This is such a stunning traditional wedding with a rustic twist. Claire looked absolutely beautiful in her classic Naomi Neoh wedding dress and the table plan – oh my! It’s a beaut; We just know you won’t be able to resist pinning it!
We also just love their idea to incorporate the grooms heritage and have a Spanish band play at their wedding, I bet everybody has a soft spot for Spain & has enjoyed a holiday or two there, I know I wouldn’t have been able to resist getting up & having a little jig.
It’s so lovely to read that bride Claire was an avid fan of RMW and found many of her suppliers and inspiration through us, we think her wedding was fabulous & we know her day will inspire you all too.
Claire The Bride: I became an avid fan of RMW I am embarrassed to admit before we got engaged, I just loved looking at how different all the weddings were and all the details of each one. Jamie proposed in Kitzbuhel in March 2013 on top of a ski slope and from the moment we arrived back in the hotel my brain was whizzing around with ideas.
We spent quite a long time searching for our venue but when we visited Gate Street Barn in Surrey we knew instantly it was where we wanted to hold our reception. Without RMW I doubt I would have even heard of it. It was a great blend of rustic charm with a great warm feel and lovely outdoor space. Jane and the team at GSB were wonderful before and on the day of our wedding. The little touches of being given bride mugs when we made many a visit to the barn.
Embracing The Rain
Our wedding day was one of those damp rainy days where the rain sets in for the whole day. On the morning of the wedding, I scanned the BBC for any hope that we may have small break in the clouds for some Pimms. I was really disappointed in the morning but I decided that I was only going to live this day once and just enjoy it anyway and embrace it. In the end, it didn’t matter, our photographer Hayley got some amazing shots and we literally had the best day of our lives! We still toasted marshmallows in the rain and had sparklers and I don’t think we would have all ended up dancing before dinner to the wonderful Spanish Band, Los Amigos without the rain!
One thing Jamie and I debated for hours on end was having day entertainment, finally we decided that having a cool Spanish band would be perfect. Jamie’s father is Spanish and we both spent much of our childhood on holiday in Spain so we knew both our families would feel nostalgic about the music. Los Amigos were wonderful. Given that it was raining they made it feel warm and sunny on a dreary day and when ‘Bamaloeo’ came on there was no stopping my Mum, who set everyone off dancing. For many of our guests and Jamie and I that was probably one of the best parts of the day. We had kept the band a secret which made it all the better when no one was expecting it.
Our caterers, the fabulous Kalm Kitchen were one of the preferred caterers at Gate Street and as soon as we met Jen and went for a tasting appointment we booked them. It was a no brainer, great and innovative food which was both reasonable and top quality. Jen, Steve and the team were exceptionally organised so we felt at ease that all our requirements would be taken care of. Everyone commented on how wonderful the food was and I was particularly pleased to receive our own bride and groom canapés when we arrived at the barn, we were starving and knew that we wouldn’t have much other opportunity to grab any canapés as soon as we met our all our guests.
For the evening, pizza was the perfect option. We enlisted the services of the fun and funky Woodbox who were professional, fun and made the most delicious pizza in a woodfired oven in a funky old Citron Van. They went down a storm and even did gluten free bases for some of the dietary requirements.
Dress shopping was both fun and hard at times, I have to admit I never got ‘the one’ feeling despit trying on over 50 dresses. I feel I should be honest about my dress experience, I wasn’t in the best shape I could have been when I started trying on dresses and this really affected my view on what I did and didn’t like so I decided to up my exercise, get a personal trainer and get in great shape.
On my wedding day I felt great and mainly because I had worked really hard to feel and look healthy and fit in the sample sale dress I bought…not something I would repeat again as I spent a long time stressing about whether I would fit into it in the end! Thankfully I did. I eventually stumbled upon Naomi Neoh on RMW and fell in love with her dresses. Originally I had really wanted a Jenny Packham one but structurally they did not provide the support required for my body. When I finally tried on the Naomi Neoh ‘Chloe’ dress I decided I felt the best in it and loved how romantic yet comfortable it was (an aspect that is totally underestimated in a dress).
On the day the dress was the most amazing dress I’ve worn and I loved how I could swoosh on the dance floor at any given opportunity. I accessorised with Dune bridal sparkly shoes (as I had no sparkle in the dress) and a lovely headvine made by Victoria Allinson.
My gorgeous maids (four of my closest friends) wore powder pink full length dresses from Debenhams which matched the rose on the dress perfectly and from then on became the colour to match everything to which made it quite easy for choices. For their gifts I decided very early on to take each one to Jo Malone to choose a fragrance of their choice and present it to them on the morning of the wedding, a slightly alternative gift choice but one that was individual to each of them.
Our pretty flower girl wore a simple dress from Debenhams with a matching head piece, she did a great job on the day walking down the aisle with her mum and understandably stole the show.
Our Florist was the super talented Carrie Macey, she did the most amazing job of enhancing the barns natural beauty and capturing the vision I had been trying to articulate. The bouquets and button holes were absolutely gorgeous – I was thrilled to finally see them on the morning of the wedding. I was also very lucky to have my Mum work her magic and create some beautiful wreaths for the memory table where we displayed photos of all our loved ones who are no longer with us and weren’t able to celebrate the day with us.
On the day, my husband and his ushers all looked dashing in a vivid blue three piece suit from Ted Baker which perfectly complimented the bridesmaids dresses. (I didn’t realise how much until Hayley sent me some sneak preview wedding shots). Jamie looked wonderful in his three piece suit with a delicate flower tie.
One of my favourite moments of the day was walking down the aisle to the instrumental version of Des’ree’s ‘Kissing You’. We both love this song and when I saw my gorgeous husband at the alter of the church my emotions overcame me.
For the little details such as stationery and placenames, I ended up making our invites using a local printing company called Noolibird and a stamp which proved to be simple but effective and didn’t cost the earth. For everything else, including the name badges which we used as wedding favours and placenames I turned to Wedding In A Teacup – a wonderful website with very helpful staff and a great place for both ideas and purchases. I loved our name badges as did our guests which was great to see, and a bit of fun.
Our cake was a labour of love made by a very good family friend, who made the most amazing gluten free chocolate and raspberry cake and lemon and white chocolate cake. In addition she made the most beautiful sugarpaste avalanche roses to sit on top of the cakes along with my smaller fruit cake.
For the evening we enlisted the help of Chess Disco – a great DJ recommended by Gate Street who did a great job of keeping everyone on the dance floor and as a treat to our guests, gave everyone glow stick bracelets and bangles which everyone seemed to love.
The best advice I can give to all you lovely brides & grooms to be is; embrace all the planning, have fun with it, go with your heart and make time to spend time with your close family and friends in the planning, oh and delegate or ask people for help. I didn’t realise how much there was to do and when friends and family began to help it made such a world of difference.
As I mentioned earlier, it rained non stop on our day but we still had the most amazing day and have some wonderful photographs taken by the lovely Hayley Savage. Hayley was a godsend on they day, so organised, friendly and unobtrusive. I am not that keen on having my photo taken but we hardly knew she was there. I cannot recommend her enough and everyone commented on what a wonderful job she did.