A Boho Barn Wedding In Hampshire With Beautiful Rustic Details
16th March 2017
by Marina Licht
There is something so lovely about the boho barn wedding of Anna and Luke. The couple got married on the 25th July 2016 at the Clock Barn in Hampshire. They first met at the University of Birmingham when Anna was in her third year. ‘He was over from Australia visiting family and friends and came to stay with my uni housemate, Meg, for a week,’ explains Anna. ‘We hit it off and then I went travelling to Australia 18 months later for a year, the rest is history….’
Anna and Luke were together for four years before getting engaged in Islay, an island off the west coast of Scotland. It has a special significance to Anna as she used to holiday there with family friends before moving to England at the age of ten.
It was the first time Anna had been back in seven years and the date fell over the couple’s fourth anniversary on the 4th August. On the day of their anniversary, they packed a picnic for themselves and went to sit on a little beach called Port Ban. ‘There were a few people on the beach, so we kept walking until we were in a little alcove on our own, explains Anna.
At the time, Anna didn’t understand why Luke didn’t want to just sit on the beach with the other people, but it soon became obvious. ‘We set out the picnic and Luke said “I know we said no gifts, but I’ve got you a little something…” And he pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him,’ says Anna. ‘It was perfect, the sun was shining. We were on our own secluded beach just the two happiest people in the world. However, it was also so special being able to celebrate with family and friends later that afternoon and evening.’
Finding her wedding dress didn’t come easy to Anna. After trying on around 30 dresses, she discovered Grace Loves Lace on Etsy. ‘All of their dresses were so beautiful and unique, and not way, way over budget,’ says Anna. ‘I then found out they were based in Australia which was perfect as Luke is Australian and we were going there for Christmas 2015.’ Anna booked a trip up to Queensland to visit the showroom and went with her future sister in law and mother in law. ‘It was just so wonderful to share that experience with them,’ says Anna. ‘I finally tried on dresses that I loved, rather than felt I was settling for. So I chose the Antonia dress and a beautiful chiffon 2.8m veil.’
Anna opted for shoes by ForeverSoles on Etsy, another company based in Australia. ‘It was meant to be,’ says Anna.
Although Anna and Luke’s wedding didn’t have a specific theme, things came together organically through the things they liked and represented us. ‘There were Scottish and Australian elements in an English barn, ‘says Anna. “I’d say it was quite relaxed, verging on boho.’
The bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and flower crown were all by the Garden Inn. ‘We wanted a wild, meadowy look to the bouquets with thistles and eucalyptus to tie our backgrounds together,’ says Anna. “I didn’t want anything too traditional, so we opted for deep plum and mauve colours.’
Anna’s bridesmaids wore the Eva sea green dress from Boden, and their flower girl niece wore an ivory lace and tulle dress from H&M.
As Luke is a big whisky fan, tables were named after the Islay whisky distilleries. Their Islay friends helped them collect used whisky bottles from each distillery which they used to place flowers in for each table. Anna’s dad then made and painted little wooden blocks, which Anna stamped the table names on. Anna’s mother and Anna decorated jars with lace and ribbon. Anna’s brother printed the couple a large map of Islay to use as a seating plan, so it was a real family affair. They then pinned tags with everyone;’s names to the distilleries on the island. Anna also made the table runners and stamped every guests’ name onto wooden hanging hearts for their name tags. Anna also made goodie bags for the kids with sweets, colouring in and whoopee cushions.
According to Anna, the highlight of the day was marrying her best friend. Other highlights included having all their favourite people in the world in one place. ‘There was so much love and happiness in the room that it made the day electric,’ says Anna.
Anna and Luke’s boho barn wedding was photographed by Kristian Leven. ‘We asked our married friends for recommendations and were given Kristian’s name,’ says Anna. ‘We really loved his portfolio, our friends’ photographs and the way he captures moments not staged. ‘He was a true joy to work with and we could see his passion for what he did. We love our photographs so much and have recommended him to others. He is going to be photographing our friend’s wedding in August.’
Enjoy looking at Anna and Luke’s stunning wedding.
A beautiful boho barn wedding with rustic details in Hampshire
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