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

 

The Granary Showcase 2018

Following the success of last year, we held our second Granary Showcase this month, putting our barn venue and a variety of styling options on display.

With the help of industry experts and suppliers we transformed the barns once again, allowing for newly-engaged couples or those still in search of their perfect venue, to come and take a look around our #weddinginspo showcase.

Take a look at some of the stunning set ups and floral creations that have been on display over the past few weeks, and we hope that they may provide some inspiration and insight in to our luxury wedding venue!

 

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING & CENTREPIECES - The Granary Estates

SEQUIN TABLECLOTHS - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Tolly's Flowers

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Tolly's Flowers

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY - Eliza May Prints

STYLING - Hall & Co. Event Design

TABLEWARE - CMA Hire

FLOWERS - Clare Jones Floral Design

STATIONERY DISPLAY - Eliza May Prints

PREMIUM LIGHT UP LETTERS - The Letter Hire People

WEDDING CAKE, BISCUITS & CUPCAKES - Bakerlicious Boutique

DJ & DISCO - Cambridge Weddings Services

Supplier Links

Hall & Co. Event Design

CMA Hire

Clare Jones Floral Design

Tolly's Flowers

Eliza May Prints

The Letter Hire People

Cambridge Wedding Services

Bakerlicious Boutique

 

If you are still looking for your perfect venue, give us a call! We'd love to show you around and answer any questions you may have! Get in touch via our CONTACTS page or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

Happy Sunday :) The GG's x

What to expect in 2018!

2018 has got off to a flying start for us with lots of happy, newly-engaged couples getting in touch and the start of our #weddinginspo Showcase! With a busy and varied past 12 months, we are excited to see what this year will hold for the world of weddings! 

Looking back at 2017, we saw huge trends throughout the year with acrylic detailing, flower installations, Prosecco trucks and donut towers all making their way in to the most popular trends of the year. The concept of the D.I.Y wedding was strong and we saw couples making use of our A-Board and mirror for signage and table plans, as well as making their own table numbers and personal touches to add to the decor throughout the venue. Pastel shades and dessert tables were also popular wedding trends in 2017 which made for some stunning set ups, fantastic photography and cherished memories throughout the year.

We have been looking at the wedding industries predicted trends for the coming year and are excited to see some of these make their way to the Granary Barns very soon!

 

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

Hanging florals, foliage and potted plants are predicted to be huge this year. With lots of greenery and wild flowers making their mark in last years wedding trends, these look to be staying put and developing with more varied and elaborate ways of displaying these through the use of suspended structures and colourful, ornate vases. Being big fans of this type of floristry, we think colour bursts of green sit very well amongst the flint and wooden features in the barns and cant wait to see how our 2018 couples choose to display this part of their wedding decor.

 

COLOUR POPS & PALETTE

Metallics and sequins were a huge trend in 2017 and we don't see this changing any time soon! Copper detailing looks to be a strong trend that will be sticking around as we move in to the new season, but instead of 2017's choice of rose gold, we believe silver and chrome will be the metallic of choice this year as they compliment 2018's colour palette beautifully. This leads us rather nicely on to the predicted palette which consists of ultra violet, deep shades of purple, pearl and hints of black/navy - dreamy!

 

ALL THINGS FABRIC!

Wedding capes and separates for bridesmaids are the predicted trends with regards to what to wear this year. As capes and separates became quite popular over the past 12 months, these choices will continue to grow and we for one love them! Separates are a great way to keep an aesthetic running throughout the bridal party, yet allow each of your squad put their own stamp on the day, perfect! Of course we cannot forget our grooms and the groomsmen...this year, black tie and the classic formal look, along with checks, are making a comeback in a big way. 

When it comes to table decorations, 2018 will see a desire to have as many textures as possible, mixing course linens with brightly coloured candle wax and ornate, embellished glassware. This makes for a very interesting and diverse decor, enabling couples to put their own spin on this part of the celebrations - an easy and potentially far more affordable option for your wedding breakfast theme, as this gives you the control over what items you are sourcing if you were to do this on your own.

 

THE VENUE

As we saw in 2017, couples are seeking new and more diverse venues and spaces in which to get married. This is continuing in to 2018 with the demand for open space and an abundance of natural light being at the top of many couples wishlist. 

The term 'rustic' has now been replaced with 'woodsy' to describe a relaxed and authentic wedding with an aesthetic based on all things natural, bringing the outdoors in. We see this a lot at the barns and cant wait to see this continue with a new twist as the new season approaches.

We have also noticed a change in the size of weddings over the past 12 months which leads in to the next trend in 2018 - weddings are getting smaller! Not everyone, but the majority, are inviting less people along to their big day! With smaller guest lists and bridal parties on the horizon, we are intrigued to see how long this trend sticks around for... 

 

FOOD & DRINK

Eclectic food menus, dessert stations and punch cocktails have all been tipped as the new food and drink trends of the year. Dessert stations give caterers/stylists the opportunity to get creative and personalise your food to match the rest of your theme which lends perfectly to the overall look of the day. As couples are getting more creative with their big day, so has the food options available to them. Whilst many still choose to go down the traditional route of a three course meal, others prefer to try a different approach which brings a great variety to the industry and the running of weddings here at The Granary Estates - we love how different each menu can be!

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 this had been a helpful and interesting insight for you all! Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming blog reviewing our Granary Showcase :) Lots more ideas and inspo coming up...! :)

GG Lynne x

Another year to remember!

