Real Wedding Feature

Caroline and Tom: April 2017

Couple by the Wisteria

All photographs have been taken by Rebecca Fulton at Fulton Photography

Why Ufton Court? 

We really wanted to have a barn style wedding and the Tithe Barn was stunning from the moment we walked into it.  We also wanted us and our guests to be able to congregate together and enjoy an enclosed space but without feeling cramped, the Courtyard offered just that and really meant that everyone would be able to easily mingle but without being far away from the main venue.  Another big factor for us was the ability to provide our own alcohol without a corkage charge.

Barn courtyard with Shepherd crook lanterns

Confetti - bride and groom

Style 

We didn’t have a specific theme but rather went for a rustic and informal style.  Aside from the festoon lighting which we hired, everything else was styled by myself.  I made all of our signage, wedding favours, table centrepieces and photo displays etc.  This was something that I really enjoyed and it meant we were able to put our stamp on everything and seeing it all come together on the day was incredible.  The lighting worked really well into the evening on the dancefloor.

Chair covers and runners: Ambience Venue Styling

Wooden pallet - order of service

Homemade table plan

The Ceremony

We had a civil ceremony in the Tithe Barn. As with the decor of the wedding, we wanted the service itself to be personal and a reflection of us as a couple, so we wrote our own reading which was read by my brother and we sang ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis (this was a surprise to our guests, as we had the words in an envelope on the chairs to be opened when instructed)!  Our music throughout the guests arrival, bridal entrance, signing of the register and exit was also all songs that meant something to us, which really helped to not only relax us on the day but gave the ceremony a personal touch.

Walking down the aisle

The Dress

I wouldn’t say I ever got ‘The One’ feeling when trying dresses on and that was because the dress that I tried on initially was totally different to MY dress!  I chose to add straps and a V style back to an originally strapless dress.  This meant I was able to incorporate styles from a variety of dresses and in the end made my dress completely unique.  Watching it all come together at each fitting was incredibly special and wearing it on the day with my hair and make-up complete was amazing!  My dress experience was made even more special, as one of my close uni friends owns a wedding dress shop so I got to share the experience with her.

Supplier – The White Boutique (Leamington Spa)

Bride and bridesmaids

The Flowers 

To tie in with the rustic/barn theme our table flowers had a slightly wild flower feel and we were not fussy about each centrepiece looking the same.  We incorporated pinks and eucalyptus to tie in with the bridal party colours.  For the bouquets it was important to me for the bridesmaids to have a similar version to my bouquet, giving them flowers as well as gypsophila, which they all really appreciated.  I also made sure my favourite flowers were in my bouquet and the florist presented everything so neatly, I actually got my flowers dried and made into a paperweight, for a lasting memory!  Our florist was amazing and delivered everything to the venue and the bridal party, they even filled six 3ft bubblegum balloons and arranged fresh flowers for the cake.

Supplier – Keri The Florist (Wallingford)

Bouquets

The Food & Drink

The Wild Fork were our chosen caterers and they were superb!  From the moment we met Chris and the team, we knew that their style and food was exactly what we wanted at our wedding.  Good food and drink was a high priority for us and they certainly delivered this, their staff were incredible and made sure that no-one went hungry or thirsty!  We choose a selection of canapes for after the ceremony, which were served with champagne for all guests.  As our wedding was in April, we opted for a meal that wasn’t too heavy and for our main course chose pork belly with a fresh garden salad and new potatoes.  The highlight was that we nominated one guest per table to carve the joint and they were given a striped butchers apron for the job…some of our guests were so attached to these that they featured as a dancefloor accessory!

Supplier – The Wild Fork

Drinks - canapes

The Cake

Our friend very kindly made our wedding cake, whilst not being a ‘professional’ her baking skills are exceptional and she delivered a stunning 3 tier lemon cake that was beautifully iced and featured a selection of our wedding flowers to keep the theme incorporated throughout all of the separate elements.  It was so nice to be able to involve our friends throughout our day and allow them to feel an even bigger part of our wedding.

Wedding cake

Naked cake

The Entertainment

Choosing our entertainment was something we really enjoyed in the lead up to the wedding – we went to some Open Mic nights in Oxford and found both our day and evening reception entertainment. Jen Berkova played an acoustic set after our ceremony, which was a chilled vibe whilst our guests mingled.  Ear Candy then performed for our evening entertainment, a four piece band that delivered 3 outstanding live sets and 3 DJ sets, the dancefloor was never empty and their energy and talent was simply brilliant.  I didn’t stop dancing and even bought some wedding Converse to ensure I could make the most of the music!

Suppliers – Jen Berkova and Ear Candy (Oxford)

First dance

 

The Photographer

We found our photographer whilst searching online and on Instagram, her style of photography really stood out to us and she delivered exactly what she promised – high quality, soft and natural shots.  It was really important that we had a variety of photos of our guests enjoying the day, rather than a series of staged photos.  We did take the usual group shots and had lots of fun taking the bridesmaid and ushers photos but where Rebecca really excelled, was in her ability to capture the fun and emotional moments from the ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, speeches and evening.  She made everyone feel very relaxed and many guests commented on how you didn’t even notice her being around, which I think is the perfect quality of a great wedding photographer.

We were very lucky with the weather on our day and managed to have all of our photos outside, the Wisteria in both the barn courtyard and around the back of the house provided the perfect backdrop for our photos.  Being able to use the other grounds for our couple photos was perfect, as it meant we were able to take some time out as a couple and some of my favourite photos are of us walking with the sun setting.

Supplier – Fulton Photographer (Rebecca Fulton)

Couple at the back of the house

Your advice to future couples

When planning your wedding day remember it is YOUR day, make sure you place your own stamp on it.  Seeing our wedding come together and knowing we had created all of it ourselves was so special.  Most of all though, soak it all up and enjoy every single second because the day itself goes so quickly!  I would love to experience our wedding day all over again!

Bridal party!

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