Harriet and Rich have been together for 10 years and knew ultimately they just wanted to say their vows. They struck gold with Willow Marsh Farm wedding venue and the glorious September sunshine. Saying their vows outside with a personalised ceremony framed by a floral moon gate. They then resided to the barn for an intimate steak pie wedding breakfast which was in honour of their first date meal together.
After the year we’d had it felt surreal the day was even happening.
What Made Our Day Unique
2020 weddings are going to feel pretty unique looking back! Ours felt like this little pocket of sunshine, a properly joyful day in an intense year. After all the curveballs, we would have taken snow with a local hurricane thrown in so the fact it was a scorcher in late September felt like we’d struck gold. We’ve been together 10 years and knew ultimately we just wanted to stand up and say our vows. Having the best friends and family stream it from across the globe was a surreal but special icing on the cake.
Willow Marsh Farm
Willow Marsh Farm was built when owners Sarah and Simon couldn't find one they liked. Since then it's been bringing joy to couples everywhere including Harriet and Rich. The couple took inspiration from the rustic feel of the farm and made full use of the grounds and barn for their outdoor ceremony and intimate reception. They served guests steak pie at their wedding breakfast because this was the first meal they ate together on their first date. Although, Thomas The Caterer ensured their wedding pie knocked the socks of their first date supermarket pie.
Inspiration & Styling
The barn-inspired most of the styling as we loved the rustic and natural feel. We wanted as much of the day to be outside against the Willow Marsh backdrop. Louise at Number Twenty Seven framed the landscape with an insanely beautiful flower arch. She has a really distinctive style and even when we were inside it felt like we were in a fairy garden. She had thought of every tiny detail, including weaving sunflowers into the arrangements, because they were in the first bunch of flowers Rich gave me.
The best moment was dancing on the terrace in the sunshine with our singer Sophie doing a cover of Elvis' I can’t help falling in love.
Harriet and Rich had so many compliments about their ceremony and how personal it was, and that’s entirely down to their celebrant Karen at Standout Ceremonies and them deciding to have a Humanist service. It not only allowed them to do the whole thing outside, but it was also incredibly relaxed, funny and emotional. She interviewed them and their friends beforehand, incorporating lots of stories into the ceremony. Harriet and Rich were also allowed to write their own vows and choose specific readings. If you want to know what else a celebrant can do for you, read our article.
Photographer: Matt Horan | Venue: Willow Marsh Farm | Florist: Number Twenty Seven | Caterer: Thomas The Caterer | Celebrant: Stand Out Ceremonies | Singer: Sophie De Winter | Wedding Dress: Madi Lane Bridal | Bridal Boutique: Doty Bridal | Hair Stylist: Hair by Olivia James | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Helen Rose