Colour lovers be on stand by for a visual treat this afternoon.
Chloe and Jim who were married on the 1st August 2015, chose to have a humanist back garden wedding. It was pure perfection; personal, meaningful and in the most beautiful of settings. Then there was the marquee party. WOW. Just you wait until you see the bright orange and pink crafty décor which looked amazing. There was also a bake off and dancing until 3am, sounds like fun doesn’t it?
Chloe wore the most amazing gown by Catherine Deane which she accessoried with the fluffy pink Peonies. EEkk.
Christy Blanch, thank you so much for sending over these joy filled images for us to pour over.
THE PROPOSAL | Back in 2010! At a surprise birthday overnight stay at Ragdale Hall Spa and Hotel.
THE VISION | It all started with wanting to create a relaxed, party vibe that wasn’t too ‘weddingy’. We knew we wanted fields, music and all our guests to have a great time!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started planning properly about a year in advance. Pinterest was our best friend! The big bits – the band, the food, the officiant, the marquee – were all in place quite quickly. Then, being a designer and craft lover, there were lots of handmade touches to be made – pottery favours, table linens, signs, etc.
BUDGET | Hard to control!
THE VENUE | We were married during the week in Stafford – Jim’s home town. We had a simple civil service followed by a lovely meal with immediate family. We then travelled to Gloucestershire to my Aunt and Uncle’s house, who very kindly agreed to host the ‘wedding’. We had a Humanist ceremony and drinks reception in the garden, followed by food and live music in a marquee in the field. The house is beautiful and it was the perfect setting for our special day.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was from Catherine Deane. The shoes were from Office (very pretty but practical flats to cope with the field!) The headdress was Jenny Packham, borrowed from my cousin. My diamond earrings were my late mother’s (originally grandmothers). My bracelets were a wedding day gift from Jim – hammered silver to match my wedding ring.
FINDING THE DRESS | After a few visits to outlet wedding dress shops, I soon discovered I didn’t particularly ‘like’ wedding dresses! I wanted to feel super comfortable and not restricted, knowing that we’d be in a garden. I hit the internet hard and soon found Catherine Deane. Her designs instantly appealed to me as they appeared light, modern and very pretty. My dress was effortless to wear. I am hoping I’ll be able to re-purpose it into an evening gown…
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jim wore a 3 piece suit from Next (he can certainly wear that again!) A pink linen tie from Ted Baker and Dune shoes completed the look.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My brother and Jim’s sister both read for us in the Humanist Ceremony. My entrance music was ‘My Girl’. We exited to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’. Our first dance was to ‘What a Wonderful World’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My best friend Louise was my bridesmaid, Jim’s nieces and nephews were bridesmaids and best boys, and my cousins daughter was a flower girl. They were all fab! Dresses and accessories were from Next and H&M.
THE FLOWERS | My wonderful Aunt Emma, organised all of the flowers. Firstly, she worked tirelessly to ensure her garden looked amazing and then worked with three local florists for the bouquet, boutonnières, table flowers and house decorations.
THE CAKE | We invited our guests to partake in a Wedding Bake Off! It was great fun (although a little competitive at times!) Everyone put in so much effort and it was a real ice breaker between the guests. We had enough to feed them twice over! Our contribution was a big ‘cheese’ cake, assembled from local Leicestershire cheeses, our home county.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found Christy Blanch by searching for Gloucestershire based photographers. We loved her informal approach and style. We meet a few weeks in advance so Christy had a good look around the house and gardens. She was excellent on the day – just quietly capturing the moments as they happened.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Where to start! Everything was unique in it’s own way – the wedding bower used for the ceremony backdrop, personalised tea towels (both organised by Emma) the Wedding Bake Off (complete with prizes!), handmade succulent pottery favours, hanging handmade pom-poms, sequin runners, spray painted bottles, a family tree of photographs… the list of ‘tasks’ was endless, but well worth the effort.
THE HONEYMOON | We went for a week in the sunny Swiss Alps. We were exhausted so sleep, lovely food and lots of fresh air recharged the batteries.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | So many… The rain drops during the outdoor ceremony, amazingly funny and touching speeches, Jim singing ‘Stand by Me’ with the band (luckily caught on film!), my girlfriend’s surprise choreographed dance! Boogying until 3am, head butting hanging pompoms! It was a great party.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I know its a cliché, but you really have to enjoy every minute. It does go fast – so much prep for one day – but worth every minute for the fabulous memories we made. And make decisions! Don’t be as indecisive as me…
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Wedding dress | Catherine Deane
Groom’s suit | Next
Photography | Christy Blanch
Celebrant | Hannah Hart
Wedding Ring | Michael Grundy
Catering | The Wild Oven
Band | The Point
Thanks so much to Chloe and Jim for sharing their wonderful wedding today xo Lou