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.”
Images © Sarah Aires Photography