Putting together this colourful wedding from Navyblur left me grinning from ear to ear. I absolutely LOVE it. The colours, the flowers, the decor details, the fashion are all fabulous and it has that sense of absolute comfort and at-ease-ness (can’t think of a better word) that only comes from having a wedding at home.
The photography is just so much fun too, Christine and Xander have captured the spirit of the couple, and of the day, perfectly. One of my favourite images is that of a Nana bagging the best seat in the house for the ceremony and waiting patiently for proceedings to begin – it’s moments like these that MAKE a wedding. This is also a fab example of what to do if it rains on your big day – just grab some brollies and get on with it! Rosie and Laurie still held their ceremony outside and this is honestly one of the most joyous weddings I’ve ever seen, despite the Great British weather. Enjoy!!
Rosie The Bride: As soon as I started looking at dresses online and looking for places to try on dresses I knew I would need a boutique that would custom make a dress to suit my needs as I am very particular. Luckily I found the wonderful Farnham Boutique who custom make their dresses to fit and suit each bride. This was perfect for me as I found lots of dresses I mostly liked but wanted to change many parts of them. They helped me pick a dress I liked the fabric and shape of and then allowed me to change the neckline, fastenings and detailing. The dress turned out perfectly and it was everything I’d ever imagined and dreamed it would be! The wonderful staff also helped me design my perfect veil and accessories which are handmade by a local especially for ￼the boutique. I wanted a pair of shoes that would be comfortable to wear for hours, and wouldn’t sink or matter if they got ruined being of the grass all day, but weren’t boring!
We wanted the suit to be something he felt really comfortable and confident in and would want to wear again. We had seen some lovely dark grey blue suits that we loved for the groom and picked up a great one from Marks and Spencer and paired it with a crisp white shirt and a blue tie.
We knew we wanted to get married outside and just have our closest family and friends with us. Luckily the groom’s parents have a beautiful garden and allowed us to use it for our big day. We knew we needed some protection from the great British summer but are not fans of traditional marquees. We found this great stretch tent allowing us to have protection from the elements without feeling cut off from the beautiful surroundings. We loved how the different areas of the garden allowed us to have different parts of the day in different places, we had cocktails and canapes in the orchard and the reception under the marquee on the back lawn, with areas for games and chilling out.
Our colour scheme was loosely based around my favourite colours, it spurred from the watercolour paintings I did for our stationery. The designer in me wanted everything tie together, so all the invitations, on the day stationery, decorations and flowers followed the same colour scheme. We felt the beautiful garden created most of the decor and added a few pops of colour to our marquee with paper poms.
For the flowers I had a very clear idea in my head of what I wanted, so decided to take on the task of creating all the floral arrangements. I had always wanted to get married in June because it is my favourite time of year in the UK and all my favourite flowers bloom that time of year. We mixed white, pink and coral peonies with mixed pink & purple stocks, cream and pinky peach roses, sweet peas, blue cornflowers, wild flowers, herbs and eucalyptus. A HUGE thank you to my mum and bridesmaids for their help (and patience!) in the floristry! Together we made the bouquets and then my mum and bridesmaids put together all the vases for tables.
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids dresses were one of the easiest parts of planning the wedding! We found the dress in the first shop we visited when bridesmaid dress shopping, we all loved the colour and style and were sold straight away! The groomsmen all wore a dark navy/grey suit of their own, which we paired with a crisp white shirt and mint ties which we got custom made.
￼After being perfect weather the day before when we were setting up, on the morning of the wedding it was raining on and off. We really did not want to have our ceremony under the cover, despite the rain, so umbrellas at the ready, we held our ceremony in the rain! We had to laugh at the weather, otherwise we might have cried! It seemed silly (and we have to thank our families and wedding party for their patience and understanding of being asked to sit out in the rain!) but it has left such beautiful memories. We will never forget our ceremony, there was so much laughter and happiness and love in the air.
We didn’t want a traditional wedding band or disco for our evening entertainment. We both love rock and indie music, and wanted something live and fun for the evening that people would be happy to dance to, but also would be good to sit and listen to whilst relaxing in the garden. We will always remember dancing and singing along to some of our favourite songs with our favourite people!
Our favourite foods are meats and wood fired pizza, so I searched for a mobile caterer with a wood fired oven. I came across The Wild Oven and found their menu was perfect for what we were looking for, then I discovered they had a Land Rover Defender with a wood fired oven in and I knew right away they had to be our caterers! Laurie owned a Defender for many years and it reminds us of great times and they are very close to our hearts. I managed to keep the fact the wood fired oven was in a Defender a secret from Laurie as I knew his mind would be blown by this and wanted it to be an amazing surprise on the big day! I received a text on the morning of the wedding saying “You cheeky bugger it’s a defender!!!” I can’t believe I managed to keep it a secret the whole time!
We loved the way Navyblur managed to capture so much colour and fun in their photos, and how they took relaxed shots. They were SO much fun to have with us all day and we could not be happier with how the pictures turned out!
We are originally from the UK but are currently living in New York City. Planning our wedding from another country was a little tricky, we are very grateful for the internet and friends and family in the UK who helped us out with things we couldn’t be there to do! Many things had to be left until less than 2 weeks before the big day when we arrived from NYC, including dress fittings, cake tastings and even buying the grooms suit!! It was amazing how our friends and family from around the globe came together to help us plan, set up and enjoy our special day.
Make a comprehensive spreadsheet to keep track of everything you need to do, with columns for names, contact details, projected cost and other details you will need. Update it as you go along adding in the full cost, and keep an eye on the total at the bottom. It can get out of control so quickly! It’s also a great idea to set reminders for the dates you have to make your full payment by, it’s easy to forget about these in the busy few weeks running up to your big day, you will thank yourself when they ping up telling you who, when and how much you need to pay!