I have anther gorgeous wedding for you today courtesy of Tom Halliday. It’s the wedding of Rebecca and Harry who have pulled together a fabulous feast of vintage inspired loveliness, coupled with some amazing DIY projects. With a stunning Candy Anthony dress and a rather dashing vintage tweed suit, Rebecca and Harry are certainly a very stylish couple and lovers of anything with a vintage twist. They had a good strong idea how they wanted their wedding to look and feel, and this they achieved with lots of research, lots of planning and lots of hard work. From the hessian bunting to the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses, the ice cream van to the amazing decoration, everything about this wedding is first class and just brimming with beautiful details.
‘One of the most perfect and happiest fun filled days we’ve ever had. The wedding we had always dreamt about and will never ever forget.’
Rebecca and Harry were married on the 30th May 2014 at Leatherhead registry office, followed by a reception at Gildings Barn, Surrey. ‘Harry has always dreamed of being a farmer and we both love the countryside so we knew we wanted to celebrate our special day in a barn. We tried over 25 venues, but most were fully booked for the months between May to September and the ones available just weren’t quite right! We’d almost given up hope and decided to postpone our wedding when we came across Gildings barn. The minute we stepped through the door we knew this was our dream venue. The barn itself was absolutely stunning inside and set in beautiful grounds. It was in a very private rural location which was exactly what we wanted. One of the most appealing things was we hired the barn as a blank canvas and were able to decorate it and make it our own for the day. We both wanted an informal, small, wedding ceremony, so decided upon a registry office. Leatherhead wasn’t far from the barn and the garden of the registry office was a very pretty setting for the photos afterwards. We were able to personalise the ceremony by choosing our own readings, music and vows.We had a relatively small wedding with an intimate ceremony with 28 of our immediate family and close friends at the registry office, with 37 additional for lunch at the barn and 15 additional in the evening. The wedding took 16 weeks to plan!’
Well its Wednesday already, it will be the weekend before we know it! I have a gorgeous wedding for you this Wednesday – a classic barn wedding from sunny Sussex. The wedding which has been sent in to me by Paul Fletcher is a classic English wedding, from the roast beef and the cake table to the VW camper van and not forgetting all the DIY details and the meters and meters of bunting. Pip and Adam, the bride and groom, were looking to achieve a classic English garden party, taking in the English countryside and they did just that!
‘We wanted to create a relaxed English summer affair with a modern twist. We also took advantage of many talented and helpful family and friends to make it a homespun and personal day.’
Pip and Adam were married on the 17th of May, with a ceremony at The Meeting House on the University of Sussex campus then on to a reception at Fitzleroi Barn, Fittleworth, West Sussex. ‘We really wanted a ceremony venue that had sentimental value for both us. Music is important to us so a religious (Anglican) wedding allowed us to have hymns, an organ and a choir. For the reception we wanted somewhere we could make our own with personal touches and DIY decoration – Fitzleroi was perfect for us and Julia was great. We had 100 guests at the ceremony and reception, another 40 or so for the evening party. We took 18 months in total to plan the wedding – it was great doing it over a long period of time as we really wanted to add some home spun touches and it meant we didn’t feel too rushed about things and enjoyed the wedding planning process.’
A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about wedding make-up artists, the services you can expect from them and what they really do for you. Today following on the theme of wedding make up I am delighted to introduce you to Frances from Frances Moore MUA. Frances LOVES weddings, which makes her the perfect person to have around you on your wedding day. She is an expert in her field and brings with her a whole host of experience that will make your wedding day perfect! I have invited Frances onto the blog to tell you a bit more about herself and her work.
‘Hampshire’s leading Professional Freelance Bridal Make up Artist, covering the South coast & the Surrey/Berkshire borders.’
I’ll pass you over to Frances……..
What made you start your business?
I’ve always had a great passion for the Makeup Industry as a whole, so it was no surprise to anyone when I gained a qualification in Designing & Applying Makeup. I started off like many wedding suppliers by being asked to do a few friends’ bridal makeup here & there – using my knowledge from the theatrical part of my training (waterproofing makeup!) and from the classic vintage element, to create true-to-self – but stunning looks. After discovering I absolutely adored my friend’s weddings I just said to myself one day ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if I did this all the time?’ so I did!
When did you start?
I’ve had the business a couple of years now, and I could literally never see myself doing anything else.
Where are you based?
