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Cows & Bunting, Jam Jars & Barn Dancing!

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Cows & Bunting, Jam Jars & Barn Dancing!

If you’re toying with the idea of having a rustic, homemade, positively country style wedding then let us sway you! This fantastic country barn style wedding is to die for! With a splash of colour and a pinch of hay you too can have this fab farm styled wedding! I now pass you over to Caroline to tell you all about her fab farm filled day…

We decided to get married at our local church and have our wedding reception at home. We live on a dairy farm in Caunton, near Newark and we transformed one of the cow sheds just across the yard from our home into our dream wedding venue!

Having our reception on the farm meant that we could choose exactly what we wanted the venue to look like, what we wanted to eat, and add all the little touches and details that we’d been dreaming up.  It also allowed us to create a day that was 100% unique to us, and we loved that about it!

We didn’t want our wedding day to have any of the traditional, formal, wedding day feel to it so the style was most definitely a handmade, relaxed, informal country wedding and just a jolly good knees up really!

We loved the idea of a vintage inspired, country village fete feel to the day, and that fitted in really well with the informal and relaxed environment we wanted.

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Some friends of ours bought a beautiful apple green VW camper van ‘Alfie’ last year, and our wedding was his first outing as a proper wedding car – he was amazing! Decorated with flowers and with a vintage suitcase on his roof rack, he fitted in perfectly.

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Someone described our wedding as a bit of a community project which we thought was brilliant (and so true) – so many of our friends and family were involved in one way or another, from making the bunting and the cushions, to fluffing nearly 100 pom poms, baking cakes, making chutneys, flower arranging, collecting jam jars and tying raffia around the necks of 130 of them for our welcome drinks – the list goes on and on!

We borrowed straw bales from a local farm for seating, and over the year I collected lots of old crocheted and knitted blankets and gorgeous old floral curtains to cover them with.

We had over 450 metres of bunting, and 400 metres of fairy lights which were the main decorations for the barn, together with nearly 100 pom poms, and a crepe paper back drop which I think my bridesmaids never wanted to see again after spending hours and hours constructing the day before the wedding – it looked absolutely amazing though so thank you girls!

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We made the table names from vintage cow postcards, all tables names based on breeds of cows and staked them in potted up cowslips. For the table favours I made all the ladies a recipe book including some of my favourite baking recipes that I have collected along my travels (the men had mini pork pies which were sourced locally).

We used little luggage labels for place names and to label all the food and stamped them with a tiny cow stamp that I bought from Etsy. We made lace edged hessian table runners for all the trestle tables and cushions and blankets for the bales made from vintage table cloths.

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When we first got engaged I was determined that I wasn’t going to spend a fortune on a dress that I would only wear once – I was a bit scared of going to a posh dress shop and falling in love with a £5000 wedding dress that I could never afford, so I just hot footed it to monsoon, found a lovely wedding dress that was actually in the sale and that was it, job done. Or so I thought…

As spring came and the wedding drew a bit nearer, I started wondering if I had made the right decision. Because everything about our wedding was handmade and we had a bit of an eco theme running through it, I began to think that having an ‘off the rails’ wedding dress wasn’t quite right for me. Therefore one night I was on my computer drooling over some amazing Jenny Packham dresses, that I knew I could never afford, and I somehow stumbled across an ebay listing for a ‘Jenny Packham Aspen’ style wedding dress. I LOVED it as soon as I saw it, and though I know it was a bit of a big gamble, I just went with my gut and bought it. Absolutely the best decision I have ever made (apart from marrying Gareth of course!) I also found the most stunning hair comb at the Save the Date wedding event with a difference in April, it was made by Bennett and Bates, and was just so pretty!

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Our photographers were Rebecca and Stacey from Milestones photography. I LOVE their style, and they just seem to capture moments and emotions perfectly, so I knew straight away that I wanted Rebecca to be in charge of our wedding photography. We also had a videographer which was a totally last minute decision, and I am so glad we did. James from Digi-scope was brilliant, I hardly even knew he was there, and it’s so lovely to have everything caught on film.

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Our stationery is one of the most special parts of our wedding. Designed for us by a friend of mine with a small sewing business, ‘Upsticks Boutique’, Sally created a unique embroidery for each part of our stationery. Sally is just setting up her business and is offering 10% discount for new wedding stationery orders at the moment too J

The best bit about it is having the original embroidery to frame and keep. An amazing memento of our wedding, we now have a ‘wedding wall’ in our dining room filled with Sally’s special work.

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We enlisted the help of the lovely and brilliant Karen and her Darby and Joan team, having met her at a Save the Date wedding event in Derby – both to provide us with all the pretty vintage china and to help everything run smoothly on the day – we really couldn’t have done it without her! She kept me calm and worked like an absolute Trojan from the crack of dawn on the Friday and the wedding day itself, hanging pom poms, dressing tables, arranging the flowers and just generally making everything look beautiful.

Catkin flowers, a local florist in Lincolnshire with an amazing cutting garden, put together our bouquets. All the flowers for the tables and jam jars came from Flower Pod, and we supplemented them with some greenery and lots of dried flowers for a friend who has a small wildflower meadow in the next village along from us.

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I strongly feel that small independent businesses need support and we’re so lucky where we live to be surrounded by some amazing local businesses. It was heaps of fun to source all the food for our picnic lunch from local producers – and we had lots of tasting sessions for everything!

Instead of a formal sit down meal we decided to have a picnic lunch. All the milk for our farm goes to a local dairy to make Stilton cheese, so we knew the food had to have a bit of a ‘cheese’ theme, so we collected picnic baskets and filled them with local goodies. We even had a local ice cream parlour ‘Newfield Dairy’ outside the church with their Ice Cream van serving us champagne and strawberry ice cream after the ceremony!

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We had so much fun planning our wedding day, and the only way I can describe the day itself is absolutely the best day ever! By making it so unique to us and including so many of our family and friends we have a mountain full of special memories that we will treasure forever. You’ll always have the best day ever, surrounded by all the people you love the most and at the end of it all you’ll be Mr and Mrs, and at the beginning of an amazing adventure through life together – and that’s really what it’s all about.

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We can’t mention the lovely wedding video without giving you a sneak peak so, here it is from James at Digi-scope!

The fab team involved in this wedding;

Dress – Jenny Packham (off eBay)

Hair Comb – Bennett & Bates

Ice Cream Parlour – Newfield Dairy

Vintage China – Darby & Joan

Bouquets – Catkin Flowers

Stationery – Upsticks Boutique

Photography – Milestones Photography

Videographer – Digi-scope


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