Images by Adorlee.
Weddings at Southend Barns are always a joy to see and Emily & Adam’s big day is no exception.
With copper and peach vibes, their gorgeous Westie-poo fur baby in attendance and an abundance of Winter Pimms, this beautiful celebration is bound to put a smile on your face this Monday!
Notes from the Bride
When we were looking for a venue we wanted somewhere that you could have the ceremony and the reception in the same place so people could relax straight away knowing they wouldn’t have to go anywhere. We wanted somewhere which had the wow factor and also had homely cosy atmosphere.
When we found out Southend Barns was booked up for the following summer, we decided to have our wedding in January 2016 and embrace the winter wedding theme. I started to imagine how beautiful our day could be with wintery blue skies, fire pits, faux fur and warm winter Pimms. This was definitely the place where our visions could come true.
Our guests even now over a year after our wedding don’t stop talking about Southend Barns, everyone we speak to says just what an amazing venue we chose to hold our special day.
Also it has to be said the service we received from Alice was great, she made us feel special and nothing was too much trouble.
As we were having a winter wedding this was our main inspiration. We also really like metallic colours so we decided to choose copper as our metallic and main theme colour.
Back in 2015 when I was trying to source things of the copper colour it was actually quite difficult as the trend hadn’t really set in, now if I was planning a copper wedding there would be things everywhere for me to choose from!
Images courtesy of The Green.
Oh we do so love The Green in Cornwall, it pretty much has everything you need; outside and inside ceremony options, beautiful vistas, a lake, marquee, quaint cottages and a big party house! So we think you guys are going to fall just that little bit harder when you see their new beautifully restored barns available for your wedding day celebrations.
It’s been a busy 12 months for the team at The Green, but they’re ready to share all the details of their fantastic new reception rooms.
The Really Rustic Barn
Kate says, “We’re so happy to be sharing a sneaky peek at our latest addition to our collection of lovingly restored barns. We know that some of you want a space that you can style for yourselves and the Really Rustic Barn is a perfect opportunity to do just that.”
Licensed for your ceremony and available for a drinks reception this space is yours to make your own. The room is large and has huge doors opening on to the views. It’s walls are made of brick and tin sheeting so we’re definitely crushing on the industrial vibes. They have provided festoon lighting but the rest of the décor is completely up to you! This barn is a little less glamorous and polished than their other indoor function spaces, but if you are feeling brave and like something with a bit of an edge then we think you’ll kinda love it!
The Really Rustic Barn also provides a lovely background for wedding photos on these rare but inevitable really rainy days.
Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography.
There seems to be a running theme to the blog this week; topics that focus on couples celebrating their love in their own style, written by women I utterly admire.
Today we’re joined by celebrant Tamryn from Wild & Oak and this wonderful lady can create the most beautifully bespoke wedding ceremonies. Tamryn says “Your wedding is the start of a new chapter so a ceremony that tells your unique story is sure to be memorable, wonderful and downright brilliant.”
Celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in any location, at any time and they can take any format or style you want with content that’s special and meaningful to you. You don’t have to follow any traditional outline or include any legal words, it’s just about creating your own vows and promises to each other, in a location of your choosing. Pretty lovely right…?
If this sounds like your kind of ceremony then Tamryn has kindly created an awesome list of venues you could consider – from unlicensed venues to gorgeous gardens. We’ve also got six simple tips to get you started on planning your celebrant-led ceremony!
But before you dive in… Wild & Oak is offering all Coco readers a £50 discount on wedding ceremonies, vow renewals and marriage celebrations. Just read on for all the details!
How to Hold your Wedding Ceremony at an Unlicensed Venue
Wild & Oak:
Well hello there and oh my goodness, I’m so excited to be here today. As Emma’s mentioned, I’m an independent wedding celebrant which means not only do I have the best job in the world but I also get to visit lots of fantastic wedding venues so I feel as if Coco is my spiritual home!
If you’re wondering what a wedding celebrant is, let me explain – we’re here to conduct personal ceremonies and celebrations for couples and families. We’re not tied to any religion or any location and we don’t have to include any specific words or rituals in the ceremonies that we write. So, in short, whatever, whenever and wherever you want to get married will be just fine with me! Whilst I sadly can’t legally marry you, I can give you a wedding ceremony, vow renewal or wedding celebration that’s entirely yours and, for that reason, celebrant-led ceremonies are becoming more and more popular.
