In the English Wedding Book (do you have your copy? Download it for FREE!) I mentioned that the trend for woodland and boho weddings was beginning to evolve into something more. I adore a woodland wedding; I’m a country girl through and through. The idea of disappearing into nature for a romantic celebration is magic to my ears – and I stumbled across a very different little wedding venue which could appeal to other country lovers…
The Cowshed at Freathy Farmhouse is as rustic as you can imagine; a real cowshed, and something of a tardis, albeit an insanely pretty one in today’s shoot. The outside is a simple farm building; the inside has been turned into a gorgeous, floral, cosy and welcoming space for brides and grooms.
Think humanist ceremony; think intimate wedding; think blank canvas and getting away from it all: that’s what the cowshed could bring to your day. This is a place for those of you who are truly boho at heart; for indie brides and grooms, for simple dresses rather than wedding gowns, for buffets rather than sit-down meals, for parties and dancing and festival-style celebrations. Its owners are passionate about their little venue and I admire their dedication to making this quirky little place something beautiful. Enjoy the shoot, and see what you think!
Suppliers who helped turn The Cowshed into a dreamy woodland wedding setting for the day are:
Sarah, owner of Freathy Farmhouse, told me a little more: “We have embraced a very rustic, vintage country feel which has, in the main, been inspired by the truly romantic, rustic barn weddings in America… Here at our barns (The Cow Shed and The Old Milking Parlour) we offer a much more relaxed and informal environment, which works well for more intimate weddings and functions. We know that there are many other gorgeous venues which offer a rustic country space for weddings throughout the country; however, we believe that there are very few, if any, who offer what we do.
Our aim has been to remain true to the‘rustic’ element (hay bales abound, recycled wooden finds, wild flowers in old bean tins that have been given a new lease of life, hedgerow wines, homemade bakes) and in so doing, retain a real connection with nature that is sometimes lost when seeking to ‘polish’ a product or venue for business.
“We have a very clear mission at The Cow Shed, this being, to embrace the beauty and detail that exists in the simple things that lie around us. Everything here has an intrinsically organic and bygone air to it, which in turn radiates a nourishing and reassuring sense of positivity and peace. We believe that getting married in such a natural elemental setting, with the most beautiful simple organic materials around you, adds an extremely romantic and meaningful dimension to your special day.
“We have accommodation for guests and the lovely couple which has all been done with love by us, we have painted and crafted our very souls into the rooms and are never happier than when we see the smiles on the faces of our guest the morning after they have snuggled down for a cosy cossetted night in our feather topped beds. We try to think of every little thing that will make people feel relaxed, at home and totally spoilt…they are special to us and we want them to feel that whilst they are with us.
“We also love what we do, and because our wedding venue is best suited to intimate weddings, we can offer our gorgeous brides and grooms and their families that sensitive, personal service, affording them attention to detail in all that we do at a level most venues can not. Having been a nurse for many years I find that I can transfer my caring side to this new venture, and that it enables me to come from a place of love and wanting to assist in any way that I can, because I really do care about our brides and grooms…
“There is a real heart here at Freathy, that is filled with love, magic and romance which simply weaves its way into the very being of anyone who visits; life slows down a pace or two, people begin to connect with the environment and nature here and suddenly, stress seems to be a distant memory… Where better to plan and hold a wedding then than right here, with people who work from the heart, truly care and have absolutely committed themselves to delivering the highest standard of service that they possibly can to their clients, and, if that were not enough…. the seductive sensual sound of waves wandering along the oceans shore is simply moments away?”