Somewhere over the rainbow (Did you see ‘THAT’ pic?! WOW!) Katie & Ashley had the most amazing week long celebration in the Cotswolds with a ‘party house’ within a mile of their rustic wedding venue.
Cripps Stone Barn is jaw dropping-ly gorgeous and was decorated with the most amazing flower arrangement’s hanging from the beams. Literally everything was decorated to perfection! I LOVE the bronze spray painted bottles and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ sign, they match the gorgeous warm tone of Katie’s Claire Pettibone wedding dress perfectly and the colour scheme, oh the colour scheme, I absolutely love the bright red & blue, so fun, so happy!
So much more gorgeousness and style, this wedding truly is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!
Katie The Bride: We got married on 28th August 2014 at Cripps Stone Barn, set in the simply beautiful rolling Cotswold’s countryside, with not another building in sight. Our celebrations were spread across a 5 day stay in the Cotswold’s at our amazing ‘Party House’ Cats Abbey.
Stone Barn was a simple and easy choice for Ashley and I. It was the first and only venue we looked at and was love at first sight, we just knew this was the perfect place for us to get married. It suited our personalities perfectly. We booked it there and then. The barn was simply stunning, the staff were amazing and with (they are pretty sure) Britain’s largest indoor barbecue how could we resist!
The food on the day was gorgeous. I just wish me and Ash could have eaten more. No one informs you that throughout the whole day you can hardly eat a thing! All this amazing food you have chosen and you aren’t even hungry! I even had to get Sam (our photographer) to come and sit with us on the head table to eat my dessert (It was to good to leave!)
About a mile away from the barn lie’s Cats Abbey, the perfect & most stunning party house. It housed us and 22 of our closest friends for about a week for extended pre and after party wedding celebrations.
When you have these 2 amazing venues within a mile of each other, we knew the wedding was going to be a week to remember and cherish!
The dress, oh the dress!!! Now I am someone who is very particular and I pretty much know exactly what I want. Now when it came to the wedding dress, I knew it was going to be difficult. Questions started to form… I have never tried on a wedding dress before, how do you know what you want? What you like? What is going to suit you when you have never tried one on before? How do I know what is going to suit me? What if I never find something I like? With all that in the back of my mind I was kind of dreading the trying on, I am not someone who likes a lot of attention, but I did know I wasn’t going to go for something traditional. So with an open mind and my beautiful mum in tow we booked a day off to have a nice day out in Oxford heading to Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique.
The shop was empty and Acacia from Ellie Sanderson was amazing, I was totally in her control and tried on everything she showed me but nothing was really standing out for me, everything seemed uncomfortable, too heavy, not me! I then found the amazing small rail in the shop, with all the Claire Pettibone’s dresses on. I started to try on these beautiful dresses. Whilst in the changing room my mum found a dress on the rail that had the exact art deco pattern in the lace that I had showed her only an hour earlier. She told me I had to try it on. With a glisten of gold, no structure and a beautiful lace back I knew this was the one. It was like it was made for me, it pretty much fit me there and then! I had it, I had the dress, the dress of my dreams.
The dress spoke for itself and didn’t need much. So I wore a borrowed silver bracelet from my Mum with gold detail to match the dress. I also wore my Nan’s emerald diamond ring. She sadly could not make the day, so by wearing her absolutely beautiful emerald ring that my Grandad gave to her it felt like she was with me.
With the dress sorted I was all ready to spend an insane amount of money on the most amazing wedding shoes, if you cant do it now, when can you?! So I set out scouring London’s finest shoe shops… now this was a challenge, I knew I wanted red wedding shoes to match my bridesmaids, but red was obviously not in season. All the shoes were pale colours. So then I thought maybe I should go for a more traditional wedding shoe, but again with the glisten in my wedding dress this was proving just as difficult to get some that wouldn’t look out of place with the lace, gold and sparkle. Also who knew that your shoes had to be completely smooth so as not to catch the dress on them. So many times I found some lovely shoes but they had a slight grain in them and they would just catch on the dress! Undeterred I went shopping with my husband-to-be to find his wedding shoes and there they were, in Ted Baker, sitting pretty next to (what were to be) my grooms wedding shoes, all beautiful and bright red, with a gold heel, they were PERFECT! Also top tip, I wanted to wear these shoes all day, I didn’t want to take them off because my feet were swollen or hurting, also because I am quite small I wanted to stay tall for the day, so I went for a size bigger and it totally worked. I didn’t take them off till 10pm, and that was only because we were performing some quite frankly awesome jumping shots for Sam!!!
