A wonderful venue, fantastic food and drink, and a great day for all their guests were the top priorities when it came to Sara and Robert's wedding day. They found it all at Bassmead Manor.
Choosing the venue
When it came to choosing the venue, it didn't take the happy couple too long. "As soon as we walked into the 300-year-old Rickety Barn we knew that we had to get married there," explains Sara. "It took our breath away. The rest of the venue gave us everything we wanted as well; a wonderful mix of old with modern and a package that included everything so we didn't have to worry."
Making it their own
The bride and groom decided upon a rustic theme that complemented the barn venue perfectly and opted for a handmade approach to create the perfect decorations for their big day. "We used a wooden pallet we painted with the order of the day, a handmade Polaroid guest book and homemade jam and honey from the groom's father's bees for the favours," says Sara. "Photographs of us were placed on brown string around the venue along with framed photographs of family members who couldn't be there with us, we then used vintage china and colourful cake stands for the cake table.
Looking the part
Sara wore an intricate and beautiful dress designed by Sophia Tolli for their special day while the groomsmen and bridesmaids enhanced the wedding colour scheme with their classic attire. "My dress was strapless with beautiful lace detail and a tulle fishtail," smiles Sara. "The grooms wore grey three-piece suits with sage green ties and pocket squares. We wanted a relaxed feel and so decided not to go for a traditional wedding suit."
As one of the key parts of the day, it was important to Sara and Robert that the food was top notch. "We chose the deluxe package from the in-house catering team, which included a beautiful smoked bacon scotch egg to start, roast pork tenderloin for the main course and a delicious panna cotta for desert. We also had canapés during the drinks reception and peri peri chicken wraps with coleslaw in the evening," says Sara.
The Perfect Day
With so many unforgettable parts of the wedding day, the happy couple had no regrets at all after their big day. "The whole day was absolutely perfect and we wouldn't change a thing," smiles Robert. "We just wish we could do it all over again. It goes so fast so it is really important to enjoy every moment of it."
There were a few moments in particular that stood out, though. "The nude cake my sister made for us looked absolutely incredible," smiles Sara. "The weather for the drinks reception was great too and the live music we had went down really well in the evening.
Images copy Jon Whiles Photography