Fairy light chandeliers, rustic DIY details and a fabulous bouquet… today’s wedding is more than gorgeous! This is a perfect wedding for the blog… the prettily decorated barn, the lovely cake, the pretty little details (I love the lavender on the table plan, the handmade favours, the flowers)… I hope you do too!
“Our wedding theme was rustic fairytale. I spent hours hand making as much as possible and tried to personalise every detail from confetti cones to hand painted signs. I went to town on handmade elements! I personalised the confetti cones, hand stamped every letter of our guests names onto hand made paper for place settings, hand painted the signs, built the s’more favours. I loved doing it all and I’m so happy our photographer captured it all. I was worried the details would be missed but our guests loved all the personal details.
It was a cheesy love at first sight moment when I found my dress. There are so many different options but once you’ve tried on a few you feel like they look the same after a while. I felt a million dollars in my dress and it was very hard to take it off and feel normal again! I wore the Diane Harbridge ‘Vancouver’ dress from Cheadle Bride. Because the lace on my dress was so detailed I didn’t want to over power it with accessories. I had a simple veil and some drop pearl earrings from etsy. My shoes were from Jenny Packham and had gorgeous lace and pearl detailing to tie everything in together.
Images are by lovely Manchester wedding photographer Jessica O’Shaughnessy. Do take a moment to discover her work:
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How did you choose your photographer?
It was all a bit of a whirlwind, as our first photographer cancelled on us on the week of our wedding! Fortunately we were lucky enough to find a really talented photographer who rescued us at the last minute.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We couldn’t be happier with Jessica, all of our guests commented us on how brilliant and dedicated she was. As a bride you really want someone there who knows what they’re doing and that you’re comfortable with. Jessica is so lovely and fantastic, we were so lucky.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I think I screamed with excitement when we saw our photos! We sat down together with a glass of wine and relived the day together. I’ve looked at them everyday since.
Our venue was Three Hills Barn in Torpenhowe, Cumbria. Mark and Jenny the owners were so accommodating and were always there for us whoever we needed them. They couldn’t have been better!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Romantic, rustic, handmade, full of laughter, the greatest day.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We listened to recommendations and a general web search.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Prioritise what means the most to you when your set your budget. You’ll find that you simply want everything when you start to look but you have to learn to say no or it can get out of control! Also we were very lucky that we paid no corkage fee and supplied our own booze for the day which saved us a fortune.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The flowers were one of the biggest expense but they were the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen and brought tears to my eyes. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
As a creative person myself with an art degree, I decided to make them myself. It’s wonderful to know they are personal to you and it suited the theme.
And what did the groom wear?
We struggled to find rustic attire to rent for the groomsmen, but went for smart herringbone slate grey suits from Debenhams. The other groomsmen had waistcoats only to make the groom stand out even more.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My gorgeous bridesmaids all wore multi-way dresses which were fantastic when you’ve got body conscious ladies who all want to dress to their shape. They all looked stunning and we were so luck to get a steal from F&F at only £50 each.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I’ve never had my make up done professionally before so I really wanted it done properly for the big day. I wanted a natural look as I don’t like to wear a lot of make up. I used pure touch beauty in Cockermouth for my make up and Rootz for my hair. We had the whole salon in the morning as we took over the whole shop! The groom accidentally booked his hair cut at the barbers opposite at the same time, so he had to rearrange or we might have bumped into each other in the morning!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We used the very talented Ruth Langcake from Cockermouth. Any bride goes crazy for pintrest and I really loved using it for wedding flowers inspiration. I listed all my favourite flowers and then Ruth and I sat down to work out the combinations. I had peonies, roses, gypsophila and seeded eucalyptus. I liked having a combination of shades of pink and purple so it wasn’t a regimented set colour scheme.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue would have looked stunning bare but we did add a lot of finishing touches. Our fair light chandelier acted as a great centre piece for the barn.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We fell in love with the naked cake and it went beautifully with our theme. I can’t believe what an amazing job our cake maker did as she’s never done one before. We used Debbie Basnett in Workington. She was incredible.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a wonderful string quartet called Leos Strings who came all the way from Manchester to play at our wedding. They created such a magical atmosphere they were one of my highlights on the day. We have a bit of a ritual in the family where the grooms father always performs a song at a family celebration. Chris created a song about our kittens at home and and got all the guests joining in, it was the absolutely fantastic and our guests absolutely loved it.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try not to worry about what other people think of your day and do exactly what you want! Also try not to worry about everything going exactly to plan and just enjoy every moment.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Introducing each other as husband and wife it feels amazing!
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