Inspiration

Start your wedding journey with us...

Last week, we threw our styling hats on and got creative in the barns to show you how, even without beam styling, the barns can look elegant, colourful and full of life!

With help from the lovely team at local hiring company CMA Hire, we were able to dress the tables with lush dove grey cloths, coloured glassware and marble charger plates. These additional touches really added a luxury feel, giving a sophisticated look with a modern finish. The options CMA Hire provide are endless so you can get really creative if table styling is your passion!

The team at Hall & Co. Event Design also provided some of their gorgeous pieces from their prop shop, enabling us to enhance areas of the lounge area and Milling Room for a bit of cosy styling inspo! We especially love the glass vases the team provided for our centre piece styling, alongside green pops of colour and foliage from Florist extraordinaire Clare Jones!

As you can see, we haven’t over styled the barns and have let the natural beauty of the building shine through. So if getting creative does’t come naturally to you, if you prefer to keep things simple (less is more as they say) or if your budget doesn’t allow for a lot of styling, we could be the venue for you! :)


As we dive into May and all things weddings, it is the perfect time to come and take a look around our venue. We can hold your exclusive viewing during the week, but also have appointments available on Saturday mornings and on Sundays so we can work around you! We tend to have weddings set up at the weekends so this is the prime time to come along :)

We have appointments available in June so why not start your wedding journey with us and come to have your own personal tour on the barns? To speak with our events team (GG’s Becca, Parris and Naomi) simply give us a call on 01638 731230 or email info@thegranaryestates.co.uk. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Have a great weekend! x

Meet The Experts: The Luxe Paper Co.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

Hi Chloe! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded The Luxe Paper Co.

Hi I’m Chloe and I’m the designer behind The Luxe Paper Co. I’m obsessed with stationery, typography, luxury papers and anything with gold foil! I’m a self-professed font and paper geek and I get excited every time new orders arrive.

Design is a huge part of my life and I am lucky enough to do what I love on a daily basis. As well as designing wedding stationery, I have years of experience working in agencies collaborating with a vast array of clients from small and national companies to large global ones.

After creating stationery for family and friends weddings, I fell in love with the idea of being able to create something so special that tells such a personal story. Few belongings can better tell the story of your most important memories than special occasion stationery.

Therefore taking my design experience and passion for stationery I was inspired to take the leap and launch The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

I’ve only recently this year taken the leap and launched The Luxe Paper Co. I’ve designed a lot of wedding stationery for family and friends the last few years but it was designing my own this year that led me to set up properly.

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What’s the best thing about your job?

It goes without saying that receiving feedback is one of the very best parts about my job. There is nothing better than knowing that the stationery you have put so much time and love into creating is adored by the client it has have been created for.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

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

Get an early start so that you won’t feel rushed later, once you’ve found the perfect venue and secured your date, book in with a stationer, especially if you are looking for something bespoke, as they often get booked up quickly and it’s an important part in creating the theme for your day.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? Are there certain trends making their way through this year?

I think stationery has become a massive part of the wedding industry; it’s a very personal process and defines the style and tone of the whole wedding and the couple themselves. More than ever couples are looking for something bespoke and personal.

In 2019 I think Perspex and vellum are going to continue to be massive and while pastels and pinks are commonly associated with wedding stationery, darker hues are looking to take centre stage, as a formal but more luxury option.

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What are your favourite colours or patterns to work with?

This is a really difficult question; I love really rich and deep colours, a gold foil finish is also a firm favourite of mine. With every couple comes a different brief and wedding which is always so exciting as I know I’ll get to experiment with different fonts, colours, papers and themes.

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What have you got lined up for the rest of the year?

As well as moving house, travelling America and continuing to plan my own wedding for next year, I am looking forward to meeting and working with new couples and growing The Luxe Paper Co. I am also excited to be attending a family wedding in the summer at The Granary Estates.

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I am so delighted to be a recommended supplier for The Granary Estates. It is such a stunning venue with beautiful grounds and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several weddings as a guest here and feel privileged to be a supplier.

