This mornings wedding makes being a wedding blogger oh so worth it. Especially all those DIY tutorials and inspiration shoots i have crafted in the past; as today’s couple used my Springtime shoot as inspiration for their wedding decor… wohooo!
WWW readers Zoë and Scott were married in July at Middle Stanley Farm in the Cotswolds. They managed to plan their day from the opposite side of the world, and what a beautiful job they did too :-) They wanted their wedding to reflect both their personalities whist being fun and relaxed.
They crafted all of their wedding details to perfection, with so many pretty felt hearts. This is wedded heaven right here peeps :-) I so so love the baby breath bouquets, Zoe’s gorgeous gown, the map table plan, the tin cans and the rainbow cake with sprinkles.
Thanks so much to the amazing Haywood Jones Photography for sharing her beautiful images with us today.
Names…. Zoë and Scott
Wedding Date…. 14th July 2012
The Proposal…. Overlooking the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania. Scott and I were living in Australia at the time and decided to go to Tasmania for our 5year anniversary. We were staying in a beautiful eco lodge, surrounded by wildlife and with amazing views. We bought a ring together back in Melbourne.
The Vision for the day…. We wanted a very relaxed day, which reflected both of our personalities. We didn’t want to stick with traditions that didn’t mean anything to us and wanted to ensure that the day was fun for everyone involved.
The Planning process…. We had an 18 month engagement, which culminated with us moving back to the UK a month before the wedding. It was planned pretty much entirely from Australia, which at times was a little frustrating! There were endless emails and Skype calls, who knows what I would have done without the internet! My parents (Zoe’s) are in the UK so they were able to meet some suppliers for us and a trip back to the UK 6 months after the engagement secured our venue, Middle Stanley Farm.
Budget…. We tried to keep to a budget throughout the process, and saved some money by doing things ourselves.
The Venue… I (Zoë) spent hours and hours searching the internet for a venue that would let us do what we wanted with few constraints, had space for a ceremony, space for a reception, could allow us to stay there with lots of friends and family from Australia for the weekend and was in a picturesque location! After a lot of searching I found Middle Stanley Farm in the Cotswolds. It ticked all the boxes on paper so during a trip back from Australia by myself I went with my parents to check it out. We loved it and booked it straight away! Scott didn’t actually see the venue in person until a month before the wedding so he had to take my word on it –he wasn’t disappointed though!
The Dress + Accessories… I had quite a definite idea of what I wanted – something simple and along the Grecian lines – I tried on three and loved ‘Alexis’ by Maggie Sottero. I loved the one shoulder detail and the ruching on the hip. I then searched the internet for a ribbon headband and found ‘Sandra’ by Untamed Petals.
Finding the dress… Again, being in Australia made the dress process a little trickier than usual! My parents visited Australia not long after we had got engaged so my mum and I visited a shop in Melbourne which stocked Maggie Sottero dresses. After I had decided on ‘Alexis’ my mum then found it in New Bride in Nottingham and on a trip back I tried it on and got it measured and ordered. When I came back a month before the wedding I was nervous to see if I still liked it, it had been such a long time since I had seen it! Once it was fitted to me I loved it!
Groom’s attire… Scott knew that he wanted a three piece navy suit and decided to get it custom made at Ambre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, whilst we were on holiday there to see my bridesmaid and her partner. He wore brown leather shoes by Hudson and cufflinks which I got custom made with vintage maps of Manchester and Melbourne – the two places we have lived together.
The Readings + Music…. We had a humanist ceremony as Middle Stanley doesn’t have a wedding licence we meant we could pretty much do what we wanted in the ceremony. (We had the legal ceremony in the week before).
At the beginning of the ceremony the guests watched a slideshow of Scott and I growing up, which my sister Laura and brother-in-law Luis made for us. It was accompanied by Goyte’s ‘In your light’. My bridesmaid Jenny read ‘The Art of Marriage’ by Wilferd Arlan Peterson, it reflected how we felt about marriage and wasn’t too ‘lovey’! I walked down the aisle to ‘Here comes the bride’ played by Luis on Spanish guitar, half way down we planned for him to mix it up for a few moments – the bridesmaids, my dad and I all did a little dance – which was great to have a bit of fun and not be too serious! Towards the end of the ceremony we all sang ‘All you need is Love’ by the Beatles and a slideshow played during this which Scott and I made, which had a picture of every guest. We walked out to Jackie Wilson’s ‘Higher and Higher’ and had our first dance to ‘If I had a gun’ by Noel Gallagher, we saw him sing it live and loved it.
