Our wedding || Reception at the Barn.



T H E   B A R N   A T   B U R Y   C O U R T ,  F A R N H A M .

The first visit we made to our reception venue, the Barn at Bury Court, was back in May of 2014. All of our other visits- where we met with suppliers and made plans about how our day would look- took place early in Spring this year, and so we’d never actually seen it in all its high Summer glory before.

Right from when we first got engaged, we’d always said that we’d love to have a wedding day that was spent mostly outdoors, and Michelle (our friend, florist, and all-round wedding guru) had advised us that Bury Court would be the place to go, for a English country garden-based day. And she couldn’t have been more right…

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Jason and I arrived at the Barn after a half hour or so journey from the church, gratefully picked up drinks in our way through to the gardens (gin brambles, and elderflower coolers!), and then promptly lost one another amongst our family and friends! In fact, I lost my drink right away too, which became a running theme for the day.

That first half an hour or so in the gardens was spent greeting and catching up with all of our friends and family in turn. I remember hugging cousins and aunts and uncles and siblings and friends, and seeing trays of canapés flying in and out of the kitchens, and wondering at what point in the day it would be acceptable for me to ditch my heels…


My Mum had advised us to try and seize brief moments just for the two of us throughout the day, whenever it was possible, and so after we’d seen each of our lovely guests in turn, we headed further into the gardens to take a moment or two just with each other.

B E L O W :: We’d put together a little photo treasure hunt for each of the children, with a disposable camera and set of photos for them to take throughout the cocktail reception. They took to their tasks like professionals! When the little girls weren’t busy taking their bridesmaids’ duties seriously and helping me with my train, that is…

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Looking back now, I hardly remember having Sam, our photographer, with us at all during these moments.

Jason and I walked round the gardens slowly, pausing every now and again to look back at our party eating and drinking and laughing together, and we kept turning to one another and saying, ‘We did it! We did it!’

Silly though it sounds, it felt so wonderful to be together again, after having been apart for the previous 48 hours. It’d been the first time in just shy of six years that we’d gone longer than a few hours or so without talking, and despite the fact that all we’d done, since saying goodbye to one another at the ceremony rehearsal on the Wednesday evening, had been centred around getting ready for the wedding, it still felt as though we had so much to catch each other up on!

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A B O V E :: I remember watching as this photo was taken, and wanting to drink in every moment of seeing my new husband as he stood in front of the camera, turning and adjusting the wedding band that looked so strange and new and wonderful on his hand. I kept catching myself staring at the ring on his finger throughout the day- even more than I did my own!


Both Jason and I had been nervous that the reception in the garden would feel as though it lasted a long time, and that perhaps our guests would begin to feel anxious to be called through to eat, but it went by in the blink of an eye! We had a few photos taken with our families (and failed miserably at being sensible in a single one of them…), I took single sips from at least two more drinks, until at a little after 4.30, our coordinator for the day slipped over to us to say that it was time to come through for the wedding breakfast…

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I N T O   T H E   B A R N . . .

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Jason and I had been able to have a sneak peek of the barn, which had hidden from view behind a big velvet curtain until it was time for the wedding breakfast to be served, but nothing compared to the moment when we walked in as ‘the new Mr and Mrs Chappel’!

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The whole room glowed, thanks to the fairy lights that wrapped around each wooden beam and the candles that Michelle had incorporated into each of her table settings.

‘This can’t be our wedding, surely?!’, I remember thinking to myself!

In fact, so many people through the day told us that it was a beautiful wedding, and I told them, time and again, that the praise had to go to Michelle. The flowers were more perfect than Jason and I had ever imagined they could be- every bit as soft and delicate and loose as we’d asked Michelle to make them, and yet with something special and unique incorporated into each arrangement too.

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During the meal, we sat back and watched as our friends and families got to know each other on their tables, and smiled as we heard the laughter ringing loudly from one corner of the room or another.

We’d asked each of our siblings to ‘host’ a table, and I could barely take my eyes off my sister as she chatted happily and hosted her table of my friends and our cousins so confidently. I’ve never been able to help but see her as my ‘baby sister’, with there being eight years between us, but that changed completely (‘at last!’ so says Cesca!) at the wedding.

As the meal drew to a close, the waves of nerves began to radiate from Jason on one side of me, and Steve on the other. Speeches were coming, you see…

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Really though, they needn’t have worried. All the speeches, from Steve, my Mum, both of Jason’s brothers, and Jason himself, were just brilliant.

