Samantha and Dean’s beautiful Autumn wedding took place on 12th September 2021 at Eden Barn at Little Musgrave, Cumbria.
The bride is one half of Tweedle design, so flowers were always going to play an important role on her wedding day. She opted for all-British grown, seasonal Autumn flowers, lovingly grown and supplied by British flower farmers, Field & Bloom and Yorkshire Petals.
The couple were inspired by their collection of vintage, pre-loved and up=cycled items when styling their day and Samantha wore a beautiful Made With Love Bridal. The wonderful Jules Barron, Love My Dress recommended North Yorkshire wedding photographer, captured these gorgeous images.
I wore the Margot hair comb in ivory and gold by Eden b. Studio and my gold Adara hoop earrings were from my very good friend, Louise at Olive & Elba.
My ‘something blue’ was a silver Pandora ring with a central blue stone that previously belonged to my Auntie who had sadly passed prior to our wedding day. It was nice to feel like I could hold a part of her there on our wedding day.
I wore my favourite perfume, by Penhaligon’s. The cute but elegant style of the bottle drew me in to begin with, the little pink velvet bow matched the velvet on my Sophie Webster wedding shoes, but then also with a musky scent that I loved and was a little different for me, was exactly what I wanted to have a specific and different scent that would always remind me of our special day.
I also loved that I could get my bottle engraved with our wedding date, a special keepsake.
The Carla Dress by Made With Love Bridal
I found The Aisle in Ilkley whilst searching for stockists of Made With Love Bridal and what a beautiful boutique it is. Katie was so helpful with picking out a few from their range to try along with a couple of others from other designers but she also helped me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the experience.
She was friendly and welcoming with what can feel like a strange but exciting time and I can’t thank them enough for helping me find my perfect dress. I would recommend them to all new brides!
My dress was altered by the lovely Louise at The Bobbin in Ilkley, whom had been highly recommended by Katie at The Aisle as they often work closely with them and their Made With Love Dresses.
Luckily, I didn’t need too much altering but she was able to turn my dress around in a short space of time before our day.
I found Made With Love after trying on numerous traditional styled dresses and deciding that I was actually seeking something a little different in detail, whilst also comfortable that I would only feel like “me” in. With its handmade 3D floral lace detailing that I loved the most, it still held a luxury feel and it made me feel like I was in a fairytale (especially with my added tulle wings) on our wedding day!
I wore the Made With Love tulle wings.
British Grown Wedding Flowers
Our flowers were predominantly British grown beauties, grown by Jan at Field & Bloom and Janice at Yorkshire Petals. We had plenty of deep autumnal browns and burnt tones, with mustards and fresh peaches to add a little lightness.
Bringing all the beautiful, warm tones of Autumn, whilst still bringing a little of the end of Summer brightness, with my favourite chocolate cosmos in there too.
My business partner and bridesmaid Erika, I can’t thank enough, as all the designs were kept a surprise up until the day, all of which were left in her more than capable hands!
I also opted for personalised, trailing, velvet ribbons to tie off my bouquet from Ribbon & Thyme. I had them embroidered with song lyrics from Arctic Monkeys without knowing at the time that that would end up also being our first dance song.
One big surprise arrangement as well on the entrance beams to the barn filled with roses, amaranthus, rudbeckia, dahlia and a heap of fresh scented foliage to create a statement – something I didn’t see until we were waiting underneath it, getting ready to walk down the aisle!
We booked Eden Barn back in 2018 and fell in love with the warmth, style and settings of the family run venue, in a beautiful part of the Northern English countryside, instantly.
The barn had lots of its original features but all done up and designed with its own personal style that just felt so comfortable and happy to be within.
A tall fairy light lit backdrop for their ceremony barn, with the high ceilings, small windows looking out in to the countryside and the sounds of the birds nesting inside, it was truly beautiful! The Harker family that own and run Eden Barn are also a dream to work with and such lovely people.
Dean had my engagement ring handmade and designed with Iain at Iain Henderson Designs and so it was only fitting that we went back to him for our wedding bands made.
I love vintage ring designs and so the design that they came up with for my engagement ring kept that in mind with its detailing. My wedding band was then made with a slight dip in the centre to sit comfortably around my engagement ring and hold the same design. Dean’s ring was chosen to be titanium with a scratched effect for a more casual style.
