Spring/Summer is the time of year when we emerge from the winter blues into (we hope!) beautiful sunshine and we all remember why it is that we live in the UK! Lillibrooke barns and gardens are lovely at this time of year, making us one of the best rustic wedding venues for the Summer season – we had our first outside drinks reception last weekend and it was actually warm in the sun! The flowers are out, the trees are starting to blossom, the birds are singing and the bees are starting to bumble around the estate in their hazy summery way. The Cloister Garden is looking lovely and fresh, ready for our first outdoor wedding ceremony in a few weeks’ time.
Wedding theme colours at this time of year are also emerging from the dark reds and greens of the winter months and becoming more quintessentially English summer colours, so lighter with pinks, purples, yellows, or heating up with bold bright colours – any colour scheme seems to work beautifully with Lillibrooke’s wedding barns.
Although I have begun to love the fab winter weddings we have at Lillibrooke, summer do’s will always remain a favourite, probably partly because I just love the summer. I’m not made for the cold and find life a lot easier and more enjoyable once the sun is warm and I can be outside without wrapping up in hundreds of thick layers. Lillibrooke is perfect for this time of year, with lots of outside areas to use around the estate, so is great for outdoor weddings and receptions – the enclosed Cloister Garden for those all-important vows, the big central courtyard with the picturesque old Manor House as a backdrop to your drinks reception, the lovely back garden of the Great Barn for evening drinks.
We’ve had any number of summery wedding themes at Lillibrooke over the years, beach/seaside, holiday/travel, meadow rustic, shabby chic floral, vintage summer, tennis! We’ve had ice cream vans, Pimms bikes, rustic sweetie caravans, and bunting of all shapes and sizes, and all of it sets Lillibrooke’s already beautiful rustic charm off to a tee.
I have to say that I love Lillibrooke in bunting. It just works so well with the rustic barn wedding theme that many people harness at Lillibrooke. It’s easy to do, easy to tie in with any colour scheme and makes a big impact, without hiding too much of Lillibrooke’s existing character.
The country meadow theme also works really well at Lillibrooke, with jam jars of meadow flowers and hay bales complimenting its beautiful Great Barn and Engine Room fabulously!
Nothing says British summertime more than Wimbledon and Pimms! As you saw in my blog last week, Lucy and Keith used that to create a fun and really different wedding theme, proving that anything that says who you are as a couple can be shaped into a brilliant wedding theme with enough work and imagination.
Lucy and Nick’s chic summer theme last year made the most of our outdoor areas with lots of flowers and pastel colours – they had a beautiful floral arch to say their vows beneath during their outside ceremony in the Cloister Garden and Lucy dressed her bridesmaids in lovely turquoise pastel!
Proving that a wedding need not be ruined by the temperamental British weather, Becca and Will didn’t let the rain put a dampener on things at Lillibrooke a few weeks ago, stunningly capturing the atmosphere of a slightly stormy day, giving amazing depth to pictures by Ed Godden (www.edgodden.co.uk) and showing that there are lots of areas to shelter for a dry photoshoot on a wet day! Ed got some amazing pictures at their wedding, giving them beautiful depth and fab results.
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Having worked in London for most of her career, Alys discovered & fell in love with Lillibrooke Manor in 2012 and has never looked back, delivering hundreds of events and ensuring that each one is special and perfect in every way