This happy couple opted for delightful country garden wedding with lots of DIY touches and heaps of romance…
Rebecca and Laurence opted for a Classic Cotswolds wedding in the parish church, followed by a banquet of lamb and a party at a private manor. This crafty bride even designer all of the stunning floral decorations - including a statement chandelier using gypsophila!
We'll hand you over to Rebecca to find out more about their wonderful wedding day…
THE WHOLE THING WAS SO 'US', IT JUST FELT RIGHT
“Northleach is a pretty Cotswold village with a medieval church and is Laurence’s family home, so it made sense to get married there. His godmother and her husband live very nearby and kindly threw open their barn and gardens to us. Some guests even walked there through the fields, as it was a beautiful day. The venue didn’t need much decoration as the gardens were full of flowers in July and the countryside views were so lovely. The whole thing was so ‘us’, it just felt right.
Being a private venue we had to organise every element ourselves, but on the plus side it was exactly what we wanted it to be! We had a busy but wonderful day beforehand making flower arrangements (including a gyp ball chandelier). For a DIY wedding it was pretty craft-free, but the flowers were something I was really keen to do with a friend – and our mums both joined in. We hired trestle tables for a banquet-style feast, and stuck a marquee with a dance-floor onto the barn. My dad Martin did the bar, which had beers, wine, Purity ales and Salcombe Gin and tonics. I put up my red-and-white striped bell tent with lots of fairy lights for a festival touch.”
I WANTED A WEDDING DRESS THAT I COULD DANCE IN
“I didn’t want to overspend on the dress so started looking in sample shops. I spent a Saturday trying dresses on with my mum and bridesmaid and found ‘the one’ at about 5pm. Lorna at Luna Daisy in Totnes brought out an unusual dress, and it was just right. I wanted something for a more petite frame that I could dance in, and the gown she picked just held me beautifully. I loved the corset detail on the lower back with lace over the shoulders, with a more draped, classic front and a puddle train. I’d never heard of the designer, but found out they’re a UK bridal company who make bespoke dresses. The bridesmaid dress was from GHOST – an eBay bargain (shh).”
WE CALLED ON OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR OUR WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT
“We had locally smoked Bibury trout salad and roast Cotswold lamb with potatoes and summery green beans, followed by our wedding cake which a friend made and the staff dished up with strawberries and cream. I found Cotswold Cooks online and one winter’s night we drove through the rain to Talia’s kitchen at Purton House, where she made us melt-in-the-mouth beef ribs and a few creative canapés. I had a slight panic when she told me she had another wedding – for another Rebecca! – on 1st July, but we were in good hands on the day, and everything was spot on. It was amazing value for the quality of the food and we were so touched by the effort they all put in. 100% would recommend. We supplied wine from the village wine bar’s house menu, which we have since found we never get tired of drinking!
For our wedding entertainment, we called on family and friends – one singing in the church, another in the garden during drinks and my uncle’s band, Bacchus, playing an evening set in the marquee. All generations were up and dancing til late.”
ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS?
“We had looked at expensive ‘per head’ packages elsewhere that didn’t feel at all personal, but quickly found out where the extra money goes when you have to think of everything from loos to cake forks. Factor in your time as a ‘cost’ – it’s valuable – and focus your DIY efforts where they’ll make the most difference. Our table plans took me 10 minutes to make – printed out on big paper in a nice font, then backed with tissue and framed with a handful of petal confetti. The chandelier was made from an oasis ball, tape, ribbon and a ton of gyp from the flower wholesaler – simple, and amazing to look at.
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