Photography by Jules
We were sold with Jules Barron’s relaxed style of photography as soon as we found her website. The idea that she would capture all of those moments from our day and less of the posed traditional shots was just what we wanted and it was the icing on the cake to find out that she was just the loveliest person ever as well.
She was supportive throughout the whole process of our planning and felt like a friend on the run up, on the day and now after. Our images are just beautiful and she has given us so many memories back of our day, we couldn’t recommend her enough to others!
My bridesmaids wore Nasty Gal. I let the girls pick their own shoes so they could be comfortable and have something they’d wear again, but as gifts I bought them hair pins/comb from The Bobby Pin.
How They Met
We met in the classroom back in 2005 as we both studied A Level Human Biology and then made it official at the beginning of 2006. We got engaged on a very early morning in February 2017 on Heron Island, Australia, after getting up and strolling the beach to see if any turtles had been up to lay eggs overnight.
Whilst sat on the beach watching the world go by, right after being surprised at the sharks swimming past us, Dean proposed. By the time we were married in 2021 we had been engaged for 4 and a half years and together for 15 and half years.
It’s so hard to pick one particular favourite moment from what was entirely our favourite day! But the sparkler send off we did later in the day once the sun had dropped outside the barn was up there on the list, it felt like we were marking the celebration that we were now finally married but it was also a bit of fun and the time for marking the start of the evening celebrations and the real party to begin!
I loved arriving at Eden Barn and waiting outside the barn doors to hear our aisle music starting and walking in to see everyone there with us and to see Dean waiting nervously!
Planning in a Pandemic
As a wedding supplier myself, and one half of Tweedle Floral Design, I could really understand what our couples were going through over the last couple of years, as we were right there with them trying to plan our own wedding. Postponing our date from September 2020 to September 2021 wasn’t easy, but we kept with the positive perspective that it was the best decision for us and everything was to work itself out in the end if we were patient.
We’d been together nearly 16 years by the time we were married and so it was so important for us to have those people our relationship had grown around, right there to celebrate with us!
We were lucky in that all but one of our suppliers could move dates with us and with the one supplier we lost we actually ended up being able to book someone else that we’d loved originally who didn’t have our first date available but had our second!
We have no regrets because everything happens for a reason and we understood that we had to ride the same wave that everyone else around us was on. It was just important to keep communicating with everyone involved, suppliers and guests, so that everyone was kept in the loop and on the same page with plans.
In the long run it meant that we had an extra year to think about our ideas, what extra things we wanted to add to our day with having an extra year to save and when the day finally came around ourselves and all of our guests appreciated being there to celebrate so much more.
Every moment of our day was more than we could have ever imagined, the wait no longer mattered and the September sun was shining for us. No not everything was exactly as it was planned and that really didn’t matter because in the end, we could have everyone there with us to celebrate!
Evening & Dancing
We danced to the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Baby I’m Yours’ for our first dance and Mardy Bum, also by the Arctic Monkeys, which was also the last song of the night.
We have seen Arctic Monkeys a few times together over the years and as a band they were releasing some of their best music at the time we got together. We both love their music!
Our DJ was David at Dancing in the Dark and we hired a vintage photobooth via Boothomatic.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
Don’t get too hung up on the small things. There will be some things that you won’t even notice on the day because you will be too busy soaking up all the moments of the day, the most important parts that will stay with you forever.
Enjoy every second, take a moment to take it all in and appreciate every person that is there to celebrate your day with you. It is one of the only occasions where you get to have all of your loved ones together in one place to celebrate you both and it is the best feeling!
No regrets. Everything was chosen for a reason and if there was anything that may have ended up being different on the day, we really didn’t notice, we took a moment to take it all in on the day and appreciate everything and everyone there to celebrate us. Everything was so much better than we could have ever imagined and we thank all of our suppliers, family and friends who helped make it what it was and throughout our journey to becoming Mr & Mrs Haigh!
Unfortunately, we had some close friends that were unable to share our day with us due to covid reasons, which we would have loved to have changed if we could, but as that was out of our control, we had to accept that that may have been the case for some people. We were pleased that the majority of our guest list could join us and we could finally celebrate our day after everything over the last few years.
Our original budget was £20,000, but ended up being around £27,000.