There is a gorgeous blend of natural and architectural beauty in this wedding. Situated within the lush green woodland of Epping Forest, the Forest School is an independent college with Georgian heritage and made the perfect setting for the marriage of Becky and David. I love the organic styling, using natural foliage and flowers inside the grand, atmospheric spaces at the school. And those powder blue bridesmaids! This is a stunning day folks.
“We love vintage styling and wanted a relaxed atmosphere. The forest setting of the school also informed the look and feel of the day/flowers/dress and decoration of the venue.”
“David and I met on the tube in 2005. On our first date shortly afterwards we spent a long time chatting on a bench on the Embankment in London. David proposed on that same bench, seven years to the day in May 2012 and we were married in 2014 in the same week that we met and got engaged, 9 years since our first date.
The bride and groom sent out Save the Date coasters by Lucy Says I Do and had a wedding stamp created for invitations by Holly’s Houses. Place settings and menus were made by the bride and they also purchased some lovely ‘thank you’ postcards by Nostalgic Imprints on Etsy.
I completely adore the bridesmaid’s dresses! These silky blue creations from Ghost look stunning on all of the girls, who also wore delicate little flowers in their hair and crystal earrings from Accessorize. David’s navy herringbone suit was from Charles Tyrwhitt, with a pale blue silk tie from T.M Lewin.
The bride’s dress was created by Ronald Joyce, purchased at Amorae Bridal in Essex. It’s the simple yet fluid lines, accessorised with that beautiful crown of flowers that suits Becky and her surroundings so well.
“I loved the elaborate detailing of the bodice and sleeves, the low back and flowing plainness of the skirt. The style flattered my shape and fitted with the vintage theme. I accessorised with a vintagesapphire engagement ring belonging to my great grandmother, delicate bracelets in gold & sapphire by Lucy Simmons, my own sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Boleyn in Hatton Garden and diamond earrings by David Deyong. My shoes were powder blue courts from Aldo to tie in with my maid’s dresses.”
Becky and David chose Jay Rowden to photograph the wedding. I really love the depth of colour in his photographs and how he captures so many wonderful expressions throughout the day.
“We almost literally met Jay by bumping into him in a coffee shop while discussing the need to trawl the internet for wedding photographers. Jay was perfect for helping to visualise the relaxed atmosphere of our wedding. We couldn’t have been more delighted with the way he captured the day.”
Alongside these sparkling beauties sits Gillian Million’s ‘Everything that’s not a Hat’ range of hatettes, fascinators and neat headdresses with birdcage veils and striking adornments. This stunning collection could not be more perfect for mothers and guests and are handmade to take into account your outfit and your hairstyle. Jewels, flowers and exquisite design details make these easy-to-wear headpieces ideal if you want to make a stylish statement at any event (and, thanks to Gillian’s careful design), when you remove your hat, your hair will still look immaculate. Hat hair – banished by Gillian Million!
As if this wasn’t enough, the newly launched designer wedding dress agency is also something you must know about. Stunning once-worn and preloved wedding dresses in perfect condition are available at a fraction of their original cost and, when you visit the boutique to try on these glamorous gowns, you can enjoy accessorising your new dress with Gillian’s jewels as well. Also, don’t forget to get in touch with the team after your wedding day when the dress agency can help you achieve the best possible price for your gown and your beloved dress can take another trip down the aisle with another bride who’ll love it as much as you did.
If you love crafting, 1930’s and 1940‘s styling and a dash of downright prettiness, I’m guessing that you will really enjoy this elegant tea party inspired summer wedding. The couple have included so many brilliant ideas; each filled with sentiment and personal meaning, reflecting the couples lives, it’s completely endearing and beautiful. Plus a dapper tweed suit, the most exquisite swishy silk Johanna Hehir wedding gown and the cutest old hollywood style Rachel Simpson shoes!
Dr & Mrs Shipley, the lovely Johnnie & Kirstin, were married at St Bartholomew’s Church, Newbiggin-by-the-sea, Northumberland on the 25th of May 2014 with a reception at The Linskill Centre, North Shields. The day has been captured by the ever fabulous Matt Ethan Photography who has a real eye for incapsulating the true heart of the day. Our stunning bride, Kirstin, is a primary school teacher and her handsome groom, Johnnie is a senior archaeology and heritage consultant, they met an uni in Newcastle and the rest as they say is history.
