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We Did It.


All of the blooms in today’s wedding were grown by Jo’s Mum. I know. How talented is she??

It’s literally a plethora of floral gorgeousness in rustic terracotta pots. The mini displays on the pew ends are particularly lovely!

Jo’s elegant Pronovias gown fits her like a glove and her simple accessories are really striking.

Images come from Hannah-May, if you get a second, have a little read of her my story section on her website – it made me chuckle.

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Rustic Wood And Brickwork

Jo The Bride: We wanted a barn – that was our main wish! We love exposed brickwork and rustic wood (both feature in our house!) and we wanted a venue to reflect our taste…The Ferry House Inn was perfect- a 16th Century Country Pub complete with a beautiful barn and incredible views across the Swale Estuary. It was the one and only venue that we viewed!

To top it off we made it a whole weekend of wedding celebrations with 35 of us staying in the nearby luxury Mocketts Farm Cottages which were absolutely gorgeous!

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Just Me

The beauty was simple really – I just wanted to look like me. No fancy up-do, no extravagant make-up. Just me. Booking my hair and make-up artist was easy- in fact it was one of the first things I did! I had been a bridesmaid for my brother two years previously and Emma Smisson did my hair and make-up then and she was amazing! She uses airbrush foundation and I cannot recommend it enough- my make-up stayed flawless all day!

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Damn Those Spaniards

Ah the dress…I’m not ashamed to say that quite some time before we got engaged (I knew he was the one!) I had already fallen in love with Pronovias bridal gowns – damn those Spaniards can design beautiful dresses!

My dress, called ‘Balta’ was purchased from Teokath Bridal Boutique in Canterbury. I knew I wanted a vintage inspired lace dress that was simple in fit and intricate in detail and as soon as I put my dress on I knew she was the one!

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Accessory Heaven

This was one of my favourite things to organise! I wanted something elegant and classic for my hairpiece and after spending endless hours doing research I approached the incredible Jo of Jo Barnes Vintage who sourced, designed and made my beautiful bespoke vintage headpiece.

I opted for a vintage cuff which was designed and made by the extremely talented Victoria of Victoria Millésime Design London and it matched the belt on my dress perfectly!

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Baby Bridesmaids

Having a lot of friends I decided that rather than have a huge bridal party, I would have no bridesmaids at all and just two very beautiful flower girls; my niece, Lilly-Mai, and my goddaughter Phoebe. Both were around 15 months old at the time of the wedding, and Phoebe had only just started walking a few weeks before but they both managed to fly down the aisle!

We wanted something cute and modern for their outfits so opted for stripey ‘sundae’ dresses from Monsoon.

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As for the boys, we decided to buy their suits from Next rather than hire them, and we went for a classic combination of navy blue and white- adding the polka dots to Ryan’s tie and hankie to set him apart from the others!

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A Natural Blend

When it came to picking a colour scheme all we knew is that we didn’t want one! We wanted our day to be a beautiful natural blend of lots of different colours, rather than tying it to a particular theme. We wanted the overall effect to be relaxed, country and vintage and I think this is apparent in our décor which consisted of (a lot of!) home-made bunting, apple crates, bales of hay, vintage jugs and pots and hand crafted wooden signs.

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Mum’s Are The Best

I am so proud to say that every single button hole (one for every guest!), pew end, jug, vase, pot and jam jar of flowers were grown from seed, and lovingly designed and arranged by my incredibly talented Mum. Gardening has not only been a career for my Mum but also an absolute passion of hers- when Ryan proposed and she offered to grow and put together the flowers for us we jumped at the chance because we knew that they would be beyond beautiful- and they were- I think the pictures speak for themselves!

We particularly loved the simple pew ends which were rustic jam jars filled with pink gypsophila and sweet peas and the wooden stepladder display showcasing vintage pots filled with flowers such as verbena, heartsease and lobelia.

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Short And Sweet

Our ceremony was short and sweet- that was our aim! No readings or songs, just a simple ceremony during which I cried (quite a lot!), and Ryan broke the ice by hilariously being unable to say ‘lawful impediment’- instead- what came out (three times!) was ‘awful impediment’- I do hope he wasn’t trying to tell me something!

