Thomas Henry and Anna-Marie (stylist and event director at AMTStyling) are sharing with us their beautiful Wonwood Barton wedding today, which was held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 in Devon. Their creativity and imagination enabled them to great a dreamy and playful day, filled with Disney décor (hello little Up house!), sequin jackets all round and seriously beautiful attire for the whole wedding party. Wow.
Their day was relaxed and colourful, with bright tones in the bountiful bouquets and the embroidered bridesmaid dresses. Live music and even a hoop artist performed to ensure guests were entertained and I love the sound of the quiz they held as an ice breaker too. They were married in an outdoor ceremony framed by an impressive flower arch and far reaching countryside views, it looked so romantic. Also look out for the totally whimsical and detailed cake, just incredible.
These fabulous images are courtesy of Emma Barrow Photography and I am so thankful to be sharing them, do look out for the smoke bomb portraits in particular.
We went to Hereford for the weekend to visit Tom’s mum and dad. On Saturday 10th November 2018 it was pouring with rain and Tom had it in his head he wanted to take Pepper up Hay Bluff ‘Mountain’ for a walk. I was trying to get Tom’s mum to go with me into town to have a Chai Latte instead, but unfortunately to my dismay at the time, Jill wasn’t interested. So, Tom, Pepper and I went up to Hay wrapped up and prepared with wellies. Once parked up we walked the ascent to the top of Hay Bluff; we were hit with rain and strong winds in the face, but Pepper rightly was loving life and jumping in the puddles. Once we got to the top it was an anti-climax due to grey clouds so we couldn’t see the view we were looking for, so…we headed back down. We hit half way and Tom point and said ‘Anna look!’ I turned around and there was a beautiful clearing with a bright rainbow! I have always loved rainbows and went to the edge to admire. I turned back round to speak to Tom and there he was on one knee with Pepper sitting next to him. He had a white box open with a gold diamond ring inside and said ‘You know I love you Anna, will you marry me?’
I knew in my heart we would get married but I was still in shock, you know, the day where you realise you get your happy ever after. Of course, after an initial ‘What?!’ I said ‘Yes, I love you’ and we kissed on the mountain. He was very lucky to have that rainbow! : )
For me I just wanted everything to shout out who we were and what everyone knew us to be; that certainly involved a lot of DIY and creativity! From the initial stages I took my time creating bespoke and hand-drawn save the dates and invites following through the design to the wedding stationery. They had pencil drawn detailed doodles with splashes of colour detailing memories of our relationship such as meeting originally in Hawaii, illustrated by a palm tree, and later at LOVEBOX festival, also featuring the engagement rainbow and the venue’s front gate. I hope to offer this bespoke invite idea as part business one day! We just wanted everyone to have fun, enjoy a weekend away in the countryside and make the day a great memory.
The Planning Process
Tom wasn’t too much into wedding planning, and as styling and coordination come naturally to me, by trade I am a Stylist and Event Director, I took control. For us life is about living, so we weren’t going to plan for 1.5 years and wanted a summer wedding therefore we had only 7/8 months. I wasn’t quite prepared however for the time restraint pressure fitting everything in between our day jobs – it is amazing how much time everything takes, especially when you want it to be your perfect vision.
In January, we had the upsetting passing of Tom’s mother, which came as a shock to us all. It was not easy to plan what is supposed to be a happy event amidst such grief, however I also hoped to also try and give everyone something to look forward to. Jill was with us always in planning and greatly on the day in the choice of florals, the memory table we had set and in the moments we knew she would smile at. The rainbows followed us when picking the venue and even on our trip down to Devon on our wedding week, and as funny as it sounds, we really felt like she was with us in the skies. A smile brought a tear and a smile again as we knew Jill would say,’ What are you crying for, I had a good life!’ We will always miss her.
The wedding choices came naturally; I had an image or an idea for most elements apart from my colour scheme which was wide open. I looked at colourways but I couldn’t quite find something that felt ‘wow’ or ‘right’. I stepped away and instead decided to find my idyllic bridesmaid dress and let that guide my colours.
We began with £15 and in honesty stretched to around £21 in the end all in all.
