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Our Sussex Barn Wedding - July 18 - The Report!

Hello all you lovely lot! 

So we are nearly a month married! We got married on 22nd July and it was honestly the most amazing day! And I thought now might be as good a time as ever to start my wedding report!

I'll try and get onto updating it pretty quickly, although I have a lot of photos to sift through and choose from so please bear with! I'll try and keep it interesting too! Eek here goes! Our Sussex Barn Wedding, the report! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The Details

    Bride - Catherine 

    Groom - Carl 

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    How we met - we actually met on Happn, the dating app! After we met we realised we worked in the same industry and had loads of mutual friends, and actually had been at the same events in the past, just never actually bumped into each other! When we got engaged Happn actually sent us to Paris for a weekend to say congrats, in return we did a promo video for them! They're a lovely company and it was such a nice touch. 

    Venue - Upwaltham Barns, West Sussex. We knew we wanted a barn wedding in Sussex somewhere, we just weren't sure where! But as soon as we got to Upwaltham for our first look around we were sold! The team there were absolutely incredible too and so supportive (and patient with my silly questions! 

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    (Google image above of the venue entrance!)

    The Proposal - Carl proposed outside the pub where we had our first date, at the same spot we had our first kiss. He got me there under the ruse of "birthday drinks" as it was my birthday a couple of days later, and we were off to Paris the next day (he'd already told me he was in no way going to propose in Paris, to throw me off the scent!) so we were approaching the pub, and we came across a man in a suit playing "our" song on the guitar. This was Coming Home by Leon Bridges, we've always said from day dot that it would be our first dance song. So I start looking bemused, and I turn around to find Carl on one knee with a ring box in his hand! I said yes, and then found our friends were in the pub waiting to celebrate with us! 

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    The date - 22/07/18. We knew we wanted a summer wedding, and this was the first weekend of the summer holidays - we have lots of teacher friends and family so we knew this would work! This was also one of the last Sundays the venue had left! All the Saturdays for 2018 were booked! 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The Week Before

    The week leading up to the wedding is a bit of a blur now, but was mainly checking last minute deliveries had arrived (I have to admit there were a couple of emergency trips to hobbycraft!) making lists and planning on the day logistics, and the beauty appointments! I'm not usually the sort to go full out with nails, tan, lashes etc, so I felt like maybe it was a bit much booking all these appointments, and I felt the costs add up a bit, but in hindsight I'm so glad I did, it all helped me to feel good on the day. 

    I had my lashes done and went for Russian Volume extensions, the results were as follows! 

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    And for my nails, I went for a pink/nude colour with a hint of sparkle:

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    I did go for a fake bake spray tan, and whilst I'm glad I did, I was only a tiny bit more brown than normal as I hardly ever tan and am naturally pale! However, I was after a light subtle glow and thats what I got! 

  • ruthie1979ruthie1979 Posts: 794

    Yayyyy so glad you're doing a report - can't wait to read more xxx

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 820 New bride

    Ooh exciting, a report. Looking forward to this x

  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,771 New bride

    Yay can't wait to read more ๐Ÿ˜€

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    Ahhh thanks ladies! Just going through all my photos now but it's impossible to choose! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The Day Before!

    The day before the wedding we had the job of making sure everything got to the venue ready for set up on the wedding morning. My dad was in charge of taking most decorations and props, as lots of the bits were at my parents house, and the wine was being delivered by my uncle (the wine expert!) 

    We hopped on a train and were picked up by Carl's mum and dad at the station. I remember thinking how weird it was that we were literally on our way to get married, and would return home as husband and wife! It really was the beginning! 

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    Wedding stuff at my mum and dad's house.

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    Us getting o our train to head down to Sussex! 

  • I love your nails :) 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride
    Mrs P 2019 wrote (see post):

    I love your nails :) 

    Thank you Mrs P! Hadn't intended on shimmer but actually really loved it! :) 

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,475 New bride

    Argh exciting!

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride
    britbird wrote (see post):

    Argh exciting!

    Eee Britbird, I hope you enjoy! X

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    Does anyone know how to get photos to not load sideways...? I can't seem to figure it out. It'll drive me a bit mad if they keep doing it for the whole report haha! 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The Day Before, Continued! 

    We picked up some food bits once we got to the station, and were met by Carl's mum and dad and we were all super excited! We then went to the cottage where I was staying, and where my family were staying on the wedding night (Carl and I decided to stay separately on the night before the wedding, and then on our wedding night we stayed together at the venue. We then met my family there and had a quick catch up. I'm lucky that both sets of parents get on, and they don't see each other much due to geography, so it was nice to all be together for the first time that weekend!

