On Saturday, 12th of April Andrew and Jane became husband and wife in a beautiful ceremony held at New House Farm.
We wanted the wedding to be relaxed and informal and for everyone to enjoy themselves so we decided to have the ceremony at 2PM and the photography was taken on the fly rather than lots of formal shots to give us a true visual representation of the day.
Theme and Colour Scheme
Our theme was ‘rustic glamour’, as well as incorporating elements of the 1920’s.
I used natural tree trunk plinths for table centrepieces, with simple flowers in jam jars set around tall pussy willow. Subtle hessian decorations complemented the rustic barn interior and countryside location.
Burlap and string ‘Mr & Mrs’ bunting also added to the rustic theme.
Fairy lights and up-lighters created a twinkly, mellow atmosphere. We placed mercury glass votive candles on the tables and around the barn for a glamourous feel, as well as to complement the beaded style of my dress.
The Great Gatsby (1920’s)
To incorporate the 1920’s elements of my dress we decided to include a ‘Great Gatsby’ theme as well. This meant lots of Art Deco inspired pieces, so I went to a local printer to design my own invitations. I continued the Art Deco design through for my seating plan and wedding postbox.
We even drank 1920’s prohibition bathtub gin cocktails after the ceremony!
Favours were a selection of boiled sweets and chocolates – something for everyone and we believe lots of trading went on!
Our children chose to fill the bags with Parma Violets, fruit sherberts, mini packets of Love Hearts, blackcurrant and liquorice sweets, mini Easter eggs and Lint chocolate lindor balls. For sentimental reasons I chose mini Toblerones and mint humbugs, as these remind me of my Grandma.
As I began to research wedding designers and tried on a lot of traditional styles, I fell in love with a Jenny Packman dress. It was the beaded ‘Esme’ style, with the design inspired by the Hollywood glamour of the 1920’s and 30’s.
I bought my hair piece from www.glitzysecrets.com – it’s a great website!
The bridesmaids looked stunning in full length ‘gun metal’ Lori Lee dresses from Coast. Again I fell in love with the style and colour and was lucky enough to find some cord edging the same colour which I added to the jam jars and postbox to tie everything in.
Our hair was styled by Rachel and Sam from Amicci in Maryport…they arrived at 6am!
The florist suggested Amnesia roses which are of a similar hue to the dresses.
The younger girls dresses were from Monsoon.
Andrew and his best man wore dapper dickey bow ties!
We served post ceremony cocktails and canapés in the cow byre downstairs while the hayloft was transformed then had high tea with sandwiches, homemade cakes and macaroons.
Later we had Cumbrian tattie pot followed by our wedding cheese cake and homemade chutney.
In the evening we had a mix of live music, courtesy of our best man and we hired a DJ for between sets with a playlist of songs chosen by our guests! On our RSVPs we asked people to name a song they would like to dance to.
Money Saving Tips
The florist suggested that we used the flowers we were having for our reception table centre pieces to decorate the barn for during the ceremony.
Favours & Decorations
Look on eBay for job lots. Hobby Craft and Etsy are also great websites.
Recycle any glass such as jars and bottles.
Try the high street for bridesmaids dresses and accessories as they often have offers. We booked a fitting with Coast and were given complementary fizz and 30% off the dresses. It was also great fun!
Hazel and her team could not have been more helpful and accommodating in the run up to the wedding and during our time at New House Farm.Looking for a perfect venue? Come and take a look at what we offer at New House Farm. Our beautiful lakeside location in Lorton Valley makes for the perfect fairy tale wedding! For more information about us and what we do, or to arrange a booking, call Hazel on 07841159818.For more inspiration, tips and advice on planning your dream wedding, follow our blog. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.