Oh my gosh this outdoor humanist ceremony at The Rectory Hotel in the Cotswolds is SO idyllic and full of detail.
My eyes haven’t stopped popping out of my head at all the masses of fabulous decor, all cleverly crafted by the Bride too I might add. I adore the use of feathers, and the gold spray painted bottles and tin cans filled with peach flowers & succulents add a subtle vintage feel to this classic country wedding.
Bride Jem’s Charlotte Balbier Lily May bridal gown is simply STUNNING and she looks absolutely gorgeous, the lace back in particular is just heavenly, just like this glorious sun filled wedding.
I really really do love a green and pink wedding colour theme; it’s super pretty but fresh at the same time and has a timelessness that won’t date as the years roll by. Combine this with an exquisite venue such as The Rectory Hotel and you’ve got a match made in heaven which is pretty much how I’d describe the nuptials of Fiona and Tom.
Full of fun and whimsical details such as the beautiful floral inspired stationery by Berin Made and the supersized balloons that are dotted around the venue, there’s just so much inspiration to take away from this ‘I Do’ – look out for the heart door wreath; it is particularly lovely!
Ellie and Matt’s big day is swoon-inducingly pretty…I just love every element – from Ellie’s ENTIRE outfit – a divine Lusan Mandongus gown, a sweeping Provonias veil and such a pretty floral crown, to the table plan created using a ladder and plant pots, to the hand folded origami cranes that so many of you lovingly make for your weddings.
It’s just ALL so lovely.
The venue is the wonderful Rectory Hotel, in the heart of the Cotswolds and it makes the perfect backdrop for a classic and elegant wedding.
With a blush pink and gold glitter colour scheme, we were already sold on this wedding.
Then we saw the bespoke Dana Bolton lace sleeved gown…the amazing DIY sweetie bar…the baby pink and white striped straws…the table plan made with ribbons and an individual badge for each guest…and we fell IN LOVE.
Seriously, today’s wedding is full of pretty details which you WILL want to replicate. In fact I’d say it’s the perfect wedding for a bank holiday Monday – you’ll need time to savour this wonderful wedding day.
And by savour, what is mean is cry over Kirsty’s honest and moving wedding report and then pin as many of the details as you possibly can.
We may only be bringing you one wedding today, but trust me, this one is extra special.
Welcome back to Lynsey and Barretts super stylish big day in the Cotswolds, it’s the ultimate mid week countryside escape.
If you missed part 1 earlier today then scroll down now – but shut your eyes, you don’t want to spoil it!
Photography by the genuinely lovely and super talented Jo and Simon at Shoot.
Right from the off-set Tina was making the cake as she needed to ‘feed it with a dozen bottles of brandy’ for at least 9 months! Just one tall cake with a bit of simple lace inspired icing placed on a glass cake stand. Project ‘cake relocation’ proved to be one of the most stressful parts of the wedding for my mother-in-law as she had the terrible job of baby sitting it 3 hours in the car on her knee. Unfortunately Peter’s (father of groom) driving left a little to be desired and was charged with wrecking the delicate lacy icing. But in true Noble spirit, resourceful as ever, there were back-up icing decorations to fix the cake’s bald spots!
Floats Like A Butterfly
On recommendation from The Rectory came Matt Bee. A singer songwriter acoustic guitarist with a lovely indie / folk style which we both adored as soon as we heard it. There was something so quietly calming about his singing that gave me a good honest feeling inside. I kind of didn’t really care what everyone else’s taste was; all I knew was that we both agreed he’d be perfect. He played a few Beatles, Police, Snow Patrol & Fleet Foxes’ songs before the ceremony and Paul Weller English Rose as I walked down the aisle, then You Do Something to Me on the Wood-Nobles exit.
Save The Date
Save the dates were made from vintage hankies block stamped and carefully wrapped around a pretty paper covered board then placed in a Kraft envelope with a couple of delightful vintage stamps. After many a late night or early morning I managed to perfect my block stamping by lots of trial and error and then I was onto a winner…. block stamping everything in sight. From place name tags to wall hangings.
I first saw the idea of silhouettes on the Oh So Beautiful Paper website and after a few profile photos later we were hooked. I designed the little flowery/leafy surrounding and a friend helped out with the professional artwork, which enabled them to be printed on a standard printer using tracing paper. I paper covered board, trimmed to approximate size lugged out the sewing machine and carefully stitched them across the top. I give the impression it was a short no hassle process but it was the most time consuming stressful project I undertook. However, I would certainly do it again as I loved having the sole responsibility to create something unique to us both for our very special day. Oh I must not forget that we represented the children with a couple of little birds on each side of the invitation, our private little secret, which felt a bit cheeky as no one else knew. It was important to us that the children were featured but not in the most obvious way.
