This wedding looked like a right old giggle. In fact WWW readers Candice and Lee are pretty much laughing in every photo which I just love. They hoped to create a laid back and fun celebration complete with rustic home made touches.
They chose to tie the knot at Muddifords Court Country House in Devon. The beautiful barns really set the scene for all of those lovely crafty touches. Hessian, lace, twine, cork, raffia, wood and black boards were just some of the fab materials used to create a stylish theme. I really love the pale pink colour scheme and the grey polka dot cake, doily bunting, tassel garlands and vintage china too. Fab!
Candice chose a satin Justin Alexander down which she teamed with killer nail art and a short veil. Meanwhile Lee found a navy three piece suit which he accessorised with a grey tie and tan shoes. The maids were gorgeous in navy frocks and Gypsophila bouquets too. Pin fingers at the ready?
Thanks so very much to the fabulous Freckle Photography for sharing these amazing images.
THE PROPOSAL | We booked a trip to New York for a 5 day break. Me and Lee had been together 6 years by this point so everyone kept speculating that he may pop the question in the big apple. I however completely convinced myself he wouldn’t, me knowing him so well (so I thought!) But after our first busy day exploring the city, Lee suggested that we go up the empire state building in the evening to see the city in its full glory. Of course unbeknown to me Lee had the ring hidden in his sock and once safely getting through the buildings security scanners (lee said he nearly passed out when noticing the scanners) and up to the top he pulled out the most stunning antique pearl ring and held it out in front of me and asked me to marry him. Which of course I replied ‘YES’ to. We then went to celebrate with a cocktail before having a early night, all the excitement tired us out.
THE VISION | We wanted a very laid back, fun, enjoyable feel to our day. Lots of home made rustic touches. We didn’t want the day to have to much structure but for people to feel relaxed and be able to mingle and enjoy the surroundings and beautiful grounds. My main thing was food, I would hate for people to be hungry so made sure we served plenty of nibbles and treats throughout the day.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We knew the venue we wanted straight away, a friend of mine got married at Muddifords Court Country House a few years before and I fell in love with the place and knew when it came to my turn this would be the one. Once that was booked everything else fell into place. My mum was a huge help and made most of our décor, she was in her element and everything she made turned out great. Lee is a carpenter so was busy making me lemonade stands, sign posts etc. Me, my maids and in laws were finalising all the other bits and bobs. I loved every minute of the planning process and couldn’t have done it without the help of our family and friends.
THE VENUE | We both knew that we didn’t want a church wedding as neither of us are religious. Muddifords Court Country House was the ideal and most beautiful venue for us. It has an amazing lake with ducks swimming around, its own pub, quirky barns and a house that takes your breath away. Each room has so much attention to detail. The whole place has a relaxed feel about it, which is what we wanted.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My beautiful satin Justin Alexander dress with cowl back and chapel length train and shoulder detail was brought from Serenity Dreams in Newton Abbot. My veil was also from the same shop. The only jewellery I wore was a dainty silver bracelet, my bridesmaid had matching ones.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had 3 bridal shop appointments booked in one day. So with my army of bridesmaids and my mum we started the mammoth task of trying dress after dress. At my second appointment I found ‘the one’ I had already seen it on line and hoped I’d love it as much as the picture. I put it on and had tears from all, I knew instantly that it had to be this one. The shop owner Jennie made it even easier to choose the dress from her as she was the loveliest, non pushy person, just perfect.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Lee wore a 3 piece navy suit, grey tie, and brown shoes all from ASOS.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had two readings. The first was read by my bridesmaid and best friend Lacey, it was a poem written by herself about mine and Lee’s relationship. It was funny, loving, heartfelt and personal, everyone was laughing and crying. The second poem was read by our dear friend Kelly, she picked the poem called ‘The One’ as it was read at her own wedding and she felt it would be perfect for ours and of course it was beautiful, we couldn’t think of a more perfect person to have asked.
I walked down the aisle to ‘Angles’ by the XX, we both adore this song and it fitted so well.
Our first dance was to a cover of ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ by Nick Mulvey (originally a Drake track).
