The day before Charmaine and Paul’s wedding saw an 11 page checklist handed out to helpers, courtesy of one extremely organised Bride on a mission to transform the barn into her vision. On a serious note from us, having a checklist the day before the wedding with allocated job roles is a game changer - it avoids disagreements, confusion and more importantly allows Brides, Grooms and helpers to enjoy the build up whilst cracking through the job list. It can be so overwhelming for the couple in particular to constantly be asked by their loved ones ‘what can I do next’, even though it is meant with love, so having a list on paper will eradicate this.
Groom to be Paul arrived shortly after Charmaine’s team briefing, having safely checked in the real love of their lives, Alfie the cat, who was staying in a swanky cattery for the week. Paul was soon put to work draping fairy lights through the beams in the Cartshed, avoiding the military operation taking place inside!
Soft, romantic drapes were hung to frame the natural aisle in the Woodshed, complimented by a delicate mix of pink florals to add a subtle pop of colour. Less was always more for our Bride, who continued the theme throughout the Barn, laying foliage runners along our rustic dining tables which were accentuated once the candles were lit for dining.
A crisp, bright October morning welcomed Charmaine and Paul’s big day and with the hustle and bustle of preparations on-going in the Old Coach House for both the Bridal party and Groomsmen, finishing touches were being made to the Barn in readiness of greeting guests.
Charmaine was a natural beauty and looked radiant in an elegant, embellished gown as she stepped out of her wedding car in readiness to walk down the aisle. A few deep breaths and tissues later, the Flower Girls and Page Boys made their debut into the Woodshed and definitely stole the show, that was until all eyes fell on the future Mrs Mitchell.
The happy couple and their guests were spoiled with weather that allowed for French 75 cocktails to be enjoyed outside, expertly served by Florentina Events. Photographer of the day, Daniel Lightning, was behind the lense to capture those all important moments, although we were secretly anticipating the killer sunset and smoke grenade plans he had in mind for later!
It was soon time for Florentina Events to serve up a feast of Charmaine and Paul’s favourite great British classic; fish and chips, which was devoured and washed down with bubbles to elevate the specialness of the day. Tom’s of Cambridge provided a mouth watering wedding cake which was served and enjoyed by all alongside tea and coffee, to give guests a little sugar rush ahead of the evening reception and a night of dancing. If cake was not enough, we also welcomed local ice cream provider ‘Dann’s’ to serve some delicious, homemade flavours from underneath our Cartshed.
To kick start the evening, guests were invited outside to grab a sparkler and form a tunnel to provide the sparkliest, most glamorous entrance into the Woodshed ready for their first dance. A night of dancing and drinking came to an end and soon it was time to wave off our newly weds back to the Old Coach House as the new Mr and Mrs Mitchell.
Photographer: Lightening Photography
Caterers: Florentina Events
Ice cream: Dann's
Cake: Tom's of Cambridge
Dress: Eliza Jane Howell
Bridesmaid dress: JJs House Official
Hair: Sally Potter Hairstylist
Make Up: Kirstie MUA