Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

EMMA + DAN

10.12.18

Winter weddings are always so magical at the barns. With our 18ft Christmas tree taking pride of place in the barn, fairy lights twinkling throughout and the toasty fire pit crackling outside, our rural venue is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding during the winter months.

Emma and Dan knew that they wanted a barn wedding and we were happy to oblige, playing host to their winter celebration at the barns in December. Our recommended photographer, Tom Halliday, was on hand throughout the day to capture every smile, embrace and now cherished memory, for Emma & Dan to keep and look back on in years to come. Scroll down to see a selection of these photos and Emma’s words of wisdom…!

PICKING THE DRESS

I had always known that I wanted a dress with sleeves but had no idea what shape to go for. The girls at Fleur De Lys Bridal in Saffron Walden were really helpful and the first time I went they allowed me to try on as many dresses as I wanted in whichever shape. I actually held a dress the first time that didn’t turn out to be ‘the one’. After having another look online I picked a few more dresses to try on at another visit and that was when I found my dress. 

The moment I put my dress on and came out to reveal it to my Mum, Nan and bridesmaid Sian there were tears in everyone’s eyes and I knew it was the one. I loved the beautiful intricate detail on the sleeves and bodice which I felt were perfect for a winter wedding and the illusion back added something extra special to the dress. The floor length plain veil I chose really made me feel like a bride and everything came together perfectly on the day. 

 

SUITED & BOOTED

The suits were from Anthony Formal Wear in Colchester; Dan & I went to choose them together but I really wanted Dan to choose how he wanted himself and the boys to look on the day. He went for a navy suit with a navy and cream puppytooth waistcoat. Dan had a scoop neck waistcoat and a matching hank and bow tie, whilst the rest of the groomsmen had burgundy ties and hanks to tie in with the bridesmaids. They all looked really smart on the day! 

 

THE BRIDE SQUAD

I had four bridesmaids and three flower girls. Sammi, my best friend for the past twenty-six years was my maid of honour and then Alex, Charlotte and Sian were my other bridesmaids. Sammi, Alex, Charlotte and I have travelled some of Australia together and have shared a lot of happy memories over the years. I couldn’t have imagined getting married without those four girls by my side; they truly are such a special bunch and I’m very lucky to have them. Elsie, our beautiful daughter was one of our flower girls as well as our niece’s Elys & Ruby; they all looked so lovely on the day with their gold and cream dresses and fur boleros.

I saw the bridesmaids’ dresses soon after Dan & I got engaged and fell in love with the colour and the lace sleeves. I knew they would be perfect but they were out of my budget so I hung on and ended up managing to get 20% off them on Black Friday luckily. They were from Coast and all the girls were so pleased with them and felt beautiful in them which was so important for me. I loved staying at the cottage the night before with all my favourite girls and the morning getting ready with them all was perfect. Also when we all came out of the ceremony we were all singing and dancing to the exit song and had a big group cheers at the end. They are all stunning girls and I was so proud to have them stand by my side. 

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

The Granary Estates was the first venue we looked at after we got engaged and we both came away knowing it was the one. I had always imagined I would get married in a barn and the Granary excelled all of my expectations; both the flint and granary barns are stunning with lovely old features. During Christmas the barns are literally magical, with an 18ft Christmas tree in the granary barn and fairy lights flicking away in the flint barn it was the perfect place to have our winter wedding. The glass walkway linking the two barns and the courtyard are also beautiful features of the barns.   

Hall & Co transformed the flint barn into a soft seating area post ceremony and they also hung a canopy of fairy lights over the dancefloor which added to the Wintery feel. We went for mercury gold, deep burgundy and textured green foliage as the themes for the wedding. They were incorporated throughout the day to create the rustic winter wedding we had both imagined. Our suppliers were amazing and transformed the venue into everything we had ever wanted with beautiful flowers, foliage and candlelight used as the centrepieces. We also wanted to add personal touches to our day so I handwrote the chalkboard and place names and we made our wedding favours; also decorating the venue with photos of our loved ones special days.

 

FLOWERS

Our flowers were by the amazingly talented Emily of Emily Tallulah Flowers; Emily is my good friend Grace’s sister and I had previously seen weddings and other events she had supplied for in the past and knew she would be perfect. Not only is she very kind and warm but she has an ability to transform your ideas into everything you could want and more. We had beautiful burgundy and hanoi ranunculus, Juliet roses, peach avalanche roses and quicksand, as well as textured green and gold foliages. I was literally obsessed with my bouquet and couldn’t have been happier with all the gorgeous flowers that filled the venue on our big day. The colours of the flowers fitted perfectly with the venue and our theme. 

 

THE VOWS

I actually felt quite calm before the ceremony, I think the girls were quite surprised but I was really excited and looking forward to seeing Dan at the end of the aisle. We had chosen our favourite song for me to walk down the aisle to and as soon as I heard that the tears started. It was so special for us sharing the day with our family and friends; Sammi and my cousin Alice did beautiful readings. We chose them because the words really resonated with us both and to a certain degree summed up our relationship perfectly. 

I can still remember every part of the ceremony; Dan & I had written personal vows that neither of us had read before and it was an extremely emotional moment, I could barely get my words out through the tears but I am so glad we chose to write them as it made the ceremony feel even more personal. The Flint barn looked perfect with the canopy of fairy lights, Christmas tree in the corner and the beautiful floral aisle ends; it was the perfect setting for our ceremony. 

 

CATERING

We chose Hall & Co as our caterers; the day we first met with Elizabeth she was so professional and lovely and took the time to really get to know our likes and dislikes. We had lovely canapes and a two course wedding breakfast. For the mains our guests had a choice of slow braised pork belly or shin of beef, both with mash and spring greens. With me being a chocaholic the obvious choice for desert was a dark chocolate mousse, coffee mascarpone and a spiced caramel biscuit. We had so many comments from our guests to say how amazing the food was on the day.

 

PARTY TIME!

We had around 60 additional evening guests join us to celebrate in the evening. We decided to go for a DJ, Andy of Soundwave Disco who has been an old family friend was the obvious choice and did a great job on the night. We chose the acoustic version of Sam Smith – Latch as our first dance; it was actually one of the things we left until last to choose but after listening to it a few times we knew the words were perfect. Dan was brave enough to lift me on the night (after nearly knocking me out a couple of times at home on the ceiling) at the exact moment the confetti cannons went off which came together exactly as we wanted it to. 

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Tom Halliday was our wedding photographer and he was absolutely amazing on the day and the lead up to the wedding. He’s such a genuine, friendly bloke and his style of photography is just out of this world. We had seen some weddings he had shot before and immediately knew we wanted him to be our wedding photographer, other than the venue he was actually the first supplier we booked for our wedding. His photos are just absolutely stunning and I couldn’t even begin to pick a favourite as they are all so beautiful and sum up the day perfectly. They arrived in our inbox within 5 weeks which we were so pleased about as we got to re-live the day all over again so soon after the wedding. I’ve had quite a few printed off and put in frames ready for when we move into our new home in March and we can’t wait to see the album. 

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

I remember the first moment I saw Dan at the bottom of the aisle and feeling so happy and lucky to be marrying him. Also just looking around at our amazing family and friends and feeling so lucky to share the day with all those we love the most as well as the big tear-jerker moment when my Dad came in the room with my daughter Elsie to see me for the first time. 