You see, when you work with a wedding celebrant, there are no rules. You can involve anyone in the ceremony, you can say what you like, you can include (or exclude) any of the traditional wedding elements and, importantly, you can hold your ceremony absolutely anywhere and this, lovely Coco readers, is probably one of the very best bits about working with a wedding celebrant – we don’t need a venue to hold a wedding licence.
Yes, you read that right – wedding celebrants can (and do!) conduct ceremonies anywhere. So, if you thought that a particular venue, glorious garden or meaningful spot was off the wedding venue shortlist, think again.
Image by Matt Willis Photography.
We know our couples are always looking for more when it comes to their wedding venue – more flexibility, more details, more intimacy, more personal touches and more of an experience for their guests. With the latter point in mind, we’re focusing on wedding weekends; where to host and how to plan a weekend-long celebration.
Helen Hopkins owner of Pudding Bridge specialises in design-led country house weddings filled with creative details. She’s passionate about organising epic extended celebrations and she says “why limit yourselves to one day when the party could last an entire weekend?!”
We wholeheartedly agree, so Helen has some top tips for picking the perfect wedding weekend venue!
Notes from Pudding Bridge
I love a good wedding and in the industry, we are seeing more and more couples who want not one day but an entire weekend celebration. Extending your wedding means that you get to spend so much more time with your guests and really enjoy every minute.
The most common comment from couples after their big day is that it that the day went way too fast! By hiring a venue from Friday until Sunday you can fully maximize your time celebrating.
I love a country house wedding but there are so many options of venues that allow you to be there for the entire weekend. Perhaps a farm with glamping on site..? Or even a city celebration..? So if you’re planning a wedding weekend, here are a few areas to consider when picking your venue.
When you are planning a wedding which takes place on just one day, often couples want to find a venue in a certain area. Perhaps where they live or where they grew up.
The beauty of picking a space which is used over an entire weekend is that it can be anywhere. In fact, I recommend that it is somewhere that’s new to many or most of your guests. You don’t want people checking emails or dashing off to pick up the kids, you want your guests to totally relax and see it as a weekend getaway.
Think about picking somewhere you have spent a holiday or just somewhere you love!
Images by Captured by Katrina.
Twyning Park is a Grade II listed manor house overlooking the beautiful river Avon. The oldest part of the house dates back to the mid 17th Century and boasts a wealth of original features – oak panelling, sash windows, ornate stairways, beautiful fireplaces, ornate cornicing and an Adams fireplace in the drawing room… there are little treasures to be discovered in every room.
There are 5 acres of grounds to enjoy and explore including the two main lawns, rose garden, secret garden and river meadow with private access to the river Avon.
Twyning Park is primarily a family home to 3 generations of the Simmons family. After holding several large celebrations, including family and friends weddings, the owners realised how well suited Twyning Park is to hosting fabulous parties, elegant dinners and ultimately exceptional weddings and have decided to share their home on an exclusive hire basis with couples looking for somewhere to create their perfect day.
Last month, the venue opened it’s doors and welcomed couples to their very first Wedding Open Day. In partnership with West Country Marquees, bride & grooms-to-be enjoyed a glass of fizz (or two!) and soaked up the inspiration and advice from a range of award-winning suppliers. If you missed this event, then fear not because we’re lucky enough to be taking a peek inside thanks to Charlotte, custodian of the venue, and Captured by Katrina.
Notes from Twyning Park
Individuality, creativity and a celebration that is unique to them – that’s what our couples can expect from their wedding at Twyning Park. We only hold a small number of celebrations here per year. This maintains our exclusivity and allows couples the flexibility to be really creative with their day. We don’t have packages, charge corkage or insist couples use our preferred suppliers. We believe that couples should be able to create a day that fits their style, personality and history and at Twyning Park we love nothing more than something a little bit different.
Weddings here are relaxed affairs where Twyning Park becomes home for our couples, their friends and families. With an average of a three day hire period, there is no need to spend any time on the big day rushing around. The styling and preparation can all be done the day before and with no early morning checkout time the celebrations can continue the day after the wedding, allowing suppliers plenty of time to pack up, and couples and their guests the opportunity to reflect on the day over a bacon sandwich or barbecue.