Thanks Chloe!

To see more of Chloe’s beautiful work, hit the button below!

Spring Florals

With a variety of different wedding and events taking place under our timber beams, we see our fair share of stunning florals making their way through the barns.

As pops of colours and textures begin to emerge around our grounds, we wanted to take a closer look at some of the flowers which are at their prime during this season and the different ways they can be utilised at your spring nuptials or event… which ones are your favourite???

TULIPS

Image - Pinterest

Image - Pinterest

Image - gardenia.net

Image - gardenia.net

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Image - theknot.com

Image - theknot.com

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Image - Pinterest

HYACINTH

Image - Rock My Wedding

Image - Rock My Wedding

Image - Crocus

Image - Crocus

Image - Rock My Wedding

Image - Rock My Wedding

PEONY

Image - Jackson & Co. Photography

Image - Jackson & Co. Photography

Image - bridemagazine.co.uk

Image - bridemagazine.co.uk

Image - notonthehighstreet.com

Image - notonthehighstreet.com

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Image - ruffledblog.com

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Image - Pinterest

FREESIA

Image - chicvintagebrides.com

Image - chicvintagebrides.com

Image - bridalguide.com

Image - bridalguide.com

Image - the knot.com

Image - the knot.com

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Image - Pinterest

PUSSY WILLOW

Image - Google

Image - Google

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Image - etsy.com

Image - projectwedding.com

Image - projectwedding.com

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Image - Pinterest

Image - Rock My Wedding

Image - Rock My Wedding

AZALEA

Image - Pinterest

Image - Pinterest

Image - etsy.com

Image - etsy.com

Image - etsy.com

Image - etsy.com

Image - lovemydress.net

Image - lovemydress.net

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Image - Pinterest

What's your flavour? #NationalSoupMonth

TUSCAN BEAN + CHORIZO SOUP

By Crown Catering Cambridge

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

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Ingredients

1x small onion

1x large carrot

2x sticks celery

2x cloves garlic

100g chorizo

1x pint brown chicken stock

1x pint pasta sauce

1x large handful lilyput cappers

100g butter beans

Basil to taste

Salt and pepper

 

Method

1 Chop the celery, garlic, onion and carrots.

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2 Sauté until softened.

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3 Add diced chorizo sausage - cook for 10 minutes.

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4 Add chopped baby plum tomatoes.

5 And fresh brown chicken stock.

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6 Reduce by half.

7 Add pasta sauce.

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

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

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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? :)

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

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

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

Get Stuck In! #NationalVegetarianWeek

To mark the first day of 'National Vegetarian Week', we have asked one of our local, catering experts, The Cambridge Dining Company, to treat us to a tasty recipe from one of their fantastic restaurants.

The Cambridge Dining Company are part of an independent group of 7 restaurants and an event catering company based in Cambridgeshire, with one of their stunning eaterys being the historic Millworks located in the centre of Cambridge.

Working alongside the team at CDC, our friends over at Millworks have sent over a delicious salad recipe, perfect for a Summers lunch or light meal in the evening. Delish!

 

Feta & Pomegranate Salad with Roasted Squash & Red Onion
Serves 4 (Starter) or 2 (Main) | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

160g Feta Cheese

4 Small Red Onions

1 Butternut Squash

2 Sprigs Thyme

1 Lemon

A glug of Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

1/2 Pomegranate

Salad Leaves

Equipment

Blow Torch

 

1. Start by blowtorching the surface of the feta until lightly charred. Place the block of feta back in the fridge to firm up.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 200 °C/180 °C Fan/Gas Mark 6. Whilst the oven heats up, peel the red onions and squash. Cut the head of the squash into 1 inch squares and cut each onion into eight wedges.

3. On a roasting tray mix together the red onion, butternut squash and thyme leaves with a glug of olive oil and salt and pepper until well coated. Roast the vegetables for around 20 minutes or until soft and caramelised.

