Today’s wedding is bursting with colour and is full of English country goodness! Alice and...
What happens when you are a bride to be and you have friends who are florists? You have a wedding that looks like this! How AMAZING!! I am in love with this wedding, the whole day is pure perfection. The flowers put together by The Bloom Bar are out of this world and really make this wedding shine. I just love the combination of colour, the rustic elements of the apple crates as well as the floral chandeliers. The venue is oh so typically English and the bride and groom make such an adorable couple. I love this wedding from beginning to end and I just know you are going to as well. Big thanks to Kerry from A Tall Long Legged Bird for the beautiful images.
Tracy and Jimmy were married on 30th August 2014 at St Michael & All Angels Church and Kington St Michael Village Hall. ‘We wanted to keep the wedding relatively local and were looking for an alternative to the usual hotel or marquee wedding. Having looked at a number of Village Halls in the local area, we stumbled upon the beautiful village of Kington St Michael, just outside of Chippenham. This traditional English Village had a beautiful Church and a Village Hall which held some original characteristics such as a wooden beamed roof. Further to this the locally renowned Jolly Huntsman pub provided fantastic accommodation within a minute walk of the Church and Village Hall. We had 70 guests in the day with a further 20 in the evening. We decided on our venue in March and got married in August, the 5 months in between were very busy with planning for the big day.’
How they met
Possibly not the most romantic story ever, we met on the dancefloor of a nightclub in Portsmouth! This was in 2008 and from here we started a long distance relationship as I (Jim) was at University in Portsmouth and Tracy live in Hertfordshire. After 2 years of seeing each other only at weekends, we decided to move in together in 2011. In 2013 we bought our first house together. We have been together 6 years in total.
I planned a much needed surprise holiday for Tracy in October 2013, to Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria. I wanted a very intimate proposal and waited for the perfect sunset. Following a lot of clock watching I took Tracy out onto our apartment balcony as the sun slowly set. As we watched the sunset together I took Tracy’s hand and knelt down on one knee. I didn’t get an immediate reply but the tears in her eye told me everything I needed to know. I had arranged Champagne to be placed outside of the apartment and we celebrated as the sun disappeared.
How did you allocate your budget
Though budget was one of the most important factors in planning our wedding day, we saw the food, drink and entertainment as the 3 essentials for an enjoyable day. We had visited a number of Hotels and stately homes but found that by looking at smaller more intimate venues we could save money while ensuring we could hand pick our own suppliers. By designing and preparing the venue ourselves we created the perfect atmosphere for the wedding we always wanted
How did you choose your photographer
Choosing a photographer was one area where we weren’t prepared to compromise. We saw this as being the most important aspect of remembering our wedding day. We were looking for relaxed natural photos rather than a more stiff formal feel. Following many hours of research we stumbled across Kerry James and fell in love with her work. We arranged to meet at her house and knew straight away that we wanted her to capture the day. We agreed on a loose structure of photos and left Kerry to work her magic for the rest of the day. The following morning we spoke with our guests about how invisible she was and how comfortable she made everyone feel. Having seen the end result we were blown away with the quality and amount of photos taken by Kerry. She captured every single moment we could have wished for and we would highly recommend her to anyone planning a wedding.
Tracy’s couture dress was by Naomi Neoh, a British wedding gown designer and was bought from Carina Baverstock Couture in Bradford On Avon. The name of the dress was Peony which is also Tracy’s favourite flower. Tracy’s shoes were from Rachel Simpson. All accessories also came from Carina Baverstock Couture.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
The groom and best mans’ suits were from Moss Bros 1851 range. The shirt and tie were from T.M Lewin and shoes were Rogr by Ted Baker. Tracy’s sister’s bridesmaid dress was also from Ted Baker. The two flower girl’s dresses were from BHS.
Theme or Colour Scheme
As we wanted the wedding to be relaxed and natural we didn’t have a strict theme or colour scheme. The theme was mostly traditional English summer garden.
Flowers had the biggest effect on the overall feel of the day. We were lucky to have two amazing florists as friends who own the Bloom Bar in South Woodford. The girls worked tirelessly for two days hanging floral chandeliers made from Hops and transforming the Village Hall with Dahlias, David Austin Roses among other beautiful colourful flowers. We were blown away with the transformation that took place to make a plain Village Hall turn into a rustic romantic venue. It felt like the outdoors had been brought inside.
The variety and style of flowers provided the whole decoration of the day. This ranged from flowers in apple crates, rustic plant pots and old glass bottles.
Catering was provided by Dine With Style. They supplied the three course wedding breakfast along with service throughout the day and into the evening. For our starter we ate smoked cheddar tartlet. The main course was char-grilled chicken breast served with cherry vine tomatoes, fine beans and a herb potato cake. The dessert served was vanilla cheesecake. Dine With Style provided a flawless service not only with the food but the whole schedule and running of the day. They handled any announcements that needed to be made and ushered guests to where they needed to be.
The wedding cake was provided by Sarah at Sugar, Ice and All Things Nice in Chippenham. We wanted a rustic wedding cake rather than a traditional iced fruit cake. We sampled some of Sarah’s cakes at a vintage wedding fair in Bath and fell in love with her Red Velvet cake. She created a three tier Red Velvet cake with vanilla butter icing which was dressed with fresh flowers from our florists.
We had a live band to get everyone up dancing in the evening. The band were called The Tones and we found them on through Garston Entertainment. They provided fantastic wedding covers and an unforgettable live lounge version of Latch by Kodaline for our first dance.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
Mother of the bride hand sewed individual invitations on beautiful material which were tied with ribbon. We designed and printed our own order of service which we then tied with rustic string. Table plans were made from luggage labels tied to herb plant pots.
Personal or Handmade Touches
We wanted a wedding with a lot of personal touches and through help from family and friends created a very much DIY wedding. Personal touches included:
Fabric heart favours provided for the female guests and created by the mother of the bride.
Photo booth – We used our 1973 VW Campervan as a photo booth. Our photographer sat in the front while guests made funny poses in the back.
Props from charity shops – We picked up a number of props for the photo booth from charity shops. These included funny hats, glasses and wigs.
Bar & outside tables – These were made out of pallets by the Stepfather of the groom
Hay bales – Borrowed from a local farmer
It is hard to pick individual moments as it was such a magical day but for both of us when we were looking into each other’s eyes saying our vowels was the most special moment of the day. Also walking into the Village Hall for the first time, seeing such an amazing transformation and having our closest friends and family welcoming us in as husband and wife was very moving.
Advice to other couples
We would advise any couple planning a DIY wedding to give yourself plenty of time but not worry yourself with the little details. The occasion takes over and being surrounded by friends and family makes the little things seem insignificant.
On the wedding day itself we would advise new couples to take some time to enjoy the moment together and absorb the day as it really does go by fast.
The biggest surprise of the day was how fast it went by. We had been told this many times by friends who had been recently married but never appreciated it until the day came (and went!).