Monday’s certainly don’t get much better than this. Banish your Monday morning back to work blues with this cheerful, rustic and blooming well gorgeous wedding celebration. Full to the very brim with love, style and personality it’s a sure fire way to plant a big fat smile on your face today.
Duncan and Kirsten were hitched on the 19th August 2017 in the same church where Kirsten’s parents married 38 years ago. Isn’t that just lovely? The pair then headed to the an apple orchard next to the house where Duncan’s Mum and Nanny live. I do love a sentimental location, it’s also lovely to be able to return and visit, not to mention really personalise the venue. And personalise is exactly what these two did. You’re going to be blown away by the styling and creativity at their party. The vintage style marquee was adorned with greenery and foliage, rustic wooden furniture and white details. From crates to antique doors and an outdoor swing, were all upcycled and used to great effect. This really is a master class in DIY decoration, woah!
Kirsten chose the loveliest frock by Sassi Holford; all long lace sleeves and flowing skirt. She of course teamed her look with a lush greenery bouquet and killer Jimmy Choo heels. Duncan and the guys went for a country casual style with chinos and navy jackets, while the bridesmaids were looking pretty in mint. It’s all just perfect.
We are head over heels for these stunning shots by Big Bouquet today, thanks for sharing them with us guys.
THE PROPOSAL | Duncan whisked me away to Cornwall for the weekend. Usually we decide where we are going together… but this time he was adamant he wanted to decide himself, and I just had to sit back and relax. I had been rather busy with work and life, so I just thought he was doing something nice for me so I could relax.
He took me to Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, where he proposed on the beach and had written ’will you marry me’ in the sand. Of course, I said YES.
THE VISION | I had originally made a mood board of what I visualised the wedding to be like… We liked greenery and whites, alongside some vintage metal colours.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning started by buying numerous amounts of wedding magazines and pinning a thousand wedding images to my Pinterest board. I made a budget spreadsheet and we started researching all the suppliers that we really loved, getting quotes and more information. After we received all the info we needed we agreed on our desired suppliers and booked them all in advance. We designed all the wedding stationery and décor ourselves.
THE VENUE | We wanted to pick a location that meant a lot to us, and would be close to our hearts forever, so we decided to get married in St Marys Church, Meare where my parents got married 38 years ago. Duncan grew up in Low Ham, where his Mum and Nanny still live, and where there is a beautiful little apple orchard off the house, in which we decided would be a great location for us to hold the reception in a marquee.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore the ‘Honour’ dress from Sassi Holford’s 2017 collection. The beautifully fitted Italian corded lace, long sleeve top was paired with a soft crepe skirt to create a classic column silhouette. Finished with an ivory satin band at the waist. The long lace trimmed veil was also from Sassi Holford. On my feet I wore Romy 100 Platinum Ice Dusty Glitter Pointy Toe Pumps from Jimmy Choo. I also wore my beautiful Tiffany pearl earrings, which were a gift from my husband to be.
FINDING THE DRESS | The first dress shop I tried was Sassi Holford in Taunton where the ladies were excellent. I then tried a few other local dress shops, which just didn’t feel right compared to Sassi Holford. So I went back to where I started, and tried on a selection of dresses, modern and more classic. I had seen ‘Honour’ in Sassi’s 2017 campaign and thought she was beautiful, but was first unsure about the long sleeves for a summer wedding… But when I tried her on it was just perfect! It was just so me! My mum knew it was the one!! I loved the high neck line and belt detailing.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | After going to try on outfits for Duncan and his ushers a few times, we decided that a more formal look wasn’t really for us! So we opted for a more casual look, which consisted of linen navy jackets, blue shirts and chalk coloured chinos. To finish the look off we added an ivory pocket square, tan shoes and a belt. Jacket, shirt and chinos all from Moss Bros.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The readings and music were just perfect! A close and loved friend of ours Sandy wrote a very sentimental and personal reading for us called ‘Love is’. It was read out beautifully and hit the hearts of many of the guests.
We also hired the amazing Village Voices Community Choir from the Mendips who sang ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen and Elbow ‘One Day Like This’ in a three part arrangement. Their voices were exquisite.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Our bridesmaids looked stunning, wearing the Bobbi laced-top dress in soft mint from Reiss, and white court shoes. We bought the girls some pearl Pandora stud earrings to complement the dresses. Their hair was done by the amazing Abigail Constanza who is a Bridal stylist located in Bath. The girls wore their hair in softly loose braids with curls and gypsophila.
The flower girls wore beautiful little ivory dresses with a big bow and floral detail, along with some little white converse.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were absolutely beautiful. I found Bramble and Wild online when searching for local florists. They have a stunning Instagram account and website for inspiration. I couldn’t recommend them enough, they covered our brief to a T and we were extremely happy with our floral arrangements.
