April 13th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
The beauty of a barn setting is that it’s a completely blank canvas – no patterned carpets to work around or looming portraits from a bygone era, which may appeal to some but won’t suit everyone.
You can decorate such a rural setting any which way you like and today’s real wedding couple Lisa and James certainly put their own gorgeous spin on Park House Barn. Filled to the brim with guests (including 42 children!) and glowing with soft fairy lights, the barn was dressed for the occasion in a romantic botanical theme, which enabled Lisa and James to introduce their own style while letting the setting’s natural beauty shine through.
We love how a beautiful sunset is present at both their engagement and their wedding day – although, for those of us who married under a rain cloud, there’s a touch of envy at this poetic detail!
With images by Beecham Photography.
lisa says: We got engaged on a campervan holiday in the north of France. We had spent the day on a wine-tasting tour, where James insisted on buying a nice sparkly. We headed out on an evening bike ride to watch the sunset on a local vineyard, only for James to get off his bike and down on one knee, where he pulled out a ring box from his back pocket! I soon guessed why we had bought the expensive bubbles.
We got married on Saturday 22nd July 2017. We knew we needed a school holiday with James being a teacher and couldn’t believe our luck when the first weekend of the summer holidays was still available.
Our venue was Park House Barn at Heversham, although we officially tied the knot the previous day in a small ceremony at Kendal Registry Office. We fell in love with Park House Barn as soon as we saw the location and loved the relaxed feel. Overlooking the Arnside estuary, the views are stunning and on a sunny day you can see for miles. We knew the venue would suit our wedding style and it didn’t disappoint. We would 100% recommend it. I couldn’t imagine our wedding being anywhere but the barn; it really was perfect. We can’t believe how many people still talk about how beautiful it is there.
We chose a country, botanical theme. We dressed the barn in greenery with large trees placed in the barn’s corners. Lots of fairy lights gave the barn a cosy feel as the evening drew in. We knew the barn wouldn’t suit a style that was too ‘done’ and tried to keep the feel relaxed. We filled the barn with green and white flowers. The colours were an easy choice as we didn’t want to detract from the barn’s natural finishes.
Our wedding co-ordinator and barn stylist Emma from Emma Jane Weddings was the most helpful person to know when planning our wedding. She helped choose the style of the wedding, had a large selection of accessories to hire and was invaluable on the day helping everything run smoothly.
I wore my mum’s wedding dress when I married James on the Friday. She altered it for me on her sewing machine to turn it into a knee-length summer dress. It was so special knowing it’s what my mum wore on her wedding day. I was lucky enough to have a second dress for the Saturday ceremony. I found a dress on the sale rail in Marrime Bridalwear in Kendal. It was the first dress I had seen and the only one I tried on! I knew it was the one straight away; it was simple enough for the barn yet had delicate detail to show off the back. You have to think about the dress when you’re using posh portaloos!
June 27th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
When it comes to wedding themes, today’s is certainly different and this we like very much. Newlyweds Esther and Jake peppered their special day with subtle – and not so subtle – nods to their unusual theme: War of the Roses.
We’re talking dainty rose cupcakes, red and white paper bouquets, Lancashire and Yorkshire flags and games galore for the guests (tug of war anyone?).
Throw in the mesmerising backdrop of Park House Barn in Milnthorpe, an alternative wedding breakfast and an oh-so-pretty sparkler send-off for the couple, and you’ve got the makings for a truly memorable, fun-filled day. Read on and let the battle commence…
With images by Ian Brookes Photography
esther says: We got engaged on 10th October 2015, at the top of Helvellyn, the highest of the Eastern Fells in the Lake District. Jake booked us a weekend away at the Kings Head on Thirlmere for our one-year anniversary. We walked up Helvellyn on the Saturday afternoon, but Jake took us the wrong way so the walk took six hours instead of four! I threw many tantrums on the way up to the top – Jake kept coaxing me on, saying that he had a gift for me. When I opened the box, it was an 18-carat white gold ring with a princess cut diamond. Needless to say, I skipped down the bottom merrily, where we were greeted with a bottle of champagne in our lovely room.
