The Manor Barn is a stunning and unique venue, in the village of Harlton just outside the city of Cambridge. The barn itself is a grade II, wooden, tythe-style barn, which is over three hundred years old. Whilst the agricultural heritage remains part of it's charm, with original beams throughout, it also has all the facilities expected from a contemporary venue – fancy toilets and a well-stocked bar! The rustic wedding show embraces all things creative, country and artisan, and this beautiful barn, was the perfect setting for it.
There were three main areas of the show; the main timber barn, the industrial area to one side of the barn, and the clear marquee and tipi in the gardens outside. I set up my space on the Saturday (ready for the event the next day), and displayed some of my most venue-appropriate portraits (including Catherine and Matthew's barn wedding, anniversary portrait!).
The whole venue had been decorated absolutely beautifully, by the florists and stylists exhibiting on the Sunday. In the barn, the colour palette was mostly ivory and gold with delicious pops of blush pink - mostly an abundance of paper lanterns set against the backdrop of hundreds of twinkling fairy-lights. Emily Tallulah used a mix of silk blossom trees, and single blooms displayed in her fantastic collection of gin bottles, to create the most gorgeous displays, whilst Wild Stems, created the prettiest blossom arch in the industrial area.
Katie of Songbird Weddings (and the lovely organiser of the event) arranged a Saturday launch night and networking evening for the exhibitors, which was great! It gave everyone the time to mingle with each other before the fair itself on the Sunday, and there were talks by WedX and the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. It was also a really nice opportunity to explore the venue at night time – it looked so wonderfully magical in the evening.
The industrial space had a fantastically cool feel by night...there was even a cat :-)
I met some fantastic exhibitors who I hadn't yet crossed paths with on the wedding-scene. My favourite discovery of this show was definitely Ally and her adorable vintage ice cream van – Sweet Ally Scoops. I didn't know ice cream trucks could be cute until now! On such a beautiful day, I wasted no time at the end of the show indulging in a Mr. Whippy...it would have been rude not to. I also had the pleasure of meeting Fran of Rustic Weddings, who provides fab props and bespoke styling for weddings.
There was a good turnout of bride and grooms to the fair and I met lots of genuinely lovely couples who were excitedly planning their perfect wedding. Everyone I spoke to really liked my illustrations in particular my fingerprint trees and illustrated wedding invitations. I am looking forward to working with some of them in the coming months.
I had a wonderful weekend being involved with such an original show in a truly beautiful venue in the Cambridgeshire countryside. I look forward to working with some wonderful newly-engaged couples very soon!