The village wedding of Rose and James is so pretty, so meaningful, so utterly beautiful.
I can’t help but love a traditional church, village hall wedding, being a village girl myself see :-) The styling of the day is just so quaint, with a VW van, bunting, sweets galore and bird cages… anyone planning a shabby chic affair get set for gorgeous inspiration here.
Thanks so much to the fantastic Vintage wedding photographer, Eliza Claire Photography for sharing her images, here is what she had to say about the day;
“Rose and James are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Rose never stops smiling, never stops ensuring that everyone around her is happy and content. In James, she’s found her soulmate. They both have a strength of faith in each other and God. They met through their church, and their faith had a huge bearing on their day. They are genuine, warm, and great fun to be around.”
Names…. Rose and James
Wedding Date…. 23.7.11
The Proposal…. On top of the white cliffs of Dover on a beautiful summers day.
The Vision for the day…. A relaxed family and friend orientated wedding. The theme we went for was vintage country garden.
The Planning process…. James and I decided to do all of the planning ourselves. It took us a year of slowly finding things that we would want for our wedding. The internet was a huuuuge help and we found some great deals and beautiful items. It was slowly gathering these items that added to the little quirks at the wedding.
The Venue… St Mary’s, Chilham and Petham village hall, Petham.
The Dress + Accessories….. The Bridal Gallery, Broadstairs (its a gem!)
Finding the dress…. I had a lovely little boutique suggested to me by friends that is in Broadstairs called ‘The Bridal Gallery’. I was really nervous about finding a dress that would look good on me. I had never even worn a prom dress before so it was quite a big deal. The Bridal Gallery made me feel so relaxed and I loved trying on lots of different dresses. I knew the second dress I tried on was the one but I still enjoyed dressing up! My accessories were also from The Bridal Gallery. I had a beautiful pearl antique head piece that fit my dress and our theme well. My earrings and knecklace were pearl and from Fenwicks on sale…bargain!
Groom’s attire… James got a made to measure suit from Reiss in London.
The Readings + Music…. My father in law read from Philippians 2:1-11. We both attend The City Church, Canterbury. Our worship music was a mix of traditional hymns and modern worship songs. We had a live worship band of a guitar, keys, backing vocalist, violin and cello. It made our service so beautiful and special. Our entrance, registration and exit music was a reflection of the music that we love to listen to and show our characters.
Entrance-Olafur Arnalds (Ljosio) and exit – Jonsi (Go Do.)
Beautiful bridesmaids…. I had three lovely bridesmaids. My sister, my best friend (and old uni mate) and my friend from work and church. They wore dresses by Oasis. the style of the dress fitted the individual girls perfectly.
The Flowers… An amazing lady called Miriam from church did our flowers. She had never done a wedding before but chose and helped prepare the flowers for her own wedding. We have similar styles and I knew she would get it right and she did :)
The Cake… was made by my very talented sister in law. We both chose cupcakes and particularly wanted a giant cupcake to cut on top. The cakes looked as good as they tasted.
Your Photographer…. We found an excellent photogropher online called Eliza Claire. We loved her style and were very excited that she shot our wedding.
The Details + Decor…. We booked Petham Hall as it was a beautiful light open room which we could do anything with. Again we found an amazing company online who totally got the theme we were going for. They supplied birdcages, bunting and crockery http://www.thevintageteaparty.
The Honeymoon…. Millbrook Estate, North Devon and Lake Garda, North Italy :)
Memorable moments… Walking into the church and seeing James, I couldnt wait to get to the end of the aisle. The worship music at the service and the dancing at the evening reception! The whole day for us was memorable and was just how we wanted it.
Advice for other couples… Work together when planning the day. Take time to have a moment together after the service to take in all that is happening. Make sure you have fun together but enjoy time celebrating with family and friends.
Credit where credit’s due…
Thanks so much to Rose and James for sharing their beautiful day with us today xoxo
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