Introduction

A DIY wedding with a travel-inspired vibe…

We're sharing Michelle and Daniel's very special day with you today and we just know you're going to love it as much as we do. Bursting at the seams with beautiful, personal details and a dash of country romance, you will be truly inspired by their wedding. Let's hand you over to the bride, Michelle, so you can find out how they planned their stylish celebration…

"When planning our wedding we wanted to make it about us so we sat down and thought about all the things we love. Daniel and I have a love for travel and adventure, a love for country music and country life, a love for DIY and a love for all things naturally beautiful. We set these ideas as the foundation for our wedding and with the help of our incredible friends and family, we created our fairy tale dream.

We made the decision to get married less than a year after our engagement and believed that we would just be able to do it if we used all our creative skills. From crafting the table names, to the bouquet to our hand made hangers and favours. We did not miss out on any of the things we felt were important."

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The Need to Know
Venue
Hazel Gap Barn Budby
Location
Budby Nottinghamshire
Ceremony
120
Breakfast
120
Reception
160
Dress
Mark Lesley at Dress Place Nottingham
Flowers
Frond and Bloom
Cake
Red Velvet Baking
Photographer
Agnes Black

NOTHING TOOK OUR BREATH AWAY LIKE HAZEL GAP BARN…

“We visited a number of venues but nothing took our breath away like walking into Hazel Gap Barn. With two red brick barn buildings side by side we were met with more fairy lights than we could imagine, rustic copper with wooden beams and old brickwork an enchanting courtyard and candles surrounded by beautiful greenery. We were set the moment we walked in that this was the venue for us.”

WE WANTED TO CREATE A DAY WHERE WHO WE ARE AS A COUPLE SHONE THROUGH…

“A lot of the inspiration for the wedding came from being in love with Australian boho brides and Canadian country weddings. Two countries we both lived in. We wanted to create a day where who we are as a couple shone through.

The barn was so incredible that most of the decoration had already done itself. We decided to go country with our decorations, using hessian, lace, wooden hand carved table names, logs and twined bottles with beautiful blooming flowers coming from them. We handcrafted our map seating plan using all of the places we have visited before as table names. We also found some beautiful old vintage suitcases and filled them with maps to use as decorations around the venue.

It was really important for us to remember those who couldn’t be there on the day with us and so when designing the bouquet, we made the decision to use photographs of our loved ones and put them where the brides hands would be so that they were with my when walking down the aisle. The bouquet also featured a number of remembered loved ones’ old jewellery.

The bride is half Scottish and so we wanted to add a few touches of Scotland into the wedding. We did this by choosing thistle as our main flower, the sounding of bagpipes on our playlist during our cocktail hour and having home made Scottish tablet as favours.”

I TRIED ON 50 DRESSES…

“I must have tried on close to 50 dresses. I am quite fussy in my own style and I had a number of requirements that my Mark Lesley dress fitted perfectly. I wanted something elegant, laced, seemingly backless, a bit of sparkle and something I thought I would be able to dance in. The dress featured pearl beading and so I knew that the bridesmaid dresses needed to have some pearl.

The bridesmaid dresses were purchased first and the girls fell in love with them. We wanted a touch of floral romance and so the girls wore half flower crowns to match their bouquets.

The boys all wore matching two-piece suites with the groom and father of the bride wearing a three-piece. The groom wore a white shirt to match the bride and the groomsmen wore dusty pink shirts with perfectly matching button holes.”

THE FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE…

“The food served at Hazel Gap Barn was incredible. As two foodies we couldn’t have been happier with our choices. On entry everyone was served chorizo on toast, smoked chicken and mango hallumoi cheese with rosemary. Everyone was served a choice of prosecco, which they could pimp at one of the stands using shimmers, cordials and bubbles or beer. (And elderflower juice for those not drinking).

The main meal is served banquet style so the guests help themselves to as much or as little as they wanted. The meal started with pork country pate, chutney French bread and falafel & tabouleh with flat breads. This was shortly followed by the main course of a mixed grill which contained chicken, chorizo, lamb chops, pork ribs with a side of new potatoes with butter & chives, and feta and quinoa & pomegranate salad. Vegetarians were given a feta, spinach & filo pie, beetroot & carrot rosti, dill & mustard sauce and the vegan option of tarka dhal, curried cauliflower fritters marinated paneer & cumin soy yoghurt was a treat. Last and by no means least, treacle sponge and custard with strawberries was served as dessert.

In the evening, guests were able to eat a pulled pork roll and apple sauce and a ham and cheese buffet. Lets also not forget the cake! Three beautiful tiers, salted caramel, marshmallow and white chocolate and maple. There was also a selection of our favourite sweets that were up for grabs too.

MARSHMALLOWS, OPEN FIRES, SPARKLERS AND MORE…

“You spend so much time as a bride and groom trying to make sure that people are kept happy at all times and sadly for us, there was so much entertainment but not enough time for us to use it all! We had a number of retro lawn games including dominos and jenga. As the night rolled in we had a ceilidh band, marshmallows available to toast on the venues open fires, sparklers and a photo-booth.”

MAKE TIME TO ENJOY JUST BEING ENGAGED…

“This is your wedding, and your day. This is your one time to make it all about you so don’t worry if you don’t think aunty Kath wont enjoy the music you like. You always will, but try not to sweat the small stuff, on the day you won’t even notice that something wasn’t placed in the exact location you wanted. Keep each other involved (even if one doesn’t mind as much). Do your research on suppliers as these become your rocks. And really, just enjoy the process, go to wedding fairs, try all the cake you can and make time to enjoy just being engaged.”

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