An absolutely amazing job of decorating, and styling the beautiful Shustoke Farm Barns in Warwickshire was carried out by the Grooms Mum. She hand sowed the most adorable heart favours and also cleverly arranged all the stunning wild floral arrangements, bouquets & buttonholes, which are simply breathtaking and compliment the rustic venue perfectly.
Our Bride Kayleigh looks absolutely stunning in her lace Maggie Sottero gown and not only wowed her Groom with her blushing beauty but also her voice as she serenaded him with a surprise rendition of Nora Jones’ “Come Away With Me”.
All of the fabulous details, special moments and emotion has been captured perfectly by Jo Hastings, so come take a peek….
Kayleigh The Bride: I think that most women worry about finding ‘The dress’ and I was no exception. I’d tried on possibly one hundred dresses but managed to short list a few that I liked in time for a visit from my Mother and Sister from Somerset. We started in Wedding Belles of Four Oaks . A bridal shop full of charm and beautiful dresses. Melanie and her team were relaxed, excitable experts.
Whilst trying on my shortlisted slip gown I noticed another dress. Ascher by Maggie Sottero. It oozed sophistication, romance and seductiveness. Its Pearl Rose/Parisian Mist underlay really highlighted my complexion rather than wash it out. The lace layered roses almost gave the impression that I was floating on mist. I loved it! Accompanying this I chose a short veil with laced scalloped edges and pearl which matched my dress perfectly
My gorgeous head piece was an Ivory and Co collection. Its pearl and vintage dull diamanté complemented my dress and veil.
The most important thing for us was to make our wedding relaxed and fun. We conveyed this through everything from the casual wording on our beautiful rustic invites designed by my Bridesmaid Leanne Madge to Elliott’s gorgeous blue Westbury lounge suit from Peter Posh .He added braces and a waist coat to set the casual, country tone which we wanted. He stood out with an ivory tie, whilst his Best Men and Groomsmen had thyme green to match the Bridesmaids.
The Bridesmaid’s looked stunning in their thyme green, knee length dresses from the high street shop Warehouse.
The venue was the easiest choice to make of all. We fell in love with Shustoke Barn in Coleshill instantly.
It was breath-taking with its high church like ceilings, red brick and Italianesque courtyard with four 300 year old olive trees standing proud. We opted for the candlelight package which included 300 tea lights and church candles dotted around in the brick work and tiki torches leading up to the entrance. It was truly enchanting. We added a light up K and E from Penny Johnson Flowers for a funky little personal touch.
Prior to our wedding reception at the barn we had an intimate little service at Christchurch, in our home City of Lichfield. It was a gorgeous little church which could barely fit our 97 guests, making it a really up close and personal ceremony. It rained throughout the service but as soon as we finished, by some divine intervention, the sun came out and it was glorious for the rest of the day. We were then whisked off by our friendly chauffer from Celebration Wedding Cars and we knew how it must feel to be famous!
Joe Boshell kick started the entertainment with his chilled guitar playing and phenomenal voice in the courtyard whilst guests enjoyed gorging into honey and wholegrain mustard sausage canapés and bruschetta. Later in the evening we had fire pits where our family and friends enjoyed toasting their marshmallows prior to a sensational performance by the Indie Killers band. They well and truly rocked our wedding. The dance floor was packed from start to end.
Colour Scheme & Decor
Our theme was a mix of country, vintage and travel. 18 months ago we explored the west coast of America in a Mustang Convertible. Elliott proposed to me under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. This trip of a life time inspired us to name all our tables after places we visited in America. Elliott found Zazzle which did vintage American postcards. These worked perfectly as table name signs. Our table plan was made from an old fire guard that we stumbled across in a flea market and travel tags from WHSmith! The addition of vintage travel stamps lightly pressed made our homemade work look more defined and professional.
We gathered old suitcases, crates, milk churns, globes and camera’s from our local antique shop. These made for brilliant décor. Many of our ideas were inspired by Pinterest. Elliott’s Mother made little cushion hearts from left over bits of material. These featured in our antique suitcase with a sign reading ‘take a piece of our heart’. This went down well with everyone. Fur cones and apples also featured in the display. We wanted to represent where we both lived. Cider apples for me in Somerset and fur cones for Elliott who used to live close to the Cannock Chase. A family friend made a sign post for us which also cleverly signified those places special to us. We aged the signpost by soaking wire wool in a bowl of white vinegar. After a couple of hours we used it to coat the post before finishing it off with a layer of cold tea and coffee mix. The affect was astonishing.
Elliott’s Mother made the most beautiful bouquets and numerous flower displays. I loved the relaxed arrangement of soft, spring, fresh colours. Elliott’s favourite flower- the blue bell featured in his button hole which we had to keep in the fridge until needed.
We were so lucky to have friends and family with such great talents. Our cake, stationery and flowers were all taken care of in such fantastic, personal ways by these amazing people.
Having loved to sing all my life we also opted for a ‘marryoke’ videographer. We had a small company called Electric Blue recommended to us who were so cool and creative! In short you sing the words to a chosen song and they overlay this with the original song whilst mixing it with footage of your day. The result was magical and it somehow managed to frame the mood and context of our beautiful day in the time it took Mumford and Sons’, ‘I will wait’ to play out. Many of our guests had a wonderful time singing along and being a little bit silly. It was great to see throughout the day.
Finally was the photographer. Elliott is a keen amateur photographer and so was unsurprisingly picky about whom he wanted to shoot our wedding. It is, for us, the person who makes your wedding memories permanent. Jo Hastings appeared above all the regional wedding photographers as a perfect fit. Not only due to her relaxed approach but also due to the quality and vibrancy of her portfolio. From the moment we saw her photos of other weddings we were hooked, but once we had met her we knew she was the one for the job! And she didn’t disappoint; her use of light and the way she captured the emotion of the day was just perfect! The photographs in the oil seed fields were simply breath taking. She worked so hard, and even stuck around to capture a ‘Cigar with the boys’ shot Elliott so desperately wanted.
Everything went so perfectly well – we just wish we could do it all again!
Photography by Jo Hastings Photography
- Dress Designer Maggie Sottero – Ascher
- Bridal Boutique Wedding Belles Bridal
- Headpiece Ivory & Co.
- Grooms Suit Peter Posh
- Bridesmaid Dresses Warehouse
- Venue Shustoke Farm Barns
- Light Up Letters Penny Johnson Flowers
- Transport Celebration Wedding Cars
- Entertainment Jo Boshell
- Indie Killers
- Videographer Electric Blue Weddings