The beautiful, relaxed and informal Trenderway
Nicola and Ed had initially considered a wedding on their own farm but soon realised how much work would be involved so decided to look at other venues. The minute they got to Trenderway, they both knew it was the venue for them.
“It’s absolutely beautiful and has a relaxed, informal feel and we felt comfortable straight away…like a home away from home something that was really important to us.
We could also visualise our day as we walked around and we fell in love with the courtyard and the barn areas and the fact that it had onsite accommodation was a real bonus for us!”
As a reluctant bride, Nicola left all the planning to the last five months! FIVE months!! So when Jacqueline, Trenderway’s Events Manager recommended a list of local suppliers she soon realised she could achieve the wedding she wanted in the time she had left.
“She really listened to our thoughts on how we wanted the day to feel and she and the team at Trenderway were really flexible and proactive in making it happen.”
Salt & Sea Photography
Wanting relaxed, natural photographs that captured the mood of the day including a selection of romantic ‘for the mantle-piece’ shots alongside the obligatory family photos the search for their photographer began.
“I came across Sarah from Salt & Sea Photography on Instagram and fell in love with her images which are beautiful and real and seemed to capture the vibe we wanted for our wedding. We got on well when we met her too so that helped to seal the deal.”
As farmers, their theme could only be Harvest! And focal to this theme was the sunflower. Not long after they got engaged they planted over two-hundred seeds, by hand, in a corner of one of their fields.
“We really enjoyed watching them grow in time for our wedding. We did a lot of sharing of our sunflower growing on social media too, so a lot of our guests got involved with the sunflower growing journey.”
Apart from knowing that they wanted sunflowers, Nicola hadn’t considered flowers to be very important she also had no idea what she wanted.
“I didn’t feel any connection to this side of the wedding preparation even though my Mum kept telling me that the flowers were one of the most important parts of the day.”
“Andy Taylor – AKA the Fencing Florist, was so engaging and passionate about the flower arranging, he made it fun and incredibly personal."
Andy took as much from Nicola and Ed’s farm for the arrangements, he listened to all their ideas, he even got everyone involved.
Flower arranging fun!
Nicola’s family helped him with the decorations at the venue and Ed, his Dad and groomsmen made the table decorations the day before the wedding.
“It was a really fun thing for them to do and was a great talking point for everyone at the wedding.”
Andy had used their homegrown sunflowers along with natural foliage, barley and cornflower blue which was the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.
“On the day the flowers absolutely blew me away and they honestly became one of my favourite things about the whole day.”
“My dress was the second one I tried on, selected by my Mum, who knows what sort of thing I like!”
Nicola’s mum had chosen an absolutely beautiful backless dress with gorgeous lace detail on the front, and then a full a-line skirt.
“I’m short and never wear full length dresses so I was amazed when this one looked good on me. I felt completely comfortable in it, confident and sexy yet elegant at the same time. It was perfect!”
favourite part of the day
“It’s really hard to pick one! But for me, it had to be the wedding ceremony at our local church. Walking down the aisle and seeing Ed’s slightly overwhelmed with emotion, smiling face in front of me and all of my friends and family there for the first time was just incredible. I felt so much love in that moment and it continued on throughout the day.
I know Ed would say the church ceremony too and the moment I said I do”
top tips and advice on other couples embarking on their wedding journey
“I’d never really wanted to get married but it was important to my husband and so we did it. I’m so glad we did! Perhaps for that reason, I didn’t have a fixed idea of what my wedding would be and so came into it fairly open-minded about things.
I know people always say that the wedding is all about you and your big day and whilst you must be sure to have the day you want. I would say that it’s worth finding out what’s important to your parents and loved ones too and were possible (and if it doesn’t completely go against what you want!) trying to include them and their hopes and wants for the wedding too.
Delegating to those you trust can help you and make them feel involved and special.
When you look around on the wedding day and everyone is happy, having a great time and your loved ones can share in the success of making that happen with you too. It’s a wonderful feeling.