Charlotte & Tim’s Spring wedding was at Gate Street Barn in April 2019 filled with foliage, white flowers, and touches of sage green.
Charlotte shares how they found their key suppliers, the homemade details and the mementoes they’ll keep forever.
‘We just wanted to have the best day with everyone important to us in the one room.’
Gate Street Barn
‘Choosing a venue was one of our easiest decisions. I had heard of Gate Street Barn and was 99% sure it was the venue for us. A visit to view the barn later and we were sold! We got such a good feeling when we were looking around and I could immediately picture our wedding.
One of my favourite things about the barn is the Longhorn Cattle in the next field, they are so close they are practically part of the wedding party.
It was a bonus when we found out the colour chosen to paint the new Orangery and Atrium was the same colour scheme we chose for our wedding! It really couldn’t have been more perfect.’
We had Gill Pike for all thing’s flowers, and I can confidently say our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without her. Her talent for flowers knows no bounds.
We met Gill at the Gate Street Barn Annual Open Day and instantly knew she was the florist for us. Gill is so warm and welcoming and easily the nicest person I’ve ever met. I had a pretty good idea of the flowers I wanted, Gill brought this to life and more. All the flowers were so gorgeous and exactly what I had pictured.
My absolute favourite part of our wedding was the Moon Gate Gill created for the end of the aisle; I wanted this to be a permanent fixture in my life.
My bouquet blew me away and is genuinely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, it is currently hanging upside down in my bridesmaid’s cupboard drying out to keep forever.
Decoration & Styling
I had so many ideas buzzing around my head, reining them in was the problem!
I’ve always thought that flowers make a venue come to life, so the floristry had to be a big part of our décor.
The venue itself is so beautiful I didn’t want to overcrowd it with ‘stuff’, so we kept props to a minimum.
I was keen to have decorations that we could keep to remind us of our special day and items I could craft myself.
With this in mind, I made a wedding signpost which we will keep in the garden forever. I spent many an evening sat in front of the fire, hand chiselling and painting the letters. I am thrilled with how it came out and it will always be one of my favourite things from the day.
I wanted our guest book to be something we could hang on the wall after the wedding and read whenever we walk past. We are very lucky to have super talented friends and our friend James kindly made our initials out of oak for everyone to sign.
The table plan was another of my favourite things to make and the order of the day was handwritten by one of my talented bridesmaids.
The food was a very important part of our day and one of the parts we enjoyed planning the most.
Kalm Kitchen were our caterers and they were just incredible. We had lots of canapés during the drink’s reception, in place of a starter, and then a two-course sit-down meal. After our menu tasting, we couldn’t wait for the wedding breakfast!
Our main course was braised beef cheek with buttery mash, French beans, roasted carrots with balsamic glaze and horseradish.
I don’t believe you should limit yourself to just one pudding, so we had a choice of lemon tart, raspberry sorbet, berry salad with glass sugar shard and white chocolate pannacotta; with raspberry compote fresh raspberries, wildflowers and burnt chocolate soil.
For the evening food, we had a woodfired pizza van from Well Kneaded. Without a doubt the best pizza!
My bridesmaids are two of the best bakers I know, so there was never going to be anyone else to make a cake for such a special occasion. Georgie made the most incredible three-tier lemon cake, sandwiched with homemade lemon curd (made by me) and a swiss meringue buttercream adorned with gold leaf. It tasted as good as it looked!
After a long search, I finally found the perfect cake topper from Etsy and Gill kindly supplied the cake stand, a mini Moon Gate, for it to sit on. It was just perfect and tied in nicely to the theme.
We decided on a band for the evening and having a background in music, this was Tim’s domain. We chose the XO Party Band and cannot recommend them enough!
I am a huge fan of background noise so we also had three of the band sing acoustically during the drinks reception and they were wonderful.
We also hired a 9-hole crazy golf from Skittle Alley hire which went down a storm with both the children and the adults!
Photography & Videography
Our photographer was Tora Baker. This is one of the elements I struggled with, there are SO many photographers out there all offering something different, trying to narrow it down felt like hard work.
I was about to give up when one day I was on Instagram looking at pictures of Gate Street Barn and stumbled across Tora. I could not have been happier! Her style was everything we wanted from our wedding photos; natural, laid back and unposed.
We also chose to have a videographer to capture our day. We met Ashleigh from Ash Videography at the Gate Street Barn Open Day and loved her style.
I had watched a LOT of strangers wedding videos and knew this was something we were keen to have. Not only was I aware there would be many parts of the day I wouldn’t see, but also because my grandma sadly couldn’t make the wedding. Whilst photos are a great memory of the day, I wanted her to feel a little more included and a video was the perfect way to do this. Every time I watch it, I am taken right back to the day.
The men’s suits came from Slaters, bowtie and ties from Swagger and Swoon. Tim wore a tweed waistcoat and everyone else had a matching navy one.
My youngest bridesmaid wore a dress from Paisley of London. The other girls wore a two-piece, the top was from ASOS and the skirts from BHLDN.
My dress was a Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush.
I absolutely loved planning our wedding! We gave ourselves 20 months to plan and this felt like the perfect amount of time. There was no stress involved and we just took our time, the meticulous spreadsheet helped!
Everyone tells you the day just flies by and they aren’t wrong! I don’t think I fully appreciated just how quickly it would go. My best piece of advice is to take 5 minutes to yourselves at some point, so much time and energy goes into planning your day, take a moment to take it all in, everyone is there to celebrate you.
Charlotte & Tim met several of their key supplies at the Gate Street Barn Open Day. To enquire about our next Open Day contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography – Tora Baker – www.torabaker.co.uk
Catering – Kalm Kitchen – kalmkitchen.co.uk
Florist – Gill Pike – www.gillpikeflorist.co.uk
Videography – Ash Videography – www.ashvideography.com
Evening Food – Well Kneaded – www.wellkneadedfood.com
Band – XO Party Band – www.xopartyband.co.uk/weddings/
Garden Games -Skittle Alley – www.skittlealleyhire.co.uk
Dress – Miss Bush – www.missbushbridalwear.co.uk