Because we had 2 and a half years to plan the wedding I think it all went pretty smoothly in the end as we didn’t ever really need to rush anything in the planning process. The last decision we made which was probably one of the best decisions was to have a videographer; the day flies by so quickly and now we look back and are so glad we have those memories to watch for the rest of our lives. OW Productions was a great choice and we are both so excited to watch the video back! 

My top tip would just be ENJOY every moment and don’t stress over the little things. Everything will fall into place on the day and if it doesn’t go exactly as you planned then don’t worry – no one around you will notice it as all they care about is you and the love you have for each other. 

Grab your slice of the action!

Today see’s a nationwide celebration of all thing pizza taking place! To mark National Pizza Day, we asked the talented team at Fired Up to tell us about there fave recipe and where you can sample some of their delicious oven-baked creations! Over to you Fired Up… :)


Our ethos is keep it simple, keep it traditional and use the best Italian ingredients you can find!

Pizza is one of the nations favourite dishes because it literally caters for all – old, young, vegetarians, vegans & meat eaters. It’s diversity makes pizza wonderful!

We researched all of our pizza’s by travelling to Naples which is home to our favourite pizza’s and we based our dough flavourings and toppings around the Italian style. Through a lot of research, we bought our findings back to the Streets of Cambridge and the people of this fine city, who have been enjoying our pizza for 8 years now.

For us (Rory & Nancy the owners of Fired Up) our favourite pizza has to be the N’Duja. There is something very special about this pizza cooked in 90’s in our oven...

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Dough - We use a classic Neapolitan recipe ’00’ Flour, yeast, water and table salt. We allow to prove over 24 hours for the springy moorish crust. 

Our tomato sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need.

N’Duja - What can we say about this, possible one of the finest ingredients ever made. A soft spreadable Salami from Calabrian. It has a smokey, spicy and highly addictive taste and melts into puddles of loveliness over the pizza. 

To finish the pizza, we add basil leaves and Virgin Oil - simple but amazing!


Want to try some of this authentic and delicious pizza for yourself?! Find Fired Up here:


Cambridge Food Park at the Cambridge Science Park

The Cambridge Beer Festival (for their 3rd consecutive year) - 20th - 25th May 2019

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend 2019 - 23rd & 24th March 2019


Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

NATHALIE + KIERON

17.11.18

Last autumn, we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming Nathalie, Kieron and their loved ones to their wonderful November nuptials.

With a strong vision of how they wanted their big day to look, the future Mr & Mrs Bates had lots of personal touches from fairy lights, to sparklers and of course, their amazing personalised neon sign (scroll down…!).

Here we take a look back at their special day, captured by the talented Three Flowers Photography… some serious wedding inspo coming your way!

PICKING THE DRESS

I knew I wanted a fitted fishtail dress but I was convinced I wanted sleeves with it being November. I thought I’d need to be warm. I tried on A-LOT of dresses (all with sleeves) only to end up choosing one without. When you try them on in the shop they are all in larger sizes usually so even when they pin them to fit the mesh of the arms, it still looks baggy and it was hard for me to imagine it being smaller although I’m sure it would have looked lovely. I felt far too covered up in all of them so ended up with a sleeveless with mesh that made it appear strapless.

Confetti and Lace in Lakeside, Essex became my second home I must have tried nearly all of the dresses and it’s a very big shop! I loved the atmosphere in there and always felt very relaxed compared to other stores I went to. It was by far my favourite and I would definitely recommend it.

I didn’t expect to have that ‘wow’ moment, but I did feel quite emotional the first time I tried my dress on. I was just with my mum and was getting really fed up with the whole process by this point, but it felt so special that I did well up slightly. The back and the train are what did it for me, which is why I didn’t have a veil because I didn’t want to cover that part of the dress up. 

 

SUITED & BOOTED

Kieron got his suit from Anthony’s in Billericay and he designed his suit from scratch. He doesn’t really wear suits so he wanted to get a nice one that he could wear in the future. I went with him because I was scared of what he’d pick (there was a lot of talk about larger checks and out there patterns) but I liked the ones he chose.

He picked a navy check and a very lary lining, and the other boys just had navy so he stood out but not too much. The boys clubbed together and bought him a pocket watch so they all had matching ones with their names engraved on them which was really nice and they looked great with the waistcoats in the photos.

 

THE BRIDE SQUAD

I had three bridesmaids; my sister and my two best friends. The dresses were the first and easiest thing I sorted out. We got engaged just before Christmas, so I nabbed the dresses in the sale from early in January. I knew I wanted a champagne gold colour and found them online, they were ISSA at House Of Fraser and were in the sale for £40 from £120. I grabbed about 6 different sizes so they had options and got the girls to try them on, luckily they all liked them!

We all got ready together in the morning which was nice. It was stressful at times with 4 people doing their own hair and make up in one room.. but was nice to share the morning with them and make memories.

Half way through me and Kieron having our photos taken, the girls appeared with glasses and a bottle of prosecco which I was very happy to see as I’d been outside for about 40 mins and was freezing.

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

We knew we wanted a barn, but I didn’t want a classic Tudor-style with dark beams so that limited the options. When I saw The Granary Estates on Instagram I fell in love with the flint walls and light feel. We spent a weekend driving around looking at venues, we saw about 15 barns in one weekend and The Granary was the last one we saw, much to Kieron’s annoyance! When we turned the corner and saw the big barn I looked at Kieron and said this is the one! Luckily, he didn’t disagree. 

We loved the fairy lights and the drapes in the main barn so Hall & Co did those for us. Other than that, we kept it very simple letting the flint and grandness of the barns speak for themselves and opted for greenery instead of flowers to keep costs down but also because I liked the simplicity of the greenery and the lights.

 

FLOWERS

My mum managed to convince friends to let her chop up their gardens for greenery and bought some extra bits a few days before from our local flower stall, where she also bought the flowers for our bouquets which she made herself. I was very impressed, she’s very arty like me which came in useful.

 

THE VOWS

I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be standing waiting in the corridor. I’d had a few glasses of prosecco for dutch courage, but when the doors opened and I saw everyone looking at me I panicked and basically dragged my dad down the aisle as quickly as I could. I remember blinking loads while walking down, thinking don’t cry, don’t cry, your make-up! In one photo you can see a pool of tears in my eyes but luckily they didn’t spill out!

Once I was at the front with Kieron I felt less nervous but found myself squeezing his hand and fidgeting from one foot to the other. I was willing it to hurry up as I’m not good with attention being on me (hard to avoid on your wedding day) so I don’t remember much of the ceremony. My sister read a poem which she’d written about us which was amazing and nearly got me.

 

CATERING

We used Crown Catering Cambridge and they were amazing, we’ve had so many compliments on the food! Mainly the butternut squash and chilli soup which really helped warm us up after being outside for photos. Then we kept it simple with roast chicken and had our wedding cake (lemon drizzle) as dessert so we cut the cake after the main course and did the speeches while they cut it up in the kitchen. It worked really well as then the cake didn’t go to waste and we still have loads left in our freezer!

 

PARTY TIME!

We only had 20 or so more guests in the evening. Kieron wanted a band but the budget didn’t allow for it so we booked the Granary DJ package. We were a little worried as we had never met or heard them DJ, but we used their online system to pick out our ‘must play songs’, all of which he played and the rest of the music was amazing. The dance floor was packed the whole night!

