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A music-and-literature-themed barn wedding in Berkshire

A music-and-literature-themed barn wedding in Berkshire


Written by Katie Byrne


Bonnie and Jack held a rustic wedding, filled with vinyl twists and photograph décor!

 

Bonnie Harris, 32, a primary school teacher, and Jack Widdows, 32, a business owner, married at St. Anne’s Church, followed by a reception at Herons Farm in Berkshire.

Budget: under £20,000

Jack and I first met at university, but only admired each other from afar! Four and a half years later – and thanks to the invention of MySpace – Jack finally asked me out! He proposed (it was a total surprise) on my birthday in February on the banks of Loch Ness. 

We held our ceremony in the church that I was christened in – it was the only place I could imagine tying the knot in as it’s in the village where I grew up. Our reception venue lent itself nicely to the day we wanted to create: relaxed, informal and fun.

We loved its countryside setting and simple, rustic feel. As I’m a crafty person, I took the DIY approach for much of our décor; we didn’t want anything to look too perfect, so a handmade feel was ideal. 

We’re real book lovers so books were a huge part of our day – our invitations and orders of service were in a classic Penguin style. 

We’re huge music fans, so we created personalised vinyl record covers to use as table numbers. We photoshopped our faces onto iconic album covers – it was so much fun! We listed our guests’ names in the track list, which doubled up as seating plans. We had a record player and vinyls set up outside in the courtyard – we loved the idea of our guests choosing the ‘soundtrack’ to our wedding. 

We got our guests mingling when we gave each table the task of trying their hands at designing their own vinyl album covers – the results were amazing. 

  

My tip for brides-to-be: Get things planned early – it will leave you with less stress nearer the time. 

Steal their style!

Photography: Angela Ward Brown

Venue: Herons Farm 

Florist: Green Parlour 

Dress: Boa Boutique 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Kaliko 


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