    Here's the cottage me and my family had hired:

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  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    We then went to the country pub nearby for an early-ish dinner, with close family and friends. We'd offered the invite up to everyone we knew was staying the night before, and we were amazed with how many people wanted to come along! It was a perfect way to kick off the celebrations. I hardly ate anything (despite ordering sausage and mash which was delicious!) and only had a glass of wine, I think the nerves were kicking in! 

    Here are a few snaps from the evening! 

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  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The Wedding Morning! 

    So on the morning of the wedding I woke up bright and early at five am! This seemed fine though, and a reasonable time to get up as I had slept quite solidly since 11pm the night before, plus I didn't expect much sleep the night before. For the night before the wedding I thought it was good going! Everyone else however, thought I was mental ๐Ÿ˜‚

    It then did feel like forever until other people such as bridesmaids etc would start arriving, so I did try on my dress at 5.30 just to make sure it still fits (even though I tried it on a week before and  was fine!) 

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    The photos on its side again but this was my excited face at 5am! 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    Our lovely hair and makeup artist arrived at 7am and prep got underway! I don't have many pictures of this bit of getting ready as I was too busy being stupidly excited! Plus our photographer did the "getting ready" shots at the venue as we moved over there at midday to finish getting ready. 

    I opened my card and present that Carl had given my sister to give to me on the wedding morning. The card made us all cry (in a good way!) and said about how he can't wait to grow old and wrinkly together! The present was a little pandora charm for my bracelet! The picture isn't great, but it says "Mrs T" and the wedding date, I thought it was so lovely and thoughtful! 

    Then more bridesmaids filtered in as they arrived at the cottage, I had six so we had a tight hair and make up schedule! With each arrival I felt more and more excited, I greeted each of them with a huge leap in the air and lots of hugs!

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    Carl then sent me a picture of the present I got for him! I'd made up a breakfast hamper with all his favourite things in, plus a little book that I'd made online with our story in, and a vinyl record of the album our first dance came from. Carl is obsessed with music and has wanted the vinyl for a while, so I thought it would be a nice wedding present for him on the day! 

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    One of my beautiful bridesmaids having her hair done! 

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    Heres me in my rollers and bridal pjs! 

     

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    It was such a lovely, relaxed experience with everyone getting ready together and feeling excited, and we were surprisingly chilled out! We cracked open so,e Buck's Fizz, and I had a salmon and cream cheese bagel (my favourite, so I made sure I bought the necessary ingredients!) and we had breakfast bits for everyone to have some of. It's actually surprisingly hard to eat anything on your wedding day! I had to literally force it down! 

    We then went over to the venue at midday. This was a bit of a faff as we hadn't really planned how long it would take to pack up and move, but we all got there on time in the end as we were only five mins down the road. I wend and sat in the car, feeling like I'd maybe forgotten something, and then realised what it was... my dress! My dress and veil were still in the living room hanging up! Quickly nipped back inside to grab it and then we were on our way! 

    We arrived at the venue - I packed some normal clothes to arrive there in as I felt pjs would be a bit too naked! But couldn't be bothered on the day and rocked up in full on silk pjs, robe and rollers! This is where the professional pictures take over as I took Zero photos from here on in! 

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    We settled into the gorgeous cottage onsite where we would continue getting ready. I met the florist here, walked in and saw the bouquets and burst into tears! They were so beautiful, and everything that I'd imagined, and it was the first reminder that this was very real, and I was only a couple of hours away from being Mrs Tracey! After that I had a quick look around the venue to see it all done up. Carl and a trusty team had done all the set up early in the day, and they did an amazing job! Everything looked exactly how I'd pictured it! 

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  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    Here are a couple more - our order of ceremony booklet and our flowers for the table at the top of the ceremony barn! The pics are uploading a bit fuzzy but I have no idea how to fix it... so I'll carry on but any clues appreciated! I'm a massive technophobe ha! 

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  • ruthie1979ruthie1979 Posts: 794

    Everything looks beautiful xxxx

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride
    ruthie1979 wrote (see post):

    Everything looks beautiful xxxx

    ahh thank you Ruthie xxx

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

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    Here are a few more snaps from the morning, once we were settled in the cottage. They're a bit sporadic from here as the photographer was nipping out to catch guests arriving as well as doing the getting ready shots. From here, I was mainly settled upstairs whilst I had my make up done, and various bridesmaids/mums etc popped up at different times, but they were mainly set up downstairs, and probably were much more chilled than me! I was ok by this point, but starting to feel the nerves a bit!

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    My lovely dad putting the last touches to his speech!

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    My handsome husband looking dapper! He was feeling the nerves too at this point, he says!

