Years before tying the knot at their Devon wedding, this fun-loving couple met at a sports award ceremony at their secondary school. James won the main prize, which naturally caught Mackenzie’s eye!
“I found out which class he was in and a mutual friend asked James if I could have his number,”
reminisces Mackenzie. The couple dated for three years while they were at school. Then life took them on different paths and they separated when starting university.
“Years later, James was back living on the family farm and I came to stay with my parents during the pandemic. We reconnected and went for a swim at Beesands. We’ve been pretty much inseparable since.”
Mackenzie and James decided to tie the knot with a micro wedding on home turf. James’ family farm was transformed into their dream rustic barn wedding venue.
“We did all of the work in getting the barn ready, transforming it from a working barn full of straw into a beautiful countryside wedding venue,” enthuses the couple. “We love the curved beams, old stonework and the lighting we have put in.”
The date was set for September 11th 2022 and the couple celebrated their love with their closest family and friends at their countryside Devon wedding.
This bride chose to steer clear of a traditional white wedding dress for the countryside wedding. Mackenzie was radiant in bridal separates, pairing a stunning emerald green satin skirt with an intricately beaded, scalloped-edged, white top. James looked dashing in a three-piece herringbone suit with an emerald tie to match his beautiful bride. The couple’s niece and Goddaughter walked down the grassy aisle ahead of the bride in matching green skirts, white tops and flower crowns. Pageboy, Charlie, matched the wedding party with an emerald bowtie and braces.
Choosing an emerald green and white colour scheme, this couple decorated their rustic barn wedding venue with natural materials and rustic details. Huge cider barrels turned into tabletops, hay bales were used to create seating for the ceremony and pretty pampas grass added texture to flower arrangements. Large terracotta pots filled with white flowering plants lined the aisle for the ceremony which took place in the garden.
The couple wanted to include their beautiful barn venue and countryside wedding location as the perfect backdrop for their photographs. Capturing the micro wedding, Liberty Pearl Photography took natural and relaxed photographs, documenting the fun and love around the farm and on the nearby beach. The couple said they wanted romantic pictures they could hang in their home and treasure forever.
“We love the location of the orchard, our favourite tree and the views of the lighthouse at Start Point.”
25 cherished guests celebrated with Mackenzie and James at their micro wedding. Above all, the couple wanted to be surrounded by their closest family on their wedding day. After the outdoor wedding ceremony, the wedding party enjoyed tea and cake, along with a celebratory Champagne tower – filled by the newlyweds. In the evening everyone feasted on a BBQ which included lamb from the farm. Then they partied on the dance floor inside the rustic barn and gathered around the fire pit taking in the countryside setting and overwhelmingly perfect day.
Florist: Twig of Salcombe
Celebrant: Ian Jamison
The couple chose two meaningful songs. The first was Coming through the Rye, which Mackenzie walked down the aisle to. The second was Barry white, My first, my last, my everything as the couples first dance soundtrack.
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