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    Cameron and Naoise : A Posh Rave in The Cotswolds Wedding at Stone Barn


    On Saturday 1st July, Cam and Naoise celebrated their wedding in colourful style at The Stone Barn, Upper Windrush, near Burford in Gloucestershire.


      The wedding was meticulously styled with pops of brilliant colour, reflecting this couple’s exuberant personalities. There were so many details that paid tribute to the surrounding Cotswold countryside, alongside their desire for a rave party.

    With its oak beams, walls of natural stone and corrugated iron roof, The Stone Barn certainly provided the perfect warehouse backdrop.

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                   The plan to hold the wedding ceremony outdoors, with a rolling Cotswold backdrop was changed at the rehearsal meeting, the chilly and wet (to that point) weather not playing ball. But there was no drama from this laid-back couple as the decision was taken to move to inside the barn.

    As soon as the guests arrived, it was clear that they were in for a fun filled day, greeted as they were by the huge balloons at the barn entrance, supplied by The Giant Balloon Company.


    And Daisy Says I Do had continued the colour palette into the barn with the venue décor.

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    The table settings certainly became quite a talking point! Colour, taxidermy, skulls and antlers, all set off beautifully with wild flowers from Go Wild Flowers. The taxidermy, skulls and domed cases of butterflies were all sourced from Beetle and Wilde.

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    As the ceremony start time approached our previously laid-back groom was becoming visibly more and more nervous – almost resorting to ringing the bride to find out if she was on her way!! But it was worth waiting for, as the bridal party arrived followed by the bride in this stunning little number from Kushicars.


    The bride was led into the ceremony by a beautiful flower girl, page boy and six pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen, while a choral version of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ was played.  She was accompanied down the aisle by both parents, mum and dad, in a late change to the script. We started by welcoming everybody who had travelled so far to join them – friends and family from Australia, where the groom is from, from New York, where they both now live and work and from Sussex, where the bride’s family live. They had given me so much information to tell their story, which, although light-hearted in places, made for a beautiful and authentic ceremony. There were readings by friends and family, including Meatloaf lyrics and an excerpt from the script of Love Actually.

    “The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds.

    The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in you too.

    The people that love you, simply for being you.

    The once in a lifetime kind of people.”


    They had both written their own vows and they were truly awesome. There were tears! Rings were exchanged and then the ceremony was pretty much rounded off by the Groom’s mum reading the lyrics to ‘I Still Call Australia Home’


    “I been to cities that never close down

    From New York to Rio and Old London Town

    But no matter how far or how wide I roam

    I still call Australia home”


    “You may kiss the bride” was followed by the loudest cheers and whooping I’ve ever heard in a wedding ceremony, such was the love filling the barn for Cam and Naoise, who then led everybody out of the barn and into the grounds, now bathed in glorious Cotswold’s sunshine.

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    A truly memorable day, filled with love and laughter, and such a privilege to have been asked to play a part in it. It’s certainly one I will never forget.



    Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Cameron Farrelly.



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    Dream Venues for your Celebrant Wedding

    We’ve all heard of people having unique weddings in pretty fantastic places - gardens, woodlands, the village green or a local pub, a museum, village hall, castle ruin, farmyard barn, restored train station – all fantastic places to tie the knot and you can bet your life that they used a celebrant for their ceremony as most quirky and unusual places don’t have licenses.

    So, you’ve started to look for a venue, but you’ve rather quickly ruled out the registry office, the corporate hotel and the opulent manor house. Somehow they’re just not for you. Maybe it’s the setting, the restrictions on catering and other suppliers or it could be the scary price tag.

    But maybe they just don’t fit with the unique style you want from your wedding day. You want your wedding to be more than an event that’s been plucked off the conveyor belt. You want something quirky, fun, a day people will remember for a lifetime. Beware though, the DIY style you’re after won’t always be cheaper, but it will be much more fun and you can make the decisions as to where your budget is going to be spent.


    Festival style wedding

    There are a growing number of venues throughout Oxfordshire and the surroundings counties where you can create your own wedding festival. Think open farmland, plenty of space for a beautiful ceremony, an entertainment area, marquees and smaller tents for you and your guests to do a spot of glamping (I’ve been to visit a few of these and even have a couple booked for ceremonies next year!).




    If this idea sparks your interest, it’s worth taking a look at Meadowbrook Farm, near Thame (available through Farm and Country Venues). I recently met with a couple here and once we set off there was a real sense we were striding off into the wild blue yonder. But, wow! Once we reached the ceremony space I couldn’t hide my amazement. While chatting to this young couple about their plans for an August Bank Holiday wedding festival weekend, complete with camping site in the field next door, it all came to life before our eyes. I would highly recommend taking a stroll around and see if your dream festival wedding could pitch up here.


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    Alternatively, take a look at Meadow Spires Farm. The 4x4 off-road journey up to the ceremony field was well worth it for the astounding view over the Northamptonshire  countryside. The venue is a blank canvas to set up your dream festival wedding, with the bonus of having hosts who would go more than the extra mile to make your day absolutely perfect, be that by helping out on the bar or bringing the bride to the ceremony on the back of a tractor (really, they’ve done both!).


    Woodland Weddings  

    When visiting Evenley Wood Gardens, I was spiritually uplifted by the natural wonder surrounding me. Whether you picture a ceremony that simply reflects the astounding natural beauty of the woodland or are going all out for a Midsummer Night’s Dream theatrical ceremony, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere that fits the bill better than Evenley Wood Gardens. You have access to the entirety of this beautiful setting to use throughout your day, picture snowdrops and bluebells, rhododendron and hydrangeas, the golds and russets of autumn leaves. Whatever the season, the backdrop couldn’t be better.


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    A Museum Setting

    Worried about the weather but still after something a little out of the ordinary? Oxford city has a wealth of historic spaces so how about getting married in the Ashmolean Museum itself. Amongst all those weird and wonderful artefacts, it’s the ideal location for any history buff couple.


    Alternatively, how about the eclectic collection I came across at Fawley Hill near Henley on Thames? I’m very excited to be going to visit this venue soon to check out their beautiful vintage railway station, fairground carousal and Ironhenge. Where else are you going to find such an incredible collection of surroundings to hold your ceremony? (Photo courtesy of Jackson and Co Photography)


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    These are just a few of the venues I have been lucky enough to discover and visit in my area. There are so many others for you to explore. And, if you find somewhere that doesn’t usually host weddings, but you love it, why not just ask? A favourite pub, a farmer’s field that you regularly walk across, a small local museum, under a tree on the village green where you both grew up. They could all be possible. They could all be yours, if you choose to tie the knot with Lynn Tierney, professional celebrant.


    How do I get married in one of these locations?

     Simply choose a celebrant led wedding. When I was asked to name the top three advantages to using a celebrant for your wedding, three things came to mind straight away.

     Your wedding will be unique

     A celebrant will help you create the perfect ceremony for your wedding day. You can be sure your ceremony will be all about you and your partner; your choices, your dream day.

     You can get married anywhere you like

     Once you’ve decided to have a celebrant led wedding, the choice of venue is just vast. You no longer need to worry about whether the venue has a wedding license and if it does; you don’t have to stick to the licensed ceremony space.


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    Your special day will have a personal touch

     Before your wedding day you will have at least two meetings with your celebrant and will have been in constant email or phone contact. Your celebrant will have got to know you both pretty well by the time your wedding day comes around.

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