We didn’t really have ‘a song’ so we found it quite hard to pick our first dance song, however I loved our choice and the confetti cannons were great, although it did all go in my mouth! I enjoyed the party so much more than I thought and after the first dance was over, I really relaxed. I had a bit more to drink and just felt like we were on a night out with our friends, who also didn’t leave the dancefloor!  

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Charlotte from Three Flowers Photography was our photographer and, along with her second shooter, was amazing! We loved them.

We had a tight schedule for photos as in November the sunset is much earlier, but they were on it. 

I saw that Charlotte had shot a November wedding at the Granary the year before and loved her style. She knew the venue and even though it wasn’t summer, the photos looked amazing. We’re SO happy with how they turned out and were so lucky with the weather and the sunset! 

We had the photos 5 weeks after the big day, although she sent me a few early so I could get them printed for the family’s Christmas presents. I haven’t made a book yet but it’s on my list of things to do. 

We definitely have some favourites, we are also lucky that some of the guests had good cameras too so they captured some really nice natural moments too. 

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

It’s very cheesy but I just remember being so happy, surrounded by everyone you love, I thought it would be daunting, but it was great. And all the things you think will bother you or that you’ll worry about on the day, don’t, you just don’t care about anything else that’s happening. And dancing, we spent what felt like the whole night on the dancefloor.

One of Kieron’s groomsmen filmed the whole day on his Go-Pro which was so nice to have because we couldn’t really remember so much, it really does go by in a blur. We watched the ceremony and speeches a few days later and saw so many bits we’d missed. 

Also trust the staff - they are doing it every week so they know better than you do. I printed out a master list of the day and gave it to the staff and also my mum, the bridesmaids and groomsmen so everyone knew what was happening and we could relax.

What's your flavour? #NationalSoupMonth

TUSCAN BEAN + CHORIZO SOUP

By Crown Catering Cambridge

To mark National Soup Week, we asked one of our Granary caterers, Crown Catering Cambridge, to provide us with a delicious recipe for you to try at home on these chilly winter nights! To sample more tasty dishes from the Crown team, visit The Kings Head in Dullingham :)

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Ingredients

1x small onion

1x large carrot

2x sticks celery

2x cloves garlic

100g chorizo

1x pint brown chicken stock

1x pint pasta sauce

1x large handful lilyput cappers

100g butter beans

Basil to taste

Salt and pepper

 

Method

1 Chop the celery, garlic, onion and carrots.

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2 Sauté until softened.

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3 Add diced chorizo sausage - cook for 10 minutes.

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4 Add chopped baby plum tomatoes.

5 And fresh brown chicken stock.

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6 Reduce by half.

7 Add pasta sauce.

8 Cook for 35/40 minutes on a low heat.

9 Finish with lilyput capers, freshly chopped basil and butter beans.

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Not just a wedding venue...

The Granary Estates | Conference Venue

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The Granary Estates is a stunning and unique conference venue located on the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire border which offers a flexible meeting space in an ideal countryside location.

With two separate venues available, The Granary Estates offers choice and variety. Whether you want a completely blank canvas in the shape of a 32-acre field or an 18th century flint barn with private grounds, we have a variety of options on offer to anyone looking for an events and conference venue in the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area.  

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The Granary Barns offer exclusive use, with three barn spaces available in which to host your corporate function. Choose from the Flint Barn, the Milling Room or the Granary Barn; all spacious and aesthetically stunning spaces which can hold delegate numbers ranging from 10 to 200. The glass walkway joining the three barns provides natural light and views of the private courtyard.

The Estates alternative events venue (located in the village of Dullingham, Cambridgeshire) is the Polo Club. A large marquee or stylish tipi tent look fantastic on the grounds if required. Outdoor activities, team building and company sports days all work great at this venue on a dry hire basis.

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For further details on our events venues in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire, get in touch by calling 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.


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The Granary Showcase 2019

Last weekend saw our January Showcase take place at The Granary Barns. At this time of year with lots of newly engaged couples on the search for their perfect venue, we love taking this opportunity to dress our barns and show the many different ways you can have your tables and venue styled.

With the help of our industry friends and Granary suppliers; Clare Jones, Tolly’s Flowers, Hall & Co. Event Design, Covers By Gill, CMA Hire and Cambridge Wedding Services, the barns looked stunning with wall to wall inspiration!

Here are a few snippets from the weekend - if you’re feeling inspired and would like to come and take a look around our barns too, please feel free to get in touch with our events team HERE :)

LINKS TO OUR SUPPLIERS BELOW

STYLING - The Granary Estates + Hall & Co. Event Design

FLOWERS + FOLIAGE - Clare Jones Floral Design, Tolly’s Flowers + Hall & Co. Event Design

CHAIR VIOLES + CANDELABRA - Covers By Gill

TABLEWARE + CROSSBACK CHAIRS - CMA Hire

DJ + DISCO - Cambridge Wedding Services

2019 Wedding Trends

As we get ready for our Showcase weekend and to meet those of you still searching for your perfect venue (exciting times!), it’s time to take a look at what trends are expected to be big this year in the wedding industry!

Looking back over the past 12 months, we saw many of the predicted trends of 2018 making their way to the barns. Flower installations, draped foliage, grazing stations and personalised signage were all popular with our couples last year and from looking at 2019 predicted trends, they look set to stick around for a bit longer :)

We have been looking at the wedding industries predicted trends for the coming year and are excited to see some of these make at the Granary Barns very soon! Let’s get those creative juices flowing…!

 

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

Peonies - such a delicate, beautiful bloom and one which is going to be bang on trend this year. Whether its used in a bountiful bouquet or as part of your centrepieces, this is a flower which will be seen a lot during 2019 and we couldn’t be happier!

As with 2018, foliage will be a favourite this year and used in a variety of gorgeous ways. From hanging florals to table runners to food station decoration, greenery will be a great way to bring fresh, boho vibes to your big day.

Dried flowers, seeds and grass such as pampas are also predicted to be popular this year. If your someone who likes to be organised, this may be the trend for you as these arrangements will be easy to create and store with lots of time to spare, and can also be reused following the day, the perfect keepsakes to hand out to your nearest and dearest.

 

COLOUR POPS & PALETTE

Colour choices in your wedding styling can be a big decision. They can dictate the choice of flowers you can have through to what stationery will compliment your table… the most important thing is to choose what YOU like!

This years predicted colour palette consist of nudes, ice cream pastels and pops of coral. Colour blocking with a chosen colour will be a key trend to ensure bold statements and a flowing aesthetic throughout your venue styling.

 

DRESSED TO IMPRESS

With two royal weddings in 2018, it was clear that this years bridal wear was going to have been influenced by ‘The Megan Effect’. Simple, elegant gowns are the popular choice following the May nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and we are big fans! With additional features such as oversized bows or deep pockets, this seasons newest trend won’t be for everyone but is a statement piece for those who prefer the clean, minimal look.

Three piece suits are back on trend and are sure to make you and your groomsmen feel special on the big day. By mixing textures and patterns or adding a dazzling pocket watch, you can really make your suit personal to you. As always, the addition of a pocket square or button-holes can help to bring in the flowers and tie in the wedding styling for that finishing touch.

Bronzed and brushed metal cutlery are also on this years most desirable pieces of tableware so keep an eye out for these! Wedding stationery is something which is a personal choice, some put a lot of thought into this whilst others decide not to have any at all! If you are a stationery lover (like us), minimal designs and pastel shades of card are predicted to be a hit this summer.

