The Long Barn Wedding
“The Long Barn is one of the most spacious and exquisite barns in Hampshire. Nestled in the picturesque village of Newton Valence, amidst spectacular rolling countryside, The Long Barn offers breathtaking views from one of the highest points in the South Downs National Park.”
The Long Barn is truly a stunning wedding venue, the huge oak beams are adorned with sparkling lights making it a magical place to hold a wedding.
“Craig proposed in New York! We were there for Thanksgiving and he proposed in Central Park after a morning of Ice Skating and visiting the Zoo. Craig had plans to buy a picnic but I was so hangry I forced him to get a Starbucks lunch which we could take back to the park and eat!”
It seemed like the October trees remained green right up until the day of Jen and Craig’s wedding. Then suddenly changed to amber and crimson just in time, seemingly overnight.
The girls got ready at the couples own home in Winchester. It was an emotional morning with her bridesmaids and mum. One of her bridesmaids had flown over from Malaysia and was postponing a trip to Australia to be at Jen’s wedding! Jen gave her bridesmaids matching bracelets as gifts and they gave her a memory book in return. Soon after Jen’s dad arrived in his full Scottish Kilt- cue more tears!
The pair chose to marry in the sweetest church in little Hampshire village called Dummer. The ceremony was beautiful with two heartfelt readings. An unusually late butterfly was fluttering around the church throughout, Jen said it reminded her of her Gran who passed away last year and she had come to watch the wedding. After the ceremony the guests gathered in the church grounds to throw the confetti before heading off to The Long Barn in Alton for drinks and photographs.
“We tried to incorporate a few Scottish touches – tablet for favours (handmade by Craig’s mum), the bagpipes, the ceilidh. Where we could, we did things ourselves – we had lots of fun tasting the welcome drink we made – Qcumber and gin.”
Welcome drinks were had on arrival and the open bar Long Barn offer was a hit! I stole the pair away from their guests for some time alone, although we did encounter some very adorable ducklings by the pond! We brought them back just in time for them to be played into their reception room by their bagpiper!
The couple decided to use their engagement in New York as a loose theme for the table names by choosing places around the city. They also had a quiz about them as a couple on the tables too! The wedding speeches were very emotional, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room at one point during Craig’s speech!
The evening was complete contrast to the speeches, so much laughter, energy and fun! The couple hired a Scottish Ceilidh band who got everyone up dancing!
Huge thanks for letting me share in your special day at The Long Barn!
Wedding Dress: Exquisite Bridal – Winchester
Veil: Jens Auntie – it was my something old and borrowed.
Rings: Burrells (Winchester)
Suits: MacGregor and MacDuff
Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS
Flowers: Wild Bunch Florist
Cake: The semi naked cake was by Le Papillon Patisserie. The fruit cake was Craig’s Sister – Yvonne Tollan
Catering: Keeleys Kitchen
Live Artist: Lucy McLoughlin
Band – Three Penny Bit
Bagpiper – Tony Hurst (booked through www.boogieland.co.uk)
Pianist/Organist – Cornel Oprea (booked through www.encoremusicians.com)
Aisle song: I Giorni by Einaudi (played on the piano by Cornel Oprea)
First dance song: Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac
Honeymoon Destination: Dubai and Seychelles