Kirsty and Mark
Kirsty and Mark wanted to host a relaxed wedding for their guests that included all of their favourite things, plenty of wintery touches and a delicious winter feast.
Kirsty and Mark knew that Clock Barn was ‘the one’ as soon as they walked in the door and they admit that after their showround, they spent the rest of the day thinking about their visit!
“Clock Barn was everything we had imagined and more. We wanted a winter wedding so a venue that was warm and cosy was important and Clock Barn ticked those boxes straight away. We also felt that an open plan venue was important so again Clock Barn was perfect. The bar area was in the main barn so guests didn’t have to leave to get a drink and our older guests could sit in the main barn and watch the disco or relax on the sofa in the Stable Room.” – Kirsty
“Sarah was so friendly and welcoming and didn’t rush us at all which was so nice as everything felt very personal. We loved the shortbread and brownies too!” – Kirsty
Kirsty and Mark kept their decorations to a minimum as neither of them wanted to draw attention away from the barn by adding too many decorations. Kirsty did know from the outset that there had to be pink involved in her wedding day and so the couple opted for a fabulous pink and grey theme with some very special additional touches made by friends and family.
“My bridesmaid Verity and I made our card box, my friend’s sister made us glittered initials and another of my bridesmaids, Caz and I spent a Saturday afternoon spraying glue on pine cones and adding glitter to them to make our place card holders!” – Kirsty
“Our flowers were stunning. Jade and Keeli from White Lilac were so helpful and every time I think about my bouquet, it just makes me so happy. The colours were amazing and the different roses went so well together. It was a pretty big bouquet but it’s not every day you get married!” – Kirsty
Kirsty and Mark also made the most of their flowers, moving the little vases from the ceremony table to the fireplace and top table after the ceremony. The centrepieces with lanterns, candles and flowers were a fabulous floral touch and really gave that warm and cosy feel that the couple were looking for.
Kirsty chose a fantastic Justin Alexander gown from Amaryllis Bridalwear after falling in love with the lace and tulle design. The nipped in waist was incredibly flattering and even though Kirsty found her gown 19 months before the big day, she didn’t doubt her choice once.
“My lovely friend and bridesmaid Verity surprised me with a beautiful pearl necklace that matched my earrings perfectly! My something borrowed was a pearl and diamond headband that my best friend, Caz had worn at her wedding back in May, it matched the dress and my jewellery perfectly and really finished the outfit off.” – Kirsty
Groom Mark hired suits from Slaters in Basingstoke and his plain black suit was a great choice for a winter wedding. Whilst Mark wore a pink tie and pocket square, the groomsmen wore grey versions to fit the theme and they also wore matching grey and pink cufflinks, a gift from Mark.
Kirsty really wanted the bridesmaids’ bouquets to stand out against their dresses so opted for grey gowns for her maids. A pink wrap was the perfect seasonal accessory for the bridesmaids and Kirsty gave all her bridesmaids pearl bracelets and charms as thank you gifts.
For a winter feast, food was all-important and Kirsty and Mark couldn’t have been happier with their menu that included mini fish and chip cone canapés, fillet of beef, chocolate brownies and pizza during the evening:
“The food was amazing! We’ve had such good feedback saying that our expert on-site catering provided the best wedding food guests had ever had. The food confirmed our love for Clock Barn; we couldn’t fault the dishes or the service. The team was so professional and it didn’t feel like the chefs had cooked for such a large number of people.” – Kirsty
In addition to this delicious menu, Kirsty and her best friend, bridesmaid Verity (aka The Muddy Bakers!) made the wedding cake! It was a masterpiece with layers of chocolate and orange, lemon and gluten free sponge. Kirsty was taught to bake by Joyce, a family friend, and so Joyce made the cake’s fruit tier.
With everyone warm and cosy, Kirsty and Mark hit the dancefloor and their first dance was the first time they’d ever danced together! After that, a great DJ from Les Hart Entertainment Agency kept the party going late into the evening.
Kirsty’s Final Thoughts
“Stay calm and don’t stress, just enjoy the planning! Remember that the day is about you as a couple, not impressing your guests, so do what you want and just keep in mind that you can’t please everyone!” – Kirsty
“I wish we’d spent more time with our guests directly after the wedding but while Mark and I were having our photos taken, we did get to spend some time together before celebrating with our family and friends. We wouldn’t have changed anything though – the day was perfect, the venue was stunning, the flowers were lovely and we all had an amazing day. We’ve also had loads of great feedback from our guests about how lovely it all was.” – Kirsty
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Images courtesy of Nicky Wood Photography