This afternoon we are talking wedding entertainment. Choosing your wedding entertainment can be a tricky...
Happy Monday everyone and welcome along to another fun-filled week on the blog. I hope you had a wonderful weekend? Was the weather kind to you? I do hope so. It was lovely here in Sheffield. I had a fab weekend with Nik and Dexter. I even managed to buy myself a new work computer, just need to get all my work from the old one onto the new one now…eek!!!
We are kicking off this week with the amazing barn wedding of Hannah and Ross. They chose the beautiful Pimhill Barn for their reception, which gave them a complete blank canvas to do what they wanted. They filled the stunning barn with a mixture of the most gorgeous foliage and greenery and the most beautiful flowers. So many splendid rustic touches, from the table plan to the surf board guest book. Oh, and Hannah’s leather jacket really adds the finishing touches to this amazing wedding. Big thanks to Ian France for the gorgeous images.
Hannah and Ross were married on 4th April 2018 at All Saints Church Clive / Pimhill Barn, Shrewsbury. ‘We spent the first couple of months looking at a few locations. And although they were beautiful venues, we felt quite restricted on what we could do with them to make them our own. And then we found Pimhill Barn!! It was everything that we wanted and more! We spoke to Ginny who owns
the venue and she told us that the place would be ours to do as we wished! We would have it for three days and she would give us free rein! We knew then that we’d found the right place for us! We had 78 guests for the day time and about another 40 people come down for the evening party! We found the venue in March 2017 and booked up for the following April as that was their first available slot of the year. We was then on a mission to get everything sorted!’
How they met
We met working at a Country Club about 7 years ago and have been together for 4 years.
Hannah loves Disney and so we booked a last-minute trip to Disneyland Paris for New Years Eve (literally booked it the day before). I knew that I wanted to ask her to marry me and I thought it would be the perfect place so I frantically ran round town to buy the ring! Luckily, it was all worth the manic rush!
How did you allocate your budget?
We didn’t really allocate a budget as such. We just saved money up throughout the year and took the time to visit a ton of different suppliers. Once we found the right ones for us, we were happy to pay for their work.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the food, the photographer and on the venue. The food was insane and it really made the day. We’d seen Ian France – the photographer – at a couple of wedding fairs and loved his style. And as for the venue, it was literally stunning without any decoration so we knew how cool we could
How did you choose your photographer?
Word of mouth initially. Lots of people were recommending him so we went to visit him at the local wedding fairs. Ian France’s work is so cool and so unique. However, it’s how laid-back and easy-going he is that made us book him. He was on our wave length and we knew he was the right photographer for us straight away! We had our wedding video done by The Wild Bride also. Emilie and Jon are
old friends of ours and we knew how creatively brilliant they were so when they agreed to film our wedding, we were totally stoked! They made it so easy and relaxed and we had such a great time with them. Both the pictures by Ian and the video by The Wild Bride capture the day perfectly and have given us memories that we’ll cherish forever,
Hannah’s dress was by Made With Love who are based in Australia and was bought from Coco&Kate in Warwick. She saw her wedding dress first of all on a picture on Pinterest, at the time Coco&Kate were the only suppliers of Made With Love dresses in the UK. Although Warwick was a bit of a journey for her to try a dress on that she’d only seen a picture of, she made the journey and fell in love with it immediately!
The suite and bridesmaids?
Both the Groom’s suit and the bridesmaids’ dresses were from ASOS. They’ve got a really cool collection of wedding outfits!
Theme or colour scheme
Hannah’s pretty into floral and greenery so we went with that. The barn was so rustic and cool that it lent itself really well to the greenery.
Peonies, gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves amongst a range of others.
We had an amazing florist, Michele Gledhill, who draped the beams on the barn and the tables with foliage and greenery. We also bought a load of fairy lights too and littered the barn with those. They worked really well both in the day and at night!
