A Relaxed, Herefordshire Barn Wedding…
Today we have a gorgeous wedding to share with you, captured by Oobaloos Photography.
Georgie & Andy chose to tie the knot at the picturesque Lyde Court, filling the rustic barn with personalised, handmade decor.
From a rodeo sheep and glitter, to a steak BBQ and tequila, this wedding is all about the fun!
Why you love this wedding…
When Georgie contacted me nearly 2 years ago, saying she wanted an Alternative Wedding Photographer, I knew we were match made in heaven. She saw my style before I was even sure what my style was! As the day came closer and we met up at the stunning Lyde Court in Herefordshire I got ridiculously excited about shooting hers and Andy’s wedding.
Lyde Court have managed to clean the barn up JUST ENOUGH to smarten it for weddings but have very cleverly kept it rustic and un tampered enough to preserve all its charm. It is a delightful place and I can highly recommend it.
Favourite details of the day…
The magical quality of Lyde Court, its almost Harry Potteresqe! The vibe of Georgie’s styling matched it so well. I had a ball shooting their group pictures and the speeches were the funniest I have heard!!
Favourite moment of the day…
The moment the first dance turned into a full on rave!
Georgie & Andy…
Tell us how you met and got engaged…
We went to high school together and was always on and off, but then when we were 15 we got moved in to the same tutor group and we have been together ever since.
For our engagement it was coming up to our anniversary and we actually had the weekend off so Andy told me to go out and get a dress because he was taking me on a suprise weekend away as we were living in London at the time. So the Friday came and we went to the train station and I saw we were going back to our home town, when we arrived my friend picked us up from the train station and drove us to my mums house. I must admit I was getting a bit suspicious now and Andy was behaving very strangely. We both walked in the house and Andy got down on one knee whilst everyone shouted ‘suprise!’ He had gathered all of my friends and family and organised our engagement party, good job I said yes really! There were cupcakes, balloons and all the people I loved there so for me it was perfect, I then found Andy at the bottom of the garden in a drunk heap with a blanket over him at 10pm.
How would you describe your wedding theme?
I didn’t really plan on having a theme to be honest, I think it all just came to me after I had seen the venue. I knew I wanted it festival like and laid back so I just sort of made it up as I went along! It was definitely rustic but with a twist of glitteryness.
What were your favourite details?
It’s so hard to pick certain things that were my favourite as we were both just so in love with the whole day but the rodeo sheep was absolutely hilarious and really got everyone going. We had to pick a sheep because my Mums maiden name is Shepherd and I really wanted that to be involved in the day. I also had a company called Wish Upon a Sparkle come in the evening to glitterfy everyone and that was really fun too!
Was your favourite part of the day?
Again, hard question because I loved it all but I loved the buzz of getting ready with the girls and the anticipation of waiting to walk down the aisle, but tequila was there to calm my nerves! I also really enjoyed the speeches, I think it’s such a special part of the day and I think it’s the part that pulls everyone closer.
How was your day unique?
Like every couples wedding, it was just personalised to us which made it unique. Lyde Court on its own is a unique venue so it speaks for itself really.
What made you chose your wedding venue?
When we first starting planning the wedding we knew we wanted a venue where all of our guests could stay over because we love to party and never want things to end, so that was mainly how I found Lyde Court as they have a separate barn which has been made into dormitories. The moment we arrived my Mum, Andy and I knew this was the place, It literately takes your breath away and when you think you have seen it all there’s another amazing aspect just round the corner. We chose it because it is just undeniably beautiful, it’s in the middle of no where (so no cut off point really), all our guests could stay, the house and bridal suite is stunning and it was everything we were looking for really.
Tell us about your wedding outfits and why you picked them…
We always loved the bow ties for the men and we knew we didn’t want anything too formal which is why none of the groomsmen apart from my dad and Andy had jackets, also we wanted everyone to be comfortable because it’s their day too! That’s why I let the bridesmaids pick their own dresses, I have been a bridesmaid lots of times myself and never really liked the dress I wore, I think it’s really difficult to pick one dress that 7 girls will like! So I just gave them a sort of colour scheme to stick too and said just pick whatever you want. I did get a bit worried towards the end as I hadn’t seen them all together until the day but I was so so happy and think they all looked perfect.
What was your budget?
Is it really bad if I say we didn’t have one? When I say this I don’t mean we had an unlimited supply of money but we knew what we wanted and we were not going to settle for anything less. We didn’t keep count of how much we were spending but did try to save money on the things we could.
What was your biggest expense?
The venue was the biggest expense and we were extremely lucky as my mum offered to pay for this. Really I don’t think it was that bad though considering it included all of our food, drinks, accomodation, ceremony etc. It was so easy! We hardly had to do anything!
How did you save money?
We saved money on our invitations and decorations as we made them all ourselves. We went to the wholesalers and did our own sweets. I shopped around for a florist, then I found this lovely lady on Facebook who did it in her spare time and I was so happy with them! We didn’t do favours as such, we just had the sweet bags and there was flip flops for the dance floor. Our cake was a bargain too because one of Andy’s family members made it, it was absolutely beautiful. I didn’t have to pay for hair as my bridesmaids are hairdressers which was brilliant so I think it really is all about who you know!
What was it like working with your photographer?
So much fun and exactly what I wanted! I feel like Sheryl and I are on the same wave length and she completely understood what I wanted and nothing was too much hassle for her. I knew that I didn’t want to be away from our wedding party for hours getting our photos taken and also I’m not really into posed pictures and Sheryl accommodated my wishes and we was literally away for half hour if that! The one thing I did really love about Sheryl is that she really gets involved with the whole day and the guests, like it felt like she was more of a guest than our photographer which was brilliant because we were completely at ease with her. After speaking to my guests after the wedding not one person had a bad word to say about her and they all said how brilliant she was, not to mention how incredible our pictures are!
Advice to any couples about to get married?
Just enjoy every single second, even the bad parts when you are stressed because it is over before you know it. Get your partner involved as much as you can and don’t get caught up on the little things, when you wake up on your wedding day all of that won’t matter and even if something does go wrong you will still have the best day ever. Make sure you get everything you dreamed of and most importantly, look forward to your future with your new partner for life.
Photographer: Oobaloos Photography – Sheryl Fish
Wedding Venue: Lyde Court, Herefordshire
Wedding Dress: Stella York
Brides Shoes: ASOS sandals
Grooms Attire: Slaters, Cheltenham
Bridesmaid Outfits: Mainly ASOS & Debenhams
Flowers: Tina Probert
Cake: Topzadaisy, Pauline Fosberry
Food: provided by Lyde Court
Décor: Light up letters – AisleHireIt