When Danielle and Lorance set their late September wedding date, they were on the lookout for a unique venue with style and character. After looking around numerous possibilities, they found their perfect location when they saw Blackwell Grange.
“We loved the juxtaposition of the traditional ceremony room and the modern, stylish Orchard Barn,” says Danielle. “It made the place feel so different from anywhere else around.”
Setting the Scene
The happy couple chose a fairy-tale theme that also incorporated beautiful flowers and fairy lights.
“We felt this theme reflected our story,” explains Danielle. “We’ve been through a lot together over the years. Everyone really does deserve a happy ending!”
Delicate autumnal shades of subtle pinks and greys were combined with a highlight of rich burgundy and Danielle used her creative flair to make every element of the stationery, from invitations to table plans.
All About Flowers
Perfectly in keeping with the fairy-tale theme, flowers were an important feature of this special day. They adorned the fireplace and pew ends in the Thatch Barn and the beautiful blooms continued into the contemporary Orchard Barn to fill the reception space with colour and freshness.
After trying on a number of dresses, Danielle was struggling to find ‘the one’. Realising how much she loved the designs by Hayley Paige, she searched for a local stockist and found her dream gown. ‘Lorelei’ was a show-stopping blush pink design with illusion neckline, embellished bodice and low back.
“I love everything about the dress,” smiles Danielle. “It’s stunning in every way and suited the fairy-tale theme.”
With such a breathtaking gown, Danielle needed very little in terms of accessories and completed the look with powder blue Charlotte Mills shoes.
“I also had a secret pocket sewn inside my dress, in to which I placed a pendant that was a family heirloom,” says Danielle.
The beautiful bride had six bridesmaids, all wearing elegant dove grey multi-way dresses from Marks and Spencer. They each wore their dresses in their chosen style and accessorised with pretty flowers in their hair.
As for the Groom...
Lorance and his ushers looked the part in navy blue suits from Slaters in Birmingham, along with burgundy ties and a bow tie for the groom.
Following their ceremony in the Thatch Barn, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cocktails, mocktails and canapés before moving into the Orchard Barn to dine. For the wedding breakfast, terrine of braised ham hock was followed by lamb two ways and, for dessert, a trio of desserts.
“We both love lamb and had tried the treacle tart and chocolate brownie at the Blackwell Grange Tasting Event,” explains Danielle. “We knew they were to die for so there was no question about including them in the dessert!”
An acoustic duo played throughout the ceremony and continued through the wedding breakfast, moving onto a ukulele set on the terrace at sunset.
“That was one of my favourite moments,” says Danielle, “Everyone was requesting songs and singing with blankets and drinks!”
As the evening party started, a five-piece band filled the dance floor and delicious roast pork baps were served.
All About Cake
A piece of artwork in itself, the amazing wedding cake was designed to look like a birch tree with carved details and flowers.
“At one point a friend had to stop one of the guests poking the cake,” laughs Danielle. “It was so realistic, she thought it was made from wood!”
“I was so excited about seeing Loz that morning, I didn’t feel nervous at all,” says Danielle. “Walking down the aisle and seeing my husbands face was priceless.”
“The Events Team were a dream and the owners of Blackwell Grange were amazing. They clearly have so much passion for the venue and were so accommodating to us.”
Advice from the Bride
“Don’t sweat about the small stuff! All you will care about on the day is marrying the one you love!”
Images © Simon Brettell Photography
To find out more about this exquisite wedding venue in Warwickshire, visit the Blackwell Grange listing page and start picturing your special day here.