Sammy and Simon’s super colourful summer wedding at Upwaltham Barns was a real family affair. With close family ties to the Barns, and the fact that Simon is sous chef with Nibbles2Nosh, there was no doubt that this would be a spectacular wedding full of fun and feasting and fantastic decorations.
Finding ‘the one’
After a gorgeous proposal in a local vineyard, there was never any doubt that Sammy and Simon would host their wedding at Upwaltham Barns.
“Upwaltham Barns is stunning, and we are so privileged to have it as a family venue. It’s exactly the type of venue that we would have picked for our wedding reception anyway because it’s so beautiful.”
Styling Upwaltham Barns
Sammy always thought that she would style her wedding with traditional shades such as whites, creams and greens but, after seeing a brightly coloured wedding, she decided that this fun vibe was exactly what she wanted for her own big day.
As a nod to Simon’s role as sous chef, there were lots of herbs in a multi-coloured pallet, herbs and flowers on the banquet-style tables and 1,000 paper cranes, made by Sammy’s brother, decorated the South Barn.
“We really wanted to personalise our day, so we added a Gin Bar. The bar itself was made with barrels and a glass top and we picked our favourite gins and fruit for guests to enjoy. We also added a biscuit bar, a twist on the traditional sweet cart. We bought loads of jars and dishes to display a variety of biscuits during tea and coffee.”
“I LOVE peonies and tulips, so I asked for these in my bouquet. Peonies were just out of season, so I had David Austin roses instead and they looked lovely. My bouquet was breathtakingly beautiful and 100 times better than I ever could have imagined, as were all the flowers supplied by Spriggs. We literally couldn’t have been happier with all the flowers on our day.”
Dressing for the occasion
“It immediately felt right, everyone beamed and then the veil went on and the realisation that I was a bride hit me and we all teared up. It was quite a special moment.”
Sammy’s bridesmaid wore a gorgeous green dress from BooHoo and her three bridesmen all wore suits with different coloured bow ties.
Simon was the perfect summery groom in a cream linen blend suit from Marks & Spencer with a colourful Liberty tie and pocket square. The groomsmen wore ties, to contrast with the bow ties of the bridesmen and all the guys wore matching pocket squares and matching shoes.
The wedding day
Sammy and Simon held their emotional ceremony at Upwaltham church, just across the road from Upwaltham Barns. The hymns and readings created a wonderful atmosphere and the couple, and their guests enjoyed every moment.
Back at Upwaltham Barns, the celebrations started in style with a mouth-watering selection of canapes that included bourbon glazed pork belly, sun blushed tomato and mozzarella tarts, sesame crusted chicken strips, wild mushroom tartlets, smoked haddock and leek tartlets, prawn and chorizo skewers, halloumi fries, and goats cheese and marinated beetroot on poppy seed biscuits. Guests were entertained by steel drummer Alex Clifton in the courtyard as they enjoyed their drinks and canapes.
Food definitely played a big role in Sammy and Simon’s wedding day. Their wedding breakfast featured peppered duck breast with a pea, wild mushroom and marsala ragu served with hasselback potatoes and seasonal vegetables with a delicious trio of desserts. The couple also enjoyed a fabulous chocolate wedding cake by Purita Hyam that stood on a cake stand that was made specially for Sammy and Simon by one of their friends.
“We danced to Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Only You’ for our first dance because the lyrics describe our relationship perfectly. We chose DJ Paddy from Boombox Disco for our evening reception and when he DJ’d for our staff party a couple of years ago we knew immediately that we wanted to hire him for our wedding. He knows how to fill a dancefloor and was able to adapt to the vibe in the room as the evening progressed.”
Guests were treated to more fantastic food during the evening including a topside of beef, smoked jacket potatoes and an irresistible cheeseboard.
Weddings tips & advice
“If we could do it all again, we’d hire a videographer or, at the very least, designate someone to film the key moments for us. So much is going on during the day that you miss quite a lot and so it would be nice to be able to experience it again and to be able to watch our guests’ reactions.”
“My top tips would be to print your speeches before the day and to definitely play music during the dinner. Make sure you take ten minutes out of your day to spend time together – we chose to do this during canapes to make sure we ate too! Finally, when it comes to your table plan, don’t seat people based simply on how close you think they should be to the top table. Seat guests with people they can chat to make sure that everyone enjoys themselves and this will create the best atmosphere in the room.”
Images courtesy © of Danni Beach Photography
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