Janet and Gary’s Summer love at Mythe Barn

© Ed Brown Photography

Janet and Gary married here at Mythe Barn in July 2016. A simply stunning summer wedding, they embraced nature and created a relaxed, fun, party atmosphere along the way.

The Perfect Venue

As a couple who love to cook and entertain, throwing a fabulous party was a key requirement for Janet and Gary. They loved the fact that everything could take place under one roof at Mythe Barn, from their civil ceremony to the food, entertainment and accommodation. “Galloping Gourmet delivered top quality food, and Mythe Barn provided the very best organisation and co-ordination” says Janet.

Inside of the ceremony room at Mythe Barn wedding venue

Theme of the Day

When it came to wedding style, with their love of entertaining, Janet and Gary choose a theme of herbs and nature, therefore introducing lovely shades of greenery and wood. The creative pair made all the décor themselves, from handmade name tags and gift bag favours.

Seating plan ready for your guests
Old photos of your guests at their place cards

Each table was named after a herb, with that herb in a zinc planter on the centre of the table. “Our table planner was then a wooden planter containing our chosen herbs” explains Janet.

Little pot plants as table centrepieces

The natural theme continued throughout the day, with hand tied lavender in the ceremony room, and hand-made bunting adorning the courtyard.

Bags of lavender lined up along the seats

All About the Dress

Janet found her dream dress at Noble and Wright. Designed by Ruth Milliam, she loved it as soon as she tried it on. “I felt very feminine and glamorous” she smiles. To complement her gown, Janet wore gorgeous silver sandals by Miu Miu, and elegant diamond jewellery.

The bride's beautiful white and silver wedding dress

Gary wore a stylish navy suit complete with pale grey tie and tan shoes, co-ordinating perfectly with the bridesmaids who also wore navy. Two flower girls certainly looked the part with their high top trainers complete with hand embellished diamante detail!

Groom and groomsmen stood outside Mythe Barn wedding venue
Bride and bridesmaids stood outside Mythe Barn wedding venue

As for the Florals…

In keeping with the colour scheme, Janet’s bouquet consisted of eucalyptus, white lilies and foliage. The hand-tied style created that ‘just picked’, natural look. Buttonholes are an essential accessory, and Gary and his ushers wore buttonholes of lavender and thyme to tie in with the herbal theme. As for the venue, herbs took centre stage, creating a beautiful scene and scent.

Bride and groom sharing a drink over a bouquet of flowers

The Wedding Breakfast

Following their civil ceremony, guests were treated to gin and elderflower cocktails, chilled beers and non-alcoholic cocktails, alongside a selection of delicious canapés. As they moved in to The Grain Store, it was time to dine. “We designed our menu based on the likes and dislikes of our guests” explains Janet. “All dietary requirements were catered for, from vegetarian options to gluten-free food.” And to finish… something sweet! “We put together a sweet table” says Janet “with everyone’s favourite sweets and gift bags to take them home!”

Wedding reception canapés served on a wooden tray
Sweets laid out for your guests at your wedding breakfast

Let Them Eat Cake!

The delicious naked cake was bang on trend and a great choice for a wedding with a natural theme. Chocolate cake and victoria sponge was adorned with strawberries, raspberries and blue berries. What a treat for a wedding in the height of summer.

Naked wedding cake served on a wooden log

Evening Celebrations

As day turned to evening, Janet and Gary wanted to make sure their guests had a great time. “We had an amazing entertainment trio called Adam Thomas and The Souljers” says Janet. “They really made the evening – our friends are still talking about them months later.” To delight the tastebuds, an evening barbeque was served alongside a popcorn machine. “It’s crazy how popular the popcorn machine was with absolutely everyone!” laughs Janet.

Wedding band singing whilst friends and family gather to join in
Street food being cooked on a bbq

Janet’s Top Tip

“Plan as much as you can, but enjoy every moment of the planning and organising. The team at Mythe Barn were incredible.”

Bride and groom just married in a shower of confetti

If you’re looking to hold a woodland-theme wedding then make sure you read about Laura and Matthews’s rustic spring wedding and pick up some tips!

Photography by Ed Brown Photography

Gary and Janet's wedding at Mythe Barn in Leicestershire