oak barn wedding

Rebecca and Ywain’s Oak Barn Wedding {images by Emma Stoner}

Rebecca and Ywain chose The Oak Barn for their beautiful, chilled out Devon wedding, all perfectly captured by Emma Stoner

(as always, see supplier links at the bottom of the post)



The proposal

Ywain proposed following a lovely Thai meal (our favourite cuisine) outside the gates of Windsor Castle, timing the proposal carefully between the aeroplane take-offs overhead. (Windsor Castle is in the flight path of Heathrow Airport!!!)


Where it all happened

After trekking round the hotel style wedding venues Devon had to offer, we were about to end our search for the weekend, when we were given a ‘friend of a friend… of a friend’ recommendation, so we decided to check out The Oak Barn, Hittisleigh, Devon.

We fell in love with it straight away. We could have the site for the entire weekend, and do everything on site – get ready there, be married there, have the reception there. It had the chilled yet beautiful vibe we were after.



What they wore

Our colour theme was Sage Green, with lilac and pale pink accents. I wore a beautiful San Patrick Bridal gown called ‘Hadasse’. A straight dress, encrusted with gemstones and lace embroidery, sweetheart bodice and off the shoulder lace overlay. Bought from ‘Borrowed Blue Lace’, Wokingham. The shop has since had to close.

Ywain wore a 3 piece Navy Blue French Connection suit from Moss Bros, and wore a Sage Green tie and handkerchief

Bridesmaids sage green ‘Katie’ dresses were purchased online from Eloise’s Secret Closet, and were easy to source, reasonably priced and looked amazing. Apart from taking them up, the dresses needed very little adjustment.



The theme and flowers

Our colours were sage green, lilac, pale pink and cream – very natural colours. The style was country romance, natural materials used for decorations, lots of wood, hessian, flowers etc.



From the outset we knew our wedding would be more relaxed and less formal than others we have attended. We knew by having a wedding in the Devon countryside (away from Berkshire where we live), we’d want to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.

My family were very surprised I departed from my favourite colours blue and purple for the wedding, but it was important to me to reflect a really natural colour scheme, to reflect a chilled approach to the wedding.

Sage green bridesmaids dresses, sage green ties, sage green and hessian bows on vases



All bouquets were handmade by myself using artificial flowers. I was keen to create a really natural look, but have a bouquet to keep forever. Similar artificial arrangements were also made for decorations in jam jars to decorate dinner tables with.

As we were in the countryside I was keen to have some real flowers to supplement the artificial ones. I bought £200 of flowers from Amy’s Flowers, Chagford. They bundled up a mixture of alstroemeria, stocks, gypsophila, snap dragons, aster, and roses, which the bridesmaids arranged into jam jars the day before. The real flowers really made a difference and again, after the wedding I gave them away as gifts to the guests.



The cake

We had a tiered cake of cheese for our wedding. Made by Piglet Cottage, and decorated with grapes and fresh flowers. Again, we wanted something different, but also this doubled up as the main part of the evening buffet, where we added cold meats, and other antipasti. The cheese was awesome, and worked a treat.



What they ate and drank

Our food was supplied entirely by Piglet Cottage. Shaun the owner and chef was incredible. Again, he was a friend recommendation and he did not let us down.

We were adamant we didn’t want a buffet meal, but at the same time did not want the formality of a conventional wedding breakfast, so we had a 2 course buffet style meal, served to the table in gorgeous platters.

We had a starter platter to share per table of breads, olives and dips.

A served hog roast main course for the meat eaters and carrot and courgette falafels for the vegan contingent! All served with sharing dishes per table including potato and pasta salads. This made the wedding breakfast more interesting, more tasty and got everyone talking.

Our pudding was quirky, and we had the Icicle Tricycle turn up at about 5.30pm, where guests could go outside and choose an ice cream of choice from the old fashioned style ice cream bike and enjoy their dessert in the sunshine.



My father-in-law (Ywains Dad) brewed a series of 8 quirky named beers, ales and ciders (over 200 bottles of them) that were available for guests to drink though the day. Each beer was donned with a homemade label, including ‘The Zak Attack’ and ‘The EBGB’. They went down a storm.



My grandfather in law provided all the red and white wine… and Sainsburys provided the prosecco!

General bar service was provided by Elite Bars.


Capturing it all

Our photos were taken by Emma Stoner. Emma brought along an assistant photographer on the day so that we could enjoy photos over two angles.  We chose not to have a videographer, as my auntie captured the day for us less formally.

Emma really fitted in with our plan for a chilled, romantic, laid back vibe and was able to capture the magic of the day without feeling structured or imposing in her approach.

My mum had been skeptical of a ‘documentary style’ approach to the wedding photography, but everyone was blown away by Emma’s ability to capture the moment perfectly in an informal yet incredibly competent professional way!



We also had a handful of disposable cameras to capture random moments.

The party

Our band was The New Heroes, Devon. They played a varied set, including the first dance. They also provided DJ between sets, having taken our playlist request prior to the wedding.



The honeymoon

We have taken two mini-moons since the wedding. both in Cornwall with our black labrador Zak! We spent a week immediately after the wedding in a lodge at Stonerush Lakes, near Looe, and later a week in Una resort, St Ives in another lodge. Both were dog friendly with hot tub included. The perfect way to relax after the whirlwind of the wedding (and the run up beforehand).

We intend on a holiday to Sri Lanka in 2018 finances allowing! 🙂


Favourite part…

I have two… if I’m allowed.

The warm fuzzy feeling of seeing all our nearest and dearest having fun in the sunshine (on the warmest weekend of the year), really chilled, wishing us well and just being so relaxed and happy.

Exchanging vows with my husband and the overwhelming happiness I felt looking into his eyes, with our nearest and dearest behind us. So perfect!



Advice to others

Agree from the outset a list of the main things/vibe you both want from your day – not necessarily a tangible thing, but what feeling/ambiance do you want to create.

For us it was the relaxed, chilled, less formal affair that reflected the slower pace of the Devon countryside. We wanted our wedding to be a bit different from others, without being different for the sake of it.

Then when you get into the planning and doing phase, keep asking yourself whether what you’re doing fits with the original vibe you wanted. It will stop you getting caught up in buying into wedding things that you never really wanted.

Assign someone you trust to be your no.2 either on the day or the day before, to ensure everything runs smoothly without you having to do all the arrangements yourself. Don’t do any more wedding stuff after 6pm latest the night before the wedding, you need to relax and start to enjoy everything going on around you!



Anything else to add?

Our wedding was idyllic because it lasted the entire weekend, on the hottest weekend of the year, in the most beautiful setting, and shared with our very nearest and dearest.

I used Pasties & Petticoats to get ideas and research potential suppliers for the day.




The Suppliers

The Oak Barn

Emma Stoner

Piglet Cottage

Ice Cream
Icicle Tricycle

The New Heroes

Elite Bars

The Oak Barn

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