With a love of all things rural, there was no doubt about the type of wedding venue Sophie and James were after. Keen to tie the knot at a beautiful barn, the couple also wanted to ensure they picked a venue with good food to enjoy with family and friends.
After viewing several venues, Sophie and James decided that Curradine Barns offered exactly what they were looking for. “The stunningly beautiful location, coupled with the opportunity to put our own stamp on the day sold it to us,” says Sophie. “We wanted a lovely rustic venue but with modern, welcoming facilities for all our wedding guests,” explains Sophie. Luckily for the couple, they found all this and more at Curradine.
The rustic feel of the Barns was echoed in the couple’s choice of décor, which was minimalist with a rustic touch. The pair opted for an ivory and navy colour scheme and styled the venue with white pom poms, and added vintage glass cake stand centrepieces to the tables. Individual glass tealights were also spread throughout the table settings to add a touch of romance. The couple were able to save money on the majority of their décor through creative DIY. “We made all of our own place names, table numbers, and table plans,” says Sophie.
Style me vintage
When it came to her wedding dress, Sophie also opted for ivory. Her vintage gown, called Sophia, featured a sheer lace neckline and beaded belt. She teamed her gown with navy blue glitter heels and a hair vine. James complemented the rustic theme of the day in a tweed three-piece suit from Next. His groomsmen wore navy bow ties and a pocket watch to tie in with the vintage look. Sophie’s three bridesmaids also wore navy, and kept warm with chic oatmeal-coloured knitted wraps.
The couple’s mid-December wedding began with Sophie and her wedding party getting ready at the venue. “We got to use the wonderful dressing room early on the morning of the wedding. It was a huge perk of the venue and the area had its own self-contained shower, toilet and dressing area,” explains Sophie. Once ready, Sophie and James were able to join the rest of the party for a day to remember.
The wedding food, something the couple were particularly looking forward to, met all their expectations. “We chose the menu according to our taste and budget and the choice was extremely pleasing,” says Sophie. After the post-ceremony canapés, guests tucked into a tomato and basil soup starter, burgundy chicken main, and chocolate torte. “Everything was cooked to perfection,” adds Sophie.
Let them eat cake
The wedding breakfast wasn’t the only foodie delight of the day. The pair also wowed guests with a four-tier cake featuring rich and indulgent flavours. “I am a huge lover of cake (unfortunately for my waistline) so when we booked the wedding I was certain I didn't want a standard iced tiered cake,” explains Sophie. “My godmother asked if she could make them for me and I worked with her to explain what I wanted. The final cakes were perfect,” she smiles. The couple’s wedding cake featured a chocolate and Guinness layer, lemon sponge and Swiss buttercream tier, coffee and praline layer, and a top tier of Madeira and almonds. The offerings of cake were also accompanied by evening catering consisting of locally sourced sausage rolls and pasties. “It was plentiful and delicious,” adds Sophie.
Sophie and James also kept their guests entertained with top entertainment followed by a night of fun on the dance floor. “We hired a fantastic magician to entertain our guests. He created the perfect atmosphere for all ages,” says Sophie. “It may sound like a cliché but our wedding day was perfect. We just wish it could have lasted longer!”
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If you’d like to tie the knot at Curradine Barns why not get in touch with the wedding team today? You can contact them on 01905 670039.