Carla and Louis had their outdoor wedding at Maidens Barn in Essex this summer. It was so followed by a gorgeous golden hour before their party started.
Maidens Barn has such a pretty courtyard, the team really work hard to make sure that seasonal flowers and colours make the area perfect for outdoors weddings. It can be risky planning an outdoors ceremony – even in summer, but Carla and Louis were so lucky to have gorgeous weather all day.
As well as looking pretty outside, Maidens Barn is stunning inside, it has a rustic and natural charm that welcomes each guest, and sets the perfect tone for relaxed and whimsical weddings.
Carla and Louis wanted a keepsake of all their guests that joined them to celebrate, and this guestbook that includes polaroid images was a great success and very popular amongst all the guests.
The theme for the day was a natural and rustic day, the colour palette was soft pinks and whites to compliment the venue. Flowers were created by a friends Mum and looked beautiful all day.
I love that Carla and Louis chose a barn wedding, full of character and soul in the old beams. Louis is a carpenter and works around wood all day, so it was a fitting tribute to him and his craft.
Carla chose a simple dress, full of delicate lace that suited her petit figure so well. She looked beautifully feminine and with the hint of sparkle on her belt, she absolutely shone throughout the day.
The bridesmaids dresses were blush nude and featured flower details to keep the delicate theme of the day. These shade was followed by the mens ties.
I love that Carla wanted to include a family heirloom in her bouquet and discreetly placed her Grandmothers ring on the stems where she could feel her presence.
Naturally Franklin the page boy would be stealing the show throughout the day!
After final preparations were complete, it was time for Carla’s Dad to see her for the first time. It’s always a special moment between father and daughter and usually when the butterflies really hit!
Carla looked stunning as she waited for her ceremony and there were just a few moments for her to have some portraits in the gardens before her guests arrived.
Louis had chosen a selection of mainly friends, but also his brother to play a part in his wedding group. He was relaxed and looking forward to the day and the most important part of marrying Carla. He’d opted for a light grey suit which looked great in the summer sun.
Franklin guarded the rings (for a little while)
At last it was time for Carla and Louis to see each other for the first time – it was magical!
After the ceremony drinks were serve in the new barn, and guests mingled in there and outside in the courtyard to continue enjoying the sun and the gardens.
The area for the wedding breakfast has huge windows and high ceilings for a light and airy feeling – perfect for this soft and pastel wedding. Full of rustic and home made touches with the favours boxes. The table names were wooden animal carvings too which looked gorgeous and personal to this couple.
Their chosen cake was incepting with the rustic theme too, and included a bespoke cake topper of Carla and Louis, and also their two cats Loki and Atti, who are so important to them and their world. As a cat lover I love that people include them in their day.
Between main course and desert is usually a great time for some relaxed portraits in the late afternoon sun. It’s a softer light and all the nerves of the formalities of the day have disappeared. It’s also when the bride and groom can spend a few moments to themselves, this is what Carla and Louis did.
We went for a little wonder behind the venue into a little field full of young trees and long grasses. I stayed back and captured them as they chatted to themselves and spent a little time just reflecting on the day so far.
Next to the field is a little mound – it’s a very pretty spot for portraits, and I knew I wanted to head back there later in the day for some sunset portraits.
After speeches, all the guests gathered to throw confetti on this couple as well as blowing bubbles and generally celebrating happiness.
Later in the evening I took Carla and Louis back outside for more time on their own and to enjoy the last of the sunshine. It was a lovely few minutes and I think that they appreciated this time alone too.
We headed back inside to start the evening fun with the traditional cutting of the cake, and then a new bit of fun with a Mr and Mrs quiz. The questions were devised by Louis’ best man who had flown in from America especially for the occasion.
They knew and agreed on most of the answers!
Carla and Louis had their first song serenaded to them by Louis’s friend and usher Michael. He performed amazingly and sounded better than the original artist. It was such a personal thing to be able to do for his friends.
Carla and Louis loved it and looked so so happy as they danced together before all the guests joined them on the dance floor. They are such a lovely and chilled out couple, who smiled and laughed the whole day. It was a pleasure to be part of this wedding day.