Bride Bryony had a clear vision of her dress, accessories, venue and decor and boy did she pull it all off! She looks absolutely stunning in her lace fishtail Justin Alexander wedding dress and her headpiece is AMAZING, I’m so glad she managed to source one in time, it completes her look perfectly. I haven’t even got to the shoes yet – oh the shoes!
The rustic botanical element of this wedding is heavenly, with so many wild flower pots, vases and wooden crates it must have been like bringing the outdoors in! The moss covered table plan in particular is a work of art!
Such a DIY packed personal wedding incorporating the brides own stables and horses and a bagpiper to compliment her Scottish roots. We just know you’re going to be blown away. Enjoy!
The Brides fashion and accessories
Bryony The Bride: I knew exactly the style of dress I was after, made from predominantly intricate lace, fairly tightly fitted fishtail with a drop back detail so I knew before I got the dress past my knees that this was the right dress for me. I wanted a classic look with a vintage headpiece which I searched months for, to only fine the perfect head piece, two weeks before my wedding day. Stephanie Browne is an Australian designer and with a lead time of 4-6 weeks for delivery, however Luella Boudoir was my saviour and sent the headpiece out to me within a couple of days.
The Grooms fashion and accessories
The Groom and the ushers suits were hired from Jack Bunney’s. As an avid Spurs supporter, chris wanted a navy suit with tails and I steered him towards a grey waistcoat rather than a baby blue one which he initially wanted. His pocket watch was his late fathers from his wedding.
I always dreamt of having my wedding at my stables where I have grown up, however I wanted to review all options and look at an alternative option just in case. Having found Flaxbourne Gardens on the internet, it fitted the bill of what I was looking for and more. With the amazing gardens and the marquee I was looking for, I weighed up my options and opted to go with a beautiful venue which was already in situ, that I could add my own special touches to. The stables still had to be incorporated into the day so I spent time with my bridesmaids having pictures with my horses prior to making my way to church.
The Colour scheme/ Décor
I had the image of a rustic garden in my head, with lots of moss, candlelight and varying height displays throughout all of my table designs. Working with my gorgeous best friend and bridesmaid Madeby_Jade, we created lots of different focus points from “the vodka corner” to the focal straw bales and the old gate guest signing board.
The Flowers/ Florist
I literally knew nothing about floristry when walking into my first meeting with my amazing florist so trying to describe what I was looking for was quite entertaining. Lorraine at Wild Orchid Designs knew what I was after instantly and with her creative, passionate and inspirational drive brought all of my thoughts together to transform the empty marquee. We used votive candle holders with a different array of heights in each display. All of the tables were different with the use of terracotta pots on some and willow trees on others. Lorraine and the team are literally the best florist I could have ever wished for. The wooden name plaques to identify the tables were named after Spurs players (I had no choice on this) and hand made by myself and a friend. The table plan was made from two stepladders, joined together and decorated with rustic pots, moss and ivy. All the guests then found their names hung on the ivy with their table name written on the back.
The Wedding Party Fashion
All of my bridesmaids wore Jim Hjelm dresses from Just Bridesmaids. I wanted something different with back detail as my dress was backless. We therefore opted for the teal colour, with lace detail to fit in with the rustic garden theme. My flowergirl Summer wore a John Lewis flower girl dress, again with lace detail, a gypsophila and daisy headpiece and carried a posey of daisies.
The ceremony took place in Chalgrave Church in Bedfordshire, just up the road from my stables. The church itself is set back from the road and surrounded by trees so is very picturesque. Both myself and my Husband booked a bagpiper to pipe us down the isle and surprise everyone with because my side of the family is Scottish. Our lovely revered Anne, conducted the service with two of our close friends taking to the pulpit for readings.
We wanted to include a Ceiligh Band who we have used for a number of barn dances to get everybody up dancing. I think my 82 year old Nan literally had to be pulled off of the dancefloor. The second band we hired were The Arrows who sang a number of classic covers, opening up with our first dance song – “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones. I would recommend this band to anyone, they were unbelievably talented, so relaxed and looked to enjoy the night as much as all of our guests.
We had a three course sit down dinner which we provided menus for within all of our invites. There were two options for each course with either a fish or meat as main and desert or a vegetarian option as well. At night The White Hart put on a huge spread of different hams, meats, cheeses, fresh bread and chutneys. The beautiful cake made by Cakes by Shelly fitted in perfectly with our rustic theme and tasted amazing. Made up of four tears including chocolate orange, white chocolate and raspberry, lemon drizzle and carrot cake, it couldn’t have been more perfect.
I loved Nicola’s whimsical style which fitted perfectly with our day. She has captured some great shots which I will cherish forever.
I am seriously missing organising my wedding, but finding the right suppliers makes things so enjoyable and easy. My florist was an absolute gem who knew exactly what I was after, I can’t thank her enough. Having great friends to help turn all of your ideas into the masterpieces they become is also crucial. Build days into your planning for the fun creative moments and enjoy the planning. Instagram Madeby_jade and Pinterest were my saviours for all of my inspiration.