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A Low-Key, Rustic Barn Wedding – Jess & Ben

Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you Jess and Ben’s beautiful barn wedding from Lace and Luce Photography. Jess owns her own florist business L’Orangerie Floral Design and obviously created her own bouquets – They are gorgeous!

Ben and I grew up on the same street, his younger brother was in my class all the way from Kindergarten to High School graduation. We never really knew each other despite growing up a few doors down from each other. But one night at a bush party in high school, we locked eyes and were inseparable for the rest of the summer, and for the last 10 years!

We did everything ourselves for this wedding, so all the touches were very personal. I am a Florist by day, so all the floral touches, on the cake, the tables, the floral arch etc. are definitely all me. We had Caribbean food catered, which has so many vegan/vegetarian options which was important for us and our friends. Ben is in a band (New Swears) so the guys from New Swears and our friend Shawn performed a full set, including our first dance, father/daughter dance and mother/son dance. Our ceremony was short and sweet with live acoustic music from Ben’s cousin Joe, the bar was fully stocked with hand-crafted cocktails and beer made by one of the groomsmen’s father, and jager-bombs for the bridal party – it made for a very fun night!

I don’t think my tattoos were really a thought when I was choosing a dress. I don’t usually dress around my tattoos – I had originally wanted a dress with sleeves and a low-back, but couldn’t find anything that worked for me. The dress that I chose is actually a custom Truvelle dress, we mixed the top of one dress, with the bottom of the other (and I thought my tattoos looked great in it anyway!)

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A Farm Wedding And A Bride With Dreadlocks – Sarita & James

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Today’s tattooed bride Sarita with gorgeous dreadlocks decided to wear a stunning Phase Eight dress when she married James. They got married at Dorset venue Lower Stockbridge Farm and even had their dog Irwin there for the day. Photos are by the awesome Jason Williams Photography.

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I met James in my first day in a new job, thought hubba hubba! We became friends for around 6 months (he had a girlfriend) but they split up. He came round for a haircut (I used to live in South Africa at a monkey sanctuary where I somehow became the hairdresser amongst the volunteers!) and after 2 bottles of wine, chatting and playing the guitar till around midnight, met up the following night for a few drinks, and been together ever since… Almost 3 years now.

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We’re both pretty laid back and informal, the venue was perfect for us as soon as we saw it.  It was held in an unassuming barn that had a wow factor when you walked in with gorgeous beams, fairy lights dotted all over the place and subtle lighting that changed from purple to deep red to green, was just such a lovely feature, the venue was nothing grand or pretentious, and we found an awesome reggae band who just made the evening perfect.  As a surprise for James I’d arranged for his dog Irwin, to be the ring-bearer, so I think having Irwin around the place not only felt completely normal to us, but completely made James’s day, and didn’t seem at all odd to any of our guests!

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Holding An Outdoor Wedding In The Cooler Months

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I love weddings. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to attend many of them. My all time favourite was one that was held outside in the late autumn. For me, there is something extra special about outdoor weddings. Especially those that take place in the spring or autumn, when the weather is a bit cooler. However, if you are planning to marry outside during the cooler months there are a few extra things to organise. Nothing major, just a few things you need to check and organise to make sure that everyone, including you, will enjoy your wedding day.


First, you need to find a venue that is suitable for this type of wedding. Of course, you want somewhere that has a nice outdoor ceremony space, but you also need a backup just in case the weather is not as good as you hoped. 

Most outdoor wedding venues use pergolas.  When the weather is good, they are left open to the sunshine, but if it looks like it is going to rain there is usually a top and canvas sides that can be unrolled to provide protection for the bride and groom. 

Usually the same can be done with the seating area for the guests. That way the ceremony can go ahead as planned, with everyone staying warm and dry. Some venues also provide outdoor heating.

If you opt to get married in a barn wedding venue you can get the best of both worlds. Often, if it is cold or wet on the day you will be offered the chance to take the ceremony indoors. 

However, if you want this fall back option to be available you need to ask about it before booking the venue. Make it clear that is what you need and find out what the backup ceremony area looks like, how big it is and how it will be decorated. That way, on the day, if it really is too cold or wet you know that everything will be ready for you to marry indoors instead.

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Holding a shorter ceremony also makes sense for a wedding that is outside, in the winter. Most people are warm enough outdoors if they are moving, but they soon get cold if they are sitting or standing still. Bear this in mind and be realistic about how long you can keep your guests outside in the colder months. Be especially mindful of this if you have very elderly friends and relatives in your wedding party.

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Having some blankets available for those guests to put over their legs is a good idea. If you are getting married outside during the colder months let your guests know that coats are OK. You will be surprised at how many people will stand there shivering because they think wearing a coat to a wedding would be impolite.


Getting married in the winter or colder months is a great chance to mix things up food and drinks wise. Nice touches like providing hot mulled wine as well as champagne along with a hot chocolate bar, for those who do not want alcohol, keeps everyone warm and makes your wedding a bit different.

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A Fun And Relaxed Barn Wedding Of Two Cool Dudes – Morgan & Dan


Today I get to share with you the awesome wedding in Matfen, Northumberland at High House Farm Brewery of Morgan and Dan from Katie Byram Photography. Morgan and Dan both met at work where he was a student ans she was a single parent. Their story is just wonderful.


Our eyes met over the top of our computer screens at a busy call centre – a modern day fairy-tale, I Know! Dan had recently been removed from university for an unwilling to curb his ‘burning the candle at both ends’ lifestyle. I was returning to work following the birth of Grace, my first daughter. I was placed on the same team as Dan and we quickly became best mates, giving each other the nickname ‘dude’ like cheesy, American surfers or something! Dan says that he has always loved me, literally from first sight but always thought I was out of his league! I thought Dan was way too ‘cool’ for me, our lifestyles could not have been more different, typical student and single parent. Our first ‘date’ Dan managed to get out of a boring work party because his mate, Rick Danger, ran a bar where Skepta was doing a gig. I really wanted to go so I blamed the baby sitter and ditched the party early to go with Dan.  I met him at his flat where he lived with his friends. I was the only girl there, it was typical student digs – they had no cups or glasses (well clean ones anyway) so he went over the road and borrowed some from Subway. It was the best night!! Supercharged with alcohol, singing, dancing and great banter…we both missed work the next day and have been pretty much inseparable since then. We are now just as happy with a few pints!


There are so many highlights to our day it’s really quite hard to narrow it down. One moment in particular really stands out and was captured perfectly on our photos to treasure forever. It was an outdoor wedding in an open barn and the one thing we couldn’t control was the weather! It started raining bang on 2pm as I stepped out of the camper van. I wasn’t worried at this point though, I was just so excited! All went well, we said our vows, had our kiss and signed the papers but our guests had been outside for a while now and were starting to look cold, it was looking like we were going to have to take it inside.  So the music comes on, we are pronounced man and wife and we start our walk back down the aisle together as Mr and Mrs and as soon as we got to the end of the barn the sun came bursting out, it was blinding. It was such a special moment it felt heavenly as if our happiness was reflected in the sky.

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