As the end of 2017 fast approaches, we have had a chance to look back at yet another crazy, wonderful, fun-filled year at The Granary Estates!

Back in June we took the time to reminisce over some of the beautiful weddings that had already taken place at the barns, and now, we have compiled some more images of the latter six months of the year for you to take a look at. With beautiful images from some of our favourite photographers in the business, they capture many wonderful memories and moments from these very special days...

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have visited the barns over the past 12 months - we have loved every minute! To all of our newlyweds from 2017, we hope you enjoy your first NYE as Mr & Mrs, Mr & Mr and Mrs & Mrs! Another thank you to all of our suppliers, industry colleagues and work friends who have worked with us on yet another busy events filled year - we hope you all have a well earned and deserved break over the next few days. Bring on 2018!

Wishing you all a fantastic New Year - Cheers everyone!

The GG's x

VANYA & DAVID

10.06.17

Images by Ania Ames Photography

FREDDY & JAMES

27.07.17

Images by Peter Denness Photography

LIZZIE & GEOFF

03.08.17

Images by Stuart Deadman Photography

DAN & BECKY

05.08.17

Images by Peter Denness Photography

AIMEE & CHRIS

10.08.17

Images by FayAndrea Weddings

RACHEL & NICK

18.08.17

Images by Liam Smith Photography

SHELLIE & JAMES

29.09.17

Image by Peter Denness Photography

Hall & Co - Onwards & Upwards!

The award-winning Hall & Co. Event Design have recently under taken the task of re-branding their company, formerly known as Elizabeth Hall Event Design.

As one of our recommended suppliers, we love the creativity and energy they bring to an event; whether it be through their catering options, styling methods or the enthusiasm of their wonderful team! We asked Elizabeth Hall (Owner and founder of Hall & Co.) how the re-brand has gone and how this will continue to propel their growing business...

Why have you chosen to change your name?

It’s been on the cards for a while. Four years ago Elizabeth Hall Event Design was started as a small prop hire and styling business that I did in evenings and weekends, after a year I went full time, head first into it allowing me to offer additional services and really develop the business.

From the moment, we launched catering in the summer of 2015, the business changed direction and from Summer 2016 to summer 2017, we have grown far beyond those original plans and name. We have a full-time team of amazing and talented individuals and this new brand really represents us as a whole and our plans for the future.  

 

How did you go about changing your ‘brand’?

I knew I didn’t want “Elizabeth” in it anymore, so it was then just working out how far we wanted to move from the rest of the name…turns out not that far. We had established a reputation and won some awards under the original name, so it didn’t make sense to have a complete change and name it something like golden pineapple or elegant events. Also, any of this style of name suggestions just weren’t us.

“Event Design” remained as it’s us in a nutshell and encompasses all of our service elements, and “Hall & Co” represents not only Dom & I but also everyone in our team.

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 Image by Jackson & Co.

Image by Jackson & Co.

Did you have a logo idea in mind?

We wanted something bold and timeless with a clean look and the flexibility to look good on everything from the website to vans, aprons and stationary.

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How does this represent your company?

Our strapline has always been “Fresh. Imaginative. Personal.” and this needed to come across in the branding.

We’ve kept it understated and fuss free with a nod to the team behind the finished product. Our new colours and the imagery used throughout the website and new brand materials, really represent our style and the style of weddings and events that we love to be a part of.

 Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Who did you task to work on the re-brand? 

After receiving some ideas from external designers we decided to take on the task of re-branding in house as we are lucky enough to have Cara, a former stationary designer, as an event manager.

As a team we all looked at the internal and external perception of who we are as a brand, different logo designs and discussed colours that best represented our style. 

Cara took the lead and instantly came up with logo ideas that were more “us”, we are so glad we went down this route and feel like really have an end product that truly reflects who we are.

We see you also have a shiny, new website...:)

Also designed and built by Cara! We love our new website and will be continuing to add new sections to it over the coming months. We are currently working on our prop catalogue and a look book section to give everyone lots of inspiration.  Our blog will be a key feature as well used to document what we are working on, industry trends and beautiful weddings.

In terms of branding and design we wanted the website to have a fresh new look with clean lines, new images and bold black fonts.

www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk

How has using social media helped your business?

We love a boomerang! Instagram is our jam and we love it! We have left the old Elizabeth Hall Event Design account up and as it was but with a message to come and see our new one. We wanted to start fresh with Instagram but not delete all the old images and comments. We are committed to only posting images of work that we have contributed to and use it as a mini portfolio.

The team Instagram page is still live and we have big plans for it in the new year, along with our Pinterest account and a new YouTube account. Follow the team Instagram feed for behind the scenes snippets, 4.00am van loads, over caffeinated ramblings and dog spam. 

Facebook & Twitter roll along, we aren’t really fans of these two platforms, but realise that not everyone is a passionate about Instagram as we are.

@hallandcoeventdesign

Has it been hard to leave EHED behind?

No! It’s not who we are anymore and this new stage really represents the company and the team as we continue to grow.

What does 2018 hold for Hall & Co.?

Cara is still very busy on branding materials, all of which should be finished in the new year.

For the kitchen, 2018 means expanded facilities and we will also be adding additional members to the kitchen team.

We are also renovating the showroom, meeting room & tasting room to reflect our new style (and the need for more storage). Once complete we will be holding two open days to showcase the new branding, our décor hire catalogue and of course food samples!

 Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

We love the re-brand and can't wait to see what 2018 holds for this talented and professional team! Check out their new website by clicking HERE!

