Real Weddings

Jesus Peiro for a DIY barn wedding at Oakside Barn – Alex & Josh

26th March 2021 | Sarah Symonds

This one’s for our hands-on brides and grooms! We’ve got a pretty, country style wedding in a barn today for all of you couples who want a totally blank canvas to put your own stamp on, your way.

Bride Alex and her groom, Josh, prioritised the time and date of their wedding, knowing that his job as a police officer needed to be taken into consideration. The rest would follow. They had a traditional and thoroughly lovely church wedding followed by a big celebration at Oakside Barn to stick with the relaxed theme for their ‘anything goes’ day.

Alex shone in her Jesus Peiro gown with pretty, feminine detailing and we love the practical shoe change so that she too could enjoy the trampoline! Coupled with the fact that the ‘wedding breakfast’ was a BBQ and ice cream, this is really just the perfect, laid back summer day!

We’re loving the classic and delicate colour palette of white with hints of pale pink, green and the on-trend copper metallic touches, perfection with the rustic venue but then juxtaposed with the more modern perspex signage. Tasteful, timeless and totally personal to our couple. Which is just the kind of thing we like best!

With photography by Jules Fortune Photography


Alex says: Josh got down on one knee in May 2017 at the top of the Eiffel Tower. It was very romantic and not like him at all!


We chose 20th July 2019, we knew we wanted a Saturday summer wedding but as Josh is a police officer and works most weekends, we had to pick a date that he wasn’t working, and to make sure his friends could come without all booking holidays and leaving no police on the streets!

We tied the knot at St Michael & All Angels Church at Dalton. We picked this church as we’d been attending for a while, we loved how relaxed they were there; I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, but we left to Best Friend by Queen.

The reception was at Oakside Barn in Parbold because, again, we loved how relaxed they were. It’s an empty barn run by a fabulous farmer called Trevor. We loved him! It was very much anything goes with very few restrictions, this meant we really had free rein and weren’t tied to any preferred suppliers.


We didn’t have a theme but the style we aimed for was a relaxed, laid back party. As we’d hired an empty barn it was very much DIY which made this all possible!

We went with white and greens with splashes of copper as our colour scheme. We also used a lot of perspex for decor. We went for this scheme as we found it timeless and pared back. Our tables were all named after places we’d visited in Paris, including the catacombs and Notre Dame.


I wore a Jesus Peiro gown from Lulu Browns, I loved the clean lines and the elegant and sophisticated style. I wore a simple veil and a handmade hair piece from Legends Bridal who also did my alterations. My shoes were Lulu Guinness, and I later changed into Kate Spade Keds for the reception because heels and a trampoline don’t go together!


Josh wore a light grey blue suit from Moss, with an ivory tie to match my dress, and tan brogues. He wanted something a little different to the navy blue suits that everyone else seems to wear at the moment. Our groomsmen wore the same suit as Josh but with ties to match the bridesmaids dresses.


My bridesmaids wore sequin and tulle dresses from ASOS. They all wore slightly different versions of the same dress which meant everyone was comfortable on the day.


Gemma at Petite Soleil did our make up and Philippa at Fliss did our hair. They were a dream team, making over ten ladies in record time with zero stress!


We hired a vintage bus from Sunny Days Travel for the bridal party, but actually my dad drove me to the church in his convertible Audi with the top down. We listened to one of our favourite bands on the way which really helped calm last minute nerves.


We had Jules Fortune as our photographer and couldn’t recommend her highly enough, she fitted seamlessly into our party and all of our guests said they hadn’t even known they were being photographed. This meant we got fantastic photos of our loved ones in their element! The wedding album we bought was absolutely beautiful as well and such a lovely reminder of the day.


We used Matt Jones for the film, who was brilliant. We love our video so much it captures some really emotional bits but also some really funny parts too, like Josh and his groomsman Jake wrestling on the trampoline! We watch our video back quite a lot so I’d really recommend it if you can stretch your budget.


We used Donna at Pure Elegance for the decor, as the barn was empty we needed everything, right down to teaspoons! She made copper lanterns filled with white roses and foliage for our centerpieces. I carried a large, loose and wild hand tied bouquet with lots of foliage and mainly white flowers, including succulents, sweet peas, roses, mini lupins and love in a mist.

We used PSXO for our stationery, John at The Cellar Bar provided the bar which was also set up in one of the stables and Josh’s dad, Phil, handmade our giant A & J sign.


We wanted to give back a little, as we were spending so much on the wedding, so we chose to make a donation to Cancer Research and give everybody a pin badge to take home. The ladies had Susanne Neville hearts and the men had anchors.


Tea Loves Cake made our three tier semi naked cake with vanilla, strawberry and prosecco, and lemon and blueberry flavours.


We chose to use Chris Stead from The Ready Steady Chef. We wanted a big BBQ to go with our relaxed vibe, he was so passionate and the food was delicious, people still talk about it now nearly two years on! Cream Bee Ice Cream was also a brilliant surprise for our guests.


We had a band called The Gobots, they had a similar taste in music to us. Josh’s dad also made lawn games and we set up a children’s area in one of the stables. There was of course the trampoline as well which provided hours of fun!

Thanks to

Our venue, which is sadly no longer in operation, but we loved having so much control and free reign over what we wanted, we weren’t tied to any suppliers and the barn was a complete blank canvas.

Best bit

We loved the ceremony, it felt like the only part of the day that was just for us. We also loved the speeches, which had everyone in stitches!


We went to Jamaica, spending time in Runaway Bay and Montego Bay. It was total paradise!


Our advice for another couple would be to set your budget at the start and try to stick to it to avoid getting stressed closer to the day. If, like ours, your wedding is DIY, you need spreadsheets to keep a track of what you’re spending with who, and when things need to be paid.

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