Jemma & Mike
Jemma & Mike
Image by Lola Rose Photography - Sottero & Midgely Lace Wedding Dress and Rachel Simpson Shoes for a rustic country wedding in a barn with delicate pastel flowers. Bridesmaids in Navy & Groom in Grey Bartlett and Butcher Suit.
Florals
Florals
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Splat a Rat
Splat a Rat
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Posies
Posies
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Groomsmen
Groomsmen
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Rustic
Rustic
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Chillax
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Jemma & Mike

What could be more classic and beautiful than an English country wedding with a tea theme! There are tea favours, flower arrangements in tea pots and of course a cream tea for guests to enjoy. Anybody else craving a Twinings & scone right now?!

All of this traditional charm took place in the gorgeous rustic Bonhams Barn in Hampshire. Every inch of the barn and surrounding fields was decorated to perfection. I absolutely adore the hay bale chill out area with fringed lamps and votives hanging from the tree, I bet that was a really romantic spot to sit when the sun was setting. Talking of romantic & sunsets, how dreamy is that portrait of Jemma & Mike with the bicycle! *Swoon*

Jemma’s delicate lace Sottero & Midgely gown and Mike’s dapper grey Bartlett and Butcher tails suit are the perfect finishing touches to this wonderful, sartorial, elegant wedding.

Brides Outfit

Jemma The Bride: My dress was from the Sottero & Midgely range with a beautiful lace train and if you look very closely polka dot detailing. I loved the sparkly Swarovski crystal belt and knew it was the ‘one’ as it was the first dress which really made me feel like a bride. On the way to Bride to Bee I had the misfortune of a seagull dropping landing on me outside the shop so I’d like to think that this ‘old wives tale’ brought me some good luck!

My shoes were from Rachel Simpson and were so comfortable throughout the day and coped well with muddy fields and dancing! My Mum had sewn a blue button into my dress from Not on The High Street with our initials and gave me an old six pence to borrow for my something old, new, borrowed and blue.

In the morning of the wedding I found that Mike had wrapped a beautiful Merci Maman liberty bracelet which he had got engraved as a keepsake.

My hair was done by The Salon in Alton and my make up by a family friend Vicky Ward. They both made me feel a million dollars and very pampered.

The Grooms Attire

Mike was keen to wear tails at the wedding and we found some smart grey suits to hire in Bartlett and Butcher. To add a personal touch, all the male wedding party wore the same coloured striped socks from Happy Socks. The stripes were very appropriate as it is a long running joke that most of Mike’s clothes are stripy!

The Venue

Mike proposed to me after a walk and picnic in the Surrey Hills surrounded by fields and wild flowers. We knew we wanted our wedding to be in the countryside and have an informal and relaxed vibe. After seeing only one other venue, we fell in love with Bonhams Barn in Alton (Hampshire) which held memories for Jemma as she used to go fruit picking here as a child. It was important for us to find somewhere where we would be able to add lots of little touches and details.

Colour Scheme/Décor

We never set out with a theme in mind however we wanted it to feel like a summer fete. We hung bunting outside the church and had lavender as pew ends.

Inside the barn, we had rustic decorations with lots of jam jars filled with flowers and decorated with hessian and lace. On the beams we placed led candles and added lots of fairly lights and pom poms to the ceiling. There were also wooden signs (No Dad Dancing and This way to the I do’s), bunting, polaroid pictures of the wedding party and a table full of homemade cakes & sweets. It was important for us to use local suppliers and we had mini pots of Hampshire honey and wildflower seed packets as wedding favours for guests to take away.

Outside, we had gazebos in case of rain and a ‘chill out’ bell tent from Baylily. We arranged hay bales covered in lace around a chimenea to keep guests warm throughout the evening and hung vintage lampshades from a tree with led lights to provide extra lighting. We dotted jugs, milk churns and buckets of flowers around outside and used shepherd crooks with jam jars.