Kraft paper covered with printed info on one side and pretty paper covered on the other. With matching Kraft envelope. Everything was placed in a vellum envelope with a lovely selection of vintage stamps. You could just about make out what was inside, which I liked as it gave you slight sneak preview before you opened it. We kind of ‘did away’ with favours as I just couldn’t make my mind up on anything different but still keeping within a budget, so we decided that everyone could take away the table decorations, it was kind of a nice touch that everyone could take away a piece of the wedding.
I work in the silver industry and our company manufacture photo frames, so I used some plain frames on the tables to display table numbers. The glass was painted with blackboard paint and I then chalked on numbers. Each table was decorated with a precise scattering of lace doilies of different colours collected over a number of years. Napkin decoration was decided the day before!! I had already prepared the block stamped linen name place tags and asked a good friend to supply me with some pretty fabric strips to tie them. It all came together after a good dose of Prosecco and a sober 8½ month pregnant sister-in-law with a great eye for detail.
Heirlooms And Car Boot Finds
One of the main inspirations and source of the hand made decorations is a lady called Gemma Nemer from The Button Tin in Rotherham. I first came across her after my heavily pregnant sister-in-law invited me to a book covering workshop. Gemma runs workshops for you to learn how to make delightful works of art using vintage fabrics, buttons, ribbon and other nostalgic little gems. She is an artist in her own right who designs and makes jewellery and accessories from vintage fabrics.
In our workshop I decided to make a guest book type thing for everyone to take a Polaroid photo of themselves and place it in the book next to a note or a few words. The book was covered with an original 40’s fabric and hand stitched with ‘The Wood-Nobles’. This gave me the inspiration to use Gemma’s workshop as a vehicle for my Hen party crafty creations. I summoned my nearest and dearest (7 of us) to The Button Tin and Gemma created the most wonderful, inspirational and original idea ever. I fell in-love all over again!!!
We were all to create unique pieces for the wedding. She encouraged me to use my existing family heirlooms and car boot finds to create a number a very personal statements. I had certain ideas, but Gemma totally took them to a new level and I was totally bowled over with the result.
We made stiffened doilies scattered with vintage buttons – which I used to hang in against the windows in the ceremony room. A block stamped sign with some cute splashes of vintage fabric topped with an old granny hanger and some dangly balls for the Polaroid camera guest book area.
10 minutes before finishing my sister-in-law, in true clumsy style, lovingly spilt tea all over it!!! A glass or two of wine later Gemma had unpicked the damage and re-applied fresh un-stained text and fabric. All was saved, but we were all certainly on the edge of our seats throughout.
Bunting Not To Be Sniffed At
Natalie (other sister-in-law pregnant one) and I made an appliqué hanky bunting that was draped over the doors in the ceremony room. Mum and gran spent all day threading jewel like buttons onto wire to hang between lace panels and fabric strips to make a lovely backdrop behind where we were to get married. Over numerous perfectly cut sandwiches and an abundance of Prosecco and strawberries we had the most fabulous day to remember, with the added bonus of unique lovingly crafted decorations made for the wedding.
It doesn’t stop there either… I knew I could commission Gemma to create button holes that shouted individual style personal to us. What I was presented with was over and above my hugely high expectations. In a word she is ‘genius’. They were adorned with feathers, my gran’s lace pieces, vintage fabric and buttons. A true keepsake that will last forever. Needless to say we had plenty of tears when they were pinned on the men’s suits. Not from careless attachment of course!!
Frame And Fortune
I decided to make a program of events out of a huge redundant picture frame. I painted the frame with soft blue/green and then blackboard painted over the picture. It then took me about 3 days to achieve the perfect lettering. I must have rubbed it out 100 times to get what I wanted. The result was fab and it was a great greeting for everyone as they arrived into the main reception room at the Rectory.
Another major success was a few other picture frames that I painted in similar blue/green colours and removed the inner to reveal an instant photo frame for everyone to stick their head through, or any other body parts they desired. We really wanted to capture every single person in these frames, so Simon and Jo ran a military operation to make sure we achieved a quirky fun documentation of our guests. It turned out that everyone loved their pictures and our job was complete.
Top tip – Actually remember to taste one of the delicious canapés!
It might be one of the most important days of your life, but no matter how much money you spend the most important thing is to share your day with the people who mean the most to you. Enjoy every single minute as all the planning and hard work will ensure your day goes without a hitch. And even if it doesn’t this day will last forever so just make the most of every situation.
Which brings me to say that no amount of money can give you the perfect wedding day, it’s about prioritising what’s the most important to you and saving in the areas that you can. For me it wasn’t necessary to spend lots on favours. All the decorations we made are now dotted around my house and I enjoy catching a glimpse of them and feeling totally blissed out with warm fuzzy feeling from our day. Try and pull on the talent of your friends and relatives for anything you can, be cheeky and ask a few favours as you would be surprised how many people will come to your aid if you ask.
Another super talented and creative bride, who somehow found the time amongst all the other planning to give her decorations and stationery a stamp of genius individuality. The amount of effort put in and the detail that Lynsey achieved is stunning, the payoff is clear for us all to see here in this delightful set of images.
