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Rustic Luxe Farm Wedding at The Willow March Farm in Leicestershire with Jesus Peiro Gown & Floral Design by Number Twenty Seven Captured by Matt Horan Pin Image

Rustic Luxe Farm Wedding at The Willow Marsh Farm in Leicestershire with Jesus Peiro Wedding Dress

You would never guess today’s farm wedding was the first at this stunning venue or in fact, 18 months previous it was a disused cattle barn. The Willow Marsh Farm venue in the East Midlands has literally blown us with its beauty and wonderful tale accompanying its history. Bride and Groom Sarah and Simon worked tirelessly to bring to life their perfect wedding and Matt Horan has captured it and this gorgeous couple perfectly. We have a feeling The Willow Marsh Farm is going to have a busy summer next year, as let’s face it who wouldn’t want to get married here. Insert multiple heart emoji’s.

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Purple Wedding in a Rustic Barn with Floral Moon Gate and Moroccan Rug Altar

Where to begin with this purple wedding? Let’s start with the rich colours and show-stopping floral moon gate which I’m sure you’ve pinned even before you’ve finished reading this sentence! Next, there’s a gold patisserie station full of individual treats that look, and I have on good authority, tasted divine. Plus the cutest cockapoo ring bearer and wedding party that totally rocked their Jesus Peiro and Needle & Thread dresses. When we deliver, we deliver, don’t we… You’re welcome.

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Burgundy, Blush and Sage Rustic Inspiration at Patrick’s Barn

Adding a little romance to your weekend couldn’t be easier with this burgundy, blush and sage wedding inspiration. Full of fabulous floral, a dreamy Bardot lace wedding dress and the rustic charm of Patrick’s Barn in Sussex.

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Barn Wedding Venues – The Best in the UK

Barn wedding venues are the hidden gems of the wedding venue world. Sometimes proudly placed on Google, sometimes tucked away where only those in the know can find them. And there are some STUNNING barn wedding venues in the UK. Being the venue geeks that we are, we have done all the leg work for you and have listed over 30 of the most magical barn wedding venues in the land via The List (our carefully curated wedding directory). Best of all, with most listings featuring imagery from our real weddings, you will get a true feel for the venue as a wedding space before narrowing down. That’s not all, to make it even easier you can also filter by location, capacity and facilities. 

Are you still debating over whether a barn wedding venue is the right choice for your day? If so, let us give you a rundown of why these characterful buildings make the perfect place for both whispering vows and roaring parties. 

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Rosie & Sam

Obviously every wedding we feature on RMW is gorgeous, but sometimes certain weddings resonate more with me. I don’t know what it is about Rosie and Sam’s big day but putting it together just left me with the biggest smile on my face. There are good vibes all round – you’ll see.

Rosie crafted and sourced most of the decor herself, along with her mum, and she loved the process so much that she now runs a prop hire and styling company, so if you’re planning a wedding in Yorkshire do get in touch. Images come from Photography34 and I think perhaps this has something to do with why I love this wedding so much, the images are just so joyful, real and honest. Enjoy lovely ones!

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Amie & Tom

OH MY GOODNESS. Amy and Tom’s barn wedding is just SOOOOOOO beautiful. Incredible rafters, brick walls and a rough stone floor are gorgeous anyway, then you throw in metres and metres of fairy lights and foliage and the final result is jaw dropping. Be prepared to swoon, that’s all I’m saying 😉

Images come from the lovely Jo at Joasis Photography whose beautiful imagery just makes this stunning day even better! I’ve also just lost myself in her website, Jo really does capture a gorgeous couple portrait. I’m pretty sure that Amie & Tom would vouch for that too…

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Kara & Si

How beautiful is Kara’s gown by Maggie Sottero?! We’re majorly swooning over those buttons and back detailing. And to think she almost didn’t try it on because it wasn’t the style she had in mind! Honestly if I had a pound for every time I’ve read a Bride say that, I’d be a very rich lady indeed. Try the dress on! Try ALL of the dresses on!!!

