There were just three things Jessica and Chris wanted from their wedding: a romantic wedding venue, a relaxed atmosphere and excellent food. While the couple weren’t asking for much, they were surprised to find all they wanted and much more at Bassmead Manor Barns.
A beautiful barn
By the time Jessica and Chris had visited Bassmead Manor Barns, they’d already viewed a few other venues. However, it was the Barns that won their hearts. “We were able to envisage our day from the moment we stepped into the 300-year-old Rickey Barn,” smiles Jessica. “The whole venue radiated charm and the surroundings were beautiful. There wasn’t a better place to enjoy our special day.”
Another perk was the Barn’s natural beauty – meaning the pair needed to add little décor of their own. “It was already beautiful and so we styled the venue simply, using white and ivory flowers with lots of foliage,” explains Jessica. “I felt these colours were sophisticated and complemented the wonderful surroundings we were in,” she adds.
Wedding flowers were a key part of the couple’s décor, and so the pair worked closely with their florist to achieve their desired look. “Our florist, owner of Greycourt Florists in Kempston, had a good idea of what we wanted and so we asked her to surprise us – using our initial ideas as inspiration,” explains Jessica. “We put our trust in her and boy did she deliver! We were overwhelmed with it all. Her work was truly superb,” she smiles. Their florist’s choice of flowers included ivory rose, white hydrangea, green carnations and trailing jasmine to name but a few. In fact, more than a dozen types of flowers and foliage came together to create the look.
Timeless elegance was also the theme the couple adopted when it came to their wedding attire. Jessica wore a Justin Alexander 1950’s vintage-inspired tea-length gown while Chris opted for a royal blue lounge suit teamed with tanned shoes. “As soon as I saw the Justin Alexander dress I knew it was ‘the one’. I felt amazing in it,” smiles Jessica.
Jessica and Chris tied the knot in Bassmead’s enchanting Rickety Barn. “Seeing Jessica enter the Barn and walk down the aisle was definitely my favourite moment of the day,” smiles Chris. Jessica walked down the aisle with her mother to Ellen’s Third Song, which her mother and beloved late father had walked down the aisle to at their own wedding. For the couple’s exit, Frank Sinatra’s I Love You Baby set the tone for the celebrations ahead. “After our ceremony, we were taken out to the grounds to spend a few moments as newlyweds. It was perfect,” smiles Jessica.
Five star service
Keen to ensure their guests were well fed, Jessica and Chris opted for a fantastic menu. This meant that canapés during the drinks reception were plentiful and the wedding breakfast and evening food was extra special. The pair opted for a delicious three-course sit down meal and in the evening served up street food, delighting guests with a delicious barbeque.
The perfect finale
To kickstart the evening’s celebrations, the couple wowed with an energetic first dance – thanks to their ladies of honour. “They joined us on the dance floor and began playing their inflatable guitars,” laughs Jessica. “When our wonderful day sadly came to an end, it was great to enjoy our first night as Mr and Mrs Zaremba in the gorgeous honeymoon accommodation, Dove Cottage,” smiles Jessica. “And, located just over the moat bridge, our close family guests got to enjoy a luxurious stay at Appletree Cottage,” she adds.
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