When it came to planning their big-day, Hazel and Charles had a good idea of what they wanted. A fantastic day with family and friends was their top priority – ideally in a rustic setting close to home…
The perfect hosts
The couple began looking for wedding venues to fit their specification in their local area. They were amazed at the number of gorgeous barn venues but had their heart set on one – Packington Moor. “The venue was stunning, the staff really cared about their couples, and we felt completely at home,” explains Hazel. “It was an easy decision,” she adds.
Hazel styled the venue with classic white flowers, for a chic and sophisticated look, and added tree log slices to the wedding tables to complement the rustic theme of the day. “The log slices were from a tree that had fallen in the family wood,” explains Hazel. This was just one of the many personal touches the pair bought to their day, along with a homemade table plan, menu frame, and table names – all created by Charles. Other DIY décor, created by the couple, included wine bottles covered in twine and hessian, and lace decorated jars. “We loved that everything was made by us,” smiles Hazel.
With a chic and rustic-designed day, it was only right that the couple looked the part in classic wedding attire. Charles opted for charcoal tails with a navy cravat, and Hazel wore a Naomi Neoh dress, to complement the romance and simple elegance of the day. “It suited the day and our décor perfectly,” she smiles. Hazel’s two bridesmaids also wore navy and looked super stylish in full-length chiffon gowns with cap sleeves. “They looked beautiful,” says Hazel.
The couple’s September wedding day got off to a spectacular start. While Charles got ready at the venue, Hazel arrived by helicopter, setting the tone for the stunning day ahead. “I’m very lucky to have a father who flies helicopters. He got one for the day and flew me from home to the venue. It was incredible and a perfect start to the day,” smiles Hazel.
An unforgettable party
While the ceremony was a key party of the day, Hazel and Charles were really looking forward to celebrating with friends and family as newlyweds. To ensure they enjoyed the perfect party they opted for a fine feast of burgundy chicken, and a dessert of fruit crumble; and later on at night guests indulged in a hog roast. The pair also ensured an evening of fantastic entertainment with a photo booth and barn dance, where everyone let loose and embraced the fun. “We always knew we’d have a barn dance on our big-day,” says Hazel. “We’ve been to a few in the past and have found it was a great way to mingle – as well as getting all guests, young and old, up on the dance floor,” she explains. The bouquet toss was another highlight of the afternoon’s celebrations. “The bouquet toss resulted in three lovely ladies fighting over the bouquet - leaving flowers everywhere!” laughs Hazel. “My friend who won has since got engaged – so I guess it worked,” she smiles.
The barn dance wasn’t the only special dance the couple enjoyed. They also shared a first dance to Forever and For Always, by Shania Twain. “The song led into a mash up of some classic songs we both loved,” says Hazel. “We made the mash up ourselves, so we will be the only ones with that song at our wedding,” she smiles. “We have absolutely no wedding regrets, the whole day was perfect.”
Hazel’s top tip:
“Make the most of every moment. The day goes by so quickly.”
Images © Anna Clarke Photography
To find out more about tying the knot at Packington Moor, get in touch with the wedding team today on 01543 220055.