We wanted our wedding to be as if we invited all of our friends and family round for a party. We would never serve ‘fancy’ foods or delicate canapés so we didn’t see why we should for our wedding! We wanted it be as ‘us’ as possible and the food by The Black Peppermint Company didn’t disappoint. I think it’s what people commented on the most. We had some brilliant sharing starters and then pies and veggies for the main course. They catered for our vegan and gluten-free guests effortlessly. We
cannot recommend them enough! Adam and Zoe were fantastic and gave us absolutely nothing to worry or think about the whole day long. They sorted everything out leaving us to just sit back and enjoy it all!
Our cake and dessert table was created by Bake it Special in Telford. Lisa made a huge selection of vegan treats and cakes for our guests to enjoy. We explained the venue and the feel we were going for and she knew exactly what to do. The food was great and every crumb was consumed! Again, she made it effortless. She turned up on the day before anybody arrived and laid out the treats and they looked and tasted wonderful!
We had a caricature come and draw our guests! I’m really into art and have been my entire life so to have something like that was really personal to us. We also brought a pool table and beer pong with us! We set it up as a bit of an escape for people if they didn’t want to dance all night long and wasn’t too sure if people would spend much time playing. We couldn’t have been more wrong! We had The Best Men come too who are really cool DJs. Steve played some wicked tunes! We met with him before to share our music taste and he did not fail to deliver! We had everything from The Kinks to The Killers – it was like a indy rock n’ roll club in there!
Who supplied the stationery?
All of our bespoke stationary was done by Dawn at Dotty About Fred. All of the save the dates, the invitations, order of service, the table plan, name places and even the thank you cards were tied in with the same theme of greenery, gold foiling and quirky wording that just screamed our wedding! Everything she does is bespoke so the bride and groom get a completely personal and unique set of stationary.
The venue was literally an empty shell. They provide the space and allowed us to do whatever we wanted which was so cool. So, with that, every single thing for our wedding was individually
sourced and brought to the wedding. It made the whole day completely personal to us. We also had a wooden surfboard to act as our guestbook. Both Han and I love to surf and knew that having a board, signed by all our loved ones, hanging on our wall at home would be just the coolest thing ever. Han had a really cool hand-painted leather jacket too by The Mermaid Effect. It had wifey sprawled across the back plus the date we got married and Mrs Newton under the collar. It was really cool as Han rides a motorbike so it was just her style!
I roped three of my friends into playing live music in the church as we signed the register and what not. They are really great musicians and we were so stoked that they agreed to play guitar for us. Hannah’s
favourite song is ‘The Girl’ by City and Colour and the boys played that for their first song – it was really personal to us and it made the church a really special experience.
Advice for other couples
Get a great Best Man! James for me was a God send! He went out of his way so I didn’t have to and made the whole thing stress-free and chilled! We had a wicked time! Also, just for others couples to enjoy the process and not put too much emphasis on the details of the day. We gave our florist, caterers, DJ, photographer and videographer free rein. They’re the professionals and they know what
they’re doing and they knew what our vibe was. It was cool because we turned up and didn’t have any specific vision on how something should look or be. We had no stresses over particular little details – it worked really well for us.
My biggest surprise was Han’s leather jacket! I had no idea that she was having it done! It was a really nice touch and really made her outfit – she looked wicked!
Ian France – www.fcphotography.co.uk
Dotty About Fred – www.dottyaboutfred.co.uk
The Wild Bride – www.the-wild-bride.com
The Black Peppermint Company – www.blackpeppermint.com
Split the Difference – www.split-the-difference.co.uk
Jessica Jackson Makeup – Facebook.com/JessicaJacksonMakeupartist
Coco & Kate – www.cocoandkate.co.uk
Pimhill Barn – www.pimhillbarn.co.uk
Made with Love Bridal – www.madewithlovebridal.com
Bake it Special Telford – Facebook.com/bakeitspecial
Michele Gledhill – www.michelegledhill.co.uk
Tipples – www.tipplesbar.co.uk
The Best Men – www.thebestmen.co.uk
The Wedding Artist – www.wedding-caricatures.co.uk
The Mermaid Effect – www.instagram.com/themermaideffect