Possibly one of the most creative wedding themes I have ever witnessed – and I have seen a lot. Hannah and Simon created a “great partnerships” theme including some of the expected greats such as Romeo and Juliet to Del-Boy and Rodney and Ross and Rachel (!)…..GENIUS. The groom even hand drew and painted all of the centre piece cool couple illustrations himself, quite the talent. And the perfect unique addition to such a spectacular display of statement florals.
The backdrop of the ever popular venue Cripps Barn was beautiful, as are the portraits captured by The List member David Wickham at Modern Vintage Weddings. And Hannah’s Suzanne Neville gown? the epitome of timeless elegance and sophistication.
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Hannah The Bride: We got engaged after 5 years together and Si proposed on the beach in Whitstable, which is one of our favourite UK spots.
We chose May to get married because we wanted all the flowers to be blooming and had seen the bright yellow rapeseed fields which we loved!
I know everyone says it but walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Si beaming at me was just the best feeling!
I thought I knew the exact style I wanted – something to cover my bum! But after trying on a few dresses I was feeling a bit deflated. I then went to Suzanne Neville and my budget went out of the window! I found 2 dresses I loved – Cherish and Sun Rose. But after 3 visits and lots of deliberation I went for Sun Rose which was perfect! They were fantastic and I changed the sleeves to suit me and had a veil made with matching lace.
I am not really much of a dress type girl and certainly wasn’t fussed about spending huge amounts on shoes or jewellery – my shoes were from Benjamin Adams and I wore an assortment of jewellery from various places. One of the best bits of my outfit was an ostrich feather bolero that I wore in the evening – had lots of compliments on it and felt like a 1940s glam girl! It was from Antique Lace Heirlooms on Etsy.
Si is a bit of a hipster at heart so was never going to wear a traditional morning suit! He left it until 3 weeks before the wedding which stressed me out slightly! But he looked gorgeous. He wore a navy blue suit from J Crew which he had tailored and wore a burgundy bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie. His shoes were a bit of a talking point as he wore slipper shoes from Mr Hare and no socks which a lot of the older guests found amusing.
Our search for the right venue started in Whitstable where we got engaged but didn’t find anywhere we loved there so headed West to the Cotswolds. Cripps Barn was great because if it was sunny we could get married outside in the ‘Glade’ but if not the inside barn was so beautiful we didn’t mind either way! As it turned out it poured with rain the day before so the ground was a bit too soggy to have the ceremony outside even though we had glorious weather. There is also a huge bonfire pit which was lit in the evening and the whole place had a fantastic atmosphere.
This was where the Groom took over! He works in a creative industry so was very keen for everything to be perfect! We didn’t really have a colour scheme as such – lots of pastel colours and coppers. The overall theme was The Inseparables – we made a website to invite guests and give information and on the day all the tables were named after famous pairs – Del Boy and Rodney, Woody and Buzz, Lennon and McCartney etc. Si painted all the illustrations for the table names and they were incredible. For the favours we went for cake pops by Pop Bakery and they matched the table names – so for Del and Rodney we had 10 Trotter’s yellow vans, for woody and Buzz we had rockets and so on. They looked so perfect and tasted delicious too!
We had the table of sweets, an old American mailbox for cards and marshmallows to roast on the bonfire. In the ladies loo I placed a little basket of essentials – the mini bottle of vodka and bag of mini eggs disappeared pretty quickly!
Charlotte Gabb was fantastic – really relaxed, happy to make suggestions as I don’t know too much about flowers. All I wanted was lots of white and green and she produced some spectacular displays – particularly over the fireplace and the 2 large hanging baskets in the main barn. It was all exactly as I wanted – we gave her all the vases, which we had accumulated over the previous year and she filled them with gorgeous, wild looking flowers.
Wedding Party Fashion
Finding the Bridesmaids dresses was tricky as we had to find 4 dresses which suited different shapes and sizes. In the end we went for Dessy dresses in Celadon green – all different styles but the same colour and they looked beautiful. I gave them personalized illustrations by No-Me Illustrations which they loved as well as a Links of London bracelet each.
Best Man and Usher wore navy suits from Marks and Spencer with burgundy ties from Mrs Bowtie.
I loved seeing Si’s face as I came down the aisle! We had Birdy – White Winter Hymnal playing as I entered. 2 readings – Apache Blessing and ‘Life’ By Bob Marley! And we left the barn to Ca Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand – wacky but brilliant.
We had outdoor games – mainly for the kids but the adults played too – croquet, giant connect 4 and giant jenga.
After the meal we had an incredible band called the Superskas, they sounding incredible and got the party going! When they finished we had a DJ who was a friend of friend, mad props to Mike.
Although at Cripps you don’t get any choice of caterers as they have in house catering we weren’t worried. We had so many compliments on the food – we had chicken terrine to start followed by huge bricks of beef that are cooked on the BBQ outside and are then carved by a nominated guest at each table. We left joke aprons and chefs hats on that person’s seat so they knew who was ‘chef’. The beef came with goose fat tatties and rocket salad. Dessert (although not many people had room) was giant chocolate brownies. There were lovely veggie options too but the beef stole the glory. We paid corkage and brought our own reception drinks (Pimms or Prosecco) and wine for the meal.
Si was very particular about who we got to capture the day and suggested David Wickham and Modern Vintage Weddings to me – his photos looked amazing and the reportage style was a definite plus for us both. We met up and discussed what sort of thing we wanted and David was so friendly and enthusiastic we walked away happy! On the day, David and Mark were fantastic. They blended in seamlessly and managed to rally the troops quickly and with no nonsense for the few formal photos we had. Throughout the wedding David would quietly take Si and I aside if he had somewhere he wanted to snap us or if the light was particularly good etc. We are thrilled with our photos and so many people have commented on them and asked for David’s details so I hope we’ll be sending plenty of work his way!
After the wedding we flopped for a few days of R and R at Barnsley House – if anyone is getting married in the Cotswolds – stay there after the wedding! Spa, good food, relaxing and a bit of clay pigeon shooting too.
Photography by Modern Vintage Weddings
- Dress Designer Suzanne Neville – Sun Rose
- Bridal Shoes Benjamin Adams
- Grooms Suit J Crew
- Bow Tie Mrs Bow Tie
- Grooms Shoes Mr Hare
- Bridesmaid Dresses Dessy
- Bridesmaid Gifts Links of London
- Flower Girls Boden
- Page Boys Chinos Debenhams
- Groomsmen Marks and Spencer
- Venue Cripps Barn
- Florist Super Flowers by Charlotte Gabb
- Cakes Pop Bakery
- Band The Super Skas