REAL WEDDING - The Timelessly Stylish Wedding of Emma and Rob at Mythe Barn, Leicestershire, Captured by GREEN UNION Partners, Ed Brown Photography

10th June 2020

Today's real wedding inspiration comes courtesy of GREEN UNION Partner, Ed Brown Photography. Emma and Rob tied the knot at the beautiful Mythe Barn wedding venue in Leicestershire in September 2019. With lots of creative details and natural touches, their day was characterised by timeless style and heaps of love!

Emma and Rob, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyOver now to the bride, Emma, to tell us more...

The Happy Couple

"Rob and I crossed each other’s paths since 2004, working within the telecoms industry within several different telecoms companies; but in 2013, we met again after a few years in a nightclub, the rest was history! Rob moved into my home in Nuneaton, and in June 2015 we bought our first house. Holidays and parties were happening, but in November 2015 we found out we were pregnant with our first baby, and on 14th July 2016, our beautiful daughter Savannah Grace Loakes was born at 3 weeks early, weighing 6 lbs 3 oz.

On 10th October 2017, Robert proposed and I was so gobsmacked! We were on a family holiday in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote and Rob's birthday was the next day. He said that his Mum, Gloria, was babysitting so we could go on a boat trip. We got on the yacht, apparently to pick up the rest for snorkelling; Rob knows I hate water so I was a bit on edge. The boat staff asked if we'd fancy a private stop before we collected everyone else, so as I jumped in I shouted "Shark!" and Rob dived in! When we got out, I giggled and cried as Rob passed me the phone and said mum had just sent a photo saying that Savannah was doing her first steps - but instead, in the photo, she was in a babygrow sleeping - and on the babygrow, it said 'Mummy, will you marry Daddy?' - I looked down and he was on one knee; bubbles and FaceTimes later, and we were getting married!"

The Venue & The Vision

Mythe Barn Wedding Venue, Ed Brown PhotographyMythe Barn Wedding Venue Details, Ed Brown PhotographyEmma and Rob planned their wedding over an 18-month period. Having viewed several venues they fell in love with environmentally-conscious Mythe Barn - the rural oak-framed barn is set in acres of idyllic Midlands countryside, so it's easy to see why! This beautiful venue uses solar power and feeds its surplus green energy back into the grid, and they have planted 12000 trees to offset their carbon footprint. They work with a paper- and printing-reduced office, and conserve both energy use and wastage. Their on-site caterers source from local sustainable producers, limiting food miles and supporting the community, and there's even a Zero to Landfill policy on all waste!

The couple wanted to make their wedding a day that they wouldn’t forget; they wanted it to be relaxed and fun, and for the day to flow so that everyone would leave smiling, with memories they wouldn’t forget either. Emma loves flowers and being creative, and Rob loves entertainment, so these elements dominated their plans for the day. At the same time, they were concerned to make their wedding an eco one by making use of as many natural elements as they things natural as they could.

Looking at the images captured by Ed Brown Photography, it's clear that their vision most definitely came true!

The Bridal Party Preparations

Bridal Preparations, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyMythe Barn has a spacious on-site bridal party preparation suite, which is ideal for reducing costs and emissions on additional transportation on the day. 

Amy Louise Beauty and Mack Hair and Beauty did a beautiful job on creating naturally flattering makeup and hair looks on Emma and her ten bridesmaids!

The Dresses

Bride and Bridesmaids' Dresses, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyBridal Gown Details, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Dress Train, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyEmma's wedding dress was from Sammi Louise Bridal Couture in Rugby; Stitched Up of Kenilworth after made her chosen gown fit perfectly, and advised on accessories, which included a simple but long veil.

Her bridesmaids' dusky pink dresses were from TNFC London and all wore their own comfortable shoes; Emma treated them all to gifts bags with dressing gowns, earrings, prosecco glasses and wine!

Savannah wore a dress from WED2B, which they found whilst walking down Baker Street in London.

The Flowers

Bridal Bouquet, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Flowers, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyFlowers by The Lanes, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyFloral Crown, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyThe first vendor they met after booking Mythe Barn was Hannah from The Lanes: "She totally got all our ideas and she created so many dreams for us".

Hannah designed beautiful centrepieces (some of which were first put to work in the ceremony setting); they also rented candles, a card box, deck chairs and blankets from her.

The Groom

The Groom and Groomsmen, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyThe Groom's Attire, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown Photography"Rob wanted to have smart/casual suits that the lads would wear again. He bought navy chinos and bow ties from ASOS and double-breasted beige jackets from Moss Bros with brown brogues - and all have been worn again!"

The Ceremony

Indoor Wedding Ceremony, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Ceremony, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyThe Entrance of the Bride, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyCeremony Details, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyFirst Kiss, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Ceremony, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyConfetti, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyTheir indoor ceremony and outdoor confetti throw wouldn't have been complete without Savannah taking part!

The Drinks Reception

Drinks Reception, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyCocktails, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyCocktail Bar, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyMango Acoustic Musicians, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyKids Entertainment, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyInstead of conventional favours, the couple laid on the best wedding cocktail bar I've seen, accompanied by canapés in reusable or biodegradable pots.

Music was a key part of their day and Mango Acoustic played during the daytime. To keep the kids entertained, these retro space hoppers definitely did the trick!

The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding Breakfast, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Reception Tables, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyCake Pops, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyEmma really enjoyed being creative. She used Polaroid-style pictures as name places from Photobox for everyone to keep to remember the day, as well as inexpensive personalised wristbands from eBay.

And how about these incredible cake pops, presented in clouds of dry ice, as a special pre-dessert surprise?! 

DIY & Personal Touches

DIY Details, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown Photography"I created so many decorations and used many signs and photographs from our home.

Our guest book was made from lengths of reused wood which everyone signed and is now hanging up in our home."

The Cake

Wedding Cake, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Cake Flowers, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyWedding Cake Cutting, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyTheir three-tiered naked cake was made by a friend, decorated with blooms supplied by their florist.

The Evening

Evening Wedding Reception, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyGlitter Bar and Selfie Station, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyBlankets, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyPhoto Booth, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyFirst Dance, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographySouljers Live Band, Mythe Barn Wedding, Ed Brown PhotographyAs the sun began to set on their wedding day, guests were treated to a glitter bar, an indoor selfie station (complete with on-trend neon sign), an outdoor photo booth, and even a bucking bull ride for the more adventurous, all whilst the Souljers provided more live entertainment, filling the dancefloor into the night.

My thanks to Emma and Rob for sharing their wedding day with GREEN UNION!

The key inspiration points are:

  • Choose a venue with strong eco-credentials, especially one with on-site bridal party preparation space and responsible catering included.
  • Choosing local suppliers and especially those with existing eco-credentials.
  • DIY and personal touches sourced from your own home and/reused in it afterwards.
  • Letting natural elements (e.g. flowers) dominate the styling.
  • Reusing elements of styling throughout the day (e.g. floral arrangements).
  • Hire instead of buy, or make sure your purchases are reusable.



Venue: Mythe Barn

Photographer: Ed Brown Photography

Makeup: Amy Louise Beauty  

Hair: Mack Hair & Beauty

Wedding Dress: Sammie Lou Bridal Couture and Stitched Up

Bridesmaids' Dresses: TFNC London and WED2B

Groom's and Groomsmen's Attire: ASOS and Moss Bros

Floristry and Props: The Lanes 

Place Settings: Photobox

Entertainment: Mango Acoustic and Souljers

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