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A Rustic Revolution…….Part 2

Right then.

I don’t even know where to start folks.

Laura and Dave’s rustic wedding reception at “The Old Barn” in Brandgore is so unbelievably personal and inspirational, with so many unique and clever idea’s that I can’t begin to point out everything that I love about it. The escort card plan, the giant cake, the original and abundant guest entertainment, the sweetie bar…..oh my goodness the sweetie bar, by far the loveliest I have ever seen in the whole of weddingville.

Just the kind of joyous Big Day that I would give my right arm to be invited to….

Unusual Blooms

The centrepieces were designed to reflect the rustic theme and to fit into the silver birch wrap vases that my husband and I had made. They had similar blooms.

I came across an unusual flower that I had never heard of before called ‘Craspedia’ or Billy Buttons and was so taken by them, that I decided I had to have them! I chose to use them mainly for the buttonholes, as they are not overtly blousy or feminine and I thought they would go with the boy’s outfits.

THE Sweetie Bar

I loved the idea of a candy buffet but wanted something different, preferably that would excite our guests. Again, I spent hours researching, but couldn’t find anything that was right, so we decided to make our own unit. The result- a huge dresser with 21 drawers, glass jars and lots and lots of colour co-ordinated sweets! We even padlocked a drawer with a special prize and gave everyone an old iron key (part of our escort card board).

It was fun seeing all ages trying their keys in the padlock then shovelling sweets into yellow stripy bags to take away with them! We loved the whole thing so much that we are now starting our own business! www.onesweetday.co.uk

A Fruity Number

I designed a lemonade stand to compliment the rustic theme. It had a glass dispenser full of cloudy lemonade and pretty bottles of pink lemonade that guests were able to help themselves to all night! The kids loved it!

A BIG Treat

We decided that we were going to ‘go large’ on the cake! Because we didn’t want to cut the cake, we chose to have a 5 tier, alternate depth ‘dummy’, stacked on a huge chunk of wood with twigs, a birds nest and fabric birds!

My mum was responsible for the creation (although it took 4 of us to lift and place the icing on the huge bottom tier!) My mum made delicious kitchen cakes of vanilla, chocolate, carrot, toffee and fruit! Her friends ‘the dog walkers’ also contributed lots of lovely delights for the dessert table!

Aside from the lovely cakes, we had ice cream for dessert courtesy of www.brockice.co.uk 5 yummy flavours and a really nice prop for photographs. Lovely couple who run it too!

D.I.Y Decor – To the MAX

We dressed everything ourselves, with lots of help from our fantastic wedding party! Bunting, gingham table covers, dessert tables laid up with Hessian fabric, chunks of wood topped with cakes, brown labels and old iron keys, personalised teabag place-settings, cowboy hats on hooks and a guestbook area with an old typewriter, patterned paper and a battered leather suitcase that was my granddad’s.

The Piece de resistance- yellow and white paper lanterns that hung from the ceiling.

We had bales of straw for extra seating in the barn, covered in gorgeous knitted and crocheted blankets lovingly made by my mum and the dog walkers! My mum even had personalised labels made with our names and wedding date to sew onto them! We are going to sew them together to make a keepsake throw for our bed!

The guestbook area had a section for photographs taken before the wedding by our guests. Our ‘save the dates’ were actual dates in matchboxes that I designed and sent to our friends and families, requesting they take photographs of the dates for our competition! The dates went all over the world!

A matching convertible beetle and camper van trussed up with yellow ribbons to complete the look!. They were so amenable and lovely, giving me tictacs and tissues on the way!

Accidental Excitement

We accidentally came across the most wonderful photographers, Teri and David at Murakami Photography. From start to finish they have been so fantastic; friendly, creative, hard-working and professional. We chose them after we described a mad idea we had of having some wedding photographs in a pumpkin field!

Other photographers just smiled and moved on but Teri and David were as excited as we were, spouting ideas and possibilities about the shoot! They have recently won awards for one of the photographs they took in that pumpkin field! (You can access information about this on their facebook page).

All Day Entertainment

We had the brilliant ‘Switch’ a saxophone quartet to welcome our guests, which really added to the ambiance of the day. ‘Mr Wiseguy’, an amazing live cover band was our choice for the evening entertainment. We had seen them at a couple of local venues and were so impressed we had to book them! They got everyone up dancing (and even called a couple of ‘victims’ my lovely bridesmaid Cookie and our usher Dave O, to sing Mustang Sally with the band!)