My bridal bouquet was a beautifully loose and natural hand tied bouquet in neutral, clean, white and green tones. Roses, (traditional, not scented,) veronica, eryngium and populus foliage were amongst ferns and select seasonal blooms. The bouquet was bound in long silk ivory ribbons.
The bridesmaids had pretty hand tied posies in the style of the bridal bouquet but smaller in size.
The flower girls held beautiful little wands of white roses with buds and satin ribbon trails.
We had a stunning display of large and full blooms on pedestals in the church, which included hydrangeas and delphiniums, as well as eucalyptus, roses, eryngium and blooms from my bridal bouquet.
Myself, Mum and Kathryn (bridesmaid) made up the jars of table flowers, purchasing blooms and foliage from Triangle Nurseries online. I chose gypsophila, white roses and eucalyptus that complemented each other beautify. These sat elegantly along side the table runners from Bramble and Wild.
From our initial mood board we LOVED an image of a wooden table with a eucalyptus table runner. Bramble and Wild produced us some wonderful foliage garlands to trail down the middle of the wooden trestle tables, which we hired from the marquee company. These were created with mixed eucalyptus varieties, seasonal foliages and ferns. They were mostly light in colour.
THE CAKE | The cake was made by a lovely local lady, Sarah Coleman. We asked for a semi naked Victoria sponge. I bought a cake topper from Notonthehighstreet.com and popped some blooms of white roses and eucalyptus onto it, which I had bought from Triangle Nurseries.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographers Big Bouquet from Dorset were amazing! We are in love with our photographs from our special day. The day has been pictured perfectly and we couldn’t recommend them enough. Their inspiring online portfolio lured us in.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The marquee included lots of DIY décor, simple glass vases with white IKEA large candles. I collected elegant jam jars and Smirnoff cider bottles, there were a few beer bottles dotted in there also and we filled them with white roses, eucalyptus and gypsophila.
I dotted some balls of twine, metal and glass geometric vases and tea lights on the tables to complement the eucalyptus table runners. We used some copper and glass picture frames from Cox and Cox to put our table numbers and the run down of the day in.
We hired some stunning, retro filament bulb chandeliers along side some festoons from the marquee company, which gave a classy but retro feel. We also had some large white balloons with twine and foliage flowing from the bottom dotted around the marquee and orchard.
The orchard turned out to more than we ever imagined. We recycled a lot to decorate this area too. We were lucky enough to get hold of some beautiful and large wooden cable reels for the catering company to serve welcome drinks from and for people to mingle around with their drinks later on in the day. We also liked the idea of having a photo booth but didn’t want to hire in your standard photo booth, so thought we would have a go at creating our own retro version. My friend Edd leant us some old wooden doors from his barn and I white washed over them to distress them a little more. We then transferred onto one of the doors ‘Mr & Mrs Rae’ in the lovely font we used for our invitations. I then styled the door with some foliage, flowers, old apple crates and an old cart wheel we found lying around the garden. I think it worked well as we have some lovely photos in that area.
We hired some more festoons to go in our favourite apple tree and placed hay bales around it to make it into a cute little social area.
Duncan and my Dad recycled the old water butt and made it into a fire pit for the evening, where we placed a large jar of marshmallows to melt on the fire.
We also up-cycled the old childhood swing by painting it white and draping foliage all around, also adding some new rope and a lovely piece of wood for the seat. This was also very popular with the guests!
We love games and sports, so we popped a dart board up onto one of the other apple trees and put out the ping pong table where the ping pong later turned into beer pong.
THE HONEYMOON | We spent twelve nights in Mauritius. Seven days in the South at Lux le Morne hotel and five nights in the North at The Oberoi hotel. It was beautiful and we made lots of memories including swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, paddle boarding and a romantic private dinner on the beach.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Just everyone having lots of fun. It’s just so wonderful having all the people you love all together on one joyous day. There was one point in the evening where me and Dunc went off on our own to sit on the swing at the end of the orchard, looking back on the marquee and everyone partying, to take it all in. It was just amazing.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Just don’t worry… We just tried not to let anything stress us out or get us down, and tried to be as calm as possible. Just be as organised and as prepared as you can on the run up, as the last few days before the wedding seem to be quite manic, so the more you can get done prior to then, the better.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Big Bouquet
Dress | Sassi Holford
Caterers | Pieminister
Marquee | Abbas Marquees
Ice Cream | Cafe Bon Icecream
Oh me oh my! Such loveliness.
Duncan and Kirsten thank you both so much for sharing your gorgeous wedding story here with us xo Lou