Modern Meadow Muse: A Brand New Barn Wedding Venue

Written by Emma Hla
Yes please to understated elegance.

We love this celebration of modern love in the British countryside, and Thirsk Lodge Barns in North Yorkshire is the perfect backdrop to this rustic inspiration.

After 15 months of building and renovating, this beautiful venue is opening their doors and if you fall a little bit in love with what you’re about to see then you can visit, in person! Take a look at their upcoming Open Day and Wedding Fair both of which can be found in our Event Diary.

Notes from the Photographer

Georgina says…

Thirsk Lodge Barns was the perfect backdrop for our modern day English alfresco meadow shoot. The newly renovated courtyard with an ancient olive tree at its hub made for the perfect dining space where guests can relax in a cosy chic space.

The editorial was very much for the modern couple who love the relaxed outdoor feel but still want a nod to the British meadow. Native British blooms creep up the old brickwork and stable arches of the barn and we wanted our bridal fashion to echo this free flowing, easy vibe.

Our colour palette was very much based on British blooms of Ammi and roses with lots of wild foliage. Think early summer, muted, with olive greens.

We used the beautiful Halo dress with Loretta sleeves by Stephanie Allin. The sleeves were very much an echo for the blousy flowing vibes of the meadow but keeping the overall shape a beautiful fitted silhouette, so still very modern. The bouquet and floral arch were designed around the sleeves.

Then a change into the amazing Annie Jacket and trouser for an evening dinner look, again the jacket was a beautiful flowing shape in keeping with the understated and not too structured feel for the shoot. This suit was paired with just a simple bouquet of cream roses.

Sticking to a largely muted green palette with a hint of dusky pink creeping into the florals, Tanya at Bureau Design designed some beautiful place cards and a stationery suite to complement our look. She used modern typography to give the overall look a more refined fashion look.

The amazing team at Weddings & Events constructed the amazing arch, the mini meadows dotted around the courtyard and the dream tablescape with fairylight canopy. The two bouquets were specifically designed around the two looks to complement and elevate the shapes and fabrics.

There are so many ways in which this look can be woven into a real wedding day. Our top tip is to look at the landscape around the venue – Thirsk Lodge Barns is surrounded by rolling countryside and meadows, so we wanted to bring those elements into the venue, elevating what is already there.


Venue Thirsk Lodge Barns

Photography + Concept Georgina Harrison Photography

Florals + Styling Wedding & Events

Stationery Bureau Design

Hair + Makeup Becca Hunton

Bridal Fashion Stephanie Allin

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