A Western Wedding…

Yes folks that’s Western as in, ‘Stick ’em up!’ and Yee Ha! Why this couple only gone and made their weddin’ really reflect them as a couple… from the Hoe Down to the Cowboy hats, this one has a true Western theme to represent their time spent in Canada together. And what a foot stomping good time they all had!

Maria and Iain got married on the 20th August at Gate Street Barn, Bramley, Surrey. The fantastic Photography is all by Guy Collier – thanks for letting us feature this one Guy!

The Dress

The Dress was from All That Glitters in Croydon and by Sottero & Middley. It was totally different to what I imagined to have. I loved the huge Tulle skirt and train. Also the bright white really appealed.

Not being a huge fan of jewellery I wore a simple Swarovski crystal bracelet. In my hair, just a hairband with a cluster of crystal flowers.

Cowgirl boots

I’m not very good on heels so struggled with shoes! For the ceremony and reception I wore silver strappy kitten heels and in the evening white cowboy boots!

I wanted natural hair and makeup and used Hair by Antonia Krieger. Antonia was a nice friendly face in the morning. Very calming and helped with my dress too!

Just Picked

The flowers were by Gill Pike. We wanted a country, ‘just picked’ look and Gill captured that perfectly.

My bouquet was Amnesia Rose and Grey Eucalyptus, while my Bridesmaid had White Roses and Eucalyptus and the Flower Girl had Tanacetum Daisies. The Button holes were Single Amnesia Roses for the men and a single White Rose for the ladies.

Gill is very creative, friendly and caring. She helped pull all the ideas and colours together.

Dressing the Bridal Party

The groomsmen had dark chocolate brown suits, cream waistcoats and taupe cravats, all were hired. Groom wore the same suit as above but with a white cravat. Details were dark brown cowboy boots and steer-skull cufflinks!

My sister chose her dress – Silk and chiffon in taupe colour. Flower girl – dress from high street store in bright white. Colour scheme was taupe and white. The flowers pulled colours together between the 3 of us.

Guy Collier Photography

Our Photographer was Guy Collier.

We knew Guy would be fab just by looking at his website. He writes really lovely blogs of all his weddings and was fantastic to have around on the day as we had such a good laugh.

He’s an amazing photographer and captured the day perfectly.

Cake, Canadian style…

We asked our caterer Tandem Caterers to make a stack of Nanaimo bars which are Canadian cakes. We have spent a lot of time in Canada and this was our way of making it personal to us.

A Western Wedding

Our wedding was unique with our western theme – not too much, but small details including the table-plan, line-dancing, cowboy hats for the guests to dance in. Also we chose a Montana Rose Pink Cadillac Coupe de Ville which worked so well in the photos. The barn itself was the perfect backdrop for our theme.

We didn’t give guests favours but made hand-made place names and left a small pack for the kids to keep them entertained.

Gate Street Barn is a beautiful venue with amazing countryside, but is also a blank canvas that you can make whatever you want. We used mainly flowers to decorate, but the barn is amazing as it is. In the evening we had small lanterns here and there. The staff were so organised and the transition from ceremony to reception to dinner to evening was very professional.

A Hoe Down!

We had a guitarist at the champagne reception (John Wallace) who we gave a playlist and he learned them all! We then had line-dancing which was so much fun and got everyone involved and up dancing. We followed that with a DJ who played a playlist we gave him.

Our first dance was to ‘Just Something in the Way She Moves’ – James Taylor. Just a lovely song and a little bit country!

My advice

Just smile and have the best day ever! Don’t be nervous and you’ll feel strangely calm on the day!

Seriously – I want one of those hats!

Yours Truly,


Guy Collier is a Rock my Wedding Sponsor however Real Weddings are chosen on individual merit and no part of this wedding is sponsored.

Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

23 thoughts on “A Western Wedding…

  1. I love this, as there is a theme running through but it doesn’t seem tacky, contrived or matchy matchy – which is very difficult to do!

  2. I love this wedding!! It’s also lovely to see someone who got married at the same venue as me :o) I also used Gill Pike for my flowers.
    I adore the Theme!

  3. I love this one, the theme was done so well, not contrived…they all look so relaxed! I would be too if I had comfy but sexy boots under my dress! I like it when brides dare to be a little unconventional, makes for truly memorable photo’s. Loved the little place name touches and muted colours, lovely!

  4. Looks like a fun wedding! Loving the colours and the ‘Wanted’ posters are ace.

    Was there a reason it was cowboy themed or do they just like that sort of stuff? Intriguing!

  5. Looks so much fun! Snap – we have the same colour theme (the pink of the car and the taupe bmaid dress/usher’s ties).

  6. LOVE the boots!

    also loving those gorgeous flowers and the hats but quite simply cannot comprehend the concept of throwing cake away??!!

    how can this be?

    r.now x x x

  7. I wasn’t sure i’d like this wedding when i saw the words western (nightmares of linedancing with my grandmother when i was little) but that’s actually really pretty.
    They’ve done the theme really well without it being overpowering. It makes the thought of a themed wedding seem a lot less scary. Beautiful. And nom nom to the cake! x

  8. Love how everybody has been put off by the title but then loved the details!

    I’m echoing everyone else, this was so tastefully done blending the traditional elements like flowers with their personalities and history (Time spent in Canada)

    Loved posting this one


  9. Can’t tell you how excited I was to see this post! I’m getting married at Gate Street Barn in 9 months!!!!!!!!!!! With the same colour scheme!!!!!!!!!!! Oo it’s like seeing a snippet of my day on my favourite website!! Thank you RMW!!! Kxx

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