Bohemian Meets Luxury For This Lovely Couple
"We crafted and designed every part of our wedding with the help of our friends and family. This had always been my dream so that our day completely reflected us, coincidentally it also helped with the budget! Our wedding was a church ceremony followed by a barn reception, it had a rustic, nature centred and boho feel to it created through our hand-crafted décor. Our main aim of the wedding was for everyone to have fun and enjoy it almost as much us, the venue gave us a head start on this as it came with an amazing maze as part of the beautiful gardens, this was the icing on the cake."
Get stuck into Danny & Emily-Rose's AMAZING wedding day…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE…
“We had a church ceremony, at my childhood church, a beautiful stone 14th century building. We wanted to make sure people felt welcome, relaxed and involved which wasn’t difficult as my youth leader vicar returned to marry us which, not only meant a lot personally, but he knew how to crack a joke and find the feel we were looking for. The wonderful church family got together as a band to provide music.
After searching and searching our reception venue fell upon us when reading a blog. After seeing Alveston Pastures Farm an empty barn in the Stratford-Upon-Avon countryside we knew it was for us, with lofty high ceilings, exposed beams, a mezzanine floor, stone fireplace, manicured gardens and a hedge maze (which created a lot of great stories!). As it doesn’t advertise as a venue it did not offer any package deals which gave us the ability to put our own stamp on it, this really sealed the deal.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING…
“The venue inspired us to bring the outdoors in, this became our theme and we set on creating a natural feel with décor we had either collected or created ourselves. We grew succulents for 12 months before planting them in small glass jam jars we had collected from hotels to give out as favours – a great money saver! We collected a range of glass terrariums from antique and craft stores before layering them with sand, soil, stones and more succulents to use as centre pieces.
The tables were named after places in the world we had been together, we placed polaroid pictures of ourselves in those places as table markers. Our guest book was a tall standing globe, painted with chalk paint, guests could then leave messages on the globe – the geographic side of our designs was to symbolise our love for travel and refer to our 4-month travelling honeymoon which was yet to come.
We used a cable spool as a cake table, a large log slice for the cake stand, and pinned some silver birch branches wrapped with fairy lights to the walls to reflect outside. Old slate roof tiles were used as our placemats. We used hotel sheets as table cloths and bought muslin material before dying it for table runners and napkins to match the colour scheme, the napkins were then bunched together with a sprig of lavender tied in with string. The colour scheme was based around smokey blue to compliment the greens in our décor and summer colours in our bridal party flowers.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“The dress search was a long one unfortunately for my mum and maid of honour. I wanted something different and boho which didn’t seem to be stocked in many places but with the help of the lovely ladies at The Bridal Suite and the designer Q’nique we created the image I had in mind. The dress was originally a strappy dress with heavy lace but we altered it to a double look dress using a jacket in the same lace, then lowered the back, added buttons and lengthened the train. It was complimented with blue suede shoes that didn’t stay on my feet long as I prefer to be barefoot. Danny & his groomsmen wore a three-piece navy tweed suit from Harry Brown with floral ties. Danny also wore a tie pin I had made with his mums’ ashes while I wore her wedding ring on a necklace, both in order to have a part of her with us. The bridesmaids wore simplistic grey skirts with white tops. They all looked beautiful. Our gorgeous 2-year-old god daughter was flower girl and wore a matching grey tulle skirt.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“We weren’t interested in feeding everyone ‘posh food’ so when we came across Lazy Pig Catering who could provide us with simplistic, hearty and tasty food it was a great match. We served sharing platters as a starter with lamb koftas, pitta, hummus and olives. The main was local pie and mash with gravy. In the evening, Lazy Pig also cooked up some pans of chicken and chorizo paella, and mac ‘n’ cheese served on the lawn. If only we weren’t too busy to eat more!”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN EVERYONE?
“The entertainment was an important aspect for us as we felt the day was more centred around everyone else having a day just as good as ours. We had the garden maze for people to run around, garden games such as badminton, croquet, giant Jenga and hoopla. We had a photo-booth on the mezzanine floor and everyone seemed to enjoy the inflatable gladiator duel we hired, although the weather didn’t hold out people weren’t afraid of jumping on and getting a little wet!
Last but not least we found an amazing 5-piece folk band called Reno & The Reverends. They performed two sets, one folk and the other a little more main stream. They also slowed down the first 20 seconds of Galway Girl – Sharon Shannon for our first dance before speeding it up to get everyone else involved!”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“If I had to do it all again I would not over complicate things and keep my plans a little simpler, when we got to the venue to set up the day before we ran out of time to put all my crazy ideas into play. It’s never too early to start getting things together when doing it all yourself, it’ll save a lot of stress.
Most importantly, find a photographer who’s style you appreciate as these photos will be your lasting memories. We were lucky enough to find Brook Rose Photography, Brook shared our vision and produced the perfect memories for us to cherish.”