I met Hannah and Michael back in August 2016, as they were looking for a relaxed, natural wedding in a beautiful setting. They immediately loved Howgills Barn; the location and the fact that we could provide accommodation for the guests. They decided against the gazebo which can be fitted to the barn as they felt this hindered the wonderful feeling that the outside terrace provides with the views across the Howgill Fells. The Barn hall would be used for the wedding and smaller marquees and our glazed gazebo would be used for outdoor dining, with a picnic style lunch from the fabulous Three Hares. The night would be filled with fun and laughter as friends stocked the home made bar and danced until the early morning with a live ceilidh.
The planning comes to fruition. The day before the wedding…
Hannah and Michael are most possibly the most laid back bride and groom that I have ever met! On the morning before the wedding they casually wandered up to the Barn at 10am, wielding bunches of frothy gypsophilia. Friends and family began to arrive and after much tea drinking (by now my stress levels were really up there!!) we began to ‘deconstruct’ the main barn hall of all of its furniture. After leaving work that day, I did have the slight thought of ‘are they going to get this finished in time?’ I arrived on the morning of the wedding as the sun shone down on the Howgills to find the Barn looking amazingly beautiful. The Barn was adorned with hand made bunting and the bride’s father had made a beautiful willow arch with ivy and hydrangeas. A harp sat in the corner as the sun light cast a warm glow and it actually looked ‘heavenly’!
I’ve often advertised our Barn as being a rustic venue, but I don’t think I’d particularly gone beyond thinking of this as stringing up fairy lights and adding a few flowers. Hannah and Michael’s wedding really brought home to me what the true meaning of rustic is, as they sat laughing with friends and family stringing together hand-made oragami birds, arranging flowers in to beautiful hand sprayed vases in bronze, cream and gold. The bride’s mum (Teresa) spent the night before the wedding sewing bunting until 2am, Aunty from Ireland made a hand made cake and friends continued to arrive with an assortment of wonderful musical instruments. People always stress that they are looking for a ‘perfect day’ and to my mind the fact that friends and family were all ‘pulling together’ and were putting their love and effort in to making Hannah and Michael’s wedding made this truly ‘perfect’.
The day of the wedding…
On the big day the wedding went smoothly and the registrars were wonderful at putting the bride and groom at ease. I have to say I have never been at a wedding ceremony where people laughed so much! The lead registrar could have been a ‘stand up’ with his perfect comedy timing which perfectly complemented a speech that was made by Michael’s close friend. Following the beautiful ceremony the wedded couple exited the Barn to a harp rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.
Once outside, the couple were bombarded with the obligatory shower of rose petal confetti and then, gin cocktails were enjoyed as guests tucked in to pulled pork butties. The late hour of the night saw live music and laughter as people danced a ‘jig’ to the Gay Gordons.
Fun, friendship, family and everyone enjoying the true meaning of what marriage is; a celebration of love, a celebration of friends and family sharing one of the most important days of your life. Thank you Hannah and Michael, for letting us be part of that.
Best wishes, to a truly wonderful couple
Dawn and everyone at Howgills Barn