Classic elegance is the perfect way to sum up this morning’s wedding for it possesses these two qualities in abundance. Rachel and Matthew tied the knot at Farbridge near Chichester amongst a backdrop of cute flower girls, ruffled wedding cakes, adoring guests and glamorous neutral decor.
Can we just take a moment to feast our eyes on Rachel’s Jesus Peiro dress complete with THAT bow. Immense. Oh and appreciation needs to be shown for the bridesmaids’ ensemble – composed of a skirt and top rather than the traditional dress. We think they look ruddy gorgeous!
I’ll let Rachel tell you all about the handmade flower walls which are hands down the best backdrop I’ve ever seen. I’m also green with envy over her DIY skills. And the flower girls? How FLIPPING cute are they!!
The Brides Fashion
Rachel The Bride: Jesus Peiro dresses are just so different to anything else you will try on in bridal shops. They are based on classic silhouettes but they have some quite edgy and alternative design aspects to them. My dress was 50’s in style but it had a big asymmetric bow on the back. Their dresses are so elegant and cut absolutely beautifully. My main prerequisite for a dress was that when you looked back at the photos you wouldn’t automatically be able to tell what decade we got married in.
The Grooms Fashion
We wanted to steer away from the traditional morning suit and top hat ensemble. Matthew decided on a navy Savile Row inspired suit from Marks & Spencer; his groomsmen wore their favourite suit and we choose a matching tie for all. We liked that fact that everyone looked individual.
We choose our venue because we wanted a very informal, laid back party atmosphere at our wedding; nothing too stuffy and conventional. Everyone loved Farbridge, the atmosphere was fantastic. Farbridge is a flint barn set on the south downs just north of Chichester. It is the most beautiful building and there is so much scope to do exactly what you want in terms of decoration and styling. We held the wedding ceremony in the smaller meadow barn as it is like a little chapel and it had a more intimate feel to it.
The new bridal suite and gardens had just been completed, it was so great to be able to get ready there (fantastic light for makeup) and not to have to worry about transport to and from the venue, it just made everything much more relaxed. Our family stayed in the guest suites in the converted stables and we were all served an awesome breakfast in the morning.
We wanted the centre pieces to be very informally tied, with full roses in white and blush pink, large white anemones with jet black centers for contrast and blossom twigs to add a spring feel. Meera Hewitt from Full Bloom produced these for us.
We decided to make a lot of decorations ourselves, particularly drawing on my mum’s artistic skills. Our main project was the flower walls and cones in ivory and white crepe paper. The paper was sourced from Cartotecnica Rossi. It was a real labour of love, taking many hours to make each flower by hand, but the end result was beautiful. We interspersed the crepe flowers with some larger tissue paper pompoms to create some contrast. This would be a great project to get all your friends involved in. We placed the flower walls at the end of the aisle, which made a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.
The Wedding Party Fashion
My sister Sophie and my brother’s fiancé Claire were my bridesmaids, they looked fabulous in full duck egg blue skirts from Coast and form fitting ivory jumpers from Monsoon. My friend Emma set their hair in a vintage wave, which added a hint of 50’s elegance. I was inspired by Olivia Palermo who wore a cashmere jumper with a tulle skirt on her wedding day, separates are such a nice alternative to a dress.
We didn’t want a formal sit down dinner so decided on lots of delicious canapés, instead of starters, to accompany the fizz. Liza our caterer suggested hog roast served on big boards to share, accompanied by baby roast potatoes and salads for a main course. This meant that food was passed around the table and allowed our guest to be free to choose what they fancied.
Jo is an amazing photographer. After checking out her blog online we just knew that her style of photography was for us. Jo has the ability to capture people’s personalities to a tee; she is such a talent. So many people have been amazed at the beauty of the photos she took. She created a narrative of the day for us in a really natural but contemporary way. Looking back at the photos reminds you of exactly how each part of the day felt. It was a real privilege to have her as our photographer.