Real Wedding - Pretty in plum

An elegant colour palette of plum and pastel shades set the tone for Sarah and Pete’s pretty wedding day at Staffordshire’s Packington Moor.

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor | CHWV

For many couples, finding the right wedding venue is one of the most difficult parts of the planning process – but for Sarah and Pete this certainly wasn't the case. In fact, they booked the first place they went to see – the stunning midlands wedding venue, Packington Moor…

Barn charm

Sarah and Pete had a few ideas of what they wanted when it came to their wedding day. A rustic venue and good weather were two things at the top of their wishlist, along with all their wedding guests having a good time. As soon as they saw Packington Moor on the Country House Wedding Venues website, they knew it ticked a lot of their boxes and quickly booked a showround. “We fell in love with the place straight away,” smiles Sarah. “The garden has an archway with wisteria climbing over it, which we loved, and the whole venue was full of rustic charm. We could picture ourselves getting married in the beautiful barn,” she adds.
 

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor | CHWV

Rustic romance

To complement the pretty barn venue, the couple choose a pretty plum wedding scheme, made extra feminine with the addition of pink and green pastel tones. The wedding flowers, which were a mixture or pink and ivory roses, featured throughout the venue and in the archway at Oat Barn. The couple also enhanced the venue’s design with wooden details, to tie in with the rustic feel of Packington Moor. “Some of our more rustic features included a wooden planter to keep cards, wooden table names in the shape of animals, and wooden hearts as place names,” explains Sarah.
 

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Flowers | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Flower arch | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Wooden planter | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Wooden place names | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Wooden table name | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Table plan | CHWV

Elegant designs

It wasn’t just the venue design that was full of wedding pretty either – the couple’s attire embraced the pretty wedding theme too. While Sarah wore a strapless, mermaid-style taffeta dress, by Ella Rose, Pete choose a grey slim-fit suit and accessorised with an ivory waistcoat and plum cravat.
 

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Sarah's dress | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Pete's suit | CHWV

Special touches

Dressed in plum and pale pink, Sarah’s four bridesmaids and three flower girls joined her as she walked down the aisle at Packington Moor, setting the tone for the romantic day ahead. And as you’d expect from a fairytale romance, there were plenty of standout moments and surprises in store. “One of my favourite memories is the surprise wedding cake Pete designed for our day,” says Sarah. “He based it on the scene of the proposal – a beach in Australia – and I saw it for the first time on our wedding day. It was incredible,” she smiles.
 

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Sarah and her dad | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Sarah's bridesmaids | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Wedding cake | CHWV

Guest pleasers

Keen to keep their guest’s happy with scrumptious food favourites, the couple choose a menu that was guaranteed to impress. “Our wedding breakfast consisted of a Scotch egg starter, lamb main, and chocolate brownie for dessert. In the evening we tucked into stone baked pizzas and also had a popcorn machine,” says Sarah.

The fun-filled food affair set the scene for the party ahead, which also featured a live band. “We asked the band to learn and perform Love Someone, by Jason Mraz, for our first dance,” smiles Sarah, the perfect song to kick start their special night.
 

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Pizza oven | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Pizza making | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - Live band | CHWV

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor - First dance | CHWV

Sarah’s top tip:

“After all the hard work you put in organising the day, make sure you enjoy yourself. We took 10 minutes away from everything to step back and take it all in. It was such a whirlwind that we were glad we had that small part of the day to appreciate all our friends and family were there for us.”
 

Sarah and Pete's real life wedding at Packington Moor | CHWV

Images © Claire Evans Photography

To experience the romance of Packington Moor for yourself, call the wedding team today to book a showround. You can contact them on 01543 220055.

 
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