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Wedding Ideas

© Tara Gillen Photography

A Fun-Filled Spring Celebration at Bassmead Manor Barns

With a delicate colour scheme, fabulous menu and great entertainment, the April wedding of Rachel and Adam was a romantic delight.


The Perfect Venue

Planning a relaxed, informal wedding and with an April date in mind, when Rachel and Adam visited Bassmead Manor Barns, they knew they had found their dream venue.

The newlyweds take in the beautiful surroundings at this Cambridgeshire wedding venue © Tara Gillen Photography

“It’s simply stunning. We both walked in and knew straight away that it was perfect for us.”


Theme of the Day

Focusing on a neutral colour scheme, the happy couple also wanted to add hints of teal, one of their favourite colours. Letting the beauty of the barn wedding venue speak for itself, they chose simple, elegant décor including organza sashes around the ceremony chairs, tied with teal ribbons and adorned with ceramic hearts.

The seating plan, inspired by the game of ‘Monopoly’ was a quirky addition to the day and certainly added an element of fun and personalisation.

Artificial blooms were chosen for the centrepiece flowers, meaning they could be saved as keepsakes after the big day. And, when it came to the bridal flowers, Rachel carried a hand-tied bouquet of blush and ivory roses, succulents, freesia, grey thistle and brunia. The bridesmaids’ posies were similar, smaller versions while Rachel and Adam’s daughter, a flower girl, held a wand with matching rose.

All About Outfits

The bride was stunning in a lace, fishtail gown by Anna Sorrano completing the look with a delicate hair band and shoes by Ruby Shoo.

“When I saw the back of the dress, it was breath-taking – an illusion back with beading.” – Rachel

Meanwhile, Adam looked the part in a charcoal suit with pale grey waistcoat, teal tie and pocket square, hired from Chimney Formal Menswear.

Finally, Rachel’s sister looked beautiful in a silver gown from Coast while her daughter wore a pretty dress from Monsoon.

“She later changed into another dress, also from Monsoon. With two dresses, she outdid me!” – Rachel

Food, Glorious Food

Following their romantic ceremony in The Rickety Barn, welcome drinks and canapés were served.

Moving in to dine, an exceptional menu commenced with confit duck, moving on to a surprise lemon sorbet course and, for main course, sharing boards of pork loin with fried wedges and red wine jus. Pudding was a delicious trio of desserts with scone, raspberry and vanilla mousse and chocolate brownie.

“A guest from each table was given an apron and the carving board. It was really fun and interactive.”


The First Dance Moment

As day turned to evening, the newlyweds danced their first dance to ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen.

“Rob from Strobe Disco Roadshow was with us the whole day and provided absolutely everything we could have wished for. We also had mini golf from A6 Funcastles to keep our guests amused. Finally we had a Magic Mirror for our guests to pose in!” – Rachel

In the evening guests were treated to wood-fired pizza – the perfect finale to a perfect day.

Favourite Moments

“Obviously the ‘I do’ part but also, it was wonderful to see all the children having so much fun. Our children may not have spent much time with us but it’s because they were off enjoying themselves.”

A Thought from the Bride

“Go with your instinct. Bassmead was the first venue we looked at but we continued looking at others afterwards as we thought we couldn’t possibly book the first place we’d seen. Nowhere else compared and we should have just gone with our hearts when we first saw the venue instead of visiting anywhere else!”

The bridge lights up at night as the couple stand for a photo © Tara Gillen Photography

If you’re looking for more ideas for your special day, we hope you’ll also be inspired by the May wedding of Fiona and Ross at Bassmead Manor Barns.

Bassmead Manor Barns - Rachel and Adam

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