Aug 6, 2022 | WEDDING

It’s always exciting when I receive enquiries for new venues; I love to explore new places so when Hannah & Preston contacted me a couple of years ago to style their wedding at Runa Farm, I was over the moon. As the new sister venue of multi-award winning Newton Hall & Le Petit Château, I knew it was going to be special. 

Runa Farm is set near Barnard Castle, a quaint market town in County Durham. It’s a stunning venue which combines Ibizan bohemian glamour with the venue’s natural farming heritage for earthy, considered and beautifully elegant spaces. Runa Farm is the ideal venue for festival-themed weddings and fun, relaxed outdoor ceremonies, live music and alfresco dining.  

The Runa Farm Chapel is a space like no other; the ornate tented ceiling, smooth polished stone walls and shimmering lanterns create a wonderfully ethereal and romantic vibe. The chimney breast, designed by Arch Venetian, is breathtaking and so is their statement curved staircase accessed by brides via a secret entrance. How amazing it must be going down that staircase for the big reveal just before the ceremony… As it’s such a harmonious space, décor was kept to a minimum with just a few glass belly bottles filled with pampas grass and some glass cylinders filled with candles to lighten the chimney area.

The Old Barn, with its impressive timber and exposed stone, is also full of character and the perfect setting for eating, drinking and relaxed celebrations. Hannah wanted a neutral palette with lots of textures and earthy tones. For the tablescapes, we chose gold accents and natural elements such as rattan mats, linen knot napkins, wooden table number blocks and sun palms. We decided to go for pampas grass high risers as the statement centrepiece and combined them with mini planters filled with gorgeous dried and preserved flowers and lots of candlesticks and tea light holders dotted along the impressive farmhouse tables.

Signage was kept simple with a wooden peg board we placed near the staircase in the ceremony room and a couple of welcome and order of the day signs we placed on Runa Farm’s own easel. The name place cards were created by me using acrylic discs and custom painted to match the chiffon table runners and dinner candles.    By the entrance, near the bar area, we styled one of Runa farm’s lovely rustic side tables with Hannah & Preston’s guestbook, our boho cards basket and a few accessories matching the overall theme.

It was a pleasure working with such an amazing couple. Hannah had a very clear vision from the start. As soon as she shared her Pinterest board with me, I knew it was going to be a dreamy wedding. If you’re looking for a north east venue or a Durham venue, you really need to pay Runa Farm a visit.


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