We’re headed to Hertfordshire; Milling Barn to be precise, for the glorious wedding day of WWW readers Crystal and Matt, which was held on the fabulously sunny 5th October 2018. Their day was just so pretty with a dusky pink colour scheme and rustic details galore.
The flowers today really are so fresh and lush; with pink roses, daisies and gypsophila being used throughout to great effect. They really work so well with all of the wooden touches, such as the hand painted signage, crates and log slices. Talking of log slices, how beautiful is the semi naked cake perched upon a log stump? Just scrummy!
Crystal’s Enzoani gown really took my breath away, I mean that lace train?! Hearts for eyes. Matt and the groomsmen were all suited and booted in navy suits and pink ties, which matched perfectly with the long multi-way dresses worn by the bridesmaids.
We have Victoria Mitchell Photography to thank for sharing with us these utterly exquisite photographs. Such a delight.
Matt proposed in December 2016 while we were on holiday in my number one bucket list destination of Australia!
We were travelling up the east coast, and had been there about two weeks, when he asked me to marry him at Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island, and I said a very easy yes (obviously, you’re reading this on a wedding blog!).
When we thought about what we wanted for the day, we both said our main priorities were making sure our guests had enough to drink and nice food to eat, and – as neither of us is religious – a venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception.
We (not that Matt had any opinions on flowers etc.…) didn’t want to have a rigid theme to stick to, I just knew I wanted the flowers and bridesmaid dresses to be some sort of pink, and for everything else to go with these.
Our friends (and one of the best men) were getting married at the end of August and we wanted our wedding to be at least a couple of weeks after theirs so they could go on their honeymoon, which took us to the middle/end of September, but given how nice the weather had been in early October the past few years we decided to go for then.
In what would turn out to be THE best wedding decision we would make, we went for Friday 5th October, because the minimum number for dinner for a Saturday was slightly higher and we weren’t sure on exact numbers and didn’t want to have to invite more people just to make up the numbers. As we packed everything up into the car the morning after the wedding while it poured with rain, the 20-degree heat and sunshine we’d enjoyed the day before seemed like a very distant memory, and we were very happy we’d chosen to get married the day before!
The Planning Process
Luckily for Matt I am super organised, and luckily for me he’s very laid back, so the whole planning process was SO easy! I actually began to worry we weren’t doing it properly, or things were going to suddenly get really stressful as the wedding got closer, because everyone was so surprised at how easy we were finding it. I do think it also helped that we didn’t get too hung up on the details. I actually enjoyed the whole planning process and miss doing it.
We booked our photographer and flowers when we booked the venue in March 2017, and gradually booked everything else throughout the year, so we had most things organised by the end of 2017. For things like the place cards, which were luggage cards with names stamped on them, I just started these a few months before the wedding and did a table a week.
We did originally set a budget, but we didn’t end up sticking to it exactly, although we were consistently realistic with our expectations and thoughts on what was worth spending extra money on.
Milling Barn was the first and only venue we visited. We knew we wanted to get married in a barn venue, and we wanted it to be near to where we live so that the majority of our guests could get home easily afterwards. After looking online we found Milling Barn and booked it a few days after visiting.
The food was amazing – we went for an option where the food was served on big platters on each table, which helped add to the informal feel we wanted to create. The venue also put together a ‘pimp your prosecco’ table, which went down really well with our guests.
The staff were also amazing in the lead up to and on the day, they couldn’t do enough for us, even helping to set up things when my bridesmaids were too busy pimpin’ their prosecco.
I had four bridesmaids, my sister and three best friends, who all wore the same multi-way dress in dusky pink.
I had seen multi-way dresses online before and knew that’s the type of dress I wanted so that they could choose how to wear their own dresses in a style that suited them.
I found Victoria Lou Bridal online and loved the different colours, and thought the dresses were more affordable compared with some other multi-way dresses I’d seen. I ordered a sample dress and all of my bridesmaids came round to try it on and make sure there was a style they liked, luckily they were all really easy going and all picked a different style.
The Readings & Music
We just had one reading during our ceremony, which was done by my sister, who read ‘I Choose You’ by Tyler Kent White. We had actually chosen a different reading but changed it four days before the wedding when I found I Choose You by chance.