 

VENUES + STYLING

The wedding industry has seen a growth in more diverse and interesting venues over the past few years, with barns, historic and industrial spaces proving very popular. This year, ‘bringing the outdoors in’ will continue to be a prominent theme, contrasting clean, modern lines with the outdoors and nature.

 

FOOD & DRINK

Much like in 2018, as couples are getting more creative with their big day, so has the food options available to them. Three course meals, barbecues, food stalls, sharing platters - the list of options available is at its most varied and we find that couples are taking more control of what they would like served to their loved ones.

For 2019, grazing stations, sharer boards and comfort foods (like mac’n’cheese, sausage & mash) are all looking to be very popular and we cant wait to see what our catering teams cook up during the next 12 months! YUM!

BUT THE THING TO REMEMBER IS….

Every wedding that is held here at The Granary Barns or at The Polo Club is unique. Even though every wedding season comes with many beautiful trends, our advice is always to go with your heart and make the day personal to you! Don't get caught up in spending too much money on things you don't really want (which is easy to do) and stick to your guns - it's YOUR day and we are here to make it special for YOU!

We hope you’re feeling inspired and ready for the year ahead… bring on 2019! x

2018 - A look back...

2018 has been AMAZING at The Granary Estates!

Here we take a look back at just some of the memories that have been made under our timber beams and a reminder of why we do what we do.

With another full and varied year ahead, we are going to take the time on New Years Day to relax and unwind before we are back in the Estates Office and ready to crack on with more weddings, events and celebrations throughout 2019!

It’s been a privilege to work with you all this year, whether that has been as a supplier, a host, one of our many wonderful couples or corporate clients - we hope you all have a great night tonight and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

The GG’s and Granary team! x

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Tom Halliday

Julia & You

Matt Wing

Chasing Eve

David Boynton

Eales Photography

Liam Smith Photography

Lina & Tom

Shoot It Momma

Mark Cribb Photography

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..and last but not least, our Operations Director, Amy!



What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Being home with my hubby and Mills

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Fav Christmas song / movie

Shaking Stevens!

What’s the best/worst present you’ve ever received?

Best - Three years ago, my brother flew home from Australia, and I hadn’t seen him for two years. We had a big family Christmas at ours, and that was really special. Last year me and Mills got matching Barbour jackets 😉 , which was a close second!

Worst – We were having our en-suite renovated last year and two days before Christmas our builders left, my husband was working late and came home to find the house completely flooded. We had a faulty tap. It was an absolute nightmare, but the show went on and we hosted for 10 guests! We laugh about it now!!


Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

It’s my northern family’s tradition to have hot beef and gravy rolls with chips on Boxing day. It’s a great hangover cure and usually enjoyed in PJ’s watching Christmas movies! No calorie counting that day.

Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

Crisps and dips

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Roses or Quality streets?

Roses errrrrrrry’time.

 

Christmas eve – in or out?

In an ideal world, it’s a dog walk with Mills and then a bottle of red in a village pub with Hughesy, before coming home to chill. In reality I have usually travelled back to Birmingham with a car full of unwrapped presents, so spend the eve rushing around trying to get organised!

Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

Yes, I treat myself every year!

Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

I always attempt a lie in, then its bacon sarnies before a long walk with Mills

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Your fave Christmas movie?

Love Actually or The Holiday.

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HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVERYONE!

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!

LOVE, THE GG’S X

I'm dreaming of a winter wedding...

We have seen many stunning weddings take place under our rustic, timber beams throughout December. The barns are filled with fairy lights, festive scents and taking centre stage is, of course, our 18ft Christmas tree (styled to perfection by Hall & Co.).

For those of you who love this time of year and dream of having a winter celebration, take a look at some of our previous weddings at the Granary Barns.

Fairy lights, sequin table cloths, snow inspired cakes, silver palettes, the glow of real candles and our roaring fit pit - subtle nods to the winter season and simple ways to enhance that festive feeling with your wedding styling.

Always a magical time of year, we LOVE a winter wedding and seeing couples celebrate with friends and family under our Christmas tree..…maybe this could be you next year? :)

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..here’s our Marketing Manager, Lynne!



What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love seeing all of my friends and family at this time of year! Its a great excuse to fill in the diary with social events throughout the month and let your hair down :)

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Roses or Quality streets?

Even though I’m normally a Cadburys girl, it’s Quality Streets all the way at Christmas time!


Christmas eve – in or out?

A bit of both! I normally try and go out early with friends and finish up having a drink with family in the evening.


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

Always! I’ve got 3…

fave Christmas song?

It’s a bit of a random one but it’s Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody! Its the song that reminds me the most of Christmas growing up and family parties :)

Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

I love Christmas dinner, but it’s got to be the Boxing Day spread that I look forward to the most - my Grandma’s ‘Christmas Soup’ recipe with fresh, crusty bread is the highlight for sure!


Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

A lie in if possible! Depends on the festivities the night before… :)


Your fave Christmas movie?

Home Alone - its not Christmas if I haven’t watched 1 & 2!

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Image - google.com


NEXT UP

Operations Director, Amy!

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..over to our Wedding & Events Coordinator, Parris!


What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

It’s cheesy but has to be the socialising, good food & drink!


What’s the best/worst present you’ve ever received?

I think I am very lucky (or just not fussy) and not had many bad presents. However, I would have to say my worst present has to be a premixed Pina Colada cocktail I got in a secret Santa as I have an allergy to pineapple! (And I use to love Pina Colada too so that was not cool!).  

Best present has to be my first ever designer bag… I never thought I would ever own such a beauty!

Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

All the standard ones I think… my favourite ones have to be Boxing Day with all the cousins, cheese, wine & games! (I love Boxing Day more than Christmas day itself… shhhh!)

I also put the Christmas tree up with a bailey’s & a Christmas film playing in the background every year.. 

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Image - google.com

Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

It has to be the cheese and cold meats. Right!?

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Image - The Boston Calendar

Roses or Quality streets?

Quality streets all the way.

Christmas eve – in or out?

It use to be out but now I’ve got my own place, it’s going to be in this year :)


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

If I have to wear one it’s going to be the ‘girliest’ one I can find!

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Image - Next.co.uk

Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

You don’t get a choice when you have 2 under 5’s in the house. Up early it is.

What are you most looking forward to doing over the Christmas season this year?

I have been organised this year and have lots of social events to go to so it has to be that.

Your fave Christmas movie?

Has to be The Grinch… big kid at heart!

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Image - MSN.com

NEXT UP

Marketing & Creative Manager, Lynne!




Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..here’s our Event Manager, Mikaela!

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Eating aaaaaall the food and spending time with the family!


Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

….put on a stone :/

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Image - google.com

Roses or Quality streets?

Neither! I'm all about miniature heroes!


Christmas eve – in or out?

Definitely out - the best time to see everyone and celebrate with a drink or two :)


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

Absolutely. The jazzier the better!

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Image - google.com


Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

Turkey….fulled loaded with heaps of homemade bread sauce!

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Image - Johnny’s Kitchen


Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

Pretty much the only day I don’t mind getting up early. Just to try and catch Santa obviously.


Your fave Christmas movie?

The Holiday - I love to watch it with my Mum around this time of year :)

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Image - BuzzFeed

NEXT UP

Wedding & events Coordinator, Parris!

