With a September wedding date in mind, Lucy and Matt were on the hunt for an elegant barn wedding venue in Cambridgeshire where they could celebrate their entire day.
“We knew straight away that Bassmead Manor Barns was the venue for us,” smiles Lucy. “We loved the setting and when the doors opened to the Rickety Barn, I had goosebumps and Matt had to wipe away a stray tear! We also really appreciated the mix of indoor and outdoor space with seamless transition from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast and evening party.”
Design and Décor
With a stylish colour scheme of racing green, grey, silver and white, the happy couple adorned Bassmead Manor Barns in beautiful floral arrangements.
“The scent was divine,” says Lucy, “and it looked so luxurious.”
Highlighting the natural beauty of the venue, many of the decorations were made from wood, from an engraved wooden table plan to a wooden photo board and signage.
Acrylic signs were used for table numbers.
“I liked that they were different from anything I’d seen before,” explains Lucy.
All About Flowers
Beautiful floristry linked the areas of the barn together, from the rustic arch in the Rickety Barn to the same flowers in aisle ends and on centrepieces.
“There were roses and eucalyptus everywhere!” laughs Lucy. “For our centrepieces we used zinc cake plates to add height, along with pillar candles. The top table had the most incredible garland and we placed a eucalyptus sprig on each place setting. Finally, a eucalyptus tree in the entrance had beautiful hanging tea lights.”
The bride was stunning in a strapless gown with sweetheart neckline and pearl beading from Essence of Australia.
“It wasn’t what I was expecting to wear but I fell in love with it when I tried it on,” says Lucy.
She completed the look with pearl jewellery and a pair of pink suede Rockstuds by Valentino.
“I loved that they weren’t traditional shoes so that I could wear them after the wedding,” she continues.
Meanwhile, Matt and his groomsmen looked the part in navy suits by Ted Baker and the three bridesmaids were beautiful in taupe-coloured dresses by Dessy.
“They wore different styles which meant they all felt comfortable,” explains Lucy. “They also wore nude shoes from ASOS and silver Kate Spade bracelets.”
Order of The Day
Following their romantic ceremony in the Rickety Barn, Elderflower Cosmos and Berry Blush cocktails were served alongside delicious canapés. A harpist and singer, Cerian, delighted the newlyweds and their guests.
Moving in to dine, Lucy and Matt had spent a lot of time choosing the perfect menu. Pan-fried John Dory was served to start, followed by an amuse bouche and Beef Wellington for main course. For pudding, the trio of desserts proved a popular choice.
“Aside from the amazing Beef Wellington, there were a couple of stand out dishes,” says Lucy. “A vodka shot sorbet surprise course with dry ice was amazing.”
To welcome evening guests, a second drinks reception featured a martini bar serving espresso and passion fruit flavours. A four-piece band, ‘One Night Only’ filled the dancefloor with a folk / pop style and Lucy and Matt danced their first dance to ‘Latch’ by Andrea Begley.
“We heard the song before we got engaged and knew it would be our first dance song,” smiles Lucy. “Instead of a choreographed routine, we adopted a ‘freestyle approach’ – it definitely encouraged our guests to join us on the dancefloor!”
Wood-fired pizza was served and Lucy’s mum created a treat table with all their favourites, from fudge to cornflake cakes, chocolate-dipped pretzels and meringues – a sweet delight!
“The whole day was a series of giggles! I think our favourite moment would be sipping our cocktails just after the ceremony from the little room above the Rickety Barn, watching our guests while the harpist sang. It was truly magical.”
“Hayley at Bassmead thought of so many little details to make the most of our ideas. She moved and repurposed items which made the venue look incredible. At the end of the night we were so touched to find that the team had left us pizzas and cake to enjoy – it shows such an incredible attention to detail and was such a lovely end to the day.”
Advice from the Bride
“Remember that the day is about the two of you. If anything doesn’t go perfectly to plan… chances are that no one will even notice!”
Images © White Stag Wedding Photography