I hope you enjoyed part one of Adeline and Andy’s wedding this morning… i know i certainly did :-)
After their touching ceremony, the couple headed off for some portraits with their amazing wedding photographer. Followed by a super pretty wedding reception. With the most amazing bake off competition which resulted in the best cake table ever, not to mention the rosettes! Pretty natural blooms and bunting compete the look.
There are too many things i could talk about, but instead i leave you with the beautiful imagery from Ann-Kathrin Koch, which tells you all you need to know.
Oh and see what the couple had laid eyes on earlier…..
The Cake… There is a wonderful Cotswold Wedding Planner called Jessie Thompson who got married at The Stone Barn’s sister barn, Cripps Barn last summer. I looked to her photos for inspiration and thought her cupcake tower looked amazing! She let me in on who had provided such a wonderful cake and so we grabbed her straight away! We met with Louise from Cirencester Cupcakes in November and discussed the possibility of doing a traditional victoria sponge in a tower from. We wanted it to be rustic and looked cobbled together, with lots of fresh fruit. Louise did such an amazing job! I would highly recommend her to all for her professionalism and her ability to do anything! She even made the top their lactose free just for me! Amazing!
The Details + Decor…. As I said before, we wished to have a homemade feel to our day. This started off by having all our stationery produced by Katie Leamon who is a friend of ours. Having a very talented friend like Katie really helped us bring this together. We told her our theme and let her do her own thing with it. This made it completely personal for us. She produced our save the dates, wedding invites and RSVP postcards, the table names and labels for the place settings. She is one very talented girl!
The name tags she made went on homemade Limonchello marmalade and hot apple chutney favours my mother-in-law so kindly spent hours making! I cut out yellow and blue material lids. The day before the wedding, there were a team of wedding guests sat in the Snug in The Wheatsheaf Inn putting all this together to make the favours look fantastic!
One of the most time consuming parts of the decor making had to be the bunting! I had a love hate relationship with a mini sewing machine for a good few weeks making 200 metres of bunting to hang from the ceiling! I thought about buying it, but because we wanted everything to be personal, I chose to make it all. I must admit that my back got a little sore and I pricked my finger a good few times, but at the end of it all, I was so glad that I had done it myself!
Andy and I also spent hours sifting through photos! We wanted a photo wall. Somewhere our guests could go and look at the fun times we have had with them from the past. We bought lots of mini pegs and some old string and created a photo wall at the back of one of the cattle feeders in the barn. It was such a simple idea, but very effective.
The rest of the decor was brought in to help give the overall finish a vintage feel. We had a typewriter for people to leave messages on. The vintage bottles were placed anywhere that had a bear surface, not just the tables to bring everything together. We even found a vintage photo frame to use for our seating plan!
I’m very lucky to have a husband who is very creative and also a perfectionist. He arrived at the barn only an hour before guests arrived and along with Katie and the groomsmen, they managed to put up the bunting and totally transform the venue into our vision!
Beautiful bridesmaids….. I had a difficult time picking my bridesmaids! I have lots of close friends and wanted them to all play a role in the day/planning. I firstly chose to keep it ‘in the family’, but that ended up being more hassle than I needed!
In the end I chose three girls. Sophie (Andy’s sister), Sandra (one of my oldest friends who I grew up with and is like a sister to me) and Emily (who is one of my best friends). At 11:30pm the night before the wedding, I received a message from Sandra letting me know she had been taken to hospital with pneumonia! Lots of brides would have freaked out, but I kept my cool and just had the two bridesmaids on the day!
The girls wore blue, floral 50′s inspired dresses from Zara. Sophie wore navy shoes by Kurt Geiger and Emily wore the most amazing navy, glittery shoes from Dune!
I bought them vintage handbags, collected from flea markets in Edinburgh and I bought them vintage typewriter key necklaces with their initials on by Rworked Workshp and navy flower broaches by Lucy Melissa.
