Ian proposed to Helen. "He took me away for a surprise weekend to the Ice Hotel in Kiruna in North Sweden. It was amazing!"
Helen and Ian chose their reception venue after looking at about a dozen others!
"We stumbled across it on Country House Wedding Venues website and loved it instantly! We went to go and see it and our feelings were confirmed; we had to have our reception there! The barn is so beautiful and secluded and was exactly what we had been searching for."Bartholomew Barn was booked at least 6 months in advance.
Helen's dress was amazing. Slightly grecian in style, although still quite traditional. It was silky satin and had a criss-cross fastening at the back. One of its charms was that it had a detachable train, which was gorgeous as it was outlined with the beads and gems on the dress. The grecian style was brought through by the low beaded waistband. It was strapless and originally the neckline was straight across, but Helen had it altered to become a sweetheart neckline. Helen also wore an elbow length 2 tiered veil, a delicate choker and matching bracelet, simple pearl earrings and of course, her engagement ring.
Helen's three bridesmaids wore beautiful dresses that were found at quite a late stage! Helen was having trouble finding exactly what she wanted, especially in the right colour; turquoise. Ian, his best man and the two Dads wore black tails with grey pin-striped trousers. They all wore ivory cravats and waistcoats (apart from Helen's Dad, who forgot to put his waistcoat on!) The five groomsmen and 2 ushers wore black, slightly striped suits, with turquoise ties, bought from Debenhams.
Helen chose Phalaenopsis orchids in honey and white, variations of coral roses, peach calla lillies, white singapore orchids, lime green ferns, contorted willow and long bear grass. Helen wanted her flowers to be coral in colour, but these were quite rare to find and so she suggested having peaches and some more orangey colours in order to create the illusion that the flowers were coral. As the barn is so beautiful, Helen and Ian didn't add too much decoration, apart from candles. As table centrepieces Helen and Ian had different shaped vase (three rectangular, two tall and one short. These were filled with pebbles about a third of the way down and then water was added to reach two-thirds of the vase, a floating candle was then put in each one. This was surround by twigs that Helen's Mum, Dad and herself had made into square borders
All images courtesy of Paul Fletcher Photography ©