Today’s couple along with their family and friends, are so fun loving. From the One Direction video to the giggly wedding photographs, their day was just happy.
Lucy and Philip tied the knot on the 28th March 2015 at Shustoke Barn, which suited their rustic theme perfectly. There were delightful home made touches and a pretty yellow colour scheme. I so love the bargain ASOS bridesmaid dresses and the meadow style blooms.
Not to mention Lucy looked amazing in her 1920s style dress with long veil and Rachel Simpson Shoes. So beautiful.
Huge thanks today goes to Darren Gair for sharing these lovely images.
THE PROPOSAL | 14th July 2012 – Sorrento, Italy.
THE VISION | We always wanted a vintage style wedding with a rustic feel to it. With this in mind we wanted a barn as hotels generally wouldn’t allow us to create the theme/style we wanted.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were looking at a number of venues online and narrowed it down to a couple of barns. After visiting Shustoke Barn we knew straight away that it was the one for us.
We had 2 years after booking Shustoke to prepare and plan. As we are both quite organised people we wanted to book everything as soon as possible so that we knew how much money we needed to save. We sorted the DJ, suits, photographer, flowers, cake, rings, invites, hair and make-up within the first 6 months. We later arranged and sorted out the photo booth, music, gifts, favours, decorations, table plan, letter lights and the notice of marriage.
BUDGET | Approx. £16,000.
THE VENUE | Shustoke Barn. When we first visited Shustoke Barn there were no floors, toilets, kitchen, bar – it was just an empty shell. We were assured that this venue was going to be ready in a years’ time. We loved it so much and trusted what they were saying so we went for it!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from Lula Ann Bridal in Erdington, Birmingham and had a 1920’s feel to it.
I found the dress on my second shopping trip when I took my mom, aunty and all my bridesmaids to see the dresses I had narrowed it down to. My dress was not originally included in this. I got to the last shop, Lula Ann Bridal and I saw my dress on a manikin – I instantly knew this was the dress for me. I always wanted to achieve the vintage look and this was just perfect. I tried it on and everyone agreed that this was the one too.
I decided to go for a really long veil as the dress itself did not have any trail. My headpiece was made by my friend Danielle Lilley, who is currently setting up her own business called ‘Lilley’. Danielle makes jewellery and hair accessories. Everyone commented on how amazing and unique this was, with some of my friends now using her for their wedding.
My shoes were from Rachel Simpson – I always knew I wanted my shoes to be unique and I definitely wanted a different colour to the standard white/ ivory. I searched the internet and found these shoes – I went to their showroom in Kings Norton and tried a number of shoes on but I just loved the mint green Mimosa style and I added the deco fan shoes clips to this.
Hair – We used a lady called Katie Blewitt who was referred to us by our make-up artist and was very good. We all loved our hair and they all stayed in all day.
Make-Up – We used a friend of my brothers called Rachelle Grimes. She came highly recommended and works for Georgio Armani in Selfridges – again the make-up lasted all day and looked great.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Peter Posh in Minworth, Birmingham. Phil always wanted to have a grey suit and we always pictured our wedding to be quite rustic so the green tie fitted really well.
We wanted our rings to be made and to be unique so we used a friend of a friend who makes jewellery in his spare time. We love them and mine is very vintage looking and fits into my engagement ring perfectly. Phil’s is very plain, however it’s perfect for when he plays golf!!!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We really wanted our wedding to be as personal as possible and we asked our friends and family to help out and be involved wherever possible. Our first reading was read from our close friend Alex McCarthy. He chose to read Edward Monkten ‘A Lovely Love Story’. Our second reading was read by another close friend of ours Aidan Travers. Aidan had written his reading himself and it was very personal to us and our families. We didn’t want to know the readings beforehand as we wanted a surprise on the day so we asked both Alex and Aidan to send these straight to Nuneaton Registry Office for approval.
We asked our close friend James Willmore to play the guitar whilst guests were arriving, when I walked down the aisle and whilst we all walked out. We knew this was a big ask but as we wanted our wedding to be so personal it meant so much to us and we are so thankful to James. He was so relieved to finish and get some booze down him!
During the rest of the day we played the Vitamin String Quartet off our I-pod.
DJ – We used a friend called Colin, he has done a number of friends weddings before and he is just fab!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had 3 beautiful bridesmaids – Lizzy McCarthy, who I have known for about 7 years and we have been best friends ever since. We are so similar and both get each other’s randomness. Sophia Miller – I have known her since primary school. I have got a lot closer with Sophia over the last 4/5 years as our interests have grown closer compared to our other friends from school. Finally, Abbie Nicholls – she is my cousin and she was always going to be my bridesmaid from the day she was born. I am the oldest and she is the youngest of 6 grandchildren. I waited a long time for another girl to come into the family. We also had lovely flower girl Amelia Brown, who is our niece. We got the dresses off ASOS in the sale for £25 each which is an absolute bargain! So many people commented on how beautiful the dresses were and getting them so cheap made it even better! All the girls wore yellow sandals from Next. We bought Amelia’s outfit from Marks & Spencer’s.
