An Autumn Micro-Pandemic-Wedding With Stunning Florals

Emily & Sean’s flower filled socially distanced micro wedding

Emily & Sean had always planned an Autumn wedding at Upwaltham Barns. Knowing that they wanted to get married no matter what, they said their ‘I-do’s’ during an intimate October ceremony. Proving that love wins over adversity and that a socially distanced wedding can be everything you want (and more).

Wedding “must have’s”

“Our must haves were to have a barn venue deep in the countryside, and autumn is our favourite time of year, so we were always getting married in that season. When we found Upwaltham we knew it was the one! ”

Styling Upwaltham Barns

“Because we saved money by having a smaller wedding, it meant we could go all out on the flowers, lights and decorations which really made it feel very special! As we were going with the autumnal theme our florist Tigers to Lilies did an amazing job to incorporate those colours into the florals and also used dried leaves and branches which were beautiful.”

“Lighting was also really important to help create the atmosphere, our lovely florist supplied loads of candlesticks to go down the middle of the table with the flowers, and then we hired a string of Edison lightbulbs to hang down the middle of the table from To Have and To Hire as well as the big ‘LOVE’ lights.”

Dressing for the occasion

Emily wore a dress by Karen Willis which she bought from Angelica Bridal in Angel.

“I loved the long sleeve and the sparkle it had in the light.”

Sean’s outfit was also a well-kept secret and was the perfect choice to compliment the autumn theme, with an oatmeal tweed suit from T.M Lewin.

“My bridesmaids were my best friends from Uni, we got these beautiful mulberry-coloured dresses from ASOS the autumn before which they paired with nude heels and a fur coat”

The Ceremony

“Because it was a smaller wedding, we decided to push the ceremony back from 1pm to 5pm to make it more of an evening affair. This was the best thing we could have done and would definitely recommend it! The darkness and candlelight made an amazing intimate atmosphere.”

“We only had very simple decorations as the ceremony was only 15 mins due to Covid-19 (no readings allowed) but still very beautiful. My dad walked me down the aisle (the very small aisle!) – we went for the horseshoe layout due to the small guest numbers which made it feel very intimate. We also live streamed the ceremony on YouTube so that guests that couldn’t be there could still watch.”

“I wouldn’t change anything – it was honestly perfect.”

The Wedding Breakfast

“We went for the banquet style table as it was a smaller group of us, it was perfect as it meant everyone could talk to each other which you would never get at a larger wedding. Having smaller guest numbers also meant we could upgrade our catering package! We had antipasti to start, then Beef Two Ways followed by a Trio of Deserts (Sticky Toffee Pudding, Espresso Martini Cheesecake & Eton Mess) – it was outstanding! Everyone said, including me, that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding!”

“We also live streamed the speeches, the highlight for me was the hilarious poem that Sean’s best man wrote for him which told the story of what Sean was like at uni and how we met. Very funny and very clever!”

Wedding tips & advice

“I used Upwaltham’s supplier list and checked them out on Instagram as well as reviews on Google and Facebook. I didn’t appreciate the number of emails that you would get and connecting the dots with different suppliers was tricky, especially with changing Covid rules! I would just recommend creating a Wedding folder in your inbox and flagging those emails you need to go back to.”

PhotographerEmma Kenny Weddings
FlowersTigers to Lilies
Hair & Make-UpPolka Dot Hair & Make-Up
Brides DressAngelica Bridal
Grooms SuitT.M. Lewin
LightingTo Have and To Hire Weddings


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