It’s both an honour and a privilege to share real life wedding stories here on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and I often have to pinch myself at just how lucky we are. Today is one of those days and on a Monday morning no less, thanks to WWW readers Jade and Matt.
This gorgeous pair were wed on the 14th July 2017 at The Tythe Barn in Oxfordshire on a divine summers day. Their vision of a bohemian garden party really was brought to life thanks to their creativity and love. There were oodles of flowers and magical fairy lights; always a winning combination. Jade’s flower crown and the ceremony flower arrangements in particular, were show stopping.
The dreamy, romantic and flowery feel didn’t end there though. Jade’s tea rose coloured gown was adorned in floral detail and didn’t she look stunning in it? Meanwhile Matt and the gents chose brown tweed suits and bow ties for a really on trend style.
There is so much to love here today, the images of their 2 year old daughter enjoying the festivities, their dog Earl acting as ring bearer, fun lego touches and the statement tapestry backdrop. Wow.
Huge thanks goes to WWW fave Casey Avenue Photography for sharing these sensational shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Matt proposed to me at the very top of the Empire State Building, down on one knee in front of my parents, my brother/his wife and dozens of tourists! A heart stopping, unexpected, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ esque moment. It was nothing short of magical. He did good!
THE VISION | Bohemian garden party, with flowers and fairy lights EVERYWHERE.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I don’t know how I’d have done it without Pinterest! I had a board for everything and it was a great way to keep all my ideas in one place. It was definitely everyone’s wedding too, and my friends and parents had their own Pinterest boards and were constantly throwing in ideas!
THE VENUE | The Tythe Barn, Launton, Bicester. A beautiful barn on a farm 20 minutes from our home. The quickest, simplest decision! Matt was once a wedding photographer and had worked there on many occasions, so he instantly suggested it. We visited one summer afternoon, and sat in deck chairs in the garden whilst my daughter ran amongst the wisteria arches and instantly knew it was the right place.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was ‘Yvonne’ by Wendy Makin, from her French Collection. A ‘tea rose’ coloured dress with layers of sequins and tulle.
The shoes – ‘Grace’ by Rachel Simpson – featured all the colours of the dress, with a delicate rose detail and a peep toe.
I wore my Nanna’s pearl earrings (something borrowed) and the biggest, most beautiful flower crown made by our florists.
FINDING THE DRESS | This was the most stressful process for me. I had such a set vision in my mind of this bohemian, floral, non white dress I wanted. But what I wanted just didn’t suit my shape. Then I took too many people and went to too many shops, and ended up buying a dress based on everyone’s opinion except my own (still trying to sell that dress to this day!). After lots of tears, just me and my mum went back to the very first shop, The Dressing Rooms in Birmingham. After losing all faith, we were just about to leave when I saw ‘the dress’ out of the corner of my eye. Trying it on I FINALLY had that ‘moment’ everyone talks about. It was everything I was looking for plus more!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Matt wanted something vintage and originally was after tweed. Googling ‘vintage wedding suit hire’, we literally stumbled across The Vintage Suit Hire Company online and were incredibly lucky to find it was only a 45 minute drive away. Their ‘Burford’ suit was exactly what the groom was after. A tweed looking suit but in a lighter material – ideal for our summer wedding. The Groom and Groomsmen all wore different bow ties, which Matt found on Etsy, and were their Grooms gift. I made Earl the dog a bowtie to match!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to my favourite song, played by a string quartet. ‘Ill Be Seeing you’ by Billie Holiday.
Matt’s gran brought everyone to tears with her emotional reading of ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton. (A beautiful love story about two dinosaurs, chosen for our dinosaur mad daughter). Followed by an equally tear jerking reading from our close friend Polly of The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My army of bridesmaids included three best friends, two sister in laws and two cousins. After much deliberation, in the end we picked simple, nude, matching chiffon dresses with a lace back detail. A bargain in the Asos sale! They complimented my dress beautifully but still stood out. The girls carried foliage bouquets as they walked down the aisle and their dresses trailed on the grass behind them. They all looked beautiful!
THE FLOWERS | I always wanted the flowers to be the main decoration. Luckily we had the two coolest girls in the flower business, Sorcha and Charlotte aka Herbert & Isles, who ran wild with all my crazy plans. Including a show-stopping floral chandelier, which hung above us during the ceremony and my floral crown.
THE CAKE | Our cake was our pudding, so flavour wise, we went for a three tiered, lemon, chocolate and madeira. Plus a fruitcake, which was made by the mother of the groom. Something for everyone to enjoy.
We have a love for all things Lego, so our white/pink ombre wedding cake was topped by a lego bride and groom, which we got in London on a weekend away a few months before the wedding.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We had the most sensational photographer, who I recommend to everyone! Hannah Walker of Casey Avenue Photography was the first person we hired and we didn’t look anywhere else. Matt knew her from the wedding photography business and we always knew we wanted her as our photographer. The loveliest girl, plus so passionate about her work. Every photo was effortlessly cool and quirky. She went above and beyond!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I definitely achieved my wish of flowers and fairy lights everywhere! The backdrop to our wedding table was a huge tapestry hung on the exposed brickwork, with the words ‘Here’s To Forever’ adorning it. I hand painted the wooden signs for the wedding, including the welcome sign at the front of the barn and the polaroid table plan.
One of our favourite things we made for the wedding were the wedding favours! We made every guest their very own lego figurine, either modelled on them or a superhero! It was a real personal touch.
Our dog Earl was also our ring bearer, with his own handmade bowtie. We just had to include him!
THE HONEYMOON | A week in Gran Canaria. Booked the day after the wedding, paid for by our wonderful, generous wedding guests!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Definitely our 2 year old daughter Molly stealing the microphone and adding her piece during the Groom’s emotional speech! Also, sitting back and watching all the children playfully running around the garden as the adults ate wedding cake during the meal. The entire day was so relaxed, which was just what we wanted. The weather was beautiful, so all doors were open and the kids could run around carefree whilst the adults drank Pimms and ate pie.
Hannah also captured some really special moments between me, Matt and our daughter Molly, cuddling as our nearest and dearest did the readings. Those photos truly sum up how ridiculously happy we were to be getting married, and we’ll treasure them forever.
Oh and just one more, hilariously being pelted with dried lavender confetti after the ceremony! We have a great photo of lots of laughing wedding guests, as the not-so-soft lavender hit us in the face!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t overthink it! The tiny details won’t matter on the day. Go with what you want to do or you’ll risk last minute meltdowns. Also, when it comes to the dress, don’t be overwhelmed by all the beautiful dresses and everyone’s opinions… and finally, when the day is over, the photos will mean everything, so in my opinion this is the one place you shouldn’t cut costs.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Suits | Vintage Suit Hire Company
Venue | The Tythe Barn
Hair/Make-up | Holly Preston
Bride’s Dress | The Dressing Rooms
Bridesmaids Dresses | ASOS
Florists | Herbert & Isles
Well wasn’t that just amazing. What a feast for the eyes.
Jade and Matt, I cannot thank you enough for sharing your day with us here today xo Lou