WWW readers Caroline and Adrian were wed on the 29th July 2017 at a working farm barn in Hertfordshire. Our pair wanted a fun, relaxed and informal celebration of their love and they really went all out to achieve it. Their personality packed day included a vibrant yellow and grey colour scheme. You only have to see the barn décor to know you are in for a real treat. Think quirky hanging lanterns, sunflowers and festoon lighting by WWW fave Fleur De Lace. The bold blooms really were lovely and the reception flowers were grown at their allotment, how amazing is that?
There are so many joyful moments, incredible outfits and thoughful touches, all captured wonderfully by Hajley. YAY.
THE PROPOSAL | We were away for a weekend in Bath in December visiting the Christmas Markets. On the Saturday morning just before we left our accommodation, Ade got down on one knee and proposed with a teeny tiny ring from Accessorize. I was completely shocked as we’d been together over 8 years and I didn’t think it was ever going to happen! I said ‘yes’, shed a few happy tears and then we spent the day shopping for the ring followed by a yummy dinner out!
THE VISION | We wanted the day to have a relaxed and fun vibe to it. The idea came from a wedding we’d witnessed in Australia when we were living in Melbourne. It was at a beautiful vineyard, gorgeous landscapes, live music and tables with huge pizzas running through the centre. The wedding party were laughing, dancing and having a fab time. Whilst sampling the wines we both said it would be our ideal wedding venue and atmosphere! Finding the same setting in England would be tricky but the minute we visited our reception venue, we knew we’d be able to achieve a similar feel and create something unique to us.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We spent 18 months planning our big day. I’m not going to lie, it did consume a lot of our time (mainly because I had collected so many ideas on Pinterest) but seeing all of our plans and hard work come together in the days leading up to the wedding made it totally worth it. The venue we picked allowed us to customise everything, right down to the lighting and furniture. We spent hours of an evening individually folding and making pinwheels to hang in the barn and roped family into helping assemble stationery, not forgetting my fab bridesmaids painstakingly wax sealing the invitations! Getting others involved made the planning process lots of fun. We booked all of our suppliers fairly early on in the process so then the main focus was crafting all those personal touches. I designed and made all the wedding stationery and whilst Ade was busy making the photo booth, signs out of pallets and a few fun games like the limbo, which went down a storm at the end of the evening!
BUDGET | Started at £12k and ended up actually being £22k (including honeymoon!).
THE VENUE | We chose to get married at St Mary’s church in Ashwell. Ade’s family were originally from Ashwell and we love the village and hope to live there one day. Our reception venue was a 5 minute drive away in small village on a farm. It’s not a commercial wedding venue so is very much a working farm but that’s what we loved about it. It felt really rustic and in a great setting over looking the corn fields.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I purchased my dress 15 months before the wedding from ‘Brides by Solo’ in Newmarket. The dress was designed by Mark Lesley. I’m not a shoe fanatic so I purchased a shoe I’d wear again, simple silver stilettos from Miss KG.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had visited a couple of dress shops and but after trying a tea length dress at a wedding fair, went on search for more in this style. When I arrived at the store in Newmarket to try on tea length dresses, I spotted my dress in the window. It was the only full length I tried but I loved the pattern of the lace and the detail on the back. I said ‘yes’ to the dress!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Ade purchased a lovely grey textured suit from Next and his shoes from his fave designer Ted Baker. To add a bit of fun and tie his outfit into the yellow and grey colour scheme, we chose a knitted yellow bow tie and matching yellow sock.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | For our church ceremony, my friend Rachel (who’d flown over from Singapore) and Ade’s half sister Angie did a reading each. Rachel did a verse from the bible and Angie adapted a poem she’d found online to include reference to our cat Ned whom we treat like our child! We chose Ellie Goulding songs for signing of the registers. Ade and I went to see her years ago and play her album at home quite often.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I wanted really simple and elegant dresses for my bridesmaids and shapes to compliment all figures. I found it really tricky to find what I was after but eventually stumbling across Rewritten who had exactly what I was looking for and in the right colour! We chose two different style dresses. My maid of honour had a different style to make her stand out. Then they all had a simplified version of my silver shoes to match the bride!
THE FLOWERS | My favourite flowers are sunflowers so I knew I had to have those included somewhere and lavender has sentimental meaning to our family, reminding us of my father who sadly passed so we went for wild and natural flower arrangements with bright pops of yellow. When I met with my florist, she instantly understood my vision and was able to rustle a sample up in her garage to show me. For the venue flowers, we grew our own lavender and sunflowers at our allotment and arranged these the day before at the venue.
THE CAKE | A family friend, Debbie made our beautifully rustic wedding cakes that went down a storm. I had so many compliments from guests about the carrot cakes. Again we wanted to personalise the cake to us so we chose mini carrot cakes (Ade’s fave), mini Victoria sponges (my fave), and then Chocolate cakes (everyone’s fave!). We had a small cake on top to do the traditional cutting of the cake shot, which we demolished with close family the day after the wedding.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We chose Haj Thomas and her husband Andrew to photograph our wedding and I cannot explain how happy we were with the shots. Haj was recommended to me by a friend at work. They managed to capture every moment of our special day and more. It was lovely sitting down and reliving the day when we got back from honeymoon. They even stayed to capture the drunken limbo madness!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | You will see the many details in the shots. We put a lot of effort into making everything personal to us as a couple. As we’d already been together almost 10 years by the time we got married, we created a wall of photos from when we first met up until now. This was really fun to create and reflect on all our memories as a couple. We decorated the barn ourselves with the help of family and friends in the 3 days leading up to the wedding. My mum and sister have a great eye for styling so did loads to help whilst my bridesmaid Harriet did a great job arranging the flowers.
THE HONEYMOON | For our honeymoon, we decided to go to Italy. We are known for our travelling and exotic holidays but wanted more of a relaxed trip to unwind after the wedding with plenty of sunshine and food and wine so opted to stay in Europe! We’d heard so many great stories about Italy and family had said we would love it. We started in Florence, then Tuscany, then Sorrento and finally onto a luxury stay in Puglia. We had a fantastic time and would love to go back one day.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our most memorable moment was straight after the ceremony, sneaking off to have photographs at Ashwell Springs and grinning from ear to ear. Our photographer had to tell us to stop kissing at one point but we were both so happy and couldn’t put each other down.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t try to do too much! Research ideas on Pinterest and at wedding fairs but then narrow your ideas down and focus on those that really matter.
Make the planning process more fun by involving friends and family to help. We found people really did want to help out and enjoyed being part of it all.
On the day, take time for you and your hubby on your own. Grab 5 minutes here and there to reflect on the day and take it all in.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Hajley
Flowers | The Flower Hut
Furniture hire | Rustic Hire
Dress | Brides By Solo
Bridesmaid Dresses | Rewritten
Wedding Planner | Events by Helen
Catering | The Mobile Pizzeria
Bridal Hair & Make up | Georgie Fensom at Bows Salon
Wedding Bus Hire | Victoria Events
Campervan Hire | Fifties Chic
Live Music | Sam Lewis Band
Cake | Deblicious Cakes & Bakes
Wasn’t it all just gorgeous?!
Thanks so much to Caroline and Adrian and their photographer Hajley for sharing their wedding with us xo Lou