I absolutely adore this pastel palette of loveliness. The muted mint green, soft peach and lavender hues are just heavenly together and have made for the prettiest florals and decor at the already stunning Priston Mill barn in Bath.
Our gorgeous Bride & Groom met at a gig so it was only right that their wedding incorporate their love of music. Their fabulous table plan and names where crafted out of vinyls with favourite bands and lyrics displayed on them. The couple even compiled a wedding mix CD for all their guests. I would love to know what was on it….?
Our Groom used to be a rock star back in the day (which I would never have guessed in a million years) and reunited with his bandmates just to serenade his new lovely wife and of course there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, ahhhh.
Kiera The Bride: We were married on 25 April 2015 near to our home in Bristol. Both our ceremony and reception were held in the Tythe Barn at Priston Mill, Bath. The most important thing for us was to have a relaxed and happy day surrounded by the people we love. I was floating all day and was just so over the moon to marry my best friend. Although the weather wasn’t perfect and it ended up pouring with rain it really didn’t matter, we had so much fun and would do it all over again if we could!
I wore a 1950s style lace dress by Charlie Brear from Perfect Day Bridal. The moment I tried it on, I fell in love with it. The lace was so beautiful and soft and it perfectly suited the relaxed, vintage style I was going for. We added a blush sash as I wanted a big bow and my amazingly talented seamstress Verity was also able to make me a beautiful jacket and some removable straps from some extra lace. I wore the jacket for the ceremony and first part of the reception and then took it off and added the straps for a different look in the evening. Perfect Day were so helpful and made the whole experience such an enjoyable one. For my shoes, I chose peach Mimosas by Rachel Simpson as I wanted something that I would wear again. They fitted with the colour scheme AND they look awesome with skinny jeans.
Iain wore a three piece royal blue suit by Peter Posh as we didn’t want anything too formal. He wore it with a TM Lewin shirt, a purple liberty tie and pocket square which we bought from Etsy UK, scrabble tile cufflinks with our initials on, black L1 brogues by Loake and a Uniform Wares watch which I bought him as an engagement present. This was the first suit that Iain had worn that actually fitted him properly; he was so relaxed in it and I’ve never seen him look so handsome.
As soon as we visited Priston Mill and the Tythe Barn we fell in love with it; the amazing vaulted roof and beautiful stone walls together with the stunning surroundings were just what we wanted for our day. It was also really important to us to have a separate part of the venue where our guests could chat and relax and the Parlour suited this perfectly. We wanted there to be enough room in case it rained (which it turned out to) and there was plenty of space for all our guests without anyone being too squashed in!
The colour scheme was lavender, peach and mint green with a hint of ivory and gold. There was also a running theme of lace and lavender. We decorated the venue with pompoms, a tassel garland and fairy lights but didn’t over decorate as we didn’t want to overshadow the natural beauty of the stone walls. We sourced vintage pressed glass vases and lace doilies for the table centres from charity shops and borrowed some of Iain’s relatives’ from his Mum which added a special touch. Favours were lavender bags expertly made by my Mum – ditsy floral purple fabric for the girls and striped green fabric for the boys. Iain became a dab hand at spraying anything in sight gold including tea light holders, papier mâché letters and picture frames. The picture frames held photos of both of our sets of parents and grandparents on their wedding days – it was a good way to honour them and especially those that couldn’t be with us on the day. One of my favourite elements was the ribbon backed chairs which we had for the ceremony and meal. It is such a simple concept but so effective! My Dad made the table plan board and an amazing pin board for our advice cards. Iain and I met at a gig and music has always played such a big part in our relationship. Our table names were all of our favourite bands and we used vintage records for the table name signs and table plan. As well as the lavender bags for favours, we also made CDs with all of our favourite songs on which we had included in the day – it was a great way of tying it all together. We’re so grateful to all of our family and friends for their help with various bits and bobs from pompom fluffing to lavender bag filling but especially to my Mum and Dad for everything they did in helping us prepare, we really couldn’t have done it without them.
Our florist was Rachel from The Rose Shed. To say she produced my dream wedding flowers is an understatement – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite as beautiful as my bouquet. It had peach ranunculus, ivory peonies, anenomes, succulents, purple clematis, rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender. It smelt divine. The rest of the arrangements were similar with seasonal flowers such as stocks and lisianthus. They were all amazing and the colours were simply stunning. Instead of bridesmaid’s bouquets we had wrist corsages with peach ranunculus – it was something a little bit different and looked really effective on the day. For corsages, Iain and my Dad had a peach ranunculus and the rest of the button holes were ivory lisianthus.
