A Picture Perfect Country Wedding - Hyde Barn, Lower Slaughter.
After a week of incessant rain, the day of this English country wedding dawned clear, sunny and warm. The cloudless sky proved to be the perfect backdrop to a wonderful day, as the bride and groom’s impeccable taste, style and attention to detail created a spectacular contemporary country wedding.
When I arrived, rather than spending her time being pampered, the bride was pitching in to make the venue look even more beautiful. A stunning building nestled in the rolling Gloucestershire countryside, the Hyde Barn is a barn conversion with lots of natural light which floods in through the many windows, and beautiful views across the fields. The light illuminated the gorgeous but unstuffy floral arrangements which added to the relaxed country feel of the day.
Satisfied the Hyde Barn was decorated to perfection, the bride and the rest of the wedding party went off to get ready in a room just off the barn, which was big enough for 15 adults, 2 children and a dad with a helium machine – a recipe for disaster! When they were ready, with the bride looking photo-shoot beautiful, the relaxed style continued – rather than the bride taking a car to the church, she and her father travelled there in a classic, beautiful 1960s VW camper van. The service was warm and personal, with photos carefully placed around the church to add to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Once the ceremony was over, the new Mr and Mrs headed back to the barn to party in style with their friends and family.
Canapes and drinks were served as guests enjoyed the beautiful views under clear blue skies, then the wedding breakfast began. Three was certainly not a crowd as the three ‘best men’ gave three hilarious speeches, then the groom’s sister gave a heartfelt speech and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. After the speeches, it was time to party. As the sun went down a band from London had everyone on their feet, dancing away the evening. It was a truly wonderful day for a wonderful couple, who stamped their warm, sunny personalities on every detail.
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