Beside the seaside

Jessica and Max created a pink vintage affair at The Barns Hotel

Jessica and Max's story started with a brief encounter at a local nightclub in Bedford.

“We exchanged numbers and arranged to meet for a date,” says Jessica. “Max was trying his best to make me laugh and it worked, even though he wasn't that funny,” she recalls. The duo shared their first date at the movies. “We went to see What Happens in Vegas and it went well but we truly hit it off after we escaped to Great Yarmouth for a few days not long after,” she says. The duo enjoyed fish and chips on the beach listening to their favourite songs while enjoying a few beers. “Max says that was the day he fell in love, we even got matching tattoos,” Jessica recalls. Four happy years later Max popped the question. “He got down on one knee (even though it was very muddy) overlooking the lake at Mote Park in Kent,” says Jessica. “My dad lives nearby and he wanted to get his consent so it was the perfect location. That place is really important to me too as I used to go there all the time as a child,” she says.

A few years later a date was set and after seven months of planning, their special day arrived. “We didn't feel the need to rush and wanted to complete our family first, so we decided to wait a while after getting engaged,” says Jessica. “Although I found it quite stressful I did enjoy the planning. We chose things we both liked and felt our day reflected us as a couple.”

Here she tells us more about it…

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We had eight bridesmaids – our sisters and my friends from school. They wore light pink dresses with delicate lace sleeves to match my dress.


Beside the seaside: Image 2aMy gown was beautiful. It fitted well but wasn't too tight so I could still breathe and pick up my children – I knew it had to be practical.

Beside the seaside: Image 2 Max bought me a pearl necklace and earrings for Valentine's Day so I wore those instead of the tiara I'd bought. He said the three pearls represented my three boys.


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Max, his best man and ushers all wore tweed. He doesn't like wearing suits and being a practical man in the building trade I knew he'd want to have his sleeves rolled up by the end of the ceremony!


Beside the seaside: Image 4aMy goddaughter Chloe and my niece Macie were our flowergirls and Toby, our eldest son, was page boy. They fit the roles perfectly.

Beside the seaside: Image 4 My bouquet was created from pink and white roses with gypsophila. I really like roses, they're so simple and beautiful and the colours matched our theme.


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The Tithe Barn was beautiful. It was the first we'd looked at and we knew it would make a lovely venue. All the staff were amazing too.


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Our naked cake tasted delicious. It had three yummy flavours – strawberries and cream, raspberry and coconut and lemon curd with buttercream.


Beside the seaside: Image 7aFor our centrepieces we had birdcages filled with white and pink roses, gypsophila and fairylights. We wanted something a bit different and they looked really pretty.

Beside the seaside: Image 7 We asked guests to leave messages for us in our guest book, which was decorated with floral fabric and lace to fit in with our theme.


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During the afternoon, everybody was just mingling in the sunshine while we had some photos taken. It couldn't have been better weather-wise.


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One of our bridesmaids made our tableplan using a vintage frame filled with rose printed fabric, and table cards finished with lace were pegged to pieces of string.


Beside the seaside: Image 10aTo decorate the barn, we opted for a massive fairylight canopy, I loved it.

Beside the seaside: Image 10 We used similar flowers throughout our venue during the ceremony and reception.


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Our photographer Kam was brilliant. He's really friendly and put us at ease – we love our photos.


Jessica and Max's contact book

Bride's dress
Sara French Bridal Outlet

Bride's shoes

Bridesmaids' dresses

Trudy Scrumptious Cakes

Ceremony and reception venue
The Barns Hotel

Squires Events

Jean and Diane Flowers for all Occasions

Greycourt Florist

Groom's outfit
Marc Darcy

Pageboy and flowergirl outfits

Abraxas Photography

Ernest Jones