For their rustic theme with personalised touches, the couple set out to create a lot of the decorations themselves.

“Joe made a wedding post-box and I wrote all the name cards by hand. Joe also made the seating plan with my Dad and we named all our tables after holiday destinations. For our centrepieces, we added fairylights to glass bottles and included a photo of us taken at that destination. There were also flowers in milks jugs sat on log slices alongside the glass bottles.” – Emma.

The wedding details were written on a chalk board wedding sign

The wedding table was decorated with a display of beautiful colourful wedding flowers

The wedding cake was decorated with blue hearts and sweet treats were available for guests to enjoy

The Outfits

Before she went wedding dress shopping, Emma had created a Pinterest board full of dresses that she liked and the gown she chose actually featured in her online shortlist!

“My dress was Annabelle by Anna Sorrano from Wed2b. It was an elegant strapless ball gown with soft tulle, delicate beading and a lace up back. I’m not very good at shopping so finding a dress I loved on my first dress shopping experience was very surprising! I remember saying to my parents who came with me, that this was my dress and as much as I would have liked to try on more dresses, I knew that it was the gown for me.” – Emma.

Emma accessorised with sparkling white diamante wedge shoes (perfect for a countryside celebration!) and a necklace, earrings and tiara from Ivory & Co. Her hair clip was from John Lewis and her beautiful veil also came from Wed2b. Emma’s bouquet, by Village Blooms, was a gorgeous mix of delphiniums, roses and foliage, tied in a soft country style and held with Emma’s family tartan.

The bride wore a pretty bridal tiara and a diamante necklace for her wedding at Clock Barn in Hampshire

The brides dress and bridesmaid dresses are ready to be worn at this barn wedding in Hampshire

“My two bridesmaids wore the Grecian-style Navy Haven dress from Wed2b as they wanted to wear the same but they chose their own navy heels so they knew they would be comfortable on the day. I also gave them necklaces as a thank you gift.” – Emma.

Joe wore a dashing three-piece navy suit with a silvery grey waistcoat from Astares Menswear. He finished his wedding day look with a silver pocket square and a navy-blue cravat, both of which worked perfectly with the theme of the day. Joe’s buttonhole featured white lisianthus, blue delphinium and eucalyptus and it was tied with silver satin ribbon.

The bride and groom pose for a wedding photo at this barn wedding venue in Hampshire

The Wedding

Following their wonderful marriage ceremony at Clock Barn, the celebrations began with a brilliant drinks reception. Featuring a range of drinks including Bucks Fizz, Elderflower Sparklers and a beer drum with Peroni and Kopparberg, guests had plenty to enjoy. The couple also served a mouth-watering selection of canapes and it was hard to know which was most popular – the mini fish and chips, the mini beef burgers, the fried Somerset brie or the local pork sausages served with onion rings and chips.

For their main course, the couple opted for Galloping Gourmet’s Casual Dining package and tried to make sure that their favourite foods all featured on the menu:

“Our main course consisted of slow roasted whole rotisserie chicken, with herbs, garlic and lemon, rolled shoulder of pork with apple and sage stuffing, grilled peppers stuffed with halloumi and ratatouille stuffed aubergine, all served on sharing boards. For dessert we had triple chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and lemon tart with raspberry coulis. We chose the casual dining as we wanted a more relaxed dinner and, with some guests eating more than others, we thought this was the best way to cater for everyone.” – Emma.

The happy couple says their vows at their wedding ceremony at Clock Barn in Hampshire

The happy newlyweds have confetti thrown over them following their wedding ceremony at Clock Barn in Hampshire

The bride and groom share a wedding kiss as they stand by the wedding car at Clock Barn

Delicious canapes were served at this barn wedding in Hampshire

There was also lots to enjoy during the rest of the day too. Guests were treated to magic by Roger Lapin, a sweet cart and ‘magic mirror’ photobooth from C & G’s Dream Events, pizza and popcorn during the evening and slices of the couple’s tasty wedding cake, made by Pump Cottage Cakes. The cake was finished with a personal cake topper by Art Locke Designs showing Joe and Emma with their dog!

“The team at Clock Barn and the Events Team from Galloping Gourmet were amazing and couldn’t help us enough. Nothing was too much for them and they really put us at our ease. We knew we could rely on them to do everything we had asked and they really did go above and beyond for us.” – Emma.

The happy couple enjoy their wedding day at Clock Barn in Hampshire

The happy couple take the dance floor for their first dance at their wedding evening at Clock Barn

The bride and groom pose for an evening wedding photo in the gardens at Clock Barn

Final Thoughts

“The whole day was special but our favourite moment was meeting each other at the end of the aisle and seeing each other in our wedding outfits for the first time.”

“If I were to give any advice to other couples, I would say just take everything one step at a time. Work out a list of what needs to be done and when and then just work your way down it because this is the most manageable way of doing everything.”

“I would also say plan together and share the experience because this is a special day for both of you. If we could do it all again, we wouldn’t do anything differently as everything worked out perfectly.”

The bride and groom have wedding photos taken by the old cow shed at Clock Barn in Hampshire

The happy newlyweds take a stroll down the drive of this rural wedding venue in Hampshire

If you’re planning your own autumnal wedding, don’t miss these fabulous natural autumn wedding decorations. Rebecca and Andrew hosted also hosted their autumn wedding at Clock Barn and you can see their cosy seasonal wedding here.

Images courtesy of Lydia Stamps Photography

Emma and Joe's real life wedding at Clock Barn