A Rustic DIY Destination Wedding at Holders House

Sarah & Richard’s wedding was a fun, DIY affair with family and friends all playing a part in their special day. We love that they wanted something simple, with lots of personal touches – everyone came together to make this event a destination wedding to remember!

The bridal party at Holders House in St James

We had a glorious wedding at Holders House – renting out the whole property for 2 weeks, and flew family and friends out to be with us from all around the world. My dad lives in Barbados still and my eccentric grandfather used to own the plantation house Buckden [in St Joseph] and the family has a long history on the island.

Holders House, St James, Barbados

We are a very relaxed, fun loving couple and this is exactly what we wanted our wedding to be – simple, natural and lots of fun! We had the ceremony in the gorgeous tropical gardens, we hung paper flowers in the bougainvillea trees that I used to climb as a child and we scattered frangipani flowers on the aisle and had a bamboo arch erected for us by the lovely Stan from West Coast Garden Centre, which we swathed in white muslin material bought in Bridgetown.

Simple, DIY details and decor make this wedding special!

I grew up in Barbados, I went to St Winifred’s School and then on to Queens College and always knew in my heart that this was the place that I would return to for my special day. I designed the dress myself from sketches and it was made by a lovely local seamstress who lives down the road from me in the UK.

The Bride in her gorgeous dress before the wedding

We are a very relaxed, fun loving couple and this is exactly what we wanted our wedding to be – simple, natural and lots of fun!

This simple destination wedding was held at Holders House

We arrived a week before the big day and we took a trip to Hastings Flower Mart, picked out our flowers for the day and arranged them on the tables in glass rum jugs lent to us by an old St Winifreds schoolfriend, Bianca Parravacino. I did my own makeup and my hair was done by a friend, Melissa Davey.

Flower petals made colourful, natural confetti

Our photos were by our family photographer, the extremely talented Andy Green, who also produced a great slideshow for us. Scott Ames did the catering and it was divine! We wanted Bajan style food and I am salivating just thinking about what was on the menu!

Our band was Z-Rox, they were incredible and so good that by the end of the night nearly everyone was jumping in the pool fully clothed while the band played on the side – it was a riot!

That special moment between the newly weds


Wedding location: Holders House, St James
Wedding photographer:  Andy Green
Wedding decorations: friends & family
Hair stylist: Malissa Davey
Makeup artist: The Bride
Catering: Scott Ames, Scott’s Catering
Band: Z-Rox