WWW readers James and Jess planned their gorgeous celestial themed country wedding in the Shropshire hills over two years and what a wonderful job they did! They tied the knot on the 25th July 2018 in a church ceremony and then guests were able to walk over to Delbury Hall for the magical blush pink celebrations.
Our pair trawled antiques fairs and crafted lots of the brilliant touches themselves, a real labour of love. I’m really enjoying the subtle flamingo nods, do look out for them as you scroll through!
Jess decided to get changed after the wedding breakfast to allow her to move more freely for dancing and I’m loving the bridal separates, such a stylish look and oh my those Jimmy Choo mules…
James and Jess chose Florence Fox as their photographer and we’re ever so grateful to be sharing her wonderful imagery with you all today. Enjoy WWWers!
We got engaged in June 2016. James had booked a surprise getaway under the pretence that it was for my birthday to throw me off the scent! He woke me up super early to watch the sunrise in Barcelona on the beach and that’s where he popped the question. A few days later we jetted to Paris to continue the celebration.
We wanted a really personalised day, so we decided to make as many things as we could ourselves. We opted for a celestial theme as we’ve always been fascinated by the night sky, so we used constellations as the table names and had lots of cute celestial details throughout the day. We wanted a neutral colour palette so we went for a subtle blush pink theme with rose gold accents.
The Planning Process
We had two years to craft our perfect day, and we started collecting and making things well in advance. We’re keen thrifters so we visited lots of antique fairs and junkyards and found some really cool pieces, like the vintage champagne bottles we used as candleholders. There were a few core things we knew we really wanted and booked early on, like the pizza truck for the evening food and the wedding car (a vintage Beetle), and the rest we sort of stumbled across along the way. We didn’t go to many wedding fairs, and I actually found that Australian wedding magazines really inspired me – I think they nail that boho vibe.
We fell in love with Delbury Hall as soon as we saw it. We loved the grounds, and the coach house provided a beautiful blank canvas that we could make our own. It’s such a tranquil setting and feels really private. Everywhere you looked there was a gorgeous view, and it was a stone’s throw away from the beautiful St. Peter’s church, which dates back to 1322. We loved that our guests could walk from the church to the venue, and there was accommodation for our bridal party, which was ideal. It really had everything we were looking for in one place. Delbury Hall works with the Ludlow Catering Company, who created a bespoke afternoon tea with a twist menu for the wedding breakfast. We had slider burgers, pulled pork wraps and mac & cheese balls alongside a selection of mini desserts – it went down very well!
Your Outfits & Accessories
My day outfit consisted of a Stella York dress from Shropshire Country Brides with a sweetheart neckline, mermaid skirt with a tulle overlay. I really liked that the underskirt had a blush tone, and it was super ethereal with layers of tulle and a lace trim. I added off the shoulder tulle straps and made a blush ombre veil to match the underskirt. I chose a Grecian style star headband from Atelier Lilac on Etsy to tie in the celestial theme. I had pink Louboutins for my shoes, as I really wanted something I could wear again. My sister-in-law Zara is a jewellery designer and helped me source star sign necklaces, so the bridal party each had their own sign on their necklace. She also made our rose gold wedding rings for us.
In the evening I changed into an Oksana Mukha lace top and fishtail skirt from Dolly Blue Bridal in Shrewsbury, I chose bridal separates, as it was so much more comfortable to party in. I had satin Jimmy Choo mules for my evening shoes; again I wanted to be comfortable to enjoy the evening and know I could happily dance and mingle all night.
James wore a navy suit from Moss Bros with a grey check waistcoat and a blush pink tie from ASOS. We couldn’t find pocket squares to match, so I bought some cute flamingo print fabric to make pocket squares with. My mother-in-law Jane used the fabric to make super cute bow ties for our two nephews too. I bought James some cufflinks with our star signs engraved as a personal touch.
My long time hairdressers Carrie and Becky did the bridal party’s hair; I went for loose waves as I wanted a low maintenance style. My bridesmaids either had a loose up do or a half up half down style with a braid at the back. Colette Bailey did our make up, she really is a master of makeup! I still felt like myself but having a professional do my makeup meant it lasted all day, I didn’t have to touch it up once.
Will at Blooms of Bridgnorth provided our flowers and did a brilliant job. Last minute we decided we wanted a floral arch over the church door and he pulled it together amazingly! I had proteas and eucalyptus for my bouquet, as I wanted something a bit different. Will provided the buttonholes, pew ends, pedestal and flowers for the tables too. We went for really undone, natural looking arrangements.
