Winter wedding photographer, The Dairy Barns, Norfolk
Emma had always wanted to have a winter wedding as it is her favourite season so when Nick proposed in New York on Boxing day in 2014, it made her want it more so. She wanted something a bit different and Christmas trees, holly and mulled wine was right up her street. Bellow is Emma’s winter wedding story in her own words.
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We both wanted a small, relaxed and rustic type of wedding. Stately homes and 3 course meals was our worst nightmare. We first visited our venue 'The Dairy Barns' in Norfolk when I was early pregnant with Daisy. We hadnt really found any venues that suited us up to this point. We once seen a leaflet on about this venue and the small rustic barn seemed perfect. Nick said 'it would be nice to get married here' and that was a done deal. We returned the week later to book. The fact it had gorgeous rooms on site we could hire out, a lovely bar and could accommodate the ceremony also was a hit for us and the owner Hannah made us feel so welcome.
We wanted a relaxed wedding, nothing formal or strict. I still was important to me, though, that it looked pretty, I wanted foliage and holly everywhere, pine cones and fairy lights. luckily my bridesmaid George owns
The little rustic wedding company, where I had full access to all her lovely things, not to mention her advise on everything, my own little wedding planner! I didn’t have a colour scheme, just a wintery/Christmassy theme throughout. From homemade tartan table runners, log slices, holly, foliage, reefs, tea lights and pine cones.
Bridesmaids dresses were a sage green floor length tulle skirt for the bottom and a sequin top. I loved them as soon as I saw them and they matched perfectly with the wintery theme wedding. For Nick and his best man Ryan, I wanted them to have a blue tweed suits seeing it was a winter wedding. After weeks of looking I did found the perfect suit. A blue classic herringbone plaid tweed suit. This was paired with a burgundy tie, brown brogue shoes and an engraved pocket watch.
I thought this would be the hardest thing for me to pick, but in fact turned out to be the easiest decision. I had in mind I wanted a 'shorter dress' as i felt like i wanted to move around easily and decided long trains were not going to be for me and our relaxed venue. I did try on all different styles of dress which only confirmed this decision for me. I felt like a child dressing up in adult clothes in long dresses! I found my dress on my first day of trying on, it was a short simple tulle dress, which I was able to alter and add to, to make it MINE and individual like I wanted. It had an open back and the entire dress was then covered in French lace including a boat neck line. The owner of the shop was fab and we worked together with a lovely seamstress to create my dream dress!
I wanted simple bouquets that reflected the wintery season so bridesmaids’ bouquets included pine cones, Christmas tree foliage, berries and white roses. Mine eucalyptus, foliage, berries, pine cones, red and purple roses and thistles. All looked very wintery. The groom wore a thistle button hole with red berries.
During and after the ceremony we had an acoustic singer from Norfolk, we went into an outside area where there were wooden barrels as drink tables, a hay bale sofa and heaters. Courtesy of The little rustic wedding company we had festive lighting all around and lanterns. Our tables were one of my favourite things. I bought different tartan material and a friend made them into table runners for me, a different tartan for each table. The left over material was used to make tartan and burlap bunting. On the table runners there was a large log slice and then a smaller one on which sat my hand made wooden reindeer, each with an engraved reindeer name to create the table name. These were one of my more expensive purchases but I love them so much and they will be admired for many Christmases to come! These were surrounded by stone and glass jars of different sizes with tea lights. Holly, berries and foliage finished the tables off for a Christmassy feel. The burlap and tartan bunting which was hung across the walls, along with more jars and tea lights. We had a large real Christmas tree and under it there was an old vintage sleigh for people to put in their cards, with old skates for decoration.
We wanted a relaxed atmosphere and a homely food feel so opted for sausages and mash with chocolate tart to finish. Plenty of wine was supplied. In the evening we had a live band as we wanted people to dance and really enjoy the evening. We also hired a horsebox photobooth, which travelled 4 hours just to be with us, which everyone loved and it looked fantastic on our working farm venue! The whole day was even more perfect than imagined, everything went to plan and our 14 months old daughter Daisy was as good as gold. One of my favourite moments was her dancing to the band holding so many pine cones!
…and of course our lovely photographer Daniela, thank you so much!!
Venue: Dairy barns
Florist: the venue owner Hannah Deane did the flowers
Dress: Noble & Wright
Groomswear: Jennis & Warmann
Cake: Lynn Stanley
Photobooth : Horse box photobooth
Ceremony (and afternoon) singer: Bill Downs
Evening band: Highway 21
Wedding décor: The little rustic wedding company
Wooden reindeer: Make something special