I’ve got to tell you, I ADORE New Year weddings and this one is just impossibly glam. Lucy and Barney got hitched on the 30th December 2016 at Bridwell Park and followed their nuptials with an NY party the next day. Lucy looked sleek and simply beautiful in her classic Pronovias gown and Barney wore an very handsome wool suit from Cad & The Dandy. The girls are every inch the glamorous bridesmaids and what winter wedding would be complete without fur stoles?
Lucy and Barney’s wedding is so light and bright, which isn’t always the case with winter weddings. They did such a fabulous job of making their day reflective of the season without it being overly themed. The clear roofed marquee is just brilliant and all the fairy lights make for the perfect starry winter night sky. I love the subtle deer theme and the gorgeous neutral florals. This wedding may look all elegance and glamour but brides and grooms to be, take careful heed of Lucy’s advice regarding Espresso Martinis!
Thank you very much to Photography by Krishanthi for providing these wonderful images.
THE PROPOSAL | On a Rainy Friday in June Barney and Lucy drove to back to Barney’s family home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, for what Lucy thought was a family birthday celebration. Once we arrived home we went to take the dogs for a walk. Little did I know that whilst I was distracted by Labradors Barney has crept upstairs to grab the ring! The heavens had been open all day but we carried on anyway, through a wood and up to the top of the local hill looking out over the Severn Valley. Barney recalls he never doubted it would clear at just the right moment and, sure enough, once at the top the clouds cleared and Barney, avoiding the soggy Labradors who were eager to get involved, got down on one knee as the setting Gloucestershire sun provided the perfect backdrop…..
THE VISION | A winter NYE wedding weekend was first mentioned when we had just started going out together, 5 years before our engagement. When Barney proposed in June, although we knew it would be tight, it looked liked new years eve 2016 was going to give us the perfect weekend for our wedding, so we wasted no time.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Giving ourselves just over 6 months we planned our winter wedding on Friday 30th of December with a New Years Eve party the following day.
When I saw the carpet and the walls of the orangery of Bridwell It was like they had been painted and laid for us.
Bridwell is a deer park and that remained a strong theme throughout the wedding including our snowy deer scene photobooth, our ginger deer pub sign (tribute to the deers and my husband!) and deer antler artwork throughout including personalised door knobs (Lucy sells these) as name places.
BUDGET | We tried to stick to a budget of £30,000. We did end up going over and in the end it probably did cost about £35,000.
THE VENUE | Myself and Barney had decided we wanted a venue that we could put our stamp on. Bringing everything in ourselves. We were looking for something quite unique as we wanted somewhere that was a wedding venue but didn’t seem like a venue. Bridwell Park ticked all our boxes. In having only a certain number of weddings held there and limited to one over a weekend we were able to hire the house for the whole weekend and feel at home. Although there is recommended suppliers you are left totally in control of if and when you use them. We are not particularly religious but love the look and feel of a church wedding service. Once we had seen the chapel within Bridwells grounds we were sold. We were able to have a civil ceremony with the romantic setting of a chapel. We knew the ceremony would be a tight squeeze due to the amount of guests we were fitting into the tight space. We tried to create a cosy intimate ceremony lit only by candles. the thick mist outside the windows as a backdrop created a warm romantic wintery start to the day.
ACCESSORIES | A gift from my bridesmaids was a bracelet, it was my something blue and was from Monica Vinader
I wore two bracelets and the other was from my mum and dad as a wedding gift on the morning of the wedding. Mum found it in a small vintage jewellery shop and was my something old.
Shoes – silver from LK Bennett.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had an idea of what I thought I wanted from various photos i had seen on Pinterest. I spent a day with my two sisters and mum trying lots of different styles on. I saw a dress in our second shop and decided to try it on. It was definitely the wild card of the various dresses I had accumulated to try on. Once I had seen it on nothing else compared. I loved everything about it from the thick waffle material the embellished belt and especially the sparkles on the back. It was a classic style dress with a little twist and although not something i was looking for when i set out that morning it was so very me!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Barney wore a blue Donegal wool suit (a wool bespoke to Cad and the Dandy).
