Emma and Rob had set their hearts on an all-in-one venue. They wanted to spend their special day in one place – tying the knot there and then going on to enjoy a wedding reception and evening party at the same location. The pair also had a list of other requirements for their big-day including great food, great drinks, and fantastic entertainment.
Ticking the boxes
Packington Moor, in Staffordshire, was the one venue that met all the couple’s big-day requirements. Emma and Rob loved the natural feel of the venue and countryside surroundings. Plus, it was an all-in-one venue, which was exactly what they were after. “We knew our guests would enjoy themselves at Packington Moor. There was no need for them to worry about travelling around with everything being in one place,” explains Emma. “The rustic and natural environment also gave the venue a laid-back relaxed feel, which we liked.”
Emma and Rob were keen to complement the rustic feel of the venue and so decided on natural, green wedding theme. The theme was also inspired by Rob’s proposal in New Zealand, with its stunning green landscapes. They used natural materials, like wood and pebbles, throughout their décor and styled the rest of the space with pretty button flowers. “We made our own driftwood bases for the tables and then surrounded them with jam jars filled with button flowers,” explains Emma. For their guestbook, friends and family left messages on pebbles – which the couple later placed in a bowl in their living room. “They’re such a happy reminder of our big day,” smiles Emma.
All in the detail
Unlike the décor, which was relatively simple in style, Emma’s gown featured lots of intricate detail. Her dress, which was fitted to the waist, was embellished with intricate lace and diamantes and featured a pretty heart-shaped back. Rob and his groomsmen dressed to impress too in Edwardian-style three-quarter length suits. They teamed their suits with green cravats to complement the bridesmaids’ dresses and overall colour scheme of the day.
The perfect day
The morning of the couple’s wedding was remarkably relaxed thanks to the fantastic dressing room facilities at Packington Moor. Emma and her bridal party were able to get ready at their own pace on-site, while the groom’s party arrived a little later in the couple’s campervan. The pair went on to tie the knot in the barn before tucking into canapés and sipping on fizz during their drinks reception. “All the food was excellent,” smiles Emma.
For their wedding breakfast, the couple opted for one of Packington Moor’s classic three-course menus. They enjoyed pork spring rolls to start, herb crusted lamb for their main, and a trio of desserts to finish. “We received so many compliments about the food – our guests loved it!” says Emma.
Got to dance
Come evening, the venue transformed into a party barn. Guests danced on the dance floor, the groom’s party put on their own spectacle, and everyone was having a good time. “As Rob had proposed to me in New Zealand, he decided to do a haka dance with his groom’s party before the first dance,” explains Emma. “It was a real surprise but widely amused everyone. It was a fantastic way to get the party started,” she adds. “We had such a great day,” smiles Emma. “The wedding team looked after us all- so all we had to worry about was having fun with our friends and family.”
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