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Live Acoustic Guitar

During the ceremony and drinks reception we had a live acoustic guitarist and singer- Andy was an absolute hit with everyone and he created the perfect atmosphere for our guests to enjoy their Corona and Pimms!

Our first dance song was to ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, one of our favourite songs which has the most beautiful and fitting words. Following that we had a DJ – a friend who does all our family weddings- and I can honestly say he filled the dance floor all night!

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Hearty Pub Food

When we started planning the wedding Ryan had only two requests (the rest was down to me!)- he wanted a hog roast in the evening and he wanted corona for the reception drink! We also opted for yummy canapés during the drinks reception including chicken satay, mini yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish and homemade chipolata sausages. The menu consisted of hearty pub food including duck salad, lamb shank, mushroom wellington, banoffee pie and chocolate brownie cheesecake, all served with copious amounts of wine! We had so many comments about how incredible the food was!

The cake was one of my favourite parts of the wedding- I am not a big fan of traditional wedding cakes but I loooove victoria sponge with jam, fresh cream and strawberries (who doesn’t!) and so we opted for three tiers of exactly that, made and expertly put together by Raie of Raie’s Cakes.

To compliment this, as favours we made our own jam and decorated the jars with pretty floral fabric and luggage tags.

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Hands On With The Stationery

Stationery was hugely important to us- I think the invites set the tone and give the first indication of the style of the wedding and so we wanted to get it right! Buying stationery was never an option for us- we wanted to be quite hands on and so we designed and made everything from the invites and luggage tag place names, to the table names and menus.

We centred all the stationery around a rustic theme using brown card, luggage tags and brightly coloured bunting (and I should add that every single paper flag was cut out by hand by either Ryan or myself which took hours!)

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We Did It

If I had any advice to give to future brides and grooms it would be- do it your way- don’t be hung up on tradition-make your wedding reflect your own personality!

Also, make sure you steal a moment or two on the day with just you and your new hubby. We were lucky enough to be staying overnight at the venue so before our evening guests arrived Ryan and I popped upstairs to freshen up- as soon as we were through that door I flung my arms around him, looked into his eyes with a huge smile on my face and simply said ‘we did it’ and then we had a little dance all by ourselves. That for me was one of the most special moments of the day.

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Recommended To The World

Hannah-May – our photographer. To say that this young woman is sensational at her profession would be an understatement- she captured our day in the most breath taking and beautiful way and no words of thank you would ever be enough to show our gratitude for the amazing memories she has given us through her photos. We would not hesitate to recommend her to the entire world!

We must also mention Kerrie, the wedding coordinator at our venue, who was absolutely incredible from day one- my emails (and there were a lot of them!) were always answered within a few hours, nothing was ever too much trouble and we generally couldn’t have asked for any more from her- an absolute godsend for us so ladies, if you want to plan your wedding in an organised, efficient and effortless manner- Kerrie and The Ferry House Inn are for you!

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Bride’s Gown – Pronovias at Teokath Bridal Boutique
Head Piece – Jo Barnes Vintage
Cuff – Victoria Millésime Design London
Hair and Make up – Emma Smisson
Flower Girls – Monsoon
Groom & Groomsmen – Next
Florist – Jo’s Amazing Mum
Music – Amu Acoustic & Perfect Choice Entertainment
Cake – Raie’s Cakes
Venue – The Ferry House Inn
Photography – Hannah-May

Aren’t the flowers amazing?

And how adorable are the little flower girls?

Lots of love,
Fern x

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A Tipi In The Garden.


Back garden weddings are my favourite. They always look so cosy, warm and welcoming. This one is especially fabulous as there’s a Tipi and the family dog gets to join in the festivities.

Katie’s parents house was always her dream wedding venue and she has been best friends with Groom Andy since they were at nursery! Their familiarity and together-ness shines through in all of the images.

Their families and friends look like a really lovely, happy group of people and I bet that some of them knew very early on that Katie and Andy would one day end up Man and Wife.