The GG's x

A night to remember!

Hi all! What a week its been for us at Granary HQ!!!

This time last week we were gearing up for the fantastic evening that is The Wedding Industry Awards Regional finals for the East of England!

We have been honoured to host this prestigious event in the awards calendar for the past 2 years and couldn't wait to make this years our third time lucky! We were in the running for 'Countryside Venue' and 'Best Events Team' and it was sure to be a tough decision for the judges choosing between all of the excellent nominees.

As guests collected their chilled bottle of Prosecco on arrival, our recommended supplier and friend of the barns Hall & Co Event Design, provided delicious canapes and nibbles as our Granary Barn began to fill with industry experts from across East Anglia.

As with all awards evenings, the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation and excitement as everyone who was in attendance had worked so hard to achieve their nomination and to have the chance to meet their peers and celebrate with work colleagues after another busy and successful year. It's not every week you get to attend an awards evening so we took the opportunity to get glammed up! With the help of talented make-up artist Kate McCabe, we had a quick spruce up and headed over to the barn to welcome our fellow nominees to our beautiful venue!

After another wonderfully crazy, busy, fun-filled year at the Granary Estates, we were yet again overwhelmed by our bride and grooms support and generosity in voting for us in both categories. We love our job and helping to make your dream wedding day a reality, which is why we were over the moon to have won the accolade of 'Best Event Team' in the East of England for the second year running!!! AMAZIIIING!!!

To top what was already a fantastic evening, we were then awarded with 'Highly Commended' in the 'Countryside Venue' category too....to say we were ecstatic is an understatement! Thank you to every single one of you beautiful couples from the past 12 months who voted for our team and venue, we love you all!

We'd also like to pass our congratulations on to all of the winners and nominees on the night. We know how hard-working and dedicated you all are in this, our chosen industry and are proud to have shared the venue with you all last Wednesday.

You can see the highlights video of the night below with some more pictures of what was another great event at the barns...

Thanks TWIA! We'll see you at the Nationals in January :)

The GG's xx

Images & video courtesy of The Wedding industry Awards

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

RIO & GRANT

16.12.16

We love a Winter wedding here at the barns and instantly fell in love with this couple and their vision last December. 

Rio and Grant knew that they wanted a wedding around Christmas time with lots of greenery, hessian and candle light; the perfect rustic theme for our Granary Barn. With unique decorative features and a wonderfully festive theme throughout, this couple created a stunning wedding day captured beautifully by the talented Tom Halliday.

Check out the bridesmaid dresses and stunning bursts of red in Rio's flower crown and lip colour...gorgeous!

PICKING THE DRESS

I always imagined myself having a big princess dress but I ended up having the opposite. The first day I went to try dresses on I tried on my dress & thought it was beautiful but quickly moved on to others not taking much notice of it. I ended up putting a deposit down on another dress that was completely different, a princess dress. Over the next few weeks I kept looking at photos & just didn’t think it was ‘the one’ so I went back to Bride All in Exning & Lynne & the team were brilliant & let me try on lots more dresses. When I came back to my dress I knew then it was the right one & couldn’t believe I didn’t choose it in the first place. I absolutely loved the detail on the back of the dress & the long lace sleeves. It was perfect for my winter wedding. On our wedding morning Grant had bought me a gorgeous pair of Pandora earrings that I wore, my bridesmaids had got me a garter from The Wedding Garter Company as my something blue & my parents bought me a Tiffany horse shoe necklace for good luck which I wore too. I had Jenny Packham heels & a plain floor length vail which made me feel like a real bride.

 

SUITED & BOOTED

Grant, the groomsmen, Grant’s stepdad & my Dad all wore the same dinner suits which we hired from Moss Bros in Cambridge. We bought each of them a pair of silver cufflinks to wear too, personalised with their initials on. My Dad’s cufflinks had ‘Father of the Bride’ & ‘I loved her first’ on & Grant’s had our wedding date & the name of our first dance song ‘Let’s Stay Together’ on the other. I wanted Grant to look a little different from the others so he also wore a half moon black velvet waistcoat from ASOS to make his suit a 3 piece & he wore black brogues from Dune. I also bought him a brooch containing a picture of his late father in which he wore on the inside of his jacket throughout our day. Originally I wanted the men to wear tweed suits but it was Grant who chose the dinner suits & insisted on having them. I am so glad he did as I think they looked so smart & matched the winter wedding theme perfectly.

 

THE BRIDE SQUAD

I had 4 bridesmaids, my 3 best friends & my little sister. They are all gorgeous girls with lovely figures so it was easy to find a dress to suit them all. I ended up choosing their dresses from Chi Chi London. They were backless & had long lace sleeves similar to my dress. I wanted the girls to all look slightly different so they all had their hair styled differently but all incorporating plaits which I did myself. I bought them each a pair of Pandora flower stud earrings to wear on the day that matched their dresses. The morning of the wedding Grant had bought me & all the girls a large white umbrella in case it rained which was so thoughtful. Luckily the weather held out & we didn’t need them but we did use them to have some great photos taken in the evening which was a lot of fun. I had such an amazing day & having my 4 special girls to share it with made it all the more perfect.

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

Grant & I both love Christmas so much so we knew we wanted a Christmassy, winter wedding & we wanted a venue that would look beautiful in the colder months. The Granary Barns was the first & only venue we looked at & as soon as we saw it we knew it was where we wanted our reception. We loved the huge barn with flint walls & thought it would go perfectly with our winter, rustic theme. The grounds are so gorgeous too & with all the trees we pictured them looking gorgeous in our winter wedding photos.

