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By Louise Baltruschat Hollis

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Hey everyone, good morning to you 🙂 I have the super lovely Spring wedding of Lindsey and Ian to share with you today.

Lindsey and Ian had a church service followed by a reception at Clock Barn in Whitchurch. They wanted their wedding to have an English country garden travel feel to it.

One of my favourite aspects of their wedding just has to be the beautiful Spring flowers, with pieris and grape hyacinths in the gorgeous bouquets. Not to mention the beautiful homemade details at the barn.

Lindsey wore the most amazing lace dress, while the bridesmaids looked pretty in floaty Grecian style dresses. And of course not forgetting Ian who looked dapper in a custom made grey suit. Perfect.

Thanks so much to the wonderful Holly Deacon for sharing her photography with us today.


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The Proposal… We met at Sainsburys in Fareham where we both worked in about 2000 – I was a student working part time and Ian was managing one of the departments – we got together 10 years ago where Ian finally asked me out after a Sainsburys work party! Ian proposed in November 2011 on our holiday in Vietnam – we were on a boat cruise around Halong Bay and he proposed on our private balcony during sunset.

The Vision for the day… The main inspiration for the day was for the look to be very natural with a slight English Country vintage travel feel!  Our original invites were created as four travel postcards of destinations that Ian and I had been to and we used this as our inspiration for all our stationery following this.

Budget… About £20K (we only wend over a bit!!!)

The Venue… We got married in All Saints Compton Church as we had lived locally previously and then had the reception at Clock Barn in Whitchurch.  The venues were a perfect location half way between where we currently live and our parents meaning it was easily accessible for everyone.

The barn was just the location I wanted the Wedding to be in  – it was a good size and had area for the drinks reception indoors just encase the weather was bad (which we ended up using on the day as it was freezing!) It was also great that the barn was a blank space that I could decorate how I wanted and even design all the catering and drinks to our preferences.

The Dress + Accessories… I loved the dress from the second I saw it, I loved the scallop edge of the dress and the lace overlay on the whole dress. It felt so perfect as soon as I tried it on, the dress seemed to fit my personality in that it felt relaxed and fun

The Rings were from Krystal Jewellers in Hatton Gardens. The rings were bought from the same shop that Ian purchased my engagement ring – he choose this jeweller originally as it was run by a mother and son and he liked that it was family run and the service was more personalised.

Veil: Also purchased at Creatiques http://www.creatiques.co.uk/. Shoes: Debut by Debenhams. Birdcage Veil for the evening borrowed from a friend. Hair Clips from Accessorize. Earrings from Accessorize. Necklace from John Lewis (present from my mum). Bracelet created from my Grandmas rings. Anklelet – a present from all my friends from School.

Finding the dress… I went to quite a few dress shops but didn’t find anything that I particularly liked until I went to Creatiques, the shop made me feel at home from the start and I spotted this dress straight away…I still managed to try the dress on five times before I put down the deposit and even went to a different supplier of the dress in London on my own just to double and triple check it was what I wanted!

Groom’s attire… Three Piece suit made to measure by Cad and The Dandy http://www.cadandthedandy.co.uk. Shoes – Loake, Watch – Vintage Omega, Cufflinks – Vintage six pence – for good luck!

The Readings + Music… Corinthians 13: Read by Lindsey’s Aunty, Thomas A Kempis – On Love: Read by Ian’s youngest brother. Ian and I choose the Thomas A Kempis reading as when we saw it we both loved all the words and felt it was an appropriate reading to go in our church service.

Paradise by Coldplay was our first song…..  we both love this song and when we first met Ian gave me a Coldplay CD – so they have also been a band that we have both loved together.

Beautiful bridesmaids… Bridesmaids Dresses: Lela Rose by Dessy http://www.dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses/lelarose/ (I had these shipped from a company in the USA). Bridesmaids Shoes: Each bought their own. Bridesmaids Hair Accessories: From H&M. Katie, Linda and Jo’s Necklace: (http://www.johnlewis.com/estella-bartlett-silver-feather-necklace-silver/p231582585) and Malisa’s Bracelet: (http://www.johnlewis.com/estella-bartlett-star-so-bright-navy-bracelet/p231845338) were presents from Ian and I from Estella Bartlett at John Lewis. All other jewellery was their own. Page boy/young male assistants outfits: From Charles Gale in Gosport http://www.charlesgale.co.uk/.

The Flowers… Reception flowers and bouquets by Green and Gorgeous http://www.greenandgorgeousflowers.co.uk/
I picked Green and Gorgeous as I loved that the flowers were grown in England on their flower farms and that I could go there the week before and pick flowers that I liked for the bouquets etc. In terms of colour this was loosely based on purple and white  – but as there was no main colour feature at the wedding this was very loose.Church Flowers by Kelly Earle – local florist in Compton.

The Cake…  Cake from Kooks in Richmond http://www.kooksunlimited.com/We just wanted a simple classical three tiered white cake. Cake topper from Not on the High Street http://www.kooksunlimited.com/ Cake knife set from the Love Knot range from Vera Wang.