I glanced up midway through Jason’s speech, and saw a room full of people with tears in their eyes as he spoke about what a special role my Grandma played in bringing us together. With my own eyes brimming over, we raised our glasses, and 80 voices choked out,

‘To Grandma’.

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With the speeches over, and the band beginning to set up behind the curtain that divided the main hall of the barn from the dance floor, we moved through to the courtyard on the other side of the barn for coffee.

B E L O W :: It might have tested Farnham’s 3G signal to its very limits, but we managed to have a brief but wonderful FaceTime call with my cousin Natalie in Sweden! She’d had a baby just a couple of weeks before the wedding and so wasn’t able to come over, and I think what Sam captured here was the exact moment the call went from ‘ringing’ to ‘connecting’! It’s another of the tiny moments of happiness from the day I never even noticed him photographing at the time, and am so very glad he did.

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T H E   P A R T Y   B E G I N S

Strangely enough, our first dance was one of the parts of the day I felt most nervous about! I think it’s because the song we’d chosen, so many months ago, is one that we’d only ever danced to in quiet moments- always late in the evening, usually midway through a sink-full of washing up- and so it felt so very personal to us.

The song we’d chosen for our dance was Lennon and Maisy’s cover of ‘That’s What’s Up’. I’d stumbled upon it whilst browsing their music one day, and as soon as I’d played it to Jason and really listened to the words, (‘…forever, no matter what, you’ve got my love to lean on darlin’, no matter what’), we knew it was the one.


We’d beckoned our parents onto the dance floor to join us about two thirds of the way through the song, and as the band continued to play through their set (they were *amazing*!), and the rest of our friends and family began to dance, Jason and I snuck away.

Sam had whispered ‘wheat fields, 15 minutes until sunset- after you’ve danced, let’s go!’ into our ears right before our first dance, and never ones to miss a good bit of golden sunlight, we jumped to it!


It was that field right there that caused the demise of a good four or so layers of my dress, and my shoes were removed right before we ran into it and never went back on, but truly? I didn’t care.

We stood in the middle of the crop field and breathed in the warm summer air as deep as we could, and it felt like the first time we’d relaxed all day.

In the distance our wedding was taking care of itself (we could hear the bass note of the band playing, and the occasional shout and hoot of laughter), and we were together, in the quiet, surrounded by peaceful fields and with swallows swooping low over our heads.

It was perfect.

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By the time we came back, the evening was in full swing!

Burgers were beginning to fly from the food truck, marshmallows were being toasted over the fire pit and then sandwiched between biscuits, and inside the barn, the band were playing a set of folk songs (think Mumford & Sons and Vance Joy…) that was so infectious it was hard to decide whether to stay out (and start s’more-ing) or head in to dance!

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ABOVE :: My cousin’s daughter Emi caught my bouquet when I did the ‘bouquet toss’ right at the end of the evening! I went to her Mum and Dad’s wedding when I was 14 (10 years ago! Goodness me!) and so this felt like a funny moment of closing the loop!
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The evening, like the rest of the day, went by far faster than I’d have liked.

As it drew to a close, I remember thinking to myself ‘But Jason and I barely got to dance together!’ and ‘I never got to speak properly with my sister-in-law, or Godmother, or Jason’s Grandmother’! But so many people had warned us that the day would race past at the speed of light, and so we savoured every last moment of it.

Our car pulled up outside, and we ran beneath an archway of arms made by our family and friends on our way out of the barn. We made a final few emotional farewells, then waved goodbye to our wedding day as our car slowly pulled out of the driveway.


And that was us. Mr and Mrs Chappel, out!

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, or for a more perfect start to married life. And reliving it here has been such a fun and emotional and wonderful experience…and did I say emotional already?

So thank you, my friends, for letting me walk through our wedding day throughout this week. I’ll be wrapping up this week’s posts with a supplier list on Sunday, so again, do let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like a link for.


{All photographs by Sam Docker}

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I think this may be my favourite of your wedding recounts so far! Love all the photos! The polaroids were such a good idea for the girls and that picture in the wheat fields is just glorious! xxx

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks so much Miranda- it was so fun to write! :) I love the wheat field photos too, they’re some of my favourites. Though I say that about all of them…;) x

  • https://theslowtravels.com Louise Brown

    It’s been so lovely following your adventure on this over the past few days, find myself welling up a little each time! That’s the most gorgeous venue, and so lovely the weather stayed nice for you all! Also YES to the food truck, late night burgers are the best!

