A ceiling of pastel lanterns, a wildflower chandelier, DIY hula hoop table plan and matching boho denim jackets for the bridal party brought Susan and Leigh’s relaxed and bohemian barn wedding vision to life.
While Susan and Leigh’s wedding was certainly picture perfect, Leigh’s Cornish proposal didn’t quite turn out how he imagined thanks to an unexpected storm.
“Leigh proposed on a weekend away in Devon/Cornwall in May 2017 – it had been a bit hit and miss with the weather, but we persevered with getting out and about to explore.
“We ended up at one of my favourite beaches, Porthcurno (which was obviously not an accident!), and in between heavy downpours of rain, Leigh got down on one knee on the deserted beach and proposed! We then hid under the lifeguard’s hut as another storm rolled in – not quite the sunny afternoon he had hoped for but perfect all the same!”
Despite the stormy start, the couple enthusiastically took to wedding planning and quickly became just a little bit obsessed with Pinterest (totally relatable). “Pinterest was our main source of ideas for things we may want to include and we also used some websites like Hitched – this was mainly for supplier suggestions and places to buy some of our decorative bits and bobs for around the venue.”
After almost two years of careful planning, Susan and Leigh married at Upwaltham Barns in Chichester.
Photographer: Lola Rose Photography
The Wedding Dress
Susan began her search at Blessings Bridal in Brighton, and she found she didn’t need to look much further. “I have never been a ‘dressy’ person so buying my wedding dress was quite daunting and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted other than something very relaxed and a little bohemian (this was the one thing I was worried about in the whole wedding process!).
“We went to Blessings Bridal first and they were amazing and really helped me pinpoint what I wanted – they actually picked out my dress from other bits I had tried on and they got it absolutely perfect!
“I did go to a couple of other shops before purchasing my dress, just to