Wedding

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

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? :)

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

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

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

   

#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

A picture is worth a thousand words...

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel

the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”

- Robert Frank

 

Hello and happy Friday everyone!

The wedding season has well and truly arrived here at The Granary Estates and as always we are loving the different set ups and personalised wedding decorations on display throughout the barns! With such a unique and flexible space, our creative couples always put their own stamp on the day and it's great to see the different trends and styling methods on display throughout the barns.

As the month of May is officially 'National Photography Month', we thought we would treat you to some beautiful images captured at the barns throughout the last year. From the beautiful Amy and her bridesmaids strolling through the Courtyard back in August, to the gorgeous Rio and Grant surrounded by a hazy, winter backdrop; these talented wedding photographers have created some truly stunning imagery that we'd love to share with you...enjoy!

The GG's x

A Barn Wedding...

Kate Gray Photography

Kate Gray Photography

Choosing your perfect wedding venue can be a difficult task when there’s so many options to choose from. Whether you can already picture your ideal setting, or you need a little helping hand, our experienced team at our luxury venue will be able to help.

We have two wedding venues in the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border. Our 18th Century Granary Barn is set within stunning countryside and picturesque cornfields and offers exclusivity and space for your big day. The Granary Barns is full of character and versatility with exposed timber beams and Suffolk Flint throughout.

As well as the beautiful Granary Barns, The Polo Club in Dullingham provides the ideal wedding venue for those who would prefer a marquee or outside reception. Set within 32 acres, this venue is available for dry hire; a blank canvas waiting for you to create your dream day from scratch.

Our experienced and award-winning Events Team will help you every step of the way.

If you would like to know more about our wedding venues in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire, please get in touch!
 

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Spring has sprung!

If you’re getting married in 2017, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite wedding trends for your special day.
 

Kate Gray Photography

Kate Gray Photography

Wild Flowers
There has been a rise in couples moving away from traditional preened bouquets and table centre pieces to go for more of a ‘wild’ look. Instead of picking particular flowers, freshly cut flowers which are in season are the way forward and will look the most natural.

Ben Minnaar Photography / Clare Jones Floral Design

Ben Minnaar Photography / Clare Jones Floral Design

Cocktail Hour
What better occasion to have a happy hour than at your wedding! Some couples are replacing wine with fruit-filled, decorative cocktails made to suit everyone’s taste. Served in stunning glassware, these tasty drinks are always a hit with guests looking for something a little different.

Lottie Ettling Photography

Lottie Ettling Photography

Lighting
Lighting can be used to create ambience and atmosphere at you wedding. There has been an increase in couples using hanging lighting such as lanterns, ‘Edison’ bulbs and strings of fairy lights - particularly attractive when decorating your exterior space.

Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Colour
Traditionally, weddings are full of subdued, pastel colours as opposed to bright ones. But in the colourful season of spring, injections of colour liven up the look and feel of your big day. Whether it’s in the tablecloths, flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses or chair backs, we love the idea of adding a bit of colour to a spring wedding.

Lina & Tom

Lina & Tom

Wood
Natural looking table decorations, place cards and seating is one of our favourite spring wedding trends. Moving away from metal seating and glass centrepieces, features made out of wood as well as trees for decoration are enhancing the feel of a natural wedding - perfect for a spring day.

The GG's x

The Granary Estates | The Wedding Checklist

Check out our wedding checklist for the top things to look out for when choosing your wedding venue

You've recently got engaged and now you're on the look out for your all important wedding venue; the place where you will wed your one and only surrounded buy your friends and family...an important decision! We are proud to call our award-winning Granary Barns one of the best wedding venues in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and welcome couples all year round to our luxury venue. But what do you need to consider when searching for your perfect location?

We've created an informative check-list to use as a guide when viewing potential spaces. What should you be thinking about when searching for your perfect wedding venue?

