We’re going sweet, simple and oh so stylish today with Tim and Samantha and their nuptials held on the 2nd September 2016 at Packington Moor in the Midlands. They envisioned a relaxed and boho feel to their day. Think whimsy blooms complete with King Protea show stopping stems, epic lighting choices and pastel pom poms in the barn. Their attire was just so perfect and you’re going to adore Samantha’s Jenny Packham gown. She chose to wear Betty and it was meant to be after a wobble with a previous dress choice. Tim went for a blue ensemble complete with red knitted tie and contrasting waistcoat. I especially love the tie pin gifted to him by Samantha, it looked perfect.
There were some pretty special music choices and the couple found a non traditional DJ to really get the party started. It looked like a really fun day was had by all, I love the bouquet toss images and the speeches too, it looked so memorable.
Thanks so much to French Connection Photography for sharing these delightful shots here on WWW.
THE PROPOSAL | Tim proposed in Rome shortly after my 30th birthday in April 2011. We had spent the day sightseeing and had walked around Rome all day. I didn’t know at the time but Tim had carried my engagement ring around with him the whole time looking for the perfect spot / moment, but he felt everywhere was too busy and that a proposal would have felt too impersonal. He got down on one knee in the hotel room that evening after opening a bottle of champagne while we were getting ready to go out for dinner. It all feels like such a blur, I remember him shaking as held the ring out to me and said lots of lovely things to me that I can’t even remember… and then I said yes!!!
THE VISION | We both knew that we wanted a very relaxed atmosphere for our wedding day. We didn’t want the day to be too formal and wanted the emphasis on everyone enjoying themselves and bringing friends and family together. Straight away we knew we wanted a civil ceremony rather than a church wedding. In terms of decoration I had never been the sort of girl who always knew exactly how her wedding was going to be, but by using Pinterest I soon decided that a relaxed boho feel to the day was exactly what I was after, plenty of flowers, paper pom poms, metallic and fairy lights.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning the wedding was so much fun, but the time just goes so quickly!! We decided we wanted to get married somewhere that both of our families would easily be able to travel to, so started looking for venues around the West Midlands and Staffordshire. The first thing we booked was the venue in June 2014, followed by the registrar, which gave us 15 months to book and plan everything else!
THE VENUE | The first and only venue we visited was Packington Moor Farm, Lichfield, which we just completely fell in love with. I loved how we could have both the civil ceremony and the wedding reception there, and that there was some accommodation at the venue as well, which allowed some of my family members to stay as they had travelled mostly from Derbyshire but some as far as Canada!! The venue is a rustic converted oat barn with exposed bricks and wooden beams. Although beautiful as it is, it provided a perfect blank canvas for us to decorate how we wanted. The staff were amazing and helped to calm my nerves nearer the wedding date as they reassured me every step of the way.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was the beautiful ‘Betty’ dress by Jenny Packham. It was so floaty and elegant and it sounds daft but I just felt like a bride in it! I bought my shoes online from Elegant Steps. I wore a beautiful rhinestone and gold wire headpiece ‘Sage’ by Untamed Petals which I ordered from Liberty In Love (which was my something new). Inside my shoe I wore the silver sixpence that my mum had for her wedding day as my something old and borrowed, and I painted my toenails baby blue for my something blue!
FINDING THE DRESS | Well. What a carry on this turned out to be! When we first got engaged and I started looking at dresses I was immediately captivated by the romance of Jenny Packham dresses but ruled them completely out of my price range! I went dress shopping with my mum and my maid of honour Lynsey and tried on maybe 9 dresses before initially choosing a beautiful Maggie Sottero sheath dress which was completely embellished in pearls and rhinestones. I ordered the dress but as time progressed felt more and more unsure about my choice and self-conscious in it, and five months before the wedding decided that it wasn’t the dress for me! I bought my dress from a lady on Preloved, who had the Jenny Packham dress as an ex sample and had changed her mind about it in the same way I had done with my first dress! It fit perfectly and needed no alterations, I burst into tears as soon as I tried it on and I knew it was “the one”. My only advice to anyone choosing a dress would be to take your time, and don’t feel rushed into making a decision.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tim’s suit was a French Connection suit that we bought from Moss Bros in Birmingham. This also wasn’t without drama, as we were unable to get hold of the matching waistcoat, but ultimately this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Tim tried on a grey check waistcoat instead and it was perfect for him. His shoes were from Ted Baker, and as a wedding gift on the big day I bought him a copper tie pin engraved with our initials and our wedding date.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to ‘Angels’ by The XX, and we signed the register to ‘Toothpaste Kisses’, ‘Slow Sun’ and ‘Wall of Arms’ by the Maccabees. We walked back down the aisle to ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power. We had one reading which was an untitled piece by Edward Monkton, read by Ashley Carter, one of the ushers.
Our first dance was to ‘El Scorcho’ by Weezer. Not the most obvious, traditional choice but they lyrics have meaning to us both, and now I couldn’t imagine having had anything else. We found the DJs through rigorous searching for a non-traditional wedding DJ, and I have to say that these guys were brilliant and absolutely nailed our taste in music completely, starting the dancing off with some soul and motown, then some classics, rock and indie, and ending the evening with a ‘mosh’ half our that I think took us all back in time!!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I knew straight away that I didn’t want to have a huge bridal party, and asked my best friend Lynsey to be my Maid of Honour / sole bridesmaid! We have been friends for four years and I think of her as the sister that I never had. I was very laid back about bridesmaid dress styles, and being the only bridesmaid it was only fair that Lynsey had a lot of input into her dress. We went for a one shoulder taupe / platinum dress with rhinestone embellishment on the shoulder by Dessy which I purchased from Wedding Belles of Four Oaks in Sutton Coldfield. On the day I gave Lynsey a Thomas Sabo engraved bracelet and earrings as a thank you present.
THE FLOWERS | My florist Carrie was completely amazing. I found her via a recommended list of suppliers from our wedding venue and from the minute I met with her to discuss ideas I knew that she ‘got’ what it was that I wanted. The flowers were a massive part of the decoration of the venue, and I wanted everything to have a loose, unstructured boho feel, with pastel colours and lots of greenery which she captured perfectly. I got so many compliments on my bouquet which featured a beautiful king protea which stood out brilliantly, looked stunning and was exactly the look I was going for!
THE CAKE | A lovely lady called Sarah made our beautiful wedding cake. We had ummed and ahhed for ages over what kind of cake to have, whether to go for plain sponge or fruit cake, but when I found Sarah on Facebook I knew I wanted a Victoria sponge!! The cake was a three tier Victoria sponge, decorates with seasonal berries. The Moomin mama and Moomin papa cake toppers were actually the first thing that we bought for the wedding – Tim had ordered them for me when we got engaged as a present.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our amazing photographer was the super talented Ian France. I’d had photographers recommended to me from friends and colleagues who had got married but found most photography styles too formal and a bit old fashioned. We found Ian through the list of recommended suppliers from our venue and as soon as we met with him we booked him straight away. His photography style was exactly what we were after, and on the day I can’t thank him enough for putting us so much at ease, making us laugh and capturing everything so perfectly. Trekking round the grounds of Packington to capture the brilliant shots that he took was worth ruining the heels on my shoes for!!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I wanted to go for a relaxed boho pastels and metallic colour theme for the venue, with plenty of fairy lights which I think just add something special to any venue. The table decorations were metallic mercury glass vases filled with flowers (gypsophila and hydrangeas) and tea lights on top of a log slice, sprinkled with lavender for fragrance. We named the tables after our favourite real ales! We decorated with reception room with fairy lights and burgundy, gold and dusky pink paper pom poms, and hired our initials in 5ft light up letters from Penny Lane Vintage Hire.
As an alternative to a traditional guestbook we made a picture frame with a name tag for every guest at the wedding with the idea that you replaced your name with an instant photo. It worked brilliantly and was a source of entertainment for the guests, and also gave us some interesting photos!!
Our wedding favours were bar blades that we had made by Awesome Merch, printed with our names and the date of the wedding, and cherry Bakewell tarts (as my new surname is Bakewell).
THE HONEYMOON | We had intended to go somewhere exotic for our honeymoon however our plans had to alter slightly when I found out that I was pregnant a few weeks before the wedding!! So instead of jetting off long haul to a tropical paradise, we went to Cornwall for five days after the wedding, and in all honestly it was perfect. It was just so lovely to be able to spend some time together with nothing to plan or organise. We ate at some beautiful restaurants and even caught the sun!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We were both so excited to be married to each other I can honestly say that the whole day was everything I wanted it to be and more, it sounds super cheesy but it really was the best day ever, and we loved every moment of it.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Go with your gut instinct. If something feels right then do it. At the end of the day you’re only going to do this once so have the day that you want to have. Don’t worry too much about trying to please other people. REMEMBER TO RELAX! Everything will work out fine, and trust me nothing will go wrong.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | French Connection Photography
Venue | Packington Moor
Flowers | Carrie Lucas Flowers
Cake | Sarah’s Vintage Delights
Music | The Best Men
Groom suit | Moss Bros
Light up letters | Penny Lane Vintage Hire
Wedding favours | Awesome Merchandise
Just so lovely.
Thanks so very much to Tim and Samantha for sharing their wonderful wedding story xo Lou