4. To assemble, place the butternut squash, red onion and salad leaves on a plate. Top with the pomegranate seeds and a little of the pomegranate juice. Crumble over the feta cheese. Finally, make a simple dressing using equal parts lemon juice and olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.

Thank you to Millworks for this mouth-watering recipe! Better dig out the blow torch....

The GG's x

www.themillworks.co.uk

 

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!
 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR WEDDINGS

5 Questions: Eliza May Prints

Wedding stationery can play a massive role in the overall feel and aesthetic of your big day. From the day you send out your 'Save the Dates', to the moment your guests take their seats at the wedding breakfast, the stationery can be used to compliment both the venue and your decorations. It is a chance to bring out your creative side and add those personal touches which will make the day unique to you.  

With this creative industry taking a front seat as couples look for an affordable yet 'on-trend' option, we spoke with our recommended supplier, Eliza May Prints, about how her first year in the industry has gone...

You have a number of different and equally beautiful designs available on your website. How do you find your inspiration for the different templates and do you have a particular favourite at the moment?

Thank you! I find my inspiration everywhere, it can be from nature, interiors, magazines - literally anything! I also like to keep up to date with wedding blogs to get inspiration and all the information about upcoming wedding trends. It's really hard to pick a favourite design as it changes all the time, but I do love a good floral. I've been working on lots of new collections which will be launching over the next coming months and I am really excited about them, there may be a new favourite within them but you'll have to watch this space for now! 

'Pastel Meadow'

'Pastel Meadow'

In  November last year, you won ‘Wedding Industry Newcomer of the Year’ at The Wedding Industry Awards – Congratulations! How did you start Eliza May Prints and how have you found your first year in the industry? Do you have any advice for other small start-up businesses?

Ahhh it was an amazing night held at the gorgeous barns and one I will always remember! I started Eliza May Prints last year and at the time my sister was getting married. She had asked me to put together her save the dates and invitations as I'd always been the creative type and I really enjoyed it. My sister received so many compliments on her stationery and I loved the process so much that I decided to launch it as a small business and it just took off from there. I'm so lucky that I get to do something I love every day and I get to be a part of such a special day for my lovely couples. 

My advice for small start-up businesses would be to remember where you started and look back on the achievements you've made so far. It's easy to focus on the things you haven't achieved yet and the goals you are still reaching for, but sometimes I think we forget to be proud of what we have achieved and enjoy those accomplishments, no matter how small they may be! 

Here's the lovely Eliza receiving her award at The Wedding Industry Awards last November!

Here's the lovely Eliza receiving her award at The Wedding Industry Awards last November!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Definitely the wonderful feedback I receive from my clients - it really means the world to me! I'm very lucky to have the loveliest clients who are always so kind - one of my clients recently forwarded on some of the feedback she had received from her friends about her invitations and it was so lovely to read.

Being an organised bride (or groom!) takes a lot of dedication. Save the dates, RSVPs and table stationary are all part of the big day and can set the theme and feel of the day. In your opinion, how far in advance should couples be thinking about sending their save the dates and/or invites before the wedding day?

I always advise my couples to aim to get their invitations out at least 3 months ahead of the wedding day, but I think it depends on the time of the year. If you're getting married in Summer it's best to give your guests as much notice as possible as most people will want to book their holidays throughout the summer period. With save the dates it's nice to send them out a year in advance but this all depends on how organised you have been with securing your venue! 

'Country Charm'

'Country Charm'

What are the new trends in stationery for 2017?

I’m finding that the new trends for 2017 are very minimalist and natural. It’s all about the delicate calligraphy and neutral tones -   less is definitely more! With the pantone colour of the year being Greenery, Botanical designs are very in at the moment. Green foliage and leaves are replacing traditional florals for a relaxed rustic look. Watch this space for a brand new botanical design I’m launching soon!

Thanks Eliza! To see more of Eliza's work or to get in touch, head over to her website!

www.elizamayprints.com

The GG's x