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Lizzie and Chris’s gorgeous Kingscote Barn wedding, with Christy Blanch Photography

Gorgeous bride Lizzie and hubby Chris got married at the very lovely Kingscote Barn, Gloucestershire. It rained all day but they had so much fun, and the styling touches are just lovely – in white and green, with fabulous floral displays and the most amazing table plan. Favours were mini scented soy candles, which is the sweetest idea, don’t you think?

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Kingscote Barn didnt need much styling as it is such a beautiful venue. But I did have a fantastic wedding stylist, English Wedding Directory member The Little Wedding Helper (Kirsten Butler) did such a great job. Her collaboration with Bijoux Floral Design (Becci Hobbs), signsandstationerylove (Tamsin Yates) created the most amazing table plan! Bijoux Floral Design did such an amazing job with our flowers! Becci was incredible, and really made my vision a reality.

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Living in Australia and getting married in the UK meant I couldn’t make much, but I did choose to get a bit crafty with the favours. A good friend of mine runs a candle business Clement & Claude. She kindly made 80 mini scented soy candles, and using the wedding logo I got stickers printed for them. My crafty bit was spraying 80 small wooden boxes white and using my logo stamp to stamp each box. I was really pleased with the results!

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We had a cake table and it was done by the incredibly talented Pennie McKenzie of The Boho Bakery @the_boho_bakery Pennie was also one of my bridesmaids so she did brilliantly to not only be by my side but put together such a stunning table of delicious cakes and tray bakes. We had a semi naked wedding cake with 3 tires, blondies and brownies, chocolate orange cake AND mars rice crispy cakes.

 

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.christyblanch.com/

Christy was recommended through a friend. We were really pleased, she was discreet and professional. Truly one of the loveliest people I have ever met!

Christy is talented and we are thrilled with the photos.

The moment we saw our wedding photos for the first time I laughed out loud! I know you’re probably thinking this is an odd reaction, but the photo she put on top was the moment our bagpiper flashed his bum!

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Wedding venue:

Kingscote Barn

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A love filled drunken bloody good party!

Your wedding style or theme:

Spring elegance.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Recommendations mainly, I live in Perth Australia so I needed to be sure I was getting great suppliers as I didnt have the option to meet or visit people.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Make your our favours, have a large eyecatching flower display rather than loads of small flowers and have extra canapes instead of starters!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Having a band was money well spent!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

I used ‘makr’ an app that allow you to design your own logos. I designed my logo and downloaded it for about 7 pounds. After that I got the place cards and invites printed using this logo. I also had a stamp made which I used for the wedding favours.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

NO! I really wasnt happy with it, worst decision I made, I ordered it in a wedding dress shop but from pictures of a collection as they didnt have in stock. I had a number of alterations done but I really wasnt happy. I’d 100% have a different dress if I could do it again. On the day I felt ok in it, but for me the important thing was I was getting married to the love of my life!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Modeca was the designer and bridal boutique Collezione Bridal Couture in Perth, Western Australia.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

My shoes were just lovely! I spent a fair bit, they were Sophia Webster. Nice and wide (my feet are so wide) not too high and a bit different. I got them in Dubai when visiting a good friend. I wore Gill Clement pearl earings and a beautiful pearl headband which were a gift from my mother. https://www.gillclement.com/

And what did the groom wear?

The 3 piece navy tux

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Spring yellow dresses from Warehouse, only 55 pounds each!

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

I had the professional in! Kat Joyce, hairstylist from Cheltenham who is also a good friend did an amazing job. Her portfolio is incredible, she has multiple magazine covers. @kattyjoyce

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Live music was a must. I was played down the aisle by a violin duet playing Jerusalem, a song very close to my heart and my fathers. To make it even more special the ladies playing were old friends, mother a daughter duo Becky and Milly Dellow. They were then joined by Matt the 3rd person in Weston & Dellow, a folk band based in Gloucestershire. They played during the drink and canape reception. The next live music was my step sister in law, Sofia Heatley signing and her boyfriend Dan on the guitar. They sang Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ from the balcony before dinner was served. The next musical moment was also a surprise for the guests, during my husband’s speech he announced that we had a surprise for the Scottish part of the family, then onto the balcony walked our dear friend Scott, playing the bagpipes! He’d flown from Perth Australia just for the weekend to be there! He finished by flashing his bum, which was captured brilliantly by Christy our photographer!
Finally is the evening we had a live band, The Revue, @the_revue_music. I can’t recommend them enough!

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

I feel like this is obvious to most brides, dont order your dress without trying it on….

What’s the best thing about being married?

We’ve been together 10 years, so our relationship wasn’t going to change much. But now it feels complete.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

The were all brilliant;
http://www.thebohobakery.co.uk/
https://www.clementandclaude.com/
@justlittlejen Instrgram
@westondellow Facebook
http://www.therevueband.com/
https://www.bijouxfloral.co.uk/
http://www.christyblanch.com/
http://www.littleweddinghelper.co.uk/
https://www.tamsinyates.com/
http://www.mcbaile.co.uk/

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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