This gorgeous couple had a colourful wedding extravaganza set in a rustic barn with the loveliest of florals.
WWW readers Adam and Georgie were married on the 2nd April 2016 at their local church followed by a reception at The Great Tythe Barn in the Cotswolds. A vibrant countryside wedding was the focus of their planning where their guests could relax and have fun. They settled on an uber pretty mint green, blush pink and gold colour theme which was used throughout the details and décor. Let’s start with the flowers. Coral tones were used in the blooms with Peonies and Roses taking centre stage and delightful ribbons securing the bouquets. I just adore the DIY ribbon backdrops at the venue and the pastel painted jars filled with flowers.
Georgie looked incredible in her blush pink tulle gown by Allure Bridals, while the gents were suited and booted in Ted Baker outfits. What a stylish pair. Just wait until you see how utterly in love they are, aww.
Rob Tarren, many thanks for providing these really marvellous photographs today.
THE PROPOSAL | Adam and I had been together for just over 6 years. We had been through a lot in this time including 6 rented houses, 3 towns, 4 jobs, a 3 month hospital stay for Adam, a PhD submission for me and a very cute new puppy. Things had finally started to settle down and we’d had an offer accepted on our forever home. On the morning that we were to go and pick up the keys to our new house, Adam had to work (or so I thought) so I packed away the final bits and bobs and was very impatiently waiting with our new cocker spaniel in hand when Adam swung by to pick me up to take us to the estate agent. So there we are, Adam, myself and a very very excitable pup, squeezed into a car filled with duvets and bedding (we were determined to spend the night in our new house albeit on the floor with no furniture) driving into our new life together. We stopped off at the estate agents who gave us the keys to our new home along with a bottle of champagne and a bunch of flowers; nothing untoward or suspicious at all. Ten minutes later we were opening the door to our new home! Adam asked me to take the puppy upstairs whilst he made sure that the downstairs was puppy proof, I thought this was an odd request but had no idea what he was up too. Adam then called us through to the dining room where he had filled the room with balloons and put up a huge projector screen. He then started to play a video filled with photos from our relationship together. Id like to say that I played in cool, but I definitely ugly cried. It was such a beautiful surprise and felt so poignant for us to get engaged on the day that our grown up life together really started. It turned out that Adam had been to the house in the morning (when he told me he was at work) and along with the estate agent, had set up the room ready for the proposal. Later that evening, our family came over and we celebrated by eating fish and chips on the floor. It was perfect!
THE VISION | We wanted to create a vibrant and colourful yet still beautiful English countryside wedding; originally taking inspiration from a vintage summer fayre. We really wanted our day to be relaxed and fun; something everyone would enjoy! We decided on having accent colours of mint green, blush pink and gold which really helped to tie everything together.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Neither Adam nor I are planners. We are both scatterbrains who are always forgetting about events and plans; making me very cynical of our ability to pull off a wedding. To try and get things on track, Adam created a wedding spreadsheet which was an absolute life saver. Whilst Adam had lots of ideas and is pretty opinionated, he was really relaxed about the planning process allowing me the freedom to really get creative!
BUDGET | £20k
THE VENUE | We got married at our local church, St James the Great in Westerleigh, with our reception being a short drive away at the beautiful Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury. This worked out perfectly as it meant that I was able to get ready at home with my bridesmaids; something that was very important to me given our proposal. We looked at a lot of untraditional venues and started to feel as though we would never find the right place for us. The moment we walked into the Great Tythe Barn and saw the fairy light canopy and rolling fields, we knew it was the right place for us.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was a blush pink and ivory tulle ball gown from Allure which I chose to wear with some blue/grey Vivien Westwood Jelly shoes with a big pink heart as they perfectly embodied our wedding vision. Colourful and fun! The hair vine and veil were custom made pieces that came from a beautiful bridal accessory shop called Britten.
