Chris and Aimi’s DIY vintage wedding in Smeetham Hall Barn, Suffolk (complete with lots of Jenny Packham!) Part 1.

Chris and Aimi’s DIY vintage wedding in Smeetham Hall Barn, Suffolk (complete with lots of Jenny Packham!) Part 1.

Last Saturday I took the train to Sudbury in Suffolk to shoot the wedding of Chris and Aimi, which was taking place in Smeetham Hall Barn. I already had a nice connection with Aimi's family as I shot her sister Chelsea's wedding last year, which you can check out here. Chelsea's wedding was super emotional and lovely, so I had a feeling Aimi's would be equally beautiful. Aimi was getting read at The Mill Hotel, in the most elegant light green room. She had three bridesmaids and Mia the flower girl! I was completely in love with Aimi's Jenny Packham dress right from the off, had to really stop myself from taking tons of photos of it! (Still took a lot!) It was a glorious kind of silvery light grey with amazing gold and silver beading and sequins, so 1920's Great Gatsby style!To make matters even better, she had Jenny Packham shoes AND hair clip! The bridesmaids had lovely pink and grey Phase Eight dresses and grey shoes from Next. smeethamhallbarn_0046 smeethamhallbarn_0047 smeethamhallbarn_0048 smeethamhallbarn_0049 smeethamhallbarn_0050 smeethamhallbarn_0052 smeethamhallbarn_0053 smeethamhallbarn_0054smeethamhallbarn_0055 smeethamhallbarn_0056 smeethamhallbarn_0057 smeethamhallbarn_0058 Chris and his posse also came to The Mill Hotel to catch the vintage bus they had ordered to do three trips for both guests and the wedding party. He popped his button holes in the pub downstairs and headed over to Smeetham Hall Barn. smeethamhallbarn_0051 The ceremony room was beautifully decorated with flowers in jars with ribbons tied around them, candles, button hearts, paper pom poms, bunting signs, kitsch signs and more vintage decor. smeethamhallbarn_0059   There was also a marquee which was decorated in the same theme, and lovely pink paper straws which were for the pink lemonade we had during the reception! smeethamhallbarn_0060   Chris and Aimi had different favours for the men and women, the men's wedding favours were yellow beer cooler holders, which were personalised with their names and wedding date on them. smeethamhallbarn_0064 Chris didn't look toooo nervous, but I think there were some tears from the bridesmaids coming down the aisle! smeethamhallbarn_0062 I'm just kidding, he totally was nervous at the last minute!! smeethamhallbarn_0067 To see Aimi making her entrance, head on over to part 2, which you can read here!!


  • Posted March 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous! Love the brides dress :)) XxX

  • Sarah
    Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    What beautiful romantic tones MC this is GORGE

  • Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    That dress is divine!

  • Posted March 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Really gorgeous!

  • Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Great work Marianne, love the processing on this…

  • Posted March 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    This is the second wedding that we have attended in the last year and on both occasions Marianne Chua has taken the most amazing photographs! What an amazing lady!

    John & Jackie Jones

    • Marianne
      Posted March 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I’m glad you enjoy the photographs!

  • Posted March 19, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Ace work MC – what a dress!

  • Posted March 19, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Beautiful work. The whole set feels really light, airy and lovely and her dress is a beaut.

  • Posted March 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photographs. Love your attention to details in wedding!

  • Posted March 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I need that ‘No Riff Raff’ sign in my life! Beautiful bride, handsome groom, beautiful wedding. Lovely lovely work again Marianne! ;o)

  • carolyn
    Posted January 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I am getting married at Smeetham Hall this summer so have been looking at various blogs that have had weddings there, this is by far my favourite one!

  • Posted September 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I love these photographs. Such amazing tone.

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