Rustic Romance At River Cottage.

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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.

Enjoy!

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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.


Photography by Helen Lisk
Venue River Cottage HQ Axminster | Dress Kate Walker | Swing seat Sitting Spiritually | Shoes Rachel Simpson | Groom’s outfit Ted Baker | Hair Rosanne Dyer | Make up Laura Le Page | Band Matt Strafford Duo | Florist Busy bee | Bow Ties Moaning Minnies | Printing Printed.com | Bridesmaid dresses Monsoon | Flower girl outfit Tut Tu De Monde.

23 thoughts on “Rustic Romance At River Cottage.

  1. Excellent advice and what a gorgeous wedding. I love the outfits, so relaxed and fun. This looks like a great wedding. The food, don’t get me started on the food, wow River Cottage! Congratulations guys 🙂 x

  2. RIVER COTTAGE! Jealous, you can’t get much better than that. Totally nailing the county ethereal English rose vibe. I loves these photos! Especially the the shot with the puddle reflection! (They look especially fabulous in the new layout!)

    That cake also looks to die for! I would love a slice of that! Also love the homemade favours. I have always wanted to made elderflower cordial but I am not sure if it grows locally to me in Scotland? Or where you could buy it?

    I attempting to take your advice on planning but not sure 100 days to go is as far in advance as I would have liked! 🙂

    1. Thanks Stef, appreciate your feedback on the layout – we did want uninterrupted images but also the opportunity to individually pin from the gallery.

      Charlotte xxx

  3. What a gorgeous wedding to kick-off 2014 with! Loving the new format of uninterrupted photos followed by the write-up as well, by the way 🙂 xx

  4. I really love this venue – it’s incredibly cool. This wedding also has one of my all-time favourite photographs – the one with the H.O.T wedding party standing in front of the cottage! LOVE. Congrats to Lucy & Scott. A gorgeous wedding to kick start this New Year! Thanks RMW… x

  5. Oooooh fabulous – I love the new layout, it’s great to see all the images like that. And it’s really lovely to see Lucy and Scott’s wedding on RMW, it was such a wonderful celebration. I absolutely loved River Cottage as a venue – can’t recommend it enough, just a beautiful, beautiful place… and oh my goodness, the food..!!

    Thanks so much for featuring this wedding, it’s a brilliant start to the New Year! x

    1. So glad you like it Helen! we figured it was a much better way of allowing readers to see the whole wedding image-wise without having to flick through so much text.

      The food looks amazing – wel jel 🙂

      Charlotte x

  6. Wow, i dont recognise myself. A huge thank you for featuring our amazing wedding and to my wife lucy for all the hard work and also to helen & river cottage for making this so special.

    The groom , scott

    1. Hi Scott *waves* – thanks so much for sharing your lovely wedding with us, you and your wife make a beautiful couple! congratulations on such a successful affair!

      Charlotte x

  7. Oh I love this!! Such a beautiful wedding. And I really love how well the style of photography suits the style of the day. It all has a really etheral glow about it. Amazing venue, and I LOVE Lucy’s dress!! xxx

  8. Hi Rock My Wedding.
    Thank you so so much for featuring our Wedding! You have presented it so beautifully and I hope our Magical day can capture the imaginations of any future Brides-to-be. My journey began through pouring through all your beautiful images of Weddings to help plan our big day so it now fills us with delight to see our Wedding on the very website that inspired us… A massive thank you to Helen Lisk too for the stunning photography, she really did capture the true beauty and essence of the day and we feel truly blessed to have such stunning pics to remind us of such a perfect day. xx

  9. Absolutely stunning photographs. Rustic themes are my very favourite! Elderflower is my favourite drink, and the turkish delight my favourite sweet! This wedding looks absolutely gorgeous, and the bride is every inch the Ethereal English Rose.

    A great blog post, loving the new format. Happy New Year RMW team! xxx

  10. Wowee guys! What a fantastic day you had and such amazing images Helen. Lucy was THE most fantastic client to work with and create a dress for. You look more stunning than I can believe and with the fab setting of River Cottage I can see what a great day you had….just beautiful Lucy, just beautiful! Your attention detail has almost surpassed mine!!!
    Thanks for covering this wedding RMW, loving the layout, Happy New Year!!!
    Kate Walker.
    xxx

  11. It was the last wedding we hosted at RC this year and a truly wonderful one! So pleased you have put it on RMW. It was the first time Helen had photographed here and I just love her style, helped by such a gorgeous wedding party who are now the face of River Cottage weddings! THANKS to everyone.

    1. Thank you so much Sushila. The River cottage venue was so magical but made even better by the amazing team of staff you have. Nothing was too much trouble and you made Scott and I and all our guests feel so special and well looked after. Thank you so much. Lucy x

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