Karis And Ed’s Pretty Pastel Wedding

Karis and Ed Upwaltham Barn wedding

After a very special proposal in Iceland, Karis and Ed’s wedding day was just as romantic. Full of vintage details and pretty gypsophila, their big day was all about celebrating with family and friends in a beautiful location.

Finding ‘the one’

Right from the start, Karis and Ed knew that their wedding was going to be all about people. It was also incredibly important to the couple that their venue had a rustic, rural feel and that it would be a relaxed, pretty space for all their guests. They began searching for the perfect barn wedding venue by researching online and then visiting venues on their shortlist, and eventually they came across Upwaltham Barns.

The beautiful East Barn at Upwaltham Barns is set up for the stunning wedding ceremony

The rustic South Barn is set up for a country wedding reception – wedding ideas

“During our hunt for the perfect barn, Upwaltham Barns really stood out to us. On visiting, we felt that it was simply beautiful and ticked all of our boxes for a relaxed, rustic venue but ultimately, it just felt like ‘us’. The team had so much experience and really had thought of everything. This was a huge bonus and completely took away any stress for us.”

Styling Upwaltham Barns

To work with the whimsical, rustic and vintage feel of the barn, Karis and her mum spent months looking out for props and pieces that they could use to decorate. For a really personal look, Karis and her family all crafted various items for the wedding.

Simple wedding signs greet guests arriving for the ceremony at Upwaltham Barns in Sussex
Wedding flowers and candles adorn the East Barn for an elegant wedding ceremony

“We stored everything at my mum’s house – bunting, jam jars, jute, blackboards, vintage cameras, a typewriter and so on. I made things along the way and then we had a craft day in the week of the wedding to complete it all. My parents, aunt, grandparents and cousins all got involved with some element of making and it was great fun seeing it all come together.”

A children’s tipi and a selection of love hearts add detail to the wedding at Upwaltham Barns – wedding ideas
Candles and hearts create a beautiful setting for a romantic wedding at Upwaltham Barns in Sussex

Karis knew that she wanted simple yet beautiful flowers and for her, there was one choice – gypsophila. This was used in the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the centre pieces and even as an archway over the East Barn doors. The couple’s florist also created a rustic, pastel tone bridal bouquet using country garden style flowers.

A table adorned with photographs and a typewriter creates an alternative wedding guest book station – wedding ideas
Wedding flowers of white roses, gypsophila and pink peonies add to the rustic barn wedding

Dressing for the occasion

Like so many brides, Karis spent a lot of time on Pinterest before she started wedding dress shopping. However, the wedding dresses from Karis’s Pinterest dreams didn’t seem to exist in one design. After visiting 12 shops however, the search came to an end:

“By a process of deduction, I found out what I wanted – a lightweight lace dress with a boat neck and a low back with button fastenings. My mum thought she’d seen something in a small Sussex shop that had it all and there it was, hanging on the rail in my size! We decided it must be fate and bought that one there and then. It was a Mori Lee dress and I had layers removed from the skirt to create the floaty dress I wanted. I loved my dress and on the day, felt very comfortable and special it in.”

A beautiful wedding dress hangs alongside dusty green bridesmaid gowns at the Upwaltham Barns wedding venue

The bride accessorised her wedding dress with wedding shoes, a veil and a gypsophila garland

Karis accessorised her gown with Rachel Simpson shoes, a veil and a wonderful gypsophila garland in her hair.

Karis’s bridesmaids wore gorgeous, dusty green gowns that fitted perfectly with the relaxed feel of the day. These were accessorised with white sandals and simple gypsophila hair adornments. Karis gifted her maids delicate silver bracelets, made by a friend, and these were the perfect finishing touch.

The bride and her bridesmaids at the beautiful Upwaltham Barns wedding venue in Sussex

Ed was keen to wear a suit that was both relaxed and came with a vintage feel. He opted for a tweed/wool three-piece suit from Moss Bros in a natural grey/blue colour. Worn with brown brogues, a white shirt and a tie that matched the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, Ed was every inch the country groom.

