By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Happy Monday folks! Amy and Darrian are gracing our pages today with their Wick Farm Bath wedding in beautiful Somerset. They were married on Saturday 5th October 2019; a beautiful Autumn day with a colour palette running throughout suiting the season perfectly. Think dusky pinks and berry tones. Oh my.
The barns were decked out in an abundance of fairy lights and candles, which looked really magical. The beauty of hosting an Autumn or Winter wedding is that you really can go all out with romantic lighting when evening arrives. I also just adore the gorgeous flower arrangements, the delicious looking semi naked cake and all of the very chic outfit choices. Didn’t Amy and Darrian look amazing? Hello tulle gown and tweed suit!
Huge thanks goes to Siobhan Beales Photography for sharing these dreamy images with us today.
I had a vision for my proposal to Amy. I wanted something that was intimate and reflected ‘us’. I told Amy we were going to have a belated valentines date in March.
On the night Amy suggested that we had a night in with a takeaway and a film (little did she know). I managed to change her mind by telling her about a new cocktail bar I wanted to show her. I had booked a table in Bath for dinner and had told Amy about the fictitious cocktail bar we were going for drinks after that meant we had to walk past the beautiful setting of Bath Abbey and the courtyard.
At this point, I was trying to work out a way to move onto asking her in conversation that would catch her off her guard and suddenly a group on a hen party stumbled out of a bar across the street. I asked if she would have something like that for her hen party one day and she replied ‘I need to be asked first’ and that’s when I dropped to one knee and asked how she’d like to wear the ring I had for her as an engagement ring.
She said ‘are you being serious?!’ several times before I had to ask again, ‘will you marry me’ and when she realised it was real she said yes. For me it was perfect. I asked how she wanted to celebrate to which she replied that she wanted to get a drink at the cocktail bar. I then had to reveal my first lie, there was no cocktail bar!
After years of Amy having a serious pinning obsession on Pinterest, we knew that we weren’t the type of couple to have the normal traditional wedding with the fancy church, posh cars and the typical shall we have the chicken or the beef dinner.
We knew that we wanted a whimsical converted barn and that we didn’t want to go to crazy with decoration as we wanted the barn to shine through. We also wanted our day to not just be about us but also to make your loved ones feel special too.
After looking at several locations, we finally settled on the beautiful Wick Farm in Bath. The lovely stone exposure and twinkle light sold it! We knew that we didn’t want to get married far from home as the proposal was set in Bath. Once we booked the venue the first thing we did was to book our photographer, our band and most importantly the cake!
Amy came up with calling our style of wedding romantic, boho, chic. With this in mind, we knew we wanted romantic dusky pinks, golds and berry tones throughout with wild foliage and rustic flowers.
Set in the rural countryside of Farleigh Hungerford just outside of Bath, we fell in love with Wick Farm straight away. Amy went to view it first and told me she felt like she’d found the one. When we went back together I knew she was right. Wick farm stole our hearts with its rustic charm and exposed stonewalls. It was just the right size that we could celebrate with our friends and family without ‘losing’ anyone.
Sophie, the owner, was also incredibly helpful and was happy to answer all our questions and nothing was too much trouble, even going back to visit several times in the run-up to measure and plan.
Amy – Being a curvier bride I knew I had to go to my local bridal shop called Bell of the Ball who specialises is curvy dresses. I knew that I wanted something with a crochet lace and something that wasn’t your typical white dress. After trying on 2 dresses I then tried on the one, I tried a few others after but I just couldn’t stop thinking about the 3rd dress.
It was a beautiful lace tulle ball gown with a crochet laced sweetheart neckline and dainty lace straps. I paired it with a small, sparkly, gold block heel and an elbow-length veil.
Darrian – Outfit mentioned below.
We asked Darrian’s sister Di to do a reading for us but we asked her to keep the reading secret so that we were surprised as to what she read on the day. Music played a big part on our day as we both have an interesting taste in music.
We named our table after songs that we both loved, we also pick our band based on the individual rock and roll sound. Or first dance song grow old with me by Tom Odell as this was Amy’s alarm tone when we first met and suited us to the ground!