I had 2 bridesmaids and knew I wanted them in bright raspberry red and I didn’t want them in traditional bridesmaids dresses. My only problem was again, red was not in season, it was all pale colours. By some stroke of luck we stumbled upon some beautiful red dresses in Anthropologie, everybody loved them, they both looked STUNNING in them so we were sorted. We completed the look with some nude/gold shawls and some glittery sparkle gold shoes from Carvela.
Ashley and his Ushers looked so dapper. All dressed in Reiss suits. Ash went for a lighter blue with a waistcoat and the ushers a navy blue suit without the waistcoats. We had bow ties and pocket squares and ties for the fathers made in a floral pattern, which completed the look perfectly.
To make our wedding exactly what we wanted, it meant doing a lot ourselves. Being a designer I am very particular. We had a vision and to make the vision come to life we had a lot to do with the help of our amazing friends and family. We designed, made and painstakingly cut out all the stationery ourselves. From collecting and spray painting bottles for the flowers, to building wooden frames for the ‘guest cam’, to the most delicious cake table! Oh the cake table, our amazing cake maker made the most DELICIOUS chocolate naked cake, she completely got what we wanted: a wedding cake that you would look at and say ‘I need a piece of that’, luckily the amazing staff at Stone Barn saved the top tier for myself and Ashley so we could devour it a few days later! She also made the yummy red velvet cupcakes and the rest was up to us. I roped in my bridesmaids and mum and we all made delectable delights for the cake table and it went down a treat, and perfectly all the leftovers went to the party house!
Our florist Beth from Go Wild Flowers really went above and beyond to make our day perfect, she was there the day of the wedding pinning on the boys buttonholes and helping tie their bow ties! We opted for wild flowers with pops of blue and red. I particularly wanted succulents to play a big part in the arrangements. She made the most amazing balls of flowers to hang from the barn beams and myself and all the family had been collecting bottles which I spray painted bronze for the flowers around the venue to go in. Beth was awesome and completely got us and what we wanted.
Last but not least our photographer Sam was simply AMAZING! Viewing his previous photographs I knew he was going to be pretty awesome, but oh wow did he surpass expectations. Everybody absolutely loved him, he was like another one of our wedding guests and he captured the most amazing photographs. He perfectly captured our personalities, the love, the excitement, the nerves, the laughter, the friendship and most importantly the most amazing day of our lives. He knew exactly when and what to capture and he went above and beyond to do it. And what can I say he captured ‘THAT’ (the rainbow) photo!!!!
I am sure all brides, family and even guests know how important it is to have a set of photos that you can re-live the day over and over again with. But I cannot stress enough how important an amazing photographer is, don’t scrimp, don’t settle, don’t have a ounce of doubt about your choice in photographer. Our photos take us back to our day instantly, they conjure up so many amazing memories and I could look at them all day everyday.
Every wedding needs a Samuel Docker involved in their big day!
Photography by Samuel Docker Photography
- Wedding Dress Designer Claire Pettibone
- Bridal Boutique Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique
- Bridal Shoes Ted Baker
- Venue Cripps Stone Barn
- Party House! Cats Abbey
- Bridesmaid Dresses Anthropologie
- Bridesmaid Shoes Carvela
- Groomsmen Suits Reiss
- Grooms Shoes Ted Baker
- Make-up Artist Make Up by Design
- Florist Go Wild Flowers
- Cake Cake Sweet Cake
- Light Up Initials Aisle Hire It