We think that you’re going to fall head over heels for today’s real wedding, set within the captivating Owen House barn in Cheshire.
Jess and Chris celebrated at this beautiful converted venue last summer surrounded by picture-perfect tractors, fields and bales of hay, all adding a hint of country wedding chic to their special day.
From pies and rag bunting to jam jars and pots of honey for the guests, there are plenty of original ideas here on how to host the perfect barn wedding with oodles of style and charm.
With images by Jo Bradbury.
jess says: Chris popped the question while we were in the Lake District, which is where we spent our very first holiday together as a couple. Chris bought Champagne, strawberries and proposed on one knee in our cottage. We went out to dinner and spent the rest of our engagement holiday exploring Windermere on boats, which we love.
We wanted a summer wedding so tied the knot on 23rd August 2015. We got married at Owen House Wedding Barn in Cheshire. We chose this venue because we wanted a barn wedding set in the countryside and also one that would fit in our large families and all our friends.
We thought that the relaxed country-barn-hippy style reflected us as a couple.
Our wedding colour scheme wasn’t fixed, which is how we wanted it – we had country flowers and peonies so there was a mixture of floral colours and lots of pastels, including blush pink, sage greens and light blues.
I chose a lace wedding dress from a tiny wedding boutique in Worcester. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! The gown was ivory, with soft lace all over and exactly what I wanted!
Chris wore a navy suit and white shirt from House of Fraser with a sage green tie.
Our groomsmen wore their own navy suits and the same sage green ties, which gave the wedding the mismatched look we wanted. We had eight bridesmaids and had considered putting them all in the same colour but thought this would look rather military, so we had four in sage green and four in nude pink.
We travelled in a vintage car, hired from Moss Farm near Mobberley Cheshire, which is also where I got ready.
For our photography, we booked Jo Bradbury. Jo was amazing and worked with Chris and I to cover all of the special parts of the day. She completely ‘got’ our vintage, pastel and country theme and the photographs really reflect this, too. We couldn’t recommend her enough.
I carried peonies provided by local florist, Maggie’s Flowers, attached to Owen House barn. We had country flowers in jam jars and floral verses in a range of different colours. These were also provided by Maggie’s Flowers. The jam jars and ribbons were provided by my beautiful mum; she was amazing at DIY!
For our favours, we gave out small pots of jam and honey. We chose a simple three-tiered fruit cake with white icing decorated with real flowers.
We had prosecco on arrival as well as a range of canapés. We chose pies for our main course to reflect the northern in Chris! And, finally, for our dessert we chose brownies and a range of cakes that our guests had made, served on cake stands with berries. This added a lovely personal touch.
For our entertainment, we had a wedding band from Manchester, who were fantastic and continued to DJ afterwards. A choir and close friend also sang during the service.
As a special touch, I presented Chris with a guitar during the speeches. This was his wedding present as he is very musical and he even played it later that day to our guests.
We used table names of all the places where we have lived and visited together, which was lovely.
For our decorations, we used rag bunting, which I couldn’t recommend enough – it added a nice splash of colour. Candles in jam jars with lace wrapped around them looked beautiful as dusk approached (again these were a DIY job, done by my Mum).
We also had some beautiful readings by some special friends and family members, with words that they had chosen for us. This meant a lot to us both.
We used as many independent suppliers as our contract with Owen House would allow. We would highly recommend family and friends helping with cakes or other bits for food as this really added a personal touch.
We would recommend the venue; it is a beautiful space and easy to dress up with minimal decoration. It has a lot of lovely spaces around the bar too, perfect for photographs of friends and family.
The church was our favourite part of the day – we loved saying our vows and walking down the aisle as a newly married couple. We also had a wonderful time together at the end of the day reflecting on all the lovely things people had done and said to celebrate our marriage.
For our honeymoon, we went to New York and Miami and had a wonderful time. We actually had a blessing in New York’s Central Park to celebrate our marriage. Weddings can be stressful to organise so we felt it was important to have a special moment – just for us – as well as the special moment we had already enjoyed with all of our family and friends. We got blessed in the Strawberry Fields in Central Park in our wedding outfits, then went to the Boathouse for champagne and dinner. We even got a bike around Central Park – it was all very romantic and so special; we couldn’t recommend this enough.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is: do it your way. Put each other first. And don’t let anything or anyone spoil your wedding day happiness and the joy of celebrating you as a couple.