Harriet and Craig’s Big Day

02 Oct 2014

The gorgeous Harriet & Craig had an absolutely beautiful wedding this summer inspired by Pinterest… our guilty pleasure!

I was lucky enough to catch up with the newly-weds last week to talk all things style after their wedding in June. 

Attention Hyde Barn Brides and Grooms to be: Tips ahead!!

Harriet & Craig

Did you have a checklist when choosing your venue, if so what were your most important points?

It was really important for our wedding venue to have some kind of accommodation as all of Craig’s family were travelling down from Scotland. We wanted somewhere that was exclusively ours for the day and we really wanted it to be a modern venue. We booked our venue 2 weeks after getting engaged, and Hyde Barn was the only venue we looked at! We knew it looked perfect on the website, but coming to view it confirmed that.

It was completely our style – modern, yet it still had beautiful features and it was so light and airy! It also had the bedrooms, exclusivity and was fairly close to Cheltenham, where we met at University which we thought was lovely and very fitting.

We loved your gorgeous styling; did you use social media (Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram) for ideas?

I religiously used Pinterest! My lunch hour at work was taken over for the whole 18 month planning period looking for ideas of things we could do or make. I also found it really helpful to look at real weddings online, and read what brides had to say about their suppliers and experiences.

Craig had to reign in my ideas a few times as my Pinterest board kept on growing! It definitely helped give us inspiration though, and a place to start as when you get engaged it’s actually quite a daunting having to start planning and styling a whole wedding from scratch!

Tell us some more about your styling (e.g. did you use a wedding stationer? florist? did you hire items? Was there much DIY styling?)

Styling was really important to us, so we decided quite early on how we wanted to table and venue to look meaning we had a long time to get everything done that we wanted to make the venue look unique to us. We wanted the day to really reflect us a couple, and we felt the best way to do this was to make and do as much as we could ourselves.

We spent our evenings and weekends for 18 months being crafty and making all we could. We made all of our invitations, my little sister even drew a gorgeous picture of Hyde Barn, that we then got turned into a stamp for the inside of the invites. We also used the stamp one the menus and wedding advice sheets that we designed.

We made the table plan with the help of my mum, transforming a huge old framed mirror with some crackle effect decopatch paper and twine. Our place names were corks that we sliced to fit name cards with guests names on.

We chose wild flower seed packets for our favours, so we spent a long time stamping small money envelopes with a bespoke stamp reading ‘let the love grow’. My Grandad made us the most amazing bunting to hang around the venue. My favourite part of the tables was the heart confetti, cut from old novels, and the napkin ties we created using twine and porcelain hearts reading ‘love’ that we got made for us.

We used the lovely Laura from Cotswold Blooms for our table flowers and bouquets and they looked stunning. My mum and I did the rest of the flowers for the venue, putting summer flowers in jam jars that we had decorated with twine and lace.

My dad made us a wonderful cake stand that fitted in perfectly with the rustic feel of everything else, to house the cake that my Auntie made for us. Every aspect worked so well together in the end, and all the time spent was totally worth it.

Was there a stand out moment of your big day?

For me a real stand out moment of the day was sitting at the top table, with my new husband next to me, and just looking at all our friends and family laughing and joking and enjoying themselves. It’s such a lovely feeling to have everyone you love in one room all celebrating together.

Walking down the aisle was also one of my favourite parts of the day. I was so calm on the morning of the wedding but when the doors opened I started to get nervous, luckily the first person I saw my best friend Katie smiling at me so seeing her calmed me before then walking down the aisle to meet Craig. I managed to walk slowly with my dad to try take it all in – a tip many other brides had told me before the wedding.

Is there a tip you would pass on about setting up the barn on the morning of your wedding? 

We found it really helpful visiting the barn a few weeks before the wedding to take pictures and measure up all the spaces that are available to decorate. That way you can plan where you want everything so on the morning it’s fairly stress free.

We also divided everything we needed for the tables into numbered plastic tubs – one per table so on the day it was just the simple task of styling the tables one by one, knowing all the favours, place names, tables names and menus etc. had already been checked and counted. My mum and I disappeared off to the hair dressers at 10am, so all the venue set up was really down to my dad and bridesmaids and it looked amazing! The staff at Hyde Barn were on hand to help with anything we needed though, and helped in any way they could.

Thank you both for your lovely words and for choosing Hyde Barn!!

Lots of Love and the best of wishes for your future together!


And of course of huge thank you to Ben @ Blooming photography for sharing the stunning images!!

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Holly & Wayne’s Cotswold Wedding

17 Sep 2014

On Thursday 26th July 2014 we were lucky enough to hold the wedding of the loved up couple, Holly and Wayne.

From initially meeting the couple right up to the wedding day, we found them so warm and friendly with such fun filled personalities. This really reflects in their snaps below and a few words from the lovely couple:

“When we viewed the venue online we loved it, when we visited we loved it even more. It was the first and only venue we looked at.”

Holly & Wayne’s Stand out Moments:

Holly: Saying ‘I do’ to the man of my dreams, and finally getting my Mulberry handbag I have pestered Wayne about for over a year. 

Wayne: Holly saying ‘ I Do’. However the whole day was just perfect.

Holly & Wayne’s styling was very rustic, with hessian and lace table runners and wicker hearts, I asked Holly where they got their inspiration…

“I used Pinterest a lot for pictures of peony bouquets. Everything else we just saw around and new exactly what theme would work well with the barn. I think most of it was in my head and I told Wayne what I wanted and hope that he agreed.”

