Life’s a beach
Aaron proposed to Tanya in 2010, against the beautiful backdrop of the Swiss Alps. “I was just looking at the beautiful view and turned back to Aaron to find him with a ring box. He asked me to marry him, and my response was ‘are you joking?’ Something I’ve still not lived down!” laughs Tanya. Tanya did of course accept Aaron’s proposal and went on to celebrate with friends who the couple were holidaying with.
Tanya and Aaron decided to book their wedding date for Easter 2014 to fit around family and work responsibilities. They decided on a beach wedding theme and began getting creative straight away. “I got myself a wedding file and started a scrapbook of pictures, ideas and handy hints from wedding magazines, mainly Perfect Weddings and Wedding Ideas,” says Tanya. She also used Pinterest to create boards for cakes, beach theme designs and hair and make-up ideas. When it came to finding the perfect venue to complement their theme, the couple were struggling to find something a little bit different. “Nothing really took our fancy, but then I saw a couple get married in a converted barn on TV and began researching into that type of venue in our local area,” says Tanya. When Tanya came across Mythe Barn, it wasn’t even built yet. But with a few years until their wedding day, this wasn’t a problem. “The plans looked amazing and we knew we had to look around and speak to the owners. On a cold January we got our hard hats and high-vis vests on to look around the site. The countryside views, high wooden beams, huge windows and open space was breath taking. The mood-boards of the décor, furnishings and layout were out of this world. We knew this was our venue and booked it not long after,” explains Tanya.
To create their very own coastal feel in the countryside, Tanya and Aaron added lots of seaside props to their wedding day décor. They sourced decorative lighthouses and boats from The Range, purchased striped deck chairs for the lawn from eBay, and collected pebbles from Newquay beaches, which they used to write place names on. The table centrepieces were hurricane and bowl vases filled with sand, shells and a pillar candle, and for the favours, the guests had small pieces of ‘Just Married’ rock in a yellow striped sweet bag. “Aaron’s brother also bought a surfboard for our wedding gift. We used this as a guestbook and it’s now displayed on our wall at home and reminds us of our special day every time we look at it,” smiles Tanya.
A helping hand
With much of the décor being sourced from local stores and beaches, the couple didn’t have to fork out much for their flowers. In fact, Tanya just opted for bouquets for her and her bridesmaids, made by her auntie. Talented friends provided wedding cupcakes and a wedding cake. “My bridesmaid Michelle makes gorgeous cupcakes and made ones that looked like ice cream with flakes. Our close friend Jen made us a campervan cake – it looked so realistic!” says Tanya. One of the only suppliers the couple had to source themselves was their photographer. They browsed the venue’s Facebook page and came across some lovely photos by Lee Glasgow, a photographer who’d shot at the venue before. Following an initial consultation with Lee, there was no doubt they would book him for their special day.
Now Tanya and Aaron’s big day was coming together, it was time to start looking for their wedding day attire. Whilst Tanya originally had her heart set on a Grecian style dress, she actually fell in love with a lace dress with pretty beaded detail. “Once it was on I loved it and didn’t want to take it off! It was a classy dress, which complemented my figure,” says Tanya. Aaron also made the most of the occasion and treated himself to a fitted, bespoke, three-piece blue check suit from Clements and Church tailors. The best man and ushers wore blue micro check slim fit suits from Next, with an ASOS yellow tie to match the colour scheme and bridesmaids - whose dresses were from House of Fraser.
It’s a shore thing
With its oak beams and impressive windows, Mythe Barn was the perfect setting for Tanya and Aaron to exchange their vows. “We decided to spend our money on the venue and catering. We were able to do this as we had cut the costs on other areas by doing things ourselves – such as making postcard invites, save the dates and thank you cards. We are so glad we did as the venue really was perfect and everything we wanted. The guests were impressed and the photos look fantastic,” says Tanya. Galloping Gourmet created a feast in keeping with the couple’s coastal theme, serving up sea breeze cocktails and beers at the drinks reception, with canapés including mini fish and chips. For the wedding breakfast, guests enjoyed a lobster and prawn tartlet, followed by lamb and Dauphinoise potatoes, and a gorgeous chocolate brownie for desert. “Guests still comment how memorable the food was, saying it was the best banquet food they have had,” smiles Tanya.
Family and friends celebrated the evening with live, acoustic tracks from musician Sean McDonagh, and top music hits DJ’ed by Stardust Wedding DJ. The couple shared their first dance to Stay With You by John Legend, an unreleased album track that meant a lot to them. “If we could do it all again, we’d definitely take time out with each other. It’s important to step back and enjoy your day,” says Tanya.
Tanya’s top tips:
- Create a budget spreadsheet from the start and prioritise your spending by deciding what is most important to your day.
- Call upon friends and family to help as suppliers – or just help with the wedding day preparations.
To find out more about weddings at Mythe Barn, get in touch with the friendly team on 01827 217009, or visit them online at www.mythebarn-weddings.co.uk.