  • If you've already got a date in mind, one of the first things to check is the availability of the venue. Also make sure to check the days before and after your preferred wedding date, just in case the wedding venue or surrounding accommodation may be booked.

  • One of the most important aspects of a wedding day will be who you choose to share those special memories with. You may have already created a guest list and if so, make sure you let the venue know your estimated numbers to make sure they are able to accommodate you and your guests.

  • You don’t want to spend your wedding day worrying about timings or who is announcing the wedding breakfast! This is your day and you shouldn't have to worry about a thing! Check if there’ll be a Wedding Co-Ordinator there on the day. Here at the The Granary Estates we have an award-winning Events Team who will be with you from your very first viewing through until your first dance as a married couple, making sure the day runs smoothly and efficiently.

  • After the marriage formalities, you will be ready for a nice chilled drink and delicious meal. Enquire about the food and drink packages on offer and how the venue sources this, whether it be internal or external catering. Make sure you also find out prices of corkage and any additional charges as you don’t want to uncover these costs when it’s too late.

  • If you’re looking to decorate the wedding venue and add your own personal touch, ask what you can change, areas your are allowed to decorate and if anything is provided such as tables, chairs, cake stands etc. We have an extensive 'Prop Shop' here at The Granary Estates that includes many items/pieces of furniture which our couples may hire for the big day, easing the need to spend lots of money on items you will just use for one day.

  • If you have friends and family travelling to the venue or would like somewhere to get ready before hand, check if the venue has accommodation on site and if there’s suitable hotels nearby for your bridal suite, your guests or somewhere to spend your first night as a married couple. 

  • Check the financial schedule of payments such as the deposit amount, cancellation policy and if the prices are fixed or likely to increase. Remember if you’re booking your venue a couple of years in advance, the wedding venue could potentially increase their prices i.e. bar and drinks prices.

If you would like to talk about any of the above with our friendly team at The Granary Estates or learn more about our wedding packages, please get in touch!

01638 731230 | 07557 886447 | info@thegranaryestates.co.uk

Flower Fairies Workshop

The Flower Fairies descended on the Flint Barn on Wednesday evening to spread their floral fairy dust over the barns!

With endless amounts of eucalyptus, beautiful blooms of ranunculus and elegant stems of calla lilies, Clare and Julie transformed the barn in to a flower heaven for our thirteen wannabe florists.

The girls kicked off proceedings by introducing their new students to the array of flowers they were going to be working with and explaining how to prepare and condition the different types of flowers ready for assembly. It was a great insight in to the time and knowledge that florists use and need everyday to create the specific arrangements their customers require - a real art form!

After preparing and conditioning then came composition. As full-time florists, the two Flower Fairies made gathering the stems together look effortless and in a matter of minutes, Julie had produced a stunning bouquet of seasonal blooms and foliage.

After a lot of practice and starting again from scratch, our florists-in-training created 13 exquisite bouquets all of which the Flower Fairies were extremely impressed with! Even though everyone started with exactly the same stems, each bouquet was different to the next and equally as gorgeous :)

With their flowers tied and trimmed, Clare and Julie then walked the ladies through wrapping and finishing their bouquets, adding that final professional touch. 

The Flower Fairies were excellent teachers, always on hand to guide their students and lend a (strong) hand if the ladies needed it! A fantastic evening was had by all :) We hope that these talented ladies will continue to use all of the new skills they learnt from the evening in their  future floral endeavours and visit us at the barns again soon for the next workshop on Wednesday 3rd May!

Before Wednesday's Workshop took place, we spoke with the Clare and Julie about their new joint venture and a little insight in to the life of a florist....

Why did you form ‘Flower Fairies’? 

J: Me and Clare first met working in a flower shop together (The Flower House, Cambridge) and our friendship blossomed from there. We have worked together many times over the years but have always wanted a project to work on and build together. We came up with Flower Fairies as we loved the idea of sharing our passion for flowers with others through teaching. It means we can both carry on our floristry careers and have Flower Fairies as a fun and enjoyable side project. Being best friends it doesn’t even feel like work.

