Well it’s a happy first for me – a bride and groom bouncing to their hearts’ content on a awesome bouncy castle!
Childhood sweethearts Stephanie and Rob decided to tie the knot at Lillibrooke Manor accompanied by handpicked blooms and mismatched maids in pastel at their very own love festival ‘GoodFest’- how brilliant is that! They continued the music theme throughout their big day with save the dates designed to look like a festival poster, invitations masquerading as festival tickets, through to their table names on EP’s and their seating plan on LPs!
Oh and check out their wedding cake too – absolutely gorgeous!
The Bride’s Fashion
Stephanie The Bride: My dress was never what I thought I’d go for…I always imagined that I would go for an A-line style, or slightly Grecian/Boho, however I listened to all the advice before I went and didn’t rule out anything. Weirdly, this was the very first dress I tried, and after trying on many many more, I went back as I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The lace detailing and the fact I could have antique gold under the ivory lace (instead of traditional all ivory or white) made me say yes the second try-on!
After that, I knew a veil wasn’t an option as I didn’t want to cover the beautiful detailing on back, and I thought flowers in my hair would have suited the theme a lot better. Shoes ended up being my something blue from the beautiful new range at Rachel Simpson, my bangle was something new from my Mum and Dad, with lace detailing in solid silver, and my drop diamond earrings were my something borrowed from my Mum. Finally, my gorgeous necklace was a present from Rob – light blue topaz stone surrounded by diamonds matching my engagement ring perfectly!
The Groom’s Fashion
We didn’t want the groom wear to be too formal, so went for a standard navy suit from Charles Tyrwhitt, but dressed it up with a floral bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie. His cufflinks were a personalised present from me, which the best man gave to him on the morning.
Lillibrooke was one of the first places we both walked into and loved. We always knew we wanted a barn and this catered for our expected numbers, whereas some others in the area didn’t. We also wanted the ceremony and reception at the same venue, with no other events going on, so this ticked all the boxes.
After scouring Pinterest for ideas, we decided that a pastel colour scheme most suited what we were hoping to achieve. This was present through every aspect; flowers, clothing, table decs, sweets and even the bouncy castle! We started dating in our teens (16 years old – but with a brief break at Uni…!) and from a young age we had bonded over music and gigs, so we wanted this to be part of our day too, so it took the turn to be a country festival! After designing our save the dates myself to look like a festival poster, we left our official invites to the lovely Lisa, who did an amazing job of making them look like festival tickets, with variations for day and night. The rest of the stationery I designed myself to, with the table names (all songs from gigs we had attended) on EP’s and the seating plan on LPs!
Sonning Flowers were amazing! On the consultation, they took me through a series of options (we have limited floral knowledge) and just by describing the venue and the look I was hoping for over the day, they pulled together some fantastic and stunning arrangements. We provided jars (hand decorated) and birdcages for the centre pieces and around the venue, and they did a beautiful job of filling them. Even the venue owner was taking pictures the next day saying how gorgeous they looked!
From even before I was engaged I loved the idea of the bridesmaids being mismatched in some way, and the pastel theme meant I had a whole colour palette to choose from. The flower girls I wanted to match me in ivory, and all of the girls had flowers in their hair. Lucky for me, my sister Charlotte is a very talented hairdresser, and agreed to do all of our hair (which was a huge feat on the morning – myself and five bridesmaids, including her!) and I was over the moon on the final result – she did amazingly and I am forever grateful!
The groom’s party we wanted to carry on the laid back, non-traditional theme, yet keep the navy to match Rob’s suit. The best man and the Dad’s got the same suit as Rob, minus the waistcoat, and the ushers we bought smart Navy chinos. All the boys then had grey braces, white shirts and the same floral bow ties, and the overall look was fantastic! The page boys had little navy waistcoats and I sewed little pocket squares from the swatch of material to match the bow ties – just to finish it off and link them in with the older boys!
We had lots of garden games for the guests to be entertained through the day, and a bouncy castle for the adults (which is where some of our favourite pictures were taken also!). The evening saw the band, RIOT!, take the stage and they were the best band I have ever seen at a wedding (maybe slightly biased but….!). They kept the dance floor full and even allowed me to sing one of my favourite Feeder songs.
Food & Cake
The caterers came with the venue and they did not disappoint! The moment we saw there was a BBQ option, we knew that was the informal setting we were after, and the Chef’s beercan chicken was a winner! Canape’s were served as a starter in the courtyard after the ceremony, and we didn’t have a sit down dessert, however the cake was served later which went down really well!
Lydia who made our cake was incredible – I have a gluten intolerance, and she made me some amazing birthday cupcakes (Salted Caramel) a few months earlier, so I had to have her do our cake too! We had 4 different layers, two of which were gluten free, with buttercream icing, and then Lydia decorated it with flowers to match from my bouquet. We also served macaroons in pastel colours with the coffee and the dessert.
Faye was brilliant! We found her online, and when we realised she lived around the corner from our new house, she offered to pop round and see us at home. Straight away we were chatting away, and both Rob and I felt so comfortable with her that we didn’t have to speak to anyone else after that! Our engagement shoot meant we got to practice not being embarrassed (!), and it was great to have as we knew what we liked and didn’t like.
On the day, it went like clockwork – the group photo’s everyone was so impressed with Faye, and on the couple shots, we felt so at ease, and the result of them all is beyond what we expected – they are amazing! She really captured our entire day, and all the emotions throughout.