I love the simplicity of this real wedding feature, it’s just so very lovely. Let me share all.
WWW readers Amy and Matthew chose to marry on the 28th May 2016 at Stratton Court Barn in Oxfordshire. They planned a springtime wedding with a touch of tradition and a soft feel. There were blush pink tones throughout their choices, which were just so lovely. Watercolour stationery, long bridesmaids dresses and peonies all in pretty shades of pink.
Amy looked so elegant in her chosen gown, ‘Elizabeth’, by Ronald Joyce and it looked stunning on her. Matthew and the boys donned grey wool suits with blush ties and tan shoes for a modern yet classic style choice. Love in the countryside, ahhh just gorgeous.
Thanks so much to Claudia Rose Carter for sharing these dreamy photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | New York, 14th February 2015 (my birthday). We took a cab to Central Park in the evening (I had no idea what we were doing at this point), and were quickly whisked off into the park on a beautiful horse and carriage. It was dark, the park was covered in a snowy white blanket, and another flurry had also just begun, when the horse stopped for some water. It was at this point that before I knew it, Matt was on his knee and asking me to marry him!
THE VISION | Our vision was for a spring-time (semi)traditional countryside wedding, with a soft rustic feel, and a relaxed evening reception. We wanted it to capture both our personalities, in every way possible.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | This took around 14-15 months. We had a spreadsheet to monitor our costs, and I had a little notebook that I kept in my bag, which I’d run through most days, and tick things off once they were done. Each week we’d aim to arrange/book/order something different, so we didn’t have too much going on at once, which really helped. The last couple of months were a little more hectic, but I think that’s always inevitable!
THE VENUE | We got married in a beautiful village church, and had our reception at Stratton Court Barn. We knew we wanted a rustic barn setting, and this just fit the bill perfectly for us. They were extremely relaxed and let you arrange your own suppliers for everything (aside from the bar), which is something we were also looking for, as we didn’t want to be tied in to using a specific supplier. It’s surrounded by fields, and the owners actually live a beautiful house right beside the barn, which makes it feel very intimate, perfect for our number of guests. They completely renovated the barn a couple of years ago, so whilst it still feels very rustic, it looks a lot cleaner and fresher than some of the others we’d viewed.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I wore the ‘Elizabeth’, by Ronald Joyce. I’m not really an ‘accessories’ kinda gal, so I kept it simple with a pair of dainty Pandora earrings, and nude Dune heels. My hair was in a half up/half down style, so I had a small hair accessory where it was clipped into place.
FINDING THE DRESS | I actually found the dress at the first boutique I visited. I tried on an array of different shapes, but fell in love with the Elizabeth instantly. With the lace detail, open back, the stunning train, and the champagne satin underneath the ivory lace, I just felt it was really ‘me’, and that it would fit with our feel of the day perfectly.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Matt wore a grey mottled wool suit from Reiss, with brown Ted Baker shoes and a blush tie, to match the bridesmaids. The groomsmen’s suits were all from Next. Our page boy wore a grey suit from Marks and Spencer.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My aunt did a bible reading, and Matt’s sister did a non-biblical reading which she had put together herself; this one was a lovely surprise, as we’d not seen it at all before the wedding. I walked down the aisle with my dad to Pachelbel Canon in D, and the Wedding March played for our recession (alongside the church bells!).
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had three bridesmaids and two flower girls. The bridesmaids wore blush maxi dresses from Debenhams, and they all chose their own shoes. The flower girls dresses were from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | My lovely mum actually did all of our flowers for us. I knew I wanted blush peonies to feature in my bouquet, tied with brown twine for that rustic appeal, but aside from that, I just wanted lots of greenery. As well as my bouquet, she did the button-holes, pew ends, a flower arrangement for the altar, and two floral crowns for the flower girls.
THE CAKE | We both agreed we wanted to keep this quite simple, something that would tie in with the barn theme nicely, hence settling on the smooth white buttercream covered cake. I made the topper myself and left it at the barn for them to assemble upon delivery. We were more interested in the actual flavours of the cake itself, and went for a different one on each tier. We had white chocolate and passionfruit, pina colada and cherry bakewell.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The amazing Claudia Rose Carter. As soon as I stumbled upon her website I instantly fell in love. We were looking for someone that would capture the moments, rather than have us pose for photos every five minutes. Claudia does exactly that; she was so un-intrusive, fitted in like one of our guests (many people thought she was!), and our photos tell the story of our day beautifully.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | To fit in with our rustic theme, we put together a smore’s bar outside for the evening, complete with a firepit and lots of hay bales for guests to sit on. We had plenty of candles, fairy lights wrapped around the beams and lots of little touches that we’d mostly put together ourselves. We set everything up the previous day, with the help of some of our family and friends, which made the wedding day itself feel much more personal. A friend of Matt’s is an acoustic guitarist, and we were lucky enough to have him perform some of our favourite songs in the background, both outside before the wedding breakfast, and during the breakfast itself.
THE HONEYMOON | Koh Samui, Thailand. We wanted somewhere that had more to offer than just sandy white beaches, a place that had a completely different culture for us to experience. Thailand seemed to have the best of both, and turns out, it was a pretty perfect choice. It’s a beautiful island, and we had a honeymoon that we will treasure forever.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many memorable moments for me, but if I had to pick one, it would be the journey from the church to the reception venue. We left the church in our 1936 Rolls Royce, and as it was such a beautiful day, that we were lucky enough to have the soft top down. We drove away from the church leaving all our guests behind us cheering and waving, and I felt like the happiest girl in the world. It’s a feeling I simply can’t put into words, but that ten minute drive in the sunshine with my new husband by my side, and a glass of champagne in hand, is ten minutes of our day that I will never forget.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | The one thing I will say is go with your gut feeling, and that’s with regards to every aspect of wedding planning, from choosing your bridesmaids, to making sure you are one hundred and ten percent happy with the look and feel of your dress, after any alterations. Aside from that, just try and enjoy the planning and lead up to your big day, as it will soon be over and you will miss it dearly (no matter how stressful it may be at the time!).
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Claudia Rose Carter
Cake | Two Little Cats
Wedding cars | Regency Carriages
Caterers | Lemon Zest
Venue | Stratton Court Barn
Hair | Hair Host
Make up | Harriet Franklin
Oh so splendid.
Amy and Matthew, thank you both so much for sharing your super special wedding here at WWW xo Lou