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Eden Barn Socially Distanced Wedding with Outdoor Picnic

BUDGET £15 – 20K

Rob – “By embracing the coronavirus restrictions, we actually ended up with some fantastic quirky aspects that we’ll be talking about for years to come.” Hell yes, Rob – like the beautiful outdoor ceremony at Eden Barn, the socially distanced picnic in the Lake District and the incredible spirit and happiness of the bride, groom and all their guests that these two could wed during such a difficult time. Make sure you read, every word written by the happy couple, and savour every capture taken by Jo Greenfield Photography because this wedding is special and will make your heart burst with joy.


“COVID 19!! We knew that we couldn’t have a reception, but we still had 22 guests, who were travelling from all across the UK to see our ceremony. We wanted to give them a special experience for making the trip. Luckily, we had already hired a vintage double-decker bus and it is still legal to travel on public transport, so we asked the bus to take us to a beautiful spot near our venue and provided our guests with a picnic. We made sure everyone was kept to their own social bubble once we got there to stick to guidelines.” – Rebecca & Rob

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Rebecca and Rob perfectly tailored their intimate Eden Barn wedding to comply with social distancing guidelines. Hosting an outdoor ceremony (where Rebecca could hear sheep whilst they said their vows) and enjoying a simplistic, and quintessentially British picnic in the Lake District where everyone kept to their own social bubbles. To quote Rob: “I love that this would never have happened if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.” Plus, how fabulous are the wedding party portraits captured by Jo Greenfield Photography with families sticking to their own social bubble, benches? Very! As are the bride and groom portraits along the country lanes. There is no denying this fabulous couple were deliriously happy and had the best time at their COVID wedding. Can we also just say how fabulous everyone looks, we’re especially loving Rebecca’s updo entwined with dried flowers that was done by her sister. Goals.


“We both wanted a chilled out vibe for our day. Even before COVID hit, we had wanted it to be outdoorsy and natural. Both of us are into folk music and really wanted to go back to an old English traditional wedding that we could imagine taking place in a village green. A timeless, vintage feel was our ultimate aim. We started with the venue. We had visited a few near Milton Keynes, where we live, but as soon as we went to Eden Barn we fell in love. They then suggested the hotel we stayed at and using the Classic coaches. We knew we wanted to use Branch Out MK for the flowers, as Rebecca loved their ethos of supporting people with autism on their allotments. We also wanted our flowers to be locally grown and plastic-free. Jo, our photographer, was a last-minute addition and we found her due to her doing a styled shoot for Eden Barn. We loved her shots and enquired about 4 weeks before the wedding. Originally, a friend was supposed to do our photos, but due to restricted numbers was unable to attend.” – Rebecca & Rob


“We have to really thank our families. The bride’s mum did an epic job making the beautiful flower girl dresses and working with the bride to sew each guest their own face mask. She even bought the two flower girls lovely rabbit cuddly toys and made the rabbits matching dresses to wear on the day. The groom’s mum made the sausage rolls for the picnic, which were delicious and a family friend gifted us some lovely rocky roads and brownies from their bakery, Billson’s Bakery. The bride’s sister braided her hair and did her own hair, while the bride did her other bridesmaid’s hair, who in turn did the flower girls’ hair. It was a team effort!
Cumbria Classic coaches also made our wedding day a dream. Without them, we would have just had to go back to the hotel after the ceremony, which would have made it a little anti-climactic, but them being able to take us up to the fell for a picnic, made it so special. Thank goodness for Harvey, our double-decker bus!”
– Rebecca & Rob


“The current circumstances are changing all the time and there is no denying that it is very stressful. The best advice that we have for this time is to accept that you can’t have complete control, but you can control some things. Take hold of the parts you do have control over and smother them in your own personality. Take advice from your suppliers and you’ll find that with their help you can still create something truly special. We found that by embracing the coronavirus restrictions, we actually ended up with some fantastic quirky aspects that we’ll be talking about for years to come.” – Rebecca & Rob

As I type wedding receptions up to 30 people have been granted permission to take place on August 15th 2020. This was after the initial date to ease lockdown restrictions on the 1st August 2020 was postponed. To keep up to date with all the government guidelines, we’ve put together a COVID-19 hub full of helpful advice, other socially distanced weddings and DIY projects you can try during lockdown.

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Photography by Jo Greenfield Photographer
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband, three beautiful children and pet dog.

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