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Home Sweet Home

Katie The Bride: Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to have my wedding in my parent’s garden. My dad converted the barn into our home around 20 years ago and it’s been the central point of our family ever since. So when Andy proposed to me on a skiing holiday I knew instantly we had the venue sorted!

I found the tipi tents online before we even got engaged (as you do!) and absolutely loved how different they are to any other marquees. Andy wasn’t so keen to start with until we went to an open day with Tipis4hire and he was sold too! The team at Tipis4hire were brilliant and really competitively priced.

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A Colourful Lip

I knew I wanted to wear my hair in an up-do so I wouldn’t have to worry about it on the day. I bought my hair comb at the Save the Date wedding fair. My hair isn’t very long and it’s quite fine so my auntie Sue (who is a hairdresser) recommended a Balmain hair piece. This was amazing and I still use it now when creating my own up-dos.

I wanted my hair loose with a messy look and Leah from Head Candy in Market Harborough totally nailed it. She’s so lovely to work with and also did all the bridesmaids hair and my mum’s! I tend to go for a bright lip colour and keep my eyes neutral when doing my own makeup so thought I’d stick to what I like. Mandy Adams is fab and did an awesome job of all our makeup. It lasted well into the night despite lots of hugging, kissing and a little crying!

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Exactly As Imagined

I knew I wanted some lace in my dress and I was completely adamant I didn’t want strapless. I have to say I never had an ‘it’s the one’ moment but when I decided on my gorgeous Benjamin Roberts gown it’s exactly the dress I imagined wearing on my w-day. I wasn’t so keen on the neckline of the dress so I had the sleeves pinched in to expose more of my shoulders. I added an embellished sash that I bought on Etsy.

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Sparkly Princess Gorgeousness

My something old was my Mum’s veil that she wore when marrying my Dad and this was really special to me as I’m so close to both my parents. Top tip: After 30 years in the loft the veil was rather yellow, so my Mum hand washed it in Glo white net curtain whitener, and TA-DA, it was as good as new!

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Ooh the shoes…I wanted some I could wear again to remind me of our special day so I went for the ultimate in sparkly princess gorgeousness… Jimmy Choos! I kept my jewellery simple with some small vintage chandelier earrings from the Save the Date wedding fair and a sapphire ring my Grandma Sheila gave to me for my 21st birthday, this was also my ‘something blue’.

Andy bought me a beautiful delicate Astley Clarke bracelet as a wedding gift and I surprised him with the Tag Heuer watch he’s dreamed about for as long as I can remember.

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Well Dressed Wedding Party

I had seven bridesmaids in total – my sisters, Andy’s sisters and our three cousins. I stumbled across the older girls dresses in Topshop, they’re from the boutique range Coco’s Fortune and knew they’d look amazing on all my girls.

My little girls were really hard to dress as they were 12 and 11 at the time, too young for ladies dresses but too big for flower girl dresses. In the end we went for a dress from Monsoon teamed with glittery gold pumps.

Andy had two best men and they all wore the same three piece navy suit from Jeff Banks. Andy loves his shoes so went for some lovely tan brogues from Grenson. Their spotty ties were from Reiss.

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Six Foot K & A

We wanted an outdoorsy, rustic and fun feel to our day. The tipis needed to be bursting with pretty decorations so we used lots of fairy lights, bunting, paper pom poms, wicker hearts, paper lanterns and tons of gorgeous flowers and foliage. I had seen on RMW some fantastic giant light up letters so my Dad decided he could make these and 2 days later, voila – we had a 6 ft K & A in the garage!

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Colour And Texture

The beautiful flowers were exactly as I’d imagined and arranged by the wonderful Carolann at CK Flowers. I wanted lots of colour and texture so for the bouquets she used pink peonies, herbs such as rosemary and lavender, orange roses and blue thistles.

We also had two large arrangements in milk churns and two smaller arrangements for the top table. Then my lovely Grandma organised our table arrangements in wooden heart lanterns. We then raided my parent’s garden for tons of ivy and foliage that we used all over – throughout the tipis, around pillars and to make an arch at the altar of the church.

