Real Wedding Feature

Olivia and Owyn: April 2018

The top table - bride and groom

Why Ufton Court?

We loved Ufton for many reasons – the fact that it had beautiful grounds, the manor house and the barn made it such a varied venue! We knew we wanted a barn, but it felt like the movement throughout the day flowed really well so having the different spaces to use worked perfectly!

Bride and groom walking towards the barn - big smiles!


I always thought themes would be tacky – however my husband is welsh and as we weren’t having the wedding there we wanted to have as many little touches as possible. We had welsh slate, table numbers, daffodils and love spoons, amongst other things. The welsh slate signs are Owyn’s parents old roof tiles, which we wrote on ourselves, and the welsh table numbers and love spoons were from Owyn’s local town. We had spring blossom trees from Extremely lovely weddings – something that tied in with our home made wedding invites. Having trees and nature involved in the wedding was important to us both as we got engaged in Bracknell forest at ‘our tree’ from one of our early dates – so felt like we were tying everything in! The idea of spring and growth was something we capitalised on as well – from our flowers, the spring blossom trees and my dress – it all tied in!

Blossom Trees – Extremely Lovely Weddings

Lighting – BWH

Table centrepieces - Welsh numbers

Welsh slate - wedding hashtag

Bride and groom in front of fairy lights hanging from the rustic barn doors

The Ceremony

We had our wedding ceremony at St Joseph’s church in Newbury and then made our way in a coach (guests) and the Bramwith car (bride and groom) from Natalie Mitchel chauffeur. We loved having the classic car – something we previously didn’t think we would have as the time spent travelling between the church and the venue gave us some time to relax and get those nerves out the way!

Church ceremony - gorgeous flowers from Harrison and Green which were bought to Ufton for the wedding breakfast.

The Dress

I got my wedding dress as a sample sale dress from the ‘bridilicious boutique’ in Wallingford (sadly no longer open) it was not what I thought i would go for- WAY more princessey but as soon as I put it on I knew I loved it. Again, the embroidered branches up the sleeves tied in with the trees and spring decor throughout the venue. We have now donated it to a charity for people with terminal illness and I hope it can make someone feel as happy as it made me on the day.

Bride having confetti thrown at her

The Flowers

Karen from Harrison and Green did our flowers and they were one of the best parts of the day! We met Karen at the Ufton Court wedding fayre and had no clue what we wanted. At the first meet she had given us an exact run down of what we could do and we loved it! We had daisys and Paper-white daffodils (to give that all important welsh theme) with a splash of yellow in the bridal, bridesmaids bouquets and button holes. Karen also worked with Owyn to incorporate his Nannas earrings into my bouquet, which became my something old and something borrowed. However, the flower archways and top table flowers were by far our favourite. Karen embraced our spring theme – the flowers looked absolutely incredible and I couldn’t stop staring at them all. I cannot recommend her highly enough!!

Flowers: Harrison and Green

Bouquet - Harrison and Green

Flowers in wooden crates - Harrison and Green

The Food and Drink

Total Hospitality were our chosen caterers and we also met them at the Ufton wedding fayre – we were so impressed with their steak pie tasters we had it as an option for our mains! They were seamless throughout the day and all the food was delicious! Not only was the food amazing, but their presentation of it and all the drinks at the reception looked so good in the main hall of the house.

Caterers: Total Hospitality

Canapes - Total Hospitality

Drinks reception in the house - Pimms!

The Cake

We had two cakes – the traditional one my dad made. I gave him a picture of a cake I found on Pinterest with marbled grey icing expecting him to laugh in my face. But he did it and the cake looked and tasted amazing!! My mum made the penguin toppers – a family joke after Owyn and I went to the zoo in the early stages of our relationship (dad joke time – he’s a pengowyn…). We found the cake toppers online but they were over £300 for the pair! Yikes! So mum saved the day and made them for us and I think everyone will agree they are pretty damn good!

The cheese cake were all welsh cheeses – in keeping with our theme! Total Hospitality kindly assembled them and made them look as good as they did and Karen stepped in to spruce them up.

On the cake table we had a cross-stitch piece in a frame – this was a surprise I opened the morning of the wedding that my sister had spend the last 3 months making! It was such a lovely touch and made the cake table a shared family effort.

Cake table at Ufton

Penguin cake toppers

The Entertainment

We had a string quartet for the ceremony and drinks reception – Leos strings. They were AMAZING – such talented musicians and we loved them mostly because they played all sorts of fun music! We walked back up the aisle to an arrangement of Signed, Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder – and we still have the videos of my mum belting along to their version of Come on Eileen!!

In the evening we had the band Lo-Fi who specialised in modern and 90s music. They were brilliant – we didn’t want the party to end. In the gap between sets we had previously asked guests to request songs on their RSVPs so we played these. This was so fun as we had everything from Avicii to Tom Jones (the welsh contingent came out in their droves) and the dance floor stayed jam packed!

Entertainment in the Great Hall - String Quartet, Leo's Strings

Bride and bridesmaids in the evening

The Photographer

Our photographer was Michal Domarus. The reason we chose him from the many talented people we considered was because we loved his very natural style. He captured so many beautiful moments throughout the day we weren’t even aware of and the editing of the photos was stunning. Even if he did wind my mum up in the morning trying to take pictures of her in her polka dot dressing gown!

Bride and groom in the sunken garden

Your Advice for Future Couples

If you’re having an Ufton Wedding – go to their wedding fayres! That’s where we met almost all of our suppliers and we loved every one of them – Harrison and Green, Extremely Lovely Weddings, Total Hospitality, BWH events, Natalie Mitchell – and I’m sure there are some we missed out!

I got a lot of stick on the day for my love of spreadsheets but it really helped me focus our plans and kept our bridesmaids and groomsmen aware what was going on throughout the day. So although it got me teased a fair bit, it kept everything running smoothly!

Enjoy all the stages – but especially picking all your suppliers. In the run up to the wedding it’s so frantic you forget all the beautiful things you’ve got coming! The day goes so fast make sure you take your time out to enjoy the little things. I took 20 mins to sit and listen to the string quartet before the meal and watch people dancing and singing along. After the meal I really wanted to make sure I played a garden game so if anyone tried to talk to me en route to the Jenga I made them follow me and join in!

The best tip I got was the day before my wedding from the lady who did my nails – when the evening do starts don’t feel ashamed if you want to dance all night! People had all day to talk to me – if they wanted to talk to me after 8.30pm it had to be on the dance floor!

Couple - first dance

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