I had no colour palette in mind when planning the wedding I just knew I wanted it all very natural & rustic with lots of greenery, hessian & candles. The small barn was decorated with fairy lights provided by the barns & I provided 2 large free standing silver stags which the GG’s placed in front of the large mirror which looked gorgeous as you walked in. I had lots of small decorative tables that had lots of candles in lace jars. We also used the Granary’s wooden ladder to display framed ‘love’ quotes from my favourite Disney films. In the large barn the tables all had hessian runners & had lit up twig trees on log plates as centre pieces surrounded by lots of candles & pinecones. We named each table after one of our favourite Christmas songs, these were displayed on wooden stands in the middle of the tables, and they matched everyone’s name cards which were also made from wood. The top table centre pieces were made by Grant. They were long planters that had lots of large pillar candles in surrounded by pinecones, ivy & holly leaves & winter berries. Grant also made our table plan which was a large wooden plank surrounded by ivy & decorated with snowflakes. We wanted something different to a guestbook so Grant made a wooden guest board that I decorated with our names & wedding date & everyone signed it with white sharpie pens. The barns all came together so beautifully on our day, we really couldn’t have imagined it to be so perfect. One of the massive talking points of the day was the ginormous Christmas tree in the large barn, it was absolutely stunning & it completely made our Christmas wedding perfect. It looked amazing in our wedding photos too.

 

FLOWERS

Fiona Pilcher did our wedding flowers. The bridesmaids all had large bouquets of gypsophila tied in hessian bows & the groomsmen had matching buttonholes also tied with hessian. Grant & his best man had white roses with some winter greenery. My bouquet was a mix of white roses, pinecones & winter greens all to tie in with the other flowers. My favourite flowers from the day were the red roses I had on my head piece. I absolutely loved them & they finished off my wedding outfit.

 

THE VOWS

Grant & I always knew we wanted a church ceremony in the village where we live. It means a lot to us as its where my parents were married & it is where Grants Father lays to rest. With that in mind it was always going to be very emotional for us. The morning of the wedding was so exciting for us both & it just flew by. The nerves for me really kicked in during the time I was alone with my Dad waiting for the car to collect us. I think this is also when the nerves kicked in for Grant too especially as I was nearly half an hour late! When I stood outside the church waiting to go in with my Dad I was extremely nervous & emotional, I could barely hold back the tears. I was actually like that throughout most of the ceremony. One very poignant moment for us was the giving of the rings. Grants wedding ring was made from the gold of his father’s wedding band so that was very special to him & a very emotional moment for me when I gave it to him. Once the ceremony was finished turning around to all of our family & friends smiling, clapping & cheering was such an amazing feeling & walking down the aisle as Mr & Mrs is a moment I will never forget.

 

CATERING

To start we had ham hock with homemade piccalilli & quails egg. For the main we wanted a traditional Christmas dinner but to make it a little different we had the joints of pork served on a wooden board at the tables & 1 guest from each table was given an apron with their name on & asked to carve the meat for everyone. This was a lot of fun & had everyone up & talking. To finish off we had Grant’s favourite, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. We also gave each guest their own individually wrapped Terry’s chocolate orange cupcake. For our evening food we had sausage, bacon & fish goujon baps with little pots of chips being handed around to guests in baskets. Everyone loved this idea. The caterers were also kind enough to wrap up some food for Grant & me to take back to the hotel with us. We had been so busy with our guests so had no time to eat anything so this was lovely.

 

PARTY TIME!

We had a fantastic party with around 60 additional evening guests coming along. We loved how the dance floor & the bar were all in the same room as it meant everyone mingling in the same area all night. It was also lovely not having to move tables to clear the dance floor as guests could sit around & watch others dancing. We used the company Letterhire.com to have a huge lit R & G on the dance floor which looked great as you walked into the barn & went lovely with the black & white dance floor. We had Soundwaves Disco DJ for our evening entertainment & he did great at playing ours & the guest’s favourite songs. For our first dance we had the song ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green. We always knew we would use this as it had been ‘our song’ for years. It even started playing the first time we went to taste our wedding menu. We had such a great time during our party, lots of laughs & dancing with our friends. It would be amazing to relive the whole day!

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

We used Tom Halliday for our wedding photography & he was the perfect choice. He had done a couple of friend’s weddings before & when we saw his pictures they were just stunning. They looked so different to any other photos we had seen. They looked more like art rather than the generic wedding photos we often see. We had so many compliments from guests at how gorgeous our photos were. During the evening Tom put up a slide show of photos he had taken of us for all our guests to see which was a lovely touch. When we first saw the photos we were over the moon. Since having them I have created a wedding album myself using a website & we have a huge collage of framed photos on our wall at home. It would be so hard to just pick a couple so we went with lots instead.

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

One thing I would say to any future bride & groom’s is if you have it in your budget to get a videographer definitely do so. The wedding day goes so quickly & having a video to watch back really brings the whole day back to you. It’s especially lovely being able to re-listen to the speeches & see your wedding from others point of view.

We cannot believe our wedding day was almost a year ago. The year has just flown by so quickly. Looking back on our day there is honestly nothing we would change. The day ran so smoothly & everything looked so beautiful. All our guests along with ourselves had such an amazing day filled with love & laughter. It really was our dream wedding. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Bambinos at The Barns!

