Better Together.

Alison and James married in June 2012 at The Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire.

The grey and navy colour scheme of the fashion and the pastel ice cream hues of the florals and decor really set this wedding apart. It’s luxurious, individual and very easy on the eye.

Loving the inclusion of hessian table runners too… Anyone who has seen any of the photographs from our recent Pretty Naughty party will be down with the fact that this material is a current RMW fave.

Photography today is by the stunning picture maker Eliza Claire.

Mirror Mirror

I booked 3 appointments to try on dresses in different London boutiques; all had a large selection of designers which I had admired online. The first shop I visited was Mirror Mirror Bridal in Angel, the first dress I tried on by Pronovias, Pergola was the dress I chose to wear on the day.

I knew the minute I put it on that it was “the one” but it was such a strange feeling looking at myself in a wedding dress! I still tried on other dresses but after visiting the other boutiques nothing compared to this dress. Before I tried it on I envisaged I would end up with a smaller dress without a veil but once I had it on it dawned on me that I would only ever get to wear a veil once so I chose a long plain ivory style to ensure it wasn’t too fussy with the detail on my dress.

Simple But Elegant

I don’t normally wear a lot of jewelry so I wanted to wear something simple but elegant. James told me not to worry too much about earrings “as he was sure someone would surprise me”, so I waited until the day and James did surprise me with some beautiful white gold and diamond drop pearl earrings, they were just perfect! James had them made at the same Jewelers in Hatton Garden where he had my engagement ring and our wedding bands made, Holts.

Platform Peep Toe

James is 6ft2” and I am only 5ft1” so I knew I needed some skyscraper heels, I searched and searched for “non wedding shoes” and couldn’t find anything I loved until I wondered into Pronovias in Mayfair to have another sneak peek at my dress and that was when I found some beautiful, ivory saturn, platform, peep toe shoes so I purchased them on the spot.

A Fabulous Job

My friend Ida did my makeup, we worked together a few years ago and she promised me then she would do it for me… One day. As Ida is currently living in Sweden we were unable to do a trial but I knew she would do a fabulous job and she more than delivered touching my make-up up for me throughout the day. I chose Chanel Make-up as I liked their shades of eyeshadow and their bronzer is beautiful!

My hairdresser from London traveled to Bibury to do the bridal party hair. I decided I wanted plaits in my hair as part of a relaxed up do, I hadn’t really thought about what we would do with the bridesmaid’s hair until the day as I wanted them to choose a style that they felt happy with so we ended up doing different variations for the bridesmaids with plaits also which looked gorgeous.

Whites And Pale Pink

The moment we met Sara from Aqua Wedding & Event Flowers in her Cotswold Stone workshop on a cold March morning we knew she was going to do our flowers before we even got started. Planning our flowers with Sara was such a lovely experience, she was so friendly and excited about our wedding, and she listened and interpreted everything we discussed so well and on budget.

We chose a selection of white, fuchsia and pale pink roses, peonies, camomile, hydrangeas, alcheamilla, sweet peas and rosemary. Sara created a breathtaking display over the 12ft fire place in the barn with pillar candles, 2 Balls of flowers suspended form the ceiling, loose posies in raised glass comport dishes for the tables, bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, a pale pink rose with rosemary button hole for the groom and white roses for the best men.

Breaking Away From Tradition

We knew we didn’t want traditional wedding attire as it was not the style we were looking for and after discovering that we couldn’t hire the best men suits in a more slim fit style in Grey we decided to purchase them from Ben Sherman.

A Simple Design

Bridesmaids wore a strapless French blue dresses from Coast called Tanya, with two bridesmaids living in Australia we decided to go with a simple design that would suit them all and as one of my bridesmaids was pregnant it was a great choice as they only tried them on for the first time 5 days before the wedding!

Our colour theme was French Blue, Hot Pink, Aqua, White and mute shades of these colours, which we used throughout our stationery, decorations and flowers.

A Good Start

James decided to wear a suit from Start, he chose a french blue 3 piece suit, he also purchased his shirt and tie from here also. I wanted to buy James something special to give him on the day of the wedding so I gave him a new watch, which he wore on the day of the wedding.

Love At First Site

We booked Eliza Claire to shoot our wedding before we even met her, we immediately loved the style of her photography on her website and the passion in which she spoke about each project, we were not disappointed when we met her for our pre-engagement shoot in St James’ Park where we got engaged and were even more pleased when our wedding photos arrived.

We also chose to have a photo booth at the reception and it was really popular with our wedding guests as the night proceeded!


We both love chocolate so it was an easy choice when it came time to choose a cake flavor! We had our cake made by The Hummingbird Bakery and it was delicious! Sara from Aqua Wedding & Event Flowers designed some sweeping flowers to display on the cake.

