All is quiet in the house as I write this – the tree is up and covered in all the special decorations I’ve collected over the years (including a snowman who has lost his hat and a slightly tattered sparkly silver star I can’t bear to throw away!). The delicious scent of freshly-baked mince tarts (with a few jammie ones thrown in for good measure) is wafting through the house and we’re about to make a batch of mulled wine to get the true festive feels going – so Christmas has well and truly arrived at the Singletary’s. Are you getting in the spirit too?
One thing that is sure to get you in the party mood is this lovely little summer wedding in the pretty countryside that’s brimming with prettiness in the divine lacy gown, cottage-style flowers and utterly beautiful images by Red on Blonde Photography, who we’re proud to say are members of our beautiful Little Book for Brides wedding directory.
Bride Caroline, who is a still life photographer, married her architect beau Jonathan on the 9th of July 2016 at the pretty stain-glassed St Leonard Church, followed by a reception at Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn in Clitheroe, Lancashire for their countryside celebrations.
“Red on Blonde Photography, run by husband and wife team Toby and Hannah, were so lovely to chat to and we felt so comfortable having them taking our picture. We were quite particular with the informal documentary style we wanted to capture the atmosphere of the day and they fitted the bill perfectly.”
Caroline donned an exquisite Martina Liana gown, purchased at Angelica Bridal in Islington, London. The bodice of intricate lace is just incredible and I’m also swooning over the long train. Utter perfection.
“I loved the uniqueness of my dress and wanted something sleek, with lace, and it fitted the bill perfectly.”“Jon and I met in a late-night jazz bar in Dalston, London in 2012. We got engaged in October 2015 at a lovely homely inn deep in the beautiful countryside near Caroline’s parents in Lancashire and were engaged for 10 months before the wedding.”
Caroline’s four bridesmaids wore beautiful bejewelled No. 1 by Jenny Packham for Debenhams long gowns, Dune heels, and pearl bracelets and earrings by Sophia Hargreaves Jewellery that were gifted by the bride.
The totally stunning bouquets were made by Caroline’s friend Victoria Gray who is a stylist, whilst flowers for the reception were provided by The Flower Shop in Clitheroe.
“We wanted the flowers to be informal and traditional British countryside summer flowers – if we could we would have had them grown by Jon’s mum on their farm, but they wouldn’t have survived the trip up north!”
Hair and make-up was by Carlos Palma.
“Carlos is one of my good friends and we have done many fashion shoots together – he is an amazing hair and make up artist.”
The beautiful bride accessorised with a Pronovias veil, also via Angelica Bridal, sky-high silver J.Crew sandals, a pretty hair accessory from Accessorize, a spray of her favourite scent Chloe, and a very special item of jewellery.
“My bracelet was designed and bought as a present by Jon and made by Sophia Hargreaves Jewellery – Sophia was one of my bridesmaids.”
McGowan’s Classic Car Hire provided a very groovy 1965 Daimler to transport the wedding party.
Jonathan looked stylish in a Paul Smith suit, Loake shoes, and an Instrmnt watch given by Caroline as a wedding day present.
Caroline’s father David accompanied the beaming bride on the walk down the aisle to Jeremiah Clarke’s ‘Prince of Denmark’s March’.
The couple chose traditional Church of England vows and reading (Song of Soloman) plus John Cooper Clark’s ‘I Wanna be Yours’.
“Song of Soloman is about love and caring and we chose ‘I Wanna be Yours’ as we thought it would raise a chuckle and make everyone feel relaxed.”
“My favourite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing each other, as well as all our friends and family looking so happy for us. And the vicar was really funny!”
One most beautiful touch added to the barn was a string of festoon lighting and bunting made by the clever mother of the groom. Good lighting will completely transform your wedding venue.
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Twelve Event Management provided the tasty cuisine for the guests, whilst Lisa Marie Cakes made a simple rustic wedding cake of a Victoria sponge with frosting – yum!
The creative couple made all of the stationery themselves, as well as the favours for the guests – homemade sloe and damsen gin, using berries from Jonathan’s family farm. And how about this idea for a table plan with a difference? So quirky!
“The table plans were full size architectural plan drawings of the room, with tables set out, so it was really fun to see people walking around holding a huge drawing to find their seat. It was a really interactive way to do what can traditionally be quite a drab thing.”
Georgia Thursting entertained during the drinks reception and Groovething played their funky tunes into the night. And the couple danced their first dance to one of their favourite songs, ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac – one of Caroline’s family’s favourite bands.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Don’t worry! What ever happens on the day (i.e. raining in the morning like it did at ours) you just won’t care. You will forget about all the minor details and it will truly be the best day of your lives!”
Thank you so very much to Caroline and Jonathan for allowing us a peek into all the trimmings of your big day and a huge thanks to the talented duo from Red on Blonde Photography for sharing yet another fabulous set of images – you can view more of their work we’ve featured here.
Have a jolly rest of week lovelies and enjoy the preparations for the silly season ahead!
Love Jo -x-
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer – Red on Blonde Photography
- Ceremony – St Leonard Church
- Venue – Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn, Lancashire
- Wedding Dress – Martina Liana via Angelica Bridal
- Veil – Pronovias via Angelica Bridal
- Shoes – J.Crew
- Hair Accessory – Accessorize
- Jewellery – Bracelet by Sophia Hargreaves Jewellery (present from the groom)
- Perfume – Chloe
- Bridesmaid's Dresses – No. 1 by Jenny Packham for Debenhams
- Bridesmaid's Shoes – Dune
- Bridesmaid's Accessories – Pearl bracelets and earrings by Sophia Hargreaves Jewellery (gifts from the bride)
- Groom – Paul Smith suit + Loake shoes + Instrmnt watch
- Florist – Victoria Gray (friend of the bride) + The Flower Shop
- Rings – Alistair Stewart Jewellers
- Transport – McGowan's Classic Car Hire
- Entertainment – Georgia Thursting + Groovething
- Catering – Twelve Event Management
- Cake – Lisa Marie Cakes
- Hair + Makeup – Carlos Palma
2 thoughts on “A Martina Liana Gown for an Elegant and Rainy Day Barn Wedding”
There is so much to love here, the dress is so elegant and the setting is beautiful. The photography is really stunning, you really get a feel for the day. Congratulations x
Dress and hair of DREAMS! Such an atmospheric day with serious wow factor! Sending some festive hugs to you Jo xxx