Hello Granary friends! We hope you're all well :)

At the barns, we are host to many weddings, celebrations and corporate functions throughout the year and in recent months we've been so happy to see many of our friends and past brides and grooms become parents which got us thinking...

We have been busy planning away and are thrilled to introduce 'Bambinos at The Barns', a chance for local parents to come and have a good old natter for a couple of hours in our warm and cosy venue this December! The event will run from 10.00am until midday and will be held in our Granary Barn which will be overlooked by our spectacular 18ft Christmas tree!

To register your place, please click HERE.

This event will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, and let your little ones have a couple of hours playing together in what will be our mini fun house!

We have been lucky enough to play host to a number of children's parties and christenings over the years (an example of the lovely Othelia's 1st birthday party below) and cannot wait to welcome you all in December!

If you have any further questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact out team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or call us in the office on 01638 731230.

The GG's x

Christmas Party Countdown!

Today marks just one month until our Granary Christmas Mixed Party Night!!!

 Three course seasonal meal in The Granary Barn

Three course seasonal meal in The Granary Barn

The Granary Barns is THE perfect venue to hold your Christmas Party! Whether it be celebrating with work colleagues after another fantastic year, meeting up with old friends or having a drink and a dance with family, we provide a beautiful, warm and atmospheric setting in which to hold your celebrations.

 Arrival drinks in The Flint Barn

Arrival drinks in The Flint Barn

We have tables available which can seat 8-10 guests. On arrival you and your guests will receive a chilled arrival drink of either beer or Prosecco to start of the festivities. A delicious three course seasonal meal awaits you in the main Granary Barn, followed by drinks, dancing and good times!

With the barns being located just 3 miles from the racing town of Newmarket, we have fantastic transport links to Cambridge, Ely, Bury St. Edmunds and looking slightly further afield, to London.

If you would like to know more about the packages or to book your Christmas party in our Suffolk/Cambridgeshire venue, call our team on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

The GG's x


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CHRISTMAS EVENTS

5 Questions: Rocks & Frocks

As a Granary Supplier and friend of the barns, we recently spoke with Vanessa of Rocks & Frocks; a specialist Wedding and Events Planning company who also supply a variety of props including the ever popular light up letters. After another successful and busy year (working alongside husband and co-Director Dominic), we wanted to hear Vanessa's thoughts on current trends and how she sees the industry progressing...

 

Hi Vanessa! For those who are unfamiliar with R&F, what services do you offer and Which of these have proved the most popular in the last 12 months?

We provide premium aluminium 5ft light up letters and we are also wedding planners; both our light up letter hire teams and our planning teams have been super busy in the last 12 months.

Have you seen a major shift in what customers require/like with regards to your light up letters?

In the last 12 months we have have seen a definite shift from couples wanting generic words such as ‘LOVE’ or ‘MR & MRS’ on their wedding day to wanting their initials as a way to personalise their wedding further. (They also make for some great photo opportunities!).

 Photography:  Neal Laver

Photography: Neal Laver

 Photography:  Pete Denness

Photography: Pete Denness

 Photography: The Granary Estates

Photography: The Granary Estates

 Photography:  Neal Laver

Photography: Neal Laver

As we approach 2018, what have been your favourite trends this year and which ones do you think will continue through to next year?

We love the soft metallics such as rose gold and copper especially when mixed with fresh greenery and geometric shapes – kind of industrial meets soft and sparkly!  I’m sure that a Brides love of metallics and sequins will continue into 2018 and I hope to see more of what I would call ‘loose, wild florals’ – less structured bouquets and arrangements giving a more Bohemian/1920’s feel to a Brides floral styling.

 Photography:  Pete Denness

Photography: Pete Denness

Do you have any stand out moments/weddings in 2017?

We’ve been to lots of great weddings this year but our stand out moment was when one of our couples held a 2 day festival wedding complete with flamingos, a hot tub bus and a 12 hour music festival the following day as the ‘wedding after party’. 

We also had a fantastic couple who wanted to hire our letters for their wedding reception saying ‘sh*t just got real’ – we thought they had a great sense of humour but unfortunately our letters were just to big for the venue space they had available – it would have definitely been a talking point for the guests!

 

We love having you up at the barns! What’s your favourite thing about working in our venue?

We genuinely love working at the barns and with the GG’s – we know we will always be greeted with big smiles and warm hello’s from everyone and set up is always so easy as we are all familiar with how the other works!  It’s also lovely to feel like you are part of the team working together to make that day’s wedding super special rather than just an external supplier dropping off something for the wedding – the GG’s make you feel involved which is great!

 Photography:  Pete Denness

Photography: Pete Denness

To see more of what Rocks & Frocks can offer, visit their website:

www.rocksandfrocks.co.uk

The GG's x

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

CLARE & RICH

01.10.16

Working as a florist in the wedding industry, this bride had big plans for her special day and wanted to use her incredible talents to style the barns, bringing out the rustic charm, elegance and beauty on display.

With personal touches including Rich's man cave adorned with Welsh flags, apples picked from their garden and displayed in Clare's bouquet (by florist extroadinaire and best friend Julie) to wearing her Grandma's pearls, Clare's creativity shone through. We personally loved the tables being named after different biscuits, a not so subtle nod to the groom's nickname! After looking at this array of images captured by Ben Minnaar, were sure you'll agree this autumnal wedding was a perfect reflection of this unique and happy couple...