Our wedding date was 22nd October 2016. This was the closest date to our anniversary that was available in the church we both wanted, Wythburn Church on Lake Thirlmere.
The church is located at the bottom of Helvellyn and near to the Kings Head, where we got engaged, so it has sentimental value to us. The church has no electricity or heating, so the service had to be conducted by candlelight. Members of our family and friends played flute, violin, accordion and guitar to accompany the service.
The reception was then held 45 minutes away at Park House Barn in Milnthorpe. This is a functioning cow shed and hay barn, which is transformed into a beautiful venue for certain months of the year. When we first saw it, it had a tractor inside so we had to use our imagination! It was large enough to accommodate our guests and fit with the desired look that we wanted. Plus, it was a DIY barn so we could make it whatever we wanted it to be.
We stayed on the wedding night at Heversham Hall, a listed building, situated near to the barn. It really added to the experience, and Lesley was an amazing host.
Our theme was War of the Roses as I am from Lancashire and Jake is from Yorkshire, and we often joke about the rivalry. When looking at our venue, we realised that it would make an amazing theme for the wedding – we even hosted our own battle on the day!
To complement the theme, our colour scheme was red and white to reflect the respective roses of both regions.
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January 30th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today on the blog, we have our umbrellas at the ready, as we meet a couple who show us how to make the most of a rainy wedding day in Cumbria.
Park House Barn provided the rustic backdrop to Charlotte and Anthony’s laid-back boho wedding, complete with a BBQ, woodfired pizza van, ceilidh, games and an actual cheese cake for a wedding cake.
With images by Jessica Grace Photography
charlotte says: We got engaged whilst on a road trip in south west USA. We were camping in the desert in Utah – Anthony had been planning a romantic proposal by the campfire on a starlit night, but on the night he’d planned, a storm hit. He decided to go on ahead and ask anyway, sheltering from the gales and rain in the tent! It was definitely unexpected!
We got married on Saturday 3 September. We both love that time of year – and we thought it was a good bet for some good weather!
We tied the knot at Park House Barn in the south Lakes. We chose this venue because it’s a stunning, rustic building, and we could see that it had so much potential. We loved the idea of just being able to do our own thing – and use thousands of fairy lights! We’re both from the north west and have always felt that the Lakes are a beautiful part of the world.
The general style was relaxed, fun, colourful and a little bit bohemian. An accidental vintage map theme also developed as everything came together! My grandfather used to draw these amazing intricate maps as a hobby, and I’ve just always loved old maps and atlases. As we have grand plans of a belated travelling-honeymoon in 2018, it seemed like a fitting theme.
There wasn’t a strict colour theme. The flowers were simply white wildflowers and gypsophila (with a few blush roses for the bridal bouquet) with lots of greens and herbs. We wanted to let the building and lighting to do a lot of the talking. We had rainbow umbrellas, colourful signs and multi-coloured macarons to add some colour and lots of fun.
My dress was by Anna Campbell, and we got it from Jean Jackson Couture NQ in Manchester – I’d seen it on the internet, and instantly fell in love with it. I’d tried a handful of other dresses on, but this one just felt so comfortable and natural. I think I was always going to end up in lace.
Anthony was keen to keep it simple. He bought about eight high street suits and then picked his favourite!
The bridesmaids were all in Needle and Thread dresses, which they picked themselves. I didn’t really mind what they wore, as long as they were broadly in keeping with the venue/vibe of the wedding, and moreover, that they were all happy. The groomsmen all wore navy blue suits, and ‘granddad’ collars – which was Anthony’s idea.
Our photographer was Jesse, of Jessica Grace Photography, who we heard about from a friend-of-a-friend. She did a brilliant job on the day – making us feel at ease and taking lots of natural photos, which is what we asked for. The weather was certainly challenging from a photographer’s point of view, but Jesse just got on with it.
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