How's this for a true farm style wedding, an honorary chicken guest strolling around your outdoor barn ceremony at High House Farm Brewery in Northumberland, making for excellent photo opportunities by Maureen Du Preez. Even though we adore the chick, the stars of the day were most definitely bride and groom, Helen and Daniel. Helen looks stunning in a vintage lace gown by Katya Katya, bought from one of our favourite boutiques The Case of The Curious Bride. She completes her look with a delicate juliet cap veil on her fabulous auburn hair, and carried a gorgeous died flower bouquet by Artisan Dried Flower Company. Following the floral theme are the bridesmaids in vibrant flower dresses from ASOS, and another less traditional addition was the burger bar wedding breakfast. I bet that went down a storm with the guests. All in all this is definitely a rustic wedding not to be missed. Enjoy.


Helen the Bride: I wanted a dress that I would still feel like me in. I found The Case of The Curious Bride online and it was as if someone had gone in my head and created my dream wedding dress shop. Filled with original and pre-loved vintage dresses I was in boho heaven. My Mirabelle dress by Katya Katya was the first I tried on and I didn't want to take it off. I wanted to add a twist to the dress, and Mel (owner of TCOTCB) suggested a green ribbon around my waste. I wasn't going to have a veil, however when I tried on 'Vivienne' I knew she was meant to be with Mirabelle! I'd always wanted to wear a flower crown on my wedding day, so I had my one and only ever diva moment and had a headwear change for our big entrance to the wedding breakfast.


Dan wanted a suit that he felt comfortable in and could keep for years to come. His first choice was Reiss, their suits are timeless and well made. The ties for the groomsmen were made in Sweden, and picked for the colours in the dried flowers we'd chosen.


We'd always pictured our wedding being outdoors surrounded by the country side. We wanted somewhere where we had a blank canvas to create a day that truly felt like us. So we were super excited that we found High House Farm. We fell in love with the open barn, the beer barrels and the chickens. Lizzie and Heather (in charge of all things wedding) were amazing, no question was too silly and they were always there to help. We wanted the day to feel more like a festival, so we had to have a tipi! It really added to the feel of the day and was a great space for the wedding breakfast and disco!

Colour Scheme/Decor

The first item we bought for the wedding was my flower grown and the colour scheme came from there. We stuck to pastels and greens. We wanted the decor to match our festival theme, so we hunted at car boot sales and online for rustic pieces that would look in keeping.


We knew that we wanted dried flowers, as our flat is filled with them. We found the Artisan Dried Flower Company, and choose the midnight haze collection for the flower crown, bouquet, button hole and lapel corsages. For the centre pieces we wanted the tables to look like a vintage shop window display. We found assorted glass bottles,ceramic vases and glass jars online and at car boot sales and arranged them on hessian table runners. We then sourced dried flowers at whole salers, and scattered them amongst them. Our tables signs were designed and made by our best man who really who luckily is an interior architect, making all ideas come to life.


We had two readings during the ceremony. The first was 'The Little Yellow Leaf' by Carin Berger. The first time Helen read it she burst into happy tears, so it felt like it was meant to be! The second was 'The Bridge Across Forever' by Richard Bach. We both know we've found our soul mate in one another, and this reading seemed as if it was written for us.


High House put us in touch with Jamie from North East DJ. We had lots of music for him, and Jamie was brilliant and kept everyone on their feet all night.


We didn't want a traditional sit down wedding breakfast, and instead wanted a more relaxed atmosphere. So we opted for sharing nacho starters and a build your own burger main. Finished with a pick your own topping brownie. There was a ridiculous amount of food, our guests were well fed!


We feel incredibly lucky to have found Maureen to be our photographer. Her Pictures are beautiful and we fell in love with them, there was no other choice but her.

Final Thoughts

Our wedding wouldn't have looked the way it did if it wasn't for the creative genius of our best man. He designed our invitations, and seating plan display. Nothing was too much for him, and we'll be forever grateful for his help making our day look as good as it did. Don't be scared to try putting things together yourself, because you can create something that is truly special that feels like you.
Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Dress Designer: KATYA KATYA - Mirabelle | Bridal Boutique: The Case of The Curious Bride | Veil: Wilderness Bride - Vivienne | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS | Groomsmen : Reiss | Venue: High House Farm Brewery | Florist: The Artisan Dried Flower Company | Cake: Vallum House Cakes | DJ: North East DJ
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