Love my dress - & the venue!
Excerpts from Annabel's lovemydress.net blog.
Bride, Alice, runs through her day:
“We met in 2011 when we were both working for the same publishing house. We worked together for almost a year before we got together....
We chose the venue because I grew up in nearby Lowestoft, we were looking for a barn in a countryside setting and we were instantly drawn to how private it was (it was in the middle of nowhere essentially.). Nicole at Bateman's Barn did so much for us before, during and after the day. She was invaluable.”
...In the Charlie Brear dress showroom, as soon as I slipped on the Torum dress I knew it was ‘the one’ – it felt gorgeous against my skin and it moved beautifully – I loved how the small ‘puddle’ train just gathered on the floor behind me. It made me feel glamorous, elegant and very classic...
Our florist was Susan Fitch at New Beginnings in Bungay. She came recommended by Nicole at the venue. We wanted a mix of seasonal and wild flowers, in a variety of colours.
Nothing too formal, but lots of colour and a natural feel. We loved what Susan did. Especially with our vintage bikes, which was a special request...
During the ceremony and afterwards, we had the local Blythe String Quartet who played a selection of modern and classical songs.
For the covered courtyard marquee, we got some paper lanterns in blue, yellow and white (to add a bit of colour). Each table was named after one of our favourite books and our centrepieces were piles of old books with the chosen book on the top. My mother in law made lovely hessian table runners and a ‘Just Married’ banner for the top table and we sprinkled confetti made from chopped up books on all of the tables...
We trimmed the barn with gingham bunting, hurricane lamps and piles of old leather books. Jamie is a keen cyclist so we asked the florist to trim up two bicyles to display outside.
The day food provided by the venue using ingredients sourced from their farm – we had a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones (sweet and savoury) and homemade lemonade or tea/coffee – ending with champagne. All of our guests commented on how delicious everything was.
“In the evening we got a local fish & chip van to come to the venue – a nod to my Lowestoft heritage (Lowestoft is famous for its cod!) It was much needed nourishment for our hungry guests who barely stopped dancing all night.”
Read the full blog and see additional images of this inspiring wedding here»