Images courtesy of Adam Wilkinson Photography
Laura & Richard: A Hessian & Bunting Filled Handmade Wedding at The Barn at Oakwell Hall
Hey, lovely ones! This year is whizzing by and we’re struggling to keep up. How please, is it that we’re in mid July already? As this scorching summer weather continues, we’re throwing it back to cooler climes, the 7th of April of this year for the delightful wedding of Laura and Richard.
The duo tied the knot at The Barn at Oakwell Hall, an idyllic setting of which boasts stunning beams and tranquil woodland walks, which lent itself perfectly to the rustic and country theme Laura and Richard were so fond of.
Their gorgeous DIY day was photographed by the oh-so talented Adam Wilkinson Photography, who captured the effortless beauty of the moments that unfolded in a fun and creative way; providing memories that I’m sure Mr and Mrs Simpkins will cherish forever.
So, without further adu, let’s find out a little more from the wedding that’s made of rustic dreams, shall we?
The two lovers met through their mutual love for rock climbing, reading and laughter, but it wasn’t all easy going in the early days – Laura, we’ll let you explain that one!
“We met 4 years ago through a friend whilst rock climbing at Rokt in Brighouse. I’d recently decided to learn how to rock climb and a friend took me with him to practice. Little did I know that my friend, Adam, also climbed with Richard. As it turned out, Richard and I had actually gone to college together but had never spoken.”
“We became friends through climbing and started climbing together every week. I wasn’t interested in Richard at all for ages until one day, he took me shopping for my own climbing shoes and I reversed over his motorbike. He should probably have been angry and run a mile from the girl who destroyed his bike but he stuck around and convinced me that we made a pretty good team. We fell in love talking about books and making each other laugh, oh and of course, climbing.”
The two planned their wedding within the short space of 8 months, which showed how eager they were to show their love to one another. Bride, Laura has even just recently started a new venture, dedicated to helping couples plan and style their own weddings.
“We were engaged for 8 months before the wedding and we loved planning it together. We made all our own decorations, favours, lawn games and loved every minute of it. I loved planning and styling my wedding that I’ve now set up Wild Daisies Weddings to, hopefully, begin a new career at venue stylist and wedding planner.”
The duo took on the task of styling their whole day, which included pretty lace details from Laura’s mums wedding gown, place settings and a cutesy Photo Booth area. We adore how personalised their day was and it goes to show that DIYing’ your day is definitely possible! Hats off to Laura and Richard.
“All the decor was made by us and we had a barn/country theme with bunting and hessian. We wanted to let the barn speak for itself so the decor was fairly minimal to show off the beams, stone floor and lighting. I used my mum’s wedding dress to provide the lace for all the jars, my bouquet and even the dress on the cork bride for the cake topper. It was important to me to use my mum’s dress in some way. I’d originally wanted to wear my mum’s dress but the style wasn’t quite right for me and we were struggling to change it. It ran through the day though and looked beautiful.
“The other theme running through the wedding was wine. We both love wine so we collected corks for 8 months and made various things from them. We used them for the place settings, had a large R&L sign made form corks and used them for out guest book. The table names were all places we’d visited and we made wine bottle labels using a picture and the place name to create our own wine bottle table name labels. We put lights in and they looked lovely.”
“The first person we officially booked was actually the photographer because I knew that I wanted Adam Wilkinson Photography straight away. We then booked the venue, Oakwell Hall, and confirmed that Adam was free.” – Laura says.
We love how avid planners Laura and Richard were when it came to booking their suppliers, meaning that they got their dream day surrounded by their dream creatives and venue. Take note!
“I planned my wedding in quite a lot of detail using a Trello Board which was a lifesaver for having everything in order and knowing deadlines for different aspects of the wedding.”
Similarly to other couples planning their weddings, the entertainment, food and drink was a huge priority to Laura and Richard. Turning to The Outside Kitchen for catering, Louisianna’s Mobile Bar for drinks and The Crumbly Cheese for the delicious cheese cake. It’s fair to say that their guests and themselves were well catered for by these talented suppliers!
“The most important part for us was to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. We love food and drink so we wanted to make sure the day flowed smoothly and guests were never hungry or thirsty. We made sure plenty of great food was available from The Outside Kitchen and Louisianna’s mobile bar were fantastic too.
We provided a lot of welcome drinks and has some lovely French wine on the table that we’d had a road trip to fetch earlier in the year. We also had two cakes; a sweet one made by my friend who is an excellent baker and the other a savoury cake of cheese.”
The couple stayed true to themselves throughout the day, opting to ditch some traditions such as an alternative ceremony, no best man and choosing to have a much more relaxed and fun day. We did however, adore Laura’s gorgeous Charlotte Mills shoes that were a part of the ‘something old, new, borrowed and blue’ tradition with a teeny signature sixpence nestled inside. The Brides earnings were her something blue and brought from Alicia Mai in Ossett.
“We didn’t want a traditional wedding and actually wanted to get married outside – the weather wasn’t very kind to us unfortunately but the indoor option was lovely which was one reason why we chose Oakwell. We did have a few traditions such as something old, new, borrowed and blue. My silver sixpence was in my beautiful Charlotte Mills shoes.
We didn’t see each other the night before the wedding and my dad walked me down the aisle but other than that we broke tradition. Richard didn’t have a best man, opting to fly solo at the end of the aisle, I arrived in my mum’s green Mini, we didn’t have getting ready photos because we wanted more of the fun photos at the end of the day and a relaxed morning instead. We also opted for an informal meal of afternoon tea with twist instead of a traditional three course wedding breakfast.”
