Real Wedding Feature

Nancy and Tim: October 2018

Couple with big smiles in the barn courtyard

Why Ufton Court?

We loved the beauty of the venue, it suited us both so well and meant we could dress it as we wished. We loved the fact that we had a lot of space to choose from and our guests could see all areas of the venue from the dropped garden at the back of the house and then the courtyard by the hall. It was all beautiful.

Couple walking towards the barn

Style

Our theme was ski themed because we got engaged whilst we were on a ski trip earlier this year (Feb 2018). We also incorporated a slight 1920’s twist on this to match my wedding dress. The table plan was the piste map of where we were when we got engaged, our confetti was fake bio-degradable snow and was in baubles (to act as “snow balls”). The place names were a pair of skis with people’s name attached, I made these myself and also the snow-filled baubles. We also created all of the signs ourselves – including the table plan. The centre pieces included birds of paradise, peacock and ostrich feathers to tie in with the 20’s theme. The peacock feathers were also in the button holes for the groom’s party. The rest of the flowers echoed autumn with their orange, green and white pallet.

Wedding breakfast set up in the barn

Snowballs hanging from the beams

Ski themed wedding at Ufton

Blankets outside the barn doors

The Ceremony

We had a civil ceremony and it was in the Tithe Barn with around 110 people. The music for the bridal party arrival was Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey and our walking out music was Latch by Disclosure. Quite different songs and genres but both close to our hearts as a couple. As a reading we chose a poem by Maya Angelou – Touched By An Angel. We wanted something quite poetic and not overly common.

Ceremony set up at Ufton

The dress

My dress was by Eliza Jane Howell who’s designs are very much inspired by the early 1900’s. I wanted something very different that suited my personality. The dress fit me perfectly and was completely beaded so had an added sparkle to it. This is then when I decided on a 20’s theme throughout the rest of the wedding.

Bride arriving - getting out of her car in front of the Manor house

Wedding dress detailing

The flowers

I had a combination of flowers and they were mainly light oranges and whites. With splashes of blue by including thistles and berries. We had two stunning large plinths which framed us for the ceremony and were then also used as a backdrop to the top table.

Flowers by: WillowTree Flower Design

Bride with her bridesmaids

Groom and ushers in the bar courtyard

The food and drink

We wanted our food and drink to be as relaxed as possible. As very sociable and family orientated people, we spend a lot of time enjoying food and drinks with our loved ones. One of our favourite things is a long meal in the summer – a BBQ! A BBQ can last all day in either of our parent’s households and we wanted to bring that kind of vibe to our day. We had steaks, salmon, halloumi skewers and chicken along with loads of sides. This was served “family” style – with all the sides on the tables and then the meat etc being served by the fantastic Total Hospitality team. Our welcome drinks including prosecco, lagers, ales and GIN. We’re big fans of gin so decided to treat everyone to a gin bar – it went down very well (a little too well in some cases!!).

Supplier: Total Hospitality

Ski themed table plan

The cake

We weren’t very traditional with our wedding cake, we didn’t really have one. Instead we included it as part of our dessert. One of our “how we got together” stories involved a cheesecake. Therefore we asked Total Hospitality if they could make a whole cheesecake for each table. The cheesecakes were then served whole and one member of the table would stand up with us and “cut the cake” with us. This was really fun for us and meant everyone had a part to play in our wedding cake 😊

Cheesecake made by Total Hospitality

The entertainment

The entertainment was another massive part of our day and we had to make sure it was good. We love listening to music and it often forms part of our long days of eating and drinking! The Chip Shop Boys had been recommended to us by a very close friend and when we saw their set list we knew they would be perfect. They played all of the old favourites that just make everyone get up and dance. We had people dancing all night!

Evening entertainment at Ufton

First dance

The photographer

Joshua Thomas-Powell (JTP images) was our photographer, he was perfect. We’d met Josh at a friend’s weddings and the shots were amazing. We loved the shot of us in the evening inside the porch of the main house. The video team worked with Josh to get the lighting perfect. There were a lot of funny photos taken throughout the day – they get funnier as the evening goes on…..

Bride and groom stood in the porchway of the manor house at night

Your advice to future couples

Remember that it is your day and to have things the way you want them. People won’t notice the tiny detail that you’re having nightmares about. Make sure people are fed, watered and entertained and you can be sure they will have a good time. Enjoy YOUR day with everyone you love the most – it goes so so quickly!

Couple stood with fireworks - a surprise from the bride's mother

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