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Marrying My Best Friend

Andy and I have been friends since we were at nursery so it was really special for us to get married at our local parish church where we were both christened. My sister Charlotte read a poem by Louise Cuddon called ‘I’ll be there for you’. She kept this as a surprise until the day, it was so personal to us both and she read it so beautifully. I was worried I would cry throughout the ceremony but I was just so excited to marry my best friend all my nerves melted away.

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You Belong With Me

Andy’s sister Kate is a phenomenal singer and asked to sing at our wedding breakfast. She chose Ed Sheeran ‘Kiss Me’ and it was absolutely amazing. It was really important to us that we had a live band that would get everyone dancing. We came across TI Funk in Nottingham and knew they’d be perfect! They’re a great blend of soul, funk and RnB with two incredible lead singers. We chose our first dance so long ago nothing else could compete… We had Ho Hey by The Lumineers and it will forever be one of our favourite songs.

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Lovingly Homemade

My parent’s friends and exceptional caterers, Nick and Mandy Healy from Nick’s at Home, produced our delicious menu. We had canapés then a selection of homemade breads, oils, hummus and smoked salmon for starter, succulent supreme of chicken for main and a trio of desserts to finish. For the evening we had pork cobs with all the trimmings and lots of homemade cakes loving made by friends and family. For our favours my mum was amazing and made plum jam, raspberry vodka and sloe gin for the ladies. Then for the gents we bought hipflasks and filled then with whisky.

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Talented Friends And Family

When it came to stationery we were extremely lucky to have such a talented bunch of friends and family. Our lovely friend Ian of Twin Tipped Designs offered to design all our wedding stationery. He is fab and all the invitations, menus etc looked brilliant. My Grandad is a great artist and sketched the church for the front of our order of service and our family friend Paul Duval printed everything for us.

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A Wedding In A Field

If you are planning to organise a wedding in a field or garden then you need tons of support! We were so lucky to have amazing parents, family and friends to help us out because there is so much more to think about and arrange; the list is endless!

Andy and I tried to make sure we had some time together as the whole day is a whirlwind of kisses, thank yous, laughs, tears and much more! I know every bride says this but it’s over in a flash so savour EVERY moment!

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Breath-taking Photography

Emma Case and her husband Pete are simply the best! They are such lovely, genuine and wonderful people and their photography is breathtaking, everything we could have wished for!

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We also enlisted Carmen of Carmen Weddings as our wedding organiser and I truly don’t know what we would have done without her! She worked her socks off and ensured that on the day we could relax without worrying about lighting candles, moving tables and the thousand other things that needed doing.

It was Lolly’s wedding on RMW that made me realise we HAD to have a videographer and we decided on Minty Slippers who captured our day beautifully. I can honestly say all our suppliers were absolutely awesome and amazing to work with.

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Bride’s Gown – Benjamin Roberts
Sash – Etsy
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid’s Gowns – Coco’s Fortune at Topshop and Monsoon
Hair – Leah from Head Candy in Market Harborough
Groom and Groomsmen – Jeff Banks
Tipi Hire – Tipis4Hire
Jewellery – Lou Lou Jewellery
Band – TI Funk
Florist – CK Flowers
Stationery – Twin Tipped Designs
Videography – Minty Slippers
Wedding Planner – Carmen of Carmen Weddings
Photography – Emma Case Photography

Isn’t Katie’s hair and make up gorgeous? Very fresh and fun looking.

And who needs a prop hire company when you’ve got Katie’s Dad??

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Treasure It Forever.


Good morning lovely readers. The wedding we have for you this morning is absolutely gorgeous. Not only are the details divine, the dress to-die-for and the flowers fabulous but Lottie’s write up of her and Alex’s day really comes from the heart; as did Lottie’s efforts for the entire wedding. I read Lottie’s report before looking at the images and she describes everything in such perfect detail and with such emotion, that when I finally looked at the images I was a total mess. I’ll let Lottie and the fabulous Taylor Barnes photography do the talking…


The Perfect Setting

Lottie The Bride: We fell in love with the beautiful Coombe Lodge after visiting it as our first possible wedding venue. From the sweeping driveway up to the house, to the beautiful 1920’s interior we both knew it would be a perfect setting for our day. Charlie’s (our 2 ½ year old son) eyes literally lit up with the vast array of grounds he could explore.
The house is so beautiful and I could just imagine all the parties that must have happened there throughout the years and couldn’t wait to make our own little bit of history. From our first visit to the house the staff filled us with confidence that our special day would be perfect. Eric Floch was our events co-ordinator throughout the process and he was just amazing, he left no stone unturned and was always there to help and supply us with ideas or solutions.


A Jenny Packham Girl

Ah the dress! It only took one dress shopping day for me to find ‘the one’. After swooning over every Jenny Packham advert I saw I always had in the back of my mind that I was a Jenny Packham girl. From the moment I walked into The Mews I knew this was where I would buy my wedding dress. Gail and the girls were so lovely and made the experience every bit as special as I could have imagined. From the moment I got engaged I knew that wanted a more vintage feel to my dress and was so inspired by the glitz and glamour of the 1920s , this was definitely something I wanted to find in a dress.


Parma Opal was the most beautiful gown I had ever seen, the detail was so incredible and when I put it on it felt amazing, the shoulder detail and split bottom sections made it so different from anything else and again it reminded me of that timeless elegance of the 1920’s. The response from my Mum and Maid of Honour secured it for me. The style really suited my figure as I felt rather drowned in a fuller dress and it felt like it had been made just for me.
The rather wonderful girls too came up with the idea for the seamstress to remove the beautiful shoulder detail and pop it onto poppers so I could remove it for the evening. It made such a difference and felt like a new dress again!


Soft And Romantic

Both Kelly and Rebecca were amazing at helping me create my overall look, I wanted something quite soft and romantic but still keeping an elegant feel. I started getting ideas from red carpet looks, and looking back at the old Hollywood glamour shots. Both were such a pleasure to work with and were always there to help with any ideas I had.
Kelly used mainly Mac make up and I have to say it didn’t budge all day; I even woke up feeling like a star!

Impeccable Service

Alex found his dream suit from Hugo Boss, it was so beautifully made and was a suit that would last a lifetime. The service at Hugo Boss in Cabot Circus Bristol was impeccable and they worked so hard to help Alex find a suit that would fit in perfectly with the style of the day. He teamed this with shoes and pocket square from Reiss and a simple tie from Zara.


Elegant Vintage Accessories

I choose a simple one tier veil which was the perfect accessory for the dress; I wanted to create an elegant vintage feel and loved the way the veil almost caped my shoulders. The shoes were a little bargain find in the John Lewis sale, they were exactly what I was looking for, the T-bar style and the small diamante detail carried on the 1920’s vintage feel which I so loved.

The only jewellery I wore were a pair of vintage earrings which had belonged to my late Grandmother. There were simply beautiful and the perfect match for my outfit and held such sentimental meaning I felt privileged to be wearing them.


Surrounded By Loved Ones

I fell in love with the bridesmaid dresses and brought them on a whim hoping that they would like them (dangerous territory!!) The peachy colour was just beautiful and the gold lace layer made them really unique and unlike a typical bridesmaid dress. I teamed them with a dainty but sparkly shoe and they looked amazing, so elegant and in keeping. It felt so special having Ginny my sister, and Sharon and Becky whom I’ve been best friends with since we were 4 with me; I couldn’t have imagined doing it without my girls.


The ushers and best man, Alex’s closest friends and brother, were dressed in matching grey suits from Marks and Spencers and teamed again with accessories from Reiss and Zara to tie in with Alex. It was so important to have by his side closest friends and his best man Ben who went above and beyond his best man duties to help on our special day. Having all our closest friends and siblings really meant a lot to us and will be memories we will treasure forever.


A Warm And Homely Feel

The overall look for the wedding was really important to us, as was having things with personal meaning. My ideas started after our initial tour of Coombe Lodge, the building was so beautiful and I really wanted to create a warm almost homely feel as though this was our family home and we were just starting our life together using the era of the house.

A major part was remembering family members who were no longer with us, I lost my father two years ago and it was going to be such a hard day without him there, so I used lots of old family photos and ornaments to feel that they were among us; which I know they were. My Grandmothers tea set was used with tea lights in. Using this and my love of antiques we created a thoughtful personal feel.