Wedding Party Fashion
I had four Bridesmaids – my big Sister Rhiannon as my Maid of Honour, Iain’s Sister Clare, my best friend Carrie and my Cousin Charlotte. They all looked absolutely stunning in lavender Dessy dresses and the dress suited them all perfectly. Iain had three Best Men Rod, Ed and Tom (it was too hard to choose) and 3 Ushers – his good friends Matt and Simon and our Brother-in-law Matt. They wore the same Peter Posh suit as Iain but with a lavender Dessy tie to match the Bridesmaids’ dresses. We also bought them all different Happy Socks to add a secret splash of colour. Our gorgeous niece Megan was our Flower Girl in a John Rocha dress from Debenhams with an amazing sash made by my Mum and our super cute Nephew George and my Godson Oscar were our Page Boys. They looked so adorable in their matching bow ties, braces and navy Converse.
Although neither of us is religious it was important to us for our ceremony to have as much of the feel of a church wedding as possible. Civil ceremonies can so often be really short and quite sterile so to counteract that, we mixed up some of the wording so that it meant more to us and also lengthened the ceremony. One of the most important things to me was to have both my Mum and Dad give me away. They both brought me up equally and I really wanted to make sure that they were both honoured and appreciated for that. We had three readings – The Art of a Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson read by our close family friend Maggie (she read the same poem at my Sister’s wedding so it felt like a good tradition to continue), Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss read by Iain’s Auntie Annie (we loved the humour and sentiment behind it) and finally A Wedding Poem by Neil Gaiman (one of our favourite authors) read by our close friend Emily. The ceremony was so lovely and it meant so much to stand up in front of all the people we love and make our vows to each other. We made confetti for after the ceremony from dried rose petals – it was quite a laborious process but so worth it – we put it in small brown paper bags and finished them off with a lace paper doily and a peg to tie in with the rest of the décor.
As music means so much to us both it obviously played a big part in the day. Two of the Best Men played guitar before the ceremony and Iain then went on to play with them and another good friend Jonny in the evening. Although it was quite a daunting task for Iain to play his own wedding, he felt it would have been too strange to get in another band when he has been playing in bands with these boys for most of his life. They played a stellar set of covers ranging from Take That to The Killers with a stand out solo performance of I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie by Iain on the ukelele (which damn near melted my heart). The band were followed by a Spotify DJ set by our Bridesmaid and all round superstar-DJ Carrie – it was so much fun and we danced the night away to all the best indie hits and cheesy disco classics. There’s often a lull in between the day reception and evening so my Dad wrote a wedding themed quiz for the guests and we also made cards for people to give us advice on married life – the results were pretty hilarious!
Our cake was made by our close family friend Clare. We came up with a vague design amalgamated from various cakes I’d found on Pinterest and Clare absolutely nailed it – ivory icing with lace detail and pale peach anenomes. We had one layer lemon sponge with a vanilla and lemon curd filling, one layer almond sponge with a frangipane and raspberry filling and one layer light fruit cake with apricots and pistachios – it tasted absolutely delicious!
Our photographers were Millie and Jo from Millie Benbow Photography. We had met them a few months earlier for an engagement shoot and hit it off straight away. We knew we’d made the right choice and it truly felt like good friends taking our photos. Millie and Jo got on so well with everyone and melted into the background so most guests didn’t even realise they were having their photo taken. We had such fun with them and the results are truly stunning photos that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.
The main thing I would say would be to try and make your day reflect who you are as a couple. There are bound to be some compromises along the way but if you really want to include certain elements then stick to your guns as it is your day after all. Try to DIY as much as you can – although it takes time and can be frustrating, it saves so much money and is so much more satisfying. Remember to take a few days off doing nothing before the big day and try not to actually stress on the day – everything will be out of your hands by then and it will all come together in the end. Finally, and I know people always say this, but try and take stock throughout your wedding day and appreciate what is going on around you. One of our favourite moments of the day was probably when we were able to have a few moments on our own while our photographers quietly snapped away. It was so lovely to have a cuddle and chat, trying to take in all that had happened so far. Everything flies by so quickly and you don’t want to miss anything!
Photography by Millie Benbow Photography
- Dress Designer Charlie Brear
- Bridal Boutique Perfect Day Bridal
- Bridal Shoes Rachel Simpson – Mimosa
- Headpiece Marolsha on Etsy
- Necklace Alex Monroe
- Rings Catbird NYC
- Bridesmaid Dresses Dessy – Design No. 2890 in Lavender
- Flower Girl Dress Debenhams – john Rocha
- Groomsmen Suits Peter Posh
- Grooms Shirt TM Lewin
- Grooms Tie Catkin Jane
- Groomsmen Ties Dessy
- Groomsmen Socks Happy Socks
- Venue Priston Mill
- Florist The Rose Shed
- Transport Bath Classic Cars