What ‘floral trends’ are you loving at the moment? 

C & J: More weird and wonderful ways of displaying flowers at venues and for table decorations are becoming a trend we love. We particularly like the use of copper piping framework for ceremony backdrops teamed with geometric terrarium table centres, a way to bring some quirkiness to the floral décor. Combining this with wild, natural and overflowing bouquets incorporating lots of greenery and interesting textures is a gorgeous combination, softening the harsh angles with romantic blooms.

As full-time Florists, you both have a fantastic knowledge of flowers, an understanding of composition and an all-important creative eye! What flowers are in season at the moment and what would be your favourite way to use/display these? 

C & J: In early spring the flower markets are full of beautiful bright colours and gorgeous blooms such as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, daffodils, mimosa, hyacinths, muscari, hellebores and narcissi. We especially love the striking giant-headed ranunuclus called Cloony ranunculus, so pretty! Spring flowers are great for adding splashes of colour to any room and look lovely displayed in fun, mismatched containers such as jugs, teapots, tin cans, colourful bottles and mason jars. 

Clare, we loved having yourself and your now hubby Rich (aka Biscuit!) tie the knot here at the barns last October. As your best friend and fellow FF, Julie worked alongside you to create your stunning floral arrangements (including bouquets, button holes and garlands to drape along the beams), totally transforming the venue and putting your talents on display throughout, simply stunning! Where did the inspiration for your wedding flowers come from and how did you both find the whole experience? 

C: There is so much beautiful floral inspiration in autumn and I have always loved the gorgeous flower varieties, colours and textures that are available. We let what was in season guide our flower choices and we choose designs that we felt complimented the time of year. Flowers were the main and most important décor for our wedding and we had a lot of fun working out ways to have flowers dress the barns from the floor to the beams. 

C & J: We always really enjoy working together but on this occasion it meant so much to us both. From the planning stages months before, right down until the final finishing touches on the morning. We love bouncing ideas off each other and sharing our creativity, and to see it all come together on the day was incredibly special. Walking down the aisle together as bridesmaid and bride and seeing all our creations adorning the barns, it really was magical.

Julie what was your favourite part to work on? 

J: For me, it had to be Clare’s bridal bouquet! To create the bouquet that Clare would carry down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams was a huge honour and meant so much to me. Being best friends and fellow florists, there’s a great passion for flowers that we share and have a unique bond over. I made the bouquet with such thought and love, I even put a crab apple from her garden in there for a little piece of her home with Rich. I kept Clare’s bouquet hidden from her until she was in her dress on the morning, the moment I handed it over to her was probably my most treasured memory of our friendship to date, it was such an emotional exchange for us and I will never forget it. Also, the giant flower balls deserve a mention, they looked stunning!

Images by Ben Minnaar Photography

From wreath making to flower crowns to bouquets, you have covered many aspects of floristry in your previous workshops. What’s next on the agenda for the Flower Fairies and how can people sign up?! 

C & J: We are currently in the process of putting together bespoke packages for special occasions such as hen dos and birthdays. We love the idea of making flower crowns with hens as their afternoon entertainment before their big night out, providing not only the fun activity itself but a floral accessory to wear out too! We also run regular workshops at The Little Acre Kitchen in St Ives. Our next one is a floral foam arrangement workshop and will take place on Wednesday 22nd March. We are also delighted to announce another Flower Crown Workshop at The Granary Barns on Wednesday 17th May. For details or to book onto these classes, or for more information about private classes, email us on flowerfairiesworkshops@outlook.com.

You can also keep up to date with The Flower Fairies on their Facebook page - The Flower Fairies Workshop

The GG's x

Guest Blog: Elizabeth Hall

As the cold wind blew, no snow fell and bells were rung, time for our Elizabeth Hall events team flew by in the mix of festivities and weddings this past December. Catering and styling for two weddings the week before Christmas and for three during Christmas and New Year, our team worked closely with the Granary Girls to give that extra sparkle on our five bride and groom’s special day.

