Ohhh the pretty today! You’re going to adore this heavenly wedding in the country filled to the very brim with florals galore.
Jessica and Julien were married on the 11th September 2016 at South Farm in Cambridgeshire. Rustic country was the theme and they sure did pull it off in style. Think lavender and lilac roses used throughout in the floral arrangements, including the stunning bouquets, hand crafted décor and a cake bake off with a show stopping winner. The favourite part of their day though, was of course the ceremony. The couple were wed in the gazebo across the pond, in a meaningful and personal humanist ceremony. It’s crucial to ensure your ceremony is customised to you both as a couple, for a really relevant exchange of vows and promises with memories to last a lifetime.
Following the confetti throw, the party really started with an ice cream bicycle, mingling in the gardens and dancing come evening. Such a special, memorable day.
Many thanks to Natalie J Weddings for sharing these delightful photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | 8th September 2015 – Cliff top in Santorini overlooking the bay.
THE VISION | A rustic, country wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | September 2015 – September 2016.
THE VENUE | South Farm, Fen Rd, Shingay-cum-Wendy, Royston.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress and head piece from Mirror Mirror, Angel, London.
FINDING THE DRESS | Took 16 different bridal shops and a lot of patience (and hope!) to find the perfect dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | House of Fraser.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Readings: Four reading chosen by bride and groom and read by a bridesmaid, mothers of the bride and groom, and groom’s uncle: The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, The Key to Love, All the wonders of the World, and Blessing for A Marriage by James Dillet Freeman.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Dresses from Bridal Perfection in Bromley. Dresses two different shades of purple to complement each other and the bridesmaids, inspiration from Pinterest.
THE FLOWERS | Flowers by Alison at Wildwood Floral Events. Wild flowers in shades of purples, greens, white, pink and peach.
THE CAKE | Bake off – guest entries. Guests voted on favourite ‘looking’ cake so presentation was key. Winner was a three tier, fruit cake with over 200 hand made sugar flowers, made by groom’s aunt.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Natalie J Weddings – amazing photos that captured each moment of the day perfectly.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Wedding favours: hand painted (by bride and groom’s mother and grandmother) mini plant pots with packets of flower seeds. Seating plan: 9 tables named by the different countries we have been to together. Seating plan: a world map, tables on travel tags (inspired by places we have travelled together).
THE HONEYMOON | Turkey 5* luxury resort.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Humanist ceremony, readings and solo song by bridesmaid (Song Bird) with harpist and groups song (Stand By Me Ben E King). First dance; mix of Kizomba and Salsa dance.
Ceilidh band ( Licence to Ceilidh) and ceilidh dancing, to get everyone up and dancing!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Think carefully about what kind of ceremony you want. If non-religious, a humanist ceremony allowed us to really tailor the ceremony to exactly what we wanted: number of readings we wanted, songs sung, and content of actual ceremony (what the celebrant said e.g. she talked about how we first met, what we love most about each other and what marriage means for us personally). The ceremony was our favourite part of the wedding because it was so personal and a real reflection of us as individuals and as a couple.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Natalie J Weddings
Venue | South Farm
Flowers | Wildwood Floral Events
Dress | Mirror Mirror
So very lovely from beginning to end.
We cannot thank you enough, Jessica and Julien, for sharing your wedding story today xo Lou