I am totally in the party mood thanks to WWW followers Harriet and Rob today and their gorgeous Park Farm wedding in beautiful Warwickshire. The venue is actually Harriet’s mums so it holds a special place in their hearts and they opted to host their reception there in stunning sperry tents. They chose the 29th June 2019 as their wedding date and it turned out to be scorching! This meant that guests could really make the most of the setting, the sides of the tent were opened and guests spilled out, even dancing outdoors beneath the stars.
Harriet chose to wear a super stylish lace gown by Made With Love Bridal, while Rob chose to wear a kilt made from his family tartan, didn’t they both look just amazing?! Do look out for a delicious cheese grazing table come evening, a classic car and greenery florals. There were so many amazing moments captured too, the portraits in the sunset, confetti on the dance floor, champagne popping and a yoga class which began the day. Wow.
Huge thanks goes to Everybody Smile Photography for sharing with us these remarkable shots of a very fun celebration.
Happened on a surprise trip to Kenya for a Safari. On the evening of the first night after our first game drive – our guide suggested going for a hike up the side of a (small) mountain for sundowners and to see the view over the Samburu National park at sunset. The guide barbecued sausages for us on the rock and made us gin and tonics.
As Rob was pointing in the distance to see if I could see Mount. Kenya I turned around and he was down on one knee with the most amazing ring!
And then after a few more days we went to Giraffe Manor.
Rob and I are all about great food and drink and a great party. So that was the spirit we wanted to capture and we definitely did.
We wanted it to be relaxed and everyone to just have a great time.
It was important for us to get married on the farm I spent half my life on and that Rob adores.
The Planning Process
The planning process, was really quite smooth from start to finish – with minimal stress. The only difficulty was finding the right caterer who would provide delicious food which had theatre and felt unique to us.
The process was made all the easier, by the fact that my mum runs a wedding venue from our farm and had lots of contacts, experience and decorations that we could utilise.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I fell in love with my dress quite early on and was obsessed with pictures of it on instagram. It was the Harlie dress by Made With Love from the Wedding Club in South Kensington. I made the decision (encouraged by my mum) to have it without the side slit – her guidance always tends to be right!
I had a very simple veil from the Wedding Club as well – the dress had so much detail that the simple veil was the perfect finishing touch.
It was important I had a block heeled shoe since I would be on grass in the field, so found a beautiful pair from Charlotte Mills – called George Pearl.
Rob had a kilt made from his family Buchanan tartan and wore the full Prince Charlie outfit and the ties for the wedding party were from TM Lewin. Finding the right colour to go with all the colours in the kilt was a challenge!
Hair – Lucy Marks
Make up – we all did each others, my maid of honour Alice did mine! My girlfriends bought me a Charlotte Tilbury make up lesson as part of my 30 birthday present so we did that and bought a load of CT products to use on the day.
Park Farm, Upper Shuckburgh, Warwickshire, NN11 6DS.
As mentioned this is my family home. Mum uses a few of the barns as weddings venues – however I chose to have a marquee in one of the fields as there was a perfect spot between two gorgeous oak trees.
Park Farm is situated on the historic Shuckburgh Estate, close to the Warwickshire/Northamptonshire border, Park Farm is a working sheep and beef farm.
Because we were getting married at home, it meant that we could set up a mini glamping village in the orchard – using the Warwickshire Bell Tent Company for our guests to stay over in.
This was great as we had a party / BBQ the day after the wedding as well to use up the left over booze and carry on the celebrations.
It was also really special for me to get married in the village church that I was christened in.
I travelled to the church in a vintage coach from Catteralls coaches with all of my bridesmaids and mum and dad.
The Readings & Music
A Lovely love story – Edward Monkton – about a dinosaur – read by Rob’s mum Yvonne Buchanan.
A reading written and read by our friend Alana Buchanan.
I walked in to Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel.
And we left to All you need is love by the Beetles.
Hymns were, All things bright and beautiful, Jerusalem and One more step along the road I go.
We had a Saxophonist and DJ – playing Ibiza saxophone house music when guests arrived and during the reception – which was perfect as it really got people into the mood and the vibe of the day.
Kieran Leary and Mike Brown from Johnny Ross Music.
And then in the evening we had Truly Medley Deeply as our band – who again were great and had everyone up on the dancefloor for hours.
Food & Drink
We used an amazing company called Game and Flames – who were a pleasure to work with. We really wanted something unique and special and Rob is obsessed with wood fire cooking and BBQ – so we used our own home grown lambs and had a Lamb Asado, with veg all cooked over fire. Even the canapes and dessert were cooked over fire – my personal favourite was the caramelised peach dessert.
Drink – we put thought into everything, including the drinks we wanted to serve. Rob and his brother/best man Ali went over to Champagne in France to the Joseph Perrier Champagne house in order to test and source the Champange for the day – and collected the rest of the booze and our magnums of rose from Callais – think the booze cruise was their favourite part of the wedmin!
The Details & Décor
We used the amazing Papakata for our marquee – which was a gorgeous Sperry tent. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and it didn’t disappoint. So many people commented on how beautiful the tent was.
