Bride and groom at coconut shy

Following a ceremony in the beautiful barn at The Spread Eagle Hotel in West Sussex, Kerry, Chris and their guests enjoyed a marquee reception in Kerry’s parents’ back garden, complete with funfair. The stunning pictures from the day were captured by Sarah Aires Photography

“We wanted our wedding to be ‘fun, relaxed and pretty’. We are both quite outdoors people and love nature, so we wanted quite a neutral back drop and then splashes of colour from lots of random flowers.

“Years ago I read about a couple who asked everyone to bring a flower to their wedding, which I have always kept with me. So on the invites I asked everyone to bring a stem of their favourite flower. Our guests dropped them off as they arrived, and our mums got to work creating very rustic, random bouquets, which is just what I wanted. We also had a few jam jars and pots at the reception which we created random displays in. I would say the flowers really finsihed off the overall look of our day and we were thrilled with them.

“We had the reception at my parents’ place. We are lucky enough that they have a big garden and fields surrounding it. It is beautiful in spring, and we didn’t see why we should spend thousands on a venue when we could create the perfect scenario at home. It made it a lot more hard work, but the results were amazing. We knew we wanted lots of personal touches which we could only achieve here, and it also it meant we could do everything we wanted, including a funfair and fireworks.

“We had a large Capri marquee and then spent the week leading up the wedding dressing it with sashes, fairy lights, tons of bunting (made my our mums), sofas and stools, and lots of jam jars, candles and flowers which we had collected over the months.

“The funfair was a big element of our day. It meant there was lots of laughs all day, there was even a competition for the World’s Strongest Man!

“At the end of the evening we had an amazing firework display, where all our guests received a sparkler with a thank you message or favourite memory on it, and they were lit whilst the display was on.”

Wedding car outside house

Wedding dress Wedding dress with green sash

Braid bridal hair Bride helping bridesmaid with hair

Bride sitting on bed

Wedding flowers being arranged

Bride with bouquet Bride holding bouquet

Bridesmaids in green dresses holding bouquets

Bride in wedding car

Bride looking out of window of wedding car at bridesmaids

Yellow flower buttonhole

Groom with best man and usher

Groomsmen walking to wedding venue

Wedding ceremony at The Spread Eagle Hotel

Bridesmaid walking into wedding ceremony

Bride walking with father Father eading bride to altar

Wedding ceremony Bride reading vows

Wedding vows

Bride and groom kiss Holding hands

Rolls Royce wedding car

Bride and groom in back of wedding car

Wedding sign at side of the road Bride and groom in front of wedding car

Bride and groom walking through confetti

Bride and groom walking under arch

Bride with bridesmaids

Brdal party

Bride and groom

Bride and groom sitting on well

Bride and groom

Bride and groom holding thank you bunting

Bride sitting down

Bride and groom by homemade sign post Wedding sign post

Bride and groom under funfair sign

Bride and groom drinking

Wedding funfair

Wedding guest at coconut shy

Funfair game at wedding

Wedding guest playing funfair game

Strong man game at wedding

Shooting range at wedding

Bride throwing ball

Bride and groom playing at coconut shy

Bride and groom playing funfair fishing game

Marquee wedding reception

Bunting

Haning heart

Wedding decorations inside marquee

Wedding table decorations

Inside wedding marquee

Jugs and vases of wedding flowers on table

Buting inside wedding marquee

Flower wedding sculpture

Photos hanging in marquee Messages

Chalkboard sign at wedding

Heart boxes with wedding favour pin badges

Wicker heart hanging in wedding marquee Table deoration

Sparklers with messages

Wedding bunting

Bride and groom entering marquee wedding reception

Wedding buffet Wedding buffet

Marquee wedding reception

Lady with microphone

Wedding signer from Undercover Superstars

Wedding guests watching entertainment

Wedding guests

Father of the bride speech

Bride laughing at speech

Bride and groom laughing at speech

Chalkboard with best man speech length bets

Best man speech

Wedding cake with flowers Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Guests at wedding sweetie table

Green vase of flowers

Bride and groom dance Bride and groom dancing

Bride and groom on dance floor

Images © Sarah Aires Photography

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