The beautiful Upton Barn was the setting for Sara and Sam’s gorgeous wedding, and the weather played ball so the bouncy castle and crazy golf were GO!
(Film and supplier credits available too at the bottom of the post!)
We went away to Stratford-upon-Avon for the weekend and stayed in a quirky Landmark Trust property. One evening, Sam lit some candles around the room and went down on one knee and asked if I would marry him.
Where it all happened
Our close family and bridal party stayed overnight at Upton Lakes & Lodges, Cullompton. It was really lovely to spend the evening with my bridesmaids and the lodge was such a beautiful setting to getting ready in the next morning.
The ceremony and reception took place at Upton Barn and Walled Garden, Cullompton.
We had looked at a number of different venues and when we visited Upton Barn, it had a rustic but modern feel to it. We also loved the idea of having lots of outdoor games for guests and the gardens were the perfect space. Claire and Richard were so accommodating of our plans for the day which meant we could plan a day unique to us.
The weather had been forecast to be torrential rain but we were really lucky and it stayed mostly dry all day. This meant we could get married outside in the garden and our guests could enjoy the different games, activities and prosecco outdoors.
Our reception was based both indoors and outdoors which meant evening guests could also make the most of the beautiful venue.
What they wore
My wedding dress was a Sassi Holford dress from Aisle, Alter, Hymn, Wiveliscombe. I then had some alterations made to the design which made it unique. My sister gave me some beautiful floral Ted Baker shoes for the day which I loved and wore late into the evening. Three of my bridesmaids wore light mint dresses from TFNC and one bridesmaid wore a linen coloured suit from Zara with a shirt to match the colour of the dresses.
Sam, his two best men and father of the bride wore suits from Zebel Bespoke, Exeter. Sam had the wedding date embroidered on the inside of his jacket which was a special touch. The groomsmen ties and pocket squares were from Next.
Styling and decor
When we started planning the wedding, we agreed to focus on things that made us both happy. This seemed to involve nature and having fun and so we chose brightly coloured meadow flowers, gold animal place settings, floral lollipop favours and giant balloons in different colours. The mint colour of the bridal party’s dresses and shirt and the groomsmens’ tie’s then helped to bring this all together.
The flowers on the day were beautiful and really contributed to the colourful and relaxed atmosphere of the day. We had bouquets, corsages and button holes for the bridal party and Groomsmen and we also had two large milk churns filled with meadow flowers for the venue. I had a flower crown which carried the theme of some of the meadow flowers from the bouquets. We also had little flowers on the tables in bottles and jars.
The flowers were from Tilda Rose Floristry and Sarah was amazing at creating exactly the style I wanted, especially because I had asked for ‘meadowy and natural’ and wasn’t too specific. The two milk churns filled with wildflowers were displayed during the ceremony in the garden and then moved nearer the barn for the reception.
Our wedding cake was made by Ornella-Bianca Patisserie. One of my bridesmaids had her wedding cake from Ornella and it was beautiful and delicious so we hoped for the same! Ornella made a semi-naked cake with three different flavoured layers; Passionfruit and white chocolate, summer berries and a gluten free lemon cake on the top. We also had pistachio macarons, flowers and gold leaf to decorate.
We decided to have a cheese wheel cake in the evening which we ordered from West Country Cheese. We decorated this with some fruit and made sure there was chutney and crackers to go with it.
What they ate and drank
Peter Mundy supplied our canapes, wedding breakfast and evening barbecue. Sam and I were both really keen to have really good quality, local and tasty food on the day so Peter Mundy were brilliant. The wedding breakfast was a sit down meal with options of lamb or a vegetable and goats cheese stack. We then had a trio of puddings which were all delicious. The barbecue in the evening was perfect for day guests and provided a main meal for the evening guests. Peter Mundy staff were so professional and helpful throughout the planning stages and on the day.
During the reception, Fine Filly provided a mobile prosecco bar from their revamped horse box. The prosecco cocktails were a huge hit!
Our wedding breakfast wine was supplied by Smiths, Exeter. Iain is so knowledgeable and recommended some fabulous wines to go with our chosen meals.
Capturing it all
We had a wonderful photographer and videographer who captured the whole day from getting ready in the morning to capturing some enthusiastic wedding dancing in the evening. Emma, Freckle Photography, made us feel really comfortable in front of the camera. The engagement shoot allowed us to get to know each other and Emma gave some tips for the wedding day. Emma also took very natural, candid photos of guests which is lovely to look back over and see things we would have otherwise missed. The photo albums are beautifully presented and feel really special to keep.
Both Emma and the videographer, Charlotte Dart, captured really beautiful, moving and fun moments throughout the day. One of our friends had recommended a videographer and we’re so glad we took their advice because there are so many moments that we would have missed without Charlotte capturing them on camera. It is amazing to watch back over the day and experience it again and again.
Charlotte and Emma are such positive, lovely people and it was a pleasure to work with them throughout the wedding.
In addition, we hired a photobooth from South West Photo Booths which was a fun way of getting the evening guests involved as they arrived and also provided us with a guest book full of photos and messages.
Our ceremony and first dance music was performed by Sam’s brother, Thomas, and his friend Alex. They made our chosen aisle song and recessional music feel personal to us. They also wrote a beautiful first dance song which they performed in the evening inside the barn. They were followed by our evening band Bill Ding and the Skyscrapers who got everyone dancing all evening!
We had a couple of days after the wedding before we went on our honeymoon to Madagascar. We used these days to eat wedding cake, look through the guest book and pack for our trip. We were in Madagascar for 2 weeks and had a great balance of trekking in the first week and relaxing on the beach for the second week before returning home and back to reality!
Favourite part of the day
The whole day was so much fun and we loved every minute of it. The ceremony was probably the most surreal part of the day but once we were officially married it was much easier to relax and spend time with our guests. Having the different activities such as the Mr and Mrs Crazy Golf, Frisbee and photobooth definitely created a fun atmosphere and encouraged guests to get to know each other and that made us really happy.
Advice to others
One of the best pieces of advice we were given was “don’t sweat the small stuff”. This was on my mind throughout the planning stage and really helped us enjoy planning different aspects of the wedding. It was a great way to stay grounded and helped us remember that even if you took away all the decorations, details and activities, you still get to marry the person you love surrounded by friends and family.
Wedding Breakfast Wine
Tilda Rose Floristry
Cheese Wheel Cake
West Country Cheese
South West Photo Booths