There’s nothing like natural beauty, and Upthorpe Wood in Suffolk is full of it. A gorgeous dry hire venue perfect for adding all your own unique touches. Whether that be boho, festival, rustic or any style your heart desires, the possibilities are endless.
The lovely Georgia Rachael Photography took inspiration from the surroundings, and together with other talented wedding suppliers created the perfect clearing of gorgeousness. There’s pampas grass, a wooden altar and the sweetest table scape full of taper candles.
Boho bride Bianca looks mesmerising in a lace gown and braided up do which I have a feeling you’ll be pinning within an inch of its life.
Lisa and Alex had a cosy post Christmas winter wedding at Cripps Barn near Cirencester. Styled by Lauren from Ladyamy event design the day was filled with rustic details incorporating Kraft paper, old coffee sacks and pine cones to create decor with a rustic-luxe feel. I love that Lisa and Alex are both foodies and so named the tables after their favourite restaurants and they treated their guests to big sharing antipasto plates and roast beef.
Lisa looked stunning in her Halfpenny London gown set against candlelit rooms twinkling with fairy lights
Now then, this is a bit different in terms of fashion. Rather than the bride “changing up” her look for the evening festivities the groom chose to instead, and very swanky he looks too (in both ensembles.)
I love the light, the love and the soft colour palette of Jane and Sam’s super pretty W-day, not to mention all of the home-made details and the fact so many Rock My Wedding recommended suppliers did an AMAZING job of the whole affair.
I defy anyone not to fancy a cake (or two) after catching a glimpse of the delicious dessert table, rocky road is my FAVOURITE.
Not only was Rhiannon and Will’s floral-fabric inspired big day super super pretty it was also a whole lot of fun. Check out the dancing images and the sumptuous spread, who said you needed to dine a la carte to tickle everyone’s fancy anyhow?
Oh and they had blue polka dot stationery for the reception. Uh huh. You know we LOVE it.
I used the same florist as my sister who was married two years ago Olga in Bloomers Cirencester. I knew I wanted Scabious as it matched our blue theme and my grandma had those in her bouquet on her wedding day. Apart from that I was pretty clueless. I knew it needed to be relaxed and not too tight or stiff.
I was inspired by a piece of Liberty Print fabric so I took that to Olga and explained that I wanted it to look as if we’d been for a walk in the nearby fields and picked the flowers ourselves. We had cornflowers, scabious, matricaia (daisy), astilbe (three different colours), alcamilla mollis, beargrass, salla and mint. Bridesmaids’ bouquets were the same as mine only slightly smaller. Cornflowers were used for the headband and for the buttonholes.
The flowers were AMAZING and they looked great with the fabric, which was used as handkerchiefs for groomsmen and for the order of service booklets.
Pew ends and church flowers were put together by a good friend who also decorated the marquee using more or less the same blend of flowers cut and put in jam jars on the tables.
The cake was made by the same lady who made my sister’s wedding cake. It was a low key relaxed cake with buttercream frosting. We chose a blueberry cake as it fitted with our blue colour scheme and blueberries are my favourite! SADLY we didn’t get any official photos of the cake! As it was fairly hot in the marquee it was hidden away in the mobile refrigerator. We almost forgot it as we were so into the dancing. It was so delicious though…..
A friend kindly re-created a pair of love birds like these to go on top of the cake. They were beautifully handmade using vintage fabric. She refused to show them as she was making them so they were a surprise and she didn’t let us down. What is lovely about them is that we still have them as a gorgeous memory.
As the venue was home my family had gone to amazing effort to make everything so beautiful for us. Mum had spent months preparing the garden for us and including lots of blue and white flowers she had even grown agapapathus for us. There was an army of people helping to weed and primp up the garden area. My sister saved baby jam jars for me to put tea lights in for the evening.
The garden looked amazing! Mum had also sewn meters of bunting that was hung in the garden and the marquee.
Everything to do with pattern and colour was linked to the invitation design that Amy and her boyfriend Ryan had made for us.
They made the beautiful order of services, menus, escort cards, table numbers, save the dates and invitations. They used beautiful polka dot ribbon to tie everything together it was perfect!
We hired vintage crockery from Eve Coombs at Vintage Me. Eve was so helpful and gave us ideas about styling etc. she helped with the flowers too. The pieces of crockery and cutlery were gorgeous.
We decided not to have a big sit down dinner as it was about 4/5 o’clock by the time we were eating. We chose an afternoon tea as I am obsessed with all things cake! A local lady called Annie Murchie made the tea. She was meticulous about detail and it certainly shows but the food not only looked beautiful it tasted out of this world. She decided to make canapés that were a three course meal we had mini prawn cocktails, quails eggs, mini Yorkshire puddings and mini trifles it was all so cute!
Later on in the evening we had a hog roast that was delicious.
We left favours to last as this was something that was not essential if we ran out money. We decided on little pots of mints. We lined the tins with Liberty Print fabric and filled them with mint imperials. The tins were something I thought guests might use again. A friend once told me ‘never refuse a breath mint’….
As for other entertainment we had a barn dance. We had difficulty finding a band as there was a local festival going on that same weekend. Everyone I emailed was so helpful and eventually we found Hetty Pegglers Tump. They were sooo much fun. Everyone was dancing…… right through to the bitter end.
After the band we had a selection of i-pods that kept us going until about 3AM.
The First (Barn) Dance
Tony Gibbons from Hetty Pegglers Tump was amazing and talked me through all the options for a first dance. He tentatively introduced the idea of doing a simple barn dance as our first dance and Will and I LOVED the idea. It involved us dancing together for a bit then going off and getting other partners etc etc it ended with lots of people on the dance floor.
I think it gave the message that if we can do it anyone can do it!
Having A Ball
The help from friends and family made our wedding day so special. So many people were involved in helping us make things work. It was lovely to spend this exciting time with our close family and friends and it made them feel like part of the day and they all loved that.
Having people to help meant also that everything had a really nice handmade feel.
We tried to avoid manufactured / mass produced things to make our wedding really unique. We met some fantastic people and what is sad about the end of the wedding is that we won’t see them again. Whilst I was very fussy about things and making sure everything matched the theme Will kept on saying that the theme of the wedding was ‘having a good time’.
It was so true, people were there to celebrate with us and what was most important was that they enjoyed the day and had a great time. We didn’t have a strict timetable about what time things would start and end, were so happy and relaxed and I think the photos show that.
A good piece of advice that some friends gave us was to make sure that as bride and groom you take some time out, just the two of you and look around at the venue and people enjoying themselves and absorb it all because it goes soooo quickly.
I don’t know about you lovelies but I have a burning desire to go have a picnic in a cornfield and then make my way to a barn dance, especially if someone was to buy me one of those cute dresses from Anthropologie….