Happy New Year lovelies! and welcome to Rock My Wedding 2014. If you’re already a regular reader then you’ll notice a few changes around here, we’ve been updating and designing in order to make your experience quicker, easier and well….that little bit cooler. And if you are new to the blog (MASSIVE *wave*) then welcome! and congratulations on your engagement!
We thought we would begin with the gorgeous home-spun affair of Lucy and Scott which took place at River Cottage in Devon, a stunning venue with an equally covetable menu. We love Lucy’s “Ethereal English Rose” look and her dedication to DIY favours, I would very much like a bottle of Elderflower cordial and a selection of rose turkish delight right about now please.
Did I mention the fashion in general? Lush. The groomsmen look mighty fine in their country gent style apparel.
Lucy The Bride: When we started our journey of finding our venue all we really knew was we wanted it to be near our home so all our family and friends could come. It was a little bit like the Goldilocks story, the venues we viewed were either too big or small(!) but as soon as we wondered down the track to River Cottage HQ set amongst the rolling Devon countryside we just knew it was perfect for us.
We had the privilege of getting married in the recently refurbished Uplyme Village church. It was such a pleasure to walk down the aisle arm in arm with my father to meet my gorgeous new husband. It was a magical service and very intimate, we had all our bridesmaids and grooms man around us which made us feel totally relaxed.
I can not recommend Kate Walker of Honiton highly enough. As soon as I walked into her gorgeous little boutique I knew I would find my dress. She listened to me carefully and then interpreted my ideas of an “Ethereal English Rose” into a delicate combination of soft ivory silk and layers of lace.
My florist Busy bee of Axminster created the most delicate sprigs for my hair with white hydrangeas and miniature lavender which looked so perfect.
My handsome husband wore a country gent style grey wool suit from Ted Baker and tan brogues. My Dad also shopped in Ted Baker and wore dark green jacket and champaign check waist coat. The grooms men all wore herringbone bow ties and tweed waistcoats. The two best men outfits were from ASOS.
The River Cottage food was exceptional and as it was on a Sunday we went for a root vegetable and sirloin beef roast with massive yorkshire puddings. Our dessert was fresh berries, cream and chocolate all wrapped up in meringue. All our guest were bowled over by the food!
Inspired by my River Cottage venue I hand made all our favors. In May my hubby and I loaded tubs with fresh elderflower heads (290 to be precise!) picked locally to us and I set about boiling up 10 Litres of sugar and elderflower to create elderflower cordial. I then filled mini bottles with the sweet drink and labelled each one. I also made rose turkish delight which I wrapped in cellophane bags full of icing sugar and wrapped in natural string with a label saying “Eat Me”
My best advice I can give is do all your planning and making in advance and then on you special day you are the guest at your own wedding. The most important part of the day is you and your husband, so make sure you spend as much time together as possible and savour every minute as it goes so quickly.