Laura sourced her bridesmaids dresses from Dorothy Perkins, a brand called Little Mistress. The beautiful dusty pink hue perfectly complimented the subtle pops of blue and lush greenery in their bouquets.
“I’d initially wanted pale green or nude bridesmaids dresses but couldn’t find any I liked. I found the Little Mistress dresses on sale from Dorothy Perkins and they were lovely. They weren’t my chosen colour but since we didn’t have a colour theme it didn’t matter. The lace detail on the back of them complemented my dress too.”
Please, just how gorgeous does Laura and her favourite ladies look?!
The beautiful bride don an elegant and delicate dress with intricate lace detailing from Cottage Bridals. The off the shoulder design added a touch of modern to the sublime rustic day.
“I bought my dress from Cottage Brides in Horbury. I was getting a little fed up of trying dresses on and hadn’t found one I’d loved after a lot of shopping. I thought I was going to buy the one I’d liked the most but decided to try Cottage Brides because I’d seen an advert of Facebook and it’s local to where I live.
I went with my mum and when we arrived Julie, who owns the shop, asked what I wanted. I told her a few things I liked and didn’t like and she immediately pulled out a dress which looked a bit plain and boring on the hanger so I didn’t think I was going to like it. She also showed me a few more and me and mum chose some too. I tried the one she recommended first and fell in love – it fitted perfectly and was simple and elegant and not in a style that everyone wears. It also had sleeves which I’d had as a preference as my mum’s dress had sleeves. The lace was more delicate than most modern dresses which suited the venue and the style of the wedding too which was perfect. I’d initially said I wanted a train so Julie altered the veil so that it doubled up as a train and we added a jewelled belt to add extra details.”
To continue the country rustic theme throughout their day, Richard opted for a Tweed style suit which looked oh-so dapper. Laura gifted him a bottle of Dior Sauvage and she herself wore Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.
“The groom’s suit was from Moss Bros and Richard chose it himself. He wanted a tweedy style blue suit and that’s exactly what he got. We also bought suits for the father of the bride and groom to involve them in the day. I bought Richard an engraved pocket watch to open on the morning of the wedding which looked lovely with his chosen suit.”
Following the ceremony, the newly weds took some time to themselves, along with their photographer which resulted in the most beautiful photos and memories. The grounds at Oakwell provided a truly picturesque setting, there’s no surprise the couple chose this venue to host their special day.
“Oakwell Hall is a stunning venue and somewhere that we like going for walks. We initially ruled it out without looking round because of the capacity but after looking at many other venues and nothing catching our eye we decided to just take a look. We loved it and booked very quickly after that. We decided to cut numbers by having less children at the wedding which in hindsight was a brilliant idea.
Oakwell Hall is an old manor house and it has a large barn with gorgeous beams. We opted for the barn because it was more informal and suited our style. We also loved the outdoor space and the option to get married outside if the weather permitted. The grounds are beautiful too so we know we’d get some lovely pictures around the woodland.”
Finally, we asked Laura and Richard if there would be anything that they would change or do differently in hindsight, they have very kindly provided us with their top tips and little pieces of advice to help those that are too, planning their weddings.
“This is a really difficult question and if you asked us again in a year we’d probably change my mind again. The thing we’d have loved to have, but was out of our control, was a later opening at the venue. Also, we’d probably have paid for an extra set from the band and had them play right until the end. We had the Bad Asteroids and they were great!
1. Children. Don’t have too many or worry about offending people by not inviting them. People enjoy the day without having to worry about the little ones.
2. If you’re doing a DIY wedding and sourcing all the suppliers yourself, have someone on the day who can coordinate them. We hired Bex from Oakleaf Weddings and she was great and ensured Richard and I could relax and enjoy the day. She took over from us and made sure everything was perfect.
3. Food! Make sure everyone is well fed and you choose food carefully. People still comment on the food from our wedding because it was unusual and there was plenty of it.”
As we draw to a close on this country chic and DIY filled dream day, we would just like to say a little thank you to the couple, Laura and Richard for letting us share their very special wedding day. We’ve honestly loved reading about the pretty goings on at Oakwell Hall and from the suppliers that helped turn your vision into a reality. With love from The Wedding Affair, we would like to wish you a wonderful future, and a healthy and happy marriage filled with joy. Oh, and the best of luck on Laura’s new styling venture, Wild Daisies Weddings!
Also, thank you to Adam Wilkinson Photography who captured the day and all of the details perfectly. For a full story of the day, we have a gallery of all the images below, along with full vendor credits.
Have you enjoyed reading about Mr and Mrs Simpkins’ special wedding day, perhaps you’ve taken away some inspiration for your own idyllic and rustic countryside wedding? Please do let us know by saying “Hello” in the comments section below.
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The Team Behind The Talent
Reception Venue: Oakwell Hall On the day Co-ordination: Bex at Oakleaf Weddings Photography: Adam Wilkinson Photography Styling & Decoration: Bride – Wild Daisies Weddings Food: The Outside Kitchen Cheese Cake: The Crumbly Cheese Bar: Louisianna’s Mobile Bar Rings: Alicia Mai Dress: Cottage Bridals Suits: Moss Bross Band: Bad Asteroids