I’m based in central Southampton, but I cover all of Hampshire, the South coast & the Surrey/Berkshire borders. But I can usually be found somewhere in the gorgeous New Forest National Park.
I have a gorgeous wedding for you today from a wonderful pair of photographers, Paul and Kelly from Paul Joseph Photography. It’s the wedding of Sarah and Jennie and I’m sure you will agree that Paul and Kelly did a wonderful job of capturing the day. Sarah and Jennie chose a Alice in Wonderland theme for the day and mixed it in subtly with vintage touches and decorations, as well as some fabulous DIY projects. Both the girls agreed that planning is key when it comes to organising such an important day and give some great advice at the end of the post.
‘When people ask us what was the most important factor in planning our wedding day the answer is simple… for our friends and family to have a fun filled and relaxed day. Every element of our day was planned with our guests in mind and the reaction we received from everyone was just overwhelming. It simply was a perfect celebration of our relationship together shared with those that mean the world to us!’
Sarah and Jennie were married on the 24th May 2014 at the Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley. ‘We wanted a venue that had a vintage yet modern feel and it was love at first sight when we visited the Black Swan. The venue had so much character and we loved the fact we had lots of rooms to use as part of our day. The big winner for us though was their amazing reputation for food and drink, they certainly lived up to the hype! We had 70 plus around 25 evening guests and the wedding took 7 months to plan.’
Happy Monday everyone, I do hope you had a good weekend? What did you get up to, anything exciting? Nik, Dexter and I went down to London for the weekend to see Nik’s older sister, we all had a lovely time and it was great for Dexter to spend some time with his cousins.
To start the week off in style I have something a bit different for you, courtesy of Rares Ion; an after wedding shoot, which took place so the couple could spend some quality time on their portrait shots and not rush them during their actual wedding day. This gorgeous shoot takes place in Romania in what is known as the largest spread village in Europe and the scenery is absolutely amazing! Stunning forests, rolling hills, mist, and he occasional horse……..perfect for any shoot!
Happy Sunday everyone! and how are you all this lovely weekend? I’m having a great weekend myself. Nik, Dexter and myself have come down to Kingston Upon Thames to see Nik’s sister and her family. Dexter hadn’t met this set of cousins yet, so it has been lovely to spend some time with them and have some fun with all the family. It’s always a lovely break, walking, shopping, eating good food (Nik’s brother-in-law is an amazing chef!) and just chilling out! What have you been up to? This week has been a really busy one. I’m still getting used to juggling baby and work and just about getting through the days at the moment in one piece. I know it will get easier as I get into more of a routine. I have also had a great day this week with my new Boho team member. As Bran has now left, this lovely lady will be starting with me next month, all will be revealed in a week when I introduce her to you properly, with her on board just know the blog is going to go from strength to strength!
Enough of my ramblings though, it’s time for you to put your feet up and take some time out of your Sunday to enjoy this weeks Best Bits, my weekly round-up of the best the wedding world has to offer.
Best Wedding of the Week
This weekes wedding of the week was an obvious choice for me, as it’s the wedding of the very lovely Jess Petrie. Jess is no stranger to the blog and I have done several shoot with her in the past, she even shot my 40th birthday party a couple of years ago. So when I found out she had met a new man and that she was getting married I was over the moon for her. This wedding is all kinds of wonderful and I’m sure you will agree she looks totally stunning! Thanks to Love my Dress for Blogging it and to the fabulous Fer Juaristi for the beautiful images.
Jess Petrie Gets Married – From Love my Dress
DIY Embossed Cards – From Design Sponge
DIY ‘Will you be my Groomsman’ Box – From Style me Pretty
DIY Gold and Pearl Bracelet – From DIY Weddings Magazine
Bright and Bold LIps – From Rock my Wedding
Bow Bun Tutorial – From Grey Likes Weddings
DIY Glitter Letters – From Love and Lavender
DIY Photo Booth Props – From Style me Pretty Living
Ibia Wedding – From S6 Photography
Outdoor Wedding – From Fer Juaristi
Congratulations Kim and Will – From Photos By Zoe
Anna and Ben – From Craig and Kate
Concrete Jungle – From Emma Case
Victoria Swimming Baths Wedding – From Neil Thomas Douglas
Rock n Roll Wedding Renewal – From Tierney Photography
A Cressing Temple Barns Wedding – From Babb Photos (more…)