Bonnie and Jack’s July wedding was pure English countryside loveliness. The barn setting at Herons Farm in Berkshire was so rustic and very special indeed. All enhanced by Bonnie, Jack and their loved one’s crafty work, like the pom poms, bunting and sweet hand stitched details.
Bonnie looked sensational in swishy beautiful Eugenie by Naomi Neoh, while her pretty maids donned lace dresses in mint. I adore the wild and natural style bouquets, the musical touches and the amazing cake baked by Bonnie. Those biscuits look so cute.
Angela Ward Brown Photography, thank you today for sharing your divine images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Jack proposed on the banks of Loch Ness on my birthday – on a crisp glorious sunny day in February.
THE VISION | We wanted a venue that would have a laid back English countryside feel. We’d looked at lots of venues, but didn’t have ‘the feeling’. We knew Herons Farm was the one the minute we saw it. The surrounding countryside, beautiful barn and rustic feel embodied the way we wanted our wedding to be.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | I’m (Bonnie) a teacher and so have to be super organised all of the time. I think this put us in good stead for our planning. We started off slow, not rushing key decisions. During half terms and school holidays we utilised the time to arrange different parts of the wedding. I am very crafty and was also keen to make as much myself as possible, so I had to be pretty organised to get it all done in good time.
THE VENUE | St. Annes Church, Bagshot. The church in the village I (Bonnie) grew up, where I was christened, performed nursery nativities and where my sister got married. Reception – Herons Farm, Berkshire. Catering was provided by RS Catering – whose hog roast was to die for. If only I could’ve eaten more in my dress!
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was Naomi Neoh, Eugenie. I bought it from Boa Boutique in Richmond. I wanted a bolero and they created a beautiful bolero that matched the design of the dress. They also added the belt which I found at another boutique. The veil (Sassy Holford) was my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister – who wore it for her wedding.
FINDING THE DRESS | I looked everywhere, but found it really tricky as I loved every dress I tried on! I went to numerous bridal shops, but started and finished at Boa, as they were so wonderful. They also had a huge selection of Naomi Neoh. I knew once I had tried on one of her dresses, that nothing else would compare. Eugenie was perfect as it had lace softened by organza, it also had a beautiful peach blush underneath. It was he perfect dress for me.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jack bought his suit from Tiger of Sweden. He wasn’t sold on it in the run up to the wedding, and I’m still not sure he’s sold on it now. But I thought he looked perfect.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The Song of Solomon and When the Right One Come Along (beautiful lyrics from a song).
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Sister Kelly – Maid of Honour, best friend Roz, sister in law – Caitlin, flower girl – Daisy. Dresses – Kaliko.
THE FLOWERS | Green Parlour – Pangbourne. The table pots plants were hired – as we didn’t want to waste cut flowers. I also made hanging jam jars of fake flowers for the inside of the barn. Jack had a thistle – as a nod to Scotland (where we got engaged). My bouquet was a mixture of English country flowers, including snapdragons which remind me of my granddad’s graden. I also had my nanny’s blue broach attached to my bouquet, so she was part of my day in spirit AND it was my something blue.
THE CAKE | I made the cake – foolishly! The flavours were chocolate, toffee and Victoria sponge. Naked was the way to go, however I didn’t expect the week it was created to be the hottest on record! We had to transport the cake from London on the hottest day of the year – I’m so glad it didn’t melt! I also made the shortbread decorations, flowers and peg people. Although I had the cats (Mabel and Poncho) made.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Angela Ward Brown.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | After the wedding ceremony we gave out handmade biscuits, to tide people over on the journey from Bagshot to Pangbourne. We had fat quarters in different designs on the centre of each table. We had a table plan made from vinyl records, which had been edited to include myself and or Jack’s face, and our guests names as the track listing (Jacks idea and creation). We had a record player outside, where guests could chose their own music. We had a Polaroid camera and I created crates to hand them in. These pictures are awesome! We had a photo wall of Jack and I as children. We also created a Jack and Bonnie photo wall, displayed on an easel. We also had a blank record cover on each table and gave each table the challenge of making a Jack and Bonnie record cover. The results were amazing – we didn’t know what a creative lot they all are! I made the appliqué table numbers, jam jars, and ramekins for around the barn.
Jack’s mum made the amazing bunting and table names and my mum made all of the pom poms – she also collected and painted all of the horseshoes (along with my dad) to give us good luck! We used an old suitcase (bought at a carboot) for our cards.
We collected crates (many from the bridal carboot sale) ahead of the wedding. We cannot wait to put these up at shelves in our house!
THE HONEYMOON | Mini Moon in Rye – Honeymoon in Costa Rica.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking down the aisle, and just feeling so happy to see everyone standing either side of me. It was truly incredible (and I didn’t cry, which was a bonus.) Leaving the church as man and wife – an amazing feeling. Leaving for the venue and the champagne exploding over everything – including the dress! Seeing all of our family friends loving our choice of first dance song (Ryan Adams – Firecracker), followed by Mr Big, To Be With You and The Bluebells, Young at Heart (a surprise floor filler!) Going to ‘The Valley’ to have our photos taken, it was absolutely breathtaking down there. Jacks 36 minute speech was a triumph – the best grooms speech I’ve ever heard.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy the planning and try not to get too fried too early. Make sure you try to split jobs between you. Stay in touch with your venue and ask them as many questions as possible before the final week. You’re bound to forget something (we did!), but it just saves last minute stress. Write lists in relation to what needs to be focused on now (and cross stuff off) – otherwise it’ll all seem overwhelming. Take some time for you on the big day. You need to be able to take it all in and enjoy it together.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Angela Ward Brown
Dress Boutique | Boa Boutique
Venue | Herons Farm
Catering | RS Catering and Events
Flowers | Green Parlour
My hair | The Colour House
Ahh such a lovely celebration.
Thanks so much to Bonnie and Jack for sharing their perfect wedding story with us today xo Lou