Charlotte and Tom’s The Oak Barn Frame Farm wedding earlier this year was a masterclass in Stylish Barn Weddings 101: it had it all without being too OTT. Not that the pair of them are capable of OTT, stylish couple that they are – the dress! The suit! The sparkly cape for the evening!
And, before we go any further, we must give honourable mention to the undisputed star of the show: Luna, their dog. Charlotte and Tom and I share a lot of mutual dog love – they even had “How Falling In Love Is Like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali as their reading. Knowing these kind of things in advance can really help ensure that you get the photos you truly want on the day (and, of course, means I get to hang out with gorgeous dogs too, so it’s a winner all round!)
Charlotte and Tom held their ceremony at St George’s Church, Benenden, and then held their reception at The Oak Barn Frame Farm Benenden. St George’s Church is a stunning building with gorgeous stained glass windows at the altar and a beautiful entrance arch, which they decorated with stunning foliage (more on those in a minute). To give you the idea of the style-savvy kind of couple they are, they found out about Frame Farm before it even opened, and totally fell in love with it – understandably so. It’s a beamed barn that’s simultaneously full of character, but also serves as a blank enough canvas for you to make your own. And make their own stylish barn wedding they did…
The colour scheme for the flowers was simple, but stunning: greenery and white, a brief Nicky from The Stonegate Flower Company totally nailed. Charlotte’s textured bouquet was full of gorgeous foliage and ferns, studded with blousy white blooms. Nicky had also decorated the inside of the barn with foliage, trailing down the staircase and through the beams. The tables were decorated with floral arrangements too, placed along the long trestle tables to add to the styling. Their table names were all named after pubs, accompanied by stunning illustrations of dogs (obviously), and their favours were gin that Charlotte’s mum and dad had spent weeks making for them!
The table decorations were kept minimal but impactful as they needed to make sure they had enough space for their delicious feasting spread, made by Sarah Hall Catering. One of the few things that they knew from the very start was that they wanted delicious veggie food, and Sarah absolutely knocked it out of the park with her incredible menu. Often food that looks too good to eat is pretty substance-less, but Sarah smashed it on both style and taste.
And if it sounds like a party on the inside, wait till you hear about the outside. The other thing they were sure of from the very start was that they didn’t want anyone to have to buy a drink, so they had not one, but multiple bars outside for their guests to enjoy, made by Tom’s Dad. (Tom’s sister also made their signage – what a talented bunch!) There was a beer bar with its own draft, and also a Gin & Tonic bar stashed to the brim with different tipples and tonics to accompany. Have you ever heard a more genius idea?
Charlotte opted for a simple, chic slip dress from Blackburn Bridal for the daytime, and added a sparkly shift dress designed by Anna Campbell – which she liked to refer to as her sparkly bib – for the nighttime. Tom wore a a threepiece grey-blue suit, and was accompanied by his groomsmen in varying shades of blue. Charlotte’s bridesmaids also wore blue dresses from Rewritten, and what I really loved was that both sets of parents chose their own outfits within a blue colour palette too, to finish off the party.
It was a truly unforgettable day and I cannot thank Charlotte and Tom enough for having me on board! And if you’ll indulge me for a second, ’ll leave you with this feedback from them too, which I am equally grateful for…
“Matilda was just amazing! We were dreading our practice shoot and could not be happier that we got to meet Matilda before our big day – thank you so much for making us do it – the day itself was so easy due to this! Matilda immediately made us feel at ease and we shared some mutual dog love which was clearly so important to all of us and it gave us a chance to talk about the photos we truly wanted (and the ones we dreaded!). On our day we could not have asked for more – Matilda, thank you. We know you will have captured everything. You went above and beyond. You made the whole day so easy & fun and it is just such a pleasure to hang around with you. Thank you again and it will not be the last time you see us (we are so sorry!)”. Charlotte & Tom
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