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Why choose a barn wedding?

Living and baking wedding cakes in rural Lancashire means that I am surrounded by

venues offering barn weddings. I was fortunate enough to work with a great group of

Lancashire wedding suppliers to create a rustic, pastel inspired shoot at the beautiful

Out Barn, Clitheroe. Some barn venues are hundreds of years old – take the Tithe

Barn at Browsholme Hall which is steeped in history – while others are contemporary

new builds. One thing you can be guaranteed with a barn wedding is that you will be

surrounded by countryside and here in Lancashire, we really do have some

incredible views. Pendle Hill is often in the background, sitting silently over the

bustling villages and towns below. The Out Barn is a masterpiece, blending a

restored 17 th Century hay barn with an elliptical-shaped function room.

Your Barn wedding can be environmentally friendly

In line with the venue’s own ethos of being environmentally friendly, Jo from The

Alternative Florist, envisioned a shoot where fresh flowers would be on display

alongside her felt flower creations. The pastel colours and open arrangements

compliment the rustic setting perfectly. Amy of Milliebuds, created the larger displays

of fresh flowers, while the understated elegance of the table settings and ceremony

space were dressed by Meadow Cottage Events.

A Blank Canvas

Rich wooden panelling and stone floors means that there are no loud carpets or soft furnishings to worry about when planning your colour scheme.  The textures of the walls and floors provide great inspiration for many elements, including cakes.  In keeping with the barn’s rustic charm, I decided to present two cakes from my new Signature range.  These suit more intimate weddings as they tend to be between 2 and 3 tiers and are usually finished with textured ganache.  The larger cake was 3 tiers of textured whitened ganache with edible pearl details, wafer paper and sugar blossoms maintaining the delicate, feminine feel I love so much.  A simple arrangement of sugar flowers and dried stems was used to create a focal point on the cake.  

Your barn wedding cake

The cutting of the cake is always a highlight of any wedding as it is the first official act the newly weds perform and brings the wedding party back together.  

The dainty 2 tier cake was finished with textured fondant with softly draped textured ruffles.  It too was decorated with sugar flowers – a simple white cosmos, ruskus leaves and eucalyptus stems.  Many of my recent inquiries have been for more intimate weddings.  This cake goes to show that although you might be celebrating with a smaller party, your cake can still be a luxury centrepiece that your guests will remember and talk about for years to come.

Freedom to have the wedding of your dreams

Choosing a rustic barn for your wedding can mean that you have greater freedom when it comes to your styling and accessories.  The high ceilings and exposed beams can be dressed in swathes of fabric, flower clouds or colourful streamers. As the Out Barn is surrounded by farms, we decided to include a few four-legged guests. Woodland Alpacas were the most well behaved guests of the day, patiently posing for all their shots.  Everyone wanted to get in on the act!

And no wedding is complete without that must-have confetti shot.  Judith of Pantaloons Confetti brought along the most fabulous range of colours of her biodegradable confetti.  

Concept and Felt Flowers

Lead Photographer Lynette Matthews

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