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    These two cheeky monkeys are our niece and nephew, and they were our flower girl and page boy! They literally stole the show on the day, they were so cute and so well behaved too! 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    So for the last 50 mins I pretty much sat and had my hair and make up done, and listened to all the voices of people arriving in the courtyard below. I heard Carl's voice at one point and got stupidly excited just at the fact he was there! 

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    Then it was time to get into the dress! My bridesmaid Claire helped me with this, getting me in in the bathroom before I came out to see everyone! Luckily, my dress was a straightforward zip so wasn't too daffy to get into! 

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    My veil was a Blossom and Bluebird one, and I can't recommend Sian at Blossom and Bluebird enough. She was so patient, and no question was too big or small. Not to mention her veils are absolutely blooming gorgeous! Really lovely quality. I ended up having two (we'll get to that later... it was my one bridezilla moment as there were two I just loved so much!) but this one was my absolute favourite thing. Cathedral length and made of really soft tulle. If anyone has any doubts about veils check out Blossom and Bluebird!

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,771 New bride

    Wow you looked stunning! 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride
    MrsCToBee wrote (see post):

    Wow you looked stunning! 

    Aw that's so kind MrsCtobee, thank you! 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The Walk to the Ceremony! 

    So half an hour before the ceremony, I got into my dress and went to have my interview with the registrar. It was here that things got a little bit flustered and stressful for the first time. As I had to have my registrar interview alone, we had to figure out where everyone else would go, and I was still having final make up and hair touches done, trying to get jewellery on etc. No matter how much you plan, there will never be enough time in that last half an hour! It was fine in the end, and we were bang on time, but it meant I forgot my clutch bag and lipstick/powder to have for just after the ceremony. Although it was only two minutes away in the cottage, it meant having to send people for it after the ceremony was done, and my bridesmaids and wedding coordinator were searching for where I'd left it! It was fine and we found it, but I definitely needed my powder as it was soooo hot in the ceremony room! 

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    Here are my bridesmaids ready to go across to the ceremony! I thought they all looked so beautiful! 

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    The first time my dad saw me. I'm super close to my lovely dad, so it was a really lovely moment when we both had to hold back the tears! 

    We then were walked through the gardens of the venue so none of the guests waiting in the barn could see us. This bit is all a bit of a blur to me when I try and think of it now, I just remember the excitement and nerves really building here! 

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    And then it was time to walk down the aisle! 

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,475 New bride

    That dress is just stunning. You look beautiful. 

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride
    britbird wrote (see post):

    That dress is just stunning. You look beautiful. 

    Ahhh thank you Britbird! Means a lot since I definitely had a bit of a wobble about it before, although on the day and now I do love it! I suppose it just shows that our wobbles are totally normal! X

  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    Walking down the aisle!

    Walking down the aisle, we had our lovely friend Mark play and sing on guitar for us. He sang Love is Easy by McFly and played an acoustic version, and it was just perfect. Carl and I are big on music, and we'd always said that would be our walking down the aisle song, so to actually hear it on our wedding day was just amazing.

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    Look at Carl's little nervous face! I'm totally biased but I think he's the most handsome groom ever! 

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    Our little neice and nephew walking down the aisle! They were so good, the flower girl is only two and a half. I heard an audible gasp and lots of "awwws" from everyone when they started to walk, so I imagined they stole the show! 

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    The bridesmaids walked down one by one, partly because I wanted to milk this moment! 

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    Now, walking down the aisle, I felt ALL the emotions! I had to really try and keep it together and not burst into tears! It was the most lovely amazing experience, but I knew all the photos would be of me pulling faces ha! I sort of don't mind, as it shows the truth of what I was feeling. I remember looking around at the guests beore actually clocking Carl waiting for me, at which point I was like "AHHH!" As if I didn't expect him to be there! It was just amazing to be walking towards him. I did go faster than I'd planned to - my dad had to try and keep me steady and I felt him hold back the pace. I think I just wanted to get to the end ASAP!

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  • MrsTraceyMrsTracey Posts: 837 New bride

    The ceremony was beautiful, but I can't actually remember that much of it! I'm sure other married ladies will agree, it can all feel like a bit of a blue! I remember just repeating the words said to me when we said our vows,  I honestly couldn't tell you what they were! I'm looking forwatd to getting our video back so I can relive it a bit! 

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    These two handsome boys below are Carl's dad (my father in law!) and Carl's gorgeous nephew! I just love this pic and how handsome they both look! 

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    Below is the moment we had our first kiss as husband and wife. I love these few pictures as you can see us go from the "omg" moment, through to our kiss, and a high five afterwards! A bit silly really but on reflection so right for us! It was the most lovely moment! 

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