 

PICKING THE DRESS

I bought the first dress I tried on (I only tried 4 dresses in total!). I always knew that I wanted something simple and timeless and hopefully found that in the dress in wore from Heart Brides - a mobile dress company specialising in dresses under £1000). I teamed this with my Grandma's pearls and jewellery Rich had bought me for my birthday.

Rich always knew he wanted to wear a traditional morning suit so we hired a lovely navy blue one form Cadge Menswear in St.Ives.

My bridesmaids looked stunning on the day in their lace dresses from House of Fraser. I was so honoured to walk down the aisle with them.

 

THE BARNS & DECORATION

Having worked at the barns before I knew as soon as we got engaged that this had to be the venue where we tied the knot! Luckily for me, Rich fell just as quickly in love with the barns and we didn't even need to step foot in another venue.

We received so many compliments on the venue and on how much everyone enjoyed themselves at the Barns. We had the most magical day and the barns provided the perfect, warm and friendly setting. We will always be so grateful for the part the GG's played in helping to make our day so special.

As well as catering our wedding day, Elizabeth Hall helped with the wonderful styling and decoration. We couldn't have done it without her and nothing was ever too much trouble! Elizabeth and her team are a dream to work with!

 

FLOWERS

There is so much beautiful floral inspiration in autumn and I have always loved the gorgeous flower varieties, colours and textures that are available. Julie (best friend, bridesmaid and fellow florist) and I let what was in season guide our flower choices and we chose designs that we felt complimented the time of year.

Flowers were the main and most important decor for our wedding day and we had a ,lot of fun working out ways to have flowers dress the barns from the floor to the beams. Seeing it all come together on the day was incredibly special and walking down the aisle seeing all of our creations adorn the barns really was magical.

 

CATERING

The food was incredible and being big foodies, this was such an important part of the day for us! Elizabeth and her team really are wonderful and were so helpful throughout the whole process. As well as being super delicious, the food was so beautifully styled which was a massive bonus. We can't recommend them highly enough. 

 

PARTY TIME!

When it came to the evening, Festival Nights Band provided the music and they went down a storm! The dance floor was packed with guests of every age, all night long. They performed our first dance request beautifully and dancing to the band was one of the highlights of the whole day.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography was really important for us and we knew this was something we were happy to invest in for the day. 

I remember coming across Ben Minnaar's work a few years before we got engaged and have always loved his style. The way he captures those unique, candid moments is really special. I contacted Ben immediately after we booked the date and thankfully he was available! Ben (and Sam) captured the joy of the day and we have the most stunning pictures which we'll love forever more.

 

 

Catering & Styling - Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Floristry - Clare Jones Floral Design & Julie Zimmerman

Photography - Ben Minnaar Photography

Band - Festival Nights Band

Dresses - Hearts Bride & House of Fraser

Suits - Cadge Menswear

Real Weddings at The Granary Barns

INGE & CJ

28.01.17

When a couple take the barns and put their own personal touch on things, it makes for a unique and beautiful setting. When your brides profession is a wedding planner however, the resulting wedding is nothing short of spectacular!

Meet Inge & CJ, our wonderful bride and groom from January this year. With a background in the wedding and events industry, Inge took the opportunity (albeit with some challenges) to transform the barns in to a whimsical, moonlit forest; the perfect setting for a wedding breakfast and reception unique to herself and her husband-to-be. With tree lined walls, a canopy of twinkling lights, delicious food and wonderful friends and family, this couple made sure their special day was one to remember.

The photography, by Granary Suppliers Lina & Tom, captured the ambience of the day perfectly, making sure no detail was left unseen. We spoke with Inge about different aspects of the day, from the flowers to the first dance and how all of these touches made the day unique to them as a couple. We particularly loved their church reading and Inge's advice at the end.....we couldn't agree more. 

PICKING THE DRESS

So I’ve never been a ‘THE dress’ kind of person - I mean I've watched my fair share of “say yes to the dress” as much as the next but I've never been one to worry about the way I personally look on the day (I’m more about the styling and the overall look and feel for everyone rather than what the dress looks like). I also had the added complication of being six months pregnant on the day and so I was never going to be able to wear whichever dress I wanted to. One thing I knew for sure though was that I would never, ever be seen dead in a Grecian style tent of a dress!

I’m a big believer that you should wear a dress which you feel fantastically fab in no matter what it looks like or what your pre-conceptions of a style may be and so I never had a set style in my head and I also didn't want a ‘too many cooks’ situation. So one Thursday just before heading off to work I took myself into town and had a browse of some nice high end high street stores and wandered into Coast. My eyes fixed onto a two piece with a blush sequinned crop and a lovely blush skirt; I tried it on and that was it! I walked out with it that day!

The skirt sat just on top of my bump and the top was gorgeously sparkly! It wasn't white, but who cared and I bought it on my own, but then I've always been a strong decision maker and I love it. I still do! The great thing about my wedding dress is that I can whop it out at any snazzy occasion either the skirt with a simple top or the top with black jeans and I get to relive a little piece of my wedding whenever needs must!

 

SUITED & BOOTED

CJ was never going to be told what to wear by me and even though I tried once (or twice) I got told very firmly from the beginning not to try to tell him what to wear. He told me that if my dress was going to be a surprise so was his suit. And I'm glad it was. He picked out the most stunning blue three piece from John Lewis and when I saw him down the aisle my heart skipped a beat and I couldn't believe I was about to marry the most handsome man I had ever met.

