This gorgeous pastel wedding at Gaynes Park in Essex makes me want to hang on to the last of the lighter evenings with all my might. The gorgeous country gardens and dreamy sunset portraits by Anneli Marinovich Photography warm the heart and fill you with romance.
Also making my heart skip a beat are the gorgeous florals by Sweet Pea Flowers, filling the spectacular barn reception and adorning all those pin-worthy details, including the hoop table plan and ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ bar.
Both bride Katie and groom Josh look incredible in their wedding attire with Katie proving that you should try on all bridal styles, because you might just be pleasantly surprised by what you fall in love with.
Our adorable Bride & Groom this afternoon have had me swooning, sining and literally belly laughing. Their gorgeous wedding at Gaynes Park looks like it was one hell of a fabulous pastel pretty musical do!
Laura & Andy met whilst performing Rent in the theatre, so they just had to incorporate their love of all things musical in their day. The wedding cake was decorated with sheet music from Rent, the buttonhole rosettes where made of vintage music sheets and the fabulous table plan is like their own billboard musical poster!
As well as the stunning pictures captured by Charli Photography, they have also kindly shared their snippet wedding video with us made by Love Storage and both are a true insight into their fabulous day and wonderful fun loving characters. When you view the pictures and watch the video you will see exactly what I mean about my emotional roller coaster. Get ready to have some fun, and get those jazz hands ready?
Long time lovers Jenny and Joe had been together for 13 years before they got married and despite previously having never really thought about her wedding day – Jenny soon got carried away…I mean how can you not given the amount of amazing things you can have at a wedding these days?!
I’m so pleased she did – this wedding is a pastel lovers dream. From the flowers, to the table plan, to the Bridesmaids, even to her and Joe’s dog’s bowtie – everything is just so pretty!
And my favourite thing about this wedding? The baby blue pick up truck kindly lent to them by a stranger. Yep, Jenny spotted the truck and knew she had to have it. Luckily the owner was more than accommodating – even turning up on the day in costume with hay bales for everyone to sit on! What a gentleman.
One of my favourite things to look at when we receive a real wedding submission is the accessories, being a lover of “dressing up” a relatively simple outfit with statement jewellery or fancy shoes I find I can really gain a sense of the brides style from her carefully considered selection.
…And good Lordy is Steph one stylish Madam, if you want to know how to put knitwear with your gown come your winter W-day then look no further, Steph makes it look completely effortless.
Talking of a seasonal soiree, the soft muted colour palette works so well in terms of appearing contemporary whilst remaining both timeless and elegant.
Last but not least I must mention the stationery. Steph made it herself. I think she should go into business as I have never seen anything like it. Talented and uber cool…. I officially have a new girl crush folks.
Hand Tied Pretty
We wanted an informal feel to the flowers which were expertly provided by Julie of “Pink on Green” (email@example.com) who patiently listened to my ideas over pints of tea and transformed them into beautiful arrangements. She mixed fresh flowers with silk for the larger displays which she kindly loaned us to help with our budget, and arranged the table centres into vintage champagne buckets which we bought on ebay.
I carried a small bouquet of my favourite stems; purple lisianthus, faith roses, freesia, rosemary and eucalyptus hand-tied in wool that cascaded and blended with the textured lace of my dress.
The groomsmen’s buttonholes incorporated wintry thistles, while the table centres contained purple cabbages for an agricultural feel that suited the venue down to the ground!
The Devil Is In The Detail
We designed and created the stationery ourselves which was an epic task in itself, but possibly one of the most important as a graphic designer. The grungy Allsaints inspired look was an unusual approach to wedding stationary, not least because of the Ram skull element, but it really worked and shows that you really do have to take inspiration from within when it comes to something as personal as your own wedding.
The devil truly is in the detail and although it’s extra work it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed, many of our comments have been about the small touches and personal details that make your day stand out as your own.
A lot can be achieved in 4 months, but give yourself 5 if you can!
We met at Bugjam festival, so found toy cars for the guys favours (though Chris struggled to part with them) which we bought on ebay. The ladies favours were hand crocheted brooches by the multi-talented Rebecca who also sang during our ceremony.
The Very Heart Of The Action
We hired photographer Guy Collier and what we actually got was a friend, counsellor, wedding advisor and overall top bloke. When we first saw his work on Rock My Wedding a few months ago we knew immediately he was our man, so were delighted that he could shoot our wedding.
We had no doubt after our amazing E-shoot with him that our wedding photos were going capture all the special little details and moments that could have been missed in the blink of an eye, and he didn’t disappoint. Every shot is natural and uncontrived, thanks to his ability to put the guests at ease by blending in and getting right into the heart of the action. He didn’t miss a beat. My heart skipped several when the photos arrived.
We are fortunate to have random inherited things in the shape of old typewriters, sweet jars and scales which we added to for the table styling. We picked up signage and glassware from various markets and shops, with Barker&May a particular favourite.
The venue expertly recreated the table styling for us, following our every obsessive detail!
Entertaining Inside And Out
We spent the first few years of our relationship locked in a labour of love restoring our campervan but without the need for transport at Gaynes Park we had to come up with an alternative use for it at our wedding… and so the camperbooth (firstname.lastname@example.org) was born.
We were amazed on viewing the pictures afterwards at how much it was used – guests were lining up at one point and trying out all the props with hilarious results. It was great was to capture groups of family and friends (up to 9 at a time!) having fun in our VW, so much so that we will be hiring it out for other peoples weddings and events so watch this space.
Live music was a must as we wanted to rock the countryside and “The Escorts” did just that. They played a mixture of classics from Elvis to Greenday, with their last song “Good Riddance” filling the dance floor.
The Cheese Tower
Taking inspiration from other entries on Rock My Wedding we decided to go for a cheese cake of champions, a staggering tower of fromage from the passionate & knowledgeable Alex of Androuet. He wowed me with his delicate cheese flowers that decorated the lower tier, with caramelised walnuts and fig rolls.
We served it to our guests in the evening, with hampers of crackers and chutneys alongside Hot dogs and steak sandwiches, while Chris and I tucked into our top tier of goats cheese at the end of the evening while reading our messages.
An Old Favourite
We danced to “Drops of Jupiter” by Train which is an old favourite from when we first met so it was an easy choice.
I dreaded the pressure of dancing in front of an audience so our friends twirled in and joined us towards the end, meaning the dancefloor was full from the moment the band kicked in which really got the party going.
The colour scheme
The pretty paper
The accessories ( I would DIE for those shoes!)
A photobooth in a campervan
The bouquet (can’t believe I didn’t mention that in the intro, ’tis textured and informal, my inspiration for 2011!)