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Beth & Duncan - July '23

Beth and Duncan fell in love with Curds Hall Barn as soon as they visited and they opted for a summer wedding. Our planning meetings were often catch ups with coffee one evening or Sunday afternoon and Beth was very organised with her planning from the word go (and I’m sure Duncan helped here and there too!!).

Beth had always envisaged an afternoon tea for their big day and thanks to her sister’s hire company, the day before the wedding was spent laying tables with delicate vintage crockery; hanging beautiful bunting; and preparing garden games on the lawn - a very British affair! 

Having attended celebrant-led ceremonies in the past, from the start of our journey together,  Duncan was very outspoken about wanting this for his own special day. Many couples who visit us to discuss their plans are not even aware that there are alternatives to a Civil Ceremony. We are lucky enough to have several very good celebrants local to Curds Hall Barn so we like to spread the word so that people realise their options. 

Some of the main differences between a celebrant-led ceremony and a civil ceremony are that there are fewer (if not, no) rules to work around with celebrant-led; you can have more input in building a bespoke ceremony especially for the two of you; and most importantly, you will get to know and build a relationship with the person conducting your ceremony in advance of the day so that you feel comfortable and prepared. 

The above difference can impact your day in many ways, for example, there can be a little more freedom in terms of decoration as there is no need for a table to complete paperwork during the ceremony. It was important to Duncan and Beth that they faced those present at their wedding while nearest and dearest were invited to share stories of their experiences together with the couple. Beth had hired the most darling little vintage cream sofa for the two of them to sit on during the ceremony, surrounded by flowers, candles and trinkets. So perfect for photo opportunities too! 

Having exchanged vows underneath beautiful drapes and floral installations, the newlyweds were showered with confetti as they made their way back down the aisle. 

Live musicians added to the atmosphere as guests were served drinks and canapes before being invited into the Woodshed to enjoy afternoon tea. There was uproar from the room as dining was interrupted by the groom serenading his new wife with You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Tom Cruise has got some competition!  

Following a delicious wedding feast, it was soon time for our bride and groom to take to the dancefloor for their epic first dance which was skillfully mixed from romantic slow dance into a great party tune that got all of their guests running to the dancefloor to kick off the party!

Duncan and Beth, it has been so much fun being a part of your plans. Enjoy your epic travels on your honeymoon!

Evening Caterer: East Coast Pizza

Hire Equipment: Banqueting Hire Service

Celebrant: Steven Howe

Photographer: Faye Amare

Furniture and prop hire: Array Wedding and Event Hire

Prop and crockery hire: Time for Tea

Suits: Jarrolds

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