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A pastel-pretty wedding held at Hedingham Castle and Smeetham Hall Barn

A pastel-pretty wedding held at Hedingham Castle and Smeetham Hall Barn

Written by Katie Byrne

Pastel hues and sweet-spring scents filled a Suffolk country barn for Jo and Chris' celebration 


Jo, 29, a chartered secretary, and Chris, 31, a marketing manager, married at Hedingham Castle in Essex, followed by a reception at Smeetham Hall Barn in Suffolk.

The inspiration...

We didn't have a specific theme in mind, instead we just wanted the day to look and feel timeless. Hedingham Castle and Smeetham Hall Barn were both full of character so we didn't want to distract from this too much.

We opted for a spring palette with lots of white and pink hues, and chose a complementing muted colour for the bridesmaids' dresses. After initially intending to keep things simple and hold our entire celebration under one roof, we did the complete opposite and fell head-over-heels in love with two venues!

We loved the keep at Hedingham Castle – with hundreds of flickering candles and live musicians playing in the background, there really was no other place like it and we couldn't imagine saying our vows anywhere else.

The style...

I tried on a number of dresses but kept going back to the same one by Ellis and was disappointed if I went into a dress shop and they didn't have it!

As my dress featured subtle beading, I wanted to keep my jewellery simple, so I opted for a pair of diamond stud earrings. I finished my look with a custom-made tiara by Kate Vale Designs.

My bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their beautiful tulle gowns from Kelsey Rose, while Chris wore a blue, slim-fitting, relaxed lounge suit by Jack Bunney's with a bespoke Prince of Wales Checked waistcoat and a navy knitted tie.

The details...

We loved Smeetham Hall Barn the moment we stepped foot inside and saw the twinkling fairy lights and spacious dancefloor – it was ideal for our large party.

We held our drinks reception outside on the rolling lawns where Prosecco flowed and canapes were served. Inside, festoon lighting illuminated the barn's ceiling and we hired a huge 'Love' sign which we displayed behind our sweetheart table.

We set our florist the challenge of creating a gorgeous floral frame for our table plan, and she did an amazing job!

Finally, our simple, three-tiered cake, adorned with gypsophila, was placed on a table cloaked in a glittering silver-sequin tablecloth.

The flowers...


My bouquet was made up of sugary-pink peonies and sage, while my maids carried the same flowers but in a white palette.


We wanted a pretty spring floral theme without adding too much, so we focused on our flowers. We loved our table plan and the simplicity of our tablecentres – large domes of gypsophila displayed in tall glass vases with a peony-trimmed base – they were effortless yet striking.

Steal their style!

Photographer: Julia and You Venue: Hedingham Castle and Smeetham Hall Barn Florist: Miss Lily's Dress and bridesmaids' dresses: Amorae Groomswear: Jack Bunney's  Furniture hire and lighting: Alfresco Hire; Wedding Creative; Doris Loves 

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