Beautiful bridesmaids… I had three bridesmaids my sister Laura, and my two good friends Ele and Jenny. I had always said that they would just choose their own blue dresses as I didn’t want them to match and wanted them to be comfortable in what they were wearing. It was also a lot simpler that way as I was in Australia, Jenny in Cambodia, Laura in Spain and Ele in England! It worked out really well in the end, especially as Laura and Ele were both 7 months pregnant at the time! They all chose their own accessories and how to have their hair.
The Flowers… My mum made the bouquets and buttonholes from gypsophila as we wanted an English country feel, they were tied with white ribbon and mine had a brooch that belonged to my Grandma attached. Gill Parker (her husband Clive did the marquee – ABC Pavilions) did the flowers in our marquee, we continued with a country feel with a mixture of blues and whites, the tables had posies in tin cans which my parents had collected and we had tied ribbon around. The marquee had a stone urn in it which Gill filled with the same flowers – we were so impressed with the overall look!
The Cake… I had seen a rainbow cake on Pinterest and really liked the surprise of it. My mum, who is a teacher, organised for the Food Technology teacher at her school to make it for us – it looked amazing and tasted great too!! We also had a delicious cake table which was filled with cakes made by our family and friends.
Your Photographer…. The fabulous Bethan Jones at Haywood Jones Photography. We wanted a photographer who would do natural and interesting shots, and after a bit of searching I stumbled across Bethan’s website and loved all the pictures! We booked her straight away and have been so impressed with the images – it was a great decision!
The Details + Decor…. I love all things ‘crafty’ and made as many little details as possible. I looked on WWW one day and saw a tutorial for how to make felt hearts; I liked the idea and made lots in different sizes and in different shades of blue. Some went on the tables and some hung from the chairs in the ceremony. I also bought lots of luggage tags and stamped everyone’s name of them, I then tied these with ribbon around napkins. I bought a little stamp off Etsy and stamped white paper bags for the favours, my mum made all the hessian table runners and our personalised bunting and Scott and I both made the tissue paper pom poms! We decided to have an open bar and thought about different ways to keep the drinks cool; in the end we bought a galvanised bath off ebay and tied bunting around it. We hung bunting around lots of the venue and used picnic hampers to display the cakes on the cake table. We were so pleased with the overall look!
The Honeymoon…. 3 weeks around Croatia, Montenegro, Berlin and Spain with our friends from Melbourne.
Memorable moments… So many!! Dancing down the aisle, getting ready with ushers and bridesmaids, seeing all our friends and family in one space, the ceremony, our first dance, the speeches…everything!!
Advice for other couples… Don’t feel like you have to stick to traditions just because they are traditions, do what makes you feel happy and plan a wedding that really reflects you as a couple. We are so glad that we incorporated all the different elements that reflected us and so many people commented how personal the day felt.
Credit where credit is due…
Dress – Alexis by Maggie Sottero www.maggiesottero.com
Venue – Middle Stanley Farm www.middlestanley.co.uk/
Caterers – Orchard Catering www.orchardcatering.co.uk/
Marquee and flowers – ABC Pavilions www.abcpavilions.co.uk/
Bridesmaids Dresses – Isabella Oliver www.isabellaoliver.com/
DJ – Neil Ollerton www.deckstardeluxe.co.uk/wedding-disco.php
Hair and Make-up – Heidi Herkes – www.heidirherkes.com/
Grooms Suit – Custom made by Ambre – romydaketh.net/biography.php
Photographer – Bethan Jones www.haywoodjonesphotography.co.uk
Details and décor – me and my mum!!
OMG what a day!!! I love these two :-)
Thanks so so much to Zoë and Scott for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou