Not only did Laura and Adam have a limbo competition to entertain their guests (because if you can, why the hell not?) they also filled their venue Owen House with an abundance of pretty rustic details and the most delicious looking cake. I am a big fan of the festoon lighting everywhere too – so simple yet effective.
Laura looked lovely in her lace fishtail gown sourced from Rock My Wedding sponsors Agape and her statement berry lip is just gorgeous….she wears it so well.
Did I mention the cake?
Laura The Bride: I always pictured having a lace fishtail dress and that’s exactly what I ended up with! The amazing ladies at Agape hand made the lace top part of my dress so I could take it off for the eventing and basically have 2 dresses in 1.
I came across Laura Donovan Accessories and found the perfect headband made from beautiful pearls which finished everything off perfectly! The shoes were by Rachel Simpson and were super comfy which is always a bonus.
The Grooms Attire
Adam was super keen and bought his suit a couple of weeks after we got engaged after seeing it in Topman. The teal colour was really unusual and it fit him perfectly. The shoes were ASOS brogues and the tie was from the reclaimed vintage range at ASOS.
We always knew we wanted to get married in a barn but all of the barn style venues we visited were too polished. As soon as we visited Owen House, we fell in love with the laid back, rustic vibe. We booked the ceremony without even seeing the completed ceremony room because we loved it that much! Rachel, Dan & Vanessa did an amazing job at making sure everything ran smoothly on the day.
We didn’t set out with a colour scheme in mind but I had always loved dusky pink flowers. Once Adam had bought purple ties it was pretty much decided we were going for the pinks and purples.
As for room decor, we tried to do most of it DIY. I bought paper lanterns, lace ribbon and bunting from eBay. I made a DIY table plan out of a rustic frame although I managed to miss a couple of people off (oops!). The tables were named after cities we had visited – top table being Venice where we got engaged!
We also hired some Festoon lighting from HIPSWING which was really effective draped from the beams of the barn.
We also hired a giant Jenga, & photo wall with props which proved to be a hit. We also bought a limbo stick off Ebay which went down a treat after a few drinks! I’m very surprised we didn’t have any ripped trouser incidents.
The wonderful Luana at Green Orchid got our flowers spot on. We had a beautiful selection of pink and purple roses mixed in with eucalyptus, thistles and gypsophila. The table decorations were arranged in jars and empty bottles of our favourite drinks.
Wedding Party Fashion
I bought the Bridesmaid dresses really early on, they were a bargain from ASOS. The bridesmaid shoes and bag were from New Look.
As for the boys, we knew we didn’t want the traditional wedding suit. We eventually fixed everyone up with River Island suits.
My little brother Tommy read a poem (with help from my Mum) called “The Only One” which was very cute.
On a night out in Manchester, me and Adam stumbled across Heerden & Black playing in a bar and we instantly pictured them playing at our wedding. They played an upbeat mix of old and new covers indoors which fit the mood perfectly.
In the evening we had The Story play 2 sets sandwiched in between a playlist of our own music. Music is quite a big deal for us so we were really wary of having a “Wedding Band” but they were great and got everyone dancing.
We always knew we wanted a more informal approach to the food , we originally had the idea of a BBQ but obviously relying on the British weather would have been too much of a risk! Vanilla in all Seasons suggested a great alternative -“build your own burger” with pulled pork, bacon , cheese and chunky chips – we were totally sold. For desert we had a miniature trio of Eaton Mess, Raspberry cheesecake and chocolate brownie. In the evening we had homemade sausage rolls, pork pies and scotch eggs, I was too busy dancing to even try one unfortunately but I heard they were delicious!
For the cake we went for a naked vanilla sponge topped with berries from Candy’s Cupcakes. it was absolutely delicious!
Our photographer Emma Boileau was absolutely amazing! On the wedding day she was so relaxed and made everyone feel at ease, we could genuinely chat to her like she was one of our friends and the little touches like sending us prints in the post were just too cute. We couldn’t have wished for better photographs!
Our talented friend James Kennedy kindly offered to film our wedding whilst trying to enjoy the wedding as a guest.It turned out amazingly as he got right in there with the action!
A special moment of the day was FaceTiming one of my best friends Abbi who was in Indonesia. We were so happy to see her little face!
Advice & DIY
I think I became Pinterest obsessed in the run up to the wedding. I got most the inspiration from there and decided to make a photo board out of an old pallet and using polaroid style photos in a timeline starting from when Me & Adam first met. I think it turned out pretty well. We also hired a vintage typewriter for guest to leave us messages on. Reading them the day after was hilarious!!
A couple of pieces of advice I would give, firstly, Don’t feel like you have to have a slow love song as your first dance! Me & Adam really couldn’t decide on a first dance until 2 days before and ended picking one for the sake of it. Our second song by A Day To Remember was much more up our street (some of the guest’s faces were priceless!)