Jimi & Zoe’s Hayne House Wedding
Hey Folks! Today on the blog is Zoe & Jimi’s Wedding day. Zoe and Jimi got married in July, at Hayne House in Saltwood, Kent. Thank you for such a great day, It was a great pleasure to photograph your wedding !
How did you decide on Haynes House as your venue? We stumbled across our venue almost 3 years before the wedding just after we got engaged. We were looking for something in the Kent countryside as we were keen on a light hearted rustic and private setting near to home. Back then Hayne Barn House (now known as Hayne House) was a blank canvas with a beautiful house, a marquee and a gazebo which was perfect as we really wanted to put our own stamp on the space. During the lead up to the wedding Hayne House updated some of their decor and installed a gorgeous permanent porchway which simply elevated the scenery for the ceremony, we were so excited to get our hands on the space. We’re both very creative and hands on so knew quickly that we wanted to have a “homemade” feeling to the day. We also wanted our theme to include lots of rustic wood and origami as we had previously used these mediums in other projects. The colour scheme was a no brainer as we both love the colour green, although we were conscious that we’d have to be clever about how we used it in case we lost the bridal party in front of the garden backdrop!
Which flowers did you choose? Sticking to the homemade theme and also a budget, I was keen on making the flowers myself. Using a LOT of hot glue and wire I crafted the bouquets mainly from origami flowers and bulk bought Gypsophila. I was so pleased with the result and used the remaining Gypsophila to bulk out our table decorations.
Tell us about The Dress! My dress was nothing like I had originally thought I’d go for. I knew as time went on that I wanted something slightly ethereal and easy to wear but also wanted to feel like I was wearing something special and different. I unexpectedly found my dress in a private closing down sale which I’d been told about by a friend. It was a bargain and incorporated some of my favourite features from previous dresses I had seen but was not quite the final product yet. It was a great starting point however and after taking it to a dress makers and altering certain aspects (including cutting off the HUGE train) I was happier with it that I thought I would be. It ended up as a well fitted corset top with something between an a-line and fishtail skirt. My favourite part about the dress was the sheer overlay which gave it a more relaxed ethereal feel. I’m not a veil type of girl as I done like to feel to fussy or constricted so instead made a faux floral crown to wear, that ended up being a great finishing touch.
How did you have your hair/make up and why? My hair was done by a family friend. I simply had her blow dry it with some loose waves. I wanted everything fairly natural and relaxed just as we hoped the day would feel. I also felt quite strongly that I wanted to look like myself, just well put together. I didn’t want to be overly made up so that when we look back at our photos in years to come I don’t look like me. That’s why I chose to do my own make up as well. I also find doing my own makeup fairly calming and I really enjoyed that time with my bridesmaids it felt so natural just like we were getting ready for an evening out which kept me in a very relaxed and upbeat state.
Which colour did the Groomsmen/Bridesmaids wear? Green was the overall theme but we were also keen on letting each of our wedding party stay true to themselves as we are close to each and every one of them for different reasons. The Groomsmen rocked their own suits, but all kept to a theme with matching green ties and of course DIY boutonniere’s. The Girls all wore the same style dress but in different shades of green, they were then free to accessorise and style the look however they wanted, the only rule was to be themselves and be happy. The kids were unsurprisingly more than happy to be just like the adults and looked brilliant if not better than us adults in their get-ups.
How did you feel the day went as a whole? Are there any special moments you’d like to share? It’s so hard to whittle down the best bits as there were so many special moments throughout the entire day. I think having my Nan as a flower girl was one of the best decisions we made. My Nan having only just turned 90 was well up for the challenge and went as far as throwing petals at the guests rather than delicately scattering them on the floor. Needless to say the roars of laughter set the tone for the day and we enjoyed the most fun and relaxed day of our lives. The revealing of the wedding cake was also very special as my Mum had spent many, many hours creating it. It was ‘so us’ and tasted as good as it looked! The wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without our trusty Land Rover making an appearance and we had so much fun using it as a prop in our photos, although climbing up the bonnet in my dress and shoes was interesting. Dino Baptiste headed up the most fantastic boogie woogie band who were a huge hit with our guests and the impromptu performance with one of our wedding guests really was something else. All of our efforts and planning didn’t go unnoticed, people would comment on all of the little things we’d forgotten we did so that was great to hear, especially after all the time spent on hand crafting everything. It really was the best day ever and just so wonderful to have all of our loved ones in one place. Seeing Family, friends, the old and the young, all enjoying each others company filled our hearts with so much joy, almost as much joy as we feel when calling each other Husband and Wife.