Wonwood Barton Tina and Tom
- Photographer: S J Photography
Tina and Tom loved Wonwood Bartons laid back, outdoorsy feel, and that they had free reign to create their own day from start to finish including their ceremony. The accommodation was also perfect allowing their guests to roam around and not feel confined to one space.
“We were lucky enough to be the very first couple to hold our wedding ceremony Wonwood Barton. There were three locations we could choose from for our ceremony, we chose the converted barn in the centre, the “roundhouse” which seated fifty of our closest family and friends.
Tina and Tom booked the venue with exactly six months until the big day, putting a bit of pressure on themselves to organise everything but with the help of their close family and friends ( all in the family catering business ) together they planned and organised the food and open bar
“The day had a lovely flow to it and thankfully our organisation of the day’s events paid off! Everyone being together from start to finish really suited our needs.”
S J Photography
Trusting her professionalism and her approach to photography Tina and Tom chose S J Photography.
“We had a pre-wedding photoshoot as part of our package which really helped us feel more relaxed and put our nerves at ease so on the day we were able to get the images we wanted which was really important for both of us."
Sam made sure to catch the details of the big day as well as the family group shots and they were over the moon with the results especially because it was a rainy day.
“Thankfully the sun came out when the band started and Sam worked hard behind the scenes all day catching natural shots of the merriment.”
A laid back outdoorsy vibe
Laid-back captures elements of both their personalities, Tina and Tom wanted their guests to be able to mingle and have fun for the whole day and to feel relaxed.
We stuck to a smart dress code but there were no restrictions, people could wear whatever they felt most comfortable in.
“One minute we were having a dance in the Marquee to the live band we booked and the next we could be in the courtyard with a bite to eat and a drink chatting to our friends and family. It felt like our own mini-festival!”
A big Shout out to...
"Lucy Cooper from Wildflower Floristry and Gifts, I wanted an “English hedgerow” theme but other than that, nothing specific in mind so I left it as a surprise on the day! The result was fantastic!
Emmie Green MUA – Flawless makeup for myself, my mum and three bridesmaids she stayed until the minute we walked out for the ceremony, re-applying lipgloss and pampering us.
Our live band – Jessica and the Rabbits who got the whole crowd dancing, including my 80+-year-old nan, memories I’ll treasure forever.
Amanda Bishop – Bake Away Plymouth. We had a three-tier Victoria sponge wedding cake with “naked” icing and summer fruits. Each layer was a different flavoured sponge and buttercream combination and was an absolute winner with everyone."
Tina found her dress in The Bridal Emporium in Exeter city centre. Tina originally had no idea what style of dress to go for after trying on the first few she absolutely knew she wanted something simple in style so opted for a “fit and flare” dress.
The dress she chose had an illusion neckline with sweetheart shaped lace embroidery and long embroidered sleeves with illusion panels to the back and a single row of buttons down the spine and on the cuffs.
“The fabric was so soft and easy to move in, I wore the dress for the entire day to make the most of it. It had a boucle fitted into the dress so I could button up the flare half way through the day which made it easier to dance in!”
Aside from her flowers, Tina also wore a bracelet of flowers, a crystal and pearl tiara to match the detail on her dress and diamond drop earrings which were a birthday present from her nan.
“I had saved them for a special occasion, not knowing it would be for my wedding day!”
Favourite part of the day
“Our favourite part of the day was definitely gathering all of our friends and family for a party! We haven’t been altogether in such a long time and my partner and I always knew when we finally tied the knot, we wanted our family to all be there to witness it. It’s so lovely to continue keeping the memories alive with all our nearest and dearest. Memories and photo’s we will treasure forever."
“Have fun and plan the day that you want, don’t fall into expectations or pressures from family/friends/social media. So long as you and your partner are happy, that’s all that matters."
- Photographer: S J Photography