Outdoor, Real Weddings, Rustic
A Fresh Spontaneous & Rustic Farm Wedding
21.02.2013

Farm Wedding Cotswolds

 

Samantha and Elliot were married at Winkworth Farm, Wiltshire. They wanted their wedding to be relaxed, informal and spontaneous with a country rustic feel. Amazing.

Samantha looked beautiful with her natural hair and flowing dress while Elliot wore the most amazing tie sourced from Etsy. The bridesmaids wore pretty green dresses while the blooms were kept in a cream and green colour scheme which looked fresh and natural.

They created the lovelies of decor to personalise their wedding, with brown paper stationery, personalised marmalade favours, blackboard table plan and lanterns galore.

Thanks so much to the fabulous Julia & You for sharing her images with us today.

 

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The Proposal…. Elliot proposed on a beach in Whitby on a cold and cloudy day in October. It was actually his birthday weekend, which I had organised, so I wasn’t expecting the proposal! The beach was empty, and a wind was blowing off the sea when he got down on his knee and proposed. There were tears! As we walked up off the beach we passed an old lady who smiled kindly at us – she had been watching the scene unfold from the path above.

The Vision for the day…. We wanted the wedding to convey who we were, so we wanted the day to be relaxed and informal, fun and spontaneous. We went for a rustic, country feel.

The Planning process…. Elliot and I planned the day very much together. We had the same vision and so we were able to work together on it. You might typically imagine the bride doing all the planning, but I’m not the most organised of people! As such, it was very much a joint effort – with the exception of my outfit, of course!

The Venue… The venue was Winkworth Farm in Wiltshire in the Cotswolds. Surrounded by meadows and beautiful farmhouse gardens, we felt this was the perfect location to fit in with our vision for the day. The best thing about the venue was the roundhouse outside, set in a beautiful, enclosed garden, which was licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. This is what made up our minds about the location, as we knew we wanted to be married outdoors.

The Dress + Accessories…. My dress was champagne in colour, and had a vintage look to it. As I had a mermaid tail wedding dress in mind, but fell in love with this dress, I had it fitted to resemble this shape. It was taken in at the waist, knees, and bust to make it into an hourglass shape. For my accessories, I bought a handmade flower fascinator from Etsy, and my sister handmade
my earrings for me. Her Etsy store is located at http://www.etsy.com/shop/FirebirdJewellery

Finding the dress…. I didn’t think I would be very fussy when it came to the dress, until I came to looking for the right one! I visited a few bridal shops, and spent hours looking online. Eventually I visited Wedding World at Shrewsbury, which had ‘my’ dress, which instantly stood out to me. Luckily for me, it was on sale as it was the end of the line!

Groom’s attire… Elliot’s suit was from Next, while his shirt and shoes were from Ted Baker. His unusual tie was from Etsy.

The Readings + Music…. Our friend Matt had composed music on his guitar to play during the ceremony. Unfortunately he’d gone mountain biking the weekend before the wedding and had fallen, breaking his collarbone! He couldn’t come to the wedding, and was having his operation at the same time we were getting married! Our other friend Jess stood in for him and played acoustic guitar while the guests were waiting and while I walked out. As many guests were standing during the ceremony, we kept it short and sweet. There was no additional music, and no readings; just vows.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. My bridesmaids wore long, sage green dresses and each wore a fascinator designed to look like a green and pink orchid.

The Flowers… The table centrepieces were gypsophila and the bouquets were textured and consisted of poppy heads, green celosia, white roses and daisies.

The Cake… The cake was from Clifton Cakes in Bristol. It was a sponge cake with a lemon buttercream and raspberry filling. It was delicious! The fantastic design and textured appearance was created from white chocolate. Elliot and myself designed the fox logo, which was a theme throughout our wedding stationery. It was created from white chocolate paste.

Your Photographer…. Julia West was our photographer. We’d met her for our engagement shoot and which gave us the chance to relax more in front of the camera, and to discuss what we wanted from the wedding day. We wanted the photographs to have a sunkissed, warm feel. They did exactly that.

The Details + Decor…. Elliot and I designed our own stationery, which kept the fox logo and rustic feel. As for favours, my Mum made marmalade. It was presented in small jars, which we also designed the label for. For the afterparty we hired a fantastic band called John Langan Band, who are a very upbeat mixture of gypsy jazz, and Balkan music! Everybody was up and dancing. During the welcome drinks, we served Lindaur, which everyone thought was champagne but was a lot cheaper!! We
provided picnic blankets for our guests and deck chairs, adding to the informal and relaxed atmosphere of the day.

The Honeymoon…. It was autumn, so Elliot and I went to New England to see the autumn foliage and have a relaxing break. We stopped in New York City first, then got a train to Boston, and from there hired a car and drove as far inland as Vermont, as far north as Bar Harbour in Maine, and then travelled south to catch our plane from Boston.

Memorable moments… We hired a fire pit for the patio area outside the venue. It was fantastic to see our friends sitting around the fire, smoking cigars, and talking! One of my favourite moments was during the live music, when my Ukrainian aunt went over and grabbed the microphone and started singing into it in Russian. She was also responsible for making all of my guests dance in a circle around me and Elliot! One of the very best highlights of the day.

Advice for other couples… Relax! The day is a celebration. I think many people get too bogged down sticking to rigid schedules, and spend the day worrying whether or not everything is going to plan. That wasn’t a concern for me. I like that our day was impulsive, fun, and informal. I think we encouraged people to let their hair down.

Credit where credit is due…

Dress, Wedding World, Shrewsbury
Cake, Clifton Cakes, Bristol
Groom’s outfit, Next and Ted Baker
Jewellery, Firebird Jewellery — etsy.com/shop/firebirdjewellery
Photographer, Julia West — http://www.juliaandyou.co.uk/
Venue, Winkworth Farm
Music, John Langan Band

So gorgeous, and i love the impulsive relaxed feel to this wedding. Thanks so much to Samantha and Elliot for sharing their wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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