    Louise x

  • http://www.thiscitylifelondon.com Laura

    It’s been such a lovely round up of what looked like a lovely, beautiful wedding. Sam’s photos are brilliant, there’s such a great quality to them and he’s really captured the emotions of the day! x

  • http://www.igaberry.com/ Iga Berry

    Hello Rosie, what a lovely wedding decorations! I especially like attention to details at all events, especially weddings. Your venue was so beautiful! If we have not yet I would
    love to connect with you on Bloglovin and Twitter here and here: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/igaberry-13323143
    & https://twitter.com/igaberry1 Have a lovely day, Iga xxx

  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk/ Little Miss Katy

    Oh Rosie this is so absolutely beautiful!!! I’ve loved reading these posts. The photos are absolutely amazing and your venue is FABULOUS. Congratulations again to you both and wishing you a long, happy and equally beautiful marriage! <3

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • emily couture

    What stunning photos! Looks like a lovely reception :)

    emily xx


  • Ceri

    Ahh, again so beautiful! You two make such a dashing couple! The reception reminds me so much of my friend’s wedding last year – they had their day at a barn, a place called Kingston Country Courtyard in Dorset and it was a very similar atmosphere and style by the looks of it. I’ve absolutely loved reading all your wedding posts and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

    October Eleven

  • http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk Angie SilverSpoon

    Wonderful!! You look so beautiful and happy :)

  • https://www.luxlifelondon.com Catherine Lux

    Rosie, you look SO beautiful and so happy. I’ve loved your wedding posts, everything about your day looks so special and perfect. Congratulations to you both!

    C x | Lux Life

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I love the photo you you during the speeches and the one during your Skype with your cousin. So sweet! x

  • https://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk woodenwindowsills

    Wow it was unbelievably beautiful, I’m now just bingeing on all your lovely wedding posts! I love the photo treasure trail idea for the kids – such a great way to keep them occupied! Alice xx


  • Anna

    omg so beautiful!! wish you the best :D


  • Katie Atkinson

    These photos are gorgeous, you looks incredible Rosie!

    Gold Dust


  • http://www.sophiecliff.com/ Sophie Cliff

    I have absolutely loved reading these post this week Rosie. I definitely welled up at the photo of you getting a bit emotional! x

    Sophie Cliff

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Sam has done a fantastic job with all the photos, the happiness captured is amazing – what a truly inspiring and lovely day Rosie!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • http://jasmineaurora.co.uk Jas

    Really super duper gorgeous photos <3 And in Farnham too! I spend quite a lot of time there, and graduated from the uni there last year. Looks like such a beautiful and special day.

    Jas | Photographing the world through stories and biscuits.

  • Cathryn Daws

    Sounds like such a beautiful day and makes me so excited for our wedding in February. Such beautiful photographs and your writing made me feel like I shared the day with you!


  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    It looks like a massive success! I’m impressed by the spontaneity of your photographer to get those extra few shots! And I agree with Amanda, the photo of you during the speeches is so lovely! As are the rest of them! Congrats again x

  • https://littlebeamer.uk Amy

    Stunning photos Rosie, you look like you had the very best of wedding days!
    Can I ask what you had as favours and who your supplier was? Thank you! Amy xx

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks so much Amy! We actually decided not to do favours, since we’ve been to so many weddings where the majority get left behind! Had we done them though, we probably would’ve gone down the route of little herbs/succulents on each place setting :) x

  • Emily R.

    Absolutely beautiful and magical! Thank you for sharing, Rosie. :-)

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

    I have no words… Your wedding looked absolutely stunning!

  • Laura

    What a beautiful and perfect reception location for you both. It looks like you had a wonderful day. I bet both your faces hurt after smiling so much! xx

  • http://thelensaffairs.blogspot.co.uk/ Kimberley Miller

    Oh my gosh all of the photos from your wedding as unbelievably enviable! Also you look completely stunning. I’ve never seen someone smile so broadly so much!

    Kim | http://www.thelensaffair.com

  • Lizzie Woodman

    What a beautiful, beautiful wedding and what stunning photos! I am very envious Rosie – it looks like it was truly perfect. Love those flower-filled wellies!

  • http://mesmorisingme.blogspot.co.uk/ Clo Nicoll

    This is AMAZING, it made me tear up just living it through your words and pictures! It looks like such a beautiful, wonderful day, and I’m going to go and recommend your photographer to my friend who just got engaged now, because the shots are just divine.

  • http://heysof.com Sofie

    Congratulations! Your photographer did such a lovely job capturing the day. What a beautiful wedding! You can really see the love.

