A Travel + Maps Inspired Wedding at Bashall Barn – Louise & Will

Good morning OMG readers! Today’s wedding is brought to you by John Hope Photography and boy is it a good one!

The beautiful Louise and Will were married at St Lawrence’s Church in Lancashire followed by reception at Bashall Barn, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Louise says “We chose Bashall Barn for our wedding reception as we knew we wanted somewhere a bit different and that meant something to us. Bashall is a working dairy farm and they make their own ice cream and have their own microbrewery on-site. My Dad is a dairy farmer so it meant a lot to us to be able to have our reception on a farm and share some photos with the cows!” UHM YES. I am obsessed with the cows! How cool are they?!?!

The two decided not to go for a specific theme for their big day but their shared interest in maps, travel and places they had lived together worked as inspiration for their table names and seating plan. I LOVE their map seating plan with all the pins and places marked on the map. They used an old railway map of the UK and luggage tags for the table signs and the place settings were personalised rail tickets made by the groom. Each table also had a potted plant for the guests to take home with them at the end of the evening. All flowers were done by a family friend, Anne Seed.

Louise looked beautiful in a dress by Jasmine and shoes by Irregular Choice which she accessorised with her late Gran’s pearls (something old), a beautiful tiara lent by a close friend (something borrowed!), some lovely handmade silver drop pearl earrings (something new) and her something blue was her garter.

Meanwhile, Will looked smashing in a suit by Chris Kerr and his groomsmen accompanied him in navy suits from M&S. Will also wore cufflinks which Louise had designed for him featuring maps that showed the places they had met and got engaged. The bridesmaids complimented the wedding party in gorgeous Dessy dresses and shows.

Thanks so much to John Hope for sharing such fabulous photos. The bride added “he was brilliant and made our day! John completely understood the type of photos we wanted, rather than traditional shots, we wanted the ‘story’ of our wedding told through the photos and this is exactly what he did for us. He stayed the whole day, from arriving early in the morning at the venue to take some scene setting shots, right through to everyone on the dance floor in the evening throwing some shapes!

Advice from the Bride:
We were given some advice before the wedding to make sure that you get some time together during the day and we made sure we did; it was lovely being able to reflect on everything and see our friends and family enjoying the day and the planning that had gone into it. Don’t get too caught up in all the little details as the main thing is that you are marrying the person you love and sharing the day with your most treasured friends and family, it will go very quickly so relax and enjoy it!

Any regrets?

Best decision made:
To have a vintage bus to take our guests to the reception from church. The weather was beautiful and it was a lovely way for our guests to see the beautiful Ribble Valley at its best!
The band we booked (Gas Mark Four) were excellent and got everyone up and dancing late into the night!

Any last bits you want to share?
Our cake was from Betty’s in Harrogate. it was beautiful and delicious! On the cake table, we had photographs from the weddings of our parents and grandparents which meant that we felt we were sharing the day with family members who couldn’t be with us.

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