Kara and Si planned their wedding from Hong Kong, meaning that they got to use wedding suppliers from both sides of the world. (Including the lovely Frances Sales and Beauty Call from our recommended supplier directory, The Love Lust List). And isn’t the result fabulous? Let’s take a closer look…

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Elizabeth & William

What can be more special than having your wedding in the same place as your proposal? And that place just so happened to be a fabulous rustic barn on the Brides parents farm, making it an EXTRA special location to say I do.

Family and friends all chipped in to transform the industrial shed into a rustic haven, using hay bales, fairy lights and an abundance of gorgeous yellow blooms in milk bottles and milk churns, plus there was an actual tree to display ‘the family tree’ portraits.

There are so many more cheeky nods to the farm theme including cow cake toppers, cufflinks and of course a tractor but I can not leave without mentioning how utterly stunning Bride Elizabeth is, her flowing natural locks and gorgeous billowing Naomi Neoh gown, all captured perfectly by Michelle Wood Photographer have me green with envy.

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We Did It.

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All of the blooms in today’s wedding were grown by Jo’s Mum. I know. How talented is she??

It’s literally a plethora of floral gorgeousness in rustic terracotta pots. The mini displays on the pew ends are particularly lovely!

Jo’s elegant Pronovias gown fits her like a glove and her simple accessories are really striking.

Images come from Hannah-May, if you get a second, have a little read of her my story section on her website – it made me chuckle.

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Rustic Wood And Brickwork

Jo The Bride: We wanted a barn – that was our main wish! We love exposed brickwork and rustic wood (both feature in our house!) and we wanted a venue to reflect our taste…The Ferry House Inn was perfect- a 16th Century Country Pub complete with a beautiful barn and incredible views across the Swale Estuary. It was the one and only venue that we viewed!

To top it off we made it a whole weekend of wedding celebrations with 35 of us staying in the nearby luxury Mocketts Farm Cottages which were absolutely gorgeous!

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Just Me

The beauty was simple really – I just wanted to look like me. No fancy up-do, no extravagant make-up. Just me. Booking my hair and make-up artist was easy- in fact it was one of the first things I did! I had been a bridesmaid for my brother two years previously and Emma Smisson did my hair and make-up then and she was amazing! She uses airbrush foundation and I cannot recommend it enough- my make-up stayed flawless all day!

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Damn Those Spaniards

Ah the dress…I’m not ashamed to say that quite some time before we got engaged (I knew he was the one!) I had already fallen in love with Pronovias bridal gowns – damn those Spaniards can design beautiful dresses!

My dress, called ‘Balta’ was purchased from Teokath Bridal Boutique in Canterbury. I knew I wanted a vintage inspired lace dress that was simple in fit and intricate in detail and as soon as I put my dress on I knew she was the one!

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Accessory Heaven

This was one of my favourite things to organise! I wanted something elegant and classic for my hairpiece and after spending endless hours doing research I approached the incredible Jo of Jo Barnes Vintage who sourced, designed and made my beautiful bespoke vintage headpiece.

I opted for a vintage cuff which was designed and made by the extremely talented Victoria of Victoria Millésime Design London and it matched the belt on my dress perfectly!

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Baby Bridesmaids

Having a lot of friends I decided that rather than have a huge bridal party, I would have no bridesmaids at all and just two very beautiful flower girls; my niece, Lilly-Mai, and my goddaughter Phoebe. Both were around 15 months old at the time of the wedding, and Phoebe had only just started walking a few weeks before but they both managed to fly down the aisle!

We wanted something cute and modern for their outfits so opted for stripey ‘sundae’ dresses from Monsoon.

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As for the boys, we decided to buy their suits from Next rather than hire them, and we went for a classic combination of navy blue and white- adding the polka dots to Ryan’s tie and hankie to set him apart from the others!

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A Natural Blend

When it came to picking a colour scheme all we knew is that we didn’t want one! We wanted our day to be a beautiful natural blend of lots of different colours, rather than tying it to a particular theme. We wanted the overall effect to be relaxed, country and vintage and I think this is apparent in our décor which consisted of (a lot of!) home-made bunting, apple crates, bales of hay, vintage jugs and pots and hand crafted wooden signs.

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Mum’s Are The Best

I am so proud to say that every single button hole (one for every guest!), pew end, jug, vase, pot and jam jar of flowers were grown from seed, and lovingly designed and arranged by my incredibly talented Mum. Gardening has not only been a career for my Mum but also an absolute passion of hers- when Ryan proposed and she offered to grow and put together the flowers for us we jumped at the chance because we knew that they would be beyond beautiful- and they were- I think the pictures speak for themselves!