We had a band in the evening called ‘The Dirty Strings’ they were incredible and had everyone up dancing.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had my four best friends and my two nieces as bridesmaids. My oldest friend Hannah was our Maid of Honor, Daisy was our Chief Bridesmaid, Lacey, Gemma and our two nieces Libby and Emmie were our bridesmaids. I had Hannah’s Daughter Olive as our flower girl, and Daisy’s son Henry-George as our page boy.
THE FLOWERS | Our beautiful flowers were put together by a friend of mine Sarah. She’s an incredible florist and helped me decide what would look good together and work well. We decided on white hydrangeas and lots of gypsophila. She finished the bouquet off with hessian and pearl handles to fit in with our theme. She also made beautiful button holes for the groomsmen and immediate family.
THE CAKE | Our beautiful cake was made by Rachel from Sweet Satisfaction. We had a three tier double height cake with grey icing and pearl polka dots all over. The three tiers were all different flavors, lemon curd, chocolate ganache and Victoria sponge. It really was to die for, looked beautiful and tasted even better.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our amazing photographer was Emma Latham from Freckle Photography. I spend weeks looking on the internet for the perfect person and finally came across Emma, I instantly loved her work and contacted her immediately. We spoke over Skype and I felt so at ease with her straight away. The photo’s couldn’t of been better, we’re so happy with them and would recommend Emma to everyone and anyone.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I wanted to have lots of home made bits for our big day, the personal touches were very important to me. We kept the ceremony room quite minimal we didn’t want to take away from the barn feel in this room. All we had was some home made confetti cones hanging from each chair along with gypsophila love hearts on the end of the aisles. In the other rooms we had lots of jam jars and wine bottles dotted around with flowers or candles. Me, my mum and mother in law either painted, twined or wrapped lace around each one. My father in law chopped up tree trunks to make the wooden logs for the centre pieces. My mum made beautiful china stacks to sit on top of the logs. Our tables were named after famous buildings and places in New York to tie our engagement into the theme. Wooden sign posts and lemonade stands were made, along with paper pom poms, lanterns and bunting, we even hired a giant light up ‘LOVE’ sign. Our sweet table was filled with a huge variety of sweeties with a Ferris wheel and we also had a popcorn corner. Scratch cards were our favours which me and my maids spend hours making the holders for, they turned out incredible. The décor was exactly how I’d imagined it in my head, it all came together amazingly well. In the evening some friends of ours surprised us by hiring a VW photo bus to come take pictures, all the guests loved this and took full advantage. We also had a photo booth corner which Lee had build a photo wall for, my Dad papered it in a vintage style. We left a Polaroid camera and hundreds of props for the guest to use how they’d like.
It was a family and friends effort with everyone chipping in when needed, we were extremely grateful but in particular my mum was a huge part of décor making, she put lots of hard work and thought into everything she made, from bunting to cutlery holders, it wouldn’t of been the special day it was without her help.
THE HONEYMOON | Two weeks in America. We started in New Orleans for 3 nights, then onto LA where we picked up a car hire, stayed for a few nights then onto Las Vegas and San Fran with a few amazing stops in between, Santa Barbara being one of them. We had the most amazing time and got to see so much more while driving from state to state and not being tied down to accommodation (we booked hotels day by day).
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We have so many…..
1, Seeing each other for the first time.
2, Spending the morning with my maids and my mum.
3, The two best men getting there bottoms out at the speeches to reveal a tattoo of Lee’s name etched on them for life.
4, The VW photo bus that our kind friends hired as our wedding gift.
The whole day was memorable.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Try not to get to stressed. Don’t dwell on the mistakes (no one will know but you) Try to take the day in as it happens, it really does go so fast. Enjoy all the attention and just have fun.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Dress | Serenity Dreams
Groom’s suit | ASOS
Bride’s hair | Hair at Gemma B
Venue | Muddifords
Music | The Dirty Strings
Caterers | Scoff Catering
Wow. What a day, and that pearl ring is gorgeous!
Thanks so much to Candice and Lee for sharing their nuptials with us xo Lou