You’ve got to love a pretty as a picture day, light filled yet wonderfully rustic and all topped off with delicate lighting and a pale colour palette right? Yes! And we’ve just got that for you lovelies today, so enjoy every moment in all it’s glory.
WWW readers Emilie and Dan tied the knot on Friday 17th February 2017 at WWW faves, Supplier Love members Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire. The venue was delightfully pretty, complete with rustic wooden beams and twinkling fairy lights aplenty. This was of course perfect for Emilie and Dan’s simple, informal and fun wedding vision. Think pastel tones, with blooms in blush pink and creams, a lace patterned cake and bridesmaids in lilac.
Emilie chose to wear a stunning off the shoulder bardot style lace gown and chose a sweet plaited hair style to compliment her dreamy veil. Dan looked the dapper groom in blue, with tan shoes, grey waistcoat and rich red tie. What a gorgeous pair, and they look so in love too, just perfect then.
Many thanks to White Stag Wedding Photography for sharing these exquisite images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Dan and I had planned a cottage break in the Cotswolds as it’s our favourite place to escape to and chill out, and on the first evening, Dan suggested we go for a walk on Cleeve Hill – the highest point both of the Cotswolds, overlooking Cheltenham and beautiful rolling English countryside. It was the most gorgeous view and just as the sun was setting on a little secluded bench, he got down on one knee and presented me with my dream ring. The first thing I said was ‘Are you sure?’ but that was quickly followed with a big smiley yes!
THE VISION | We knew straight from the get-go that we wanted a barn setting, very simple, laid back, informal and fun. Dan has always had a thing for wood and old barns, and I have always loved fairy lights and candles – so as long as we had these elements, we were happy.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | It was fairly easy until the last 6 weeks of madness! The engagement was 18 months so we had plenty of time to tick things off the list along the way, but in the final run up there seemed to be a mountain of little tasks. We wanted to do things ourselves for the most part so pulling everything together was tricky but seeing the end result made it all so worthwhile.
BUDGET | We didn’t set a budget, but just kept a close eye on the running total – we saved money where we could and splurged where we wanted. The total was around 23-24k.
THE VENUE | We fell in love with Bassmead Manor Barns as soon as we saw it. I am half French and with family coming to visit for the wedding, I wanted a venue that was quintessentially English countryside. Everything about it was exactly what we had imagined, from the Rickety Barn with its old rustic beams and fairy lights, to the Bridge Barn with its beautiful vaulted ceiling – it was absolutely perfect.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from St. Patrick (part of the Pronovias Group), the shoes were Rainbow, my bracelet was a gift from Dan the morning of the wedding and was from Beaverbrooks and my diamond earrings are my grandma’s.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had a pretty clear vision in my mind on what style of dress I wanted but everyone told me that I wouldn’t end up wearing what I expected… I seemed to buck that trend and ended up picking exactly what I always envisioned. I found the dress in a gorgeous bridal boutique in Olney, Buckinghamshire called Belle En Blanc but it was the second store I had visited and I wasn’t prepared to cancel all my other appointments. I tried on loads of different shapes, fits, silhouettes but nothing else compared. I wanted something fitted, elegant, classic and the removable lace bolero made it all the more perfect – it gave me a look for the day and a different look for the evening!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Dan had a very clear idea of what he wanted himself and his groomsmen to wear – and they all looked handsome. The deep navy suits were hired, the burgundy ties were from T.M.Lewin, the groomsmen’s waistcoats were Moss Bros but Dan has his waistcoat tailor-made as a little special treat. The shoes were ASOS and were an absolute bargain!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to ‘She’ by Charles Aznavour, we left the barn to ‘First Day Of My Life’ by Bright Eyes and our first dance was ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds – we absolutely love all three songs and they really added to the beautiful occasion.
We had two readings, one read by my brother and the other read by Dan’s sister – we didn’t want anything too cheesy because it’s just not very ‘us’, so we had ‘Marriage’ by Anon and ‘Union’ by Robert Fulghum.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I chose to have my sister-in-law and my close friend Stacey (whose other half was also the best man) as my bridesmaids. They wore Jenny Peckham for Debenhams dresses with bargain nude shoes from Dorothy Perkins. I initially wanted blush pink but as soon as they tried on the gorgeous grey dresses that had elements that completely matched my dress, I knew they were the ones. The looked beautiful.
THE FLOWERS | Dana Young Flowers did such a brilliant job with the flowers! My bouquet had a mix of roses, tulips, freesias, gypsophila and rosemary and the bridesmaids had gypsophila with a scattering of pale pink roses. The colour palette was very nude and neutral with the flowers on the table slightly more vivid in peach.
THE CAKE | The cake wasn’t a big deal to Dan and I – as long as it tasted good! Supplied by local bakery Gardeners, we had a simple four tiered cake with two layers of chocolate sponge, a layer of angel cake and a lemon drizzle layer too! It was so yummy!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We took our time selecting the right photographers – people look back on wedding photos for years and it was really important that we selected someone with the same vision as us. White Stag Photography captured the day beautifully – they are a lovely couple themselves and made us feel really comfortable. We are not a couple that are fans of selfies or photos of ourselves but they really brought out the best in us and captured the most gorgeous details. We can’t stop looking at them!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We added so many small personal touches that made the décor and details special to us… the place names were all propped up by corks from wine that our parents and us enjoyed over the course of our engagement – mine and Dan’s corks were from the champagne we drank on the night we got engaged. I also decided to make my own confetti – I’d seen tiny hearts stamped from books on Pinterest and thought I would do it myself but rather than choosing a romantic novel to stamp from, I bought a copy of ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ from a charity shop instead. The few people that were in ‘the know’ had fun trying to find all the kinky confetti, and there were some shockers!
THE HONEYMOON | We haven’t actually had it yet! We’re off to Dubai in a month or so but we weren’t fussed on jetting off straight away and we’re so glad… we have more to look forward to! We did have a mini-moon in a lovely cottage in the Peak District after the wedding which was very much needed – lots of relaxing and napping!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I’m a big fan of the sitcom ‘Friends’ and before his reading, my brother surprised me with Joey’s celebrant speech from Monica and Chandler’s wedding – ‘…through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love, and have and receive.’ It was completely unexpected and had everyone in stitches. The registrar also called Dan ‘David’ which was definitely memorable and broke the ice!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Work together as a team in the build up to the big day, it’s the only way to stay sane. On the day, it’s so difficult to find time to escape together as you’ll be pulled in all directions, so every now and then just have a really long hug before you part ways again. It certainly got me through the day.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | White Stag Wedding Photography
Videography | D.G Pictures
Cake | Gardeners Bakery
Hair & Make Up | Izzy Wild
The Dress | Belle en Blanc
Flowers | Dana Young Flowers
Emilie and Dan, I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your wedding celebrations here with us xo Lou