Stylish Christmas Barn Wedding with an Abundance of Greenery
What a treat I have in store for you today with the Christmas South Farm wedding of WWW readers Louise and Steve. Hooray! Yes, it may be Spring, but I am sure many of you are busily planning winter weddings and are on the lookout for winter wedding inspiration as well as Christmas wedding ideas.
They were hitched on the 20th December 2019 in the gorgeous Cambridgeshire countryside. I have been to weddings at South Farm and can confirm the setting is just glorious. The barns were transformed by Louise and Steve into a real winter wonderland with an abundance of greenery and romantic lighting. I adore the flowers, the stylish attire and the fantastic alphabetical table plan, genius!
Lee Allison Photography, thank you ever so much for sharing with us these tremendous images of a really lovely, happy day.
South Farm Christmas Wedding
Steve had been planning the proposal for a while, he had bought the ring and kept with tradition, asking Louise’s Dad (Andy) for his blessing.
The actual proposal was very lowkey, which we both loved (never being ones for public displays) … Steve hadn’t planned to ask the day he did, but we had had a lovely day doing the things we enjoy most. As we got back home I think he had a lightbulb moment that this was exactly why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.
Steve got down on one knee and asked the question, Louise thought it was a joke and eventually calmed down and said yes. Then we celebrated with a bottle of champagne at the local pub.
With the wedding being so close to Christmas we wanted a Winter wedding with Christmassy touches rather than a full-blown Christmas wedding.
When looking at florists Louise found Cissy from Wild Stems who had recently worked on a winter canopy which we loved and then planning started from there – we wanted lots of seasonal foliage and candles to create the warmth needed in December, plus we already knew South Farm had some tasteful Christmas decorations dotted around the venue.
South Farm in Cambridgeshire
Louise’s dress was from Morgan Davies in Hitchin – Louise was set on a long sleeve dress with it being winter. Louise and her Mum looked at a lot of designers and loved all Anna Kara designs so when we visited the shop we tried on a couple of different dresses, but knew the dress she chose was the one as soon as she put it on!
Steve’s suit, as well as the groomsmen suits, were from a brand called Twisted Tailor, based in London. These were a distinctly classic British wool suit with a modern ‘skinny’ fit.
The bridesmaid dresses were all from ASOS, which we chose because they offer a variety of styles and fits of dresses, but in the same colour. The diversity in styles suited the different body types of the bridesmaids. Finally, the Bridesman kilt was hired from MacGregor and MacDuff to honour his Scottish roots and the Scottish traditions of the family.
The Ceremony & Music
The ceremony was a civil marriage with 2 registrars from Cambridge Registry office, we wrote our own (very short!) vows and had a reading from one of Louise’s family friends from Captain Corelli’s mandolin.
Louise and her Dad walked down the aisle to ‘Every River’ by Runrig, a band from North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where Louise’s Mum grew up and her family still reside … Which has always been a family favourite.
On the way out we chose a song from The Hunna which we really liked as a couple and was more upbeat, signalling to start the celebrations!
Lee Allison was our photographer. Searching for a photographer was one of Steve’s tasks for the wedding (he works as an Advertising Creative so has an interest in photography) and after looking through a lot of photographers Louise was quickly losing interest! Luckily we found Lee and we just loved him. From portfolio and editing style to our initial conversations with Lee, we knew we were in good hands.
We really liked his shooting style, capturing genuine moments rather than poses upon poses. We felt he captured the day and told the story perfectly. He was also a lovely person and got on with everyone at the wedding so well – was a bit like having your friend take the pictures!
The Styling & Decor
All the stationery and the table plan Steve designed himself. We (He) chose to keep the theme of the designs minimalistic, subtle and premium.
The cake was made by Louise’s Mum (Lina) and her friend Lucy – both avid bakers! Since being at Uni together Lucy has always made a rice Krispy cake for each birthday/ special occasion – something we always really look forward to. So with it being one of our favourite cakes we decided to have it on our wedding day. Lucy made a tier of Chocolate Orange and a tier of Mars rice Krispy cake.
Louise’s Mum, who always made a lovely cake but never that often, made a Lemon Drizzle and an Orange Sponge cake. Thankfully since the wedding, she has kept up the baking and now makes one every week!
Flowers and general styling was done by Cissy from Wild Stems – we trusted her completely with our vision and let her run wild with our ideas. We were really happy with what she produced.
On boxing day 2019 we flew to South Africa and had an amazing few weeks in Cape Town and the Winelands, followed by a few days on safari. To finish off, we flew to Mauritius to spend a week relaxing after a hectic December!
Both of us were very surprised by how much we enjoyed the ceremony – we both say it was our favourite part of the day. Despite the fact 100 people were watching the ceremony felt so relaxed and like it was just the two of us and the registrar. It was lovely to be able to make that commitment to each other.
Our speeches were also a great experience. We decided to clear any potential nerves and held them before serving food. There were a lot of laughs and some tears throughout. What was great was that it gave Steve, his best man and Louise’s dad (Andy) the platform to thank everyone for joining us on such a special day, toast to those that couldn’t make it and relay the journey we had all gone on together to get to that day.
Advice For Other Couples
Make sure you eat some food and don’t drink too much wine!!
And just have fun with it – it’s such an amazing day which you will only get to do once so make the planning enjoyable too.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Lee Allison Photography
Venue Food & Drink
Lina and Lucy (Mum and friend)
Oh what joy! Didn’t Louise and Steve look amazing in their outfits too?
A massive thanks go to them both for sharing their amazing South Farm Christmas wedding with us.
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