What a way to start the week huh? It’s such a pleasure to be sharing Sam and Kirsty’s gorgeous farm wedding which was held on the 29th August 2015 at Cowparsley in Somerset. They hoped to create a big party with their nearest and dearest, which had a festival vibe. Their ceremony was held in the gardens and officiated by their friend which made it all the more special.
Kirsty is a florist at the brilliant Bramble and Wild, so there was no doubt that the florals would be utterly beautiful. There was an abundance of whimsical, floral and wild flowers throughout including bouquets, buttonholes and ceremony arrangements. WOW.
One of my favourite parts of the décor has to be the doors with the meaningful quote, be sure to read the report to find out all about it. Kirsty by the way looked amazing in her Laure de Sagazan gown and natural up do, while Sam chose a relaxed look with a navy blue suit and Liberty print shirt.
Lisa Dawn, thank you so very much for sharing these remarkably wonderful photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | A walking holiday on the Amalfi Coast, Sam proposed at the top of a hill overlooking the sea on some steps and surrounded by wild flowers. Sam had designed a ring but wasn’t quite brave enough to have it made – but the stones and the drawing were in a box with a beautiful travelling quote (more on that later). That day was the highlight of a two week holiday taking in Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Mt Vesuvius.
THE VISION | We always said we would never get married until we could just have one massive party with all our friends – that was the only thing that mattered. We just wanted a really relaxed, chilled out occasion with only the people that matter to us both. We had visions of a festival type atmosphere, and we had some clear ideas about the things we did and didn’t want but we really would have been happy with anything that got everyone together for a party.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had just three pretty clear methods for the planning. Kirsty would have the ideas, Sam would organise and implement, and we would leave our suppliers to their own devices. It was always our plan to pick suppliers that we knew and that we trusted, and to give them flexibility to do what they do best – their way. We weren’t going to choose people who are specialists at something and then tell them how to do their job.
BUDGET | There honestly wasn’t one – but we probably broke it anyway!!
THE VENUE | Cowparsley Weddings at Roughmoor Farm in Taunton. We only looked at one venue and it was perfect. It had all the things we wanted, and more importantly – none of the things we didn’t. They gave us complete flexibility so choose all our own suppliers and everything that we would need from them was included in a single fixed price. We had the perfect venue, and we could still work with all our own suppliers – it gave us complete flexibility to make our own perfect day in a beautiful venue.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was a Laure de Sagazan from the Mews in Bristol. Accessories were all sorts of bits and pieces from all sorts of places!
Kirsty didn’t really want a wedding dress – she never had done but she went to the Mews on the advice of a friend and they suggested she take a look at Laure’s dresses. Kirsty fell in love with the comfortable skirt and top combination – it was very her and the fact it was in two parts meant it would be easier to wear again rather than sitting in a cupboard forever. Most importantly – it was easy to dance in and not too fussy to eat and drink in!!
FINDING THE DRESS | It was a short search. Kirsty visited just two shops including the Mews and having thought she never wanted a wedding dress, she fell in love with “the chosen one” in no time.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | A navy blue suit by Richard James, found in a single frantic shopping trip one afternoon, paired with a floral shirt from Liberty – and NO TIE – it was about the only thing Sam was totally set on – he wears a tie every day for work and didn’t want it to be part of the wedding!!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had readings from Sam’s sister and Kirsty’s cousins, and because the venue wasn’t licensed, the ceremony was run by one of our best friends. It was amazing to have such personalised things and for it all to be a complete surprise – we just left the planning up to them. We wrote our own vows but everything else was new to us on the day – just what we wanted. Our key music was as follows:
Kirsty walked in to Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits
We walked out to Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac
Our first Dance was Everlong by the Foo Fighters – but Kirsty hated the idea of a first dance, so we had a slow dance to a single acoustic verse – and then our brilliant band switched up to the full rock version and all our friends came straight in to join us.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Kirsty’s two best friends and her oldest friend, dressed in totally random dresses in mixed colours to go with the colourful party theme. As with the bride’s dress, we didn’t want anything too traditional – and we wanted everyone to be comfortable.
THE FLOWERS | As Kirsty is a florist, this was both the easiest and hardest part of the whole day. Easiest in that there was never any doubt that Kirsty’s incredible boss would be the one to do the flowers but hardest ion that they were 100% the most important part of the day apart from the people.
We gave Grace from Bramble and Wild total license – we wanted colourful, seasonal, wild and relaxed to fit the theme of our day, and we wanted to be surprised. Other than that, we told her to do everything that nobody else had ever let her do and to do anything she’d ever just wanted to try out… The pictures show that she didn’t let us down!
THE CAKE | Another wedding tradition that we planned to dispense with until we came across the Bakemonger. Honestly – the pictures are the only thing that can do Helen’s unbelievable work justice!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lisa Dawn – another recommendation from Grace at Bramble and Wild. Lisa’s style of photography was exactly what we wanted and completely met with our relaxed and colour focussed theme. It was brilliant to also have Lisa’s husband Scott with us for the day – it meant we got “getting ready” photos for both of us and that so many more of the best moments were captured from every angle. Couldn’t recommend the guys any more highly.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Begged, borrowed and stolen to meet our festival theme. Flowers were the absolute centre of everything and we got a few details to surround them. We do have a few special thank yous though… Sam’s Marketing Manager from work who did all our place mats, invites and signage, and Stephen from Owl in Frome who turned the quote from the proposal into the top of the doors at the end of the aisle. Most importantly to Sam’s best man Allan who was practical enough to bring Sam’s vision for the doors to life (and to spend two hours making sure they opened and closed properly because he’s a perfectionist like that – despite the fact they were wedged open!!)
THE HONEYMOON | We took a short break to the Gurnards Head in Cornwall with our dog and we’re setting off in April for our “proper” honeymoon to Madagascar and Mauritius.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was everything we’d hoped for so it was really hard to single anything out but just a few:
Sam’s charming work colleagues coming up with some “creative” ways to rearrange the letters in our light up Gin + Tonic sign to create slightly less charming messages.
Kirsty’s face when she first saw the doors, and the quote, at the top of the aisle.
Grace’s face when she realised that the massive thank you bouquet that she had made was actually for her.
The readings and the speeches – totally unique and completely personal – we can’t thank the people enough who contributed.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do everything that you want, not what other people tell you to do, and not what you think you should do, but everything you really really want.
Don’t stress – you won’t notice little things if you miss them.
Prioritise what is important – ignore what isn’t.
Pick your suppliers carefully – and then trust them completely.
Focus on the people, not the things.
Take a moment on the day to take it all in – it will be over and gone way too quickly.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Flowers | Bramble and Wild
Photography | Lisa Dawn
Cake | The Bakemonger
Venue | Cowparsley
Dress | The Mews
Décor | Lights from Doris Loves
Drink (thanks to our lovely friends at…) | The Tytherleigh Arms
Music | Triad and Tested
OMG. Wasn’t that just incredible?!
Thanks so much to Sam and Kirsty for sharing all about their brilliant wedding here at WWW xo Lou