Curradine Barns is an idyllic country barn wedding venue in Worcestershire and the ideal location for a laid-back wedding. Beth and Joe certainly thought so and, when it came to their big day on Bonfire Night, they couldn’t find a more stunning setting. “We fell in love with Curradine Barns from the moment we looked on the website and walking around it only confirmed our feelings,” says Beth. “We wanted a relaxed, rustic and intimate setting for our wedding and we felt Curradine had all of this. We loved that we would be able to have the fire burning and also that we would be able to decorate it to feel just like us.”
DIY decorations with a country twist
They had decided on a rustic country vibe to their day, which suited their personalities and the venue wonderfully. To make the place extra-special, they planned on getting creative and crafting the decorations themselves.
“We wanted to do as much as possible for the wedding ourselves. Joe cut up logs for the centrepieces and table names, with help from my mum, I decorated over 200 jars with hessian and lace,” explains Beth. “We gathered seasonal flowers and foliage from both our parents’ gardens to decorate the tables, while a close family friend weaved heart decorations out of willow and seasonal flowers. The favours were little gift boxes filled with mint imperials which were a little nod to my grandfather who sadly couldn’t be with us. Tealight candles in jars scattered around helped create an intimate and cosy atmosphere and our seating plan, made out of an old pallet, featured names of places around Worcester where we both met. The most important decoration to me was having photos of all of grandparents and parents on their wedding day as we both come from very stable and loving families.”
To work with their winter wedding day, the happy couple opted for a colour scheme of red and white, complemented by shades of burgundy, burnt orange and greenery.
Dressing the part
Beth looked beautiful on the day and picked out a stunning dress with the help from her family.
“I have always loved my mum’s wedding dress so it was really important to me that it had long lace sleeves just like hers,” explains Beth. “I found my dress from Georgina Scott Bridal in Lye, and my dress was an Essence of Australia gown. I took my Nan, Mum and big sister with me to choose it as I knew they would be honest and I knew I had found THE dress when they were all crying. I loved everything about my dress: the lace, the sleeves and the fact that it was backless made me feel so special and beautiful. I didn’t want to take it off!"
“I wasn’t too fussed about shoes, but what was very important to me was my jewellery. I wore a necklace that belongs to my Nan which she wore on her wedding day and my mum wore on hers. I had always dreamt of wearing on mine, so that was incredibly meaningful to me.”
Joe looked the part too and wore a dark navy morning suit with a tweed waistcoat. His groomsmen all wore matching outfits, as well as cufflinks shaped like silver spanners which we a gift from the couple to say thank you for their participation.
The perfect day
After tying the knot in St. Peters Church in Pedmore, the couple celebrated with delicious drinks and canapés in the Granary Barn and Bar. With a roaring fire and comfy sofas, the venue provided that wonderful inviting feeling that the couple had wished for.
Beth and Joe then invited their nearest and dearest to join them in the charming Barley Barn for a mouth-watering feast, provided by expert wedding caterers, Galloping Gourmet. With an incredible smoked bacon Scotch egg to start, pork loin for the main course and a delectable trio of desserts to finish, it was safe to say that the food went down a treat! Evening guests didn’t miss out completely though and could enjoy wood-fired pizzas cooked from scratch in the courtyard cantina.
After a night full of dancing and fun, the newlyweds retired to the luxury of the honeymoon cottage to reflect on their special day and let the occasion sink in.
The standout moment
“It’s so hard to choose just one moment from so many incredible ones. The whole day was perfect and I was so happy to be marrying my best friend,” says Beth. “I shared a very special moment with my dad in my family home too when everyone else had headed to the church.”
If Beth could pass on any words of advice, it would be this:
“When everything gets too much just remember what the purpose of the day is for. Also, do as much of the preparations as early on as possible so you don’t rush and stress at the end.”
Images © Fulton Photography
To find out more about this exquisite wedding venue in Worcestershire, visit the Curradine Barns listing page and see how amazing it is.