I thee Wed – Allan & Rachael
Today we share with you the wedding of Allan and Rachael courtesy of Ian Bursill Photography.
A wedding day that can only be described as informal, relaxed and rustic whilst retaining an air of elegance! Allan and Rachael wanted this style as it seemed to openly and honestly reflect their personalities. They wanted people to feel like they’d invited them to a massive dinner party at their house!
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
We got married at a farm on the outskirts of a small village in the heart of The Peak District. It was the views of the rolling hills beyond the dry stoned walls, the perfect pitch for our Tipis and the wonderful, accommodating approach of the owners that made Brosterfield Farm our perfect venue. We also have a scruffy but gorgeous dog that had to be with us on our special day and he was able to run around freely and enjoy himself at Brosterfield.
Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?
My dress was made out of a heavy white lace, it was strapless and to the floor without a train. Perfect for the outdoor setting and dancing in my cowboy boots later in the evening! I had a silver satin band around my waist made from the lining of my husbands wedding suit and a decorative brooch to help hold it in place.
I had loads of fun wedding dress shopping; trying on all kinds of wonderful dresses! In fact I’d bought my wedding dress before we’d even booked the venue. I knew it was the one when I just didn’t want to take it off. I swished around the dress shop and felt totally comfortable in it, it was just ‘me’.
Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding from stationery to cake, flowers to cars – was there anything quirky or creative which will inspire future brides
We saved loads of money on stationery and postage by creating a wedding website. Admittedly I spent many hours on this but I did enjoy it. It included our engagement story, embarrassing photos, a potted history of us, who are family were, full listings of campsites, B&Bs, Hotels, taxi details, wedding gift list, things to do nearby to encourage guests to stay in the area, a guest book, RSVPs – you name it we had it in there! We used wedsite.com it was really easy to teach yourself and as the website is only live for a fixed period (however long you choose to pay for it) they produce a CD version for you to keep forever.
I did all my flowers myself. I kept it simple with lots of small white flowers. Morrisons were brilliant I ordered all my fresh cut flowers from them at a brilliant price. All the flowers arrived boxed in buckets of water so they were really easy to transport and keep safe and watered until the big day.
The other thing I did with flowers was to collect dead hydrangea heads from my neighbourhood. I sprayed these white and stuck them into dry oasis and used them all around the farm to decorate gates, fences, archways. I could get these ready anytime before the wedding and because they were dried they were ready to just pin up on the day. Quick, cheap, easy and a big impact. Although I recommend asking before taking your scissors to your neighbours garden!
To help with the informal feel of the day our wedding meal was planned more like dinner at your Nan’s house! Big hearty lasagne dishes, brought straight from the oven were placed on the tables and guests dived in and served each other. It was a nice ice breaker for those people who didn’t know each other so well.
Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?
Enjoy it! Once you’ve got the big decisions made (venue, food, entertainment) you can think about all the little personal touches. Your wedding is a wonderful time to connect and reconnect with friends and family. Make the most of things like getting your wedding dress and making DIY bits and pieces for your day by involving friends and family, enjoy their company, have a giggle and perhaps a glass of fizz (or two!).
When your big day comes it will go so fast, take as much time as you can to soak it all up!
Thanks again to Ian Bursill for submitting this beautiful wedding.