Summer & Robin: The Perfect Blank Canvas.

summer real bride header 2Today I’m going to be telling you a little bit about our venue.

Court Farm is a 16th Century farmhouse set in ten acres of grounds. A lovingly restored farm house just outside of Bath, it’s an absolutely beautiful, contemporary (yet rustic), comfortable home and business. I feel deadly excited to spend my wedding weekend there. The extended farm house has enough space for both of our families to be able to spend a joyous long weekend together. My family don’t really ‘do’ quiet and reflective, we’re a pretty rowdy bunch, but I’m looking forward to some personal (hungover) moments together the day after.

On the day of our wedding the outdoor space will be the main attraction. A marquee is going to be attached to the back of the barn to extend out to a dining area, leaving the main barn space free for dancing and a bar. This is were all my hard crafty work comes in. In my head it’s decked out in all the Pinterest ideas ever (and looks good) but what is it that Coco Chanel said…”simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”. I will need to channel some Chanel where decorating is concerned or I might get a bit carried away. Or not, haha.summerandrobin0summerandrobin1summerandrobin2summerandrobin3summerandrobin6summerandrobin4summerandrobin5

I still haven’t written a concise guest list yet, for some reason this is the task that has completely baffled me. It’s not as if I don’t know the names of all our friends and family, I just can’t seem to get them down on paper. I’ll have to bite the bullet soon because Autumn is fast approaching and I want to make a start on save the dates and invitations before the year is out.

For a few weeks my head was filled with chair panic. How many chairs do I need? Will I need extras? What if my sisters all fall in love the week before the wedding and I don’t have enough?! What if at the last minute fifteen people can’t make it and I have wasted money on too many chairs?! And then I had an epiphany. Benches! Aaahh I feel so smug just thinking about it now. Each bench will seat four, but one more bum squashed up on each bench or one less bum won’t be a problem. I’m also hoping that benches will give the meal a more relaxed feel.

So now a question…Does a wedding need entertainment other than music, food and drink? I’ve seen so many coconut shies, croquet sets and other games at weddings recently. But do I need to keep guests entertained?

One thing I would like to do is set up a small outdoor movie area. Like a little chill out corner with pillows and blankets and snacks. Probably with no sound so it’s not so unsociable. Robin bought me a super 8mm camera for Christmas a few years back and I have never used it, I was saving the film for a special occasion. So maybe, and I’ve not actually run this past Robin yet, we could forgo an engagement shoot and make an engagement video instead. And have it playing at the wedding? I’m not sure if that’s narcissistic (I’m not sure if the whole idea of a wedding is narcissistic) but I like it anyway. Has anyone else done this? Then maybe, if the weather holds up, we could have a proper family outdoor movie evening on Sunday night.

I looked into getting married at a little local cinema where you could have a personal film playing on the screen before the ceremony, and all the guests sit in the audience while you get up on stage to say your vows. And then best of all, a huge confetti canon goes off as you walk back down the aisle as man and wife. A CONFETTI CANON!! I couldn’t love this anymore, but unfortunately this is one thing that doesn’t fit our budget. At first it’s so hard to get unachievable quotes for things you would love to have. Thankfully it hasn’t happened too much for us. And the party afterwards is far more important than spending all our money on the ceremony.

In the end we decided to book the smallest most intimate room at the registry office in Bath. We are mega cringers and I get the feeling that if we had to stand up in front of everyone we know to say our ‘I do’s’ we’d feel silly and embarrassed and end up laughing instead of taking it seriously. So there will be fourteen people including Robin and myself. Our Mums, Dads, Sisters, Robin’s Brother and Best Man will be the only ones joining us for the ‘wedding’. Then all back to the farm to start the party (and a confetti canon?? Hint hint).