THE FLOWERS | We used Penny Johnson Florist who is in Coleshill, Birmingham. We met with Penny quite a few times and were undecided on the colour theme until summer of 2014. I always had the vision of using hessian and decorating my own jars for the flowers. Penny looked after us so much and the flowers were just amazing. As we were going for the rustic look we used a lot of meadow flowers.
THE CAKE | We used Arlene Munro from ‘Baking Dreams Come True’. I know Arlene from work and she makes cakes on the side. Going with the rustic theme I wanted a naked wedding cake. Victoria sponge is my favourite so this worked perfectly. Phil loves lemon cake so we had the top tier as lemon sponge.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We used Darren Gair. I spent hours searching for a photographer. We wanted a certain appearance of the photos and the price needed to be right. We met with Darren in a quirky pub in Birmingham and after talking to him and seeing some of his albums we knew that he would be perfect! We could not fault Darren – he offered so much help and support. We met for a pre wedding shoot at Shustoke Barn in November 2014 so we all got an idea of what would work on the day. Darren came to our house first on the morning of the wedding to capture all of the girls getting ready. He then went to the venue to meet the boys and get ready for the day ahead. All of the photos are perfect and it’s really hard to choose what we would want in our album. Darren stayed until about 10.30pm, which was great as all our friends love a good dance, which was captured by Darren. Darren also stayed to capture the big unveiling of the One Direction video!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I decorated all of the flowers jars myself by using ribbon, hessian etc mainly from hobby craft.
We had a ‘Just Married’ bunting hanging from the balcony.
We asked our friend and artist Louisa Lilly to make us a guest board for all guests to sign their words of wisdom. We didn’t want a standard guest book as we would never look at it but this we can put on the wall in our house.
I made the table numbers and menu cards myself with cream paper from Paperchase and brown card.
I made the table plan myself with hessian background, string going from either side so I could peg the table list on and some fake flowers.
We were very proud of our pass the parcel game after the starter. Phil wrapped up 7 novelty aprons – one for each table. Whoever had the parcel when the music stopped, had to unwrap the parcel and wear the apron to carve the leg of lamb for everyone. It was such a good idea and went down a storm!!!
Favours – As we got married around Easter time, we wanted to incorporate this so we got some mini jars from hobby craft, a handful of yellow and green tissue paper and some mini chocolate eggs. We also used these as place settings by tying a name tag around the jar.
As Shustoke is naturally so beautiful we didn’t really need to decorate the barn too much. Apart from what I have already mentioned we also put ‘freshen up’ boxes in each of the toilets, with deodorant, perfume, mints etc. We also decorated the 2 tables as you walk into the barn with photos of us, a post box for any cards and some more flowers. We also had giant letter lights.
Invites – We used a company that I use at work called KallKwik, we designed this ourselves.
Photo booth – We did look at hiring a photo booth from a company but this was going to cost us at least £500 so I asked a friend of mine who is currently studying photography at university to do our own version of a photo booth. This worked really well – we set it up upstairs in the barn with a black sheet we got from the Birmingham rag market as a back drop. We got our hands on loads of props. Ellie May Hancock did an amazing job and the photos are hilarious!
THE HONEYMOON | We booked our honeymoon with Virgin. We always knew that we wanted to go back to New York and then onto a Caribbean Island. We got more than we expected as our trip involved New York for 4 nights, Miami for 2 nights and Barbados for 8 nights.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Seeing each other for the first time an amazing. We decided not to talk to each other on the morning to make this even more special. Amelia throwing the petals out of the basket whilst walking down the aisle was pretty special. As a 4 year old we didn’t know if she would do it or not. The pass the parcel apron game during the meal was so, so good. The food was unreal – there was loads of it!!. The speeches were hilarious and to top it off – a home made One Direction video staring Phil and his mates.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-j4gT9WvPQ
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Set a realistic budget and try to save before you need to pay for anything as this could lead to getting into debt and you don’t want to deal with that after your wedding. Shop around and you will get the best deal for you. Make things yourself – this will be more personal and cheaper. Ask for the help of your friends and family – this will mean more to you and to them. The night before the wedding just chill and enjoy then evening and get an early night. The morning of the wedding, make sure you take everything in its stride and enjoy every second, there is nothing that you can do now so no need to stress.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | Shustoke Barn
Photographer | Darren Gair
Photobooth | Ellie May Hancock
DJ | Collin at Mirror Image Disco’s
Flowers | Penny Johnson Florist
Cake | Arlene Munro at Baking Dreams Come True
Suits | Peter Posh
Hair | Kate Blewitt
Make-Up | Rachelle Grimes
Letter Lights | Penny Lane Vintage Hire
Lucy and Philip thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou