Real Weddings

Essense of Australia for a rustic wedding at Barmbyfield Barns – Elizabeth and Joe

Alexis Forsyth

Brides-to-be craving a beautiful barn wedding brimming with character are going to be a little giddy with excitement thanks to today’s fabulous real wedding, which took place last June.

Set at the glorious Barmbyfield Barns near York – this unique venue dished up all the rustic, relaxed vibes that Elizabeth and Joe had dreamt of for their special day. What’s more, the rural surroundings provided the couple with plenty of memorable photo opportunities – we’re talking dramatic skies and fields as far as the eye can see.

Combining a minimal white and blue colour scheme with peonies, roses and eucalyptus – the couple kept things chic and understated, complimented by elegant decorative touches, including silver lanterns, balloons and hessian bunting. And we have to mention the deck chairs and sweet cart – two ideas we’d quite like to steal!

Tempted to find out more about their big day? Here’s the bride to talk us through all the dreamy highlights…

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography


Elizabeth says

: We got engaged in January 2017. After a family meal, Joe got down on one knee in our bedroom.


We got married on 29 June 2019 as we wanted a Saturday wedding during the summer months. We tied the knot at Barmbyfield Barns in Pocklington, York.

We loved the rustic look of the venue thanks to it being a converted barn, and the size was perfect too. We also liked the outside space for guests and the surrounding fields for the rural feel.

We had no special theme on the day, we just wanted a relaxed feel. We chose a white and light pastel blue colour scheme. I wanted white flowers and thought that light blue would complement this well, plus this shade would also suit the groomsmen.


I chose a strapless Essense of Australia dress from Ava Rose Hamilton bridal boutique with a heart shaped neckline and floating skirt. The dress originally had sleeves which I removed, as I struggled to find a dress with a corset that wasn’t princess cut for the bottom half.


Joe wore a three-piece suit from Slaters Menswear, as did his groomsmen.


My bridemaids wore off the shoulder full length dresses from WED2B.


The Bridal Styling Team from North Yorkshire done my hair and makeup.


We hired two cars for the day from Limelight Wedding Cars – a 1968 MK11 for my father and me, and a Morris Minor convertible for the bridesmaids.


Hayley Baxter captured our day. I saw some of her work online and loved how natural and artistic all the photos looked.


I carried a natural, loose rustic style bouquet from Natasha Coustol Floral Designs in neutral tones consisting of white peonies, white lisianthus, white roses, other seasonal white blooms, and green and blue toned foliages including eucalyptus.

We bought most of our own decorations, including a wedding sign ordered from etsy, silver lanterns, fake ivy, a Mr and Mrs sign and balloons, hessian bunting, wooden crates and a light love sign from the venue.

We also had jungle soft play for my 13-month-old son and the other young children who attended the wedding.


We gave our guests beer tokens at the bar as our favours.


We had a white chocolate and raspberry naked cake with flower topper, created by The Bun Bunny in Leeds.


The Hog and Apple Food Company provided the catering. They had great reviews and a good selection of food. We attended a tasting day and the quality was first class.


We booked Jonny Ross Music and Colour Blue Acoustic Duo for our entertainment.

We loved their acoustic take on current and classic songs.

We also hired a photo booth from Crazy Pix. We’d highly recommend this – their assistant was lovely and they lots of props and backgrounds for our guests’ photos and for our guest book.

Special touches

As a special touch, we also had deck chairs from Sophie Likes and a sweet cart.

Thanks to

Barmbyfield Barns is such a lovely big venue with a picturesque location and the staff and venue owner are all incredibly helpful. You have the freedom to adds lots of decorations and they’ll even help to set things up.

Best bit

My favourite part of the day was relaxing in the sunshine after we got married, listening to great music with my husband, family and friends!


For our honeymoon, we went on a short break to W Barcelona Hotel. We enjoyed some down time after the high pace of all the wedding planning. This was also the first occasion we had spend time just as a couple for more than one night since our son was born, so it well over due! We visited Sagrada Familia and spend lots of time relaxing on sant sebastia beach.


My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, secure suppliers well in advance as the best get booked up early.

Ensure you find a moment on your wedding day to take it all in, as it goes so fast! Also don’t forget to spend some time with your new husband.

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