  • https://iamstephaniejay.co.uk/ Stephanie Jay

    Congratulations! The wedding looks so beautiful and you’ve got some lovely pictures – absolutely stunning!

  • http://jasmincharlotte.com/ Jasmin Charlotte

    I’ve loved all these posts, your wedding looks stunning – thanks for sharing all the pics with us! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    It looks like such a perfect day Rosie :)

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://abigailalicex.com Abigail Alice

    These photos are SO stunning! Absolutely in love with your wedding dress. I wish you all the happiness in the world <3


  • http://www.littleglitter.org Tamsin

    What a truly beautiful wedding. You looked absolutely stunning and you can see just how in love you and Jason are. Congratulations once again!


  • http://unciaandtigris.com/ Clare | Uncia + Tigris

    Ah Rosie, these photos are absolutely beautiful and your evening looked gorgeous! The photographer did an amazing job – I’m sure these will be treasured together.

    (And from living in Farnham for 2 years, I understand the pain of the 3G signal, so that made me chuckle!)

    Uncia and Tigris

  • Khrissie Farrands

    What an incredible wedding! A lot of this is how I would love mine, in a barn with simple touches and all my favourite people! The photographer is incredible and I would save up to have him if I got married! How perfect <3 A huge congratulations!! xxx

  • Bridie

    I’ve just read all three of your posts and admittedly shed a little tear. Never have I seen such a beautiful, magical wedding! The photography was stunning, as were you and all your guests. Thank you for taking me on such a captivating journey, I wish you and your new husband all the happiness in the future ❤️ xx

    Bridie | http://www.uponmysleeve.com

  • http://www.danielle-abroad.com Danielle E. Alvarez

    Thank you so, so much for sharing! The love you and Jason share is beaming from every photo. It’s even more beautiful than those stunning arrangements ;)

  • http://www.abrieljoyu.blogspot.com/ Abriel Joy

    Your photos are absolutely amazing! It looked like so much fun and just perfect! So happy to see that whoever your photographer was captured all those special moments for you guys! Congrats <3

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  • http://breakfastbxcky.blogspot.co.uk Rebecca Borthwick

    So incredible, congratulations to the both of you!!

  • http://risktowrite.blogspot.co.uk/ Alliyah

    Maybe I’m having an emotional day but a few tears definitely slipped out while reading this and looking at all the lovely, beautiful pictures.

  • http://www.positivelyflo.com Flo

    I could literally stare at your wedding photos all day long every day they’re beautiful Rosie.
    Flo x

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      That’s the sweetest comment, thank you so much Flo! x

  • http://viewfromthemiddle.co.uk Nicky

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I particularly love the expression on the little girl’s face who is behind you when you are having your first dance on the dancefloor! Oh and the “Coco” van is shamazing!

  • http://honeyandflour.com Emily Petracco @ Honey + Flour

    These are all such beautiful photographs! It looked like your wedding was perfect in every way – even down to the tiniest details (love the flowers in the Hunter boots!) You are absolutely stunning and that dress was so incredibly perfect for you! Congratulations to the both of you! x

    emily | honey + flour

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    The reception looks just as perfect as the rest of the day. Everything is so beautiful and dreamy, and it really sounds like you had an amazing time! I’ve loved seeing all parts of your wedding day. Congratulations again!!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • http://jadepriscilla.blogspot.com Jade Priscilla

    Beautiful wedding, your pictures and words are beautiful and your happiness shines through! Congratulations to you both :-) x

  • http://www.adventuringandthings.co.uk Becky

    Sam captured your day SO perfectly! I love the style of his photography too. I’m sad I’m not engaged & living in your neck of the woods ;)

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  • http://erstwhilefelicity.blogspot.com/ Sonia

    A big congratulations Rosie! I have to admit reading through your posts definitely made me a little teary. The photos are stunning and you looked absolutely beautiful. Wishing you and Jason all the best for the future! :)


  • Konnie Townsend (BOPAndOthers)

    Rosie, this is a truly beautiful post! I’ve been to and seen many weddings, but yours looked the best! The photos are truly gorgeous! Congratulations!

    Konnie x – bopandothers.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://hellotherelayla.com Layla-Tal Medina

    Yes, totally late to the party, I know. All the same, the pictures are so gorgeous–the stuff wedding dreams are made of! Congratulations, and here’s to years and years of love and joy to both of you! ♥

  • Sophie Stewart

    These are beautiful photos! Congratulations on getting married! Sophie x


  • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

    <3 the greatest compliment, thank you!! x

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