I’ve worked in a lot of barn venues across Kent, but I can hand on heart say that Kingshill Barn, part of Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey, is one of my absolute favourites. So I was thrilled when Karen and Chris got in touch to ask for help with the planning and designing of their festival wedding there. We met for a chat at Loch Fyne in Bluewater, and despite being mildly terrified by Chris the groom (this man takes no BS), we all got on like a house on fire and I knew their wedding was going to be A LOT of fun.
At the time, Karen’s Pinterest board was fully of soft, dusky pinks and mauves, but I knew that a festival wedding required a little bit more oomph, so we set about designing a scheme that was colourful and dynamic but suitable for a late summer/early Autumn wedding. Jewel tones suited this perfectly so a colour palette featuring tones of aubergine, pink, reds, amber and various shades of green was born. There was colour everywhere- from the dip-dyed napkins and coloured glassware to the bespoke paper chains that adorned the space above the dancefloor. The fantastic Til Death Do Us Party sign from Vowed and Amazed tied in perfectly, and everything looked exuberant and joyous against the black walls of the stunning Kentish barn.
I can’t dive in to the images without mentioning the incredible florals created by one of my favourites, and a personal friend of the bride, Bloomin’gayles. It’s difficult to design for that enormous window at the end of Kingshill Barn (and many would argue that no decor is needed at all), but I had a vision of a large, rambling, asymmetric installation at one corner… and boy, did Gayle deliver.
A crack team of suppliers for a cracking couple at one of my favourite ever venues. Shall we take a look?
Photographer // Rebecca Douglas
Catering // Urban Pantry
Florist // Bloomingayles
Furniture Hire // Anthology Hire
Festival Flags // The Event Flag Hire Company
Garden Games // Tiggiwinkle
Sign Hire // Vowed and Amazed
Paper Chains // Things By Laura
Coloured Glassware // Couvert Hire
Bouncy Castle // Bouncy Castle Sheerness