We really wanted a place with open countryside, a curious driveway leading to an outdoors wedding with a view, and we believe we found it. We also had the strange criteria of a beam in a barn! The on-site boutique rooms were very quaint, individually decorated and the whole site was very intimate. I am very close with my family so it was lovely to have them there in the lead up to the wedding. Our marquee was beautiful; wooden poles and features, a transparent side view and a central dancefloor. We wanted to keep our wedding ‘back to nature’ so we went for bare wooden long tables, which looked great with bold wild flowers with long stems in clear vases and Disney inspired bespoke tables centres. The table plan created a warm atmosphere with us in the middle and everyone around us. Everyone became friends for the day, which was what we wanted.
The Details & Décor
All design, purchases and styling was completed by AMTStyling.com – with a lot of help from the beautiful bridesmaids, our family and friends in the lead up and on the day! Thank you all!!
We planned a few different elements that we really enjoyed. My brother rehearsed re-write the stars in his own style for an acoustic set for our reception drinks and a fabulous hoop artist friend, Jade Marissa Flash, made a guest surprise beautiful performance.
We sent our guests a wildflower playing card with their invite which we asked them to bring with them on the day. Each guest had to find others with the same number and complete the couple quiz we had made on ourselves. This was a real ice-breaker for guests to mingle, which everyone enjoyed. My brother and his friend marked the quizzes and the results were announced at the end of the speeches with prizes for the winners.
We built ‘His and Her’ T & A – initial Cornhole – the beanbag game. All our guests enjoyed teaming up and playing this in the field and we built in LED strips to the holes so it could also be played at night. I painted them with pastels and splattered gold to tie in with our wedding theme.
We asked all our guests to bring a sequin jacket, which was hung on a rail upon arrival. Come nightfall, when it was time to get dancing, we asked all our guests to go and get their sequin jackets and we had a real DISCO on the dancefloor. The colour of the sequins was a real treat for the photographs and everyone really enjoyed the fun-factor for the evening.
I designed the cake produced by our caterer Marcia; it was a culinary treat but also a visual delight of the senses.
I went for a tiered cake but non-traditional, picking a different flavour for each layer – chocolate, lemon and banana. The cake had a gold marbling effect with each layer a different representation; the roots of the earth shown as dark purples and blues with crystals, the mid sections which was green for jungle with the animals and finally white and blue for the sky with the ruling King & Queens Bears, with the female featuring a mini floral bracelet. The cake was mounted on a tree trunk cut and sanded down from my father’s garden. Around the cake there were miniature hand wound musical boxes with childhood songs from memory’s past.
My colleague and friend, Michelle Court of Court-On-Camera, did my makeup. We had one trial and went for a natural look with golden eyes.
My hair was done my Jodie and her team at The Hair Lounge Tavistock. I really wanted to have a large plait with loose waves – very whimsical! Whilst my bridesmaids had their hair up to compliment their dress with beautiful plaits and florals tied in.
Your Outfits & Accessories
The wedding dress I had in mind was spaghetti strapped, white with 3D florals – I just hadn’t seen it yet! Just before Christmas I went for coffee and cake with my mum in Leigh On Sea and we popped to the local wedding dress boutique; my sister had raved about it to me as she knew my style was somewhat different, she was right – I loved 3 dresses immediately. I tried 4 dresses and the one I loved was the second. It had a floral devore screen printed fabric, and as I had studied and loved printed textiles, it was perfect and something I had never thought of, the dress was personal but still not bespoke. A few discussions later I had planned to up the front so it was not so low cut and added 3D florals to the train from the hip at the back acting as a cascading waterfall of tiny white flowers. My dress was perfect for me.
Blush Bride – 121 Leigh Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1JH
The bridesmaid’s dresses directed my colour theme. I had 5 bridesmaids, 3 of which were pregnant, the dresses had to be right! I was looking for something with embroidery and nature themed. I found the perfect dress available with 2 sleeve styles on ASOS – layered lilac elegant floating dresses with high necks, polka dot sleeves and embroidered colourful stemmed florals with bees.
Tom’s suit came from Symond’s of Hereford; it was important for us to use our roots throughout our wedding. He picked a beautifully bright but deep blue suit and had a bespoke made shirt with selected wooden buttons. Tom’s tie and pocket square was a Van Buck wild floral liberty print differing from his ushers who has a light yellow.