Court Farm is pretty much a blank canvas, a fantastic luxury canvas, but blank nonetheless. We aren’t restricted to caterers, colour schemes, drinks menus or anything else. It was the very first place we looked at in rainy dreary February and it was so beautiful we didn’t want to look anywhere else, If it was that perfect in grey old February I can’t wait to see it in mid August! There is field space for guests to camp and a large fire pit (I have a bit of a special idea up my sleeve involving the fire). Robin’s Dad and his partner have visited the venue with us but the rest of our family have only seen photographs. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!!

Time seems to be moving so quickly. I can’t believe that my next post will be published the day before our one year count down! Yikes!!

Summer xxx

Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

14 thoughts on “Summer & Robin: The Perfect Blank Canvas.

  1. Wow! What a GORGEOUS venue! The outdoor barn and the fire pit had me swooning! The benches will fit right in 😉

    What an ammaazzinngg idea to have the little cinema corner! I love that! (I might steal it for when I get married ;-)), especially the 8mm film idea! Worst case scenario, you could always just put loads of pictures of you as kids and the two of you together, just everything that you’re about etc, flicking through on repeat (OK, now I’m getting carried away with ideas.. I’ll stop now!)

    I really love that you’ve chosen to have the ‘wedding’ part of it be so personal and intimate, you can really make an entrance then at the party and dance the night away! *cough* confetti canon *cough* 😉

    I’m definitely going to follow your posts and wedding, it just sound so personal and intimate, and in the words of Cheryl Cole (I admit I watch the X Factor); “Right up my street”

    Best of luck! 😀 xx

    1. Thank you. There are so many ideas to consider with the outdoor cinema. Hopefully it all works out in the end. Seeing my published post has made me dead excited to get married at court farm. I need to go back and visit soon.

  2. Hi Summer,

    Great post, yet again. And a confetti cannon? HIYA! I would love one of those…a glitter cannon would be even better, although I feel this may be too ambitious. Also agree with the Coco Chanel mantra of simplicity = elegance, wonderful.

    I also quite like the idea of an engagement video, and so what if it’s a bit narcissistic – a wedding is probably the only chance you and Robin have for a day where it’s all about you!!

    Lauren xx

    1. YES to a glitter cannon Lauren!! That would be amazing!!

      And I totally agree – embrace the narcissism on W-day!

      Fern x

  3. Hi Summer, wooooow what an amazing venue! I can totally see your Mexican vision in there, and how exciting to have it all to plan (and DIY!). A confetti/glitter cannon is what dreams are made of, seriously. xx

    1. It all looks so posh and classy on this post, haha. I can’t quite believe this is actually my venue. Hopefully I can do it justice by plastering it in colour!

  4. EVERYONE NEEDS A CONFETTI CANNON. I would have one in my office to celebrate the end of the working day, every day, except the cameras would get all confetti-d.

    The fire pit sounds amazing, as does the mini-cinema. Exciting times…!

    1. Very exciting times! I totally need a confetti canon in my life. If not at the wedding then it’s my 30th next year…..hopefully both will be filled with confetti!

  5. My advice? Why get one confetti canon when you could get four. Or 10. More is more when it comes to confetti, especially on camera. There’s nothing worse that going to photograph an awesome confetti moment and seeing a tiny puff of confetti float away on the wind. Go wild with it.

    I love the cinema idea too. If you’re having kids at the wedding perhaps something to entertain them in the afternoon?

    Anyhoo your wedding plans sound ace. Keep up the good work.

  6. HA I’m chuffed everyone seems so behind the idea of a confetti canon, I thought I was having an over the top diva moment!
    A kids corner cinema is a great idea for the daytime.
    Thanks xx

  7. I agree with Laura – the more confetti the better. There’s no such thing as too much. At Saturday’s wedding we had two and whilst good, everyone wanted more. IMMEDIATELY. They are so much fun. Beautiful venue, cannot WAIT to see your vision come to life!

  8. Just met a bride whose booked us to do her wedding flowers at
    Court Farm! Looks like a fantastic venue & I can’t wait
    to see it all decorated on the day!! 🙂

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