THE READINGS & MUSIC | A friend of mine and Barney’s, Bex Johnstone sung as I walked into the chapel and during the signing of the register. We had a band Bill Ding and the SkyScrapers.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had been looking for a grey dress for the bridesmaids and when i stumbled across the silver tide embellished maxi dress from Gina Baconni it was perfect.
THE FLOWERS | A frosty icy theme was what we were going for with icy greys, whites, frosty greens and then a dusky pink/lavander colour mixed in to bring in the warmth. I fell in love with earl grey roses which were white with a dusky grey centre which complimented the theme perfectly.
THE CAKE | Our two friends made the cake for us.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We’ve had so many comments on how well Krish and Joey captured the whole day from the morning right on through to the party. As a bride and groom you are so busy throughout the day you do miss certain funny stories. It is great to look back through the photos and see the day from different angles.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Food – I found Posh Nosh on Bridwells recommended list and from the moment the first (of many) emails was sent to the end of our second night party (NYE) they were such a professional company that made our weekend run like clockwork with lots of yummy food! We were never made to feel a nuisance even when we changed our food choice for the 17th time! Being just after Christmas we decided everyone has eaten their fair share of turkey and all the trimmings so we decided to have lamb. we served butternut squash soup, Slow Roasted Rosemary, Thyme and Garlic Shoulder of Lamb (pull apart rather than carve) on each table with mustard leaks, creamy mash and crushed mint peas followed by apple crumble and chocolate brownies.
Marquee – We added the marque onto the orangery of Bridwell and it was an amazing reception area which housed a round bar, a chill out area and our photobooth. The clear roof and fairly lights created a great atmosphere within the marque.
THE HONEYMOON | We drove back from Devon and stayed at Penny Hill Park near Gatwick airport for a night to truly relax in the spa and enjoy the lovely food before flying to Sri Lanka the next day. We spent 12 nights in 6 different places around Sri Lanka and had the most amazing time exploring the diversity that Sri Lanka has to offer from beaches to safari to cultural experiences there really is something for everyone and it also caters for all budgets.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I have a few memorable moments from the day. My first and most favourite one is turning round in the chapel and having every inch of the building covered with all our friends and family. It was such a perfect venue you really felt that everyone was there saying those vows with you.
Another one that sticks out is the reading my brother did. We gave him no brief and knew he would come up with something special. His poem personalised to myself and Barney did not disappoint. We hadn’t heard it before the day and it was so lovely to hear with all our friends and family around us.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | we found it so hard to cut our budget once we had our guest list. Looking back I think the easiest way to cut down on a budget is to really think about your numbers. The food is a large chunk of the budget and its usually done per person. The less people you have the less it costs!
Remember that the day is about the two of you. So many times I caught myself thinking about what everyone else would like and how to accommodate every one of our guests from our flower girl to our grandparents. At the end of the day just do what you both like and I’m sure all your guests will love it too.
We offered espresso Martinis to our guests after the meal. This was great as it really picked people up and also was great as a welcome drink to our evening guests. However, 150 slightly drunk people with espresso martini glasses and a white dress do not mix! I ended up with it all over me! I would probably serve it in a glass that holds the cocktail better if I were to do it all over again!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography & Videography | Photography by Krishanthi
Venue | Bridwell Park, Devon
Marquee | Hatch Marquees
Catering | Posh Nosh
Dress | Pronovias
Make up | My bridesmaid Georgina Seager
Shoes | LK Bennett
Groom’s suit | Cad and the Dandy
Ceremony music | Bex Johnstone
Wedding planner | Bride’s mother
Thank you so much Lucy and Barney for sharing your wondrous winter wedding with us. Rachel x