Morning beautiful 🙂 How are you today? I have another gorgeous wedding to share with you today, this time from the Dorset countryside and an adorable-looking wedding venue called Kingston Country Courtyard. If you’re having a barn wedding you will love this! Kingston has an 18th century stone barn with a bar attached… it sounds pretty perfect and looks amazing!
Rebecca is gorgeous in a silhouette lace wedding dress by La Sposa, and Andy looks great in a navy suit from Austin Reed. Oh, and the bridesmaids are as lovely as they are smiley… three ridiculously pretty girls in the lightest sage green dresses.
I hope you’ll get lots of ideas from today’s real wedding with rustic flowers, handmade bunting, a DIY Dad’s amazing cake stand and a delicious-looking naked cake with strawberries… you will LOVE this! Thanks to lovely Dorset wedding photographer Paul Underhill for sharing images of the day, and to the gorgeous bride and groom for such a fab wedding report. Everyone – enjoy!
Our vintage wedding in Dorset: Rebecca and Andy
Our wedding report: Rebecca and Ashley
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, Paul’s reportage photography was exactly the style we wanted for our wedding and he captured each moment as it happened. We look back at our photos and can remember our whole day which is such a special thing.
Kingston Country Courtyard
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A synthesis of our backgrounds, a beautiful day full of love and laughter shared with our closet friends and family.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Paul put a few photos on his blog when we were on honeymoon and we couldn’t stop looking at them! We spent half the time checking to see if he had put any more up we were that excited to see them. The finished photos were beautiful and captured some lovely moments in the evening light.
Your wedding style and theme:
We chose a country setting as my family background is farming although not in Dorset so we sourced everything we could from Sussex to bring home to us. We also love the vintage feel and so my gown was a beautiful lace silhouette and the headband had the 20’s feel.
Any happy tears on the day?
Yes but more from the groom as I think I was too excited to shed any tears surprisingly!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
About a year
Best bit of budget advice?
Figure our what your budget is realistically as soon as you can and stick to it, it is so easy to go overboard. Ask friends and family to help and make what you can, it ads such a personal touch to the day.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I made all the stationery with vintage maps cut into heart shapes of the area we were married.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
YES! It was the last one of the day and I knew it was the one as soon as the bridal assistant let the hem fall…
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
La Sposa, Daisy Bridal Bournemouth
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
gifts from my father and husband and head piece from Daisy Bridal
The groom wore:
Navy tails and white tie from Austin Reed
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Gorgeous dresses that they chose from Dessy in a soft sage green with white flowers and pink pearl bracelets
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my make up but had a lovely hairdresser to help tame my locks into a sophisticated updo.
from Carnival Flowers in Wimbourne. I had a hand tied bouquet of soft pinks and creams and the table flowers were the same colour theme but placed in rustic jugs in the centre of the table.
St James’ Church Kingston. A beautiful church on the hill overlooking Corfe Castle. The ceremony was the most special part for both of us.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We chose our venue for the location and beautiful barn setting. We only added some handmade bunting and the flowers to finish it off.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
The cake was from Sweet serenity in Westbourne and was a little quirky – we love victoria sponge so chose a three tiered version finished with fresh strawberries and roses which was served as our desert. My dad also made me a wonderful cake stand from a piece of wood which was engraved with our initials and the date which I still have in my garden.
The MP3’s from Sussex, a great band!
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy it, it goes so quickly! If you can afford it make a whole weekend of it 🙂
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing you each have the other through thick and thin – and our new baby daughter!