Zoë and Mike had clear ideas of what they wanted from their special day. Firstly, they wanted it to be personal, with much of the décor made by family. And secondly, they wanted a country rustic theme – so they knew a barn wedding venue would be key.
Finding the right barn venue was easy. As soon as the pair saw Packington Moor they fell in love with its beauty. “We loved the ambience and rustic feel of the barn, as well as the countryside surroundings,” explains Zoë. “What’s more, the venue came with added advantages including exclusive access for us and our guests,” she adds.
To complement the countryside setting, the couple dressed their venue in a country garden style. “We wanted the flowers to look as if they could have been picked from the garden,’ explains Zoë. The pair also added bunting, which featured vintage lace and floral patterns, as well as candle jars and homemade table settings. “All our family got involved with the wedding styling. It really was a collective effort – and this meant so much to us,” she smiles.
Pretty and chic
With pretty touches being the theme of the day, it was only right that Zoë choose an equally pretty gown. Her ivory satin Maggie Sottero dress featured a stunning open back with lace and button fastenings.
The boys also dressed to impress in modern blue suits teamed with tweed waistcoats. As the groom, Mike also went the extra mile with a Harris Tweed waistcoat, matching tie and pocket patch.
The couple’s July wedding day began early for Zoë and her mum. “We actually arrived at the venue at 8am to get things ready. We were able to set things up ourselves as there hadn’t been a wedding at the venue the day before,” explains Zoë.
Time to relax
The early start was all worth it though as Zoë saw her special day come together. “There are just so many memories that stand out from the day,” smiles Zoë. “From Mike’s amazing speech, to the extra special music we’d organised for the day.” To add to the venue’s ambience the couple had hired a string quartet to play during the ceremony and drinks reception. They also had a singer, Ben Drummond, and a DJ, to entertain the party come night. A memory tree, created by Zoë, which remembered those not there at the ceremony, including Mike’s dad and granddad, was one of Mike’s wedding highlights.
Tempting the tastebuds
Alongside the heartwarming personal memories of the day, the couple’s wedding menu was pretty special too. They opted for a huge selection of canapés, ranging from goats’ cheese mousse, to marinated king prawn, and deep fried crispy pork belly. This was followed by a three-course wedding breakfast, finished off with a tower of vanilla shortbread with fresh strawberries and clotted cream. The foodie delights didn’t stop there either. A barbecue was also served at night.
To round off their special day, Zoë and Mike enjoyed two dances - a first dance and a last dance. “We chose to dance to How Long Will I Love You, by Ellie Goulding, as Mike proposed to me with this song in the background. Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea closed our memorable day,” smiles Zoë.
Zoë’s top tip:
“Have the day filmed. It goes by so quickly and it's great to have something to watch back over and over again. Also, try as much as you can to have everything that you want. Don't compromise unless you're truly happy with it.”
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