It’s an old custom for beekeepers to tell their bees about important events in their life, such as births, marriages and deaths. Some beekeepers would even leave a slice of wedding cake outside their beehives and even invite the bees to their wedding! I’m not sure any of Sarah and Paul’s bees popped over to St Vicents Church in Littlebourne for their ceremony this August, but their honey provided delicious wedding favours for the guests.
Certainly, the whole family was a hive of industry in the months and days leading up to the wedding. Littlebourne Barn, where the wedding breakfast was held, is a stunning medieval timbered structure dating from 1340. The decorations for the entire 172 foot long barn were created and installed by Sarah and Paul’s children, parents, sister, brother in law, uncles and cousins! On the day, the effect was absolutely stunning, from the fragrant hop garlands draping the beams to the table decorations, hand-made painted signs, and a wonderfully creative maze made from an old door and string that guests had to follow to discover their table number. I was spoiled for choice with the number of beautiful things to photograph. The catering, from husband and wife team Carol and Michael Wilding of Dine Thyme, complemented the decorations, with canapés served on slate trays in little terracotta flowerpots.
Sarah looked radiant in a fitted white dress with a sheer lace neckline and sleeves. I loved the way her hair had been gathered up into elegant swirls and her make-up, by the talented Lucy Jane, was wonderfully natural. Paul’s grey suit and navy tie were offset by a little buttonhole of wild blossoms. The flowers – a beautiful mix of perennials, wild flowers and grasses, fitted perfectly with the country theme of the wedding, and were selected by Jen from Blooming Green, who created large arrangements in galvanised containers at the entrance to the barn. Sarah’s sister is also a florist (she runs The Flower Shop in Burwell, Cambridgeshire) and she spent an entire day creating over a hundred table decorations and jars of flowers with the help of Sarah’s mum! The barn looked extra magical with the clever lighting scheme by IA Sound and Lighting – I wouldn’t even like to guess how long that must have taken to create!
After an almost tropical downpour just before the wedding, the afternoon was filled with brilliant sunshine, fun and happiness. The speeches were one of the highlights of the day, in particular Paul’s son (and Best Man) gave a riotous speech which had the guests in raptures!
Thank you to Yasmin for all your help on the day and for some great shots during the reception celebrations, it was wonderful to have you come along!
What a total joy Sarah and Paul were to work with and clearly completely in love. Here are some of my favourite images from their Kent Village Wedding…
Many congratulations both! x