Personal Favours

The tables were very important to me as I wanted to make every guest feel special; the ladies were all given handmade favours made by my mother of sugared almonds wrapped in a vintage lace parcel with a handwritten label. The gents were all given a cigar which created great photos. And each child was given a personalised goody bag filled with games, books and yummy treats.

One of my biggest money saving ideas was to use (sadly empty) Dom Perignon champagne bottles with the table number painted on. They looked fantastic and the design of the bottle was so fitting for the art deco era we loved. I found lovely worn wooden luggage label tags and beautiful ‘to have and to hold’ ribbon for the name places and tied them around a simple white napkin for a timeless elegant look from Cox and Cox. This was also a great find for our save the date invites which were designed in a vintage ticket design.

There wasn’t a set colour scheme but everything seemed just right, the flowers complemented the accessories and to us it was perfect.


A Sweeping Staircase of Memories

Another area I was keen to create was somewhere guests could leave cards and sign our guest book. I had a vision in my head of the sweeping stair case and thought this would be a great space to create a bit of a display. On one of my rummaging expeditions at my mother’s house I found her old luggage given to her on her 21st birthday, I teamed this with an old trunk we had at home and some other accessories and a collage of loved ones wedding pictures.

It created what I thought looked like the wedding couple of the house were off on their honeymoon together taking all their most loved treasures and luggage (being the crazy fantasist I am!) When the flowers and candles were lit it created something quite special and memorable.


Fabulous Florals

I found Claire at the vintage wedding fair in Bristol and didn’t look back. Her displays were just beautiful and from our first meeting we had such similar ideas I knew there was no one else for the job – I cannot thank her enough. I was keen to carry on the theme through each table setting, and create a relaxed personal display. One of my main wishes was to use a set of original vintage books which belonged to my mother on each table, which Claire then worked around adding her own beautiful props of tea cups, jugs, jam jars and tarnished silverware. We choose the most beautiful flowers in soft colours – soft pink and white ranunculus, sweet scented tuberose, white with dark centred anemones, blossom, pussy willow, pale pink and white veronica, white lilac, lime green viburnum opulus and jasmine trails.


For the top table we had two ivory birdcages overflowing with a mass of floral ingredients which then trailed and entwined in the table centre with old ‘lovebird’ bookends nesting amongst the trails. The wedding cake (from Marks and Spencers) was decorated with a mix of the same flowers as above.

We also decorated the two mantelpieces in each room with a mass of white gypsophilia wrapped around old photo frames, ‘love’ sign, tea cups and candles. The ceremony room was decorated with the above and the inside line of chairs had an old bottle tied to its side with vintage lace and filled with a mass of gypsophilia. And two stone pots full of the same flowers used on the table centres.


Lily Of The Valley

My bridal bouquet was something that was so special to me; two years ago I lost my father so I choose his favourite flower – lily of the valley. It was a simple posy of lily of the valley tied with ivory organza and old lace with my Fathers watch attached around it. It was so special to me and I knew he was there with me.

The bridesmaids carried a simple posy of gypsophilia and the ushers and page boys had a corsage of the same, the groom had lily of the valley. The flower girls looked so sweet with a circlet of gypsophilia.


A Truly Beautiful Moment

As we waited outside the string quartet was playing and I thought – this is actually happening. It was perfect, Alex and I held hands throughout and laughed and smiled as we always do. It felt so right, as though it was just me, Alex and Charlie and that was all that mattered. The registrar’s words were so beautiful and it was made extra special having our little boy Charlie stood by our side. A memory I will treasure forever is Charlie holding both our hands as we put the rings on each other’s finger. It was so special.
We completed the register and walked back while the string quartet played ‘All you need is love’ by the Beatles…a truly beautiful moment.

Get On Your Dancing Shoes

We found a fantastic band called the ZuZu men which were amazing!! They are a 4 piece band who can cover anything from Michael Jackson to Outhere bothers, in their own unique way. Everyone was up on the dance floor having a great time. I would highly recommend having a band as they created such a fun atmosphere and appealed to all age groups.
We had already chosen the Eva Cassidy version of ‘At last’ for our first dance and thought it would be great to have the band play their own version of this, they did and it was amazing. Their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was a winner and made everybody move to the dance floor.


