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White-Washed In Wiltshire.

We really are spoiling you today folks – yet another gorgeous real wedding, this time it’s Katie and Chris’s summer affair in Wiltshire captured by the lovely Caroline Alexander.

And to be honest I don’t even know where to start with all the details of this W-day that made me do a little clap at my desk (usually just when I’m by myself so no-one thinks I am a complete loon). Firstly there is THE dress, Exalto by Cymbeline, all layers of lace and uber flattering cut. Then there is the fact the reception was held at Katie’s parents farm and the decor is so ruddy perfect for the venue, I’m talking white washed beams, hessian table runners, huge white peonies and some kind of table plan made out of an old bed and chicken wire….yes really. And it looks awesome.

In light of yesterdays bridesmaids chat (essentially having to consider so many different shapes, sizes and preferences) Katie had just the one, in the prettiest shade of navy. And I’ve got to say these are some of the loveliest bride and best girl portraits I’ve ever seen.

Have a wonderful Wednesday you gorgeous lot.

On The Wall

I bought my dress at Mirror Mirror in Islington, It was called Exalto, by Cymbeline, and I choose it for its elegance and beautiful lace frills. I could also easily move around in it which was important in the barn.

A Surprise Gift

I wanted to wear fairly simple jewellery, and on the morning of our wedding my husband sent me a pair of pearl earrings, and a matching necklace and bangle. Just before I left for the church my sister gave me yet another present from Chris – Tiffany diamond earrings! Happy to admit I was utterly spoilt!

Bond And Navy

Chris had a bespoke 3 piece suit made at Reiss, it was really well made, fitted perfectly and a great price. He had a Paul Smith stripy navy tie, and a more detailed button hole that the other boys. He looked very handsome, and according to many of our guests just like Daniel Craig!

My bridesmaid Charlotte choose her navy blue dress from Coast, the boys either wore their own or a hired navy suit and brown shoes, and we gave them all a spotty navy tie.

A Beautiful Morning

I had my colour done at Aveda a week before the wedding and then on the day, my sisters, my bridesmaid and I went to No.1 Hair in Pewsey. Serena, the owner did my hair, and her assistant Claire did the other girls. Serena is great fun and we had a lovely morning in her salon. We had the place to ourselves, and spent the morning chatting, reading magazines, eating sandwiches and drinking bubbly.

I did my own make up, using Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and Chantecaille products; using tips I had learnt about 6 months earlier at a makeup lesson with John Gustafson at Fenwicks.

All Round Lovely

For our photography I chose Caroline Alexander who I had previously met when she did my sister Lydia’s wedding. We loved that she was so discreet and produced really beautiful and natural shots. Before the wedding we had an engagement/practise shoot which was great fun, we spent a couple of hours exploring my parents farmyard looking for interesting spots to take our wedding photos I really wanted the photography to reflect the relaxed barn venue, which it did. Caroline totally captured the relaxed farm yard feel of the day and was also lovely company.

Country And Garden

For our flowers we used Kate at Hedgerose in Marlborough. I had a clear idea about the look and feel of my wedding, and Kate was able to translate that with her arrangements. She spent lots of time with me and at both the church and the barn and came up with some beautiful ideas.

At the church we had white and green arrangements on the window sills and font. Either side of the church door way, we had milk churns filled with tall white country flowers. At the reception, I chose white peonies in jars on the tables, and white and green long draping arrangements on each beam in the barn.

Both mine and my bridesmaids bouquets where originally going to be large bunches of wild red poppies, however it rained heavily the night before the wedding and our stock was ruined, so we went with plan B, a mix of blues, which looked beautiful.

Keeping It Local

My friend Liane sung in Church which was both fantastic and personal. After dinner we had a local band Breeze, they had everyone up and dancing straight away. Towards the end Chris and his groomsmen were up there singing Oasis medleys to the delight of the crowd.

Always In Keeping

I wanted a relaxed country, barn feel for the decoration, and spent age’s sources lots of special items, such as milk churns and enamel tin pots. Chris and I made signs to direct the guests, a blackboard for the menu, and a table planner out of an old bed and some chicken wire!

We made the bar with two barrels, an old door and lots of hessian. Although I already had a lot of pieces as I run a business called Vintage Blue hiring unique and interesting vintage crates, jars etc to weddings, parties, photographers and florists.

Home-Made Delicious

My sister in law, Jenny made our cake. It consisted of a tier of chocolate sponge and another tier of burnt vanilla sponge, with butter cream icing and decorated with a blue Hydrangea head. It was absolutely delicious.

You Do Something To Me

Chris choose the first dance song ‘You do something to me by’ Paul Weller, it is a favourite of his, and we attempted a couple of minutes of a dance routine we had made up late one Saturday night a few weekends earlier ……… It wasn’t the best routine… but we had fun!

A Vintage Classic

My husband hired a bright red Austen Healey 3000 from Vintage Classics, as a surprise for both my dad and I. Dad drove me to the church, and Chris drove us both back to the reception from the church.

My sister’s best friend Julia did our catering, she made the most delicious canapés and buffet to go along side a pig roast. The pig was a very generous wedding present from our great friends Niall and Rae who run a small holding in Wiltshire.

Smile

My advice to other brides would be to do what you want to do, make it personal, and smile……if the bride is smiling so will everyone else.

Brides Gown – Cymbeline at Mirror Mirror

Maids Gown – Coast

Blooms – Hedgerose

Entertainment – Breeze

Car Hire – Vintage Classics

Decor – Brides own (Vintage Blue)

Photography – Caroline Alexander

That cake, so simple yet so chic.

And can I please be invited to a wedding/party where there are just giant bowls of fresh strawberries and meringue?!

Big White-Washed Love

Charlotte xxx

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