 

Elizabeth and her husband, Dominic, took their team of waitresses and chefs to set up camp at The Granary Estates on the 10th of December right through to the moment the clock stuck midnight on New Year. From lantern installations to 3 course meals, the team were multitasking in the kitchen, juggling their canape trays and of course, boomeranging for Instagram.

 

KATIE & STEPHEN - 12TH DECEMBER 2016

Katie first came to us with inquiries about our chiffon draping she had seen at Granary. With or without fairy light’s, the simplistic white drapes give the barns an elegant touch against the flint paved walls and decadent chandeliers.

Photography by James McGrillis Photography

 

RACHAEL & GAVIN - 17TH DECEMBER 2016

Going for a fun & interactive roast dinner sharing board, where one guest from each table was welcomed with a surprise apron on their seat and asked to carve, Rachel & Gavin wanted to bring in their own reared meat to serve to their party of 80. Fairy lights draped in the Flint Barn across the beams giving that starry night light during the evening.

Photography by Neal Laver Photography

 

KAYLEIGH & NATHAN - 22ND DECEMBER 2016

With silver sparkle sequin table cloths and a candle lit corridor amongst a hot chocolate station with marshmallows to roast over Granary’s outside fire pit, Kayleigh & Gavin went for a cosy winter atmosphere with slippers available to rest those dancing feet!

Photography by Terri Brice Wedding & Portrait Photography

 

EMMA & JAMIE - 28TH DECEMBER 2016

After a winter inspired 3 course meal, mince pies followed along with a tea & coffee station. Emma and Jamie wanted a relaxed and fun evening food option, and so we circulated with our canape trays with mini beef sliders and mac n cheese bites, which did not last long!

Photography by Scotts of Cambridge

 

CHANTAL & JAMES - 29TH DECEMBER 2016

‘LOVE’ letters spread across the back wall of the barns enhancing the already romantic ambience as Chantal & James had their first dance together on Granary’s very own black and white styled chequered dance floor.

Photography by Chris Brudenell Photography

 

SOPHIE & ROSS - 31ST DECEMBER 2016

What a way to send off 2016 and dive into 2017 with glitz and glam, and a confetti canon for extra measure supplied by Granary. Starting the night with canapes and a Mediterranean inspired antipasti board, the guests were captivated by Sophie & Ross’ glamorous décor and the anticipation in the count down to the new year.

Photography by Peter Oliver Photography

 

The Granary Estates holds up to 180 guests in its stunning main barn, equipped with LED lighting and a bar to help get your martini glasses on. Up to 88 guests can experience the true beauty of an intimate wedding ceremony held in the flint barn. With rustic wooden beams cascading above and around the barns and a courtyard great for group photos, it truly is a beautiful venue and we couldn’t be happier to work with the venue and the Granary Girls.

Elizabeth & Jo x

Elizabeth Hall Event Design

A Winter Wedding Venue.

With our ever changing British winter sending the temperature gauge below zero in the past week, all we want to do is stay in our cosy office with a cup of tea in an attempt to stay as warm as possible! However we are very lucky to be nestled here in the Suffolk countryside. Peering outside the office window at the frost on the grass and beautiful pale grey skies, it really can be the most beautiful season and transforms the barns in to the perfect location for a magical, winter wedding...

When the grounds are dusted with frost or snow and the trees have lost their last leaf, we have incredible photo opportunities in the surrounding fields, by the icy pond or with the rustic flint walls as your backdrop. The warm glow emanating from the barn is a welcome retreat and ensures your guests can enjoy the big day surrounded by friends and loved ones in a comfortable, cosy and beautiful setting.

