If you’re lucky enough to secure a date for your wedding at the highly sought-after romantic and beguiling Guardswell Farm, it’s an unwritten rule that you should really make the most of it.
Our lovely couple Georgia and Tom completely understood the assignment and did precisely that with a timeline that included pre-wedding activities, a party on Friday night, the epic wedding day itself, and a wonderfully relaxing and very tasty Sunday brunch.
We were on hand to help with design details for each part of this epic celebration. We helped ensure consistency across all the different experiences while keeping things fresh and exciting and assisting the couple in introducing little twists and personal touches to delight their guests.
The overall vibe for this weekend was elegant and elevated bohemian, mixed with modern rustic and industrial touches. This approach helped ensure nothing was too over the top and kept a natural minimalism across the whole design. Never trying to outshine or outdo the heavenly Guardswell Farm aesthetic.
The glory of the season was front of mind for the colour palette with bursts of rich autumnal tones out in full force, burnt orange, sage green, greys, and warm neutrals. This palette was used throughout the three days of events, adding continuity while offering an exploration of colour, which was highlighted differently over the three days.
We were so privileged to be part of this beautiful setup. The whole atmosphere was one of relaxed happiness. Guest could explore the farm, participate in yoga or golf, and were well looked after with plenty of food and snacks. Bliss.
The brief for the Friday night pre-wedding dinner was to ensure it was warm, welcoming, and inspiring. Guests were treated to a formal plated dinner in The Granary. The intimate table set up made for easy conversation and allowed guests to relax and start to feel at home.
Guests were welcomed to the table with beautiful place settings draped with rust-coloured napkins. The team then added a selection of layered stationery elements, which included a place name and an individual menu. The design was finished with a delicate, dried floral detail.
For the wider table design, the styling team combined a warm earthy table runner with a mixture of tonal candles in our brass candlesticks.
Tea lights in ribbed glass and amber vessels were added to layer the flicker of candlelight and add warmth. A curated selection of dried flowers was added to stoneware vessels and dotted along the tables as a final touch.
The Wedding Day
The outlook for the day was playful, personal, modern, and minimalist, with pops of colours and beautiful illustrations. The venue looked amazing, with the fantastic team from Pyrus adding all the florals.
The styling team defined the spaces with cosy seating areas, picking up on the colour palette’s warmer tones and adding oodles of candlelight to make the most of the dreamy dark skies.
It was lovely to see the couple adding personal touches throughout, with a talented brother drawing an illustration on the Guardswell Farm chalkboard doors.
We delighted in yet another beautiful relaxed tablescaping moment. Low-level styling encouraged conversation across the long trestle layout and allowed guests to share food easily. We added ceramic and black metal candlestick holders for a more refined modern touch with white, warm, soft grey, and dark brown candles.
Each place setting boasted a draped ‘Crema’ napkin – loose flowing and organic in style, with stationery adorning seagrass mats for added texture.
Here’s a snippet of how the couple had us utilise some other spaces. We created a cosy snug for guests to take a moment. This candle-lit room was revealed later in the day, with opulent rich coloured seating nooks. The ideal spot for a nip of whisky.
After a ‘quick-as you-like’ changeover, The Granary was changed from ceremony central to a fabulous post-meal ‘Cheese and Cocktail’ destination. Disco balls provided the party and playful vibe needed at this stage of the evening. Then the dancing started!
The following day, before heading for home, guests returned for a relaxed brunch and the chance to say some longer lingering goodbyes. Food trucks were set up outside for guests to explore, and then they ventured inside for one last gathering.
Hurricane candles and amber glassware were added to the tables for a more casual tablescape. Flower vases from the previous day were also added for additional decoration.
A highlight of this part of the weekend was this ‘Bloody Mary and Crisp’ station! This should now be a must-have for all brunch setups!
Polaroid photos from the previous evening’s celebrations were added to the space for guests to enjoy and reflect on. The perfect memory aid and the ideal way to head home happy with the celebration of Georgia and Tom’s wedding firmly etched into their minds.
Here is the complete list of all the fabulous suppliers we were lucky enough to work alongside during the incredible wedding.
Gloam Lead Designer – Lauren