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The Wedding of Stacey & Tom

30th May 2021

A spring-summer bohemian micro wedding for the most awesome couple, just days after restrictions lifted.

Stacey and Tom’s search for the perfect wedding venue that would allow them to get married outside, ended as soon as they laid eyes on Tower Hill Barns. And we were pumped!

This was a micro wedding of note; their wedding oozed unstructured boho vibes, a go-with-the-flow attitude and a relaxed and social atmosphere. The rustic ambience of Tower Hill Barns was a prime playground for bohemian touches and the photos are proof enough that here, romance was in abundance.

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We choose Tower Hill Barns because of the flexibility of getting married outside or inside. Both areas are absolutely stunning but the outside sold the venue for me. The gardens, the terrace, and the views were everything I wanted. Our guests have said it was the most beautiful venue and the accommodation was flawless.

The Backstory:

Stacey was admittedly a hot mess after lugging furniture around on moving day. But that didn’t matter and certainly didn’t thwart Tom’s plans. This was the day for new beginnings… in more ways than one! And during this hot, home-moving mess, Tom chose to propose. Stacey said yes! The best way to start their new lives together.

We went for a boho theme with wildflowers. When we went for our first viewing the wildflower meadow was in full bloom and it just made my decision as it was so beautiful. I wanted to include all the bright colours instead of just one colour theme.

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And so the day began:

Girls’ night! All the ladies (Stacey, her mum, daughter, and bridesmaids) spent the pre-wedding night here in our Farm House wedding accommodation. And on the day, this gorgeous micro wedding began with an awesome relaxed vibe. The ladies chatted, laughed and fueled up on a delicious fresh continental breakfast.

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The Dress

Along Came Eve Bridal, in Chester, was the stand out from the get-go! This team tossed that cookie-cutter straight out the window and pulled the most stunning boho wedding dress for Stacey. Gorgeous flared bell sleeves, all that stunning lace, and the perfect shades for a summer wedding day–it was a total vibe. Stacey, and *that* dress, epitomised elegance with just the right amount of whimsy and set the tone for their epic bohemian-style wedding day here in North Wales.

The Ceremony:

Thankfully, all went to plan although we had a moment where we couldn’t get the rings on! A hot day led to swollen fingers, but then my dad had the bright idea of trying hand sanitiser (haha, covid wedding) to help. It did not help, it dried. And worse, it dried sticky. But, with a bit of a push, it went on eventually.

Sweet indie tunes

In a nod to their cool vibes, Stacey walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody. And then later, an acoustic version of Becky Hill’s ‘I Could Get Used to This’ got us on our feet for our first dance. Enjoying the feels and framed by the gorgeous sunkissed skies of the golden hour, their daughter, Evie, joined them on the dancefloor. It was the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding in the summer.

Candid outdoor wedding photos

Weddings last forever through the pics, so make sure you book a great photographer ahead of time as these two did. Sally Joanne was their wedding photographer and yep, according to Stacey & Tom, she definitely nailed it. They also had 3 young children to try and capture. By the time it came time for the group shots, they had all changed their shoes and a Belle doll had snuck her way into some of the photos!

With gorgeous rolling green hills aglow with sunny yellow wildflowers, the couple had fun striking poses outdoors. With the cows in the field, sunglasses shading smiley faces, and a vibe that was all about the green, green grass of home, they had plenty of wide-open space to roam free and go crazy. The end result-breathtaking images capturing an epic day that will last a lifetime.

Our guests took photos and videos throughout the day and have commented on how lovely and intimate the day was. Having only 28 guests became a positive as we were all able to enjoy spending the day together.

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Incredible wedding food for an intimate wedding

We went to the food taster experience which was incredible. But then, it ended up being a whole year later before we could actually decide on our menu (thanks Covid). That said, the deliciousness of the food stuck in our minds, especially the cocktails! And at the end of the day, it was worth the wait. We went with the Duck Salad for Starters, the beef (huge portion) for the mains, and Baileys Cheesecake for dessert. Guests snacked on canapés of mini Yorkshire Puds, halloumi and salmon which again, everyone loved.

In the evening, we went with a buffet-style spread. But in the end, we were all too full from our wedding breakfast (in case you missed it, the portions are good!). So we boxed them up and snacked on them the next day; it was perfect. And the bespoke His and Hers cocktails, an Espresso Martini and a Pineapple Martini, so good that even Nan was caught drinking some!

For dessert, their wedding cake couldn’t have been more perfect: a semi-naked cake decorated with wildflowers that matched everything perfectly.

I may be biased but it was the most beautiful-looking cake I have ever seen and tasted! We went for a sponge cake with buttercream and frosting. We cut the cake just before our first dance, put some out on the bar and took it home to send out.

Thoughts on having a micro-wedding?

It’s your day. High guest numbers are fine but I honestly believe we enjoyed our day more because we could sit, dance, and drink with everyone and not leave anyone out. This was my worry going ahead with our wedding during Covid but in the end, our micro wedding turned out for the best.

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