We had an outside terrace as well with pallet furniture seating and hand made cushions.
We created a magical woodland under the oak trees, with actual sofas and sofas made out of straw bales, with nice throws and cushions on them. We also had a massive fire pit in the middle, with marshmallows and s’mores.
We provided cigars and had a whiskey trolley as well.
We decorated the trees with fairy lights and lanterns.
Big tractor tyre at the end of the drive with Mr and Mrs Buchanan on it – to show guests the way.
Epic cheese table!
I took a lot of care and attention with all of my stationery and invitations – having a consistent look and feel and use of font/branding. Used throughout the save the dates, invitations, order of service, table numbers, menus etc.
2 x co-best men – Alistair (brother) and Greg.
7 x ushers – Sandy, Will, Ben, George, Will, Charlie, Mark.
They wore either their own Kilts or morning suits or they hired morning suits from The Wedding Barn, Southam – which is an amazing ex hire morning suit place down the road from our house.
1 x Maid of honour – Alice (the red head).
5 x bridesmaids – Clare, Molly, Olivia, Ava, Katrina.
They wore blush pink dresses from JJs House.
Plus, one flower girl – my niece Neve and two page boys, my nephews Hector and Rory.
One of my family friends Jeannie – does wedding flowers – she has done a number of my families and friends and does a lot of the weddings at mums venue so she was the obvious and best choice.
She did a great job.
I was quite clear that I wanted it to look designed and stylish but simple and country at the same time. So we used lots of white roses and greenery and a link to the yellow in Rob’s tie and kilt.
The buttonholes had green thistle in them to reflect the Scottish blood as well as English rose and rosemary to make them smell gorgeous.
We had two big arrangements on barrels outside the entrance to the marquee and had 3 big arrangements on the poles of the marquee.
We used small terracotta pots with succulents in them as the wedding favours and table decorations and big pots of herbs down the tables.
Mum made my wedding cake – it was a semi-naked – 3 tier cake – with a chocolate layer, a carrot cake layer and a lemon and elderflower layer – decorated with flowers.
Everybody Smile Photography – Darren Powell.
We didn’t have a filmmaker – but there are some brilliant videos from guests that I could share – particularly of the Music Man the MC did as we sat down to dinner – which was a stand out moment of the day! More on that below.
Rob is a professional rugby player and had to be back for pre-season training soon after the wedding, but we managed to get away to Ibiza for 5 days and stayed in a fab boutique hotel called Casa Maca.
We did a yoga class in one of our barns on the morning of the wedding – which was a really special way to start the day with my bridesmaids and family and a few friends who wanted to join. Then had brunch in the garden.
We hired a vintage Mercedes soft top as our wedding car and driving that back to the reception and through the field to our guests was amazing.
We lucked out with the weather and it was a scorching 32 degrees – but having that first glass of champagne at the reception with the sax playing surrounded by our favourite friends and family was the best. Oh and being fed a long awaited mini burger canape by my maid of honour!
Rob loves cows and meat and has trained to be a butcher on the side of rugby. He was particularly passionate about a breed of cows called Dexters – so as a wedding gift I bought him 3 cows (a mum and two calves) – we refer to them as Annie and co as the mum cow is called Annie.
Rob was soooo happy and surprised when he saw them – it was a great feeling as I’ve never pulled off a surprise for Rob before.
Some of the guests had sought shelter from the sun under some trees which also worked to hide the cows from view, until we drove up to the marquee – so when I led Rob over to them it was a massive surprise and everyone loved it!
Then one of my favourite parts of the day was when our MC Mark got everyone up onto their chairs before dinner, performing the Music Man. I.e.. singing ‘I am a music man.. I come from far away.. what do I play?.. I play the piano/trombone/bagpipes’ etc – it was amazing – it had everyone singing and laughing and standing on their chairs – really getting everyone into the party mood – which was exactly what we wanted.
Because it was such a warm day, we had the sides of the marquee up so when we did our first dance and carried on dancing – guests could spill out into the field and dance under the stars.
Advice For Other Couples
Everyone says it but it is hard to believe just how quickly the day goes – so just make sure you take some time to really soak it all in! And don’t drink toooo much as you want to be able to remember EVERYTHING!
In the end I wish I had had a videographer as well to capture all of the moments I couldn’t see.
And lastly – just make sure you create a wedding day which is reflective of you as a couple – we did just that and everyone said how everything was perfect and well suited to us and our personalities and interests. At the end of the day it is and should be an expression of your love and you as a couple.
It was the best day of our lives and we loved every minute of it.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Everybody Smile Photography
Game and Flames
Truly Medley Deeply
Sax & DJ
Kieran Leary and Mike Brown from Johnny Ross Music
So so gorgeous! If Harriet and Rob’s advice resonated with you, please do take a look out our amazing wedding filmmakers in our Supplier Love wedding directory who will be sure to capture your day in all it’s glory.
Harriet and Rob, thank you so much for sharing your incredible wedding celebrations with us xo Lou