I told you this week was all about the flowers… and today there’s more. I have the most amazing, luscious real wedding to share with you – and the flowers are out of this world! The lovely, beautiful Chloe and Mark were married at Wick Farm in Somerset, a lovely rural wedding venue with tons of character and English country charm.
Their flowers – by my wonderfully talented friend Claire at Garden & Wild – were in rich plum, aubergine and dusky pink colours with a rustic flavour and incorporated mosses and fern foliage to tie together the rustic theme. They’re such a fabulous style for a winter wedding, and Chloe told me, “Mark and I ADORED our flowers – Claire worked with us to really understand what we wanted and created the most stunning bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. I would recommend her to everyone, a million times!”
The images capture the day beautifully, from the romance of the ceremony to the twinkling tealights and candles which lit the evening reception. Kerry Bartlett Photography was the perfect choice for Chloe and Mark, who planned their wedding from Australia! “…the photos reflect every single emotion, feel really intimate and remind us of what a special day we had.” Find out more about Kerry here:
Chloe and Mark offer some super advice for other couples: to prioritise what’s important to you, and forget about any “set way of doing things” – which I agree with totally. Because they travelled from Australia for their wedding they didn’t do too much wedding DIY, but their world map table plan is a great idea for those of you who just want to indulge your crafty sides a little bit!
Our wedding story: Chloe and Mark
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Delighted!! Kerry was so lovely to work with, she made everyone feel at ease and she captured each element of the day beautifully!
Wick Farm, Bath
27th December 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A fun and laid-back celebration with all our favourite people, surrounded by delicious food, champagne and awkward dancing!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
They made us relive the day. Kerry perfectly captured the day and gave us a glimpse into what it looked like from the outside, the photos reflect every single emotion, feel really intimate and remind us of what a special day we had. I really recommend taking the time to find a photographer that gets you and will capture your day the way you want to remember it!
Your wedding style or theme:
Warm, Wintery, Rustic
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We got engaged in January 2014, moved to Australia in April 2014 and started planning the wedding in June 2014!
Best bit of budget advice?
Have a budget in mind but don’t get too caught up in the exact pricing of everything, there is a huge variety in terms of what things cost! Prioritise what matters most to you (for us it was food!) and spend your money accordingly. Do some research and think outside the box to save the pennies; there is no set way of doing things! There are a lot of DIY or second-hand websites out there which can help with cutting costs down.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Our wedding invitations were from Norma & Dorothy which we found through notonthehighstreet. We picked a map design as we love maps and the invitations had a shabby chic vibe to them which matched the venue!
We made our seating chart ourselves by buying a world map poster and blank luggage tags on ebay and pinned it to a chalkboard. The placecards were from Macmillan Cancer Support and had some flower seeds attached to them which doubled as wedding favours!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
There were no tears, fireworks or lightbulb moments when I stepped into my wedding dress. Having only recently moved to Australia there was no one to come with me and I needed a dress that would cope with spending over 24h in a suitcase! I tried on all sorts of dresses, in the end I opted for one I felt comfortable and pretty in. I added buttons at the back of it as I had always wanted a dress with that kind of detail!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The dress was from a formal dress shop called Angels Formal Wear and the dress was considered a beach/garden wedding dress by Juliette.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I wore my mum’s veil which felt really special and meant a lot to me.
My mum is very talented with all things knitting so I asked her to knit me a cardigan/bolero to wear over my dress. I LOVE the bolero she knitted (inspired by one the Duchess of Cambridge had worn). It worked beautifully with my dress and kept me warm!
I wore a hairvine from Bridezillas Bristol, it is so stunning! I wore it so that the sparkly chains were on the back of my hair and the flowery glitzy combs were on either side. I wish I could wear it everyday. My sister chose it for me which makes it even more special!
I wore pearl earrings and a matching necklace from Fletcher and Grace (an Austalian online bridal accessory website)
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Mark wore a Navy suit with a navy waist coat and cream tie. He hired the suit in the UK. His shoes were also navy from a local shop in Australia.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
For me the main thing was that the girls all felt comfortable and pretty in what they were wearing- I initially suggested they found their own dresses but that proved difficult, especially as we couldn’t all go shopping together! In the end I opted for Multi-Way dresses so that they could put their own spin on their dresses! I picked purple as I knew it would look good on all of them and fit with the wedding colours.
The girls picked their own shoes and my sister added a gold belt to her dress.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
One of my friends who is a beauty therapist did the makeup for everyone, we also had the very lovely and talented Stacey Jade do everyone’s hair.
Claire from Garden & Wild did our flowers, she was a recommendation from another florist. Mark and I ADORED our flowers- Claire worked with us to really understand what we wanted and created the most stunning bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. I would recommend her to everyone, a million times!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The first time we saw the venue was…on the wedding day! But from what we could tell through photos, we felt the venue did not need much decoration. We were mindful of not overwhelming the venue with too many decorations but instead wanted the décor to complement it.
Kirsten Butler aka The Little Wedding Helper did the styling for us and she did a beautiful job. Our decorations consisted of tea lights, bunting and the beautiful centre pieces made by Claire.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We didn’t do a whole lot of DIY for a couple of reasons…1) living in Australia meant that making and flying things over would be too impractical, 2) well we’re not very talented craftspeople. What we did do ourselves was: the seating plan thanks to a world map poster and luggage tags bought on ebay, and the name cards were handwritten in Macmillan Cancer Support placecards. My sister made us some beautiful bunting which was used to decorate the venue. For the cards/gifts we used my grandad’s old suitcase which he used when he was in the RAF.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
It depends who you ask! The wedding cake was a traditional French wedding cake: a Croquembouche! For me (Chloe) being a Frenchie it was very traditional! It was stunning, Sam Smith from Cake Smiths (Bristol) did an amazing job!!! The Croquembouche was a stunning moist lemon sponge surrounded by a chocolate cone on which the profiteroles were mounted. The caterers melted the chocolate cone turning it into a chocolate sauce in which we could dip the sponge and profiteroles. So.Tasty.
Sam also contacted Claire and decorated the cake with spare flowers which looked stunning!
Mark’s dad has a DJing company and was kind enough to provide the music for us!!!
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t spread yourself out too thin, chances are you won’t get to spend a lot of time with every single guest, but that’s ok! Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy celebrating with all your loved ones!
What’s the best thing about being married?
That nothing has changed! Mark and I got married to celebrate how special our relationship already is but we love referring to each other as “Husband and Wife” and can’t wait for the next steps in our life together.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
http://www.cake-smiths.co.uk/ wedding cake
http://www.gardenandwild.com/ wedding flowers
http://littleweddinghelper.co.uk/ wedding styling
http://www.normadorothy.com/ wedding invitations
http://www.strawberryfieldcatering.co.uk/ catering (many of our guests said it was the best wedding food they ever had and we agree, strawberry field catering did a wonderful job!)
http://wickfarmbath.co.uk/ wedding venue
http://shop.macmillan.org.uk/macmillan-weddings.html for wedding supplies supporting a great cause!