The Readings & Music
We wrote our own ceremony and vows as we had an informal pre-wedding signing at the registry in Guildford. This way we had complete flexibility on timings, order of ceremony and most importantly words on the day. Tom struggled in the lead up to the day to write, as I heard many times, he had writers block, but on the day he was wonderful and never should have worried. My words have always come freely. As I began to write of how I set eyes on Tom and immediately felt butterflies in the Lovebox festival field, I thought it would be a beautiful idea to release some butterflies. So sure enough, the day before a secret insect delivery came for my bridesmaids who released them mid ceremony upon the words.
Tom and I love our music. We were lucky enough to have a surprise performance as part of our wedding ceremony by my sister, Alexandra Trzebinski, who sang and my brother, Christian Trzebinski, who played the guitar and sang. They wrote a really lovely song for Tom and I and we were all smiles and shocked. The guests said it was magical and since the wedding Alex has framed the lyrics for us as a wedding gift.
Tom and I created playlists for each part of our wedding day:
Just Married & Confetti
Dinner Playlist – Films Playlist
Opening Song on to Evening Party
Our key songs were:
Aqualung, Brighter than Sunshine – Wedding procession
Marlena Shaw, California Soul – Just Married
Rewrite the Stars – Performed acoustically by Christian Trzebinski with an aerial artist performance during reception drinks
Lion King, Circle of Life – Guests Marquee entrance
George Baker, Little Green Bag – Our Marquee entrance song
Chuck Berry, You Can Never Tell – First Dance
Chance the Rapper, All Night – Evening dance kick off
Kaytranada, You’re the One – Dancing
During our reception we treated our guests to a beautiful aerial performance to the song of the moment ‘Rewrite the stars’ given in live rendition by my brother.
Later in the evening we had a DJ that also played saxophone alongside selected songs. Everyone was dancing all night long!
Emma Barrow was a recommendation from a colleague and friend and we were very pleased to meet her. Emma’s photography is beautiful, on the day her presentation is perfect and the essence of the day was really captured.
I ordered colourful smoke bombs for our photographs and with the great assistance of Tom’s usher Joseph on the day, these photographs came out every bit we wished for; beautifully romantic as if floating on clouds.
I had a meeting with our florist when I visited the venue and we really clicked. Becky Gravener was really lovely and paid every attention to the detail. We went for pastels created around the bridesmaid dress selection and wild florals in memory of Jill. We added some decorative jewellery bees to bring my bouquet to life. The bridesmaid each had a bunch of one of the flowers in my bouquet, which looked really lovely. I think the fuchsia peonies and big white daisies were my favourites.
We went to the beautiful island of Mauritius and stayed at Zilwa Attitude, which was really lovely. We stayed in the balcony room with hot tub looking out to the sea. The food was divine as were the people who were very friendly and smiley. As we went in June-July, it didn’t break the bank, which was also a nice thing after a wedding. Our guests had given us honeymoon money as gifts so this really helped us. We had some rainy days but mainly it was sunny and great. Tom learnt his PADI and I learnt to relax. We had unlimited food and drinks which was real luxury and each restaurant at the hotel was individually heavenly. Tom and I do like to explore so naturally we hired a car and travelled across the island. We particularly liked:
Swimming in the wild with dolphins just outside the harbour at sunrise.
Hiking up Le Morne Brabant at dusk to spectacular views.
Driving up the mountains to visit Tamarind Falls stunning waterfalls.
Relaxing on the white sands of Le Morne watching the windsurfers dining on local street food.
Enjoying an intimate day yacht trip to see the other islands.
Advice For Other Couples
Make your wedding your own, there are no rules. Create fabulous memories for your guests.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Emma Barrow Photography
Wedding Planner & Venue Decor
Stitch in Time, Leigh on Sea
BJ Richards & Bec Gravener
Oswin & Co
Symonds of Hereford & Liberty
Pretty Little Thing & eBay
AMTStyling & Etsy The Foil Stationery
Jodie – The Hair Lounge Tavistock
Make Up Artist
Court on Camera
Cakes by Marcia
Jade Marissa Flash
DJ & SAX
What an absolute delight. There are so many creative wedding ideas here, I love it all.
Thomas Henry and Anna-Marie, thank you so much for sharing your very special wedding story with us xo Lou