Brilliant entertainment!

Wise Words

Have everything you want and make what you can’t find! It took tremendous commitment to source and make everything but we took great satisfaction in seeing little details throughout the day and so did our guests who were entertained all day by them!

Reception Venue – The Old Barn

Sweetie Bar – One Sweet Day

String Quartet – Switch

Live Band – Mr Wiseguy

Ice Cream Dessert – Brockice

Car Hire – The Wedding Bug

I want to know exactly how many of you are going to steal the following from this W-day:

A huge gigantic cake on a tree stump

A sweetie DRESSER ( marshmallows in a draw?! – I die!)

An old iron key escort card plan ( so stylish, so clever)

A help-yourself lemonade table

A “snogging at sunset” shot ( NB: can I say snogging? it just seemed appropriate….)

Let me tell you, if it was my turn I would STEAL.THEM.ALL.

With huge thanks to Dave, Laura and Murakami Photography for choosing our lovely readers to showcase this little piece of delicious to.

Big do you think a permanent sweetie dresser in my house would be OTT? Love

Charlotte xxx

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What Julie Did… Decorations, plates and don’t forget cakes!

We have just approached Big Day- 8 months, and I have to say I’m feeling pretty organised and relaxed. We have sorted most of the big things such as the church & venue, the dress (FYI I’m not giving anything away on this one!), the cars, the band, the piper and the photographer. Not bad I think! Oh and for those of you keeping up with Jp’s duties you will be pleased to know that after almost 1 year of deliberations he has officially booked our wedding cake! He has organised it all on his own, so like you, I will have to wait until the big day to see it! I’m still trying to convince Jp to take on the honeymoon project but for some reason he’s not too keen, I can’t be that hard to please……can I?

Now my thoughts are turning to the smaller details, the finishing touches that will set our day apart from the rest! These are the creative bits I’m most looking forward to. It’s easy to send someone a cheque then tick something off your list but putting your heart and soul into the details of day you are creating is much more time consuming, and will achieve results money just cant buy.

I have always loved the delicate and pretty patterns on vintage china tea sets. As a result I have accumulated a large collection of ‘orphan’ cups and plates. These have been picked up in charity shops and boot sales over the years. When planning the wedding I knew I had to incorporate my treasured items, or perhaps just find an excuse to buy even more!


With some of my odd plates, I decided that it would be a nice idea to make some cake stands to serve the food for our evening buffet. I thought these would add a pretty and decorative element to a part of the wedding that can look a bit dull. I have seen vintage cake stands for sale in many places; however I really want everything about the wedding to be so personal to Jp & I so it didn’t feel right to just buy them. Each item I have collected has a memory attached to it, an all those memories and events are a part of me and made me who I am today.

I found plenty of cake stand handles on eBay, the best deal I could find was 10, 3 tier cake stand handles for £28 including the postage, This was a bargain too good to miss so I went for it. I now needed a drill and a drill bit suitable for drilling through the plates. I found a basic drill in B&Q for £10.48, and a Bosh tile & porcelain drill bit for £10. This was expensive for the drill bit; however I was too excited to wait for one to be delivered!

The first stage was to mark the centre of the plate. To do this, I turned the plate up side down on top of a piece of paper. Then I drew around the plate and cut the circle out of the paper. Next I folded the circle in half, then quarter, and with scissors snipped off the point of the folds to create a small hole exactly in the centre of the circle.

I placed a strip of masking tape roughly on the centre of the plate; placed the paper circle over the plate, and using a pencil marked the centre spot on the masking tape, through the hole of the paper.

I now secured the plate on a piece of scrap wood. Holding the plate securely with one hand, I placed the tip of the drill bit on the centre mark and manually turned the drill a few times to scrape the top layer of the glaze. Then I turned on the drill and push gently down. It does take a few minutes for the hole to go completely through the plate, but you can always stop and start to give your arms a rest. If you are going to try this wear eye goggles for protection.

Once I had drilled the holes in the three plates I had chosen, all that was left to do was screw the cake stand handle together securing each plate between the handle pieces.
This is soooo easy there is no excuse for not giving this a go! Let me know how you get on girls xxxxxx

The only thing I have to do now is work out what to do with all those left over cups……………………. I wonder! Check out this tutorial girls.

Love

Julie x

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