James has a real sweet tooth so we incorporated the cake onto a sweets table with retro sweets.

The Hummingbird Bakery

A Real Celebration

We made different play lists for the drinks reception and the meal which we played on an iPod and then we had a DJ later in the evening and our guests danced into the night, it was the first time since James and I had been together that all of our Australian and British friends had met so it was a real celebration.

Road Trip

We chose Jack Johnson, Better Together, as it was the first concert we went to together in London and we listen to it in the car when we go on a road trip.

Candy bags

We had striped candy bags on the table for guests to take home our retro sweets and on each place setting we gave guests a scratch card and a penny in an envelope we made from old library book pockets that we stamped with “For Richer, For Poorer”. There were quite a few winners but no one hit the jackpot!

Decor Delights

Our decor included the following:

  • Paper Balls in pale pink, mint and white hanging from oak beams from Cox & Cox.
  • Paper chains in fuschia, pale pink and white from Pearl And Pearl.
  • Paper Bird Name Cards from Hanclock Designs.
  • Vintage Stripe Paper Straws and Wire Mail Box from Nelly Pepper.
  • White Milk Glass Cake Stand from Borrow Wed Blue Wedding.
  • Sweets Table Bunting and Guest book – we didn’t want a conventional guest book so I found these cute cards on Etsy for our guests to fill in.
  • Homemade hessian table runners, hessian fabric purchased from a garden centre! – Made and sewn with my own hands!
  • A Silver Vintage Jaguar

The venue also arranged hanging lanterns in the trees, a bonfire, flares around the lawn, an open fire in the barn and tea lights throughout to create a warm, romantic feel.

Relaxed And Rustic

We wanted a relaxed country setting in a rustic, romantic venue and we definitely both felt that it all came together to exceed our expectations on the day, the team at Cripps worked seamlessly to make it a memorable day for us and all of our guests who are still raving about it! It was amazing to see months of planning all come together so well on the day.

It is easy to get carried away with the planning because it is so much fun! My biggest tip would be to make sure you set a budget and stick to it! Learn to compromise on the things that don’t matter to you as much, we really felt that good food, flowers and photography were important to us so we budgeted more money in these areas. Oh, and the biggest thing is to make sure you take a moment to sit down together, look around and take it all in because it is over in a flash!

Venue – The Cripps Barn

Boutique – Mirror Mirror Bridal

Dress – Pronovias

Flowers – Aqua Wedding & Event Flowers

Groomsmen – Ben Sherman

Maids – Coast

Groom – Start

Photogrpaher – Eliza Claire

Cake – The Hummingbird Bakery

I am a real sucker for wedding stationery designed by the bride or groom, I find it fascinating. As a designer myself I know how hard it is to design something when the client essentially is yourself… But I Love the table plan and the other paper based bits and bobs rock too – James did a good 😉

A gorgeous vibe and an equally gorgeous colour scheme made this particular rustic beauty an absolute joy to put together.

Thanks to Alison and James for sharing and what a marvellous job a Eliza Claire did with the old picture box too.


19 thoughts on “Better Together.

  1. Such a beautiful wedding! Thanks ever so much for linking to all the little decor details so I can locate all the pretty!
    The stationery is super cute, the menu with the hearts has to be my fave, and linked with the hessian rustic – just dreamy x

  2. Love the best men look – the suit/tie combination is lovely. Not to mention all the other gorgeous details, the barn, the decoration…beautiful.

  3. I love Cripps Barn, it’s a fabulous venue. Better Together by Jack Johnson is a great first dance choice as the beat is just perfect for dancing to in a wedding dress, but more importantly it has special significance to Alison & James, so sweet! I love the last photo of the dance floor, looks like everyone’s having a ball! x

  4. Loving the groomsmen’s outfits – love the idea of having groom in reverse colours of ushers, it looks fab. & that is pretty much the perfect grey I wanted for my other half!
    *runs off to pinterest that!

    The colours and details are perfect and work so well together. Well done to you both on a beautiful wedding xx

  5. I loved working with Alison and James designing the flowers for this amazing day!!
    Everything looked fantastic(especially Alison and James!!)
    I also love the venue Cripps Barn ,the staff are always so friendly and helpful especially when I turn up with my van laden with beautiful flowers !!!
    Looking forward to my next Cripps Barn Wedding !!!
    (Just a bit excited!)

  6. What a gorgeous wedding, so many pretty details! I have to ask what the ‘yes’ signs were for that the guests are holding? That looks like fun!

  7. Hi there,

    I was wondering where you hired your wedding car from, as we are getting married at Kingscote Barn next year.

    Many thanks


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