Jacks Barn wedding

Hollie and Marcus enjoyed a gorgeous wedding at Jacks Barn, in the heart of the Kent countryside. From the elegant ceremony to the all-out party, this was such a great wedding day, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Check it all out below.

First names: Hollie & Marcus
Ages: 27 & 28
Wedding date: 03/06/2023
Venue: Jacks Barn, Aldington

How did you guys meet, tell me all?

At primary school! We both grew up in a very small village so we’ve known eachother since we were 5 years old. We didn’t really start hanging out until our teens when we had a lot of the same friends and ended up at a lot of the same parties. Marcus was a bit older and had a car so would drive us to big Tescos at 1am, and I’d cook us bacon wraped sausage rolls. What more can you ask for?!

How did you get engaged, is there a cool story?

Umm… We’d been talking about it for a little while but hadn’t really hit ‘Go’ until we got drunk in the New Forest on a weekend away and chose an engagement ring together. We got engaged in our pyjamas, messy hair and no make up over Christmas; I’d always asked for no big proclamations of love in front of an audience so for us, it was perfect with just us and our puppy to share the moment. 

What made you choose your wedding venue, did you look at many?

Jacks Barn was actually only the second place we visited. We turned up, drove the wrong way and ended up seeing a ton of tractors, so Marcus was sold. We love that it’s on a working farm, so there’s animals everywhere and a little farm shop too. We instantly got on with the owners so booked it straight away. 

Tell me about your dress? Who was it designed by and was there a particular style you were drawn too?

I ended up with a gorgeous Maggie Sottero dress. My two criteria when shopping was nothing strapless and nothing ‘puffy’… I ended up choosing a dress that was both of those! I’d tried several floaty boho-style dresses but nothing seemed quite right. I’d taken my Mum with me to show her the one I was thinking of getting when she picked out a (very puffy!) dress and asked me to try it on just to have a look. When I came out the dressing room I knew that was the one I wanted and did a complete u-turn on both the dress and the veil. Completely unexpected but I love it!

What was the inspiration/theme/styling of your wedding?

We’ve kept all the styling very relaxed and rustic, a lot of the decorations are handmade and we’ve been very lucky to have a lot of people offering to help. It’s all been quite in keeping with the venue and very much mix and match. 

What is your first song and why?

The acoustic version of Afterglow by Wilkinson & Becky Hill. This song was huge when we’d just turned 18 and used to go out clubbing together so always reminds us of being out with all our friends. 

What would be your number one tip to other couples planning their wedding?

Get organised as early as you can! Keep a list and steadily tick stuff off. Plus have fun! If anything doesn’t go to plan it’ll make a funny story one day so no need to panic.

Check out Hollie and Marcus’s gorgeous wedding at Jacks Barn below.

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The photography: All images were captured with two Canon R6 cameras.
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, and the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM.

Other awesome suppliers from Hollie and Marcus’s gorgeous wedding at Jacks Barn.

Hair stylist: Chantelle Roostan
Website: https://www.charnie-makeupartist.co.uk/
Instagram: @makeupartistcharnie

Make up artist: Chantelle Roostan
Website: https://www.charnie-makeupartist.co.uk/
Instagram: @makeupartistcharnie

Bridal dress designer: Maggie Sottero
Website: https://www.maggiesottero.com/
Instagram: @maggiesotterodesigns

Brides dress boutique: Alta Costura Bride
Website: https://www.altacostura.co.uk/
Instagram: @altacosturabride

Brides Shoes: The Perfect Bridal Company
Website: https://www.theperfectbridalcompany.com
Instagram: @perfectbridalco

Suits: Suit Direct
Website: https://www.suitdirect.co.uk
Instagram: @suitdirectuk

Florist: Louise Shankster (Family/friend)
Instagram: @growandcollect

Caterer: Forky Porky’s
Website: https://www.forkyporkys.co.uk/
Instagram: @forkyporkys

Band/DJ: Pulse
Website: https://pulsecoverband.co.uk/
Instagram: @pulsecoverbanduk

Cakes - Homemade

Bridesmaids dresses mix & match - Asos, Coast, Maya

Stationary - Mostly homemade (on the day), Invites from Etsy

Bar company: Bookabar
Website: https://www.bookabar.events/ 
Instagram: @bookabaruk