A colour palette of deep rich reds, orange and rust characterised the Autumn wedding we’re sharing today, mirroring the turning colours of the ivy which covers Healing Manor Hotel. This is the beautiful, relaxed and informal wedding of Kayleigh and Guy, who wed on 22 October 2022 in our restored Wedding Barn.
“We choose Healing Manor because it is a lovely place, not too far from home and with beautiful grounds. We wanted a very informal day so decided on a civil ceremony in the barn with a relaxed hog roast instead of a formal, sit-down dinner.”
Kayleigh and Guy first met twenty years ago, not long after they left school.
“Our paths crossed again a few years later and the rest is history. We got together, moved into out first home and then had two gorgeous little boys. On Christmas Day 2020 Guy proposed, having originally wanted to do it while we were on a holiday that got cancelled due to Covid.”
Being local, the couple knew how the grounds here at Healing Manor are full of deep, rich colours come Autumn, and thought it would be the most beautiful backdrop for their wedding celebrations.
“We very much wanted an autumn wedding. Knowing how beautiful the grounds look with all the trees changing, we based our colour scheme on that; rust, champagne and natural colours. We used Happy Cakies to dress both the ceremony area and the room.”
Capturing the day were photographers Corke & Corken.
“They were fantastic. We didn’t want lots of posed photos and they went with our lead and were happy to step back when we said we had enough and were ready to enjoy our reception with family and friends. They were also fantastic at managing to get some amazing photos of six very excited children, which is not easy.”
Kayleigh chose a gown of delicate lace, featuring a fitted bodice, a light skirt and subtle sparkle.
“My wedding dress was from Brides & Grooms before they closed the bridal department and became Hancocks Menswear. I wanted something in very natural colours that was comfortable. My dress felt perfect; it was light and matched my vision perfectly.”
“My ‘something old’ were my mum’s wedding shoes from her wedding a few years before I got married. so they were very special to me. My mum also bought me a necklace from Warren James to wear as my ‘something new’. She gifted it to me on my hen do a few weeks before the wedding.”
Abbie Foulkes MUA created the bride’s perfectly natural yet glowing look.
“She was fantastic. Abbie had done my friend’s wedding in which I was a bridesmaid a year before and I know she would be perfect for my day. My hair stylist was Lauren Marwood who very kindly stepped in last-minute after my planned hair stylist had a family emergency.”
“The morning in the bridal suite was amazing and very relaxed. The room itself is perfect when you have many different extra people in the room to get the bridal party ready.”
“His suit looked perfect with our colour scheme, along with cravats in cinnamon.”
The bride carried a bouquet of soft apricot, peach and orange, which she very cleverly created herself.
“I did all my flowers myself as I couldn’t find any that matched my colour scheme. I purchased artificial flowers and spent the weeks leading up to the wedding making them look exactly how I wanted. We now get to keep them forever in our home.”
The ceremony was held in the wedding barn, simply decorated with lines of bunting, fairy lights and a foliage arch.
“The ceremony was held in the barn and the bridal party consisted of my nephews Jacob, Albie and Luca, and my two sons Isaac and Elias as page boys. My niece Isabella was flower girl and my sister Charlotte was my maid of honour. My cousins Kirsty and Lacie were my bridesmaids.”
Kayleigh walked down the aisle with her dad, Duncan, to wedding classic ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.
The reception was a relaxed affair, with a hog roast and beautiful, natural décor.
“We decided on a hog roast and we knew it would be amazing, as is all the food at Healing Manor. Healing Manor catered perfectly for vegetarians and a peanut allergy.”
The wedding cake was simple and rustic, created by Helen’s Cake Boutique and topped with more of Kayleigh’s beautiful floral arrangements.
“It was a thee-tier naked cake with caramel on the bottom tier, chocolate in the middle and lemon on the top.”
In the evening, the newly-weds and their guests were entertained by musician Sam Simmons, and there was an informal buffet, too.
“Our first dance song was Artic Monkeys ‘Baby I’m Yours’. Acoustic guitarist Sam Simmons played at our evening reception and he was amazing.”
“We opted for a buffet in the evening with sandwiches, pizza, wedges, salad, coleslaw and chicken drumsticks, which was fantastic.”
“The whole day was perfect from start to finish. It was very relaxed and flowed nicely.”
Advice for other couples
“Go for it; you won’t regret it. The hotel and grounds are amazing.”
“Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful relaxed day with amazing food.”
- Photography – Corke & Corken Wedding Photography
- Venue – The Wedding Barn at Healing Manor Hotel
- Florist – The bride
- Stylist – Happy Cakies
- Entertainment – Sam Simmons
- Caterers – Healing Manor Hotel
- Wedding cake – Helen’s Cake Boutique
- Dress + veil – Brides & Grooms (now closed)
- Shoes – Her mum’s wedding shoes
- Accessories – Warren James necklace
- Groom’s outfit – Hancocks Menswear
- Hair & MakeUp – Abbie Foulkes MUA + Lauren Marwood at Cutting Club