Crazy golf anyone? Erm, yes please. What a fabulously unique way to entertain your guests during your wedding. That and a little bit of hook a duck and whack a rat too have certainly brought all the joy to this country wedding.
Bringing all the pretty was Fairly Vinatge , who styled the lovely Farbridge wedding venue to perfection with vintage suitcases, books, step ladders and more.
Each adorable moment was captured by the fabulous Meghan Lorna Photography, and will leave you feeling all fuzzy inside, not to mention completely envious when your see the bridal parties lace and sequin frocks.
There’s nothing like a Summer festival wedding full of colour and character to brighten a cold Winters morning, and this one in Somerset will not only blow your mind, but also warm your heart.
The wild floral arrangements full of dahlias and sunflowers for one will have you hitting the Pinterest button quicker than you can say ‘Jack Frost nipping at your nose’ with all the portraits and moments captured by Andrew Brannan Photography leaving you feeling all fuzzy inside.
It also features sumptuous satin gowns by Charlotte Simpson Bridal and Ghost Fashion who are members of our Look Book, and together the bridal party look absolutely flawless. Not forgetting Groom Andrew in his Military uniform, with the moments captured by M&J Photography of Lucy & Andrew walking through the Guard of Honour from the grooms fellow swordsmen being some of my absolute favourites from this gorgeous day.
Each of the RMW team will pick out something entirely different from each real wedding we feature as their “favourite detail” or their “favourite moment”, I 100% guarantee it. That’s not a bad thing of course, it simply goes to show that we are all individuals with varying requirements for what makes us tick. Much like you gorgeous lot in fact, and why we endeavour to showcase as much variety as we possibly can.
When I first saw Lucy and Chris’s Big Day it was the dress that first caught my attention, so swishy, so elegant, so glamorous. And then it was the blooms. Peach, pink, lilac and spring green, a ray of sunshine all tied up in one ribbon wrapped bouquet.
Of course all that pretty is easy to admire, and as much as I love the obvious aesthetics, my favourite part of this London soiree has got to be when Lucy is walking up the ailse. The way Chris is looking at her. The anticipation of Lucy looking at him. The way they look at each other …..
For my hen party ‘Emma Dennis’ did all my friends hair and make-up for a 1930s themed evening. She did a fab job so I asked her to do my wedding hair and make-up. I went for a fairly natural look so I looked like an improved version of ‘me’ it was definitely worth having a make-up artist because it stayed on all day and night!
I looked at Jenny Packham head pieces but I decided it would have been a bit too much with all the detail in the dress so I decided on a simple cream flower with wavy hair for a soft look.
The Dream Dress
My dress was from Morgan Davies in Islington. It was Papillon by Jenny Packham. I had thought I would pick a very simple grecian style dress but I fell in love with the detail, sequins, beading and beautiful 1930s style of Papillon. It felt amazing when I tried it on. After one day of dress shopping I knew I had found my dream dress.
My engagement ring is an antique Edwardian cluster ring. I wanted to fing some earrings to match but on a budget! I found exactly what I wanted on Etsy.
My shoes were peep toe heels from Monsoon. They had some beading at the front and matched the dress perfectly. For a girl who is not usually drawn to jewels and beading I had turned into a magpie!
An Honourable Maid
My maid of honour was a trooper and we went dress shopping on Oxford Street when she had given birth only three weeks before! We picked a long navy dress from Coast to match the grooms suit, she looked stunning. Our flowergirls were our three year old nieces they looked very cute in pretty Ivory dresses from John Lewis with big net skirts which they loved and matching handbags.
A Subtle Vintage Theme
Juliet from Kensington Flowers did an amazing job. I described to her that I wanted a soft vintage look using pink, peach, cream and different greens. She came up with exactly what I hoped for.
My Mum provided lots of different glass cake stands for the table arrangements and small glass vases for the ceremony table they fitted the vintage theme perfectly.
In The Navy
Chris picked a lovely three piece navy suit with a fine pinstripe from Ted Baker. His Best Man also had a navy suit from Ted Baker with a slightly different pinstripe.
Welcome to part 2 – I guess that means we have about 50 moments left to get through this morning so lets jump straight back in…
A friend of my aunt’s baked our cake – two tiers of chocolate. I sourced ribbon from VV Rouloux in London that matched the colours of the wedding and posted it to her. I didn’t get to taste any (how did that happen?!) But I am told it was a fabulous chocolate cake – it certainly looked fantastic. Planet Flowers provided some bright pink hydrangeas to decorate.
As our service was in a garden, we chose Apollo String Quartet, in which a friend from school is the cellist. It was fantastic to have a personal connection and they were outstanding on the day, particularly as the weather was erratic and they (and their precious instruments) were outside. They are very talented musicians with an extensive repertoire, and apparently a sideline in groom psychology as Dan has commented often on how they helped him get through the 30 minutes I kept him waiting. At night we had The Elliot Murray band, another personal connection through my mum. They were outstanding – a great selection of music and the dancefloor was filled from start to finish.