We also felt that the canapes mingle need a little something extra to entertain our guests so we had a singer with an acoustic guitar to sing songs we loved. Amy surprised me by asking the singer to learn one of my favourite songs called The River by Bruce Springsteen.
After ordering what felt like 200 highstreet bridesmaids dresses for the girls to try one it quickly became obvious that as they were all different body types that we would have to spend a little bit more than intended. We ended up going to a bridal shop in Bath that sold Hayley Paige dresses.
I had followed Hayley Paige on Instagram for quite a while and had fallen in love with her stunning relaxed, elegant, romantic and lacey frocks! I wanted my maid of honour to stand out so we went with a dusky pink dress. My two bridesmaid went with a lovely berry red dress, each dress was different but they all had a lace effect on them to tie them together.
We searched far and wide for the perfect navy tweed suits and ended up buying them from Suits Direct. We knew that we wanted to incorporate the bridesmaid’s colours so we suited and booted groom and co with burgundy braces (also from Suits Direct) and burgundy knitted bow ties from Asos.
I knew that being the groom that Amy would want me to stand out a little, with this in mind I ended up going with a floral patterned shirt from Moss Bros, which set the look of perfectly! We also had one of my usher’s little boys as our page boy and managed to find him an adorable blue checked suit with matching burgundy braces and bow tie from Monsoon.
We knew that the flowers would be a huge part of the decoration for our day. We wanted lots of foliage and wildflowers all in the dusky pinks and berry colours. Our florist was an absolute gem, we gave her an idea and a colour scheme and she 100% brought our vision to life!
The cake was one of the first things we decided on, we knew that we didn’t want the traditional white iced fruit cake. Instead, we wanted something simple in the flavours that we loved and for it to be naked iced in buttercream. We also had some gold leaf added to make the cake sparkle.
We really wanted to make our day special for not just us but also for our friends and family. It was really important to Amy that everyone felt involved, even the kids. We made the kid’s activity books and supplied each one with crayons and a personalised milk bottle to drink from.
No party is complete without a photo opportunity so we conjured up a photo booth backdrop using a fence panel and twinkly string lights. We wanted to follow through our romantic boho feel by having candles absolutely everywhere.
We also wanted to honour the people no longer with us especially Amy’s grandparents so she had a small picture of them framed and incorporated in her bouquet so that Bill and Shirl were with her every step of the way.
I searched the internet for ages when I eventually came across Bath Hair and Makeup. I knew that I wanted a done but an undone look for the day with loose curls and messy plaits. I wanted each bridesmaid to have a slightly different look but for them to all blend well together.
We first met our photographer at a wedding fair and we fell in love with her seamless candid style. She also had a lovely sense of humour which was important to us as she made us feel at ease and blended into our day as if she was there as a guest! I honestly couldn’t recommend her enough!
We hadn’t planned our honeymoon and were initially planning to wait and arrange this after the wedding. We’re not really spontaneous people but about 3 weeks before the wedding we discussed going to New York and 2 days later we booked it.
It really was the best honeymoon we could have imagined doing all the classic things you imagine in the city that never sleeps. Going up skyscrapers and looking out across the world and stopping to watch the world go by in coffee shops and bars.
Seeing each other for the first time was really special to us both but we took five minutes out in the evening to appreciate the day and each other. Looking back on our friends and family from afar and from outside the barn was special, seeing all the smiling faces and loved ones enjoying themselves.
No matter how small they may seem the little personal touches are the things that will make the day. If it’s important to you then make sure its involved in the day because its YOUR day after all. Most importantly, take time out on the day to enjoy it and each other as it really does fly by.
Siobhan Beales Photography
Cakes By Mrs F
Hibiscus and Hodge
Makeup & Hair
Bath Makeup Artist
Belle of the Ball
Ellie Rose Bridal
Wick Farm Bath
Oh how stunning!
Amy and Darrian thanks so very much to you both for sharing your very special wedding celebrations with us xo Lou
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