Charlotte Balbier

home on the farm. a rustic outdoor wedding in the north west – sarah & jonny

October 10th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Our lovely featured bride Sarah achieved her dream of a marquee wedding at home on her family’s farm complete with beautiful rustic touches and a fairy tale horse-drawn carriage.

Inspired by farming home life and pretty Pinterest pics, Sarah and her team of helpers, decorated the plain marquee with beautiful blooms, bunting, log slices, milk churns and creamery jugs to make her vision a reality.

The entertainment was on form too with a live band, DJ, ice cream van and white bouncy castle no less.

So, join us as we head down to the farm for this fun and fabulous big day…

Images by David Millington Wedding Photography.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

sarah says: We got engaged on Christmas day evening. We had already opened presents but Jonny said I had missed one hidden in the Christmas tree. I think at this point Jonny had run off into the next room, when he reappeared he had tears in his eyes. I think he popped the question, but I may have already said “yes” by that point!

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Our wedding date was 17th June 2017. We had our ceremony at the beautiful St Michael’s Church in Cockerham. We chose the church because it’s just five minutes from my family’s farm and a marquee wedding reception was my dream.

I decided to go for a farming theme – living on the farm gave me lots of ideas. I opted for plain flooring, a pallet fronted bar, and made metre after metre of hessian flag bunting whilst I was on maternity leave. I collected creamery jugs, borrowed milk churns from my mother-in-law and the log slice table centres were sourced and cut by my brother. Straw bales for decoration and seats were from another local farmer. We browsed charity shops and collected jars to decorate. I found Pinterest really helpful for ideas.

I was advised not to get too hooked on a particularly colour scheme and so chose to keep everything quite neutral. My bridesmaids’ dresses were not the same colour as the groomsmen’s cravats, we just had pinks, lilacs and creams, which fitted perfectly.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Finding my dress was a bit of a challenge. I’d looked around some local wedding shops but nothing wowed me. We then went to Amelia’s Bridal at Clitheroe, the whole shop and team are amazing. The girls really know how to make you feel individual and special. It’s really relaxed, but the boutique is stunning! I knew as soon as I found my dress it was the one.

Jonny wore a grey suit with an ivory waistcoat, which we hired.

The bridesmaid dresses were sourced online (massive risk I know, but it paid off!). The only thing that was altered was the length, my girls said they fitted well and they all looked beautiful!

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Elegant Carriages supplied our wedding transport – a stunning new Landau Carriage pulled by two grey horses, Stella and Rose. It really did feel like a fairy tale, it’s an experience we will never forget.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Our wedding photographer was David Millington. I can’t thank David and his wife Sara enough. The moment we met, and even more so when we got our engagement shoot photos, I knew we’d made the right choice. There are wedding photographers, then there is David – a true professional but at the same time makes you feel like you’ve known him all your life! Appearing at our door with a bottle of Prosecco to look through our wedding photos just sums him up, now I have memories to cherish forever thanks to David.

We also had our day filmed by videographers Marriage in Motion. Daniel and Lauren did an excellent job and worked well alongside our photographer. The drone images were particularly impressive, capturing the carriage rides to and from church.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

My aunty was my florist, I simply showed her images from Pinterest, looked through a couple of her florist magazines and away she went. From the centrepieces, which were a mixture of creamer jugs, to the bouquets and button holes, and of course our milk churns, she really did bring my vision to life. The arrangements were simply stunning! Most of the flowers in church were then taken to the marquee to help decorate the space.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Prior to the wedding, my mum and I spent ages in the kitchen baking cookies in the shape of tractors and cows to give as favours, which continued the farming theme.

Our cake was a four-tier creation of various flavoured sponge cake, decorated from top to bottom with a sweeping flower garland. It was made by a local independent baker Caroline Hoyles of Creative Cakes. The cake was delicious and looked awesome.

We also had a cheese cake in the evening supplied by Dewlay Cheesemakers of Garstang.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

As an extra treat, we hired an ice cream van from the neighbouring Wallings Farm, with the sun shining it was just perfect!

Our caterer was Newfields of Lancaster. David and his team did an exceptional job, I’m told the canapés were amazing although we didn’t get to sample any ourselves! We chose David because he was local and came highly recommended!

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Entertainment-wise, we had a band and DJ in the evening. They were a local amateur band, The Flatliners, with the lead singer being a close family friend. He was also a wedding guest. It was their first ever wedding, and they smashed it! From playing their version of Coldplay Sky full of Stars as our first dance, to getting the young ones and my grandparents on the dance floor, they had the marquee bouncing!

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

Our marquee was hired from Evans Marquees of Lancaster, who we would recommend to other couples. They brought the marquee for Wednesday so we had enough time to dress it – once it was dressed it was perfect!

Classic Chambers supplied the loos. The customer service they provide is great – they even managed to put some of our images from our engagement shoot in the loos, much to the delight of our photographer! They also postponed picking up the loos till 5pm the following day as we had a surprise party for my mum’s 60th. Would definitely recommend them to anyone having an outdoor wedding.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

On the actual wedding day, I was surprised how relaxed I felt, I thought I’d be nervous, but I just wanted to get to church. I was very excited; I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much as I walked down the aisle. I don’t know if it was nerves, but as my dad and I reached the front I said to Jonny “Thanks for coming”, which the vicar found hilarious so repeated it to the whole congregation. Everyone was laughing and it helped us relax I think.

Looking back I don’t think I could pick out a favourite part from the wedding, the whole day was just perfect. The sunshine was glorious. The journey in the horse-drawn carriage, cantering across the field to church was definitely unforgettable. Jonny’s brother Matt welcoming us into the marquee with everyone clapping did bring a tear to my eye. The speeches were another highlight; my dad, Jonny and Matt did a brilliant job; there was laughter and tears, so job done. The first dance was big for me too; anyone that knows Jonny will know dancing and public speaking are definitely not his thing, but he just kept surprising me all day, I really couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

We weren’t planning on having a honeymoon straight after the wedding but we had a short break to Majorca. Next year we’re heading to Florida.

Sarah & Jonny's Wedding

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be – delegate and don’t get too wrapped up in the little details.

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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