Your Photographer… Holly Deacon. We found Holly through the church for the wedding and I loved the look and style of Hollys’ photos straight away from her website they were a perfect fit for Ian and I. We met up with Holly before the Wedding twice and got along really well , and especially shared a love of bags! She understood exactly what we wanted for the day without much guidance and it was great having time to get to know her so it felt like another friend at the wedding rather than a supplier.

On the Day Holly and her assistant were great, they were always looking for the shots but without being “in the way”  and I am so happy with my photos after the Wedding – they capture my Wedding day and the fun we had on the day perfectly along with capturing all the small details that Ian and I spent so long on creating  and making for the day

The Details + Decor… We used blue mason jars (bought from Ebay and shipped from the USA) as the main centre piece jars for the flowers along with Vintage Victorian apothecary bottles and ink wells to add a bit of colour and a range of sizes and heights to the tables.I hand tied bunches on dried lavender and tied these with twine and added a button on top of all the menus. All the buttons used for this and on the jars and tags were from mine and my mum’s spare button boxes and so all were from old clothes etc!!We purchased a large trunk and re lined this with the floral material to create the table plan and added in pictures of our parents and grandparents on both sides weddings.

I also relined my father’s old naval suitcase to use as a shoe box for guests – this was for all my friends who love to dance who I knew would all be in need of a flat pair of shoes after  wearing killer heels all day and there was not a pair left by the end of the night!

The second matching suitcase was purchased on ebay and also relined and used as the card box for the evening.For our guest book I bought a load of postcards and created a book with blank envelopes stuck in so guests could each write on a postcard and the “post” it into the book!The Table plan tags, order of service, table numbers and menus were created by Charlie Rowe (who is also one of the Ushers!)

We worked with Charlie over a few glasses of red wine to design all the stationery and get the look we required. The table number pictures are from previous holiday destinations that Ian and I have been on
http://www.behance.net/CreativeRowe The place names I created and stamped each one and decorated the girls tags with either lace (to match the suit cases or a button to match in with the vases)We also included a bit of fun for the evening in that the DJ organised for us “The Shoe Game” this was a take on Mr and Mrs – to which we both implanted questions into as a surprise to each other – that maybe we knew that our guests would not!

It created a great moment where everyone at the Wedding surrounded us for a good laugh after the Speeches and then set us up for the First Dance – this is one of my friends favourite moments from the Wedding with us all in hysterics whilst Ian and I decide  “who is the most romantic” and “who sulks the most!”

The Honeymoon… Ian booked this as a surprise and only told me where we were off to at Breakfast on the Monday after the Wedding in Heathrow Airport waiting to check in!! We spent just over two weeks away and went to Kuala Lumpa, Langkawi, Saigon and Siem Riep, every destination was amazing and we both loved every moment

Memorable moments… My favourite part of the wedding was the moment I stepped into the church and saw Ian waiting for me and all our friends and family there – I knew then it was going to be an amazing day.

Advice for other couples… My advice would be to not worry about anything on the day and appreciate every moment – all my friends and family laughed at me as I had a lever arch folder called the “Wedding Bible” which had all details of the wedding and suppliers in it for the day and I gave a three page PDF to ushers and mums and dads with numbers for everyone on and timetable for the day on but when we had changes and questions on the morning of the wedding it was easy for me and my bridesmaids to sort this out and not to stress!

Credit where credit is due…

Photography: Holly Deacon https://hollybobbins.com/

Catering Company: Perks Catering http://www.perkscatering.co.uk/

Entertainment: DJ – Chris Burford http://www.djchrisburford.co.uk/  

Cars/Transport: Wedding Car – Silverlady Hire http://www.silverladyhire.co.uk/

Stationery: Table plan tags, order of service, table numbers and menus were created by Charlie Rowe (who is also one of the Ushers!)  http://www.behance.net/CreativeRowe.

Wedding Favours: Boys Wedding favours – Bottle of Ale/ All bottles from Nelson Wines in Wimbledon. All the bottles were different and Ian sat and matched the personality of the guest to the bottle of beer – eg Engine Oil for my Dad, who worked in the navy as an engineer or Pitchfork for Sam who is a sheep farmer in  Derby!)

Girls Wedding Favours – Lavender Macaroons http://www.angesdesucre.com/ Due to my love of Macaroons.


Ah so pretty. Thanks so much to Lindsey and Ian for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou

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    Lisa Devlin

    gorgeous stuff!

  • Avatar for Reshmi


    WOW! So lovely to see these images 🙂 The personal touches all over the wedding is just so warming! Lovely lovely lovely x

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    Stephanie Swann

    Oooh what a beautiful load of loveliness! Adore the flowers too!

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    Helen Lisk

    Awwwww, these are gorgeous! Love all the details – I want a name tag that says wifey!! Brilliant 🙂 x

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    thanks so very much everyone 🙂 xx

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