This lovely day really gave me tingles. It’s so simple, fun and loving. The focus wasn’t on the details but on creating a relaxed, intimate and personal day, a vision that I am sure will resonate with you gorgeous readers.
WWW readers Lucie and Matthew were married on a beautiful Spring day, the 13th March 2016 to be precise, at the stunning South Farm in Cambridgeshire. Lucie is a florist by trade and so as you can imagine the flower arrangements were very special indeed. She surprised guests by keeping them simple as she wanted to do them herself and not take on too much before the big day. I really adore her bouquet of of peach and deep red stems tied up in ribbon and the pretty bottle flowers perched upon books for the centrepieces. They kept the rest of the décor low key, just adding fairy lights to the barn along with experiences for their guests. They had a chocolate egg hunt for the kids, which must have gone down a storm and a DIY photo booth for keepsake shots.
Lucie’s stunning long sleeved, tea length gown was made by her mum and she accessorised her dress with Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragons. Perfection. Matthew was definitely bang on trend with his sharp blue suit and colour pop yellow bow tie. Amaze.
Many thanks to Sally from Binky Nixon for sharing these wonderful sun drenched images.
THE PROPOSAL | Matthew surprised me with a trip to Paris and proposed in our favourite roof top bar overlooking the city at night.
THE VISION | A relaxed and intimate wedding that reflected our personalities.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We kept the planning process relaxed with the help of the wonderful staff at South Farm and gave ourselves plenty of time to sort things out. We used Pinterest a lot for inspiration and fun creative ideas.
BUDGET | We didn’t really set a budget – we made sure we didn’t stretch ourselves but at the same time ensured we had everything we wanted. We managed to save money by being creative and doing a lot ourselves and we didn’t have a DJ, we just asked our friends and family to name a song they wanted and we put it on a playlist. We ended up with a lot of 90’s classics from our childhood!
THE VENUE | South Farm in Shingay cum Wendy, Cambridgeshire. Being a florist, I’ve been lucky enough to visit many wedding venues! Years ago Matthew came to set up a wedding at South Farm with me and we both agreed that if we were to get married, that it would be there!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was handmade by my mum and my shoes were by Vivienne Westwood. I had wanted a pair of Viv’s for years and the wedding was a perfect excuse! I kept it quite simple and didn’t wear any jewellery but I did buy a leather jacket and a pair of white boots for the evening but got so caught up in the day that forgot to put them on!
FINDING THE DRESS | I always knew I wanted my mum to make my wedding dress as has such an amazing talent and thought it would be so special to have something that no one else has. I’ve never really been into traditional long wedding dresses and preferred the 60’s style of long sleeved and above the knee but couldn’t find an exact image of what I wanted so my clever mum was able to adapt several patterns to make my perfect dress!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | A traditional ‘top and tails’ wedding suit isn’t really Matthew’s style so he opted to go with an, albeit bright, normal suit. He knew he wanted his suit to be blue and after a long search on the high street he eventually found one in Marks and Spencer. It was a tailored fit from their Luxury range with a very subtle pin stripe. He wore a white shirt with cufflinks (little bicycles), brown brogues, multicoloured chequered socks and a yellow bow tie with polka dots with matching pocket square. On the recommendation of a friend he bought his bow tie from ‘Mrs Bow Tie’ online who make wonderful handmade items.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music plays a large part of our lives and we wanted to play the music that we love rather than the ‘typical’ wedding music. We played everything from heavy metal to hip-hop. In terms of readings, we kept the ceremony simple and chose one the registrar had provided.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I only had one bridesmaid which was my sister, Helen. I said she could wear what she wanted as I wanted her to feel comfortable and for her to be able to embrace her own style.
THE FLOWERS | As a florist, I always knew I would do the flowers myself! We surprised lots of people by keeping it simple not having many flowers at all as I didn’t want to put the pressure on myself the day before and morning of the wedding. For the table centres we sourced old apothecary bottles from various antique and second hand shops and used old books as props for them to sit on. I kept changing my mind on what colours and flowers to use, as being a florist I get to see so many beautiful flowers it was hard to choose just a few so ended up deciding a week before the wedding! So a couple of hours before walking down the aisle I was sitting on my mum’s dining room floor making buttonholes and ribboning bouquets.
THE CAKE | We had a naked cake, which tasted soooo good. My only regret of the day was that I didn’t eat enough cake! The layers were vanilla, chocolate and carrot. We used a tree stump that my dad has cut down from my family’s farm for the cake plate to give it a real rustic feel.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We met our photographer Sally at the Tie the Knot Wedding Carnival and instantly knew we wanted her to shoot our wedding. We loved her natural style of documenting the day without too many posed photos. It was important for us that our photographer fit in with the day and Sally certainly did and managed to capture so many precious moments that we may have missed ourselves. She’s also a great laugh and kept my nerves at bay whilst getting ready to walk down the aisle!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As South Farm is so beautiful; it was so easy to dress as we didn’t need to do much at all! As well as the flowers we provided fairy lights to be strung from the barn rafters and candles for the table to create a romantic feel. We also made our own candy buffet and photo booth for guests to enjoy throughout the day and had a chocolate egg hunt for the children during the day.
THE HONEYMOON | For our honeymoon we took a 3 week trip to firstly Costa Rica, and then Boston and New York. Costa Rica was amazing – we saw volcanoes, the rainforest, wildlife, waterfalls and wonderful beaches. We then flew to America to visit the hustle and bustle of Boston and New York – two amazing cities.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was memorable so it’s hard to narrow it down but the speeches certainly were memorable. Matthew’s speech was more like a stand up routine, which included props and a booklet for everyone to follow along with. There were tears of laughter and happiness across the room. The other speeches were also very entertaining and moving.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff! Make sure you enjoy the planning stage by trying not to put too much pressure on yourself or worrying about the tiny details! On the day, try and soak in as much as possible as it goes far too quick!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Sally for Binky Nixon
Wedding dress | Jacqueline (Lucie’s mum)
Brides shoes | Vivienne Westwood
Flowers & styling | Lucie Smith
Cake | Melissa
Hair and make up | Glamour Puss Weddings
Bridesmaid Dress | ASOS
Grooms suit | Marks and Spencer
Grooms bow tie and pocket square | Mrs Bow Tie
Venue | South Farm
Guest Book | Fiona at Enchanted Touches
Lucie and Matthew thank you both so much for sharing your darling wedding with us today xo Lou