Love in a Cowshed at a Cheshire Wedding: Caroline Daniel & Richard Smart
21 May 2015
Caroline and Richard's Cheshire countryside wedding ticks all of the boxes with its country charm
Caroline and Richard wanted to get married on the family farm, so the bride’s family converted an old cowshed into the perfect setting for their vintage-inspired day.
Photography by Helen Roscoe
Many brides may dream of a castle fairytale wedding, but for Caroline and Richard, the dream was much closer to home... in their family farm in Cheshire. Caroline tells us about their big day.
A cowshed certainly isn’t your usual venue - tell us about your choice.
After getting engaged at our favourite place, the Tin Man at Llanbedrog Bay in Abersoch, we both instantly knew we wanted to get married at the family farm, whether it be in a marquee or in one of the barns. As things turned out, my sister Vanessa Morgan and her husband Dan saw the potential of converting one of the old cowsheds into a bespoke wedding venue and last summer Owen House Wedding Barn was born.
What impact did that choice have on your day?
It was so special having our wedding at the farm, knowing that so many close friends and family had contributed to making it perfect for our day. On the eve of the wedding we had the whole family as well as groomsmen and bridesmaids at the barn getting everything ready. Every last detail was personal to us, including all the flowers that reflected our vintage, country theme and were beautifully arranged by Maggie Earl, my auntie.
Tell us about the big day.
On the morning of the wedding I woke up early at my parents’ house and felt completely relaxed and ready for my big day. We arrived at St Wilfrid’s Church, Mobberley, with the rain easing off and the excitement building. The few nerves I had, quickly disappeared when the church doors opened and I saw my friends, family and Richard waiting for me. The service was full of laughter, with The Reverend Ian Blay making everyone feel at ease. Once we signed the register and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, the bells began to ring and the sun appeared and stayed with us for the rest of the day.
Do you have any words of wisdom for brides and grooms-to-be?
Photographers were the key to our day and having two made all the difference – it ensured we captured the whole day and everyone involved.
What music will you remember the day by?
We arrived at Owen House Wedding Barn in a convertible Mustang and enjoyed a relaxing reception that was accompanied by an acoustic set by Gillan Edgar and some tasty canapés. Our entrance into the barn was to Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet and our toastmaster, (my brother-in-law Dan) had all our 200 wedding guests up on their feet dancing, they wouldn’t be seated until Richard and I danced the song out. Some really amusing pictures were taken while wedding guests were having a good ol’ sing-a-long to It’s a Perfect Day, which was professionally choreographed into a music video for us.
Steal their Style:
Photography: Helen plus David, Marple, Cheshire, helenplusdavid.com
Venue: Owen House Wedding Barn, Mobberley, Cheshire, owenhouseweddingbarn.co.uk
Dress: Caroline Castigliano, carolinecastigliano.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Cheshire Bridal Wear, Altrincham, Cheshire, cheshirebridalwear.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Groom, Wilmslow, groomhire.co.uk/wilmslow
Flowers: Maggie’s Flowers, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, maggieearl.co.uk
Catering: Country Kitchens, Northwich, Cheshire, countrykitchen-cheshire.co.uk Entertainment: Gillan Edgar Music, Manchester, gillanedgarmusic.com
Band: Undercover, Macclesfild, undercoverlive.co.uk
Lighting: The Word is Love, Hale, Cheshire, thewordislove.co.uk
Videographer: Vieoweddings, Salford, Manchester, vieoweddings.co.uk