I love this wedding and not just because groom Ollie gave bride Jenny possibly one of THE BEST EVER wedding presents I’ve heard about. I’m not going to spoil the surprise here – you’ll have to go and read what Jenny says in the text below.
Jenny’s decision to choose unashamedly romantic shades for her big day colour scheme – from delicate pinks to oysters tones has won me over too. From her blooms to her maids, every element of the wedding was wrapped up in these delicious hues. Oh and check out that bridal party photo in the slider – Ralph Lauren eat your heart out. And I can’t not mention how trusting Jenny was with her maids and her dresses; it was only on the wedding day that she saw her maids all together in their dresses for the first time!!
There are beards and bowties, blooming bouquets and blush pink maids. Basically everything to make you pin, pin, pin! Go and check it out!
The Brides Fashion
Jenny The Bride: My Pronovias dress was a totally unexpected purchase and not the shape/style I had in mind but when I tried it on I felt so glamourous and special. It was made from the most stunning Spanish lace and had a vintage feel to it. I then instantly fell in love with a Miranda Templeton headpiece that had an ethereal look which I teemed with a vintage veil.
The Grooms Fashion
We both agreed that we didn’t want traditional weddings suits. Ollie loves fashion and wanted a unique suit that he would wear again. Along with the two dads he purchased made to measure suits from Victor Valentine. To go with his grey herringbone suit he added a gorgeous light pink wool bow tie, grey pocket square and some brogues from Jones the Bootmakers.
The ushers all wore suits from Next along with bow ties and brogues. The ushers also accessorized their look with beards. This is because Ollie remarked one drunken night how great it would be if they all had beards like him on the day…so you can guess what happened; they did! It was a real talking point; I think one of our guests mistook an usher for the groom!
We instantly fell in love with Cripps Stone Barn and booked it straight away. We knew we wanted the reception in a barn but what made Cripps so special was that they hadn’t tried to modernise it, instead they just enhanced its beauty. The corrugated iron wall mixed with the stone and glass was breathtaking. The fields that surrounded the barn were an added bonus and we knew they would make for great photos!
Ollie let me chose the colour scheme for the wedding. I have always known that I wanted delicate romantic colours and this is exactly what we went for. Each of the seven bridesmaids wore a different dress ranging from delicate pinks to oysters tones. It was only on the wedding day that I had the opportunity to see them all together in their dresses and they looked stunning!
The décor at the barn consisted of bunting made by my bridesmaid, Hilary, who runs the Old Well Cottage. She made the most beautiful bunting from old fabric and pillow cases! We then used an old French ladder and some French washboards to display flowers in the entrance to the barn. Ollie’s mum created all our art work and did the most amazing sign encouraging guests to dance ‘no matter what style’! We also hired some giant light up letters to go in the dancing part of the barn and these really set the room alive and our guests loved taking pictures in front of them
Ollie made the card box out of an old ammunition box and it looked amazing! He also made the ‘bums on seats’ sign that we used for the table plan.
Ollie’s sister, Melissa, manages Jason’s Florist so we knew exactly who we would ask to do our wedding flowers. She did an amazing job! I chose for the bridesmaid to have pure white hydrangeas whilst I went for a delicate pink bouquet of peonies, david austen roses and eucalyptus. Centrepieces were a mixture of watering cans and large glass milk bottles filled with the flowers. We also personalised old jam jars and used china tea cups for tea lights and small easels to display table numbers. Each table number told a story, for example
1 – year, 3 months planning for today!
6 – teen stags in Lisbon
11 – months, 23 days until Ollie popped the question!
The Wedding Party Fashion
We had two flower girls and a page boy. George wore a grey suit from H&M teemed with a light blue wool bow tie and braces. He even had mini brogues to match the ushers and groom. The flower girls both wore dresses from H&M teemed with sparkly shoes.
Ollie and I share a love of music and we knew we wanted live music to feature heavily during the day. One of our bridesmaids sang at the church during the signing of the registers.
Ed Templer, my sister’s boyfriend sang our first dance song – Incubus ‘Drive’. Paul Matthews sang during the Canapés/drinks reception and then during the meal. He is a unique solo performer who uses loop pedals and various instruments to create an amazing sound. Eskimo performed during the evening and they really set the barn alight…everyone was up dancing! They even learnt Foals ‘My number’ for us! Flash Fabulous provided a vintage photo booth for our guests to enjoy in the evening.
The cake was made by a family friend and it was exactly what we wanted. A cake that was simple yet beautiful topped with peonies and hydrangeas to tie in with the theme along with some beautiful rose gold ribbon. Not only did it look the part but it was delicious.
On arrival to the barn we had canapés and drinks – mini bruschettas, honey glazed sausages served with a spicy ketchup and salmon blini. We opted for Pimms and Estrella for the welcome drinks. The main menu was a starter of Chicken terrine served with salad and homemade bread. The main was cooked on the amazing barn grills and was a mixture of burgers, ribs, chorizo and chicken served with green beans and goose fat roast potatoes. What we liked about this menu choice was that the food was served on large platters and in big bowls to each table so guests could help themselves. This worked really well and got guests talking amongst each other.
Dessert was my favourite part as I have the sweetest tooth and it was the biggest helping of chocolate brownie served with mascarpone cream.
Frankee was recommended to us by a friend and as soon as we visited her website we wanted to book her. On the day Frankee kept popping up to capture the special moments and somehow didn’t manage to miss a thing! It’s so nice to be able to look back and feel the same emotions we experienced from the day just from a photograph. It’s going to so hard to pick which ones to put up in our house as we love them all!
There were so many special moments! Opening my wedding present from Ollie…a dog collar with the name tag ‘Lady Pen’. This was his way of saying that I could get a sausage dog and call her Lady Pen after the wedding!
My bridesmaids singing Martine McCutcheon’s ‘Perfect Moment’ to settle my nerves before walking down the aisle!
Downing a strong G&T with my mum at the house before leaving for the church!
I seemed to do a lot of excited fist pumps during the day and love that Frankee captured the one I did in church once we were married!
Our bridesmaid, Lucy Kelly, singing during the signing of registers. She did a stripped down version of Beyoncé’s ‘XO’ and Ella Henderson’s ‘Yours’.
The groom and some of the ushers pretending they were in a band and taking over the stage…not sure the ACTUAL band were that impressed, but our guests loved it!