Last Saturday, I returned to the beautiful Malthouse Barn in Shrewsbury to coordinate Hannah and Stephen’s wedding day, and what a beautiful sunny day they had too!
Hannah first approached me to coordinate her Wedding back in January. Sadly, the Venue they were supposed to get married in decided to close its door and cancel all booked Weddings. Fortunately for Hannah and Stephen, they came across Malthouse Barn. And lucky for them, 9th July was available. What’s more, it is a completely blank canvas for them to put their special day… Read on to find out more and Meet the Buswells!
Styling and Decor
When I met Hannah and Stephen for their pre-wedding meeting, Hannah told me that the colour scheme would be dusky pink and sage green. That was evident throughout all parts of the Wedding. The decor was subtle but beautifully taken care of, with Chillie Breeze providing the table centrepieces.
Hannah and Stephen’s Wedding Day – The Ceremony
Fortunately, the weather forecast was on Hannah and Stephen’s side. They could have their Ceremony conducted outside under the Gazebo, with guests sitting around for all to see. Guests found their seats, and listened to the sounds of Tim Balnaves, who bought his grand piano and set it up outside!
After the Ceremony, guests were served prosecco or orange juice by The Iron Bar and canapes by Jenny’s Catering, before enjoying more sunshine and onto the Wedding reception, with memorable moments captured on camera by Andy Doherty and on film by Richard Sealey.
Food and Drink
Hannah and Stephen chose a three-course meal for the wedding breakfast. Which was excellent (I had to sample the food, of course, so that I could recommend the Caterer!) Jenny’s Catering certainly provided a quality meal.
After Jenny’s Catering served desserts, Stephen began the speeches, and all involved told beautiful stories of the Couple.
There was a fully stocked bar from The Iron Bar throughout the evening.
The Evening Reception
Mountford Band provided three live entertainment sets, with a disco playlist between each set. The evening reception started with the first dance, their version of George Ezra’s Hold my Girl. The first set of entertainment was also finished with a beautiful father-daughter dance of piano man by Billy Joel.
Hannah and Stephen decided they didn’t want a wedding cake; instead, they had a tower of colour-coordinated cupcakes.
For Guests who were getting a bit hungry during the evening, Jenny’s Catering provided a selection of cheese and biscuits.
I’ve realised when I write my real wedding blogs that I don’t mention my role on the day, so here is a snapshot of how I coordinated Hannah and Stephen’s day…
THE FINAL PRE-WEDDING MEETING
So I visited Malthouse Barn on Friday for a quick meeting with Hannah (She’d sent Stephen off for some last-minute supplies!).
We talked about the day’s running order and went through any final changes. We also had a walk-through of the Venue, so I knew exactly where everything was meant to be on the day itself.
On the day itself, my first job was to put my speaker and microphone in place, check that it was working, and set up the playlist Hannah had sent over to play during the drinks reception.
Next was to arrange the cupcakes before escorting Stephen to the Bridal accommodation building, ready for his interview with the Registrars. A quick check on Hannah and that she was ready before it was time for her interview.
Before the Ceremony, I escorted Hannah, her dad, and the Bride squad towards the Ceremony area, holding Hannah’s dress up to ensure it didn’t get dirty.
A quick final check to ensure the guests were all in their seats. Then to coordinate the entrance music on the playlist, ready for the bridal tribe to walk in, followed by Hannah and her dad. I must say I can’t believe how well-practiced all of their walks were – the song (Angels by The xx) was perfectly timed and finished just as Hannah arrived in place at the side of Stephen! – Even Tim, the pianist, was impressed!
THE DRINKS RECEPTION – TO WEDDING BREAKFAST
Following the Ceremony, I arranged for the chairs to be moved from the Ceremony space to tables in the Barn, ready for the Wedding Breakfast, before keeping an eye on my watch and liaising with the Caterer ready to announce the wedding breakfast.
Just before announcing the Guests to make their way to their seats, a quick check with Hannah and Stephen followed the announcement for the grand entrance of the newlyweds.
During the wedding breakfast, I checked that the top table were topped up with drinks and that they were all happy.
In time for the speeches, another announcement for Stephen to start his speech.
ON TO THE EVENING RECEPTION AND FINAL BITS…
Finally, a quick turnaround of the room. Moving tables back to make a bigger dancefloor, then we’re ready for the evening reception and first dance.
During the rest of the evening, I check that everyone is happy and that all reception areas are tidy. Including asking the Band to let the Guests know about the cupcakes and evening food.
Generally I make sure that ultimately the Bride and Groom are happy, the Guests’ are happy, nothing has got forgotten, and that the day runs according to the Bride and Groom’s carefully laid out plans.
A hot day, comfy shoes (I never do a wedding without my Skechers), and 31,000 steps later, all is done!
Venue: Malthouse Barn
Wedding Coordinator: LMS Weddings
Caterer: Jenny’s Catering
Bar: The Iron Bar
Photographer: Andy Doherty Photography
Videographer: Richard Sealey Wedding Video
Venue Styling: Chillie Breeze
Pianist: Tim’s Wedding Piano
Band: Mountford Band