When you know you just know. That’s exactly what happened to Amy and Kevin who met last February, were engaged in May and married in October. Why wait when you’ve found your forever life partner? the couple planned their super pretty wedding in just 8 weeks, a feminine and rustic affair with the beautiful pinky peach “Vuvuzela” rose as a focal point and colour scheme reference.
Think dappled sunlight and fairy lights, think the very epitome of romance. There are so many clever ideas included in the text too – you lovelies are going to adore this feature!
Amy The Bride: Some may say we are fast movers! Kevin and I met in February, engaged in May and married in October. I had never believed what people said about how you will “just know” when you have met the man you want to marry…that is, until I met Kevin.
We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed, fun, party with a country fete feel that reflected our personalities, passions and love of all things Dorset. Kevin has Italian heritage so we also wanted to incorporate that. We are so incredibly grateful to our family and friends. So many people pulled together to provide favours and help us have the most perfect day, we enjoyed every second!
I knew I wanted something elegant but unique for my wedding dress and liked the idea of long sleeves.
Everyone thought I was mad hoping to find a dress that fussy old me could fall in love with in 8 weeks, and get it adjusted if required!
On recommendation, I visited Gina at The Wedding Dress where she picked rails of dresses for me to try based on my measurements and the styles I liked. I’m inspired by the glamour of the 20’s and Art Deco style. Gina suggested a lovely beaded vintage gown for me to try on which didn’t look much on the hanger but suited me down to the ground when I tried it on….BUT…there were no sleeves!
Gina enlisted the skills of a wonderful seamstress named Sue who did a stellar job with her tight timescale!! So some minor adjustments and major additions later, the customised dress was perfect and fitted like a glove. My favourite part is the pretty edging on the sleeves which Sue carefully made by taking some of the antique lace trim from around the train of the dress.
We wanted to steer away from the usual grey or navy suits and Kevin looked so dashing in his beige coloured suit with a mint green bow tie and braces. The colour co-ordination even went as far as his mint socks to match my shoes!
We wanted to have the freedom to be able to stamp our personality on every aspect of our wedding day and this can be difficult if you chose a specific wedding venue/ hotel.
Originally we had wanted a marquee in a field but with the weather being a bit unpredictable in October, this barn with its rustic charm was ideal and because we had a horse and carriage to transport us, we needed a venue which wasn’t too far away from the church.
My Mum found the venue through a friend and Kevin and I instantly fell in love with its character as soon as we saw the place. There is a large walled garden and an orchard which formed the perfect backdrop for photos. Onsite farmhouse cottages provided accommodation for guests travelling from afar, Ashton Barn ticked every box!
Pretty much everything was thought up and made by ourselves with a lot of help from our amazing friends and family. Many weekends and evenings were spent painting, ripping, gluing, hammering and framing! It was hard work, particularly with our tight timescale, but it was worth every second to see the vision come together on the day. Our guests commented on the attention to detail with the subtle nods to Italy. Bridesmaid Emily made 120 mini bottles of Limoncello which doubled as our guest favours and place settings.
The table plan was centred around Dorset with tables named after significant and special places to us, such as where we first met and where Kevin proposed. My Dad made the lovely wooden table centres which were inspired by public bridleway and footpath signs to reflect our love of the outdoors.
An abundance of fairy lights, paper lanterns and candlelight added a romantic ambiance to the barn whilst the eclectic jars of colourful flowers against the mint green table linen really lifted the room.
I am a florist (…as well as a nurse!) and had the privilege of many years working and training with my wonderful friend Susie Edwards. Susie created the lovely unique buttonholes using dried materials and feathers so that they could be kept as keepsakes.
Another friend of the family and also “in the business” is Debs from The Flower Shed. Debs was pivotal in bringing my flower choices and colours together to create informal but beautiful country inspired bouquets and displays in jars, zinc buckets and milk churns. My favourite blooms, the beautiful pinky/ peach “Vuvuzela” rose, were the focal flowers in the arrangements.
Kevin and I wanted God to be the focus of our wedding day and for the ceremony to reflect his love and joy. The pastor from our church took the ceremony alongside the village church vicar. They really bounced off of one another and the service was a lot of fun!
My father is a worship leader and hopped between giving his daughter away at the altar, and leading the singing in the church. Alongside my brother and sister in law/ bridesmaid Becky who are also both gifted musicians.
The sun shone gloriously after a very rainy start which meant after the ceremony, all the guests were invited to the reception venue for a champagne afternoon tea on the lawn with fete style games such as a coconut shy, hook the duck and paying tribute to our beautiful county of Dorset (with its interesting, but sometimes slightly odd landmarks)… pin the Knob on the Cerne Giant!!
We mixed things up a bit by having most of the speeches and toasts at the afternoon tea in the sunshine. We also cut our beautiful cake which was made by my close friend and bridesmaid Sam. There were hay bale sofas and tartan blankets for guests to sit on whilst enjoying a G&T and a DIY photo booth with fun dress up props.
We are incredibly blessed to have so many musically talented friends who provided laid back background music during the afternoon in the form of an open mic. Between dinner courses, our Ushers provided entertainment in the form of a Mr and Mrs quiz where Kevin and I had to answer questions about one another. There were a lot of laughs from the guests! Our friend Duncan did an excellent job with the party lighting and the music playlist for the evening. Our first dance was to Jason Mraz “Im yours”.
Later in the evening, band, Mr Tea And The Minions played. They have a funky festival vibe that you can’t help but dance too. Glow sticks and sparklers also helped guests get in the party mood!
Kevin has Italian roots so we wanted to pay homage to that (and also we both go crazy for Italian food, so any excuse!) We chose big platters of antipasti for the starter, really sociable food, with lots of rustic breads and dipping oils. Heather The Foodie Queen is an amazing caterer and served delicious Italian herb roasted lamb for the main and for dessert there was a vintage Ice cream bike provided by Alex at Old Crocks vintage hire.
From the first time we met Camilla Arnhold, we knew she was the photographer for us. The first thing Amy asked was could we do an engagement shoot with our horses! This was a lot of fun (even when Amy fell off!!) and Camilla was very good at making us feel comfortable in front of the camera. Camilla really captured the joy and relaxed feel of the day and her photography is beautiful, very arty and romantic , she has a great eye for detail and pretty, natural light.
Crazy fact- Kevin is an identical twin, his brother is getting married in December in a completely different part of the country but we discovered shortly after booking Camilla that they had booked her too through completely different sources!
My Advice: Despite what people may say, It is definitely possible to plan the wedding of your dreams in a short space of time but it can become a little overwhelming so delegate, delegate, delegate! Friends and family love to play a part and contribute to your special day and it will make it all the more personal.