Christmas Time with the GG's!

As we rapidly approach Christmas day and the chance to eat as much as we like, we thought we should take a few moments to ask our team at the Granary what it is they love about the festive season…..first up, our Wedding & Events Coordinator, Naomi!

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love the build up to Christmas; Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, putting the tree up, the cold weather, Christmas markets, Christmas lights everywhere! I also love giving gifts that I know the recipient will love, and watching them open it on Christmas day!  

Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Market

Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Market


What’s the best/worst present you’ve ever received?

Hmm... best was probably my over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots, they get plenty of wear every winter! Not sure on worst present, I was once given a bright orange canvas bag.. can’t say I’ve used that much!


Do you have any traditions that you do every year?

My Dad and I always go and pick out the Christmas tree at the end of November, and Matt and I always make and decorate loads of gingerbread!

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Image www.onceuponachef.com

Roses or Quality streets?

Hmm… probably Roses!


Christmas eve – in or out?

In! Tucked up in my Christmas bedding with a hot chocolate and a Christmas movie J


Christmas jumpers – yes or no?

YES!


Favourite food to eat at Christmas?

Has to be the main Christmas dinner! Saying that we always have a buffet style dinner in the evening on Christmas day, with mini pizzas, petit pain rolls etc. which I always look forward to!

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Image - BBC Food


Christmas day – up early or prefer a lie in?

Up early - the ONLY day of the year I will happily wake up early!


What are you most looking forward to doing over the Christmas season this year?

We have family from Weymouth and London coming up for Christmas this year, so I am really looking forward to spending some time with them!


Your fave Christmas movie?

Miracle on 34th Street…  a classic!

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Image - Google.com

NEXT UP

Events & Operations Manager, Mikaela!

Guest blog: Christmas with Hall & Co.!

Have you been counting down the days to put your Christmas decorations up? We definitely have. In fact, we’ve been pinning ideas on Pinterest and decorating our café and office space since mid-November!

Maybe you’re hosting Christmas dinner or dining as a guest. Either way, here are some Christmas styling ideas for your home and office.

 

Easy-to-lay Christmas Table

Whether you love a traditional Christmas table lay or modern Hygge vibe, follow these easy steps to create the perfect setting.

Tableware

You don’t need to spend lots of new crockery, glassware and cutlery. Sometimes, the simplest tableware allows you to captivate your guests with creative centrepieces and room décor. Silverware and glass are the perfect materials to create sparkle, something everyone is likely to have. 

Create a beautiful centrepiece or window display by grabbing some Winter foliage from your local flower market; one bunch is all you need. Lay the foliage down the centre of the table, or into glass vases and lay sporadically down the table. This creates height and variation. Lay tealights throughout the foliage to create some warming Christmas lighting.

Top Tip

Winter foliage lasts a long time. It fills dead space beautifully, and the smell… Oh boy is it glorious. 

We recommend: Buy some pine from your local market or florist. Guaranteed to fill your house with that signature Christmas smell. 

 

Home & Office Decorating

Maybe you’re attending a wreath workshop, or fancy buying one from your local florist. Doors are the perfect spot to create that Festive feeling from the moment you greet your clients or your friends & family.

Some of our favourite places to shop like TK Maxx, Cox & Cox, Tonic Style & Homesense carry an eclectic collection of Winter decorations, meaning there is something for every taste at a price that won’t break your budget. Unique and beautiful, sure to bring joy when you decorate. 

Top Tip

Hit up TK Maxx for a good hour of candle browsing. They carry all sorts of candles you won’t find anywhere else. 

We recommend: Sand & Fog, Pumpkin Spice & DW Home, Winter Pine.

 

Christmas Tree

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Oh, Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree. To tinsel or not to tinsel. To tree top or not to the tree top. To buy real or buy fake…..these are just a few questions that come to mind when deciding your tree and its decorations.

Perhaps you have a treasured colour & textured assorted collection of baubles or collect different baubles from your travels. If you’d like to go for a more environmentally friendly approach, we recommend dried fruits and pine cones. These are easy to create and a fun craft activity. 

Start by placing your fairy lights on first. Next, place your larger baubles sporadically around your tree. Next, add in your medium and smaller baubles. Work your way around the tree until you feel it’s complete. Remember, don’t over think this, sometimes the most beautiful trees are those decorated with a minimalistic approach. 

Top Tip

Always step back from your tree when decorating and work systematically around your tree. 

We recommend: Cox & Cox or John Lewis for Tree decorations.


Catch our day of decorating Granary’s Christmas tree this year and our Christmas table laying Video on our YouTube channel this December: @hallandcoeventdesign. We’ll be sharing a video every day on the run up to Christmas. It’s going to get wonderfully festive!

 

Thanks for having us, Granary! 

Love, Hall & Co. X

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

ZOE + KRISTIAN

02.08.18

Back in August, we had the pleasure of welcoming Zoe and Kristian to the barns for their big day!

Adding lots of personal touches throughout the barns and sourcing their own decorations, this couple made sure that they had a day to remember with their nearest and dearest.

Take a look at some of their special memories (on a very hot summers day!) via a handpicked selection of their stunning photos below, captured by the talented Mark Cribb Photography. Enjoy!

*Look out for our latest guard dog at the end… ;)

PICKING THE DRESS


I always knew in my head that I wanted a dress with lace up the top and not a boob tube dress, not really sure why guess I felt more elegant in a lace dress than boob tube. I'm one to keep more covered but I still had to try all styles of dresses to confirm that and I was right.

The dress made me feel amazing, was so comfortable and the fit was made perfect couldn't have been happier with the dress.

SUITED + BOOTED


Our original plan was for men to have grey suits but from the start Kristian wanted to stand out as a groom so we were thinking of ways we could do this. However, when we went out suit shopping, he found a lovely suit which was a perfect fit and exactly what he wanted. Once we purchased this it then changed our minds on the men's suits as grey didn't go with Kristian’s suit. We took the men out to try suits and ended up buying navy suits which went well with Kristian’s. We also brought pink ties for the men and navy for Kristian. The men did look smart all together. Me and Kristian went with the flow of the men to see what they were comfortable in but we did say that they had to be navy suits. We purchased the mens suits from Next.

We also had our 5 year old son as a page boy/best man. He done amazing throughout the whole day and looked so handsome. We made him stand out by his suit being a slightly different blue to the men and we purchased this from Monsoon.

THE VENUE + DECORATION


We had both always wanted a barn and not a church. We were googling which barn venues were around and we had been to look at a few different ones but instantly fell in love with the Granary. We liked the fact there were 2 separate barns for the ceremony and wedding breakfast the venue was just perfect for us.

We decorated the venue with a vintage style theme. We brought a lot of the decorations ourselves and hired the log centre pieces. The tables were dressed by the team at Hall & Co. Event Design. Hall & Co also decorated the flint barn for us with fairy lights and ivy - it was lovely!

FLOWERS

We actually made the bouquets and button holes ourselves with help from parents and bridesmaids. We enjoyed doing this and they looked just as good as professionals. We mainly choose gyp, roses and carnations as they worked well together and I've always liked gyp and roses.

We added in some pink roses to bring in another colour so they were not to plain. The men then had pink roses as button holes and pink ties which tied it in nicely together.

