I have a feeling you’re really going to fall hard for WWW readers Anna and Dave’s gorgeous wedding day. Tying the knot on the 25th August 2018, they chose to marry at a church which means a lot to the family and followed the nuptials with a reception at Anna’s mum’s farm, something she had always wanted.
Now, the main thing to know here is that Anna is a florist herself, so of course the flowers on the day were next level! From the ample bouquet to the urn arrangements on pedestals and the florals adorning the cake, Anna did them all herself and they’re all absolutely incredible.
Hasn’t Jessica O’Shaughnessy done a simply beautiful job of capturing their day? I’m loving the images of all the amazing details but also that joy on our pair’s faces.
Make sure you take in all the magic today WWWers, oh and I don’t think I mentioned that the whole celebration was planned in 10 weeks, so impressive!
Dave proposed to me at End of the Road Festival 2017, held at Larmer Tree Gardens near Blandford Forum in Dorset. It’s a beautiful chilled out festival in an amazing setting! We had attended the year before and Dave bought me a ring from a silversmith and his wife who had a stall there selling artisan jewellery. When we attended in 2017, he bought me another, but this time it was to propose!
Being a florist, I knew it had to be all about the flowers, but this was definitely the hardest part to plan – imagine choosing your own flowers as a florist!
I had always dreamt of getting married at home, at my Mum’s farm in Cheshire.
Ellie, Lizzie and Philippa
The mushroom coloured bridesmaid dresses complimented my dress and the autumnal theme of the day. I knew I didn’t want the bridesmaids in long dresses, but shorter, more stylish dresses; plus they could wear them again afterwards this way. The dresses were from Reiss in the summer sale. Amazingly we managed to find a dress that suited all three bridesmaids, which was available in all three different sizes – the reality of planning your wedding!!
The Planning Process
We planned the entire wedding in just 10 weeks. It was hard work and pretty much every day there was something that needed doing for the wedding. First of all I booked all the big things – the marquee, the photographer etc. Everyone plans so far in advance these days, but we still managed to book great vendors last minute, and for a bank holiday weekend as well!
We got married at St Marys Church, Nantwich, this meant a lot to me (Anna), as when I was younger I used to sing at weddings there, and always hoped I would be the one to get married there one day. The reception was at my birthplace, my Mum’s farm in Nantwich, Cheshire. The garden was the perfect setting, and Jessica our photographer took advantage of the woodland, and the farm buildings to capture some amazing photos also.
Your Outfits & Accessories
I went to a Black Friday sale and purchased the first dress I tried on, off the sale rail as well! It fitted perfectly and I fell in love with the ivory tone of the dress and the lace. It was traditional but not too traditional. I had a lace bodice made for the top of the dress which I took off for the evening do!
Dave’s suit was a tweed suit. I had considered a few styles of suit but this one suited Dave best and luckily it was one of the few available left to hire from the suit hire company. I loved the bow tie and the waistcoat.
On the morning of the wedding I drove into Nantwich with my bridesmaid Ellie and we had our makeup done at Honeyblush on Hospital Street. I had complete confidence in them, and it lasted perfectly all day. We went back to my Mum’s for some Prosecco whilst my friend Adam did my hair.
My amazing sister created our cake, it was unbelievable! 4 tiers; including coffee, white chocolate and raspberry, chocolate fudge and fruit cake layers. It had a matt chocolate fondant finish, and ruffles at the base, and then of course I covered it with flowers, at 10am on the morning of the wedding myself!!
The Readings & Music
My sister Lizzie who was also a bridesmaid played the violin in the church accompanied by two of my Mum’s friends, playing another violin and the piano. The music was perfect and filled the church with beautiful sound as we signed the register. My close friend Emily and my Aunty Carol read two specially chosen readings, one religious and one non-religious during the service.
Flowers were the most important part for me (Anna), as I am a florist by profession. It has to be one of life’s hardest decisions choosing your own flowers when you’re a florist– but simply I chose my most favourite flowers, with a combination of seasonal flowers too. I spent two days creating the arrangements with my friend Charlotte, and was still at it at 10am on the morning of the wedding! But the flowers were spectacular and it was all worth it in the end!!
We met Jessica just a couple of weeks before the wedding, I saw her work online and it really suited the style I was going for, I knew she’d be able to capture the day without any input from myself. Jessica stayed for just a few hours to capture the most important part, but in just a few hours she managed to take some amazing photos!
The Details & Décor
With the wedding being at home, the details and décor had to be relaxed, not glamour and glitz and over the top. The theme was natural and rustic, but not twee and country cottage style! It was full of ferns, antlers, autumnal flowers – faded hydrangea and those deep burgundy dahlias! Coffee coloured and dusky pink roses.
End of the Road Festival 2018!
When you get into the wedding car to go to the church , it all becomes real!
Advice For Other Couples
Focus on what is most important to you, and represents you both as a couple. Don’t waste money on finer details that nobody will notice or care about, spend money on making sure everyone has an amazing day, and the party afterwards is amazing too. Don’t let people leave early either! Choose a marquee that’s smaller than everyone recommends to you- the more crammed in everyone is, the quicker they have to get to know each other, the better the atmosphere!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Simply beautiful! Thank you ever so much Anna and Dave for sharing your wonderful day with us. Rachel x