Happy weekend!! Oh, this one’s been a long time coming… we’re heading out to the Lakes for adventures today, but I had to share this gorgeous wedding with you first! Beautiful bride Sarah and gorgeous hubby’s Rob’s big day was in Worcestershire, with the reception in a 15th century barn (The Fleece Inn, Bretforton). I love the warm atmosphere of their day which just shines in all the photos – Sarah’s smile and oh, that dress!!!
“Our flowers were done by my amazingly talented cousin Anna who runs a floristry business called ‘Wedding flowers in Cornwall’. We wanted to incorporate thistles into our flowers as we got engaged in Scotland. (Rob proposal on a secluded beach in Dunbar, incidentally my new married name). We went primarily for white flowers with sand roses to highlight in my bouquet and lots of greenery. We also had white gladioli in the church hanging downwards that were just gorgeous.
The venue didn’t need much styling, as it was held in a stunning early 15th century barn filled with wooden beams, hanging with hops and fairy lights. For the tables we had long wooden tables and benches that we ran greenery as table runners down the centre with geometric copper spheres with small white flowers arrangements inside. It was just magical. We made the napkins for the tables: each napkin silver/white was hand-tied with twine for the name tag and decorated with Lavender from my mother in law, Linda’s garden and rosemary from my bridesmaid Rebecca’s garden, I thought they looked beautiful to fit in with the overall rustic, natural theme and they also added a gorgeous smell.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Laura was utterly amazing! After our initial conversations and Pinterest page sharing, we met up for an informal photoshoot. The photos were stunning and we knew Laura was the person we wanted to capture one of the most important days for us. Her photography style is so unique, it captures everything about the day we wanted for the romantic, relaxed yet intimate wedding we had organised.
In the nicest way I hardly saw Laura in the day, with her taking the photos without being obtrusive and we could relax and enjoy the day knowing Laura was capturing all elements and results were stunning. I can’t say enough good things, highly recommended and just a lovely, fun and trustworthy person to have alongside your nearest and dearest for what was a dream day.
We saw a sneaky preview of our wedding photos when we were enjoying our honeymoon in Reykjavik, Iceland. We couldn’t stop looking at them for the rest of the week. We were so delighted and couldn’t wait to see the rest!
We had our wedding ceremony at St Ecgwins Church in Honeybourne, followed by a barn reception held at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Romantic, relaxed, warm, intimate, personal, full of smiles and laughter
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t have a theme as such, we just wanted to create a relaxed, and romantic day with a natural feel, for all our guests to celebrate with us.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
A lot of people we used in our wedding were personal contacts as we wanted to create a relaxed and intimate wedding, so it made sense to incorporate the talents from so many of our friends and family to achieve this.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We wanted our wedding to be as personal as possible, so we asked friends and family to use their amazing talents which incidentally also helped saved money. Our friend Sian, created our stunning wedding signs and table plan, another friend Ashok, is a very talented pianist and played the organ in the church and at the reception in the barn as we walked in. We were also very lucky that we could used Rob’s Dad, Dave’s vintage Lanchester car for our wedding carriage. It just made the day even more special.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photography and flowers and of course the dress.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We sourced ours from a designer on etsy. We loved the design and she sent a sample before we bought. I also printed off patterned envelope inners, that I managed to get that matched the grey and white on the invitations so the envelopes has a beautiful inside when our guests opened their invitation
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I actually had two!
I tried on my wedding dress in a short version and loved it, but was swayed by the train of the long version (how often do you get to wear a big dress!) however I loved the short version so much I bought a lacy version for our first dance and evening dancing, which was a suprise to everyone, including the groom!
My long day dress was one of the last dresses I tried on and certainly wasn’t what I thought I would go for, but it just felt so natural and I knew it was ‘my dress’ when I was wearing it. I just felt amazing in it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I sourced my dress from Jessica Leys Bridal Boutique near Evesham
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My Jewellery was bought from Pandora. My earrings were bought by my future husband and my diamante bracelet was from mum. I wear the bracelet almost every day now. My shoes were from Jenny Packham.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom and groomsmen wore grey tweed waistcoats and matching tweed jackets, with dark navy chinos and dark brown shoes. Tweed ties in grey and navy blue finished the look. They all wore a blue or white thistle buttonhole to tie in with the flowers.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our colour scheme was grey and white and we chose beautiful light grey dresses with diamante detail on the top. One of my bridesmaids, Sarah, was 7 months pregnant on the day, so we had to get a dress that was suitable to grow with her little bump. They all looked stunning.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We chose the talented Harriett Skinner to do the Make-up and Iconic Hairdressers to create our looks on the day.
We did however have a second hen-do to Bath that included a make-up lesson at LittleLab in Bath, where we learnt skills we could all use after the wedding.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a three tiered wedding cake by the amazing Joanne Richardson who created a white and grey masterpiece with delicate sugar flowers in flavours of Chocolate Sponge and buttercream with Belgium Chocolate ganache for the bottom layer. Vanilla with vanilla bean buttercream, raspberry conserve and white chocolate ganache and ,emon drizzle with homemade lemon curd and swiss meringue buttercream for the middle layers. And the top layer in salted caramel with salted caramel buttercream.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We chose an acoustic band that we thought would suit the venue and they did perfectly. We hired The Heartbeats via Warble Entertainment Agency. They were a drum and guitar due and they were excellent. I would highly recommend.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t stress too much. When you feel overwhelmed try to remember what you are doing it for. The day was amazing but the most important thing to Rob and I was that we were becoming each other’s husband and wife. Everything else just worked out and it would have become a funny story even if it didn’t!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing you chose each other to be your number one support in life.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Pinterest became my homepage for a few months for ideas and inspiration!