Colourful Elegant Wedding at Bassmead Manor Barns

Carly and Stuart celebrate their wedding day at Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire

Following a romantic New York proposal, Carly and Stuart were looking for a venue that was equally magical. Their May wedding was simply dreamy.

The Perfect Venue

When Carly and Stuart first visited Bassmead Manor Barns, the venue was undergoing a complete renovation.

‘Even though it was half-finished, we knew immediately that it would be the perfect venue for us,’ says Carly. ‘We fell in love with the atmosphere, the attention to detail, the décor, the food, the staff… everything! We were so excited to find such a special place so close to home.’

This beautiful contemporary wedding barn is one of the finest wedding venues in Cambridgeshire

Guests enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard as they arrive for the couple’s wedding celebrations

Theme of the Day

The vibrant colours of raspberry and lime were chosen for this special day and carried through all the elements from the outfits to the flowers and the cake. Décor details included quotes on glass frames, candles and a beautiful card box. These personalised items really gave the day a sentimental edge. Carly even created vodka infusions in the colour theme flavours and made fridge magnet favours with photographs of each guest!

White wicker hearts adorned with flowers decorate the oak pillars in Bridge Barn

Tall vases filled with bright pink and green flowers make stunning wedding centrepieces

All About the Dress

Having tried on numerous dresses and with a growing list of favourites, Carly finally found ‘the one’.

‘When I put the dress on, it just felt right,’ she explains. ‘It flattered me and I felt it would also suit the venue and the style of the wedding. I kept swishing and swooping around and realised I had found the gown!’

To complete the look, Carly wore simple drop earrings from Links of London and a Swarovski bracelet – both gifts from her parents. A borrowed garter, charm bracelet and cathedral length veil were the finishing touches.

After finishing her bridal preparations in the Boudoir the bride makes her way to the wedding ceremony

Bride stands in the grounds holding a wedding bouquet of pink flowers – wedding ideas

As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…

Stuart and his ushers wore soft tweed style suits from Jack Bunneys in Barking.

‘We had planned charcoal grey suits but this suit had such an edge,’ Carly explains. ‘We then found the perfect colour fabric to bring in our raspberry accents, from which Stuart had a waistcoat made… and they even made a tie and pocket square for our four-year old page boy!’

The groom begins his wedding preparations before the wedding ceremony

A close up of the groom’s pocket watch tied to his purple waistcoat – wedding ideas

Carly’s four bridesmaids wore Maids to Measure gowns in a beautiful shade of lime with different tops but the same skirts. ‘I loved how they looked on the day,’ says Carly, ‘and the photographs really pick up the vibrancy we were after.’ Flower girl, Darcie, wore a pretty John Lewis dress in ivory with chiffon overlay.

Beautiful Blooms

Continuing the striking colour scheme, flowers were chosen in shades of ivory, lime and raspberry. Bouquets were large, bold statement blooms with an emphasis on the colour and buttonholes were single large peonies with an accent of lime amaryllis.

‘Our florist did a fantastic job of turning my vision in to a reality,’ says Carly. ‘The table centres were just what we were after – a reflection of our bouquets in tall martini glass vases lined with cut fresh limes.’

The couple decorated the top table with vases of pink and white flowers – wedding ideas

A close up of the wedding centrepieces featuring bright pink flowers for a colour pop

The groom waits patiently at the end of the aisle during the couple’s church wedding

The Wedding Breakfast

Following their church ceremony, the drinks reception was served in the contemporary Moat Barn, with guests enjoying limoncello spritz, kir royales and cosmo-nots alongside a delicious selection of canapés.

Guests throw wedding confetti as the happy newlyweds leave the church

The bride and groom step into a fire engine as one of their modes of wedding transport – quirky wedding ideas

When it came to dining, the expert caterers, Galloping Gourmet, served a pork salad to start with beef and dauphinoise potatoes as a main choice. To finish… a trio of desserts included scones with strawberries, Eton mess with raspberries and a lime tart. Guests were entertained throughout with chilled acoustic sounds for the drinks reception and chilled jazz on saxophone and piano during the wedding breakfast.

‘When it came to the menu, we can’t praise the chefs highly enough,’ smiles Carly. ‘We needed to cater for various dietary requirements and they trialled different versions of the desserts to get everything absolutely right.’

The father of the bride stands to begin the wedding speeches in the stunning Bridge Barn

The happy couple steal a moment away from guests in the venue’s stunning surroundings

Let Them Eat Cake!

The elegant cake was plain ivory with an ombre, ruffled top tier in raspberry and a contrasting single open ivory peony on the top with scattered lime flowers.

The couple had a three tier wedding cake with the top tier being ombre pink

Evening Celebrations

The happy couple chose a band to entertain their guests… and entertain they certainly did! Carly and Stuart danced their first dance to ‘All of Me’ by John Legend.

‘Ashmore Acoustics certainly did us proud,’ says Carly. ‘The first dance song and their entire set list surpassed what we had imagined.’

The newlyweds have their first dance as husband and wife inside the stunning barn wedding venue

Carly and Stuart knew Bassmead Manor Barns was the perfect wedding venue for their special day

The bride and groom share a kiss under the moonlight at the beautiful Cambridgeshire wedding barn

If We Could Do It All Again…

‘We would celebrate over a weekend. One day just wasn’t long enough!’

Surrounded by purple flowers in the venue’s gardens Carly and Stuart enjoy a moment together

For more real wedding inspiration from this beautiful Cambridgeshire wedding venue, check out Laura and Nick’s Romance Styled Wedding and see how amazing their big day looked.

Images courtesy of © Pete Henderson Photography

Carly and Stuart Bassmead Manor Barns wedding