If there is one thing for sure about this rural wedding it is that everybody had an absolute blast. In all the pictures captured by Cotton Candy Photography everybody is full of smiles and pure joy, which is exactly what we like to see when viewing your weddings.
We are of course inspired by all the pretty too, and this one comes with an abundance, for one bride Lynn’s Hermione De Paula bespoke gown is jaw dropping, as well as her squad of beautiful bridesmaids in different frocks. Plus how about those wild blooms which look darling next to the array of fashion, and I think we all need a pink Land Rover in our lives.
Lynn the Bride: After a lengthy search, we found the beautiful Durslade Farmhouse on instagram and decided, why not, let’s have a weekend away in Somerset. The minute we arrived at the beautiful Roth Bar and Grill (beside the farmhouse); sun shining, greeted with a cocktail and super friendly staff… we knew THIS IS IT! We wanted a small wedding with a chilled, party vibe with close friends and family. Somewhere unique and against the grain. All about amazing food, gorgeous surroundings and good vibes to dance the night away.
The Roth Bar and Grill and surroundings was everything we wanted. Colourful eclectic interior, stunningly beautiful gardens, an amazing farmhouse to stay in (staggering distance away) and above all surrounded by jaw dropping beauty and art in the cutest little village. BOOM! It ticked ever single box.
We stayed with friends at the amazing Durslade Farmhouse which is right beside the Roth Bar and Grill. Full of bold character and unique twists, our photographer had a field day!
I tried a few dresses both wedding and designer, and pretty much like the venue and ring hunting wasn’t WOWED by neither the experience nor the dresses! Maybe because I’m a designer myself, I will admit, I’m a little picky!
I knew I wanted it to be a colour (not white), preferably grey and with long sleeves! Then I found Hermione De Paula on instagram. She ticked ALL the boxes. I went straight to London to meet this utterly unique designer and her talented team in her fabulous showroom (along with Patsy the dog)! and a few months later I had the bespoke dress of my dreams. “Living the Grey Goddess Dream”. Hermione is one talented lady. She Rocks!
We both wore our favourite Le Labo scents on the day, with secret messages to each other written on the bottle.
I wanted a contrast to my uber feminine dress and wore a (mega high) chunky silver leather platform by Nicholas Kirkwood, which I surprisingly danced in all night!
I designed both my wedding and engagement rings with the lovely Jenny Jones Jewellery in Manchester, who also made Dannys’ wedding band and my bespoke bracelet. I wore an Astrid & Miyu ear cuff from Wolf & Badger. I also bought my bridesmaids individual bracelets from Wolf and Badger.
Danny was very sure he wanted a bespoke x3 piece suit and it had to be sage green – perhaps because he was marrying an Irish girl 😉 !
He had his suit and shirt custom made by the legendary Londonder Mark Powell. He topped it off with tie pin from Mark Powell Bespoke, Crockett and Jones brown leather oxford shoes, burgundy silk knitted tie from Kooples, and bronze cufflinks from Alice Made This at Liberty London. He looked dapper as always on the day.
Ushers wore navy suits with matching Kooples ties.
Our Best Boy wore chambray shorts and jacket from H&M, green suede desert boots from Pisamonas and cute green polka dot bow tie from Little Mister.
We had freshly picked flowers delivered to the farmhouse by Georgies’ local flower farm Common Farm Flowers.
We went for a wild look with tonal greens and whites and rich chocolate dahlias with zingy pops of pinks and bright orange, to tie back with the bridesmaids and neon lighting at the Roth Bar and Grill and Martin Creed exhibit on the day.
My multi-talented friends and I arranged the bouquets; for myself and bridesmaids along with the buttonholes.
As the eclectic Interior of the Roth Bar and grill and the exceptional beauty of our church spoke for themselves, in terms of WOW factor, we felt there was definitely no need for any additional flowers. We decided to copper spray paint tins of beans and popped artichokes from the local green grocer to sit along the dining tables. I bought antique numbers from The Vintage Wall for the tables, popped them in a pineapple and job done!
