We were delighted to host our first civil wedding ceremony at Howgills Barn on Saturday 20th May 2017. The run up to the wedding was fairly chaotic, but it was amazing how quickly everything started to ‘take shape’ once the marquee was up (Evans marquees). The marquee was adorned with silk swagging and chandeliers and looked very grand. The marquee was erected on the back of the barn and we designed and constructed a special glass front that attached to the marquee to ensure that everyone could enjoy the amazing view of the Howgill Fells. This is also where the beautiful couple exchanged their vows.
Cynthia from the local florist Abracadabra, arrived in a mini cooper bursting to the seams with a variety of sun flowers, gerbera and ranunculus and amazed us all with the flower arrangements she created on site. The tables were set up with vintage crockery and jam jars and vases which were filled with small posys. Nathan Close made our own bar out of rustic oak floorboards, which looked amazing and Appleby Brewary even fitted out the bar with a couple of kegs of ale for the evening.
On the day of the wedding, the weather was slightly unkind, but because we were in the marquee, we could still really enjoy the outdoors from inside! The registrars arrived early and were absolutely wonderful (Stephen Lawrence and Diane Doherty) and put us all at ease with their professional calm and enthusiasm for the day. After interviewing the groom, the bride arrived and following a short interview with the registrar she was then walked down the aisle by her father, Nigel Close. Dan Hase, from Cloud 48 wedding photography was busy all throughout the ceremony capturing the exchange of vows and then the bride, groom and guests after the ceremony. We can’t wait to see the pics!
Following the exchange of vows, the guests moved in to the main lounge, whilst the tables were put in place, for the wedding breakfast. Guests then enjoyed a sit down ‘afternoon tea’ style breakfast of sandwiches, fresh cream cakes, pots of tea and not forgetting the jugs of gin! Unknown to the bride, her family had organised a secret singing ‘flash mob’ with other members of the family and half way through the wedding breakfast Aunt Jude got up with her ukulele for a rendition of the Beatles, all you need is love. This was greeted with much enthusiasm from the rest of the guests and ended up with everyone quite literally singing their hearts out.
The evening celebrations were lively as the charismatic Master of Ceremonies, Pat Mulligan from Dance Floor Couture leapt in to action to deliver a fantastic Dj’ing session and the music and (free) drinks were enjoyed by all as they ‘boogied’ the night away. An evening buffet of pulled pork was enjoyed as well as a magnificent cake made out of different cheeses from Churchmouse Cheeses. Do I need to mention that the celebrations went on very late in to the night and I’m sure it will be remembered as ‘one of the best’ weddings that many people will have been to.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a beautiful couple, Steph and Maty and we wish them every happiness in their future life together. We would also like to thank everyone who came to the wedding, all the important people that ‘held everything’ together and all those that were involved in making it such a memorable day.
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