THE BRIDE SQUAD

We had 4 bridesmaids and a flower girl. It was just a matter of getting everyone together and to arrange to go dress shopping, but in the meantime, I went to town and looked in a shop I wouldn't have usually looked in for bridesmaid dresses and found a lovely navy dress. I tried it on and sent pictures to the girls and they all really liked it. I purchased different sizes for them all to try and they were a hit... Wasn't the shopping way I planned but I liked them and had to buy them! The dresses were from Quiz.

We found the flower girl dress from Debenhams for our 3 year old daughter which looked adorable.

THE VOWS

If I'm honest this was the bit I was most worried about in case I just couldn't get my words out or messed it up in front of lots of people! I was both nervous and excited. Some advice I had from a friend was you won't take much notice of people around you as you will be in your own little bubble and now I couldn't agree more in that moment it feels like it's just you two. The ceremony felt like it was over quickly but felt a lot happened in that time. It was overwhelming having all our friends and family with us to celebrate our special day, it meant a lot to us both.


We did remember most of the ceremony but even for a few days after the wedding we were still piecing the day together as people saw/heard different things. The flint barn looked amazing and we couldn't have been happier!

CATERING


We choose to have Hall & Co do our catering. We picked them from the Granary’s suppliers list and got in contact. We then arranged a tasting session - the food was amazing!

We chose to have canapes at the drink reception, an afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast and hot food in the evening. We needed to cater for a vegetarian and a low fat diet to which was done perfectly and the feedback we had from quests was all positive and lovely comments on all of the food throughout the day.

PARTY TIME!


So after looking at and booking the Granary Barns, we both decided we wanted a band for the evening as it just sets off the barns and adds the finishing touches for us. We had around 30 more evenings guests, to which they all had a good night and enjoyed the music.


Our first dance was to a song called "Glory of Love". This wasn't a personal song to us but we wanted to listen to the words and this song was perfect for us and we still love listening to it. We also had the confetti cannons for our first dance and again we had such positive comments and makes for great photos.

The evening for us was really nice and gave us some special moments together. After cutting the cake we had our first dance and then just danced the night away with family and friends.



WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY


We kept looking around for photographers and found it so hard to choose! We decided to go with the very talented Mark (Mark Cribb Photography). My sister-in-law used Mark for her wedding and as we had seen his work and met him previously, we felt very confident in our decision., Our wedding package also included a pre-wedding photo shoot which we had done with the children. Mark is from Cleethorpes but agreed to come and shoot our wedding in Cambridge.

Mark started his morning with the men around 9am and left the venue around 9-10pm. He worked so hard all day and his photos were so worth it! We have our photos back and they are amazing. We haven't yet done anything with the photos but our plan is to get a printed photo album for us and family members and also we have some lovely photo frames ready to fill with all the pictures.

TAKE MY ADVICE…


We both enjoyed the planning process - we would buy things as we went along. As we booked the venue 2 years in advance we had plenty of time to sort things out. We brought the little bits as we saw them and brought the bigger bits closer to the time.

After booking the venue we made sure we had booked a photographer, band, caterers and photo booth so all of the main things were booked. The planning process went smoothly and surprisingly didn't stress us out too much!


We wouldn't change a thing about our day and wouldn't have added anything or taken anything away. We have since been to a wedding and again there isn't anything we thought we should/shouldn't have had. The day was perfect for us and everything we dreamed of and more. We had such amazing comments on the venue - we just knew it was the right choice.

Our advice for any future bride and groom's would be to just enjoy your day and remember to take a moment together. It was nice when the photographer took us away for photos together because you just enjoy some time out and take it all in. The Granary Girls were amazing from the day we viewed the barn all the way up until the wedding. We felt confident they had it all in hand and will never be able to thank them enough for helping us!

Meet the Experts: Photography

“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
— Elliott Erwitt


Making sure you have beautiful pictures of your special day to look back on in years to come is an important job. We pride ourselves on working with the best suppliers in the industry and took some time out to ask our recommended photographers some questions about their chosen profession and some insider tips!


LEE ALLISON PHOTOGRAPHY

www.leeallisonphotography.co.uk

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How did you get into photography?

My photography journey started way back at college when I studied photography at A-Level. It was so much fun developing my own photos in the darkroom and I really enjoyed shooting film.

I then went off to University to study Animation and drifted away from the photography for a few years. I left University and started working as a Graphic Designer and my then boss was a part-time wedding photographer. I went along to help him at some of his weddings and it developed from there. I fell in love with it all over again and after shooting friends weddings, I setup the business six years ago. Things have really taken off and I now shoot weddings all of the UK, Europe and internationally.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is getting to meet different people each weekend from various walks of life. I also love the fact that I am providing these people with memories that will live on through future generations.

What is your favourite piece of kit to use and how does this enhance your photography?

My favourite piece of kit are my cameras. This sounds obvious but having switched from a big Nikon DSLR to a small Fuji mirrorless camera, it’s a joy to use. They are smaller and lightweight to carry around for 10+ hours, but more importantly it makes me want to pick it up and create incredible images.

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple on their wedding day, what would it be?

Personally, the best advice I could give to a couple for their day is, go with it. Whatever happens on the day, embrace it and enjoy it. The day goes so quickly so sit back and take in as much as you can. I’ll be there to capture those moments you miss.

 With my photographers hat on I would say, plan enough time for the drinks reception. This is the time you can mingle with your guests and chat to everyone. 2 hours is normally a good time for this and allows for a few group photos and natural shots of your loved ones enjoying the day. I recommend around 6 group shots which capture the main wedding party and immediate family. This gives you the freedom to experience the day rather than wait around for the whole drinks reception for photos.

What is one of your favourite images you have taken?

One of my favourite images is this one of Brad’s grandparents. He talked about them during his speech, said how much he loved them and that they were his inspiration after being married for so long. I love the subtle sign of affection here - it’s these small moments throughout a wedding that I adore!


LIAM SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

www.liamsmithphotography.com

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How did you get into photography?

I started taking photographs when my art teachers at college said they didn't like my paintings. At the time I thought that they didn't understand my conceptual teenage angst working it's way onto the canvas (part of me still thinks that).

Subsequently in a rebellious sixteen year old fashion, I decided to use a medium which created the most literal representation of the world, and that's when I found photography.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The love and the chaos. Weddings are such a heady mix of emotions, from nervous anticipation to rapturous laughter. It offers those who embrace it a chance to experience nearly the entire spectrum of human emotion in a very narrow window of time. It's exciting, unpredictable and most of all, a hell of a lot of fun. The single best thing about my job is being able to provide couples with a genuine representation of their wedding day. I don't pose or stage any of my work, everything I deliver is true to events. I love that I can hand over a collection of photographs and the viewer can know that every laugh, tear and bear hug was genuine and heart felt. It allows clients to engage with the work on a deeper level and creates a product that can transport anyone into a moment that would otherwise be lost.

 

What is your favourite piece of kit to use and how does this enhance your photography?

My favourite piece of kit is my wide angle lens. It enables me to get close to the action and capture everything within a scene. The result is an immersive image, taken from the point of view of a person sharing that moment with you. This in turn allows the viewer to relive those moments on a deeper level, not just observing from a distance, genuinely in the scene and in the moment, reliving that time all over again.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple on their wedding day, what would it be?

