A simple winter wedding at a venue with a difference was the dream for Emma and Shane, and they found exactly what they wanted with Clock Barn in Hampshire.
Finding the perfect venue
The feel of the venue was just as important as the look for Emma and Shane. Both wanted a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for their family to enjoy. "We saw the venue on Facebook a while back and knew we both wanted something unique and different that would have that wow factor," explains Emma. "Clock Barn ticked all the boxes and more. This was the first and only venue we looked at it had such an amazing feel we knew it was the right one for us."
Setting the theme
With an emphasis on simplicity and enjoying the rustic features of the barn, Emma and Shane kept the decorations low-key and minimal. "A barn as beautiful as Clock Barn didn't need much dressing. We had a beautiful Christmas tree by the door, white petals down the aisle and gypsophila tied to the chairs, says Emma. "On the tables everything was hand-made. We decorated jam jars with lace and ribbon, placed them with some candles and more gypsophila on top of cut log slices and sprinkled navy beads across the table. Along the beams of the barn we hung some simple ivory pom-poms."
Vintage meets traditional
Emma decided on a vintage dress for her big day while Shane and his groomsmen kept it traditional. "My dress was a vintage full-sleeve lace dress in an A-line style. It had a beaded back and a small ivory veil," smiles Emma. "The groom wore and ivory cravat and dark grey suit while the ushers and ring bearer wore the same with a navy cravat. The seven bridesmaids fitted our colour scheme with navy dresses while the two flower girls looked beautiful in ivory."
Emma and Shane picked a wonderful, warming wedding breakfast menu from the in-house caterers, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all their guests. "For starters we had the famous smoked bacon scotch egg with pancetta, followed by fillet of beef with dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables," Shane reminisces. "For dessert, we had a fruit crumble with vanilla bean custard."
A first dance with a twist
The first dance is always an important part of a wedding and Emma wanted to do things a little differently to celebrate with her father too. "I had a dad and daughter dance first which was to ‘I loved her first' by Heartless," explains Emma. "My first dance with Shane was to ‘The One' by Kodaline.
A special day with no regrets
The newlyweds had a wonderful wedding day full of happiness and a touch of humour too. "I have absolutely no regrets at all with my wedding and I honestly don't think I would have done it any other way," smiles Emma. "Even when our beautiful ring bearer decided to ditch the rings and leg it down the aisle. It was very comical and cute and set the humour of the day."
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