“We wanted to do as much as possible ourselves. I love all things vintage, particularly the style of the 1930s and 1940’s. I also adore sewing and crafting and so having a wedding to create things for was my idea of heaven! We both also liked the idea of a summer tea party style wedding complete with lots of bunting and a ceilidh. We just wanted our wedding to be as informal and relaxed as possible.
We loved every second of the day. It was completely stress free and filled with laughter and happiness. It was everything we wanted it to be, and truly the best day of our lives so far.”
“We met in 2006 when we were both post-graduate students at Newcastle University. Johnnie studying for a PhD in Archaeology and I was studying for a P.G.C.E. in Primary Education. After six years together, in March 2013, I proposed to Johnnie and he said yes!
I had planned a picnic at Hadrian’s Wall but there was really deep snow and so ended up asking him in our living room instead! We celebrated with chip butties in the snow in the grounds of Hexham Abbey and Johnnie bought me an art deco engagement ring that we saw in the window of an antique jewellery shop next door.”
Kirstin made her own amazing bouquet and those for her bridesmaids, Emma and Dawn, from vintage brooches, earrings, buttons and paper flowers. The pretty Button holes for Kirstin’s family were of freesia, gypsophilia and roses from Busy Lizzie’s in Tynemouth.
Kirstin’s Bridesmaids, Emma and Dawn, wore adorable tea length navy blue dresses from Monsoon with shoes of their choice and Kirstin put to use her love of vintage and crafting to make their hair combs using vintage brooches bought on eBay. The bridesmaids’ delicate pearl bracelets with a square vintage style clasp were from from Highland Angel and their pearl and marcasite earrings were a purchase from Gama Weddings. Both were gifts from Kirstin.
“The day before the wedding, a crack team of our families and friends descended on the Linskill Centre and helped to set everything up and transformed it into a beautiful setting for our vintage tea party reception. They were absolutely incredible and it would not have been possible to pull it all off without them!”
Initially, Kirstin really wanted a vintage wedding dress but after a visit to the White Tulip in Prudhoe, fell in love with a bias-cut, 1930s inspired ‘Helena’ dress by Johanna Hehir.
“I loved the bias cut of the dress – it was perfectly in keeping with the 1930s style that I love so much. I also loved the simplicity of the dress – the only embellishment was the beautiful lace around my waist. The fabrics were such amazing quality – the dress was made of pure silk. It fell beautifully and it felt so luxurious to wear. It was also very light in comparison with many of the dresses I tried on and was very comfortable to wear all day. My mum bought me this dress. I knew it was perfect when she dissolved into floods of tears as soon as she saw me in it.”
“For decor we had bunting, and lots of it! Mostly made myself, with some help from friends and some borrowed from friends to use too. We also sent out a triangle of bunting with each invitation for guests to decorate and I gave some to the children in my class to decorate too! These were displayed along the walls of the hall and provided a great talking point throughout the day. It was amazing to see how creative and thoughtful people were in their ideas for this.
The bunting is a keepsake I know we’ll keep looking back at for years to come!”
Kirstin and Johnnie chose Matt Ethan as their photographer;
“Matt had taken the photographs for Johnnie’s sister, Joanne’s, wedding the previous year and we thought the photographs produced were really beautiful! We also knew that he’d put us at our ease as neither of us are particularly fond of having our photographs taken and we knew we didn’t want lots of posed photographs. I had also come across some of Matt’s work when looking for reception venues, in particular his photographs of another wedding, at Whalton Village Hall, and loved the natural and informal style.”
Please tell me that you have taken the time to watch this film today and read about this wedding? You are missing out so badly if not, I promise you. For this late afternoon treat today, we’re sharing the Spring teepee wedding of Siobhán and Matt. Siobhán, who runs her own catering company, Feast Yorkshire, tied the knot with insurance worker Matt on 3rd May this year at Sand Hutton in North Yorkshire, where Siobhán grew up and close to where Matt grew up too.
“Matt and I met when Matt had just finished University and I was about to go to University, we were both working in a restaurant – the rest is history! We go engaged 6 years later and were married within the year!
We most of all wanted the day to be relaxed but still fairly traditional. We wanted the day to feel personal to us, hence we made most things! We had Papakata Teepees in a friends garden – the first time we saw them years ago we always said that’s what we’d have on our wedding day!”
“It was full lace – it had a detachable top which changed the look of the dress in the evening – I had it in my head what I wanted and it was a matter of persevering until I found it! Which I did eventually… 50 or so dresses later!
My veil was my ‘something borrowed’ from a friend – pieces of lace that attached to the top of my veil, they were beautiful!”
“We did the flowers ourselves, we sourced wood rounds from a local wood merchant and vases from an antique show for the centrepieces. A friend did amazing floral arches inside and outside the Church and all our bouquets.
We went together to Leeds flower market a 4am one morning the week of the wedding to buy the flowers – I was overwhelmed, I just chose all the white flowers I loved! Simple and country flowers. I (with my bridesmaids!) made all the mens buttonholes with flowers from Matt’s Mum’s garden.”
“I’m not sure either of us have yet pinned down one perfect moment, there were so many favourite moments in the day, I think a special moment for both of us was walking into the Tepees and being announced as Mr and Mrs Cliff – it was surreal seeing all those people we love in one place at one time just for us!”
“Jon from S6 Photography was our photographer – we both just fell in love with Jon’s photos the moment we saw them – his style was just what we wanted and he certainly didn’t fail us! We couldn’t be happier with our photos from the day. He caught the atmosphere of the day perfectly and so many special moments – we’d recommend him over and over!”
Oh Monday, you will not defeat us! Especially not when I have a wedding as utterly beautiful as this one waiting to fill you with. This is the wedding of Russell, a freelance Creative Director and Victoria (AKA Barbie) a Recruitment Manager, whose delightful barn wedding too place on 25th May this year with the most charming of Somerset farm backdrops.
This is such a gorgeous wedding that was, the bride tells me, a 100% DIY effort – with an army of family and friend helpers who worked with the couple to create their magical day. Lucky for you, dear readers, the ridiculously talented Jon of Happy Wedding Films captured the whole day on film too, and we get to share this little bit of wonder with you today. Happy Films blasted on to my radar recently with this incredible creation - watch and wonder at how far wedding films have come.
“Our theme ended up being was a combination of rustic, home-made, DIY, natural, country, vintage and miss-match. Our main aim was for it to be informal, fun, ceremonious, and a real team effort by our family and friends. Our venue was so naturally beautiful that we wanted to play on its strengths without over preening.”
“When we started our venue planning it was fairly overwhelming, with hundreds of venues on offer all over the country, we soon realised that with many venues you are tied into their choice of suppliers, corkage charges, specific dates and set up and clear out timings also. After some time and many venue spreadsheets later we decided we’d do things our own way and find a barn, farm or some land which isn’t used every weekend celebrating other couples weddings which we could transform into our own unique day. This is where Love My Dress® came in – it is in fact responsible for our venue.
Russell was browsing Love My Dress when he spotted the Wedding of Lucy and Gregor. Their venue, the groom’s Uncle’s farm and surrounding Somerset countryside was spot on for what we were looking for, but it wasn’t as simple as that as it is private land, not your typical wedding venue. We got in touch with Mark Tattersall, the photographer (who we also chose as our photographer) and he gave us the details for the farm owner, Gregor’s uncle. When we got in touch with the farmer and his wife, they welcomed us with open arms to come and visit the farm with a warning that there would be lots to do!
On visiting the working dutch barn (with tractors, logs and materials inside), woodlands and beautiful B&B on site where all our bridesmaids and ushers could stay, we knew we’d struck gold – but that we also had a mammoth task ahead of us!”
“We actually got married the weekend before at Wandsworth Registry as our farm isn’t registered with a marriage certificate. We had thought of finding a registry local to the farm but knew all the planning and preparation would be intense on the run up to the big day so opted for 2 weddings, why not?! We couldn’t recommend this highly enough, we got to enjoy two totally different days and it meant those special guests who couldn’t make the farm wedding could come along to the registry.
After the registry 40 of us walked to The East Hill Pub in Wandsworth for a delicious meal.”
“We met online on Guardian Soulmates, our first date was my favourite pub in Camden the Colonel Fawcett, our second was an amazing date at the ballet, then six months later in Sri Lanka Russell totally shocked me by proposing on the rocks at sunset overlooking the sea.
Russell being Russell and naturally getting everything perfect also managed to capture the engagement on film without raising my suspicions as we’d set up our go pro camera throughout the trip to take time lapse pictures of various sunrises and sunsets, it really is the most beautiful place! 13 months of wedding planning later we were wed.”