One such couple who dreamt of a Winter Wedding at the barns, were Scarlet & James. With sparkly, sequin table cloths, white draping, pale flowers and the use of our roaring fire pit, this couple really embraced the season and transformed the Granary Barn in to a magical space. Expertly photographed by Ben Minnaar, the atmosphere which carried throughout the day is clear to see and made for some spectacular shots from their special day.

Scarlet & James - December Wedding

Photographer - Ben Minnaar Photography

Styling & Draping - Elizabeth Hall

Winter is always a magical time of year, but for us GG's it's even more special as we love nothing more than sequins, sparkles and a dance off or two as the festive season brings people together and ever-lasting memories are made. Following a fantastic December we are now moving in to the 2017 season and looking forward to another busy year at our two venues.

If you have always dreamt of a Winter wedding or would like to consider this as an option for your celebrations, the Granary Barns could be the one for you! We still have dates available for Autumn/Winter 2017 and are happy to discuss these with you.

To find out more about Winter 2017 dates and discounted rates, call us on 01638 731230 or email our Events Team on info@thegranaryestates.co.uk.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend :)

The GG's x

5 Questions: Lina & Tom

Lina & Tom are two extremely talented individuals who join forces to create a dynamic photography team - being a married couple themselves they know all that a wedding day has to throw at the newlyweds! With a stunning portfolio of work from The Granary Barns alone, Lina & Tom integrate themselves in to the wedding day so as not to distract from the couple or the festivities, but to make sure they are there to capture every special moment and memory. This creative couple are a Granary favourite and are one of our trusted, local suppliers and we can't recommend them enough!

We spoke with Lina & Tom to find out more about what it is to be wedding photographers and what it is like to work at our venue...

1. How did you become Wedding Photographers? Was it a career you had both dreamed of pursuing?

Lina: Like a lot of people, we originally were on different career paths when the thought of pursuing wedding photography really grabbed us. I'd worked in theatre for ten years, in various roles such as in a theatrical agency and producing shows, before taking more administrative/programming roles, yet I was a keen amateur with a camera. Tom was a Graphic Designer doing bits of photography on the side and when I saw his talent, the agent in me took him on! I had been to a lot of weddings as I have a big family (10 times a bridesmaid!) and we decided we would love to focus on these magical occasions. With the timely engagements of two sets of friends, resulting in us shooting our first weddings as official photographers, that kicked it all off and this is now our eighth year.  

2. As photographers, what is your favourite part of the day and why?

Lina: We're hopeless romantics and tend to scoot around weddings cooing at everything, but the moment our couple lock eyes on each other for the first time is just magical, you can feel the buzz in the room and we get goosebumps all the time, even eight years on. With there being two of us there, we can get it from both angles so the couple can see each others reactions.

3. How do you find it working with your partner? Are there pros and cons? :)

Lina: The great thing about us working together is the telepathy we have, we seem to always know what each other is thinking, shooting, planning...and this is definitely a big part of our work. It's also pretty good to spend all day with your favourite person, if I did this on my own I don't think we'd ever see each other. It also means when its all getting too much, we know how each other is feeling. There are cons of course, sometimes it can get tense in the office if we disagree on something or we are just working all hours - we have to remind each other we are a couple first and business partners second. It's hard to make time for dates in the wedding season!

Tom: I love it! I get to work with my best friend, and we can read each others minds which is really rather handy! Working in the same office every day for long hours can be interesting but I can escape on the bike for some 'me' time! She's the boss ;)

4. You have shot many weddings at the barns. What are your favourite locations around the barns and why?

Lina: The Granary Barns are without a doubt a favourite venue as we not only enjoy the location but we know we are always working with lovely people :) It's hard to pinpoint where we really love, there is so much to choose from but the main barn itself is very special and looks especially awesome when the party gets started. We do also like the driveway of the house next door which comes into its own at a particular time of the day...

5. Give us 3 words to describe working at The Granary Estates...

Fun, friendly and fabulous!

Thank you Lina & Tom! To see more of their beautiful photography, click through to Lina & Tom's website: www.linaandtom.com

The GG's x