It’s always just lovely to share a WWW follower wedding, it makes all the blogging so worth every second to me. So I am just thrilled to be sharing WWW followers Clair and Sean’s beautiful The Field Kitchen wedding in Wiltshire, held on the 3rd August 2019. Their day was wonderfully relaxed, with a modern vibe not to mention a totally gorgeous rose gold colour scheme.
Bride Clair crafted her heart out and has since set up Violet and Ivy after finding an affinity with all things wedding décor. She created the chic pink stationery and the divine wooden signs, as well as other gorgeous touches, their day really was a labour of love. I must also rave about Clair and Sean’s stylish attire, the super pretty blooms and that cake table, whoa!
Siobhan Amy Photography I cannot thank you enough for sharing with us these utterly superb images today.
After being together for 8 years, Sean proposed to me whilst on holiday in Washington DC whilst sat on the Lincoln Memorial. Now every time I see it on TV it takes me back to that moment! It was a total surprise to me and I ended up laughing in Sean’s face for about 5 minutes before actually giving him my answer…which was of course a big yes!
We were in the process of saving to buy a house when Sean proposed so we were actually engaged for 3 years by the time we got married. During those 3 years my vision constantly changed and was influenced by Pinterest but one theme always remained which was how I wanted to do as much myself as I possibly could.
When we first got engaged, we actually reserved a date with a local farm who held weddings in their barn. But about a year before the wedding I couldn’t stop feeling that something wasn’t right and I started looking for other options. We found The Field Kitchen which is in a local village to us and we both instantly fell in love with the vibe of the venue and all of a sudden I could picture our special day again. The Field Kitchen was a relatively new wedding venue in the area so it was nice that it would be relatively unique to us.
In terms of the ceremony itself, we were married at St Michaels Church in Melksham. My parents were married there and I was christened there so when Sean suggested we got married in a church there was only one church I would consider!
Your Outfits & Accessories
Everyone always says you never buy your first dress, but I did! After doing lots of research online I fell in love with a picture of a Catherine Deane dress called Harlow. I loved the elegantly subtle details of the straps, the coffee colour lace underneath a body of tulle and the sparkly bodice. I tracked down a local Catherine Deane stockist called Flossy and Willow who ordered it in for me. It was the first dress I had ever tried on so I felt like I needed to try others on before committing but nothing compared.
My shoes were from Jimmy Choo, definitely not somewhere I would normally shop but owning a pair was a bucket list item for me, and so I thought if I don’t take the plunge now I never will!
My mum was keen for me to have a cathedral length veil which I wore during the ceremony. I also found some silk flower pins to accessorise my hair.
I don’t generally wear my hair down every day as it gets on my nerves so I always knew I wanted it up. I’m a big fan of plaits so my hair dresser Katie designed a thick braid that went across my head into a messy bun at the back.
In terms of make up, I wanted a natural look. My make up artist Jo did an amazing job at making me feel comfortable throughout the whole process and it lasted all day!
The Readings & Music
I would say this is an area that at the time we didn’t put that much thought in to. We choose music off a list from the church and found two readings that we found online which resonated with us. Now whenever we read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin it is so meaningful to us both.
The flowers were really important to me. I actually did a few workshops with the aim of doing the flowers myself but in the end, I decided I didn’t want the stress of that on our special day (although it did ignite a massive passion for floristry in me that I didn’t know was there!).
In terms of brief, I wanted lots of pink, white and green from a mixture of cottage garden style flowers. Sarah, from Daisy Ties the Knot, did an amazing job of bringing my vision to life. One of my wackier ideas was a meadow of white flowers as we walked down the aisle. It turned out beautiful. To make the most of them, we transferred the posies to the tipi after the ceremony.
The Details & Décor
Like I said earlier I was keen to do as much of the décor and details myself and being engaged for as long as we were I had plenty of time to do it! I designed and made all of our stationery including the invites, order of services, menu cards, place names the list was endless! This meant that everything was very on theme and tied in beautifully. I even made all of our wooden signage including the seating plan, welcome sign and all other little decorative features. I feel in love with this side of things so much that I’ve even turned it into a business called Violet and Ivy.
One of my more ambitious tasks was a surprise personalised thank you note on the bottom of everyone’s chairs. The idea was that Sean would ask everyone to look for them during his speech, but some people found them before that was they kept falling down *fail!*
Finally we wanted to have a photo backdrop for our guests to take selfies at. We went through a long list of ideas for this from flowers to balloons but we end up on what we thought was a simple hexagon idea. But yes you guessed it, we wanted to make it our self which was a little bit challenging! Thankfully a few days before the wedding we were saved by a carpenter friend who fixed our hot mess! :)
I was really quite relaxed about what the bridesmaids wore, I just wanted them to be comfortable. We ordered a load of dresses from ASOS to try on and it just so happens that the dress that all the girls felt the most comfortable in was a Maya racer neck maxi dress which was also a rose gold kind of colour.
My two nieces were our flower girls and they wore little white dresses from Matalan with matching sandals. They had gypsophila flower crowns and wands, I was pretty amazed that they kept them on for the majority of the day!
We wanted to buy the suits so the guys had something they could hopefully keep and wear at a later date if they wanted to so we ended up getting all the suits from Matalan for a really reasonable price. We went for a dark grey 3 piece suit which we accessorised with a rose gold tie and brown shoes.
Your Photographer & Filmmaker
Siobhan and Sinead are a sister sister duo which we loved as we knew that they would work well together and capture all the little moments on the day. I was keen that whoever we picked would have a more ‘fly on the wall’ style who would capture all the special moments without getting in the way of the fun. And Siobhan and Sinead did just that. I’ll never forget receiving the photos and video and Sean and I just marvelling at all the moments that they had captured and we didn’t even know they were there!
The main cake was provided by Kingfisher bakery. I wanted the height so we used polystyrene cake dummy’s covered in buttercream. It was then decorated with flowers from our florist, a wire cake topper that said ‘The Randalls’ and it sat on a wooden base made by Sean.
My amazing friend Stacey from Stacey’s Kitchen provided the most incredible sweet graze to pick on around the cake. I actually think it was one of the most stand out things from the wedding as it’s what everyone seems to remember! There was everything from cupcakes to sweeties and hand stamped cookies with Mr and Mrs Randall all matching perfectly with our pink colour scheme.
Our dream honeymoon was a mixture of adventure and relaxation. We decided we wanted to tick a bucket list trip off our list by going on a safari to the Masai Mara in Kenya followed by a week by the beach in Mombassa.
There’s just so many…from confetti canons during our first dance, the most insane food served all day, a sparkler send off and my personal favourite…Sean saying the wrong words in the ceremony 3 times in a row!
Advice For Other Couples
Go with your gut and make the day all about you both. If you do that then you won’t have any regrets. Soak up every minute, it’s cliché but it really does go by so fast.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Siobhan Amy Photography
Venue & Catering
The Field Kitchen
Violet and Ivy
Daisy Ties The Knot
How utterly enchanting, I just adore it all.
Clair and Sean, thank you so very much for sharing with us your simply wonderful wedding day xo Lou