Schedule time together with no one else around. Often the best time to do this is just after couple portraits. You're already separate from the crowd and typically in an idyllic setting with beautiful light. Give yourselves ten minutes, let it sink in. Make a conscious effort to create memories and take time to experience the day as a team.

What is one of your favourite images you have taken?

I love this image because it encapsulates so much of why I love weddings and photography – emotion and serendipity. These key elements come together in a fleeting, never to be repeated moment. The groom and best man are symmetrical in both body position and emotional state. Add to the mix the bride hasn't even appeared yet, such is the power of anticipation - it's a beautiful thing.


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How did you get into photography?

We met in the very modern way of on Facebook after I 'poked' Tom because I thought he was rather handsome. He was a graphic designer and jobbing  corporate/music photographer and I was working in a theatrical agency whilst producing theatre in London, with a keen passion for photography. Having been a bridesmaid ten times (!) when I saw some candid shots Tom had taken at a family member's wedding and I was blown away. I persuaded him we should try and shoot weddings  together and in January 2009 our company was born.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Being amongst joy, and we honestly are. We are with our clients on one of the happiest  days of their lives and are committed to capturing that joy – couple and guests alike. We get right into the fun of the dancefloor too and definitely don't need to miss going out at weekends, our couples know how to party!

What is your favourite piece of kit to use and how does this enhance your photography?

We're minimalist  really when it comes to kit, you won't see us with big cumbersome flash set ups for portraits. We shoot natural light until the first dance, so I guess the best answer is the lens neither of us would be without: for Tom it's a Canon 35mm 1.4 and for me a Canon 50mm 1.2. We love a shallow depth of field to make the subject pop.

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple on their wedding day, what would it be?

Please just be yourselves. Forget what Instagram and Pinterest says what a wedding has to look like this week. The best weddings are the ones that couple make true to themselves and we love shooting them – hence we've shot weddings with amazing themes such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter... as well as many destination weddings where the couple have opted to their favourite place which is magical.

What is one of your favourite images you have taken?

One of my favourites is actually from Charlotte and Ian's Granary Barns wedding last year. If I remember correctly Charlotte didn't know there would be confetti cannons  during the first dance and capturing her face during the explosion of confetti just makes me smile so much when I see it, and won me a Masters of Wedding Photography award.


PETE DENNESS PHOTOGRAPHY

www.petedenness.com

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How did you get into photography?

I started out buying a camera to take on holiday, Id always wanted a proper one, and a trip to Costa Rica seemed like the perfect excuse.  After winning a few wildlife photography competitions and getting published in the Sunday Times and Countryfile magazine, a friend asked me to shoot his wedding, and it all progressed from there.


What’s the best thing about your job?

To be honest the best thing about it is that I simply love doing it! I also love meeting people and sharing a really happy time with them, I’ve made a lot of friends along the way.


What is your favourite piece of kit to use and how does this enhance your photography?

Part of my style is using off camera flashes to create really vibrant portraits. Its one of the things that makes my photography stand out, so I’ll say my AD 360 ( which in English is a large powerful flash)


If you could give a piece of advice to your couple on their wedding day, what would it be?


I’m always happy to give advice and one of the things I often find myself saying is make sure you spend at least half your budget on a photographer… But seriously my best piece of advice is to do your wedding your way and don’t worry if something isn’t traditional, just make it about you and the things and people that you love.

What is one of your favourite images you have taken?

I’m going to go with this one from the Granary Estates earlier this year. Chris and Sarah were a really fantastic couple and had an awesome first dance routine. I managed to capture and light the moment  perfectly as the confetti canons went off above them, which was a key shot they had requested. And of course I also love the venue!


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How did you get into photography?

Growing up, I had no idea what I wanted to do. When I was in Sixth Form and had to pick my subjects, I really had no idea! When I was in Year 12 I was a sponsored skateboarder by a shop in Bishop’s Stortford. We were meant to be going on tour, but I badly broke my arm, so instead of going on tour skating I picked up my camera which my dad had got me for my 16th birthday - a Pentax MZ-90 digital film one. And I thought to myself, I really like this, this is awesome! When I was back at Sixth Form I was doing art and I discovered that there was a photographic elective, but there wasn’t a proper photography teacher. I was taking photos and using Photoshop to manipulate it. I wasn’t as adept with film as I should have been, because I had no one to teach me. I had a half decent point and shoot digital so I would shoot on that, or shoot on film and scan it and manipulate it. I then studied photography at uni as the lecturers there saw the creativity behind my paintings and saw that there was a passion there, despite my lack of technical knowledge. I was given extra classes to get up to speed. But then that teacher retired and I didn’t see him again!

I maintained my focus on skateboarding photography, because skateboarding was my life and I loved photographing it. When I wasn’t in class, I was out skating or taking photos, all the time. It was really fun, but it just wasn’t getting anywhere.

I ended up doing work experience for a venture portraits company. One day the photographer I was shadowing didn’t turn up for work, which gave me my chance. It was a young family and it wasn’t anticipated that they would be spending much money, but they ended up liking my photos so much that they spent a lot, so much so that I was offered a job! I then dropped out of uni.

So the root of my photography was skateboarding, and it was a case of falling in to various different things before I turned to weddings.

 

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people are awesome! I love being part of such fun days! Creating unique images that they hopefully see more as art than photos.

 

What is your favourite piece of kit to use and how does this enhance your photography?

My 85 mm 1.4 portrait lens, it’s so so sharp and just creates beautiful bokeh, that’s the out of focus blur you get in the background of images.

If you could give a piece of advice to your couple on their wedding day, what would it be?

Have fun with it, don’t take it too seriously, if you do you will look stiff and unnatural in your photos. Also make sure you gel with your photographer. If you don’t feel comfortable around them you wont have natural photos.

 

What is one of your favourite images you have taken?


I have two! Sorry The purple milky way shot out in Santorini, took a long time to get right but totally worth it.

The wave image out in Sri Lanka, it was the day before the wedding and we had just gone for a location scout.. they got soaked, but they have this printed 50 inches in their house so I think they liked it.

Chocolate? Yes please!

Tomorrow marks 'World Chocolate Day 2018' and we couldn't let this very important date in the GG calendar go by without marking the occasion! ;)

 

Image courtesy of Google.com.

Image courtesy of Google.com.

Our amazing Granary suppliers and expert catering teams have provided some delicious recipes for you all to try this weekend to hit that chocolate craving! Time to get baking!

 

CHOCOLATE FONDANT

By Crown Catering Cambridge

www.crowncateringcambridge.com

50g Melted Butter
Cocoa Powder
200g Minimum 70% Chocolate
200g Chopped Butter
200g Golden Caster Sugar
4 Eggs + 4 Egg Yolks
200g Plain Flour


First get your moulds ready. Using upward strokes, heavily brush the melted butter all over the inside of the pudding mould. Place the mould in the fridge or freezer. Brush more melted butter over the chilled butter, then add a good spoonful of cocoa powder into the mould. Tap any excess cocoa back into the jar, then repeat with 1 the next mould.

Place a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then slowly melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove bowl from the heat and stir until smooth. Leave to cool for about 10 mins.In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and yolks together with the sugar until thick and pale and the whisk leaves a trail Sift the flour into the eggs, then beat together Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture in thirds, beating well between each addition, until all the chocolate is added and the mixture is completely combined to a loose cake batter.Chill for at least 20 mins or up to the night before.


Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the fondants on a baking tray, then cook for 10-12 mins until the tops have formed a crust and they are starting to come away from the sides of their moulds. Remove from the oven, then leave to sit for 1 min before turning out.

 

Image courtesy of sortedfood.com.

Image courtesy of sortedfood.com.

VEGAN OREO BROWNIE

By Hall & Co. Event Design

www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk

5 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
200g Dark Chocolate
170g Self-Raising Flour
3 Heaped Teaspoons Cocoa Powder
180g Golden Caster Sugar
Sea Salt
1 Vanilla Pod
230 ml Unsweetened Soya Milk
1 Packet of Oreos


Begin by melting the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, remove from the heat and stir in the sunflower oil and soya milk. Now mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and when they're well combined, stir into the chocolate mix. Line a square baking tin roughly 20cm and put half of the mix in the tin and spread evenly to the sides. Now cover the brownie mix by laying down the Oreos, cover with the rest of the brownie mix and now with the remaining Oreos. Crush them and sprinkle over the top of the brownie, bake on 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes till the outside is cooked and the middle is still gooey.

 

Try turning this recipe into a brownie stack for your next summer BBQ! Add fresh fruits and cream to create this delicious masterpiece. Image from Hall & Co. Event Design.

Try turning this recipe into a brownie stack for your next summer BBQ! Add fresh fruits and cream to create this delicious masterpiece. Image from Hall & Co. Event Design.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

The Cambridge Dining Company

www.cambridgediding.co.uk

250g Cream Cheese, 
250g Double Cream
200g White Chocolate, Melted
100g Sugar
1 Teaspoon Xantham Gum

250g Digestive Biscuits
100g Butter, Melted


Cream the Cream Cheese & Sugar together, slowly add the Double Cream whilst mixing.
Mix well until it has formed a thick mixture.
Sprinkle and fold in the Xantham Gum
Melted White Chocolate, wait until cool then fold into mixture

Mix Digestive Biscuits with Melted Butter, press down into baking tin and allow to cool (Set for approx 30 mins in the fridge)

Add Cheesecake Mixture to Biscuit Base, chill for at least a couple of hours (ideally overnight).

 

Image courtesy of Google.com.

Image courtesy of Google.com.

The Style Edit: Fashion. Shop. Inspire.

What a week it's been here at Granary HQ!!!

After the most glorious weekend celebrating Harry and Meghan's big day, we've had the chance to sit and reflect on what a fantastic event The Style Edit was!

From the high-street and designer brands, modelled so effortlessly by our stunning model squad, to the variety of local retailers who had their products on display; The Style Edit exceeded expectations and was a great success for all involved!

Over the two evenings we held a prize draw for our chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Thank you to all who generously donated prizes and to those of you who purchased tickets on the night, as we are thrilled to have raised a staggering £1000 towards this fantastic local charity!

For those who were unable to attend on this occasion, do not fear! We enlisted film maker, Dean Shaw, to capture the event and showcase the show-stopping catwalk in the Granary Barn - take a look at the edit below!

Models: Debbie Moxon, Richard West, George Chrysanthou, Hariss Crisp, Justine Clare, Laura Shephard, Lilly Graham, Monika Wybraniec, Paige Furnell, Tara Daisy Valentine, Chloe Beeton, Cara Ching, Amy Johnson.

 

F A S H I O N

 

Thank you to the following brands who took part in The Style Edit Catwalk

S/S 2018

 

JOHN LEWIS

GOLDING OF NEWMARKET

MARTHA V

SUE RYDER

LA BOUTIQUE

JOULES

LARA B BRIDAL

RIVER ISLAND

TED BAKER

D'ORO

SHOEHORNE

DANCING LEOPARD

 

S H O P

 

Our collection of Style Edit retailers and foodie stalls - fantastic local brands!

Click on their name to find out more...

 

TONIC STYLE

MABEL FOX

COCOA MAY

SWEET MOTHER FLUFFER

HALL & CO EVENT DESIGN

PINKSTER GIN

TROPIC SKINCARE

WILD WOOD

PAPIRETC

HARRIET EMILY DESIGN

CATERINA WILLS JEWELLERY

HAIR KANDI SALON

PLAYHAUS INTERIORS

INVIGORATING RUSTIC ART

HONEY B BOUTIQUE

PIONEER CHICKS

JUST HENNA UK

LA BOUTIQUE

 

I N S P I R E

 

A huge thank you to all of the other local businesses who supported the event!

Our co-production team/Style Squad!

ACACIA MARKETING

TONIC STYLE

 

Our event sponsors:

 

NEWMARKET RACECOURSE

MERCEDES BENZ

PINKSTER GIN

 

Staging, lighting & music:

 

PRO EVENT HIRE

 

Photography & Videography:

 

PETE DENNESS PHOTOGRAPHY

DEAN SHAW

 

Beauty:

FRATELLI HAIR

DANI ROBERTS MAKE-UP

BEAUTY BY FLEUR

 

Here's a sneak peak at some of the images captured by Pete!

 

The Style Edit: Autumn / winter 2018

C O M I N G  S O O N!

 

The Style Squad x

Coming up at the Barns!

Hello Granary friends and happy Monday!

We've been very busy at Granary HQ with lots of exciting events at the barns this year and wanted to let you know about some of the special dates coming up in the Granary calendar!


Thursday 12th April 2018

Business at The Barns

This April we invite you to join us at our sixth Business at The Barns; a fantastic opportunity to meet with local businesses and trades in the area.

Our spacious barn venue offers a relaxed atmosphere in which to meet up with work acquaintances or to introduce yourself to new faces. With an endless supply of tea and coffee and a selection of sweet treats just in time for elevenses, this is the perfect time to step out of the office for a couple of hours and in to our meeting space!

It is just £5 pp (payment on arrival). To register your place, simply click the link below!


Saturday 21st April 2018

SOUL REUNION

 

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DJ Richard Datson is returning to spin some more funk, soul and R'n'B classics on Saturday 21st April! Always a popular event, we cannot wait to welcome you back to drink, dance and boogie on down at this night filled with fun and nostalgia! Dance to hits from Luther Vandross, The O'Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic to name a few.

At just £12 pp (with a complimentary drink included), tickets are already selling fast for this one so be sure to get yours now to avoid disappointment!


Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May 2018

THE STYLE EDIT

 

The Style Edit is a brand new event for The Granary Estates and we are very excited to bring this to you!

Running over two evenings, The Style Edit will showcase the latest fashion trends with a vibrant catwalk, exclusive shopping experience with a variety of pop up shops and the chance to taste some delicious food at our outdoor food stalls. With some of the high streets leading brands now secured, we are so proud of this event and can guarantee a fantastic evening will be had by all!

We will be releasing some more information about what brands and retailers will be showcased at the event very soon, but if you want to get ahead of the rest and secure your tickets now simply click the link below!


Date to be announced very soon!

BAMBINOS AT THE BARNS

 

Following February's snow storm (we're glad to have seen the back of the 'Beast form the East' - Bring on the sun!) we are re-scheduling a date in the Granary calendar for the next 'Bambinos at The Barns'.

Many of the spaces will be used by those who were unable to attend last time, however we will be releasing a small amount of tickets for those of you who would like to come along - yay!

We will be releasing the date very shortly so watch this space! :)


If you have any questions about the upcoming events at The Granary, please contact our Events Team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk and we'd be more than happy to help! 

The GG's x