We think suits are personal, so we let the groomsmen choose their own suits, the only rule was that it had to be dark blue. We got pink ties from ASOS and made our own flamingo print pocket squares.
I had mis-matched bridesmaid dresses from TFNC, all in a light blush pink tone. They were all maxi dresses with embellished details. I wanted ethereal dresses, and I think the bridesmaids all looked like gorgeous Greek goddesses on the day!
The Readings & Music
At the church and for the drinks reception we had the King Brasstards brass band. They played “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” as I walked down the aisle and did a really fun Love Actually style set during the signing of the register. For the drinks reception they played some really fun favourites like ‘Tequila!’ for our guests to have a boogie to. In the church we had two readings, “Touched By An Angel” by Maya Angelou and Romans 12, 9-18.
Liam Price sang our first dance, “Time After Time”, and played an acoustic set, and a family friend David Mosedale DJ’d for us.
Florence Fox was our fabulous photographer. We met her at a wedding fair and loved her style, really natural shots and not much posing. We felt really comfortable with Florence from doing our pre-wedding shoot. On the day it was like having a friend alongside us taking photos, she’s just so easy to get along with. The photos exceeded our expectations; she is so talented at capturing natural moments that just transport us back to exactly how we felt at that moment in time.
Oliver from Floodgate Films was our videographer. Again we hit it off with Oliver straight away. We knew we wanted our day to be filmed as we know couples that didn’t have their wedding filmed and have told us they really regretted it. Oliver’s cinematic style is stunning. He really captured the vibe of the day and there were times we didn’t even notice he was there! It was great to have him with us on the day, he really took one for the team by being on ‘goose poo patrol’ when we went wandering across a field to get a gorgeous shot amongst the wheat as the sun was coming down.
You can watch the highlights video here.
We didn’t want to splurge on a cake so we went for a simple naked chocolate cake with caramel filling from Waitrose for £149, I added some faux flowers and a crescent moon cake topper from Etsy to dress it up.
The Details & Décor
The coach house at Delbury Hall is a beautiful blank canvas to make your own. We mostly did DIY décor, but hired Illuminate FX to put up some fairy lights and uplighters, as lighting creates such an atmosphere. We did all the centrepieces ourselves.
We collected amethyst crystals, Himalayan salt lamp tea light holders and I spray painted jam jars rose gold. We found some vintage Dom Perignon and Belle Epoque Perrier Jouet champagne bottles that we put pink candles in, and each table was named after a constellation. We used succulents as place cards and as a favour for our guests to take home. We found some fortune cookies in pink wrappers on eBay, although they had some questionable fortunes, but they gave everyone a good laugh! I decorated two retro peacock chairs with flowers to create boho thrones for us to sit on. I also designed and made a crescent moon photo booth. We displayed photos of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents on their wedding days, as family is so important to us. We found loads of tassel buntings and banners in TK Maxx for bargain prices so we decorated the coach house without spending too much.
We went to Mexico for two weeks, two days after the wedding. We spent one week on Isla Holbox, which was so stunning, unspoilt and had a bohemian feel, then we went for an indulgent all inclusive week in Riviera Maya.
One of my favourite moments was when our 3-year-old nephew Isaac carried the rings down the aisle. When we got engaged he was only 1 so we would often say ‘I wonder what he’ll be like by the time the wedding is here’. It was just so cute and touching to see him looking so grown up. He loved the whole day and still talks about it now! He loved having such an important role.
James, my dad Andy and best man Stuart all did a great job with the speeches, taking us from crying to laughing! James’s dad Chris also said grace for us before the meal.
I really loved all the little moments too, like getting ready with the girls, going and getting changed after the wedding breakfast and coming out in my evening outfit as I hadn’t told anybody I had two outfits, and I bought a faux bouquet to throw, which was caught by my friend’s daughter Elsie.
The few moments we got to ourselves were lovely too, we went for a little drive in the Beetle after we left the church, and when we went for photos it was really nice to just spend time together amongst the chaos of the day. Oh and when the wood fired pizza truck arrived in the evening – it was the perfect evening food!
Advice For Other Couples
Try to enjoy the whole process and don’t get stressed, even though that’s easier said than done! It’s a real passion project so appreciate the help of your family and bridal party, but stay true to your vision and take other people’s opinions with a pinch of salt. Even if you spend two years planning, it goes by so fast so enjoy every moment.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Blooms of Bridgnorth
Dolly Blue Bridal
Jewellery & Rings
Maria Allen on Etsy
A dreamy, starry day. What a joy to share your wonderful wedding today James and Jess. Thank you ever so much! Rachel x