Such a heart warming and emotional day – I’m all in favour of a bit of a man cry when the occasion calls for it.
…or when you you are watching Marley and Me, it is also acceptable then.
Lynsey and Barrett married on the day after the Royal Wedding, surrounded by rural charm at The Rectory Hotel in Malmesbury. This beautifully relaxed wedding with subtle vintage influence is all about the detail.
Who better to rely upon then than Jo and Simon at Shoot? The northern “super duo” record every detail meticulously and capture the elegance and the emotion of a day like this perfectly.
We didn’t want a summer wedding so spring was an easy choice and over a bank holiday was the perfect chance for everyone to enjoy a long weekend. At that point when we decided on a date the Royal Wedding wasn’t on the cards so we were totally surprised when they announced that it was on the same weekend. Another bank holiday on the Friday the day before the wedding was going to make it the perfect long weekend.
Like A Glove
I wanted to make a non-wedding dress statement, if this makes sense, and just stumbled across a Temperley outlet store on a trip to Bicester. I tried a few beaded draped similar styles but once I caught sight of the bright blue beads, I knew it was considerably different which echoed the style I was after. It fit like a glove and I just looked at myself and tried to make sense of the internal dialogue going on. It started with…. Right, I can actually pick both my children up without any major disasters – tick. Not too structured – tick. Shows off the right amount of skin – tick. Great colour – tick. Amazing bead detail – tick and finally I just felt great and couldn’t wait to show it off.
A Suprise In Store
My hair slide / accessory piece was given to me by my mother-in-law and was not vintage but just something she’d had for a while and once I tried it on I knew it just worked. I wore my watch that was a gift from Barrett for my 30th, and I was also completely surprised by a beautiful bracelet that the kids presented to me just before we got married. Which was made even more special as a couple of links were taken out to make Fallon a lovely little pendant necklace.
I stumbled upon a scrummy pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes that completely matched the blue beads on my dress. I wouldn’t usually go for match matchy but they worked in a different kind of way, being slightly off the wall. Oh and one of the best parts… They smelled of bubble gum!
Making It Up
I did my own makeup and had a hairstylist come do my hair. I loved it more as the day went on as it got looser and a bit less formal.
I did mega research on the flowers as I wanted them to convey a vintage style mixed with a just picked out of the garden look. This was probably one of the most difficult details as I kind of wanted to do them myself but knew that I would totally be stressed if I did. So I managed to find a fab little store called The Fresh Flower Company with two great craftspeople that totally got my vibe. Easy street from there!
I provided most of the vessels that I’d collected from car boots junk shops and gran’s old bits and bobs. There was a mixture of lace covered jam jars, vintage battered tins and lots of glass vases. Each filled with a selection of vintage Amnesia Roses, white Spray Roses, Erygium, Hyacinths, Wax flower, Pussy Willow, Stocks, Antirinum, Veronica, Vibernam, Freesia-whites, creams, pale blues, pale pinks, daisies (taneceton) , craspedia (yellow balls) and hydrangea. My bouquet – I wanted a very natural un-arranged bouquet of Eucalyptus, Brunia, White Ranunculas, Rosemary, Blue Eringium, a couple green Hypericam berries, White veronica, White freesia, White Aster, grey Sennecio, lime green Vibernam. All tied with a little cream ribbon and finished with a gold brocade ribbon. Maybe a bit too much detail, sorry.
Fallon And Randall
We didn’t really have bridesmaids but our children were the ring bearers so we went with the notion that kids hate being put in something un-comfy and stuffy. So Fallon had a cute dress from I Love Gorgeous and Randall wore a great blue checked shirt and plaid bow-tie combo. Both good enough to eat. They were both happy with the choices as they did about 100 catwalk shows in the run up to the wedding, so as to ease the tension and huge ordeal of the whole thing.
In true Barrett style he only decided the day before the wedding what combo he was going to wear. He is totally in tune with his style and comfortable with making decisions based on his own feelings and not worrying what is ‘the right thing to do’ and ‘what others think’. Hence we were transported back to 1940’s as he sported a linen half placket back jacket with single vent, fine blue striped shirt with half penny collar and bright blue flecked bow-tie. WHITE trousers And his favourite ox-blood brogues.
A Total No Brainer
Simon and Jo from Shoot were the first people we called once we decided on the date. It was a total ‘no brainer’ choosing them to capture our wedding as we had worked together lots of times before and have always been blown away with their super talented style.
The beading on Lynseys Temperley and those colour pop shoes go so well together that it actually hurts.
Barrett clearly knows a thing or two about getting dressed too. To step away from the formal suit is daring enough but to go blue up top, white underneath and set it all off with a bow tie is simply inspired.
I wouldn’t be trusted to wear white trousers at my wedding, not if there was a chance of cricket in the garden… I’d be saying I do with green knees…
Also, I wouldn’t be trusted to hold the cake for a photo… no-one wants to eat cake off the floor.