Jayne & Brian's Colourfest Wedding at Bartholomew Barn, West SussexlauraGiles
Set against the backdrop of the Sussex countryside, Bartholomew Barn made a beautiful stage for Jayne and Brian’s wedding when they married at the venue in Kirdford, West Sussex.
Bartholomew Barn is a stunning rustic barn wedding venue situated a short distance from many attractive Sussex towns and villages. Jayne and her bridal party spent the morning getting ready at The Angel Hotel in Midhurst, a hotel steeped in history and olde worlde charm. The light and airy four poster room was a hive of activity as the girls giggled and sipped champagne as their hair was tousled into place, and Jayne applied her make-up effortlessly.
Jayne chose a stunning lace, 3/4 length sleeved, floor length wedding gown by White Leaf Boutique in Brighton who listened to Jayne’s ideas and in one afternoon her dress was decided upon! I just love Jayne’s decisiveness…gosh, my own wedding dress took weeks if not months of trawling shops and websites for!!!
All the bridesmaids had floor length dresses made of chiffon, but each maid chose their overall style and shade of colour to fit with Jayne’s vibrant colour scheme of red, cerise and orange which fitted perfectly with the later summer in which they married. Bouquets of Gerbera sat beautifully in the scheme as Jayne’s favourite blooms and provided the talented Blooms2Flowers.
With four grown-up children between them, it was important to Jayne and Brian that they each play a part in the day. Jayne’s daughters were two of her bridesmaids, whilst her son had the honourable duty of walking his mum down the aisle and Brian’s daughter took up the post of Best Woman to her dad. Matron of Honour, Mel, was amazing and kept a steady rein making sure her best friend was calm and everything went to plan.
Soon enough, Jayne and Brian’s nerves began to flutter as the ceremony neared, but each gave the other a heartfelt smile as Jayne walked down the aisle to her groom and the pair wed surrounded by loved ones.
The courtyard at Bartholomew Barn played host to wedding guests as they sipped on reception drinks, nibbled on yummy canapes and were entertained by the very talented vintage singer, Amy Baker.
Whilst guests enjoyed the last of the wedding breakfast, sunset provided the most beautiful light. I sheepishly shot across the room with my life in my hands and begged my wedded pair to head out for some extra photos before we lost the sun. It decided to spit a little with rain, but Brian and Jayne weren’t phased at all. The opportunity also gave them some space to take it all in alone (which I love to do with my couples) and we got some pretty cool shots. Granted, not every couple is up for pushing the limits in their wedding attire, but it’s so worth doing. And man, am I soooo pleased that we did!
Despite being late August the British weather decided to have a little show of it’s own and promptly threw a downpour of rain. Not one to be defeated, I soon made a mad dash for it out into the rain when I saw a rainbow appear just behind the barn…not just one, but a double rainbow at that!!! It was a short sharp burst and I was soon pretty wet, but it to capture a DOUBLE RAINBOW on someone’s wedding day is pretty special!