FINDING THE DRESS | I was looking for an ethereal and whimsical romantic gown and after visiting a number of bridal boutiques with my mum and sister and almost buying a different dress, I came across this Allure dress whilst shopping on my own one day. I absolutely adored everything about this dress from the sweetheart lace bodice to the blush pink tulle skirt and the button back details. Once I saw the beautiful beaded back of the dress I had no doubts that this was the dress I was going to walk down the aisle in. I bought the dress then and there without anyone having seen me in it. My only concern was how Adam would react to me not wearing a white dress but the moment he saw me on our wedding day and whispered that I looked stunning I knew I shouldn’t have worried.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Adam and his groomsmen all wore a royal blue 3 piece suit by Ted Baker. Adam wore a spotty pink bow tie whilst the rest of his groomsmen wore mint green spotty bow ties. Adam finished his look with a beautiful pair or paisley Barker shoes (who said men cant love shoes too?!)
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a string quartet playing in the church as the guests arrived. We chose a set list for them, one of my favourites being the final countdown by Europe which was playing just before the bridal party entered. I walked down the aisle to Canon in D by Pachabel played by the quartet. This is such a beautiful piece of music and makes me feel emotional every time I hear it. The quartet played a selection of songs during the register signing, all of which were special songs to us and were table names at the reception.
Adam and I had our first dance to Eta James – At Last which fit us perfectly, and my dad and I dances Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely.
We had two readings at our wedding, the first was the Song of Solomon and the second reading we let my good friend Laura chose and read. She chose ‘Falling in love is like owning a dog’ by Taylor Mali and it couldn’t have been more appropriate.
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had 5 bridesmaids, my sister Ange, 2 of my best friends Emma and Vicky and Adam’s 2 sisters Sam and Emma. The bridesmaids looked so beautiful. Id searched high and low for the perfect dress but had no luck in bridal/highstreet stores. In the end I found this beautiful floor length grey dress with lace sleeves and a cut out back on Amazon. It was a huge gamble, but once the dress arrived, it fit every one of my girls perfectly. I didn’t mind how they decided to have their hair, so long as they were comfortable, my only specification was that I wanted them to wear fresh flowers in their hair. I gave them each a pair of emerald cut Kate spade earrings and a dainty silver ball baring bracelet with a little heart which they wore on the day.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were possibly my favourite detail of the day, I was blown away by how beautiful they turned out. After meeting with a number of florists that didn’t get our wedding vision at all, we met Becki from Bijoux Florist at a bridal fayre and instantly liked her. Her designs were beautiful and she was so lovely and understood exactly the look we were after. We really wanted bright colourful flowers and I was in love with the look of peonies and blousy roses; but planning a wedding at the beginning of April meant that this wasn’t necessarily possible. When Becky delivered the flowers on the morning of the wedding I was absolutely over the moon. My flowers were a beautiful mix of early season peonies, David Austin roses, Miss Piggy roses and ranunculi and the bridesmaids had a similar mix with some silver brunia in their hair. Arriving at the barn I was equally bowled over by how beautiful the table flowers and barn decorations looked. Becki is a very very talented florist!
THE CAKE | We wanted a pretty simple 3 tiered cake with rustic looking icing, but as Adam isn’t really a cake kinda man, this was one of the last details that we nailed down. I found Hannah Hickman cakes online and loved the look of her cakes. Adam and I went for a tasting one Saturday afternoon and it is safe to say that I have never seen Adam so excited by cake. Hannah made a number of individual cupcakes for us to try and they were all so delicious it was hard to chose just 3 flavours. In the end we went for lemon drizzle, carrot cake and coffee and walnut. The cake was a huge success on the day and there was hardly any left over which is always a good sign!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The Great Tythe Barn had a number of photographers who they recommended and after checking them all out online, Adam and I loved the style of Rob Tarren’s photographs. He has a wonderful ability to capture beautiful moments that you didn’t even know where happening. We only met Rob once before the big day, but I was absolutely certain that he was the right choice for us. We really didn’t want a photographer who would take over the day and orchestrate staged photographs, we were much more interested in the candid photographs of our guests enjoying themselves. Rob was an absolute joy to have as part of our wedding day, not only is he incredibly talented, but he is also a really lovely guy who instantly puts people at ease. And our photos turned out great too.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | One detail we’d decided on long before we even got engaged was the table names. When Adam and I were first dating, he made a secret ‘Georgie’ playlist on Spotify of all the songs which reminded him of me. It wasn’t until a few years later than I came across the playlist. Adam doesn’t show his emotions easily, so this was really touching. We’d decided that each table would be named after one of the songs on the ‘Georgie’ playlist. Along with the help of my sister and mum, we hand painted cheap frames and I hand drew the song title and lyrics for the table names.
