I have loved Cripps Barn ever since my best friend held her wedding reception there back in 2010. The beautiful rustic barn with exposed beams and brick, and the fabulous large windows, is the perfect backdrop for a country style wedding, and that’s exactly why Jack and Chloe chose the venue for their special day.
Chloe and Jack filled the barn with the most beautiful country garden flowers. On the tables they displayed jars of flowers on oak slices with pretty vintage table name cards, the large fireplace was adorned with a fabulous floral display and pillar candles, and the pièce de résistance was the amazing large floral globe suspended from the middle of the barn – incredible! The pretty flowers also feature in Chloe’s bridal bouquet. Filled with agapanthus, ranunculus, Nigella and lisianthus, it looks beautiful against her elegant white Sottero and Midgley wedding dress, Sandrina.
Chloe wore her sensational embroidered lace and tulle wedding dress with a pair of beautiful peep toe Rachel Simpson shoes, Hazel, with pretty, delicate beaded embellishment. To finish her bridal look, Chloe chose a chapel length veil for a traditional look.
To inject a little fun into their country wedding, Chloe arrived at Cripps Barn in a cute Indian Ambassador car, which is reminiscent of a Morris Minor from the outside but has an incredible patterned red and gold interior. Too add to the look, the car bumpers are festooned with flowers.
The whole wedding is filled with such attention to detail, fun and love. Grab a cuppa on this Monday morning, and enjoy these delightful pictures taken by Geoff Kirby Photography.
Country Wedding Theme
“Jack and I met in a nightclub in our first year of university, and realised we were both studying on the same course. We stayed best friends for the next four years of uni and ended up living together in our final year. Eventually we got together – which surprised nobody!
“We went for a rustic, country wedding theme in blush and dusty blue to match the barn, with lots of inspiration from Pinterest. I made our table markers with vintage postcards of all the places we have lived or travelled to together. Jack used pallet boards and mismatched photo frames to create the seating plan and order of the day. We chose loosely arranged country garden style flower displays, including large flower globes hanging from the ceiling in the barn.
“I wore a Sottero and Midgley fitted dress with Rachel Simpson shoes, and my bridesmaids wore blue Dessy dresses. Jack and the groomsmen wore Ted Baker lounge lizard suits with dusty blue ties.
“In the evening we had a DJ, a homemade photo booth with props and a Polaroid camera, and a fire pit where guests could toast marshmallows. During the ceremony, our good friend, Jake, played an acoustic guitar set to accompany the signing of the register.”
An Amazing Time
“Our best memories of the day were being surrounded by our family and friends and watching them have an amazing time. The speeches were one of the highlights, especially once we had found out which words were in the drinking games! Having photos in the stunning meadows at sunset has to be one of our most memorable parts, along with taking a drive in the Indian Ambassador car right after the ceremony.
“My advice to other couples is to not be afraid to make things yourself for your wedding. They usually look better than you thought they would and make a great piece to keep for memories.
“Also, choose a venue with staff that give a warm first impression. The staff at Cripps Barn were fantastic, from our very first contact until their presence on the day, which made the world of difference to our nerves!
“Above all, relax and enjoy your day. Take time to check in with each other and spend a few moments just the two of you watching the day from afar. The sight of all your most beloved people coming together and enjoying a day in your honour is a memory to treasure forever.”
Photographer: Geoff Kirby Photography
Venue: Cripps Barn, Bibury, Gloucestershire
Wedding Dress: Sandrina by Sottero and Midgley from Wedding Belles of Four Oaks
Shoes: Hazel by Rachel Simpson
Suits: Ted Baker Lounge Lizard from Moss Bros
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Flowers: Go Wild Flowers
Catering: Cripps Barn and Baz and Fred
Stationery: Vistaprint and Handmade
Transport: Kushi Cars
Styling Details and Finishing Touches: Homemade
Make-Up: Emily Tarrant Makeup