I wanted a relaxed boho vibe, with individual style and coloured dresses. Our best girl (flower girl) wore the cutest Louise Misha dress from Sisters Guild in Frome with neon pink embroidery and tassels. Her pompom gladiator sandals were from Zara kids. She carried fresh petals in her pompom straw bag and her teddybear rabbit ‘Pinky’ who was specially kitted out in her own bridesmaid dress from Build a Bear !!!!
Our bridesmaids wore a mixture of individual ivory and tonal peach intricate textured lace and embroidered dresses from ASOS. My sister wore a beautiful Finery London rose gold embroidered mesh pink dress. All styled back with a mixture of silver / gold / rose gold dancing shoes!. The palette came together perfectly on the day. TWIT TWOO. They looked beautiful.
I collaborated with my talented graphic designer buddy on creating our x3 day wedding extravaganza beer matt invites! I wanted a modern, monotone vibe with a playful tone of voice. We had them printed with the lovely Phil at Chris P Printers. I loved seeing them actually being printed on his old letterpress machine passed down from his great grandfather. What an inspiring gentleman. We even kept our original print plates which we’ve framed. I designed the order of service, table plans and place names too with a similar vibe to our invites.
We got hitched at the magnificent Saint Marys’ Church in Bruton, a short walk from the venue. The church is so beautiful, it felt really special.
I walked proudly down the isle with my dad to our favourite song ‘Higher Love’ (original Steve Winwood, James Vincent McMorrow version), sung by the angelic Zara Tobias.
Friends and family read beautiful readings. Our niece sung Ave Maria; voice of an angel. Our nephew (best boy) had the special job of safeguarding the rings. He stole the show! When signing the register Zara sung another favourite of ours ‘Finally’ (original by Cece Peniston, Nerina Pallot version) while we signed the register. We walked out as Mr and Mrs to ‘You’ve Got the Love’ (Florence & The Machine). Afterwards we walked to the picturesque nearby stepping stones for photographs with everyone.
Our lovely B and B friends from Cider House West in Westcombe, who we we stayed with on the week running up to our big day, kindly gave us their amazing vintage PINK landy! It was meant to be! We asked our dear friend Ben, a professional racing car driver, to be our official driver on the day!
Andy Jacobs A.K.A Lionel Rich Tea DJ’ed in his super cool horse box. We danced all night long to our favourite tunes… with Donna Summer as our Last Dance! (memories of a holiday with friends in a Bangkok nightclub)!
Incredible food + amazing drinks were (and always are) top of our list. Once we had our first taster of Roth Bar and Grills’ yummy dishes we were immediately smitten.
The Roth Bar and Grill exceeded our expectations. We shared a feast of outstanding food along our long tables and laughed so hard at the speeches and poems that all shaped the best memories of the best day . WOW. Friends + Family still comment on the food to this day!
What a great team, who really made it perfect.
Danny, Salford born, we brought Salford to Somerset with Costa Del Salford Ale for the lads.
We toasted a ‘CHEERS’ and a ‘SLAINTE’ with Baby Guinness shots all round and had our very own bespoke after dinner cocktails. Now we were ready to party ’til the cows come home!
We found Gemma a.k.a Cotton Candy Weddings online and were won over by her little added touches, with her additional quirky vintage cameras that she offered (I’m a lover of polaroids)!. We met up with her in London, shared our ideas and vision and got super excited together! We knew she was the one for us. Sadly on the day, the sun didn’t shine, so a little cold and windswept! Although looking back, the umbrella shots actually do look great. Gemma was right, think positive and work with what you have. She really captured the magic of our day and special moments in so much detail.
Our bespoke wooden arrow sign ‘let’s party till the cows come home’ we had made at Modo Creative. That we sure did!