The Place to Celebrate
With their hearts set on an evening barn dance, Kristina and Michael were on the hunt for the perfect barn for their May wedding. They also needed to find a venue within easy reach of their church ceremony in Tadworth. Having looked at a number of barn venues, they fell in love with Bury Court. ‘It’s such a stunning barn and looks amazing even without decorations,’ smiles Kristina. ‘It has great spaces both inside and out and we loved how helpful and relaxed the staff were.
Introducing the Theme
The happy couple chose a romantic, rustic style to complement the barn setting. ‘Our colour scheme was pale pink, purple and ivory with lots of lace and hessian,’ explains Kristina. ‘In the end, the bridesmaid dresses chose the colour scheme for me. In a lovely shade of dusky pink, it blended so nicely with a soft purple and ivory.’ Pretty decorations included fairy lights across the beams in the main barn, home made bunting, hand decorated jam jars and hearts hanging from the beams.
And the Bride wore…
Kristina’s dress was a classic, romantic design with lace and a long train by David Tutera. ‘I wanted a dress that I felt comfortable wearing but also made me feel like a bride,’ she explains. ‘I fell in love with it at the first shop we visited, so it was actually one of the easiest decisions of the wedding planning!’ A silver and diamond bracelet from her grandmother, alongside pearl earrings and a pearl necklace, completed the look. Kristina’s three adult bridesmaids wore elegant long, pink dresses from David’s Bridal and accessorised with silver knot bracelets - a gift from the bride.
The Groom’s Attire
Daniel hired a traditional morning suit from Moss Bros with a cream waistcoat and pale pink cravat. His buttonhole was a cream rose, while the ushers wore a purple rose buttonhole.
All About Flowers
The bridal flowers were simply stunning. Kristina carried a teardrop bouquet with three shades of roses, gypsohila and greenery while the bridesmaids’ posies consisted of cream roses and gypsophila tied with natural twine.
At the church, bunches of gypsophila tied with trailing purple ribbons made beautiful pew ends, and jam jars filled with roses and foliage sat on windowsills and ledges. Back at the Barn at Bury Court, jam jars were transported from the church to the reception venue and the florist created further arrangements so it really was full of flowers! ‘Most of the table centerpieces were cream jugs sitting on a log slice and filled with the same beautiful blooms,’ explains Kristina. ‘While other tables featured grand silver candelabras to add some height to the room.’
The Church Ceremony
Kristina and Daniel said their vows at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Tadworth. ‘It is the church I attended growing up and my mum still worships there,’ says Kristina. ‘I was baptized and confirmed there and sang in the church choir for many years.’
Time to Celebrate
The newlyweds served delicious tea and cake in the church hall immediately after their ceremony – a great opportunity to celebrate with all the members of the church who they couldn’t invite to the main reception. On arrival at the Barn at Bury Court, a Champagne reception was served alongside canapés and followed by the wedding breakfast.
‘Our starter was a tomato tarte tatin with goat’s cheese and the main was aged fillet and sticky braised West Country beef,’ says Kristina. ‘Dessert was a salted caramel torte. We both love food so we wanted this to feel like a really special meal. After the tasting evening with Jacaranda, we knew whatever we chose would be delicious.’
The Evening Party
Music played a big part in this wonderful wedding, from friends singing in the church choir and the talented organist to the fabulous barn dance lead by a band called The Ceilidh Tree. ‘The music was great and having a barn dance meant everyone got involved in the dancing,’ smiles Kristina. ‘We did a Circassian Circle dance for our first dance which was a great way to get everyone on the dancefloor!’
Stone baked pizzas were served outside from a vintage style food truck. The newlyweds also had firepits outside and plenty of marshmallows for toasting.
Cake, Glorious Cake
This happy couple had not one, but two wedding cakes! The first, a Lego design, was made by Daniel’s grandmother and was a wonderful surprise for the groom who is a Lego fan. This was served in the church hall after the ceremony.
In the evening, a beautiful, understated cake adorned with buttercream and decorated with roses was a dreamy choice. The two flavours were white chocolate and raspberry and lemon and elderflower. Simply delicious!
Karina’s Favourite Moment
‘Seeing my husband waiting for me at the altar is something I’ll never forget. I loved the speeches in the evening and even gave one myself, which I really enjoyed. And… the barn dance was brilliant!’
Images © Guy Collier Photography