After seven years together, Martin surprised Melanie with a romantic proposal whilst the two were on holiday in Greece. “We’d been together for a long time so I’d come to the conclusion that Martin just wasn’t interested in getting married. He is not a romantic or spontaneous person at all – so his surprise proposal stunned me into silence for most of the night!” laughs Melanie. Martin whisked Melanie away to a deserted beach with a candle lit dinner for two. He popped the question whilst down on one knee before the couple enjoyed a meal outdoors – set up and prepared for just the two of them.
One thing Melanie was sure of when it came to her wedding was that she definitely wanted a barn venue with a spring like, rustic feel. With this in mind, she set upon scouring the internet for local barn wedding venues and shortlisted five to visit. “To decide on which venue to pick we used a score sheet and considered factors such as distance, journey and wow factor. It was the wow factor of Curradine Barns that made us choose it in the end,” says Melanie. The couple were just as practical when it came to wedding costs, noting down all their savings, costs and wedding outgoings in a budget spreadsheet.
Keen to keep their big day personal, Melanie and Martin got involved in DIY projects so they could put their own stamp on their day. Melanie made 100 jam jar lanterns and 50 meters of bunting, and ensured all other elements such as the favours were all personalised with the couple’s wedding day details. Whilst many of the finishing touches were typically rustic, they also had an element of Alice in Wonderland to them. “We had ‘Eat me’ tags on the favours, and tea cup and tea pot wind chimes hanging in the courtyard. We also decorated the tables with tea pots and small silver keys, and our cake had a large tea pot as the top layer,” explains Melanie. Along with the décor, Melanie’s dress was also unique to her day. She decided to have a bespoke wedding dress made, following difficulties finding her dream dress. “I had a very specific style in mind and wasn’t able to find it anywhere, so I asked a local seamstress to create the design using some lace that I’d picked out,” says Melanie.
The outfits worn but the groom and bridesmaids matched the vintage elegance of Melanie’s gown perfectly. Martin wore a dark grey three-piece suit with a pink cravat and pearls in the cufflinks and cravat pin; the bridesmaids wore champagne dresses with a lace trim around the empire line. “I made a very late decision to have bridesmaids – I didn’t intend to have any, but as the wedding got closer, I started to second guess myself and wanted re-assurance from friends on the decisions I was making,” says Melanie.
A day to remember
Melanie’s bridesmaids joined her as she walked down the aisle with her dad on her spring wedding day. As they walked down the aisle, a string quartet played in the background, setting a romantic, majestic scene. “The room looked stunning, it was so intimate,” says Melanie. “Afterwards, we had Pimms outside and canapés were served in the courtyard. Our wedding meal was amazing. The food was fantastic and everyone raved about their meals for most of the night,” she adds. When they weren’t eating food, the wedding party were making song requests to the DJ and dancing the night away with the new Mr and Mrs Jones. “Our first dance song was Mr and Mrs Jones because it was my new married name,” laughs Melanie. “We honestly wouldn’t change anything about the day. We paid so much attention to the little things, that the wedding was just us from start to finish,” she smiles.
Melanie’s top tips:
- Do your research on everything from suppliers and venues, to budgets and themes
- Make it personal
- Dream big, you only get to experience this day once in a lifetime. Add everything and anything to your wish list and then just work back from that
You can find out more about weddings at Curradine Barns by visiting the website, or giving the wedding team a call on 01905 670039.
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