A pretty and pink rustic wedding in Cambridgeshire

18 Sep 2019

Anneke and James Goodwin's dream barn wedding came to life at Bassmead Manor Barns in St Neots

Why did you choose your venue?

Bassmead Manor Barns was the only venue we saw. We wanted a barn and as soon as we saw Bassmead, we fell in love with it. The events team were amazing, they went above and beyond before the big and ensured the day went without a hitch. 

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What was the theme of your day?

Rustic and pretty, so all the crates and logs etc but with a bit of glitter. In the Rickety Barn we had simple rose petals down the aisle and flowers on the registrar's table, and in the reception area were crates, lots of flowers including gyspsophila and wood slices, all to blend into the dusky pink, silver and cream colour scheme.

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Tell us about your wedding dress

It was a Stella York dress with lace panels and a sparkly belt. I loved t because if made me feel like a princess and was a flattering fit. It was the first dress I tried on in the second shop we went to and I knew it was the one when my bridesmaid started blubbering. 

I wore simple but sparkly earrings and wore my hair up. My shoes were from Debenhams and I'm glad I didn’t spend a fortune on them as I couldn’t even see my feet in my dress and they came off after dinner anyway. 

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What did the groom wear?

A grey tweed three-piece suit by The Vintage Suit Hire Company, Bedford. 

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What did the bridesmaids wear?

My three bridesmaids wore dusty pink maxi dresses. They had flowers in their hair and carried gypsophila bouquets. 

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Tell us about the wedding reception

We had a drinks reception with Berry Blush and Gin Berry Fizz cocktails and canapés including mini burgers, sausages, onion rings and chips, curried lamb and arancini balls. 

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What entertainment did you choose for the day?

We had a harpist for the ceremony and drinks reception, a guitarist and singer (Cara Beard) for the evening lull as evening guests arrived and our first dance, and then a strobe disco for the rest of the night. 

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What was your first dance song?

Our first dance was to Perfect by Ed Sheeran, but sung by Cara Beard. 

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What was on your wedding menu?

We had Scotch egg to start, beef wellington for main and a surprise course of lemon sorbet with a shot of vodka. This was followed by a trio of desserts: treacle tart with salted caramel ice cream, chocolate brownie with white chocolate snow and panna cotta in a dark chocolate cone. Tea, coffee and homemade truffles were served to finish. 

We had wood-fired pizzas in the evening which were made and cooked in the pizza oven in the Bassmead Manor Barns' courtyard garden and they were delicious. We also had a cocktail station for the evening celebrations. 

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What was your favourite moment of the day?

Reading our personalised ring vows to each other. As much as my legs were like jelly underneath my dress, I will always cherish the moment we placed each other’s rings on the ring finger and read our promises to each other. At the end of the day, that’s what we were there for…to get married. 

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Were there any stand out moments or comedy errors that happened throughout the day?

My dad set up a presentation for his speech; it was funny, hugely embarrassing and rather professional with photos and videos to top off the humiliation... perfect! The best man didn’t do a speech as public speaking isn’t really his thing so his job was to present the flowers to the mums, which he managed to mess up which was highly amusing.

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What advice would you give to brides-to-be still planning their big day?

The day goes so fast, so take 10 minutes while the guests are finishing up the wedding breakfast just to go for a walk together alone. It also helps the huge amounts of food to go down, especially in a wedding dress, I could feel mine getting tighter by each course. 

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Do you have any wedding regrets or would you have done anything differently?

No regrets about the day, but I do wish we had taken professional photos of all of the ladies and all of the men in two shoots. However, everything went as planned and we had such an amazing day, so much so that we had the wedding day blues for a good week afterwards. 

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Did you go on honeymoon?

We will be going on honeymoon to the USA (San Francisco, Yosemite Park, Las Vegas and LA) later this year. These are places we haven't been before and we wanted to do a bit of travelling, enjoy some beach time and sun, and most of all have the most amazing holiday ever. 

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Steal their style:

Photography: Red Peacock Photography 
Venue: Bassmead Manor Barns
Floristry: Dana Young Florist
Dress: Stella York, from Verona Couture in Olney
Bridesmaids' dresses: ASOS altered by the Wedding Workshop, Ampthill
Groomswear: The Vintage Suit Hire Compan, Bedford
Cake: Bride's mum, Jayne Ireton
Hair: Danica Zurwel
Make-up: Sarah Evans Make Up

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