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lucky day. a rustic vintage wedding at the out barn – rebecca & scott

August 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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There can be no finer start to your week than this stunning North West wedding. Taking place at The Out Barn near Clitheroe, Rebecca and Scott’s big day had an elegant vintage theme with little nods to the rustic setting in the form of cute homemade décor.

There are so many beautiful elements to this wedding but we can’t stop looking at bride and groom’s attire, with both looking like they’ve stepped right out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

With images by Hip to Heart Photography.

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rebecca says: We got engaged at our little flat in Leeds in May 2015, after a really tough week at work. Scott had spoken to me during the day at work to say that because I’d had a stressful week that he would be cooking me a three course meal to cheer me up as I was totally fed up! When I arrived home, there were photos from the five years we had been together hung on string all over the kitchen and living room which made me cry! After the dinner he then got down on one knee, up until that point I had no idea at all, then I didn’t say yes for about five minutes because I was crying so much! When I called my mum and dad to tell them they said they’d been avoiding speaking to me all week as Scott had been over earlier in the week to ask my dad.

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We set the date for 2nd July 2016. After getting engaged we were in no great hurry and so looked online at a couple of venues to get ideas. Before Christmas we went to an open day at The Out Barn in Clough Bottom. My parents live in Chorley so we decided to go for the week and visit the venue with my mum. We went to the wedding fayre, had a look around and were about to leave, when my mum said she wanted to ask about dates. They were booked until September 2016 except for one date in July, so we went for it and had a very busy 14 weeks ahead of us!

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Upon visiting we just fell in love with The Out Barn and its surroundings. We loved the character of the building too and the views are amazing!

Our theme for the wedding was rustic/vintage. We made all the decorations ourselves and we wanted everything to be a bit mismatched, as it suited how we are as a couple. We didn’t have a specific colour scheme to start with, it was only after we had chosen the pastel coloured material for the bunting that a specific palette emerged.

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When dress shopping I was stuck between a tea length or a long length dress, and due to timescales I had to pick fairly quickly. The shop I bought my dress from wasn’t actually one I had planned on visiting. After trying quite a few dresses, my mum came to visit, so I called The Bridal House, in Leeds, on the off chance they would have an appointment. I tried on some stunning dresses but still couldn’t decide between a short or long length. I showed Scott some pictures of dresses I’d tried but I knew I didn’t want. He said I looked amazing in them all but loved some of the long ones as they showed my figure off well, so that’s what made me decide on the length!

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Scott wore a brown tweed suit from Slaters in Preston. John who worked there listened to the image Scott had in his head and picked out the outfit – he hit the nail on the head first time. Scott’s best men wore a blue suit from Slaters with socks and ties to match the bridesmaids and pocket squares in the same material as the bunting.

My bridesmaids’ dresses were tea length designs in different colours that had full skirts from Chi Chi London.

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Our photographer was Laura Kate Bradley of Hip to Heart Photography, and Chelsea Shoesmith was second shooting for her during the morning prep, guests and ceremony. I know Laura from university and love all her work so asked if she would do it. I would highly recommend her as she worked tirelessly all day but just blended in, the photographs she took really captured the essence of the day.

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I had a bouquet of mainly roses in pastel colours from Forever Spring – a small stall based in York train station. The same florist supplied the flowers for the reception too. We had galvanised buckets filled with gypsophila and self-decorated milk bottles with roses in.

We also had a wall of photos with all of our memories on, which included the photos from when Scott proposed.

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As favours we gave out small bags of coffee – the same coffee was served throughout the day. We both work in the coffee industry so wanted this to show on the day. The company Scott works for supplied this for us – Bewley’s. We put a small poem on the front of each bag which also said that if the recipient didn’t have the right equipment to make the coffee, they were welcome to come to our new house, which we’re in the process of buying, to make it with us.

We also had a coffee bike supplied by Bewley’s for the day, which was manned by one of Scott’s colleagues, Scott Lannon. The bike was a much bigger hit than first expected, with coffee being served until late evening.

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For in need of a sugar-fix we set up a sweet stand featuring some of our favourite retro sweets, which guests could help themselves to.

We chose to have something different for our wedding cake, so instead of a sweet cake we chose to have a layered cheese from Pat’s Cheese Stall on Chorley Market. My mum decorated it for us and my aunty Heather knitted the mice that went on it. It was a wonderful surprise as we didn’t see it until the day.

We also opted against a traditional wedding breakfast and instead had a vintage tea party as we thought it would be more sociable and fitting with our theme. It was served on mismatched vintage crockery hired from Mead Vintage Crockery Hire. In the evening we had a hog roast to stick with the relaxed dining style. All food was supplied by Catermyevent.co.uk.

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For entertainment during the day we had initially planned for a lot of garden games to be played on the lawn – croquet, rounders, Twister, giant Jenga, giant playing cards and limbo. Due to the weather being bad running up to the day however, the grass was very wet so instead we set up the giant Jenga on the outside tables and limbo was done on the decking. We also played higher or lower with the giant playing cards. For the evening we hired DJ and photo booth via DJ Raf Mobile Disco, both of which provided a lot of fun.

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Following our wedding we would most definitely recommend The Out Barn to other couples. The picturesque settings of Lancashire, the building itself and the helpfulness of the team there were all second to none and a pleasure to deal with at every moment.

I can’t pick a specific moment of the day as my favourite as I loved every second of it. I had a permanent smile on face and wasn’t even nervous before the ceremony. It was amazing to have all our favourite people in one place to celebrate with us.

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We haven’t planned a proper honeymoon just yet as we are in the middle of buying our first house. We went on a minimoon to Tenerife the day after the wedding. It was a seven-night all-inclusive break, during which we had an amazing time eating and drinking as much as our bodies would allow, but all the work from wedding prep had finally beaten us and our average bedtime while away was 9:30pm!

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – don’t stress out during the preparation because on the day you’ll love every minute of it, even if things don’t happen exactly as you had thought and planned.

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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