A Valencienne Banquet

From the start the food was something that was really important to us, we didn’t want the standard wedding breakfast as it’s so hard to choose just on dish per course that would please everyone. We discussed it with Coombe Lodge and they showed us a new menu that that had just brought in – the Valencienne banquet menu – it was perfect. Each course of the wedding breakfast was served as a banquet to the table on platters, allowing the guests to help themselves to the dishes we chose.
Starters were a choice of antipasti: Milano Salami, Mortadella, Prosciutto, Chorizo, Chew Valley smoked Chicken, Lye Cross Cheddar, Basil Pesto Bocconcini, Asparagus, Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Mixed Olives and Ciabatta.


For the main course we offered Somerset rib of beef with roasted potatoes, carrots and horseradish, whole lemon roasted chicken with sage stuffing and sautéed potatoes or artichoke and red wine risotto with balsamic roasted cherry tomatoes, basil and parmesan. For dessert we had an English afternoon tea cake stand: scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam, carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake and tiny raspberry pavlova.

We drank Prosecco and served cold Perronis at the drinks reception…and had a free bar which definitely went down well. The cake was a simple design from Marks and Spencers but was made to look so incredible with all the flowers. At only £219 it looked better that most wedding cakes I had ever seen. I decorated the cake table with a vintage crochet table mat which I picked up from a charity shop, old jam jars decorated with lace and a frame print from ‘Not on the high street’.


Timeless Elegant Details

As with everything else we wanted something a little different for our invites. After searching and searching the web I came across Andrew on Folksy. With all his fantastic designs we finally settled for the antique ticket style, it was absolutely perfect. The text was so elegant and the design was so suited to all our other ideas. We also used Andrew to create some luggage tags for our table plan which I teamed with a bargain frame I found in TK Maxx and random skelton keys.

I found lovely worn wooden luggage label tags and beautiful ‘to have and to hold’ ribbon for the name places and tied them around a simple white napkin for a timeless elegant look from Cox and Cox. For the guest book I found a lovely little book with two love birds on and made a little luggage label with a message for some lovely words from our guests.


Celebrate The Love

Stay calm and enjoy every minute because it really does fly by. Make it personal, a wedding is about celebrating the love and commitment of two people and sharing it with family and friends. We found it so special having Charlie there sharing this amazing day with his Mummy and Daddy, holding our hands while we said our vows was so amazing and something we will never forget.
We really did put blood sweat and tears into all the details, but it was so much fun, and have so many lovely memories of looking through all the old family pictures with family members and finding family ornament’s, everything had a story and hopefully ones we can pass down to Charlie. Once everything came together we had a real sense of pride and achievement, I would say try and do as much as you can. It’s your day not anyone else’s….and you will treasure it forever.

A Little Extra Thank You

We cannot go without mentioning our wonderful photographer, Ashlee of Taylor Barnes Photography. Officially now our family photographer and friend forever! Without Ashlee we would never have had all of these treasured memories to look at forever. She has been such a pleasure to work with and was so lovely to have around on our special day.

Thank you Ashlee and Faye.


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Venue – Coombe Lodge
Brides Dress – The Mews, Jenny Packham
Grooms outfit – Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids – Monsoon
Groomsmen – M&S
Florist – The Wilde Bunch Florist
Make up – Kelly Hooper
Hair – Thairapy Freelance
Photography – Taylor Barnes Photography

What an absolutely perfect wedding day. The flowers are gorgeous aren’t they? I love how they’ve used them on the cake too. The image of Lottie just letting her emotions go as she walks down the aisle with her Mum is so moving – and her bouquet is a beautiful way to include her Dad in the ceremony.

I think more Brides should feel a sense of achievement after planning their weddings – it is a huge undertaking – logistically, financially, emotionally and sometimes even politically (family-wise of course). But when you get a set of images like these and create memories for you and your family forever, it’s definitely all worth it! I’m sure Charlie is very proud of his Mum and Dad.

Congratulations Lottie and Alex.
Lots of love,
Fern x