Just minutes into our consultation I knew I was going to love working alongside Jo and Dan. I absolutely adored the family friendly vision that they had for their wedding day. So, it goes without saying I was beyond excited when they accepted my proposal and invited me to coordinate their special day.
Jo and Dan’s venue of choice was Red Brick Barn which is a delightful 17th Century Grade ll listed building which they hired on a dry hire basis. The barn is accessed via a stunning tree lined driveway and is perfectly positioned amongst the beautiful Essex countryside.
As well as chosing a beautiful venue Jo & Dan also selected an absolute dream team of wedding suppliers starting with the incredibly talented Scott Miller of Scott Miller Photography and Boutique Wedding Films . Together they did a fantastic job of discreetly capturing each special moment of Jo & Dan’s wedding day. In fact, Jo shared highlights of the final film edit with me which was so moving it brought a tear to my eye.
The barn itself has been lovingly styled by the owners with a fairy light canopy suspended from the ceiling which created the perfect romantic setting for Jo & Dan’s ceremony. In addition to this Jo and Dan decorated the barn’s exposed brick walls with garlands of tiny polaroid images of their guests. This personal touch was the perfect gesture and did a fantastic job of including all their guests within the days celebration, as well as providing lighthearted entertainment for their guests as they gathered in the barn waiting for Jo’s arrival.
A marquee hired from Vicarage Marquees was attached to the back of the barn which provided additional space for their guests to mingle throughout the day. The marquee was decorated with adorable hanging lanterns and filled with rustic tables and benches from Anthology Vintage Hire. To further compliment the marquee transformation Gather Bars set up their “Wren and Wagtail” pop up bar which proved to be a popular addition with their guests.
Shortly after the ceremony Jo & Dan’s guests were treated to a delicious meal of fish and chips prepared by the amazing The Frying Squad followed by the most incredible ice-cream sandwiches which were created by the talented Blu Top Ice cream and served from the cutest little blue ice-cream van.
In keeping with Jo & Dan’s vision of a family friendly wedding much to the delight of the children (and adults) Sutton Hall Railway opened up their miniature station and provided train rides throughout the drinks reception. In addition to this The Perfect Party People further entertained the children and judging by the shrieks of laughter that were coming from the barn they did a wonderful job.
As the evening celebrations began Jo & Dan’s friend Connor took to the stage to entertain guests with his live music sets, as well as a camper van Photo Booth from Buttercup Bus which, as expected proved to be a huge hit with the guests.
Bringing the days celebrations to an end Woodley’s Pizza’s arrived in their wonderful converted 1960’s rice horse box and begun serving a mouth watering array of freshly prepared pizza’s to Jo & Dan’s guests.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed working alongside Jo and Dan. They are without a doubt one of the most caring couples I have met, and it goes without saying that their guests were an absolute delight as well.
They have recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and I wish them a lifetime of happiness in their married life together.
Photo Credits: Scott Miller Photography