I’m not sure if I have mentioned before or not, but my VERY fave wedding trend this year has to be the flower arch. As a total flower addict they just satisfy and add to my love of the bloom. So of course when I clapped eyes on WWW readers Jessica and Tamsin’s wedding I was smitten. These two have buckets of style, so much love and you’re going to adore their fun loving happy wedding day.
They chose to tie the knot on the 8th July 2017 at Tamsin’s family home in South Wales. The couple live in Australia and so much of the planning happened from the other side of the world. No mean feat by any means but they pulled it all off to perfection with the help of their family based in the UK. The garden was a real treat for guests, which was abundant with lush green trees and space for majestic tipis. So the flower arch they decided would take centre stage to their décor. The florals all looked so wonderful in pink, red and purple hues for a decadent and luxe colour palette.
Then there were the dresses! Jessica chose bridal separates by Theia, with a sequinned long sleeved crop top and tulle skirt. Tamsin’s gown was by Daughters of Simone and featured delicate lace with a low back. How beautiful did they both look? Breathtaking.
We are treated by photographs from the supremely talented Rachel Lambert Photography today, thanks Rachel.
THE PROPOSAL | Tamsin proposed to Jessica after an incredible week away in Iceland. After a delicious Japanese meal (and many drinks) Tamsin popped the question with a haribo ring as the real ring hadn’t arrived in time for the trip.
THE VISION | The vision for the wedding was bohemian and rustic. We envisioned lots of flowers and foliage as well as a relaxed vibe.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The planning process was very interesting as we were organising the event from Australia where we live. Much of the planning process was conducted through Skype sessions with Tamsin’s parents whom were an essential part of the planning process. Without the help of our family based in the UK, our wedding would not of been anywhere near as of a success as it was. Pinterest and Etsy were also our best friends, and many vision boards were sent out.
THE VENUE | The venue was at Tamsin’s family home in South Wales. Tamsin’s parents enjoyed sampling the wine and food in preparation for the big day. Wales is such a beautiful part of the world; it was impossible to say no when Tamsin’s parents kindly offered to host the wedding. Jessica’s Australian family and friends were blown away with the attractiveness of the surroundings on the day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Jessica: Two-piece from Theia, purchased from The Bridal Atelier in Melbourne, Victoria.
Tamsin: Dress was from Daughters of Simone from Embrace Bridal in Geelong, Victoria.
FINDING THE DRESS | Jessica searched far and wide for months for her dress, even going interstate a few times. However as soon as putting on the two-piece by Theia, she was certain it would be perfect. It suited as an elegant alternative to a traditional wedding dress and it was very comfortable.
Tamsin did most of her research online and found the perfect bohemian dress designer Daughters of Simone. Instantly happy with the fit when trying it on she put down the deposit straight away.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had an acoustic duo called The Scarleton playing music as we walked down the aisle and during the canapés. They were really amazing and added the ambience. We walked down the aisle to “ Mess is Mine” by Vance Joy, as it’s a beautiful song but also as Jessica is a particularly messy woman and now that mess also belongs to Tamsin. The Velveteens played in the evening, which we were also very happy with.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | On Jessica’s side her bridesmaids were her sisters and her best friend as well as her brother as the ring bearer. Tamsin had her sister as her bridesmaid as well as her two nieces as flower girls. The bridesmaids were given the colour navy to work with and all chose their own dresses to suit their personality and body shape. We really dislike bridesmaid’s outfits that are all matching, due to being too traditional for our relaxed vibe so this suited our style perfectly.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were an incredible feature during our wedding. We had some basic ideas, however with not much knowledge about flowers we left it in the hands of our florists. We wanted it to suit the venue and to not be traditional at all.
THE CAKE | From the beginning we wanted a cake made out of wheels of cheese. We absolutely love cheese and during our wedding body preparation we had been very deprived! The caterers made the cheesecake, which was more beautiful than we could of imagined. Everyone commented on how unique and delicious it was.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Rachel Lambert. The photographer was the first thing we booked, as photography is really important to us and we wanted very high quality photos to remember our day. After much research we chose Rachel as her images showed relaxed couples and her use of lighting is exceptional. We couldn’t be happier with our choice; she was relaxed and made us feel completely comfortable.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As our theme was relaxed and bohemian, everything we chose we had that in mind. We chose to incorporate Tamsin’s parents amazing garden as much as possible to enhance the aesthetic flow. Having an archway was an essential we had to have. It was a central point of focus during the ceremony and was also a beautiful floral statement piece.
THE HONEYMOON | As we live in Australia and had our wedding in the UK, we haven’t yet decided on where we will go on honeymoon. Hopefully somewhere warm to sip cocktails on the beach.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Many memorable moments happened during the wedding… first of all was being 45 minutes late to the ceremony due to directions being misinterpreted. Secondly, our friends hiring a magician as a wedding present was a fantastic surprise. Thirdly and most importantly, watching our family and friends all dancing together and having a great time was truly memorable.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Probably the most important piece of advice is to identify a couple of ‘must haves’ and be willing to sacrifice the smaller things if they are causing too much stress or time is running out.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Rachel Lambert Photography
Tipi | Tipi Events
Tamsin’s make up | Emma Kidby – Bridal Hair & Beauty Penarth
Jessica’s make up | Kelly Norman-Greenway Make-up booked through Minxies
Flowers | Sue Walton and friends, members of a local flower club
Caterers | Penny Johnstone
Magician | James Piper, Premier Magician Wales
(last minute) Alterations | Miss Sew and Sew
Jessica’s hair and bridesmaids hair | JJ West Hair
Does it get any more perfect than that? I think not. Wow.
Jessica and Tamsin, thank you both for sharing your amazing wedding story xo Lou