The barn was so beautiful already with its fairy light canopy and exposed brick walls that it didn’t need a huge amount of decoration. We just wanted to add a little colour. I handmade the ribbon backdrops which were hung behind the cake and photobooth; such a long and laborious task, but ended up looking great! My mum made some lovely tissue paper tassel bunting which we used to add colour to the welcome table and to add tassels to a few giant helium filled balloons. The tables were decorated with a gold sequinned table runner, a wood log slice and hand painted mason jars filled with flowers and guests were given a little vile of home made rose and elderflower gin as favours. We travelled to the barn in a beautiful VW camper van which was perfect as Adam used to own a VW Beetle and we both love the idea of one day restoring a van. Other details included a ‘Pimp your Prosecco’ station for guests to add fruit and cordials to their Prosecco, a giant letter T (our surname is Tilley) guest book, a ‘key to a happy marriage’ bowl filled with vintage keys attached to luggage tags for people to write their marriage advice on. We also had a home made photo booth on the mezzanine of the barn and a Polaroid photo time line of our relationship and the most amazing sweetie table thanks to my sister!
Our guests feasted on a beautiful 3 course meal, we chose a selection of desserts for guests to choose from based on where we come from. Tastes of Cornwall (I’m a Cornish girl) which was a posh cream tea, Tastes of the North East (for Adam’s Northern roots) which was a lemon meringue pie with vanilla ice cream; modelled on the famous Northern lemon top ice cream, and Tastes of Bristol (where we met and both now live) which was a chocolate fondant; based on Bristols chocolate history. In the evening there were Cornish pasties (had to keep the Cornish guests happy!) and a selection of cheeses with a popcorn/candyfloss stand later on in the evening for those that were still hungry which filled the barn with the most delicious smell! We were so fortunate that the sun shone all day, our guests got to enjoy the beautiful grounds that surround the barn, and we even got to toast marshmallows on an open fire in the evening.
THE HONEYMOON | As Adam works away a lot, we hadn’t really spent a lot of quality time together on the lead up to the wedding, so decided to plan our honeymoon for straight after the wedding. We spent 3 weeks in Bali with a short stop in Bangkok on the way out and Dubai on the way home. Bali truly is a magical place. We stayed in 3 different locations, on the beach in Seminyak, in the jungle and cultural heart of Ubud and finally away from the hustle and bustle up by the volcano in Tembok. Three weeks of sunsets, cocktails and sunshine was the perfect way to celebrate our marriage and reminisce on our wonderful wedding day.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | A few of my favourite moments; My sister breaking down in tears when she first saw me in my dress. The sight of my handsome husband to be standing at the front of the church. Rob managed to capture the moment that we first saw each other perfectly. I can remember being so nervous that my hands were shaking and Adam just looked at me, gave me a cheeky smile and said that I looked stunning in his nervous northern accent. But my absolute most favourite moment came towards the end of the night. Adam and I stood on the mezzanine, just the two of us looking over the dance floor and watching our favourite people having fun. By this point, the contents of the fancy dress box had made its way downstairs and the dance floor was filled with glitter wigs, red Indian head pieces, horse masks and inflatable guitars.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t forget about each other. Chances are that you will be so busy on your wedding day greeting your guests, that you wont have a lot of time for each other. We took some time to ourselves to watch our guests celebrate the start of our new life and it was truly magical.
In terms of planning the wedding, so many brides get caught up on the little details, I certainly wasn’t the exception to this, but once your day has been and gone, you will realise that it really didn’t matter whether or not the bridesmaids had matching nail varnish or whether everything was the same shade of blue. What you will remember is celebrating the day you married your love with all of your favourite people.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Rob Tarren
Venue | The Great Tythe Barn
Catering | Dine With Style
Cake | Hannah Hickman Cakes
Florist | Bijoux Floral
Quartet | Ardenton Quartet
Oh wasn’t that just so magical?
Adam and Georgie, many thanks to you both for sharing your wonderful wedding story here today xo Lou