“Like most brides I had trauma with finding my dress. I needed one for my registry and another for the farm wedding. Early on I bought a dress for the farm wedding from a friend in a total flook after describing the dress I had liked she said that was her dress and she was looking to sell it, well it felt like fate. Only, four months later I knew it wasn’t the right dress for my day. It was a beautiful dress and fit me like a glove but it would have suited a formal wedding that wasn’t in woodland or a farm. I knew I wasn’t sure as I kept pinning other dresses on Pinterest, one in particular had caught my eye, the Loren, by Grace Loves Lace.
The only trouble was the designers are based in Australia and it would mean buying a dress I hadn’t tried on, online. All my friends thought I had gone mad! One of them suggested I try on dresses which were similar here to see if the style would suit me, so again I tried on what felt like hundreds of dresses with similar elements to my dream dress and then bit the bullet and went for it.”
“I knew I had at least six weeks when the dress arrived to get any alterations done and had a seamstress at the ready. Once the dress arrived we did make a number of alterations, there was so much material in the underskirt that it made me look larger than I am – I hadn’t spent 8 months shedding for the wedding for the dress to make me look bigger than I was! We also added an opening and buttons down the back as we’d needed to take in the torso area substantially and it was then impossible to pull the dress over my head as the designer intended.
We also added a white ribbon to tie around my waist, although I did have a teal velvet ribbon and a gold sash to choose which was the best on the day.”
“Entertainment was important to us as we wanted to create a festival type vibe but avoid the traditional wedding band. We got two awesome bands to play both acoustically during the ceremony and picnic and then plugged in once we moved over to the barn. We had the beautiful and haunting Lily & Meg who performed their own songs and feature on the wedding video trailer.
We also hired Drew & Bob for a more upbeat jig type vibe (think Mumford and Sons but fun) they got everyone dancing before we even sat down for our meal and really set the tone for the rest of the evening! Following our first dance we had a DJ until 1am who we’d given a huge play list of songs from various eras and styles, my garage set probably went on a bit longer than the oldies would have liked.”
“After lots of research of flower farms locally, we chose to hire Bramble and Wild as our Florist. Grace and her team understood our brief from the start and produced the most beautiful bouquets, button holes and table flowers. But not only that she supplied us with all the miss-matched jars and vases for the table flowers, our hessian table runners for each table and the shepherds hooks down the aisle, which we’d initially intended to hang jars with flowers from but on the day the weather was far too windy.
I wanted the flowers to look very wild and natural and colourful but in more pastel than bright shades. I also wanted to include texture with grasses, wheat and berries. My bouquet included coral peonies, peach hpericum, pink astilbe, fountain grass amongst other seasonal blooms and foliage available on the day.”
“The bouquets were tied with Raffia in keeping with the natural theme.”
“Mark Tattersall, who we discovered through Love My Dress, was our Photographer and he was a genius. His pictures were the reason we’d fallen in love with Park Farm to start with and it only seemed right for him to be our photographer too. We love his relaxed style and on the day, he was like a photography ninja! Aside from some pictures in the morning and the woodland shoot, we honestly hardly noticed he was there, but he was still snapping until the bitter end and the results were pretty amazing. We couldn’t recommend him highly enough and he turned around the editing really quickly so we didn’t have too long to wait to relive the day again and again through his beautiful shots.
Picking a photographer and videographer was always going to be tricky as Russell is a wedding videographer and photographer on the side. He trawled through over 300 videos on vimeo to find our videographers. We only liked the style of a few English videographers because they tended to be quite traditional and predictable however the ones we liked weren’t available, not surprising given it was the bank holiday weekend! Russell found Happy Wedding Films and we fell in love with their work – its’ really artistic, different and beautifully and professionally shot – the only trouble (or at first we thought) is that they are based in Slovenia. A number of emails and phone calls later however and we were booked as their first ever UK wedding. We were so excited! They even agreed to stay in my mum and dad’s caravan as accommodation – what heros!
Happy Wedding Films were a joy to work with super friendly, they both spoke perfect English and even laughed at our jokes! We loved sharing our day with them, especially as we aren’t used to being in front of a camera, they really helped us be ourselves and natural. But ultimately it is the outcome of their hours of filming and editing that speaks volumes, they are real artists.”