DIY Wedding in a Cow Shed: Debbie & Angelo

Casey Avenue Photography

December 5, 2014


Debbie and Angelo picked an unusual venue for their September wedding – a cow shed! In fact when they visited the farm before they booked it, there was actually cows living in it!

“We were determined not to have a traditional reception venue or anything that resembled a package wedding”, said the bride. “We just wanted to fill our wedding with things we love. That includes Angelo’s batman socks and Star Wars cuff links, the James Bond themed Martini reception drinks, the Mariachi band, the homemade tea leaf bar, the tuk tuk to take us to our reception, the travel themed tables and the jam jar cups for every guest. All these are things that we love and remind us of some of the best times in our lives.”


“The reception venue was probably one of the most unique things about our wedding, certainly in terms of what our guests were used to. Before the wedding most of them didn’t know what to expect, and to be honest I think they all thought we were mad. But on the day they were all amazed at what we were able to do with a barn which, when we first visited it, had cows living in it!”


Most of the décor and accessories at the reception were made by Debbie and her friends and family. “The table plan was a map of the world and every table one of our favourite places”, she said. “This was made with a cork map, some left over wallpaper and luggage tags. Everyone had a homemade Kilner jar cup with their name on, I made 6 giant chalkboards and did all the writing on them. The table decorations were made by wrapping hessian around jam jars and the painting baked bean tins.”


“One of the best moments of the day for me was when my sister surprised us by singing the song she wrote for us”, she continued, “it was a really emotional moment and such a surprise. Hannah, our photographer, surprised us again by getting a copy of the song to put to our slideshow. Angelo said his favourite moment was seeing me walk up the aisle. I also loved seeing the looks on our guests faces when they saw the barn for the first time.”