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laidback loveliness. a rustic wedding at owen house wedding barn – carly & wayne

April 20th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (47)

Today’s real wedding took place at Owen House Wedding Barn, a stunning family-run barn venue in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. A relaxed vibe was the number one priority for bride Carly and husband-to-be Wayne’s big day, and Owen House delivered with a low-key, rustic setting and a highly-personalised experience.

Add in some woodland details, lots of hessian and a jaw-dropping undone wildflower bouquet, and what you get is one of the most gorgeous easy-going weddings we’ve ever seen here at Brides Up North HQ.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Stella Photography.

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (42)

carly says: Wayne proposed on our first Christmas Day in our new home. He started the proposal 12 days earlier with the idea of the 12 Days of Christmas. I received a dozen white roses and then another present each day leading up to Christmas. On Christmas morning, Wayne had told me to get ready as we were going to our parents’ early on. In fact, he just wanted us both to be dressed when the camera he’d hidden captured the moment he got down on one knee! I couldn’t believe it; I kept saying “Are you being serious or are you joking?!” Obviously, I said yes!

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (9)

We were married on the 10th December 2016. This was one of only a few dates that our venue had available and it felt perfect as it was Wayne’s nana’s and stepfather’s birthday and was also very close to the date we first met.

We were married at Owen House Wedding Barn. The ceremony took place in their ceremony room and our wedding reception then took place in the barn next door. As soon as we walked in, we fell in love with it! We’d originally planned on getting married abroad but wanted to check out a venue or two in the UK before booking. This was the first and only venue we visited. We knew as soon as we left that first viewing that we wanted to take our family back with us the next day with a view to booking our wedding day. The style of Owen House is rustic and out of the ordinary; it matched our style perfectly.

In fact, we loved our venue so much that we didn’t want to overpower it with any sort of flamboyant decoration. We’re both very relaxed people and we wanted our wedding day to be the same, so we chose a rustic theme in keeping with the venue.

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (14)

Our colour scheme was mainly based around flowers. We used lots of hessian and wild pink and purple flowers. Our bridesmaid dresses matched the flowers and the groomsmen’s ties also matched. We wanted our colours and theme to be quite simple, so lots of natural woods, hessian and tea lights. We used tree logs as centrepieces for our tables and for our cake stand, again in keeping with the rustic nature of our venue.

A Rustic Wedding at Owen House Barn (c) Stella Photography (40)

After visiting a few wedding boutiques and not having much luck, a friend recommended a bridal shop in an old mill in Mottram where they sell one-off sizes and designs. I was lucky enough to try on only a handful of dresses before I found the one! It was a sweetheart/mermaid-style lace dress. I loved it on account of how it pulled me in at the waist and how I felt taller in it. Originally my mum was going to make my gown, but having tried this one on we decided to just do some ‘tweaks’. My mum made a lace style bolero to go over the top and added buttons down the back, which made it unique.

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What To Wear For Your Engagement Party?

March 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime


My very good friend and recently engaged lady Charlotte has been throwing a few blog topic demands requests my way of late, and since I’m officially on “team bridesmaid” I thought that I had better take heed.


Charlotte and Matt are hosting an engagement party shortly, and Char has been looking for some outfit inspiration.  Knowing that I spend half my time researching wedding pretty and the other half, ahem, online shopping (not really hubby – no overdrafts have been harmed in the writing of this post) she felt that I was the gal for the job.


So, what would you wear to your engagement party?  You want to look special, perhaps with a nod to bridal styling, but you don’t want to be too bridal – it’s too early for that and it’s just not cool.  Plus you’ll feel an idiot when all your friends turn up looking hot.  My advice?  Keep it on trend, pretty, a little flirty and a bit special.


Here are some of my picks from around the web and the great British high street.  I have to say it’s been a joy – there is SO MUCH gorgeous stuff out there, with particularly strong offerings from Reiss and Oasis.


Thank me later by picking a nice frock for me to rock on your big day Char!  This one is for you.  And the rest of you too!


Engagement Dresses


1  Whistles Josa Tiered Dress £175

2  Topshop Embellished Sequin Racer Dress £58

3  River Island Grey Lace Bow Shoulder Prom Dress £70

4  Reiss Serena Cutwork Applique Dress £325

5  Hobbs Invitation Belle Dress £189

6  Jaeger Knot Front Shift Dress £140

7  Monsoon Fusion Sugar Rose Dress £75

8  Oasis Oriental Print Dress £75

9  Warehouse Lace Dress £58

10 Reiss Kana Embroidered Top Dress £225

11 Miss Selfridge Peach Applique Midi Dress £65

12 Monsoon Lemon Lauren Pleat Dress £85

13 LK Bennett Tiffany Dress £185

14 All Saints Oyster Mini Dress £165

15 Reiss Nola Textured Lace & Floral Dress £225

16 Oasis Bird Pleated Dress £65

17 Ted Baker Renii Shoulder Detail Dress £129

18 Miss Selfridge Magnolia Floral Maxi Dress £50

19 Warehouse Chiffon Tapework Prom Dress £85

20 Oasis Scenic Full Skirted Dress £85



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