INTO THE WOODS…

Winter is fast approaching, so there is no better time to look back on the beautiful winter wedding of Hannah & Charlie captured by the incredible Katy & Co. Wedding Photography

After their first meeting on their Masters course in Newcastle, Hannah & Charlie tie the knot on a crisp, sunny Saturday in mid‑February.

Hannah tells us what first drew them to choosing Farbridge as their wedding venue 'As soon as we stepped out of the car at Farbridge on a beautiful February day on our very first (and as it turned out only) venue viewing we knew this was the place. Both of us are madly in love with the West Sussex countryside and I have a real thing for the buildings covered in the local flint so the barn in its beautiful valley was immediately perfect. We also knew we wanted a venue where everything was in one place so that guests wouldn't need to travel during the day. The ceremony room has a wonderful chapel-like feeling in contrast to the gorgeous exposed beam-filled barn so it really offered everything we wanted, including fields of sheep!'

This creative couple really pulled out all the stops for their 'hygge' inspired wedding. 'I've always been really inspired by the Danish concept of 'hygge' discovered and embraced by me during a trip to Copenhagen in 2012. 'Hygge' is loosely described as 'a complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming: taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.' To ensure that sort of mood we filled the venue with candlelight, blankets, rustic food and drink and all of our favourite people.'

Every detail was thought out and the venue was transformed into an enchanted rustic woodland 'Farbridge itself was really the major inspiration – we knew we wanted a very natural, relaxed feel to the wedding, and I was very keen not to do anything that would take away from the lovely setting, only add to it. The flowers designed by the brilliant Caroline at Nordic Twigs had a wonderful pagan feel, enhanced by lots of candles, the pine branches collected by Charlie and I from a local forest strung up behind the top table, and the hanging globes full of foliage in the ceremony room. The woodland animal masks and gorgeous 'pin the tail on the fox' board made by one of my clever maids of honour for my glamping hen weekend were there for our guests to play with in keeping with the overall theme.'

The ceremony room filled with foliage and hanging globes was the setting for Hannah & Charlie's most memorable moment of the day 'The whole day really was one of the best of our lives and could not have gone better, but the most memorable moment has to be seeing each-other for the first time in the ceremony room after a day apart. My father kept saying how joyful the ceremony felt, and we were both really touched by that.'

Hannah wore a dress by Self Portrait, grey suede ankle boots by Paper Dolls and a fur stole from The White Company, and Charlie wore a blue suit from House of Fraser with a Swagger and Swoon cravat and Bertie brogues.

Hannah & Charlie's vision for the day really came together with the help of their wonderful suppliers. Hannah tells us about her experience with each of their chosen suppliers.

FloristNordic Twigs. We met Caroline when we were first shown around Farbridge and the name on her floristry van outside piqued my interest… after looking at her website I knew that she would be perfect with her beautiful rustic creative approach.

PhotographerKaty and Co. We chose Katy & Co because of their relaxed, natural, contemporary approach to wedding photography. The last thing we wanted was endless posed photographs, but instead something more artistic and truly reminiscent of the day. As soon as we received our photographs back from them the whole day came flooding back to us and we knew that they'd been the perfect choice.

Cake Maker – Charlie's mother, decorated with sugar ivy leaves by a very talented family friend. The cake topper was designed by me, as a surprise for Charlie. Two weeks after our first date I had to go into hospital for surgery, and whilst there he sent me a card with a curled up fox on it, and wrote inside 'one day we'll spring tails and vanish into the woods together.'

BandStylus were great, expertly mixing a wide range of covers to guarantee a filled dance floor and happy guests.

The Cuckoo team had a lot of fun creating a menu with Hannah & Charlie to complement every aspect of their day. 'As it was a winter wedding and the beautiful spring weather we had could not have been predicted we decided to go with classic local rustic fare, in keeping with the relaxed comfy mood we wanted. Simon was brilliant throughout the whole planning process. He suggested an inspired starter of welsh rarebit made with local ingredients, combining my Welsh and Charlie's Sussex heritage with delicious results. We then went for chicken or lentil pie, chocolate mousse with honeycomb for dessert and very well received bacon or halloumi rolls for the evening food.'

The woodland theme carried right through to the dancefloor, which was illuminated with some handmade light up letters, although maybe not displayed in the ordered you might have first thought...

Artic Monkeys – I Wanna Be Yours filled the room as Charlie & Hannah took to the dancefloor for their first dance.

Hannah & Charlie pass on their advice to future couples 'We were always told that planning a wedding had the potential to be a stressful experience – it doesn't have to be! We always stuck to our instincts and went with choices that felt very natural to us, removing any stress. It's such a wonderful opportunity to be creative.'

From the whole team at Farbridge, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of Hannah & Charlie's fantastic wedding! Can we do it all over again please!

See the full wedding Katy & Co. Photography on their website, or their feature on Rock My Wedding