I walked down the aisle to ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls, and we walked out to Jamie Lawson ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’. Our first dance was to ‘I Swear’ by All-4-One, and we had a DJ for the evening.
Your Outfits & Accessories
The dress – McKinley by Enzoani
I visited three bridal shops in total. I did have an idea of the type of dress I’d like, which wasn’t too far off what I ended up with, although I did think I’d like sleeves but decided against them after trying a few dresses on.
I found a dress I liked in the first two shops, but wasn’t totally convinced either was ‘the one’ (which I did take as a sign neither of them were). I wanted to try them both on one after the other to compare, and by chance I found Le Sposi Bridal through Instagram, and they stocked both dresses and a few others that I liked the look of.
I ruled both dresses out after trying on McKinley by Enzoani – I loved the long train and details on the back of the dress, and knew that this was ‘the one’.
I browsed Pinterest for some hair inspiration, and decided I’d like it half up with gypsophila in to tie in with the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Chloe at Polished was recommended to me by one of my bridesmaids (whose hair she cuts), and she was amazing. Two of my bridesmaids had a single plait in their hair, and the other two with shorter hair had different styles, all with gypsophila.
The same bridesmaid also recommended Carly at Boho Beauty who was also amazing. All of the bridesmaids were so happy with their makeup, even my sister whose style is completely different to mine.
Matt and all of the groomsmen (two best men and two ushers) wore navy suits with dusky pink ties to match the bridesmaids’ dresses; these were from HRH Holmes & Son in Hitchin. The brown brogues were from the same shop.
Were by Willow and Blossom. I found Ellice after searching for local florists online, and loved the style of her work. I knew I wanted different shades of pink for my bouquet, and I didn’t want too much green, and I loved what we she did. The table flowers were similar to my bouquet but with more green, and my bridesmaids had simple gypsophila bouquets.
The Details & Décor
Our florist provided log slices, and my cousin who runs Elsie Styling and Hire kindly lent us jam jars for the table flowers.
We got our signs on Etsy from the amazing Katie at Painted by Katie who is the best! Our signs included an order of the day, one that said ‘best day ever’, a sign for my nephew, Albie, to wear as he came down the aisle with my sister, and a ‘I am the confetti man’ sign for one of the ushers.
I put together our table plan with luggage tags and a map I got from Etsy, and each table was a place we’ve been to together. I got the suitcase for the gifts and cards for free on Gumtree, and the bunting and guestbook from Hobbycraft.
The fairy lights came with the venue hire, and we also hired light up love letters from Rocks and Frocks.
One thing I really loved was our personalised confetti cones, from The Confetti Cone Company, that had Mr and Mrs Trussell and our wedding date on them; we filled these with different coloured pink confetti we also got from Etsy.
Was a three-tier semi naked cake – the top layer was lemon, the middle peanut butter and the bottom vanilla. Jo, from Bake-A-Lot, made the cake – we found her though Facebook and really liked similar looking cakes that she had made. We made sure the cake was all cut up into small pieces for guests to have in the evening, and we only had one small plate of slices to take home which shows how well it went down with everyone! The cake was decorated with flowers from Willow and Blossom.
Victoria Mitchell was recommended by our venue, which is how we found her, and after looking at some of her previous work we knew she would be perfect for us. We wanted a natural documentary style, and someone to capture all of the little details and moments between our guests that we wouldn’t get to see, and this is exactly what we got with Victoria.
Lots of our guests commented on how lovely she was on the day, and we love our photos so much and can’t stop looking through them!
We went on a mini-moon to Santorini straight after our wedding for four nights, and to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for two weeks in January. It was nice having something to look forward to once the post wedding blues had set in!
All of it! But if I had to narrow it down to a few, they would be; getting ready with my bridesmaids in the morning, writing and saying our own vows, walking out after we’d said our ‘I dos’ to all our guests throwing confetti, my sister’s speech, and just having all of our favourite people together for one day.
Advice For Other Couples
My only advice would be that it’s worth every single penny and all of the planning because it really is the best day ever!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Victoria Mitchell Photography
Willow and Blossom
Painted by Katie
Victoria Lou Bridal
How very pretty!
Crystal and Matt, thank you both so much for sharing with us your darling wedding story xo Lou