I was told after the wedding that the size shirt they sent over was huge and way too big - a detail that was only noticed only the morning of the wedding. But Tom (from Lina and Tom) stepped in as the pro he is and helped CJ to tuck and adjust it to make sure it sat just right! Phew!

 

THE VENUE & DECORATION

The barns was the one from day one. After working in a fair few venues in the area I had always been impressed by the professionalism and care of the Granary Girls; partner this with a venue that ticked all of our boxes and after dragging CJ along to have look we booked on the dot! We needed a venue which had the separate space for a creche (our daughter was 4 and had invited a couple of close friends so we set up a fun cinema den for them); the cleanliness and the space was spot on and the fact that we could host everything indoors made it the perfect venue for our winter wedding.

In all honesty we didn't book the barns because we wanted a barn venue or look, we booked it because it was spacious enough for us to create an indoor Narnia style forest. When we were younger we carved our names into a tree in a small forest which was half way between our childhood houses, around 12 years on it was the spot where CJ proposed and so we were adamant we would re-create this for our wedding day.

We enlisted the help of Elizabeth Hall and set about hiring in live trees to create the forest, festoon and lanterns to create a night sky and succulents and candles for the table to reconstruct a forest scene. I must say it was pretty tricky getting those trees in and out of the side doors but once it was all set up the look came together and blew us away.

 

FLOWERS & FOLIAGE

As I said our priorities lay with creating a forest rather than focusing on table top decorations. Elizabeth Hall styled in some succulents for our tables but we didn't go for any floristry displays apart from my bouquet. I opted to go with the Tayler Studios for my bouquet and got a glorious winter flower arrangement from Grace. After seeing her workshop I held every trust in her that she had great style and the know how to great fantastic flower pieces. So after showing her a couple of pictures of some wintery bouquets I had in mind I left it to her to create the final piece. 

I don’t like to step anyones creativity and I like to trust the suppliers I work with and so even though she was surprised I gave her full creative control (not something most brides do) I was not disappointed and she delivered a stunning bouquet fit for a forestry winter wedding.

 

THE VOWS

As a wedding planner I am of course a big believer of doing things properly and seeing everything through and although some may disagree I am in the camp that if you're going to get married it should be in a church. I am not religious and my husband isn't overly, so the decision to get married in a church wasn't a traditional or religious one. I believe that the day should be separated out into the more formal and contemplative church service to be followed by a celebration in another space and so this is why we opted for a church. Lets not forget why you're getting married. Its not to just have a huge party, wear a great dress, drink bubbly and dance. It is to make a commitment to one another to support each other, be true to each other and be a team for life and this needs to be taken seriously. 

We got married in Burwell Church which is our parish church and our vicar Eleanor was incredibly flexible and approachable through out the planning process. The most memorable moment for me was when we included a promise to our daughter and baby in utero to love and support them throughout their lives after our vows to each other. And I sobbed through the whole service. We walked out of the church to James Brown and the organist played the Game of Thrones theme tune whilst we sign the register. 

We also chose to have a reading from Kalil Gibran the Prophet which sums up our way of working our relationship perfectly:

 

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.” 

 

There were times being a bride/wedding planner when I found it really hard to let go. I felt a huge amount of pressure to create something spectacular because of my background and my job. And I felt as though everyone would be judging me that extra bit. But just as I was considering spending an obscene amount of money on a real snow blower I had a meeting with Parris and she managed to calm me down and talk me out of feeling under pressure to perform. I found it invaluable to have the GGs to chat weddings to because they understand and could relate to what I was trying to achieve.

I struggled with the supplier relationship balance at times, and I think because I hired in industry friends to help me achieve my vision there were definitely times when the lines were blurred but having my husband to talk things through with helped me to detach myself from being a wedding planner and to just be a bride to be. Towards the end I even hired in my own wedding planner to get her to tie up loose ends for me and put an eye on everything. (Aimee I'm looking at you!) 

Being a natural control freak - as every wedding planner is - definitely helped because everything was written down and checked over. But being able to work with people I trust and who could understand my vision was most important. And couldn't have asked for a better collaboration of suppliers to pull together my wedding day.

 

TIME TO PARTY

CJ and I have a shared love of music and dancing. CJ is a very good dancer and although I like to think I'm good at dancing too there is no way I would keep up with him. But also no way that we would be able to have any ordinary first dance.

We decided not to go for a love song or anything which represented our relationship, rather a great song with a great beat that we both liked dancing to so settled on Janet Jacksons 'All Nite (Don't Stop)'. 

We then came up with a routine which was perfected and pulled together by our dance friend Bailey Francis and proceeded to pop, lock and robot our way through our first dance.

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

LINA AND TOM!!!!!!!! The bestest most fantastic most fabulous photography dapper duo you will ever meet. They are incredible and their awesome talent not only managed to capture some really great pictures but the feel, emotion and ambiance of the day. Getting a photographer is my number one priority for any of my couples but finding one which you connect with and who understands you is even more important. Many try to skimp on the photographer because they don't understand their fees but when you realise that this is the only lasting physical memory of your wedding day their importance starts to sink in. And getting the photos back is an unforgettable experience. Just being able to sit in your own house in your own space after the wedding with a glass of vino to relive the day is priceless. I have to say I'm not a fan of stuffy posed photos and my favourites are all the spur of the moment shots including a great one of me shaving my pits! But in all honesty they managed to capture all the little looks and the glances of our family and friends which made our day come alive on print.

Lina even bought along a pick me up snack for the adrenaline dump after the ceremony - they honestly went above and beyond and covered everything. The best money I have ever spent! 

