Oh where to begin? With the divine pale pink colour scheme, the countryside setting or the fun balloons? It’s all just so very gorgeous!
WWW readers Emma and Tim were hitched on the 2nd July 2016 and held their reception at St Barnabas Centre in Hertfordshire. The barn was perfect for their rustic DIY vision, which involved their nearest and dearest all coming together to craft their day. Think oodles of wooden touches, from logs to ladders and fresh blooms and pom poms galore. It looked spectacular.
The bridesmaids looked darling in their multi way dresses, which enabled them to each have an individual look. Emma chose Esther by Ronald Joyce in which she looked beautiful teamed with a classic up do and romantic veil. Tim and the boys were suited and booted blue suits, pale pink ties and rose buttonholes. So dapper.
Many thanks to Daniela K Photography for sharing these divine shots.
THE PROPOSAL | Tim arranged a surprise trip to the Lake District in a beautiful lodge, and on the second day we trekked up to a mountain with views all over the lakes, and then at the top, Tim pulled out a football sock from his bag (so romantic!) and got down on one knee. The ring was stunning; he’d secretly been designing it for 4 months… I said yes of course!
THE VISION | Relaxed, country ‘rustic’ kind of wedding. We didn’t want anything too formal and wanted something that we could easily add our own personal touches to. Despite currently living in a city, I’m a country bumpkin at heart and wanted something that came across as relaxed and not too formal to suit out personalities. I always wanted a campervan too – I wanted something fun rather than fancy and searched for ages to find Molly the VW!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 18 months to plan the day and to keep costs down we made most of the decorations ourselves, with the help of family and friends. We spent months collecting and decorating jam jars, making napkin holders and doing various woodworking bits, but it was all good fun and meant that the day was full of lots of personal touches.
BUDGET | £12,000
THE VENUE | St James the Great Church in Thorley – a beautiful Norman church set in farm land, followed by St Barnabas Centre, Thorley, Bishop’s Stortford – a beautiful and spacious barn literally a stone’s throw away from the church.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | A fitted ivory dress (‘Esther’) with a plunge back, delicate embroidery and a long train by Ronald Joyce. I’m quite petite so I loved the simple fit, and the back of the dress was really the ‘wow’ factor for me! The embellishment added a subtle sparkle in the light and made it stand out and was a little bit different to other lace dresses I’d tried on. I kept the accessories quite simple – just some simple stud diamond earrings. The only ‘accessory’ I added was a locket to my bouquet. My mum passed away when I was younger and I really wanted to keep her with me during the day but wanted it to be subtle and personal rather than a huge statement. I was given the idea of wrapping a locket around my bouquet with her picture inside, and this was really meaningful to me. I always said that if our wedding day was sunny it would be her beams of happiness and if it was raining it would be her tears of joy – and we had both!
FINDING THE DRESS | I’d gone to a few shops and found so many beautiful dresses and I didn’t know how I was going to make a decision – there are so many stunning wedding dresses out there and the whole process of trying them on is so much fun! I tried every single style out there from the Great Gatsby style dresses to the huge princess dresses. In the end, I didn’t actually pick the dress out myself as on the hanger I felt the embroidery/ embellishment was a bit too ‘fussy’ and I wanted something quite simple, but the lady in Fleur de Llys picked this out for me to try on and that was it – I had to have it!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tim wore a vibrant blue suit from Slaters with a waistcoat and a baby pink tie to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. The button hole was made up of a sweet avalanche rose and eucalyptus to match my bouquet. The suit was matched with brown shoes and stripy socks!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | As well as some of the more traditional readings and hymns, we chose an extract from one of my favourite books, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and one of my friends is an amazing singer and sang a beautiful version of Beyonce’s Ave Maria during the signing of the register.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 3 bridesmaid; my sister Katie, my best friend from school, Amy, and my best friend from University, Kirsty. They’re all ridiculously tall so it took me a while to find wedding shoes high enough (and comfortable enough) to stop me from looking so short in comparison to them!! The bridesmaids work baby pink multi-way dresses as I was keen to make sure that they had dresses that suited their style and shapes. I left it up to them how they chose to wear the dresses and was really pleased when they chose 3 different styles as it made their look more personalised. They didn’t need any accessories, and their hair was also worn in different ways to reflect their own individual styles and look.
THE FLOWERS | We used cala lilies, eucalyptus, sweet avalance roses and rosemary as I wanted the bouquets to not look to ‘put together’ or perfect, but instead I wanted them to look like they had just been picked and bunched together – I didn’t want them to look too perfectly arranged or structured but more in line with the rustic theme and so they were very loosely structured. The colours added to the soft, romantic theme that I was trying to inject.
THE CAKE | My auntie did an incredible job making 200 cupcakes, styled in a number of terracotta pots and made to look like a bouquet of roses. She also made a three-tier naked cake of alternate chocolate, vanilla and lemon sponge. The cake had berries cascading down the side of it and was put onto a log that my Dad had cut and varnished. It looked incredible!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Daniela K Photography – we came across some of Daniela’s photography online and loved her laid back style and natural style of photography. We really could not have been happier with our wedding photos – they capture the day and the emotions brilliantly and really inject our personality!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The reception venue was decorated with many homemade items: wooden logs cut by my dad, the flowers arranged by my godmother in jars that a few of us had decorated with hessian, lace and wooden heart buttons, hessian and lace bunting, pink and ivory pompoms, and old rustic furniture and suitcases that we found in my grandparents cellar! I also found a number of crates from markets and also a small stepladder that I found in my grandparents garage. My dad also handmade a number of wooden signs, and a trough that we packed full of flowers. We used baby pictures on the table name cards and luggage tags made out of Kraft paper to write our guests names on. The best find was an old wheelbarrow which we filled with beer to become our ‘beer barrow’! We also handmade the hessian table runners and went quite over the top with our sweet table… my auntie made 200 cupcakes that were put on sticks coming out of terracotta pots to look like bouquets and we filled a suitcase and jars with lots of retro sweets! We used mason jars for the reception drinks and added chalkboard labels on them for people to add their name too. We also had a photobooth in the evening which was a huge hit and it was so funny to look back at all the photos afterwards!
THE HONEYMOON | We’re big fans of travelling and whilst lying on a beach in the Maldives sounds like heaven, we thought we would fulfil a lifelong dream for our honeymoon and take some time off work to go backpacking around South America for 5 weeks! We decided to delay the honeymoon until October as it gives us something to look forward to and the seasons will be better then. We start in Rio, move on to the Iguazu falls, then head to Buenos Aires before travelling to Peru and doing the Inca Trail and seeing Machu Picchu. We then spend a few days in the Amazon rainforest, before heading to Ecuador for a night and then taking a 7 day cruise around the Galapagos Islands! It’s going to be incredible and it has helped both of us to not experience the post-wedding depression that some of my other friends have experienced!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | One moment that sticks in my mind is sitting down for our wedding breakfast and just looking around the room and seeing everyone we loved together in one room – it sounds corny but that really was amazing.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy the whole process – don’t stress over the small stuff and the planning is such a big part of the whole experience so make sure you enjoy every second of it. I felt so relaxed the whole day and even when the camper van broke down on the way to the church and a huge spider climbed up the train of my dress during the church service, I could only see the funny side!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Daniela K Photography
Venue | St Barnabas Centre , Thorley
Florist | Margaret Kay
Dress | Esther by Ronald Joyce – bought at Fleur de Llys
Bridesmaids | Multiway dress from Debenhams
Groomswear | Suit with waistcoat bought from Slaters
Caterers | Premier Crew Hospitality
Emma and Tim, thanks so much to you both for sharing your wedding day here on WWW xo Lou