The Perfect Venue
Bassmead Manor Barns was the first and only venue Claire and Jonathan visited and they fell in love with it straight away.
“It ticked all our boxes, enabling us to have our ceremony and reception in one place with gorgeous surroundings,” explains Claire. “The venue was accessible by all and the staff were super friendly. The barns were rustic but beautifully furnished and everywhere felt light, airy and romantic. It basically gave us goosebumps as soon as we walked in!”
Theme of the Day
The happy couple chose a country wedding theme, using an abundance of foliage and wood and the soft whites, greens and purples of succulents.
“We wanted something pretty but not too precise,” says Claire, “and I wanted to incorporate some of the calligraphy skills I’d been practising.”
The venue was decorated with beautiful floral garlands and centrepieces intertwined with lanterns and candles. The creative bride made the seating plan and both families helped to put together other elements of décor using wooden crates, wine boxes, rustic twine and foliage.
This natural colour scheme and décor were in perfect harmony with the beauty of the barns, enhanced even further with uplighters and soft candlelight.
“Our wedding favours were succulents wrapped in hessian,” continues Claire. “Each featured a handmade luggage tag with the guest’s name written in calligraphy.”
All About the Dress
The beautiful bride wore a slim fitting fishtail dress by Shamali, the resident designer at Daisy’s Bridal Couture in Raynes Park. Featuring a lace overlay, it was the perfect, romantic gown for this special day.
Adding a personal touch, a tiny blue bow was stitched inside.
‘It was a gift from my sister who had worn the same bow in her wedding dress,” smiles Claire.
Complementing her dress, Claire wore a mid-length veil which she changed for a gorgeous sparkly hairband for the evening party. As for her shoes… the bride chose fabulous Jimmy Choo’s Romy 85 in a shade of taupe grey.
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
Jonathan looked the part in a traditional black morning suit with herringbone tailcoat, grey double-breasted waistcoat and grey striped trousers. In a nod to the colour scheme, his tie and pocket square were in sage green silk.
Claire’s three adult bridesmaids wore gowns from Watters in the shade ‘stone’. While they wore the same fabric and colour, each chose the dress shape they felt most comfortable wearing. Meanwhile, the pretty flower girl wore a full-skirted dress from Debenhams.
Claire carried a stunning hand tied bouquet in plum with a hint of ivory, silvery grey and muted green. Seasonal flowers included anemones, ranunculus, waxflower, alstromeria and tulips with eucalyptus and rosemary. The bridesmaids’ posies were similar but with slightly softer colours, the perfect complement to the bride’s bouquet.
Finally, to coordinate with his bride and the bridesmaids, Jonathan’s buttonhole featured a deep plum anemone with rosemary and eucalyptus, while other buttonholes were made up of a selection of rustic blooms.
Rose petals were scattered down the aisle of the Rickety Barn, while floral garlands adorned the beams and the Registrar’s Table. Faux candles in hurricane lanterns added a wonderful ambience.
Moving in to the wedding reception, apple crates were filled with herbs, succulents and moss and, on each table was a centrepiece of flowers, foliage and succulents incorporating a hurricane lamp and faux candle.
The Wedding Breakfast
Following their ceremony, canapés and cocktails were served and guests were entertained by Christopher Warner, The Cambridge Pianist. A delicious menu created by the expert in-house caterers, Galloping Gourmet, started with lobster tart, followed by fillet steak and a trio of desserts.
“The steak was cooked to perfection and the dry ice on the amuse bouche looked very cool!” says Claire.
Let Them Eat Cake!
A classic three-tiered cake made a wonderful focal point, decorated with eucalyptus garlands and a simple yet elegant floral posy of anemone and ranunculus. The three tiers included lemon, carrot and fruit cake.
In the evening, a live band, ‘The Kickstarters’ filled the dance floor and the happy couple danced their first dance to a version of ‘Love Me Like You Do’ by Ellie Goulding. Rustic wooden ‘LOVE’ letters added a special touch to the corner of the dance floor and, of course, the bride changed into her Converse so she could throw some serious shapes!
Delighting their guests once again, fresh pizzas were served straight from the outdoor pizza oven alongside a delicious cheese board. Claire and Jonathan also chose additional drinks packages including a beer drum, gin bar and barrel of local ale. “The gin bar was a particular hit,” smiles Claire. “There was a queue all the way across the barn, I’d highly recommend it! “
Claire’s Favourite Moments
“The moments we spent together, straight after our ceremony when it was just the two of us. It was lovely to have some time to ourselves to reflect on the ceremony and its importance.”
Top Tip From The Bride
“Keep a small notebook with you at all times. It’s super handy for noting down thoughts, measurements, names etc in the run up to your wedding.”
Images © Simon Atkins Photography
To find out more about this award-winning wedding venue in Cambridgeshire, visit the Bassmead Manor Barns listing page.