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Inspiration: English country garden wedding

Last October, Cogges Manor Farm hosted their first Wedding Open Day to showcase their wonderful barns and garden along with some highly talented, local suppliers who specialise in offering unique, bespoke and professional wedding services.

Cogges Manor Farm is nestled in the lovely market town of Witney and offers two stunning seventeenth century barns for weddings. They are a perfect blank canvas where you can add loads of personalised details to make your special day complete.

At their Open Day, the Wheat Barn was dressed for an English country garden wedding, complete with beautiful pale pink accents and bird details, a hay bale aisle and framed ceremony focal point.

Photography by Hanami Dream

The barn was adorned with swashes of fairy lights (from Oakwood Events) across the beams giving the barn a warm romantic atmosphere.

Photography by Ric Mellis

The highly talented Paper Tree Design hung an impressive flower decorated heart (made from Tyvek) under the huge gilded frame, acting as a ceremony alter for the day. Wild rose paper garlands (printed with a pink gradient and threaded on to organza ribbon) hung behind the frame and were highlighted against the huge pink barn doors.

Photography by Paper Tree Design

A bird cage inspired seating plan was proudly displayed on a mirror, which reflected the soft light and guided people further in to the barn.

Photography by Paper Tree Design

Tables were decorated by Larkrise Flowers with an abundance of delicate and charming flowers, some sourced from the venue’s own walled garden, along with wheat (providing a nod to the venue’s wheat barn heritage).

Flowers on the top table (displayed in a terracotta urn) included:

  • Rosa “Pink Avalanche”
  • Rosa “Lazise”
  • Eustoma “Arena Pink”
  • Astrantia roma
  • Sedum spectabile
  • Eucalyptus nicholii – foliage
  • Euonymus – foliage
  • Asparagus fern – foliage

There were also English hydrangea heads in aged terracotta pots and echeveria secunda glauca in white pots, as well as plants of mixed herbs (rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme) and bellis perennis (daisies) in more terracotta pots.

The addition of succulents brought this tablescape bang up to date with mixed sempervivens under glass domes, plus mixed baby gourds, birch slices, glass storm lanterns and glass tea light holders making the table feel extremely plentiful.

In front of the top table ran a stunning floor display of pink cactus dahlias, verbena bonariensis, hedera foliage, wheat, sedum spectabile, and 3 types of grasses (lagurus ovatus, panicum, and setaria).

Photography by Ric Mellis

Stationery from Paper Tree Design complimented the stunning floral displays. From their Tree of Hearts wedding stationery range, this included:

  • Robin name card –  tent cards with pop out robins
  • Menu card – individual menus printed on Harvest Colorplan card-stock
  • Wild roses with tie on name cards – hand made paper wild roses with luggage tag style name cards tied on with natural bakers twine
  • Wild rose heads – small handmade paper wild rose heads used to decorate the tablescape
  • Robin & Wildflower table numbers – made from off white card and mounted on to sticks and decorated with bakers twine (these numbers can also be made for use with number stands or freestanding)
  • Robin & Wild Flower top table sign – made from off white card and mounted on to a stick and decorated with bakers twine (this can also be made for use with number stands or freestanding)

Photography by Hanami Dream

Vintage props were provided by Mabel and Rose including old suitcases, ladders, milk churns and barrels.

Accompanying food followed the rustic English country garden vibe, consisting of Yorkshire pudding and roast beef canapés, a ‘cheese’ cake and ice creams provided by Abigail’s Kitchen, Wates & Co Delicatessen and Mag’s & Tim’s Ice Cream Trike, respectively.

The whole effect gave an example of one direction you could take to make this venue your own – a real abundance of local, natural products with a feeling of bringing the outside inside.

Venue | Cogges Manor Farm | Witney, Oxfordshire | http://www.cogges.org.uk/
Photography | Ric Mellis
Catering, cutlery & crockery | Abigail’s Kitchen | 07771616415 | abipritcher@yahoo.com
‘Cheese’ cake | Wates & Co Delicatessen | https://www.facebook.com/Wates-Co-Delicatessen-1668555833361530/
Flowers | Lark Rise Flowers | http://larkriseflowers.com
Hay bales | sourced by venue
Ice cream | Mag’s & Tim’s Ice Cream Trike | https://www.facebook.com/magsxtimsicecreamtrike
Lighting | Oakwood Events | http://www.oakwoodevents.co.uk/
Prop hire | Mabel & Rose | http://www.mabelandrose.com/vintage-hire/
Stationery | Paper Tree Design | https://www.papertreedesign.co.uk/

Wedding Open Day of Cogges Manor Farm barns in Witney

By the way – get Sunday 17th September in your diary. It is this year’s Wedding Open Day at Cogges. So go along to see this venue in all it’s glory or contact them in the meantime for an earlier look round.

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9 Responses to Inspiration: English country garden wedding

  1. Dieulita 05/04/2017 at 10:52 pm #

    Really love this decor and set up. Great job

  2. Kara 05/04/2017 at 11:32 pm #

    Wow – this is a stunning venue!! The perfect place for a wedding!

  3. Carol 06/04/2017 at 8:01 am #

    What a lovely barn and perfectly styled too!, love the florals!

  4. Beth 06/04/2017 at 10:12 pm #

    Incredible attention to detail for this styled shoot! Very lovely!

  5. Tee 14/04/2017 at 9:01 pm #

    Beautiful and unique. Pinned this for future reference 🙂

  6. Abbey 14/04/2017 at 10:02 pm #

    This is gorgeous! I loved my wedding, but I was also 7 months pregnant for it, so often times I feel like I should get a re-do. This would be on my list for sure 🙂

  7. Sara 14/04/2017 at 11:17 pm #

    This is beautiful! Definitely inspiration to my October wedding. Thank you so much for sharing x

  8. Emme Chatterton 15/04/2017 at 5:06 am #

    This is so gorgeous and inspiring! Everything looks wonderful, and a wedding here would be so romantic, great highlight!

  9. Joscelyn 17/04/2017 at 2:26 pm #

    This is absolutely stunning! If I could get married all over again, I would do something like this!!