Lauren and Aaron’s rustic country wedding in Tetbury, with Rachel Jane Photography
Lauren and Aaron’s wedding is so beautiful – and as hydrangeas are in season for most of the summer months, there are some wonderful ideas here for weddings from June through to mid autumn which I think you will LOVE!!
Our wedding flowers were hydrangeas. A very talented friend of the groom’s family arranged all the flowers from centre pieces to bridal bouquets. They were absolutely stunning and all fitted perfectly in the wooden boxes made by the father of the bride.
The venue doesn’t need much decoration as it is so gorgeous already. However I had a few things that I had in mind to make it our own. We scattered jars wrapped in hessian and lace with candles and flowers in them around the venue. My dad had made some big letters spelling out the word LOVE which I put on an old step ladder which I had painted up. To match our centre pieces I had bought two apple crates from applecrates.co.uk which were both personalised with our names and date of the wedding on. We used one for our cards and one had a gorgeous flower arrangement in. Finally, all our guest know we both have a massive sweet tooth, especially the bride! So I made five different types of cookies and had a little cookie bar set up throughout the day.
I love everything crafty like sewing, baking etc. so when it came down to things for the wedding I wanted to try and make as much as I could myself. I ordered a mass of hessian ready to make bits and pieces for the wedding. My mum and I made all the table runners, table plan, confetti cones and decorated jars with hessian. We also made up all the boxes which we put homemade macaroons in for the wedding favors. The father of the bride made all the centre piece wooden boxes.
The beautiful images of Lauren and Aaron’s wedding are by lovely Rachel Jane Photography, who you can discover more from here:
Shooting alongside Rachel Jane Photography was the wonderful Captured by Katrina
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We were very lucky to stumble upon Rachel’s website through google search. And what an amazing find it was!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. Rachel was great from the first email we sent. On the day she was very relaxed and we hardly knew she was there, which is just what we wanted. We are extremely chuffed with our wedding photos and can’t wait to hang them all around our new house.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was a manic time when Rachel emailed us to say our photos were ready to view. We had not long got back from our honeymoon and just received the keys to our new house, which needed a lot of work. We were both super excited to look at them all and they did not disappoint. We were both blown away with how amazing our pictures were. Rachel managed to capture every key moment on our wedding day and more.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Day filled with love, laughter, emotion and lifelong memories.
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic country wedding
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found most of our suppliers through the venues recommendation list and online.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Get the groom to haggle with everyone! Don’t be embarrassed to negotiate, the worst they can say is no! Also if you like arts, crafts and DIY, you can make lots of the things you have pictured for your big day whilst giving it that personal touch.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We wanted to make sure that we spent more money on the things that everyone would remember. We spent a bit more on the band than we wanted to but they were absolutely fantastic and had the dance floor filled all night so we couldn’t complain about the price.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A friend of ours, Tom Foxwell, started a photography and design company, so he designed and made our save the dates and invitations. Everything else from table plan and menus, to place names we did ourselves.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It took 5 bridal shops to find the dress I fell in love with. I was beginning to get quite stressed as I couldn’t find a dress that a loved. Until my little sister pulled out one from the rail and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one and I didn’t want to take it off!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was from All about Eve in Newport and the designer is Sincerity Bridal.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I hate wearing heels, so I was always going to wear flats, which proved to be quite difficult to find. However after hours of searching I found a gorgeous pair on elegant steps. The groom very kindly bought me all my wedding jewellery from liberty in love jewellery.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a traditional morning suit with all his ushers matching. Along with a pocket watch I had bought him with the date of our wedding engraved on it.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore mint green multiway dresses from Debenhams
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Myself, my mum and my bridesmaids all had our hair done by an old friend of my sisters Georgia Weston who has her own mobile hairdressing business – Halo Hair.
All 5 of us also had our makeup done by the amazing Kathryn, who owns Powder and Paint.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We are very lucky that the brides little sister has a cake making business, so she was able to make the most amazing cake for us. We went for a simple three tier wedding cake (Bottom tier fruit, middle tier carrot and top tier lemon with raspberries.) with sugar lace wrapped around each tier and sugar roses and hydrangeas scattered around the cake. With mint ribbon wrapped around the bottom of each tier, all matching the colour of the wedding. She did such an amazing job, and unsurprisingly there was no cake left after the wedding!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We surprised our guests on the day with a choreographed first dance, which the groom had wanted to do.
We had a fantastic singer/ acoustic guitarist during the ceremony and reception drinks and a band for the evening which all worked perfectly.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Relax and just enjoy every moment of it.
Make the day how you both wanted it to be and don’t be pressured into doing things you don’t want to.
What’s the best thing about being married?
It feels like you’ve started a new chapter in your life, but for the first time it’s as part of a team. You have your best friend by your side and you’d do anything for each other.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Rachel Jane Photography – http://www.racheljanephotographyblog.com/
Fosters Catering – http://www.fostersevents.co.uk/
The Revue Band – http://eightraymusic.com/acts/the-revue-band/
Mike Newfield – http://eightraymusic.com/acts/mike-newfield/
Halo Hair – https://www.facebook.com/HaloHair33/?fref=ts
Powder and Paint – http://www.powderandpaint.co.uk/
Videographer – http://www.bwvideofilms.co.uk/home.html
Unfortunately my sister doesn’t have a website. However she part owns The Edge Coffee Shop in Wotton Under Edge if you wanted to get hold of her to make your cake. https://www.facebook.com/theedgecoffeewotton/