“A combination of both our passions and a day full of laughter and all the love.”
This is how WWW readers Matt and Becky described their wedding to me and that’s just the kind of day we love to share here at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. Isn’t that what it’s all about after all? Our pair were married on the 16 March 2018 at the magical Notley Tythe Barn in Buckinghamshire. Their Spring nuptials were joy filled, with emotions flying high and a lot of personality infused details to boot. Take the table names for example, Becky works in the fitness industry and Matt in the television industry, so customised VHS tapes and names were created for their tables. So awesome! The cinema theme also continued into the food, with popcorn and pick n mix on offer, oh yes! Mixed in with gorgeous attire and the fairy lit barn reception and you have the perfect celebration.
I really love the photographs here today by Kazooieloki, which are vibrant, emotive and also capturing those important moments so wonderfully. Keep an eye out for a sparkler send off, fun cake cutting and bubbles! Thanks so much for sharing them with us today. What a treat.
THE PROPOSAL | Matt proposed to Becky on a beach 5 years ago after a 6 course Chinese meal and two bottles of wine. Not exactly how he planned it and Becky never officially said yes. Becky just took the ring and ran into the nearest bar shouting “Champagne for everyone!” Realising how expensive that was, we settled for 2 glasses of house wine…
THE VISION | We were engaged for 5 years so our vision of the wedding day changed, a lot. Originally we wanted to go abroad with just a few of our family members, but after attending weddings with our friends and family we knew we wanted something a little bigger, but not much.
We found a rustic 12th century barn close to our home in Buckinghamshire and knew that was the place where we needed to get married. We wanted to show our personalities and passions in the wedding, first and foremost.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We planned the wedding over a year, finding the venue first and then everything else worked around that. Becky is very organised which helped a lot! She created a spreadsheet with literally everything on it such as who we are inviting, what props we need and what we need to pay. We worked our way down the list and ticked off what we had got which was very satisfying.
We tried not to tell too many people our ideas as sometimes too much input can be a little overwhelming and then you end up detracting from what you actually want.
We had a wedding planning book, but mostly excel spreadsheets were a Godsend.
THE VENUE | Notley Tythe Barn, a 12th Century Barn, featuring original beams and fairy lights wrapped around them. Fantastic food and brilliant staff who run the day without a hitch.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was fitted, lace and backless. It was very figure hugging with a small train.
Shoes were from Miss KG, and were very glittery. If you can’t wear glittery shoes on your wedding day then when can you!
FINDING THE DRESS | I tried on about 20 dresses. Of course I tried on the princess one even though I knew it wouldn’t be the one I say “I do” in. I just think you need to try everything, including the one you draw when you are a little girl.
Wedding dress sizes come up very different too in each style. I am a size 6-8 and tried on dresses that were 12s and fitted me. This opened up lots more options. It just so happened that the final dress fitted like a glove and just needed the length altered.
The final dress came from a shop called Wed2B in Milton Keynes. Top tip when trying on dresses wear big knickers but not bright pink ones – they kind of distract from the dress!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | I wore a vibrant blue suit with a dusty pink bow tie, which fitted in well with the bridesmaids. After trying on a few formal suits, these did nothing for me, I found the perfect slim fitting suit on ASOS.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had Bob Marley “He isn’t perfect” and a reading called “Maybe”. Both were read by our siblings (well Becky’s sister had to forfeit due to all the tears and the Mother took over!).
Becky walked up the aisle to “500 Miles” by Sleeping At Last and we walked back down the aisle to “All Star” Smash Mouth.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I bought a few dresses online. Though with four stunning bridesmaids with different styles and sizes, it was quite a struggle to find a fit that worked for everyone. Eventually I found midi multi-way dresses in blush pink. I brought them from BooHoo, somewhere I never thought I’d find the dresses.
THE FLOWERS | Twigs and Twine did our bouquets and buttonholes. We had mini versions of the bridesmaids Gypsophila bouquets for the button holes. Then the bridal bouquet had little pink flowers in too set it apart from the others.
One of the bridesmaids made us all flower crowns from Gypsophila and Ivy, which really finished off the outfits.
We also had bunches of daffodils around the venue to give it a spring feel.
THE CAKE | Matt’s Sister Kara is fantastic at art, she also makes a delicious cake! She offered to do our cake as a surprise so we didn’t actually see it until the day. The cake topper was Matt being dragged away from the XBOX by Becky in a wedding dress wearing a pair of gym leggings and trainers.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We came across Kazooieloki in a wedding group on Facebook at the very early stages of planning our wedding. We weren’t actively looking for a photographer at this point. Matt quite often posts in the group as he films weddings and remembers coming across one of their posts and their style of work really stood out to him. When the time came to finding our photographers for the day, it was a no brainer! We were absolutely over the moon that they were available! – looking at the photos you can see why!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Becky works in the fitness industry and Matt in the television industry so we decided together that we should try and theme the wedding around what we enjoy most – fitness and films. We collected lots of old VHS’s tapes (found after asking on a local Facebook group if anyone had any) and spray painted them for the table decorations, we thought of film titles for the tables but wanted to change them to fit in with what Becky does. A few examples are, Forrest ‘Pump’ and Shaw ‘Plank’ redemption. Becky’s sister designed the invites, which were a cinema ticket, the place names which followed the same theme and then the table names which resembled screens at a cinema.
Following the cinema theme we had Pick n Mix and a popcorn bar.
We had so much fun spending time together creating our vision. Spending Sundays in B&Q and finalising our ideas.
We also had a caricature artist in the evening who was AMAZING. She was funny, talented and very quick which meant every guest left with a caricature.
THE HONEYMOON | We are off to Mauritius and Dubai for our honeymoon and we can’t wait! We have a little gap before we go but now we are counting down the days.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The vows are obviously a massive part of the day, but I (Becky) never thought that saying those words and looking Matt in the eye would be one of the best parts of the whole day. Seeing Matt’s lip quiver as I said them was a bonus!
One of the best men produced the ring from the box which was actually a Haribo ring, this really broke the tension and made everyone in the room laugh!
Our niece and nephew choreographed a dance for us which they did just before our first dance as a surprise, it had guests in tears.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Take a moment to stand back with your new spouse and look at all of your closest friends and family enjoying themselves. Don’t drink too much – you don’t need it, all day you’ll be on the most amazing high that drink will just get in the way. Don’t spend your whole day worrying about people enjoying themselves, they will – now it is time for you to enjoy yourself. Don’t only enjoy the day, enjoy the build up too. Love every second of building your vision with your fiancé, spend time together, sharing ideas and creating something that is perfect for you both.
One more thing – make sure you can see your family and friends the next day, you will want to spend time reliving the day with everyone!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Kazooieloki
Florist | Twigs and Twine
Film | A&A Video
MUA | Daisy Oldershaw MUA
Caricaturist | Vix Caricatures
Stationery | Rachel Mason Design
Venue | Notley Tythe Barn
Awww so lovely!
I really cannot thank Matt and Becky enough for sharing their wedding with us today, what a dream! xo Lou