We particularly loved the simple pew ends which were rustic jam jars filled with pink gypsophila and sweet peas and the wooden stepladder display showcasing vintage pots filled with flowers such as verbena, heartsease and lobelia.

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Short And Sweet

Our ceremony was short and sweet- that was our aim! No readings or songs, just a simple ceremony during which I cried (quite a lot!), and Ryan broke the ice by hilariously being unable to say ‘lawful impediment’- instead- what came out (three times!) was ‘awful impediment’- I do hope he wasn’t trying to tell me something!

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Live Acoustic Guitar

During the ceremony and drinks reception we had a live acoustic guitarist and singer- Andy was an absolute hit with everyone and he created the perfect atmosphere for our guests to enjoy their Corona and Pimms!

Our first dance song was to ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, one of our favourite songs which has the most beautiful and fitting words. Following that we had a DJ – a friend who does all our family weddings- and I can honestly say he filled the dance floor all night!

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Hearty Pub Food

When we started planning the wedding Ryan had only two requests (the rest was down to me!)- he wanted a hog roast in the evening and he wanted corona for the reception drink! We also opted for yummy canapés during the drinks reception including chicken satay, mini yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish and homemade chipolata sausages. The menu consisted of hearty pub food including duck salad, lamb shank, mushroom wellington, banoffee pie and chocolate brownie cheesecake, all served with copious amounts of wine! We had so many comments about how incredible the food was!

The cake was one of my favourite parts of the wedding- I am not a big fan of traditional wedding cakes but I loooove victoria sponge with jam, fresh cream and strawberries (who doesn’t!) and so we opted for three tiers of exactly that, made and expertly put together by Raie of Raie’s Cakes.

To compliment this, as favours we made our own jam and decorated the jars with pretty floral fabric and luggage tags.

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Hands On With The Stationery

Stationery was hugely important to us- I think the invites set the tone and give the first indication of the style of the wedding and so we wanted to get it right! Buying stationery was never an option for us- we wanted to be quite hands on and so we designed and made everything from the invites and luggage tag place names, to the table names and menus.

We centred all the stationery around a rustic theme using brown card, luggage tags and brightly coloured bunting (and I should add that every single paper flag was cut out by hand by either Ryan or myself which took hours!)

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We Did It

If I had any advice to give to future brides and grooms it would be- do it your way- don’t be hung up on tradition-make your wedding reflect your own personality!

Also, make sure you steal a moment or two on the day with just you and your new hubby. We were lucky enough to be staying overnight at the venue so before our evening guests arrived Ryan and I popped upstairs to freshen up- as soon as we were through that door I flung my arms around him, looked into his eyes with a huge smile on my face and simply said ‘we did it’ and then we had a little dance all by ourselves. That for me was one of the most special moments of the day.

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Recommended To The World

Hannah-May – our photographer. To say that this young woman is sensational at her profession would be an understatement- she captured our day in the most breath taking and beautiful way and no words of thank you would ever be enough to show our gratitude for the amazing memories she has given us through her photos. We would not hesitate to recommend her to the entire world!

We must also mention Kerrie, the wedding coordinator at our venue, who was absolutely incredible from day one- my emails (and there were a lot of them!) were always answered within a few hours, nothing was ever too much trouble and we generally couldn’t have asked for any more from her- an absolute godsend for us so ladies, if you want to plan your wedding in an organised, efficient and effortless manner- Kerrie and The Ferry House Inn are for you!

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Bride’s Gown – Pronovias at Teokath Bridal Boutique
Head Piece – Jo Barnes Vintage
Cuff – Victoria Millésime Design London
Hair and Make up – Emma Smisson
Flower Girls – Monsoon
Groom & Groomsmen – Next
Florist – Jo’s Amazing Mum
Music – Amu Acoustic & Perfect Choice Entertainment
Cake – Raie’s Cakes
Venue – The Ferry House Inn
Photography – Hannah-May

Aren’t the flowers amazing?

And how adorable are the little flower girls?

Lots of love,
Fern x

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