Keen to get married somewhere unique and beautiful, Lisa and Tom took to Google to find the venue of their dreams. Wowed by the idea of a barn venue, it wasn’t long before the pair found their ideal wedding barn right on their doorstep…
Close to home
Lisa and Tom soon found Curradine Barns online and were thrilled to find it was just 20 miles from their home. They knew it would be in the running but didn’t quite know how much they would love it once they’d visited. “When we arrived at Curradine Barns we knew it was perfect,” smiles Lisa. “It had everything we wanted and was decorated beautifully. The staff immediately put us at ease.” The venue also offered accommodation for the wedding party – something high on the couple’s wish list.
A splash of red
With a love of the colour red, Lisa and Tom knew they had to incorporate it into their wedding day. They were also keen to make as much as they could for the day but wanted a glitzier look as opposed to homespun DIY. The pair made their wedding invitations using an image from their engagement shoot and created a table plan using a mirror. They also made red themed wine glass charms for the ladies favours and gave the male guests British Heart Foundation pins. Their wedding flowers incorporated fiesta red too and combined vivid red gladioli with lilies and gerberas.
On the morning of the wedding, Lisa headed to her local hairdressers to be pampered, before arriving at the venue to get her make-up done. She was dressed in an ivory lace Lusan Mandongus gown, while Tom wore a grey suit with a red cravat. The three adult bridesmaids also wore red, while her youngest bridesmaid was dressed in ivory.
Five minutes before the ceremony the bridal party had a minor panic as Lisa noticed she’d ripped the hem of her dress. “In a state of shock, I managed to get the registrar on her hands and knees checking how bad the damage was while she was trying to tell me we had to talk about the legal stuff! Thankfully the bridesmaids could sew,” laughs Lisa.
Embracing the rain
Prepared for the worst in wedding conditions, Lisa had red wellies and a red heart umbrella to hand – which she did end up using on the day. “I’m so glad I invested in some fun rain props. We had some really quirky pictures with them on the day,” smiles Lisa.
Knight in shining armour
The wedding breakfast came with its comedy moments too, with Lisa’s brother taking the role of the master of ceremonies. “My brother said he would only do it as long as he could have a sword. We still don't know why he wanted a sword,” laughs Lisa. “Regardless, we obliged and handed him a sword on the day, which he guarded with his life. It made its way into his speeches and proceeded to knight my dad as father of the bride. I also ended up having a comedy picture of me cutting the cake with the sword.”
Dinner and dancing
When the couple weren’t entertaining their wedding guests they were tucking into a fine feast, prepared by the in-house caterers. Lisa and Tom opted for a tomato and chorizo soup starter, beef main, and sticky toffee pudding dessert – although the top table had chocolate brownie!
Like most couples, Lisa and Tom were keen to choose something sentimental for their first dance song. Over the nine years they’d been together they wrote in each other’s cards ‘always yours’. In fact, Lisa even bought Tom a bracelet for his 18th engraved with the words ‘yours’. With this in mind, they found the ideal song in Ella Henderson’s Yours. “It was perfect,” smiles Lisa.
Lisa’s top tip:
“Don’t worry about what other people’s expectations are, or their views on your decisions. It’s your day and it has to be personal to you as a couple and nobody else.”
Images courtesy Olivia Photography
To find out more about weddings at Curradine Barns get in touch with the wedding team on 01905 670039.