We’re all about the love here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and this lovely day has it in abundance.
WWW readers Emma and Andrew were married in July 2016 and held their celebrations at Winterbourne Medieval Barn in Gloucestershire, followed by a party in Emma’s parents back garden. Doesn’t that sound just idyllic? Well it really was. The vision was to create a wedding which was relaxed and rustic with a countryside feel. The portraits in particular really showcase the beautiful setting and they are so romantic.
The couple focused on ensuring that the bright and beautiful blooms were seasonal, they were also grown locally and organically. Isn’t that wonderful? They certainly stole my heart today. They also decorated the barn wonderfully with embroidered table cloths, foliage and bunting.
Emma and Andrew really looked the part too. With Emma wearing an exquisite vintage gown dating to 1910, isn’t the lace remarkable? She teamed the gown with a crown of flowers, boho beautiful. Andrew went for a country tweed look with a hand made shirt. How fabulous.
Many thanks to Fairclough Photography for providing the gorgeous images here.
THE PROPOSAL | Emma proposed to Andrew in their favourite restaurant in London (Moro on Exmouth Market). She made him a silk pocket square and embroidered ‘will you marry me?’ onto it. Andrew said yes!
THE VISION | We wanted something quite relaxed, rustic, seasonal flowers, English countryside slash barn style… making use of the beautiful church and 14th century barn next to Emma’s parents house.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 6 months to plan the wedding – it happened quite organically. Andrew and Emma agreed everything together. Once we booked the barn we worked backwards from that date and had lots of fun making and planning all the details.
THE VENUE | St Michael’s Parish Church for the vows, Winterbourne Medieval Barn for drinks and wedding breakfast, followed by a party, live band, buffet in Emma’s parents back garden.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Emma’s wore an antique Irish lace dress from 1910 and she made a silk slip to wear underneath. She wore a crown of flowers on her head.
FINDING THE DRESS | Emma bought the dress in Pennies Vintage shop in Islington London. It was one of the first shops she went into and fell in love with the dress straight away.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Andrew bought his suit from Walker Slater London and his shirt was handmade by Sean O’Flynn shirt maker in London.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Songs: One more step along the world I go by Sydney Carter, Lord of the Dance by Sydney Carter, Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire (Irish love poem) sang by a friend – Tara Baoth Mooney. Poem readings: Meeting at Night by Robert Browning.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | There were four bridesmaids and two flower girls. The bridesmaids all wore lace dresses, which they picked themselves to an agreed colour palette. They also wore flowers in their hair.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers came from Organic Blooms, a local company that grows all flowers organically on site and also operates as a Social Enterprise.
THE CAKE | The cake was a layered Victoria sponge decorated with flowers and berries.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographers were the lovely Katie and James duo from Fairclough Photography. They have such a unique style which we loved and they captured all the magical moments.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We borrowed bunting from friends and hung foliage around the barn yard. We used corn dollies and also had flowers in milk churns outside the barn. On the dining tables we used vintage embroidered table clothes and clusters of flowers in assortments of vessels. For the after party we hung lights from the trees and had a marque put up.
THE HONEYMOON | We left for our honeymoon two days after the wedding. We went trekking in Nepal and afterwards stayed at a beautiful Ayurveda retreat in Kathmandu Valley.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The setting of the wedding was perfect for us. Walking into the barn before the wedding breakfast felt magical with all the decorations and flowers.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | We spent a lot of time making the wedding as personal as possible, it was definitely worth all the effort.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Fairclough Photography
Flowers | Organic Blooms
Dress | Pennies Vintage
Suit | Walker Slater
Perfection, I do love a country wedding.
Many thanks to Emma and Andrew for sharing their divine nuptials xo Lou