A Rustic Yet Glamorous Wedding For Charlotte & Daniel
Charlotte & Daniel tied the knot at Shustoke Farm Barns in the heart of Warwickshire. They opted for a rustic-meets-elegant wedding theme with lots of personal and DIY touches. This style-conscious couple also designer their wedding day with a mint green colour scheme that included subtle hints of lilac. A gorgeous celebration, we suggest you get stuck straight into the eye candy…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE…
“We got married at Shustoke Farm Barns. Straight away we were blown away from its natural, picturesque beauty.
From the tea lights sitting in the alcoves of the wall to the dramatic natural oak doors which invited loads of natural light and space to the venue! We loved that the venue held so much character but at the same time felt simplistic, natural and calm. Me and Daniel was on a budget this venue allowed us to have a desired wedding without breaking the bank!”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“We went for a rustic, natural theme with a hint a glam! My colour scheme was natural rustic colours with lots of greenery, gold sparkles with a splash of lilac. We created lots of DIY elements with family members, this helped to lower cost which was a big factor. The only person that decorated my venue was my florist, all the rest was done by myself & family, I was really lucky there wasn’t a wedding on the day before so I was able to go in and set up. One quirky DIY element we made was a cigar bar! This was a complete success & talking point with guests!
Luckily, Daniel’s uncle is an enthusiast therefore he helped us create a spectacular spread, from having a cigar menu to personalised Mr & Mrs Lowbridge matches! I linked this table with our handmade order of the day sign, rustic crates, vases & books which I got from sale shopping and local car boots.
My parents made me and sourced my sweet and doughnut cart. My guest book consisted of a natural dried out tree stump, which guests then wrote their well wishes on to us. My menus were handmade and used from left over stationary from making my invitations, tucked neatly on top of the menus were my favours which were seeds for guests to grow, this was all nearly tied together with natural hessian and dried lavender. With a gold place name placed at the bottom which I brought and sprayed gold.
I made my table numbers from glass photo frames sourced from eBay then I added fresh greenery inside and wrote the table numbers in white chalk ink. I made my table plan from a pallet which was free from my local garden centre, I had fake flowers over the top with fairly lights. I then printed off the seating plan and added them to photo frames and secured them onto the pallet. My friend help make all my signs including the welcome sign. Most of the props were actually ornaments from my house!
We had lots of personal touches which were very important to us as a couple but also for our family. I had my great grandmothers wedding ring and a picture charm of her & me tied to my bouquet. I had my nan’s vase on top of my wedding cake which my mum also had at her wedding. Daniel had his grandad’s pocket watch, pictures of his both of his nans on his cuff links. I also had Daniels nan’s gold bracelet on during the day also.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“My dress was champagne which had white lace flowing over the top, with gems that sparkled when captured by the light. It was low back, and tight fitting at the top. My veil was mid-length & plain with encrusted gems all around the edges which enhanced the sparkles of the dress. Shoes were Jimmy Choo.
I had seven bridesmaids! The three adults had mint green lace mid dresses from Ted Baker. I took inspiration from my nan’s bridemaids dresses when she got married, I also wanted them to have a dress which they could wear again.
They had lilac purple sparkly shoes to match. The four younger bridesmaids had white lace dresses which had the same patten as older girls and we’re also from ted baker. My nan sowed lilac gems to the dresses to help make them sparkle. They had silk lilac flats to match.
The groomsmen had navy tweed checked suits with had a hint of green to toe in with the theme. They had a navy dicky bow and brown brogues to match.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“We went untraditional and had a mixed grilled BBQ! We had canapés instead of a starter, we thought guests are usually peckish after the wedding & waiting another hour or so can be a long time for some. It also allowed time for the food to settled so then they were ready for their main & dessert.
The BBQ meat was served on a big chopping board, we then had sweet potato wedges and seasonal greens as sides in big bowls. This meant you had to pass the food around, myself & Daniel liked this idea as it encouraged our guests to talk to one another from both families. Then we had chocolate brownies and thick cream as dessert. Welcome drinks were Peroni & Pimms. We also had white & red wine on the table and Processco to toast.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“We picked our guests up in style from our local hotel where we were to staying to the venue in a big red vintage bus. We had a magician who came to entertain the guest after the ceremony, we were so glad we decided to do this as it did start to rain for an hour around this time. We had the doughnut & sweet cart, as well as a cigar bar. And for the evening we had a live band and a live saxophone set at the end of the night.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“Do lots of research, the most expensive supplier is not always the best one to pick. In choosing my supplier I use to whittle it down the the top three. Initially I would always want the most expensive, so I use to compare them all but also look at their social media accounts and read reviews, I would also see how quick they would respond back to me, that is very important as the last couple of weeks to the wedding is stressful therefore you need your suppliers to respond quickly. Also i would say, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount, we got married on a Thursday and managed to get a discount on a few things.”