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A rustic springtime wedding at Coombe Abbey with Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography

Kelly and Phil’s springtime wedding has some of the loveliest touches I’ve seen – it’s a beautiful day with fabulous colours, and I know you’ll love it. Kelly and Phil chose a rustic, woodland style for their day.

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The ceremony and reception were held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, and in the wedding report at the end of today’s feature Kelly and Phil have shared links to some fabulous local suppliers.

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Kelly looks absolutely amazing in her Ronald Joyce wedding gown, and I adore her bridal look – there’s an image towards the end of the feature with the newlyweds sat on a wall in the venue’s grounds where you can see the full length of the dress, and it’s so incredibly beautiful…

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Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out more of their work via their website and on the English Wedding Blog:

Shall we get straight to those gorgeous photos? Don’t forget the wedding report at the end of the feature – it’s a brilliant one!

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Our wedding report: Kelly and Phil

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes! We did a lot of research and were really happy with the way our pictures turned out. We were happy to have a few formal pictures, but wanted the majority to be natural and “in the moment” shots. I really recommend looking through as many online albums as possible before deciding on your photographer. We were able to gain a good idea of their style of photography and the natural shots were what stood out when we came across Rob and Sarah’s website.

Wedding venue:

Coombe Abbey, Coventry, Warwickshire

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A beautiful day shared with everyone we love

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

It took us right back to all those special moments during our day. It was really lovely to just spend some time reminiscing (wishing we could do it all again!) and seeing all our friends and family enjoying themselves.

Your wedding style and theme:

Spring time, Rustic, Woodland, Vintage

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes of course! It was a very emotional day for obvious reasons, and there was a lot of happy emotion from everyone on the day. With mom not being with us anymore it was hard leading up to and during the day and think this was all mixed in. Walking down the aisle to Phil was very emotional and we both welled up! Also, Phil’s Mom and my Aunt both got teary eyed during their readings.

How did the two of you meet?

Online

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

15 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Have your total budget in mind when costing things up and keep a running checklist / spreadsheet of everything – I think everyone goes over a little!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We made our own DVD wedding invites. Phil is a film buff with experience of filming and editing. We had lots of fun here as we made movie trailers that we acted out in the style of Lord of the Rings, Mission Impossible and a Rom Com – all with a movie voice over building it up to the main event – the wedding!

I found a UK company called Eco Craft who sell a variety of recycled card products and ordered a batch of double DVD sleeves with matching recycled paper envelopes. This was really inexpensive and keeping with the rustic theme. We stamped the front covers with a pretty vintage heart stamp from Hobby Craft and put our initials inside of this. We printed and glued inside as you opened the case the main invite details – the background of this print was sunflowers and a blue sky (keeping with spring theme). We put the DVD in one pocket and a print out of the venue details, local hotels, taxi numbers and general info in the other pocket.

We made our own place name holders. After researching rustic spring themes online, I found a gorgeous picture of a cylinder piece of wood with lace ribbon tied around and a paper flower glued to the front. There was a slit cut into the top to slot in the paper place name. I sourced all the wood from a brilliant guy on ebay who we also bought our wooden slice cake stand, wooden table plan (we wrote names on wood slices that fitted into this) and wooden guest board and set about the huge task! It was really satisfying and we were so happy with how they turned out. As an extra, I tied a little gift tag to say they were a gift/favour and could be used as a photo/card holder.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, absolutely! It was definitely me. I had been everywhere beforehand and was getting a little disheartened. I love vintage, lace and pearls, so this dress had it all in one!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Francesca Brides Tamworth, Ronald Joyce – Paola

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

My sister and I were each given a necklace of my Nan’s after she passed away and I really wanted to wear one of these. My sister’s one was a silver heart locket and looked perfect. It counted as my something old and it meant a lot that I was able to wear something of hers on the day. I borrowed a pair of my aunt’s pearl earrings and wore a new tiffany pearl bracelet.

The groom wore:

Peter Posh charcoal grey suit with sage green cravat.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My bridesmaids and flower girl looked amazing! I had originally wanted pastel yellow or sky blue and couldn’t find anything like this on the high st. I started looking the previous year, but had just missed out on all of the summer colours. I was nervous about ordering online and held out until the last minute really. I ended up getting some lovely bridesmaid dresses and matching flower girl dress from BHS. They were a mix of blue/aqua and suited the time of year perfectly. I bought them all a necklace and earring set from the Jon Richard range at Debenhams, a vintage hair slide and a silver handbag and strappy shoes from Dorothy Perkins.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I had professional hair and make up on the day.

Wedding flowers:

Our florists name is “Flowers by Michelle” and she is well known to Coombe Abbey as practically covers all of the weddings there. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She went above and beyond and is so passionate about what she does. We bounced lots of ideas around and she really understood the look we wanted and delivered it perfectly.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Phil and I created our own wedding vows for after the legally binding ones. We went through them saying a line each to each other – it was really different and we had written some that were serious and mixed in some really funny personal ones too (like my obsession with Bon Jovi!) We had everyone in tears with emotion and with laughter! It really lightened what is usually the serious part of the ceremony.

Wedding readings?

We decided to have 2 readings and wanted one person from each of our families to read them. The first reading was “The One” and this was read beautifully by Phil’s Mom. The second was “Blessing of the Hands” and this was read by my aunt on my mom’s side of the family. I was so happy when she accepted my request to do a reading. It was special that one of my mom’s sisters could have a big part in our day and that I could include my aunt as although she has lived in Australia for many years and we don’t see each other regularly, I could show her that we are still close and I wanted to involve her in a big part of our ceremony.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We didn’t need to do anything in terms of the decor. Coombe Abbey is stunning and has a medieval style throughout. We just carried the Spring theme to our tables. As standard we had candelabras for each table. We bought and cut into circles hessian material that each candelabra sat on. Our florist sourced preserved moss and built this from the table up and around each candelabra and placed a few yellow gerbera flower heads on top of the moss to add some colour.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

I steered away from the traditional white/cream cake and again wanted something with a mix of Spring theme and vintage. We went for a lovely yellow tiered cake with a beautiful pattern piped around the cake. This sat on a wooden slice with preserved moss and hobby craft little red mushrooms arranged around the base.

Entertainment:

The most amazing live band called The 101’s – highly recommended! Plus we had a photobooth that went down really well.

On the day tips and advice:

Make sure you allow plenty of time for hair and make up – I had separate ladies and the hair was fine. We were just a little rushed when it came to the make up! Nothing more can be done when the day arrives so just enjoy. Try and take it in when you get little moments to yourself. Phil and I spent the whole day and evening together – people came to us and we made use of the dance floor. I didn’t want to spend the whole evening worrying about who I had or hadn’t said hello to – it’s your day and hopefully you’ll only do it once!

What’s the best thing about being married?

To be honest nothing has changed for us and I think that’s a good thing. We are just looking towards our future and the next chapter of our lives together.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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