 

TAKE MY ADVICE...

Being a ‘Real Bride’ has made me better planner, I now understand the day from all angles and can enlist on my own experience to run the day. I wrote a blog piece after being married with my own ten top tips which you can find on my website (read the blog HERE). But in all honesty in hindsight the things I most remember are the laughs, the enormous amount of love and the feeling I had in my heart for the whole day. 

If you're planning to get married - don't forget that the most important thing that happens is that you marry the one you love. The frills and fancies are great and make for a spectacular day. But if you can walk away from it feeling fantastic and in love then it was a huge success. 

But my one top tip and wedding gripe is to make it your own! Don't get suckered into one type of theme or style if it doesn't reflect you two as a couple. You need every penny to work for you and to be spent on reflecting you, your relationship and your love. So put down the Pinterest and look deep into yourselves to find your own wedding inspiration.

 

Wedding Planning - Inge Louise Events

Styling - Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Catering - Cambridge Dining Company

Lighting - Pro Event Hire

Photography - Lina & Tom

Flowers - The Tayler Studios

Dress - Coast

Suits - John Lewis

Capturing the moment...

To mark 'World Photography Day', we thought what better way to celebrate than to share some of the stunning images captured at the barns over the past few years!

We're not going to say too much, we'll let the photographs do the talking..... :)

The GG's X

Conceive & Create!

TRENDS

Definition:

'A general direction in which something is developing or changing'

 

Throughout the year as we welcome excited brides and grooms, same sex unions and blessings, we see a variety of styles and tastes when it comes to wedding decoration and styling. Each and every wedding is individual and unique, making our job a very exciting and happy one!

Over the past 12 months we have seen 2016/17 trends such as free-form bouquets and wild flower centre pieces, food stations, naked cakes, wooden detailing and an emphasis on pastel colour palettes.

We love and promote creativity here at the barns and love it when our couples inject their own sense of style and personality in to the big day. As with all aspects of creative avenues, trends will always come and go and come back round again, but it is what best represents you and your relationship which will make it YOUR wedding day. 

In March we played host to a group of immensely talented suppliers working in the wedding and events industry, who came together on a beautiful sunny day in Suffolk to showcase their talents and promote their services within our grounds. Using white shades against fresh, lush foliage with hints of peach tones, Jenna and Leah orchestrated a stunning shoot with beautifully executed photography to capture the atmosphere on the day. By carefully selecting particular props, flowers, foliage and colours, the team of suppliers used trends and ideas rooted in 2016 which would transition easily in to 2017, enabling the resulting images and blog to remain 'current' and as an inspiration to brides this year and in to 2018.

Here are a collection of images to inspire, excite and get those creative juices flowing! (Even Mills make an appearance!) Enjoy!

 

Photography by Leah Lombardi

Concept, Stationery, Planning & Co-Ordination by Wonderland Invites

Flowers by Clare Jones Floral Design

Styling by Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Cakes by Lucky & Co.

Dresses by Rembo Styling

Boutique by Lara B

Car by The Little Vintage Car Co.

Table Runner & Ribbons by Kate Cullen

Balloons by Bubblegum Balloons

Parasols by East London Parasols

Envelope Calligraphy by The Golden Letter

Envelopes by GF Smith

Hair & Make Up by Cambridge Make Up Artist

Wood Slice Favours by The Willow Workshop UK

Golf Leaf Hair Slides by Johnny Loves Rosie

Necklace by Maria Allen

Shoes & Bracelet by ASOS

To see the full blog on Rock My Wedding, follow the link below!

'Inspiration Shoot' at The Granary Barns

Happy reading!

The GG's x

   

Get Cracking with Christmas!

Summer only started last Wednesday but here at The Granary Estates we already have Christmas on our minds!

We are pleased to announce our 'Mixed Party Night' will take place on Friday 1st December 2017!

Enjoy a chilled glass of fizz or an ice cool beer on arrival as you make your way down to our impressive Granary Barn to start the festivities!

Our Christmas 2017 package includes:

Three Course Festive Menu

Selection of Coffee & Speciality Teas

Account or Cash Evening Bar

DJ & Disco

Additional upgrades including canapes and drinks packages are available to suit your budget

We have a limited number of tables available on the night so please get in touch to find out more and secure your place. If a mixed night isn't your preference, we also have dates remaining for exclusive use if you wish to have the barns all to yourself!

To book your appointment with our Events Team and take a look around our stunning grounds, please contact the office on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk or 01638 731230.

#tbt - Twenty Seventeen

We have welcomed many wonderful couples through our doors already this year, all unique and special in their own way!

From a whimsical moonlit forest to a medieval hall fit for a King, we have loved seeing each concept become a reality through the vision of our couples and their individual taste. We've even seen the iron throne take its rightful place in our barn, accompanied by the theme music from Game of Thrones - amazing! 

From New York, Scotland and even as far as Japan, we have welcomed family members, friends and happy couples from far and wide to the barns and we're only in June!

Here is a quick glance at some of the stunning moments captured at the barns so far this year...we can't wait to see what the rest of 2017 holds :)

The GG's x

INGE & CJ - 28.01.17

Photography by Lina & Tom

MELISSA & DAN - 13.04.17

Photography by Summer Love Photography

CHRIS & HARRIET - 14.04.17

Photography by Debbie Wallwork Photography

VERITY & JOE - 22.04.17

Photography by Jackson & Co Photography