WWW readers Rebecca and Gareth held their rustic winter wedding at Gate Street Barn, Surrey. They wanted their day to be full of cheer and warming food.
Rebecca chose a lace dress with feather bolero while Gareth opted for a traditional tails with a hint of purple, don’t they look gorgeous?!
I so love all the rustic details, the pretty blooms, cute woodland animals and that cake. Oh and a special mention goes to the Pie Masters… amazing.
Thanks so much to the wonderful James Grist Photography for sharing his images with us this morning.
Names… Rebecca and Gareth
Wedding Date… 23rd November 2012
The Proposal… was on the 25th November 2011, on a cold wintery (hung over) Sunday. Gareth took Becky to Somerset House and the pair took to the ice. Gareth displayed a few moves before the finale of getting on one knee while still skating. Having nearly wiped out a small child, he finally reached Becky in one piece with a ring in an open box. Gareth popped the question to which Becky replied “Are you sure?!” followed quickly by “Yes!”.
The Vision for the day… The vision was a winter countryside rustic wedding. Think wood fireplaces, warming food and plenty of cheer!
The Planning process… Having only given ourselves a year to plan you would have thought we would have been in a rush, however we looked for venues in January and only started really planning in February when the panic did start to build! Gareth kept a tight reign on budgets and technical details whilst Becky did the craft and decorating – it was all about the teamwork!
The Venue… Gate Street Barn in Bramley was absolutely beautiful and the perfect place for our rustic affair!
The Dress + Accessories… A full length vintage lace dress in ivory adorned with a ‘blinging’ belt! Feather bolero from John Lewis and shoes from Monsoon Bridal. Hair band and earrings from Glitsy Secrets and necklace was a gift from Gareth’s mum. I was aiming for a traditional look and feel to my outfit.
Finding the dress… Not much of a shopper, I managed four shops and what felt like 100s of dresses before finding the dress that fitted with my dreams. The tight fitting nature inspired many training sessions and calorie counting from the moment I found it!
Groom’s attire… Gareth chose tails and a purple theme to match the bridesmaids. These were hired from Moss. He accessorised with purple designer socks and Welsh cufflinks!
The Readings + Music… Becky walked down the aisle to The Bridal March and we walked out to Take That The Greatest Day in acoustic.
Beautiful bridesmaids… Jay, Jacqui and Erica were chosen to be bridesmaids being my best friends since school. They were dressed in multi way purple dresses from BHS Bridal. The girls had matching fur shrugs, bags and shoes. They looked amazing.
The Flowers… were by Gill Pike. Gill is brilliant, she created the most beautiful bouquets, button holes and table centres. Gill decorated the hall with ivy hanging from the chandeliers and side lights, lamps at the doorways and everything in between. In our consultation we just chatted about our ideas and let Gill ‘do her thing’ with the flowers – so impressed!
The Cake… was a carrot cake and was completely devoured by the end of the wedding! The cake was white with bark and leaves with our initials like they had been etched in wood. Created and supplied by All Shapes and Slices based in Orpington.
Your Photographer… The wonderful James Grist! James was recommended by family, who had nothing but great things to say about him. Fantastic from the awkward pre-wedding shoot to the evening party. Great ideas, very friendly, professional and the photos speak for themselves.
The Details + Décor… We chose purple for our colour scheme and I picked lavender from the garden in he summer and pressed it for decoration. The decorations were very rustic, candles within bark, tin flower vases and miniature woodland animals were all bought online. We decorated our own table numbers using paint and skeleton leaves. We had a Jenga set for guests to leave their advice and well wishes, so that we can play it every anniversary and remember our day. Our table planner was an old painted Italian window frame, with a picture of us in the middle. We also provided moustaches and feather boas for the spirit of Movember!
The Honeymoon… We took a 3 day break in the Celtic Manor in Wales to chill out after the wedding. We will be going skiing in January in Austria too.
Memorable moments… One man from every table was picked to be our Pie Masters and had a complete outfit to wear! They carried in a large pie for each table and dished it out to the table. The party was one to remember (or not for many people). Gareth tried to catch Becky in a Dirty Dancing lift but dropped her on the floor much to the shock and amusement of the guests!
Advice for other couples… ENJOY IT! Set a certain time in the day e.g. after the meal and then just relax and enjoy it. Small details are important but we spent money on things that were important to us (food and drink) and then saved on making invitations and decorations.
Credit where credit is due…
Gate Street Barn – fantastic venue
Majestic Chislehurst – very efficient and expert service
Tandem catering – beautiful food and support
Sophia Mason – hair and make up
Gill Pike – flowers