Fit for a spring wedding the groom wears a navy blue suit and pale blue tie with a simple white buttonhole

The wedding day

Karis and Ed held their wedding ceremony at Upwaltham Barns and chose traditional vows then added their own personal touches with their wedding music and readings. The barn was decorated with lanterns and wicker hearts and looked simply wonderful.

The bride and groom share their first kiss at the wedding ceremony in the East Barn at Upwaltham Barns

The happy couple sign the wedding register in the East Barn at the beautiful Sussex wedding venue

Guests throw confetti as the couple celebrate after the wedding ceremony at Upwaltham Barns in Sussex

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a celebratory reception with drinks and canapes. One of the couple’s friends played an acoustic set before guests made their way to the stunning South Barn for the wedding breakfast.

The newlyweds take a moment away from guests to enjoy their bright red vintage wedding bus

“When we looked at the menu options at Upwaltham Barns, there was no doubt what we would choose for our main course because it just had to be my favourite meal of all time – sausage and mash! We felt this fitted with the relaxed, rustic feel of the day whilst filling our guests’ tummies with hearty grub and making me one happy bride!”

The top table in the South Barn is set up for the new husband and wife to enjoy their wedding breakfast

The wedding cake continued the laidback look and also matched the dusty pastels of the bride’s bouquet:

“We went with beautiful cupcakes, courtesy of our good friend Leila, from whatleilaeats. They were easy to eat, came in a range of flavours and ultimately looked and tasted stunning. It was lovely having a friend in charge of this as I gave her the general idea and then knew I could 100% trust her to produce something amazing. I hadn’t seen them until all the guests did too and couldn’t believe how incredible they looked!”

A sweet and cake table is adorned with tasty treats and a tower of wedding cupcakes – wedding ideas

Another easy choice for the couple was their evening entertainment. The Blunter Brothers, an amazing nine-piece soul and funk band, have been booked by Karis’s family for years and always get the party started so they were a definite must-have. Karis and Ed chose a personal song for their first dance and it turned out to be a very special moment:

“I will always remember our first dance as one of the few moments of the day where Ed and I could actually just ‘stop and be together’. I blurred out the fact that everyone was watching us and just sang along, laughed and chatted with my new husband. It sounds mad but with so many guests and so much going on, these little moments are rare.”

The new husband and wife have fun and enjoy their first dance in the South Barn at Upwaltham Barns in Sussex

The guests were also entertained by Rosie, the caravan photobooth, and younger guests also enjoyed their own special tipi area, full of games and activities just for them.

Wedding tips & advice

After the wedding, Karis and Ed escaped for a beautiful and romantic minimoon before their ‘big adventure’ honeymoon later in the year, an unforgettable road trip in America.

“If we could do it all again, we’d do exactly the same! Enjoy planning your wedding – you only do this once so try to absorb and enjoy all of the different elements of planning and have fun with it.”

The married couple take a few moments away from guests to capture the stunning Sussex scenery

Karis also loved having her family and friends involved in the planning of the day and one of her top wedding planning tips is to take people up on any offers of help. Having extra pairs of hands available meant that she was able to really enjoy the whole wedding planning process.

The bride and groom gather with the wedding party for a group photo outside the East barn at Upwaltham Barns

“Finally, don’t sweat the small stuff. You put your heart and soul into planning every detail of the wedding, which is important, but remember that it is only one day and keep in mind exactly what you’re celebrating. If one detail isn’t as it should be, it really won’t matter on the day – you’ll be too busy celebrating to care!”

For more real wedding inspiration from Upwaltham Barns, check out Stuart and Ian’s Fun and Fabulous Spring Wedding and see how you could style our venue on your big day.

Images courtesy of © Natalie J Weddings

Karis and Ed Upwaltham Barns

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