A Pretty, Outdoor Picnic, Bicycle Themed Wedding

I have such a pretty wedding to share with you this morning. Elle and Will wanted an outdoor, picnic theme to their wedding, complete with bicycles too :-) I so love the elements they included to represent their personalities, the maps, the bicycle cake, the wellie wanging ;-) It’s all to pretty,  and i think you will be loving this as much as me :-)

Thanks so much to the awesome UK wedding photographyer, David J Perkins Photography for sharing his work today, here is what he had to say about the day;

“Ellie and Will were married at St peter and St Paul at Rock Chuch in Rock Village and went on to a reception at the Rock Village Hall .

Ellie and Will did so much work to make there day fabulous it’s impossible to put all the details into a short blog post, I will say I loved the Wellie wanging !

I’ve been really looking forward to sharing this awesome home-spun wedding on my Blog.. It was a lovely day to photograph, the only trouble I’ve had is getting the photo selection down to an acceptable number

Congratulations to them both and I I wish them a life filled to the brim with joy….”

Names…. Elle and Will

Wedding Date…. 13th August 2011

The Proposal…. Will proposed on St Agnes beach, Cornwall (my favourite beach) It was a beautiful sunny day and we had the beach to ourselves.

The Vision for the day…. We wanted it to be laid back and reflect our love of the outdoors. We came up with the idea of a picnic basket theme straight away. We wanted a really sociable, fun wedding so decided to have food to share, garden games and a ceilidh so all our friends would get to know each other and have a giggle! Everyone also really liked the ice cream trike outside the church for the stroll to the reception hall down the lane.

The Planning process…. We kept a scrap book of ideas which helped us to stick to our theme and original ideas. We were really lucky as we had the same ideas and were fairly realxed about everything. Most brides say that they have to do everything, however, Will was really involved.

The Venue… We wanted to have the reception at my parents’ house but the trees were too tall to get into a marquee. We had heard great things about Rock Village Hall so went to have a look. Even if we had had a £1 million budget we would have hired this hall. The views are beautiful, it is rural and it looks a bit like a ski chalet (we love to ski!) Everyone commented on how beautiful the location and hall were.

The Dress + Accessories…..  My Mum, bridesmaids and I all trundled into The Wardrobe, Kinver. Sally and her daughter Aimi instantly knew the type of dress I wanted even though I had only said about 3 words! I only tried on 3 dresses and found ‘the one!’ I knew I wanted to be comfy and look like ‘me!’ so wanted a floaty dress. I have a really pale complexion so ended up with a mink colour band, otherwise all ivory made me look too pale! I loved my veil, it was from the same shop. The veil was floor length and edged in beautiful silk. My necklace was designed and made by the same jeweller (Bruce Crantock, St Agnes) who had designed and made my engagement ring and both our wedding bands. He was brill with the jewellery and I am so pleased we got to work with him. Also, every visit to him meant another trip to the beautiful St Agnes beach :) My pearl bracelet was borrowed from my Mother-in-Law and was given to her by her husband 25 years ago.

Groom’s attire… We wanted the boys to be relaxed so just went for lounge suits.

The Readings + Music…. Our beautiful friend Thalia read the Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear. She had read it to me in the past and made me smile so much we asked her to read at the church. Everyone loved it, it made everyone else smile too! The other reading was by my Mum’s friend of 52 years, my God Mother, Wendy. She picked the reading ‘I am Here’ by S.L. Curtis. When she emailed us the reading I could not read it all the way through without crying! (I am such a softy!)

Beautiful bridesmaids….. I wanted to have sea colours and floaty dresses. Apart from that, the girls could have anything they wanted. We decided to have 2 colours: Azure and Sea glass. The Flower girls were in lovely little dresses from Monsoon and totally stole the show… they were uber cute!

The Flowers… We wanted wild flowers but it is not permitted to pick them! Our florist was fantastic, again, I said all of about 3 words and she whipped up a beautiful/wild/pinkish array. They were so soft and delicate. We also had flowers in wellies. (Our friends call us ‘Welle’ because it is easier to say than Will and Elle! We also had ‘Welle’ Wanging at the reception!) In the church we had flowers in buckets and tied lavendar to the pew ends (my late Nan’s favourite)

The Cake… My friend, an artist, Sarah Roberts, painted a white iced cake depicting all of our favourite hobbies e.g. walking boots, mountains, skis, surf boards….we loved how personal it was.

Your Photographer…. David J Perkins was amazing. He is so tall, but we barely noticed that he was there. He was relaxed and very professional. We love the photos and everyone has said how stunning they are… my friends have already asked for his card for when they get married.

The Details + Decor…. Picnic/Outdoors theme.. we had wicker baskets full of bread, cheese and olives. The hall ceiling was covered in lanterns and fairy lights and the flowers were in wellies, old milk bottles and buckets. We had place names on pebbles from beaches. The tables were named after some of our favourite mountains, cycling areas and beaches. The table plan was mounted on a board covered in an OS map of where Will proposed. We had hay bales as seats outside and lots of lanterns on the grass and in the marquee for the evening.

The Honeymoon…. Wonderful Ireland. We walked and cycled around the South West peninsulas for 16 days. We were blessed with glorious sunshine and had the beaches and mountains to ourselves. The sunsets were perfect and the sea was so blue. The Irish people are so friendly and welcoming and all the accommodation was stunning. The cottage we stayed in had views of the sea, mountains and fields from every window.

Memorable moments… Everything!! Walking down the ailse with my Dad by my side, the cute flower girls, saying our vows, having all of our friends together (we felt so honoured), the cheer when we walked into the hall for the wedding breakfast, the ceilidh dancing.

Advice for other couples… Keep it simple, smile and enjoy it!

Credit where credit’s due…

Caterer:Mary: http://www.justscrummy.co.uk/

Florist: Carol and Vicky: http://www.carolsfloristkidderminster.co.uk/

Photographer: David: http://davidjperkins.org.uk/

Pianist: Harry Treble: http://www.treblerock.com/

Venue: http://www.rockvillagehall.co.uk/

Ice cream trike: http://www.churchfields-farm.co.uk/

Room/Venue dresser: : Claire: http://www.theroomdresser.co.uk

Cake decorator/artist/wedding coordinator: Sarah: [email protected]

Honeymoon cottage: http://westcove.net/

Thanks so much to Elle and Will for sharing their gorgeous outdoor wedding with us today, what elements about you and your relationship do you hope to incorporate into your wedding day? xoxo

4 thoughts on “A Pretty, Outdoor Picnic, Bicycle Themed Wedding

Sometimes I read a feature on a real wedding and it gives me the jitters/butterflies/etc about my own wedding, and I get excited and emotional all over again.
THIS is one of those weddings :D

(Not good as I have to leave for work in 10 mins and have to sort my make up out again!)


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