NATASHA & THEODORE
When Natasha and Theo asked me to travel to England for their wedding, I knew it was going to be one for the books! England has always had a piece of my heart and for a bride to ask me to capture their wedding photographs there was a dream come true. Their wedding was absolutely beautiful, every little detail had been thought out to create a full blown master piece. So thankful to have been apart of this amazing wedding - it will be one I will never forget!
From the Bride:
When Theo and I met while studying in a seaside town in Wales, we immediately fell in love. Between the years of long-distance and difficulties posed by immigration, at times the obstacles we faced seemed endless. So when Theo proposed five years later and we finally for the first time knew with certainty that we would never be separated again, it was truly a special moment for us both. We wanted our wedding to not only be a reflection of our immense love for one another, but also a celebration of the challenges we overcame to be together.
We decided to have our wedding in the UK, where we had met and where the majority of Theo’s family and friends live. Very early into our engagement, I stumbled upon a photo of the most incredible wedding venue – Almonry Barn. We could envision ourselves so clearly getting married in the intimate ceremony space, a repurposed hayloft filtering in beautiful light through its exposed wooden beams. After discovering it was located in a gorgeous rural village in the southern county of Somerset, I quickly snatched up one of their last remaining 2016 dates.
I don’t know how I would have pulled off planning a wedding in another country without actually seeing the venue or meeting any of the vendors in person, but thankfully I am lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing friends and family who helped me tremendously. With the help of my extraordinarily talented friend and bridesmaid, Lauren Polidoro, who is the genius behind Flourish Calligraphy, we focused on complementing the already perfect venue with beautiful yet simple designs inspired by the rolling hills of the English countryside. From designing invitations on handmade paper to visualizing flower arrangements full of English roses and peonies, Lauren utilized her attention for detail to style the most stunning day. This vision was really brought to life by Eloise, the wedding coordinator from Almonry Barn, who worked tirelessly to ensure that every detail was executed perfectly.
Thanks to our friends, family, and amazing vendors, our wedding was everything we had anticipated and more. The bridal party got ready down the road from the venue in one of the lovely thatched-roof cottages that we rented for out-of-country guests. We had a fantastic time getting ready in such a quintessentially British location overlooking many wonderful gardens. The candlelit hayloft, where we recited the vows we had written to one another, was even more stunning than we could have imagined with elegant chiavari chairs and greenery running throughout candles lining the space.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy wine and Pimms on the terrace, which had lovely views of the open farmland surrounding the barn, while we gathered to take photos against the lush backdrop.
Since the reception space, sitting inside a beautifully restored barn, was so breathtaking showcasing original stone walls and a romantic fairy-light chandelier, we choose to keep the table settings simple with ivory tablecloths and napkins. We focused, instead, on including thoughtful calligraphy details and gorgeous floral arrangements in soft yellow hues. The extremely talented Roberta from The Good Florist helped us choose beautiful in-season flowers and crafted the most stunning bouquets and arrangements for the day.
I was introduced to our amazing wedding photographer, Megan Bialas of Megan Laura Photography, through Lauren. We knew from her gorgeous aesthetic and knack for creating the most timeless photos that no one else could have captured our day quite as beautifully as she. Her talent and patience are remarkable and we truly feel so comfortable in front of her camera. We are so grateful to Megan for traveling so far to photograph our wedding.
Our wedding day was filled with more love than we ever could have imagined and we are so thankful to all our friends and family for all of their support. We both know it is a day we will never forget.
Photography: Megan Laura Photography / Calligraphy & Stationery: Flourish Calligraphy / Florals: The Good Florist / Coordination: Eloise Staniforth / Gown: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid Gowns: BHLDN & Sorella Vita / Suit: Moss Bros. / Venue: Almonry Barn / Silk Ribbon: Landcaster & Cornish / Ring Box: The Mrs. Box / Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab