I really love this homely, rustic and perfectly bohemian wedding for so many reasons. It is filled with joy and emotion, not to mention some wonderful hand crafted touches.
Aimee and Jude were married on a gorgeous summers day and held their reception in a local barn. The barn was truly authentic, and didn’t quite stretch to holding all of their guests, so they also hired a marquee. It gave their day a wonderfully outdoorsy feel and the setting was just perfect. Relaxed vibes were evident throughout, from the picnic hamper food to the fun and games and the hog roast in the evening. It looked as though everyone had a whale of a time.
Aimee looked so stunning in her strapless lace gown by Essence of Australia, which she teamed with a divine flower crown to complete her look. Jude chose to wear a navy Ted Baker suit, white tie and tan shoes. The rest of the bridal party wore different neutral tones accesssorised with glorious wild style florals.
Thanks so much to Love That Smile Photography for sharing these lovely images.
THE PROPOSAL | So… Jude is the biggest wind up merchant going. So I had just reached his house on our usual Wednesday evenings together and he said in a serious voice… we need to talk let’s go for a walk… I thought oh no what’s up? So we wandered into the woods (me thinking he needed to tell me something terrible had happened). When all of a sudden I saw this glow and flickering in the centre of the woods. I knew instantly he was about to propose. I kept saying Judeee… Judeee what are you doing? As I got closer to the glow, I could see candles lighting a path and a canopy of fairy lights in the centre of a cut out fern tree.
Underneath sat a small table with a giant bunch of my favourite white roses along with champagne and blueberries… yes blueberries (my fave) … He turned to me and proposed!! Smiles…
THE VISION | An outdoor chilled vibe. Very raw and bohemian.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 6 months of madness. We got engaged in February and married that August. PINTEREST… A bride’s bible. I loved to make things as I came from an arty background I loved creating. And of course, lots of family and friends to help.
BUDGET | We wanted to keep cost as low as possible so I made as much as I could and self sourced many of the elements for the day both families along with ourselves kindly contributed.
THE VENUE | Originally we loved the idea of a field and picnic style – but with the delightful English weather we didn’t want to risk it. Then a tipi tent came to mind – however budget didn’t allow. We had some friends who locally had a thatch barn on their family farm. PERFECT!! We called in a favour and for us it was an empty canvas. It was so authentic, however it only seated around 70 so on the yard outside we hired a marquee and attached it to the barn … hey presto more space :). We also had our own table, which I think was awesome – it gave us time to enjoy our meal together.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wasn’t sure what accessories to have, I ended up buying some very simple gold plated diamond look jewellery from Accessorize. I knew I wanted a flower crown but right till the last minute I didn’t know whether I was going to be brave enough to have the full crown or just half so I had two halves made so I could decide last minute. I thought I didn’t want a veil until I wore my mothers plain ivory cathedral veil …:) Shoes were gold with a sparkle from Next.
FINDING THE DRESS | Again after many pins on Pinterest I knew I wanted lace. My mother and I booked a few appointments in the neighbouring towns and after visiting 3 bridal shops nothing jumped out to me. We then visited ‘The Wedding Shop’ in Colchester. Again I tried on a handful of dresses and nearly decided on one. But part of me just wasn’t sure. Then the assistant had an eureka moment and said … “I’ve got just the one”… and she did!! A gorgeous Essence of Australia simple lace strapless dress with a subtle dropped waist line with intricate lace and delicate dots, and my favourite…. buttons lining the back straight to the floor. It also had a champagne undertone, which really made the lace stand out.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jude really suited blue as he has blond hair and blue eyes. So he found a lovely bright navy Ted Baker suit with a slight sheen to it. He found it at Freeport Braintree in a Moss Bros outlet. Bonus!! Ushers blazers from Moss Bros and chinos from Next.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a bible based talk as we are both Jehovah’s Witnesses and relaxed background music throughout the day with a playlist for dancing later on we set up a sound system in the balcony in the barn.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 4 bridesmaids, my two close friends, my cousin and my little 3 year old sister. (Cutest bridesmaid ever – totally bias!!) I sourced my bridesmaid dresses online – originally I wanted blue as it was my preferred colour, then I realised it just didn’t compliment my champagne dress, so opted for pinky/champagne bridesmaid dresses which blended well with my dress. I found them on the prom section from River Island. My little sisters bridesmaid dress was from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | I LOVE flowers so this was a important decision. I love wild looking bouquets. So opted for champagne roses with wild flowers. Loved them so much!! Sourced from Cherry Picked Flowers Finchingfield, Essex.
THE CAKE | Very kindly a family friend made out lovely naked wedding cake! Was gorgeous.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Magdalena from ‘Love That Smile Photography’!! She was incredible! I searched high and low for a natural bohemian photographer… and it was hard as it was at such short notice! We were so lucky to find her. We had an engagement shoot beforehand, which I highly recommend – gets you prepped for the day. We love our pics <3
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As said earlier we had a blank canvas. There were long wooden tables already at the barn, so we added hanging muslin to accentuate the barns eves and fairy lights hidden within to add that romantic glow. I made most of the decorations myself, many a bottle I soaked in my mums bath … she was very happy about that :P I then used a white glass pen and hand drew boho patterns on each bottle. The wild flowers we sourced from a field and grew a few in our gardens. The wooden centre pieces were very kindly cut by my grandfather.
The plates, knives and forks were eco bamboo from Little Cherry. My father has a camper van so that fitted so well especially as it was a vintage cream! Luckily with my arty background I created our invites and table plan using old crates and small printed cards. Food wise we had a hog roast and ploughman’s style food. Along with ice cream and brownies for desert. And the obligatory sweets table. My dad sourced some vintage looking beers and the ushers attempted to make their own beer naming it ‘broody judy’ :)
THE HONEYMOON | Mini moon, we spent a week at a local cottage and then a month later we went to Mauritius for a couple of weeks. Stunning!!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The vows, our woodland photos and the first dance!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy it, do what makes you happy and highly recommend a quick private shoot with just you and your husband as the day goes by so fast.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Love That Smile Photography
Flowers | Cherry Picked Flowers
Plates and Cutlery | Little Cherry
Stationery | Aimee Willow Designs
Accessories | Accessorize
Bridesmaid Dresses | River Island
Camper Van | Cream Camper Weddings
Huge thanks to Aimee and Jude for sharing their lovely wedding story today xo Lou