Ok before we begin, I think I need to warn you that after viewing this feature, you may want to change EVERYTHING about your wedding plans, and make your wedding day just like this one…it’s THAT good.
The decor is simple but chic and slightly industrial – think foliage with greys and whites, an awesome hanging light feature made from pendant bulbs by the couple, giant grey bean bags for lounging and chalkboard signage with the prettiest typography. There is a deliciously wild bouquet, tied with long pale pink ribbons, there are colourful mini meringues from The Meringue Girls…And then there’s the fashion – the boys look so handsome in skinny fit trousers, different navy corduroy and waistcoat combinations and wool blazers. The Bridesmaids in dusky pink? Perfection.
‘But what about the Bride?’ I hear you ask, well I’m saving the best until last…Laura looks stunning in Charlie Brear, accessorised with a gorgeous gold pendant and, wait for it, THE epic shoes of amazingness, the Valentino Rockstuds. Yes, we’re all green with envy. They look SO good as a Bridal shoe.
This whole wedding is just gorgeous, I’m so excited to share it with you. Images come from RMW fave Samuel Docker. Enjoy…and yes, we’re adding the Rockstuds to our fantasy Christmas list too…
Laura The Bride: I searched for quite a long time to find “simple, understated and a bit sexy”…then I met Charlie Brear and the incredible stylist Mandy at their flagship store in London. Charlie Brear allows you to choose pieces from their beautiful bridal collection to create your own unique combination. I fell for the plunging V-back and front Payton dress which felt awesome simply on it’s own, then layered it in the day with the gorgeous sheer Augustine french lace skirt and floor length veil which hooked into my flower crown.
I’d fallen for my Valentino Rockstuds some months earlier and had to keep them boxed and beautiful until the big day! They were my ‘something cool’ (totally worthy investment!) and in blush pink leather they complimented my bridemaids style and bouquets perfectly. I immediately wore them the next day with jeans, t-shirt and floral crown!
I generally only wear minimal jewellery so I chose a hammered gold pendant from Monica Vinader and was lucky enough to add a personalised engraving of our initials, which had already been designed by our gorgeous calligrapher Alyssa at Parris Chic Boutique and featured on our wedding stationery, so it was a sentimental touch I loved.
For the groom, we wanted to achieve a styled up country feel, which embraced our venue, but reflected Adam’s style as much as my dress matched mine. A fierce fan of a skinny trouser, Adam opted for a navy corduroy and waistcoat combination, pin collar shirt and wool blazer, finished with tan leather brogues by Barker. The groomsmen (including Adam’s three brothers!) also wore a mix of Next and ASOS – they received so many compliments on the day, we were glad we spent the times styling up the boys as much as the girls.
The Wedding Party
I hoped my bridesmaids would feel relaxed and gorgeous – not too stuffy, so I chose non-conventional dresses from French Connection in smokey pink, complemented by the soft grey silks of their bouquets, some seriously smoky eyes and vintage style ‘peony’ heels from Reiss. My Mum also wore Reiss and hired the most stunning peppermint green hat, ideal for the MOTB!
We fell in love with Cripps after visiting on a cosy Winter’s afternoon 18 months earlier as it was everything we were looking for in our search around the neighbouring Cotswolds. An outside glade for a relaxed woodland ceremony through its magical foliage arch, a huge bonfire for cosy blankets and an outdoor rotisserie to cook our wedding feast while guests mingled on the outside terrace. Inside, it’s stone floor barn and long and airy oak room had lots of rustic charm, ideal to host our long feasting tables.
Pared-back everything – I wanted to use my simple colour palette of grey and white mixed with loads of green foliage and personalised modern calligraphy throughout the day. We also wanted to mix country cosy with chic industrial features, so I hired some oversized metal letter lights and created our own hanging light feature from pendant bulbs with gorgeous foliage wrapped around the main beam. We used rustic crates and handwritten chalkboards as cocktail menus and a big ‘hello lovely’ welcome sign to tie in the theme and made sure there were lots of cosy blankets around to snuggle up, oversized beanbags to laze on and a few hanging antique frames in trees for funny photo moments!
My florist, Claire, played a big part in helping me make my ideas a reality. From intertwining foliage with my hanging light feature and laying gorgeous table garlands scattered with antique candles, to placing rustic shepherds crooks tied with matching grey and blush ribbons around the glade…These subtle touches brought all the different areas of the venue together in a really personal and unique way.
The ingredients for the bouquets were ‘wild, relaxed and romantic’ with loads of gorgeous unruly scented foliage. They really suited the outdoor ceremony and were finished off with grey and blush Silk & Willow hand tied silks. We also dressed my ‘something blue’ MG convertible with a garland of flowers to pick up on the floral theme, which made my memories with my Dad extra special as he drove me to the venue.
The main reason we chose Cripps was to enjoy its laid back open air woodland ceremony. I found Kirsty, our singer on YouTube covering our first dance ‘Real Love’ and we were blown away. She totally made our day as unique as her voice, as well as my walk down the aisle to a gorgeous cover of Oasis’ ‘Songbird. We asked Adam’s Dad and my sister to share a reading during the ceremony and we were so happy and touched by how personal and heart-felt they were – my little sister had everyone in tears!
Our guests tucked into canapes including mini toasted beef burgers, sesame seeded sausages with mama’s homemade dip, bruschetta and salmon blinis.
We wanted to throw a big tasty feast and picked the Cotswold butterflied lamb, barbequed outdoors to perfection. On theme, the lamb was served on wooden blocks complete with carving tools for guests to get stuck in, followed by pimped up coconut brownies! I’ve lost count of how many guests raved about how tasty the food was. Plus, volunteering five brave guests to carve added to the entertainment!
My cake was made by the very lovely Pia of Vanilla Pod Bakery, who was so happy to experiment with my unusual request! It was four heavenly layers, alternating between lemon curd and blueberry with whole blueberries and buttercream filling, finished off with a meringue whipped top! We also ordered a whole tray of fun and colourful meringues from the Meringue Girls, which had flavours including G&T and Unicorn Poo!
As our wedding favour, we created two personalised cocktails, as a nod to our Thailand travels where Adam had proposed. Later, we hired the delights of Baz and Fred, who fired up a host of handmade pizzas!
Kirsty sang throughout the drinks reception and again for our first dance on the terrace. To get the party started, we had our DJ set up near the terrace so guests could enjoy a breather and our early evening cocktail hour before dancing the night away inside the barn! Influenced by our time in Thailand, we also arranged for a firedancer to perform at dusk, which was more impressive than we could have imagined against the backdrop of the bonfire.
We love Sam. You need a Sam. Huge fans, we can’t thank Mr Docker enough for being such good company, making us feel so relaxed, yet being totally ‘on it’ all day long. And his photography skills simply speak for themself! I spent quite some time searching for a certain style of photographer; I wanted to make sure the whole day was documented, not just a staged rendition. I also appreciate a touch of fine art photography but didn’t want all of the photos to have a romantic tint. Sam totally smashed it.