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DIY Wedding at Gate Street Barn — Laura and Jamie

By Claire

So this sec­ond fea­ture of Laura and Jamie’s DIY wed­ding starts where we left off yes­ter­day morn­ing, with Jamie wait­ing as Laura walks down the aisle — I love the antic­i­pa­tion of this part of the day, and the romance as eyes meet… and today’s blog fea­ture only gets bet­ter and bet­ter as we scroll through all the beau­ti­ful wed­ding pictures.

Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (34)

You’ll love the rus­tic DIY table cen­tre­pieces, the children’s wed­ding favours (so cute!), the charm of Gate Street Barn wed­ding venue. I want you to smile at the enchant­ment of the sparkling can­de­labras, be inspired by the fab­ric printed table plan which Laura made, and resolve to make your own news­pa­per con­fetti cones… but most of all — just feel the love.

Romeo and Juliet” was Laura and Jamie’s first dance song. It fits like a glove — the love in their eyes should go down in his­tory — a beau­ti­ful cou­ple, and a favorite wed­ding for Eng­lish Wed­ding Blog.

Love…

Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (61)

A beau­ti­ful, DIY, Gate Street Barn wedding

Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (60)All images by the won­der­ful Sam Clay­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy
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Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (58)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (57)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (56)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (55)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (54)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (53)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (52)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (51)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (50)

Wed­ding venue: Gate Street Barn

Wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher: Sam Clay­ton (she was amaz­ing, I love my pictures)

How would you describe your wed­ding style?

Old Eng­lish shabby chic. I wanted the day to be cre­ative and per­sonal to Jamie and I.

The wed­ding cer­e­mony: Civil Ceremony

Which read­ings did you choose? I have your heart — E.H Cum­mings
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (49)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (48)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (47)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (46)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (45)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (44)

What were your wed­ding highlights?

* The first dance, which was to Romeo and Juliet by Dire straits. They were my dad’s favorite band, and he sadly died before he could see me get mar­ried. It made me feel like he was a part of our day.

* Hav­ing all our friends and fam­ily in the same place hav­ing fun and being happy.

* My shoes, as they were exactly how I imag­ined them in my head. It rarely hap­pens in design that some­thing turns out like that!
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (43)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (42)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (41)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (40)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (39)

Laura wore a wed­ding dress by Span­ish designer Jesus Peiro. I bought it before I became preg­nant, so there were a few addi­tions to it on the way!! Shay Har­ris who I bought my dress from was so patient and kind, and was a bril­liant seam­stress to boot.

Jamie wore a bespoke suit from a suit that fits, but had a really bad expe­ri­ence with them, so wouldn’t rec­om­mend them!
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (38)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (37)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (36)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (35)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (33)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (32)

Wed­ding venue styling and details:

As Gate Street Barn is so pretty as it is, it didn’t really need much dress­ing. It is a blank can­vas though, so lends itself to any theme.

I made quite a lot of the dec­o­ra­tions myself, tak­ing inspi­ra­tion from mag­a­zines, wed­ding blogs and Etsy.

I also love antique shops and car boot sales, so found lots of bits and pieces there. My cousin restores old fur­ni­ture for a liv­ing, and he painted up an old fire screen for me to use as my table plan.

Laura’s DIY fab­ric wed­ding stationery

I found some amaz­ing paper on the inter­net which lets you print on to fab­ric which I made our invites with, and lots of the other parts of the dec­o­ra­tion. I had 2 years to make all my cre­ative bits, and I enjoyed every moment of it! I was gut­ted that I no longer had a ‘project’ when our wed­ding day had passed.

I wanted it to be per­sonal and cre­ative with­out being OTT. Katie the florist is also a good friend of mine, so she just let me have a free rein and let me act out all my ideas, even if it was a pain in the bum for her! I have since fallen in love with flow­ers, and am start­ing a career in floristry as Katie’s assis­tant when Kitty is a bit older.
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (30)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (29)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (28)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (27)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (26)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (25)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (24)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (23)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (22)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (21)
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Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (13)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (12)

Wed­ding music and entertainment:

We hired a band called Elec­tric May­hem, and we made playlists of all our fav songs.

We also hired a car­i­ca­tur­ist to draw our fam­ily and friends while we were hav­ing our pic­tures taken. He was so good, and every­one had one to take home with them.

I made party bags for the kids to keep them amused through­out the day, which I think the par­ents were glad of!
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (11)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (10)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (9)

The speeches were bril­liant. A really good mix of funny and emo­tional. Jamie’s Span­ish fam­ily were over from Seville and they can’t speak any Eng­lish so his speech was also in Span­ish. He doesn’t see them very often so it was very emo­tional for him. My mom and Jamie’s best man David were also amaz­ing.
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (8)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (7)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (6)

Wed­ding day advice:

Have a drink, relax and just enjoy the day. As I was 5 months preg­nant when we got mar­ried and couldn’t drink, I noticed lit­tle things which I would have changed about the day and obsessed about them! Con­trol freak me wanted every­thing to be just pre­fect, but it’s impos­si­ble to con­trol every lit­tle part of the day. No one else would have noticed these lit­tle bits, it was just me! I wish I had been a bit more chilled!

The day went by so fast, all I can advise is to have fun and don’t take it all too seriously.

Also don’t get mar­ried so early. Our ser­vice was at 12 noon, and although we had a really lovely long wed­ding day, get­ting every­one ready and at the venue for that time was an expe­ri­ence!
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (5)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (4)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (3)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (2)
Gate Street Barn wedding by Sam Clayton (1)

 



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