I thee wed – Louise & Iain
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
We got married at Mythe Barn, Sheepy Magna, Warwickshire which was a brand new venue. We had decided we wanted a civil wedding where everything could be in one place but were looking for something a little different to the usual stately home. Having viewed a few venues, we really liked the idea of a converted barn feel.
We thought we had found ‘the one’ until we visited Mythe Barn. I actually viewed Mythe Barn on my own having thought we were sure we had found our venue but there was just something about Mythe. We made another appointment later the same day and returned together. The venue was incomplete when we viewed it and can only be described as a building site. So, complete with hard hats and fluorescent jackets we stepped over wires and rubble to walk around the venue. Despite this, we could see its potential. We loved the way the venue flowed and felt confident by the design plans we saw illustrating exposed beams, picture windows, the minstrels gallery and luxurious furnishings.
I think the thing that sealed the deal was the lovely B&B guesthouse for our family to stay in and the stunning honeymoon suite! It was a gamble booking an unfinished venue but one that definitely paid off. It was really exciting seeing the venue develop and monitoring the progress updates on their Facebook page.
How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?
Right from the outset we both agreed that we wanted our wedding to be informal, sophisticated and relaxed. We decided not to be forced into complying with traditions that we did not want or need and had an intimate guest list of our closest friends and family. What’s good about not having a guest list that rolls into the hundreds is that you actually get to spend quality time with all of your guests.
I wanted our wedding to be ‘DIY’ where possible to create a personalised and unique feel. I’m not particularly arty or creative but just really wanted to give it a go and it made all the difference on the day to see all of your own creations around the venue. I began by experimenting making the wedding invitations which then spiralled into the table plan, place cards, menu’s and thank you cards.
The theme throughout was vintage pearls and lace which complimented the venue well. My favourite thing was the table plan we made using a large board covered in hessian and hung with escort cards matching the invitation designs. I even had hubby cutting, sticking and getting creative on Sunday afternoons!
Our table names were based on our ‘firsts’ together (first met, first date, first house etc) with the top table being named ‘Mythe Barn – First day of the rest of our lives’. The venue speaks for itself and didn’t require much decorating so we had simple flowers, hanging gypsophilia bunches, hurricane lamps and wicker hearts. In the evening we lit paper lanterns around the venue which were simple yet beautiful.
I also made our card box after sourcing a vintage suitcase on eBay and decorating it with strings of pearl and lace. In lieu of favours, we made a donation to Anthony Nolan, a charity close to our hearts, and left a little note and love heart chocolates in a box for each guest. We added personal touches like a thank you sign on the bar letting all of our guests know how much we loved them and messages in our parents guests rooms for when they arrived thanking them for all their support.
Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?
I decided to approach the dress with an open mind and tried every style of dress just to be sure – and because I just loved the whole experience. I soon realised that being petite, less is definitely more. I chose a simple and elegant Benjamin Roberts dress from the Blue by Enzoani range and customised it by adding a pearl belt and button detailing at the back.
I was stuck between two different dresses and actually made my decision after looking at photo’s of myself in the dress which gives a different perspective – oh and also my Mum’s reaction who just fell in love with it instantly. Dress shopping really was great fun and a very memorable experience between just me and my mum. You can feel a lot of pressure in choosing the dress because you know it’s what everyone wants to see and you want it to have the wow factor but I would say your dress needs to be right for you, your shape and your style and not just to fit the theme of the day or have the most detailing or sparkle. I didn’t want a white dress and found that most ivory dresses seemed too white.
What I loved about my dress was the warmness of its colour and the beautiful material. I keep threatening to wear it again at home because it felt so nice.
Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding from stationery to cake, flowers to cars – was there anything quirky or creative which will inspire future brides
The dress was from Brides of Ashby in Leicestershire which is a lovely little boutique shop and I can’t recommend them enough for their ideas, advice and time. The owner suggested the addition of the belt which finished off the dress perfectly. The Bridesmaid dress was by Alfred Angelo, flowergirl dress by Monsoon and flowers were by Black & Blossom of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Hair was by my brilliant hairdresser Melanie of 55 Corner Boutique and make-up by the talented Lisa of Creative Touch.
Our photographer was Chris Seddon of Derbyshire. His informal, creative pictures were exactly what we were looking for but it was also really important to us to feel relaxed and conformable. We knew immediately that we were going to get on with Chris, he fitted into the day like one of our guests and gave us lots of handy tips and websites to check out. We are really please with the lasting memories we have of our special day and he comes highly recommended.
The food and drink was supplied by Galloping Gourmet who came as part of the venue and I cannot thank them enough for making the day run smoothly, for their professionalism and for such an amazing menu (accommodating vegetarians and vegans with ease). The delicate canapé’s were well received as was the indulgent trio of deserts. We very much enjoyed the taster day sampling the different menus and of course the wine.
After months of searching for the perfect band which was really important to me, our entertainment was supplied by The Atlantics – an indie/rock/pop band from Leicester. They were definitely worth all of the searching and did a great job as well as really looking the part. We also had an acoustic guitarist/vocalist (Lindsay) who played as guests arrived and during the reception which created a lovely ambience in the courtyard. Both were from DG Music Group.
Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?
It’s been said a hundred times before but the best advice is to just enjoy every minute from all of the planning stages to the day itself. Everybody is different but I would just say there is nothing to get stressed about.
We planned our wedding in 8 months and I enjoyed every minute. Be sure to keep your husband involved, it’s their day too and it’s a special feeling on the day to look at what you have achieved together. On the day if any little things go wrong you really won’t mind – the most important thing is that you are marrying your prince and you should savour the moment.
Also – make sure you have the day that YOU want and not to make other people happy. Take a moment on the day with your new husband to step back, take it all in, be proud of your big day and to enjoy seeing all of your closest friends and family in one room.
The fab team involved in this wedding;
Dress – Brides of Ashby
Photography – Chris Seddon
Caterers – Galloping Gourmet
Entertainment – The Atlantics
Make Up – Lisa of creative touch – 07788 554933
Flowers – Black & Blossom