With plenty of things to sort ahead of their wedding day, Jess and Harry began the planning process with a hunt for the perfect venue. Luckily, when it came to finalising their choices, picking the winning venue wasn’t hard…
From the moment the couple arrived at Packington Moor, in Staffordshire, they fell in love. “We loved the surrounding fields, the gardens attached to the house, the cottages, and the beautiful barn itself with its stained glass window and courtyard,” smiles Jess. It wasn’t just the aesthetics that appealed to the couple though, the wedding menu offerings impressed them too.” The menu was fantastic and so easily adaptable,” explains Jess. “There were lots of added extras too - such as the popcorn machine and the oil drums filled with beer!”
With a beautiful barn backdrop and stunning countryside setting the couple were keen to dress the venue in a complementary way. They decided on incorporating plenty of pinks, creams and hessian fabric to create a chic, vintage look and feel. Jess’s three bridesmaids also wore the colour of the day and dressed in pretty pink/peach gowns.
To tie in with the vintage theme of the day, Jess opted for a vintage-inspired gown by dress designer Mori Lee. Her groom, and his groomsmen, also opted for alternative style with Harry dressed in a dark green suit from Next, and the groomsmen in tweed waistcoats, white shirts, grey trousers and pink ties.
After all their months of planning, Jess and Harry finally tied the knot on 1st August 2015. Jess arrived at the venue by car and enjoyed a cosy ceremony within the Barn. “We were very lucky when it came to the weather as there was a very heavy downpour during our ceremony - but by the time we walked out into the courtyard for the drinks reception there was glorious sunshine that lasted for the rest of the day,” says Jess.
Post-ceremony, the couple and their wedding guests indulged in a delicious three-course menu, starting with vegetable soup, followed by a main of burgundy chicken, and a dessert of dark chocolate torte.
The ultimate celebration
Another highlight of the day was the entertainment – something high on the pair’s wedding wishlist right from the start. “Andy Webster, a multi-instrumentalist played in the courtyard after the wedding breakfast and in the evening as our guests arrived. Everyone commented on how much they loved the performance,” says Jess. When the guests weren’t socialising outside in the courtyard, they were having fun at the couple’s photobooth and boogying on the dancefloor – the perfect way to end a perfect day.
Jess’ top tip:
“Make sure you stock up on all the essential supplies. We ran out of film for the polaroid camera used for our guestbook and wish we’d bought more!”
Images © Claire Evans Photography
If you’d like to find out more about holding your wedding at Packington Moor visit the website. You can also book a showround at the venue by giving the team a call on 01543 220055.