I Want To Rock Your Gypsy Soul
This was a bit last minute. Dan and I love music, but don’t have a particular song. We went for Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” for the first dance, which is a gorgeous and chilled song. We are not great dancers, and in the end there was an element of body popping to entertain the crowd as we panicked at the attention towards the end of the song. The fact that the song is quite short was a blessing!
Pick Up A Penguin
For each guest we chose a Penguin recycled classic. We picked them with each guest in mind and had a special bookplate put inside to commemorate the day. Our stationers supplied the bookplates in the same style as the invitations. A lot of our guests have told us how touched they were to receive a specially chosen book, and we have warned them that we’ve kept a record and there will be a book quiz at some point! For the children, we set up plant pots in the wedding colours (an Ikea find!) filled with small games and toys to keep them occupied but also give them a wee treat. I remember witnessing one child whack her sister across the head with the bat-and-ball set we included, so apologies to both the sister and the parents!
We had the fantastic assistance of 88 Events, who we brought in at the last minute but who couldn’t have been more helpful and lovely to work with and despite having only a month or so to help us with the wedding. They hung white paper lanterns throughout the barn, and arranged beautiful chairs, napkins and hurricane lamps. Sheila at 88 Events was incredible at knowing, within minutes of meeting us, what we’d like – and she was spot on. Her team were fantastic on the day, and we really felt we were in a safe pare of hands. We made the table numbers ourselves out of papier-mache numbers from Hobbycraft, painted in bright pink to match the décor. My dad made stands for them – he’s a bit of a DIY legend. Our stationers supplied the menus for each guest, however I uncovered a secret love of DIY crafts and spent the two weeks before the wedding hand-making stamped place settings and orders of service. I ordered wooden stamps from Paper Source, a fantastic US-based stationary and crafts store that I used to haunt when I lived in San Francisco.
Choosing Every Element
The best thing about our wedding was the ability to choose absolutely every element of it ourselves, with no restrictions. Our venue came as an empty shell, and we had the opportunity to work with some extremely talented wedding suppliers who could not have been more inventive, stylish and helpful. Our caterers, 88 Appetite Direct, were awesome and we’ve had many comments about the quality of the food. From tuna sashimi and haggis canapés, an excellent wine list and fantastic team of people on the ground who provided cheery, seamless service on the day.
Good morning and Happy Tuesday.. and happy it certainly is with this ray of French sunshine, in the form of nothing short of a stunningly elegant wedding.
I’m going to start by setting the scene a little and let the Bride pick up the narrative below. I hope you’re all sitting down…
The table centres were orchids, amarylis, roses and baby’s breath.
The tables places were decorated with individual menus, napkins and ribbon, and we had beautiful glass charger plates so I didn’t feel there was a need for favours and I couldn’t think of anything that everybody would actually like or want!
Amy Murrell went to art college with David. He showed me the photos from her website and I thought they were beautiful. They were totally unlike the very posed, formal photos which you usually see of weddings, and that’s exactly what I didn’t want.
She seemed to have a real eye for detail and I was sure she could capture all the subtle moments of the day beautifully. The disc was on our doorstep when we got home from our honeymoon, so we looked at them straight away and absolutely loved them!
They are exactly what we wanted, and are as beautiful and timeless as we’d hoped.
A DIY Cake
I made the cake myself. I wanted a three tiered cake with fresh white flowers. It was a madeira sponge with vanilla buttercream. It wasn’t perhaps perfect but I thought it looked great and it added a real personal touch to the day.
Since we were only having just over 50 guests we thought a full-blown band would be a bit too much and it was just a small space we had so we decided on a piano player/singer. We went to see a few playing gigs around London but when we saw Damien Flood we instantly knew he was the one. He was way over what we wanted so spend but he was absolutely breathtaking and worth every penny. Everyone commented on how fabulous he was.
Our first dance was Adele’s version of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love. We both just loved the lyrics and thought it was a beautiful song.
For the decor we just had candles and flowers. The chateau itself is such a beautiful location there really wasn’t much need to have anything else.
What made our wedding special for us was that it was small and intimate- what we didn’t want was lots of people there that we didn’t really know. We only had 56 guests but as it was in France we made a weekend of it. Everyone was invited out on the Friday night for a buffet meal and we had a big brunch on Sunday morning. Everyone we had room for stayed at the Chateau itself and it was lovely for everyone to be able to get to know each other over the whole weekend.
We were very lucky to have the venue and full run of it, as the owner’s are friends of ours- it made it totally unique and everyone commented on what a special and unique wedding it was. We did everything exactly as we wanted it and did so much of it ourselves- the cake, the catering (David has a catering company – Season2taste, the stationery, I laid and decorated all the tables exactly how I wanted them. It was stressful as we took so much of the work on ourselves but it meant that everything was exactly as we had it in mind. My advice would be to just enjoy the day as it is over so quickly- do everything exactly how you want it because it is your day but don’t invite too many people!
Simply stunning, classically elegant whilst remaining stylishly up to date. Loving the Navy Colour Scheme, Loving the simplicity of the decor allowing the venue to shine, loving the gorgeous photography and oh the sunshine!
What are you loving today?
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