A Woodland Wonderland at Bassmead Manor Barns

Nicola and James share their wedding day at one of the finest wedding venues in Cambridgeshire

A natural, woodland theme was the perfect fit to this intimate spring wedding.

The Perfect Venue

Nicola and James were searching for a barn style venue where they could marry under one roof and found the perfect place in Bassmead Manor Barns.

The couple celebrated their wedding day in the beautiful countryside wedding barn
The stunning Rickety Barn looked beautiful for the couple’s wedding ceremony

‘James is a carpenter and I love interior design and the countryside, so we couldn’t have found a better venue.’ says Nicola. ‘The beams and brickwork in the Rickety Barn were stunning and we felt that Bassmead Manor Barns had everything we could possibly need in the most incredible setting.’ With just over 60 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, the couple were planning a romantic, intimate celebration.

The Moat Barn was the perfect light and airy space for the couple’s woodland themed wedding reception
The beautiful Cambridgeshire wedding barn has a moat run around the outside - wedding venues Cambridgeshire

What’s in a Theme

With their love of the great outdoors and passion for working with wood, a woodland theme was the obvious choice for this special day.

Bunches of sprigs tied with blue ribbon and rustic logs decorated the ceremony barn suiting the rustic wedding theme

‘I chose natural, neutral colours with lighter flowers to bring the venue into spring,’ explains Nicola. ‘I have a creative background so wanted to style my own wedding more than anything else I have done.’

A table is decorated with framed wedding photos and a chalkboard outlines the order of the day

Nicola spent almost a year collecting and making decorations from the place settings to the centerpieces and even the wedding cake, while James also used his creative talents to make tree slice cake stands and pallets for the top table flower arrangements.

Two ornamental ducks and a box containing white flowers reflects the couple’s woodland wedding

‘I wanted our friends and family to see James and I reflected in everything they could see,’ explains Nicola. ‘We wanted people to smile at everything they saw and see that all the personal touches were created to make them feel special too.’

All Dressed Up

The beautiful bride wore a dress called ‘Ivy’ by Naomi Neoh, found in a closing down sale for a designer wedding boutique.

The bride gets ready in the Boudoir wearing her beautiful wedding dress as her bridesmaids help

‘I had strapless in my head but when I tried my dress on, my mum, bridesmaid and I knew it was the one,’ smiles Nicola. ‘We fell in love with the dropped lace waistline and the bias cut skirt and I felt amazing in the dress on the day.’ Nicola accessorised with a rose gold and diamond necklace from her parents and a rose gold bracelet. Struggling to find shoes, she finally found some perfect sandals from New Look.

‘They were in the sale for £6.20!’ she laughs. ‘I also made my hair comb from some of the flowers I used for the table decorations.’

As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…

The groom and his ushers wore matching suits from Aston & Gunn at House of Fraser, along with green tweed waistcoats which they managed to hire.

The groom and his groomsmen walk around the pretty country wedding venue wearing matching grey suits

‘James also wore a pocket square and a Hugo Boss watch which I bought him for Valentine’s Day,’ says Nicola.

The bride and her two bridesmaids stand together in the wedding ceremony barn – grey bridesmaid dresses

Nicola’s two bridesmaids wore sequin and net dresses from Maya at ASOS. One of the bridesmaids wore taupe while the other wore a sage green, each with their own accessories and heels.

Beautiful Blooms

Country garden flowers were the order of the day with roses, ranunculus, hypericum, freesia and foliage used for the striking bridal flowers. Nicola carried a rustic bouquet with a hand-picked style, finished with hessian ribbon and pearl headed pins.

A wedding bouquet and the top table adorned with wooden boxes filled with flowers – rustic wedding ideas

When it came to Bassmead Manor Barns, Nicola used her creative talents placing artificial flowers, foliage and berries in gold vases on top of a wooden log on each table.

Nicola and James kiss after saying their marriage vows in the Rickety Barn – woodland wedding ideas

‘I also used fresh roses, gypsophila and freesias to decorate small jars around the barns,’ she explains.

A close up of the wedding table centrepieces – white flowers and succulents

The Wedding Breakfast

White peach sangria and elderflower sparklers were served alongside delicious canapés at the drinks reception, with guests mingling in the bar and outside.

The newlyweds leaving the wedding ceremony and a table plan stands in the wedding reception barn
A table is set up with wedding reception drinks including champagne and other wedding drinks

As guests moved in to dine, Bridge Barn looked wonderful with the floral decorations and fairy lights as well as the greenery, vases, photo frames, candles and wreaths.

The newlyweds were greeted with delicious wedding canapes from the wedding catering and events team

Galloping Gourmet served an amazing smoked bacon Scotch egg to start, followed by grilled supreme of free range chicken and vanilla cheesecake with raspberry coulis.

A spackled vase contains white flowers and green stems and stands upon a tree stump – rustic wedding ideas

‘The cheesecake was so good that my dad ate two!’ smiles Nicola. ‘And my brother couldn’t stop raving about the Scotch egg. It was all delicious.’

Nicola and James steal a moment away from the wedding guests as they embrace on the bridge

Let Them Eat Cake!

Having decorated cakes for years, Nicola decided to make her own wedding cake.

‘I knew I would have to do this close to the wedding date so decided to make it slightly easier for myself,’ she explains. ‘Of the four-tier cake, three were polystyrene and the forth was a fruit cake, so I could make and decorate them in advance.’ The woodland theme continued with royal icing covering the two tiers, one covered in sequins and another tier made to look like a tree trunk. A heart design, tree trunk stand and artificial wreath completed the look.

The couple surprised guests with a stunning woodland wedding cake stood upon a tree stump – rustic wedding theme
The bride and groom walk along the driveway with their bridesmaids and groomsmen

Evening Celebrations

In the evening, a singer, Neil Morris, entertained with two 45-minute sets and a fantastic range of music.

A wedding singer sings as the newlyweds enjoy their first wedding dance in the wedding reception barn

‘James’ dad is a great singer and sang our first song as well as the ‘father daughter’ song afterwards,’ smiles Nicola. ‘He sang ‘Crazy Love’ by Michael Buble having practiced every day in his van on the way to work!’

Guests were treated to a dessert table adorned with cakes decorated to suit their woodland themed wedding

A dessert table with cakes and sweets was available throughout the evening. Nicola made an array of delights from lemon cupcakes to chocolate orange cookies, tiffin truffles and a Victoria sponge cake. Delicious!

The bride and groom cut their wedding cake and a wedding singer sings wedding music for guests

Nicola’s Top Tip

‘No matter how organised you are, everything gets hectic closer to the big day. Go with it and don’t stress. Enjoy the planning process because then it becomes so much more than just the wedding day.’

Favourite Moments

‘Sitting at the top table and looking around to see all our friends and family who we love. It gave me a moment to take it all in, how the room looked and seeing everyone enjoying themselves.’

Nicola and James steal a moment together during their wedding day at Bassmead Manor Barns

For more real wedding inspiration from Bassmead Manor Barns, check out Nicola and Daniel’s beautiful day at this remarkable Cambridgeshire wedding venue.

Images courtesy of © Rebekah Robert Photography

Nicola and James Bassmead Manor Barns