Florist

The bouquets, button holes, pedestal flowers, garland and table centrepieces were by Fiona Curry and we used classic seasonal flowers with a country cottage garden feel. These were supplemented by flowers grown by my Grandma and from Triangle Nursery. We added lots of gypsophila to a vintage bike basket which made a pretty backdrop.

Confetti was from Shropshire Petals Confetti which the Bridesmaids handed out after the ceremony.

Bridesmaids

The most important thing to me was that the Bridesmaids felt comfortable in their dresses and that they would be able to wear them again. I found the dresses in House of Fraser by a brand called Little Mistress and luckily they fitted everyone and looked stunning.

Ceremony

The ceremony took place at the Church of the Holy Rood which is a small church in a quintessentially English village with a duck pond. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D and it was such an unforgettable moment being surrounded by all our family and friends. Two of our close friends read our readings which included the Art of Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson and the religious reading Song of Solomon 2.10-13; 8.6,7. We wanted the ceremony to be upbeat and we chose the Final Count Down (Europe) and Happy Together (the Turtles) to be played on the organ whilst we were signing the register and Super Trouper (Abba) when we were leaving in order to get a few laughs.

Entertainment

We set up a coconut shy, splat the rat, hook the duck, space hoppers, croquet, giant Jenga and quoits to entertain the guests during the day which was a real crowd pleaser.

The band Beats Working played in the evening and kept the dance floor full. Not only did we have a first dance to Drops of Jupiter by Train we also had an impromptu balcony dance to ‘I predict a riot’. After our final song, we had a sparkler exit and headed off to our hotel. The night was topped off by seeing a shooting star.

Food

Keeley’s Kitchen were brilliant and we had so many compliments on the food. Joe worked like a Trojan getting food out on time. On arrival, guests had an afternoon tea/pimms with scones served on vintage china. This fitted with our table plan of different types of tea. Favours were from teapigs and we collected vintage china throughout the year from charity shops, Ebay and car-boot sales which kept us busy.

The main meal was paella followed by a trio of puddings made to look like a cup, saucer, spoon and milk jug. The pudding included churros with warm chocolate sauce, banoffe pie and a white chocolate raspberry mousse.

Evening guests were served bacon and egg butties and we had a cheese tower with a Godminster heart from West Country Cheese. The cake was from Cake Workshop and had a different flavour on each tier with daisies as decorations. The cake stand is actually a vintage American cheese box we sourced on Ebay.

Photographer

We found Lola Rose Photography online and loved her natural reportage style photography. We were both a bit nervous about having formal photos taken but we needn’t have worried as Kelly put us completely at ease thought the day. One of the highlights was having a bit of time out to take it all in when we were having photographs with Kermit the campervan in a field of hay bales.

Lola Rose Photography provided a backdrop for a photobooth in the evening and provided all of the props which went down well with guests.

DIY

After gaining lots of inspiration from Pinterest we tried to DIY as much as possible as we wanted to make our day unique to us. This was fun and we enlisted the help of family and friends.

  • We made all of the invites, order of services, table names and place names ourselves with rustic brown & ivory card. I used Ikea frames for the table names.
  • We added ribbons to the back of the bride & groom chairs
  • We made the table plan on an old wooden ladder and used Cath Kidston fabric and brown card.
  • On the tables, we made a booklet which had one interesting fact about each guest at the wedding which provided a talking point
  • We made a lot of wooden signs to go up the drive and a feature signpost
  • We spent hours gluing moss onto mdf letters for the guest book table and scattered lavender confetti onto the hessian coffee bags that we used as table cloths. In the glittery gold guest book we stuck poloraid pictures of our time as a couple showing the journey from when we first met.
  • We provided flip flops, blankets and a luxury toiletry hamper for guests to use

Advice

  • Make the day completely what you want it to be
  • Make pom poms in advance as they take much longer than you think to construct!
  • Make use of local independent suppliers
  • Make a plan in the run up to the wedding to delegate tasks. We didn’t and regretted it
Photography by Lola Rose Photography
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful babas.

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