Gorgeous vintage lace bunting in keeping with the couples styling was provided by Lilyfee Floral Designs!

Lots of Love and Wishes for your future Both!!

Hyde Barn xx

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Outdoor Ceremonies at Hyde Barn

11 Aug 2014

Our location nestled between the small market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and the river side Bourton-on-the-Water boasts fabulous scenery. A perfect backdrop for a gorgeous outdoor wedding in the sunshine. Here is an inspirational look at some moments alone in the Fosse Manor garden, drinks on the Hyde Barn terrace and outdoor ceremonies at Hyde Barn …

Emma and Phil’s styling worked fantastically with the spring wedding season! as you can see , they chose floral sprigs  on our neutral Chiavari Chairs which gave an effortless Cotswold style.

The little touches such as the hand made favours for all of their guests, made this day so memorable for us, and I’m sure all of the guests. It’s fantastic to see the couples personalities expressed, from Emma’s beautiful shoes to Phil’s performance to kick off the evening fun!!

We were also lucky enough to hold the wedding of Lisa & Dan at Hyde Barn in July 2014. Their big day was so dreamy with blushing pinks and soft whites as their key colours which looked absolutely stunning! Navy suits are a rising trend this wedding season… and one that the Hyde Barn team have fallen in love with.

Having an outdoor ceremony was very important to the couple when choosing Hyde Barn as their wedding venue. Despite being very nervous of rain, Lisa & Dan were lucky enough to have fabulous sunshine all of their wedding day.

One of Lisa’s favourite moments was “Walking out and seeing everyone stood up. There is a great photo of me and my dad walking down and I have such a happy smiley face!!”

Lisa’s top styling tip would be to keep things simple, although she loved her floral display on our Arbour (me too!!). For more Hyde Barn wedding inspiration please follow us on Instagram and Pinterest… We are addicted!!

Here’s a HUGE Thank You to the talented Ben Roberts at for providing us with some of his fabulous outdoor shots of these couples’ weddings.   Lots of Love, Hyde Barn xx

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Andy & Elizabeth Taylor’s November Nuptials

31 Jul 2014

November of 2013 brought us the wonderful Wedding of Andy and Liz.

The whole day including the build up was such a family affair, we feel like we need to share it with the world!!

I recently caught up with Liz to reminisce over her beautiful Big day, and find out why they chose a November wedding at Hyde Barn…

Hyde barn was the 1st place we went to see, and we fell in love with it as soon as we arrived. I wanted a venue that we had exclusive use of and that was a barn style/old vintage build. We got both with Hyde barn and Fosse manor.

I also wanted somewhere with lots of space and high ceilings due to my now husband being 6’5….we couldn’t have somewhere with low ceilings!!!

Hyde Barn is set in the countryside and just has such a beautiful feel to it with the gardens around being utterly beautiful.

I wanted somewhere with plenty of room for me and my bridesmaids to get ready and also plenty of space for my son and nephews to be able to play safely on the day and in the evening.

Hyde Barn was a great price and included everything that we wanted.

The staff at Hyde Barn also helped to make the decision very easy, so we booked.

We have absolutely no regrets about choosing Hyde Barn as the day was perfect. The food was out of this world and all our guests commented on how amazing it was. The canapés were stunning and the Hog Roast was fabulous.

The day flowed with no hiccups thanks to the amazingly kind and organised staff. They helped us to set up the day before and the morning of. I really felt like I was the first and only person to ever get married at Hyde Barn, this is how special they made me feel.

November can bring amazing colours and has the potential to be dry (although we had rain on our big day). We did not want the possibility of a scorching day as I’m not great in hot hot weather and we did not want our guests complaining of the heat, so November was perfect for us. We had the colours of the beautiful leaves that were caught in our pictures.

Elizabeth’s Tips for Wedding Planning:

1)    To try and include your hubby-to-be in the final decisions. Although 9 times out of 10 he was happy for me to go ahead,  I wanted him involved and to make some of the exciting decisions too.

2)    When making a final decision, try and stick to it. Its’ harder and more work if you keep changing your mind on things.

3)   I considered our budget all the time, I tried to think if things were really necessary and if our day would be complete without something that we didn’t really need. We came in below budget and had the best day ever…..

Liz and Andy really are a special couple, we feel so lucky to have worked with them to make their day all they could have dreamed for!!

A huge Thank You to Andy and Liz for being a fantastic Hyde Barn couple… all our love and congratulations to them and their son Thomas!!

Now for one last piece of advice for Winter Warmer Weddings from the happy couple:

Try to forget about the weather, that is the ONLY thing on your big day that you have absolute no control over. We all want the sun to shine on our wedding day but if you do choose to get married during the autumn or winter you need to prepare for the rain/wind/snow…..if you plan for it and the sun shines then it is a BIG bonus. We had rain on our day and i wouldn’t now go back and change a thing. We had some great pictures of me in my Ugg boats and Andy holding a white umbrella over me. Looked amazing. The most important thing on your big day is that you get to marry the love of your life…..and maybe get some sunshine xx

Thank you to Katie Hamilton Photography for the gorgeous Images!

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Winter Wedding of Richard & Amanda at Hyde Barn

13 Mar 2014

Hi All,

We HAD to post some of these beautiful images from Amanda & Richards Winter Wedding in November at Hyde Barn! The weather on the day was just perfect (as you can see from the Images) and we loved getting to know the couple and all of their wedding entourage.



What a wonderful couple, and family!!

Lots of Love, Hyde Barn xx

Images from Robert Leons

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