Charlotte & Ashley
Charlotte and Ashley wanted to create a wedding that was absolutely magical for their guests as well as themselves. They wanted a day full of fabulous food, drink and entertainment and their winter wedding was certainly a special occasion for everyone involved.
Finding the perfect venue where they guests could be completely at ease and totally enjoy the day was high on the priority list for Charlotte and Ashley. Charlotte actually grew up nearby and knew that Clock Barn was a fantastic location for a romantic, vintage glam meets rustic winter wedding:
“When we got engaged, it was the first venue that we booked to go and see. When we arrived, we absolutely fell in love with the venue. They say ‘when you know, you know’ and we definitely knew!” – Charlotte.
The couple also fell in love with the boutique accommodation at Clock Barn, particularly Tufton Warren Farmhouse, which reminded Charlotte of her family home and made the thought of a Clock Barn wedding even more special.
Charlotte’s experience in events was a big help when it came to planning to décor at Clock Barn and she was super keen to ensure that all of the couple’s ideas and themes came to life.
“My husband is a huge West Ham fan, and whilst we would have had the whole barn decorated in football flags, my only concession was allowing the colours (navy and claret) to be featured! It turned out that they fitted perfectly with our winter wedding theme and we chose gold to accent our look. We wanted a vintage glam look that worked well in a rustic barn, so golds, vintage blush pinks, clarets and soft lighting worked perfectly.” – Charlotte.
Beautiful flowers sat high above the couple’s tables and there were gorgeous easel signs, wicker baskets and gold decorations everywhere. Charlotte’s favourite detail was the table plan:
“My mum helped us with the table plan as she’s far more arty than either of us! We sprayed an antique mirror gold and made a flower frame from faux flowers and fairy lights. I then ordered our table plan in a lay-over white vinyl from Etsy and it looked beautiful. We also had an incredibly beautiful display dedicated to those that couldn’t be with us on the day, made by the amazing Lulabee.” – Charlotte.
Charlotte visited Anya Bridal to begin her wedding dress search and, like so many brides, was surprised by the gown she fell in love with:
“I always thought I wouldn’t want a big dress but when I tried on this Stella York gown, it just felt so me. It was simple, yet the detail was so intricate, it felt like this was the dress I’d always wanted!” – Charlotte.
Charlotte’s dress lace and crepe gown featured beautiful beaded crossover straps and a dreamy lace train. She completed her look with a cathedral length veil covered in tiny iridescent pearls and her No. 1 Jenny Packham shoes were absolutely unforgettable!
The bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses from Sass & Grace and the mix-and-match styling brought a big dose of personality to the day:
“I asked the girls to all have the same colour, but I was keen for them to choose a style that they felt reflected their own taste. It turned out all of them chose a dress with some lace incorporated, so it brought them together really well and my maid of honour had a long-sleeved crepe dress, which really made her stand out. All of the girls looked beautiful.” – Charlotte.
Ashley opted for a navy Ted Baker suit that featured an eye-catching claret lining. He teamed this with a grey and navy tweed waistcoat and with their claret ties and tan shoes, all of the boy looked incredibly dapper.
Charlotte and Ashley held their marriage ceremony at Clock Barn and this beautiful occasion was made even more personal thanks to a reading from Charlotte’s mum. The poem, ‘Today is the day’ added even more emotion to such a memorable occasion.
After the ceremony, it was time for the celebrations to begin and, as food and drink had always been a priority for Charlotte and Ashley, the drinks reception was packed with treats for guests. Everyone enjoyed Kir Royale, Pomegranate Sparklers along with beer and prosecco barrels as well as a selection of canapes:
“Our canapes were truly delicious and we wanted to make sure we had something for everyone, so we had beef crostini with salsa verde, truffle and leek tartlets, Thai chicken skewers with chilli dipping sauce, duck hoisin spring rolls, mini beef sliders and crispy calamari with lemon aioli.” – Charlotte.
The drinks reception was also full of entertainment. Charlotte and Ashley chose a superb acoustic duo, Ward Smith, to play during the ceremony and drink reception and magician Dominic Reyes added to the atmosphere. Then, it was time for the wedding breakfast and a feast awaited:
“I’m a massive foodie, so our menu was one of the most important parts of the day. We wanted to capture our favourite foods from our travels as well as Ash’s love for chocolate, all in a tasty winter themed menu. We had so many amazing comments on the food, and we keep saying we need to be invited back to a Clock Barn wedding so we can enjoy the food all over again!” – Charlotte.
The menu included smoked pancetta Scotch egg to start, followed by beef Wellington, a trio of desserts including chocolate brownie, apply & blackberry crumble and a white chocolate mousse with raspberry popcorn and a cheeseboard to finish.
The speeches were a real highlight and included a special surprise for Ashley:
“As a surprise for Ash, I organised a letter written by the captain of West Ham. I had a few secret conversations with his best man, Shaun, and as he was already talking football in his speech, he presented Ash with the letter during our speeches. He was really shocked and so was I that I managed to keep it a secret!” – Charlotte.
To kick-off the evening reception, Charlotte and Ashley took to the dancefloor:
“Our evening band were Captain Atlantic and they were amazing! They got everybody up dancing and even did a live version of our first dance, which we’ll never forget. Our first dance was ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green – an oldie but a goodie! We didn’t want anything too slow and this will be very special to us forever.” – Charlotte.
Charlotte and Ashley’s lucky guests also enjoyed wood-fired pizza in the evening and those guests with a sweeter tooth could be found gathered around the popcorn machines! The fantastic food fueled guests and the party was definitely one that all of us at Clock Barn will remember for a long time.
“My favourite moment came just after the ceremony. After we were officially married and had walked back down the aisle, Ash and I enjoyed a moment to ourselves with a glass of Champagne. It was the best feeling to know that we were now husband and wife and the rest of the day was all about celebrating each other.” – Charlotte.
“If I could offer a tip, I would also tell any brides-to-be to make sure they take a moment or two with their groom on their big day. The day absolutely flies past and it’s so easy to spend time talking to all of your guests, that you don’t see your new husband or wife for an hour at a time!” – Charlotte.
“I have absolutely no regrets about our day, it was incredible and I wish I could do it all over again. The only thing I would do differently, is worry less about all of the little things that can really easily stress you out in the run up to the big day. When it comes down to it, all that matters is you and your partner” – Charlotte.
Images courtesy of Studio Rouge