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A festival-themed wedding at Packington Moor in Staffordshire

A festival-themed wedding at Packington Moor in Staffordshire

Written by Katie Byrne

Laura and David filled their day with pops of colour and lots of live music...


Laura and David Pickett tied the knot at Packington Moor in Staffordshire on 24 September 2016.

Packington Moor was love at first sight for me and Dave. I really wanted a venue I could put my own stamp on and Packington is perfect for this. I’m not a big country manor house kind of girl!

I love the rustic, vintage barn feel Packington has in abundance. We also wanted a big main room for the wedding breakfast and dancing so people weren’t crammed in. Having live music at our wedding was really important to us both too, so we needed a venue that could accommodate this comfortably.

Packington has a lovely bridal cottage and a separate cottage which can house roughly eight close family members which is great. We got access to the bridal cottage at 11am on our big day. As our guests weren’t there to see my arrival my dad just drove me and my family. He did dress the car in white ribbon though to try and make it feel special which was really cute! Dave arrived around midday for photographs and his mum and stepdad drove him and his best man as again no one was there to see his arrival. (We got married at 1.30pm)

Guests enjoyed a selection of contemporary canapés throughout our drinks reception, including miniature portions of fish and chips, as well as grilled sirloin and duck fat chips with béarnaise sauce. The wedding breakfast started with a Packington staple - smoked bacon scotch egg with apple puree and crisp pancetta. The main course was fillet of beef with dauphinoise potato and green peppercorn sauce and dessert was vanilla cheesecake with raspberry coulis. In the evening guests enjoyed wood-fired pizzas to keep them going until the early hours.

We love live music and lots of colour, which is how we came to our festival wedding theme. Dave and I were together over seven years before we got married and music has always been a big thing in our relationship, from Dave initially converting me to rock/indie music, to making each other personal CDs, and going to lots of gigs and festivals together. It was really important to both of us that music really came to life on our big day. I’m no wall flower either so plenty of colour was essential!

I had three gorgeous bridesmaids and two very cute flower girls. The colours they wore were watermelon pink, teal green and sunset orange.

I found a moodboard on Pinterest which I fell in love with and this proved so useful when explaining my colours to suppliers. The colours came to life perfectly on the day.

Late September is very autumnal, I think my colours kept everything bright and rich without feeling too summery which was perfect. My gamble of going with a different colour combination definitely paid off!

Saying our vows was definitely the most special moment of the day for me. I was so nervous about doing this in front of everyone because they are so personal but it was lovely. As the bride I decided to do a speech and I’m so glad I did! Organising a wedding is a mammoth task and I loved having the opportunity to thank everyone personally who made our day so special.

The theme for our wedding day was ‘festival’ so a lot of our decorations fed into this theme.

For example, we had lanyards on everyone’s seat when they arrived for the ceremony containing information about the ‘stage times’ for the ceremony; the ‘running order’ for the day and the ‘food fest’.

We also had #ThePicketts2016 wristbands as our favours and our table names were band names on vinyl records to tie into the theme too. Bunting decorated the barn which really brought our colour scheme to life.

Every time I think about my dress I fall in love with it all over again! It was so glamourous and the detailing was incredible. I felt like such a princess!

I chose a champagne coloured dress and went for some gold glittery court shoes and Swarovski diamante earrings to complete the sophisticated look.

The boys wore some gorgeous zaffre blue suits from Next (we decided to buy everyone a suit rather than hire them); a green teal tie to tie into the colour scheme and tan shoes. They all looked so handsome!

Choosing a first dance song was so hard for me and Dave as music is such a big thing in our relationship.

After much debate we chose Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' If I Had A Gun… as we feel the lyrics really capture what it truly feels like to love someone.

I think the song you walk down the aisle to as a bride is so crucial as this is now the first song I associate with our wedding day. I chose Take That's Greatest Day. Walking down the aisle is such a huge moment of the day, I can’t even begin to explain how amazing an experience it is!

Steal their style!

Photography: French Connection Photography Venue: Packington Moor, Staffordshire

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