Your Videographer…. I entered a competition in March via The Natural Wedding Company’s website to win a vintage inspired video of your wedding by Bright Star Films. I was hopeful as they were looking for a wedding happening before 1st May and within 100 miles of London. The wedding also needed to reflect a homemade, rustic and vintage feel (all the words I would use to describe our wedding!). I couldn’t believe it when we won as I felt that having a videographer would have been the ‘icing on the cake’ as they so ironically put it!
I met Kieran and Sinead in London a month before the wedding. With lots of emails back and forth, they came along on the day and were so discreet that nobody even noticed they were there! We even bumped into them back at the barn on the Monday, getting extra exterior shots. Their dedication and hard work has been amazing and we couldn’t be happier!
A Bake Off…
I am actually a HUGE cake fan. To have just one wedding cake wouldn’t have been enough. So we asked all our guests if they could bring cake too! We turned it into a cake bake off competition. We knew friends would bring cake, so decided to have it as our dessert. What we hadn’t expected was that we ended up with almost 40 different creations and everyone got quite competitive! I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of effort everyone had put in! One guy even made 3 cakes!!!
We decided to have some rosettes made up for the competition. We had so much fun giving them out and this is a moment I will never forget. I haven’t laughed and had so much fun with cake before! I am so proud of all my friends and family for doing such a great job!
For the rosettes, we got them made by Quality Rosettes. We had our names and wedding date in the middle of the rosette and then the award name on the ribbon. We had: First, Second, Third, Best Overall Presentation, Good Try, Most Unique, Tesco Finest, Cheat and Epic Fail!!!
Memorable moments… Too many to mention! My sister-in-law giving me her gran’s pearl earrings to wear for the day as my something borrowed. The moment Andy saw me and I could see tears in his eyes! Alan’s reading making my mother-in-law cry! Eve’s reading making everyone laugh! Seeing the amount of effort everyone had gone to at making cakes for the bake off! Stealing some time away with Andy to have our photos taken in the woods! How amazing the food was! Everything to do with the rosettes for the bake off competition! Hearing Alex’s version of 23 by Jimmy Eat World! The ‘Val’ table or now the ‘Yoghurt Cake’ table Jager bombing up ready for the ties round head moment on the dance floor! The bridesmaids getting the guests to engage in some limbo dancing!
The First Dance… We really wanted to dance to ’23′ by ‘Jimmy Eat World’ for our first dance, but the song is over 7 minutes long and becomes quite upbeat towards the end of the song. We had asked an old friend of mine, Alex Taylor to provide the music for the evening and asked if he could do a shorter, more acoustic version for us. We had never heard his version before, but wow what an amazing job he did! It was so wonderful and we spent most of our first dance singing his praises to each other on what a good job he had done! He then spent the rest of the night flitting between singing and DJing to keep the guests dancing. He did an amazing job and I would recommend him in a heartbeat!
The Honeymoon…. After spending 4 nights in The Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach which was a real treat! We ended up going down to Dartmouth for 4 nights and stayed at a friends place there. It was really nice to relax and unwind after a hectic week! We broke up the drive back to Edinburgh by staying at the Hotel Du Vin in Harrogate.
We hope to plan a big honeymoon for later in the year or early 2013. We’re hoping for a road trip to include Vancouver, San Fran and a little hop over to Hawaii!
Advice for other couples… Don’t fret about anything. We had a vision for our day and we pulled it off. If something doesn’t quite go according to plan then don’t worry. Only your husband and yourself will know!
Also do take moments to spend time together. We had a few where we stepped back and thought, WOW! We did this! These people are here for us! We’re married!!! Amazing!
Also I wish I’d eaten more cake…..!!
Credit where credit is due…
Tags: Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography, Blue Wedding Ideas, Cake Table, Dessert Table, DIY Wedding, Gloucestershire Wedding, Jenny Packham Wedding Dress, Real Weddings, Rustic Wedding Ideas, The Stone Barn, Vintage Wedding, Wedding Cake Bake Off, Yellow Wedding Ideas
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