THE BACKGROUND //
How did you meet your (now) husband? How did he propose?
I met Andy when I was 18 and he was 21. He was a friend of a friend that I worked with. Both of us love Vancouver in Canada - I spent some time studying there when I was at University and Andy came to visit. We decided to book a trip back in 2014 to revisit some of the places we had gone to together and to discover some new places. One afternoon, Andy surprised me by booking a helicopter ride over the city and we landed on a mountain overlooking the city. That’s where he proposed!
How long have you been together?
9 years (when we got married)
THE WEDDING //
When was your wedding date?
Thursday 28th July 2016
Where did you get married and where was the reception?
Carradine Barns in Worcestershire. We had the ceremony in their beautiful Granary Barn and the reception there too.
What made you choose your venue?
We were just passing and noticed there was an open day on that afternoon. We decided to pop in and have a look around. As soon as we walked in we fell in love with the place and knew that was where we wanted to get married.
How was the weather on the day?
The day started off really bright but as we were getting ready the rain started! We were really lucky though - it stopped just as we wanted all of the group photos taken. We also had some really dramatic photos on the evening (in the fields opposite) because of the cloud cover!
THE VENUE //
Our Wedding Planner Lucy was so attentive on the day. She helped me stay calm just before I walked down the aisle and made the whole day run so smoothly. Caterers Galloping Gourmet created themes delicious food - we chose to have Afternoon Tea - a more relaxed option for the Wedding Breakfast. It was the most amazing Afternoon Tea I think I’ve ever had!
THE DETAILS //
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
I spent a lot of time generating different pinterest boards, following blogs on Instagram and collected A LOT of wedding magazines over the two years I had to plan!
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?
We loved the idea of adding DIY bits to our wedding- so much so I made about thirty metres of bunting from scratch. I also painted and decoupaged lots of empty jars - with help from one of my bridesmaids- so that we could fill them with our wild flowers (from The Great British Florist). My Dad filled most of the jars the day before - they looked amazing! I also wanted to make sure that our afternoon tea was served on vintage china. I collected lots of tea sets over the two years from various charity shops and antique shops. I wanted to create a photo ladder of our Parent’s and Grandparent’s wedding days- I sourced the ladders from Etsy and painted them myself. Andy also created two chalk board signs for the day and together we created our table plan- of Cornish beaches (another place very close to our hearts!)
BRIDAL PARTY //
Rhiannon - My amazing best friend
Rachel - Andy’s sister
Matthew (Fez)- Andy’s best friend since primary school
Chris- My brother
THE DRESS // (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come to Rachel Ash? How did you find shopping for your dress?
I was set to go back to another bridal shop and put a deposit down on a gown I thought might be the one when I saw some beautiful Catherine Deane dresses on a wedding blog- I searched online and found Rachel Ash. When I initially rangthey hadn’t got any appointments for that weekend, but they phoned me later that day to say they’d had a cancellation. At the appointment I quickly fell in love with the stunning Stephanie Allin gowns and Rachel Ash- such a friendly and beautiful bridal boutique!
What did you wear and what did you especially love about your gown?
I wore Savannah by Stephanie Allin, which I had lowered at the back and the neckline changed to sweetheart. I loved the silk skirt on the dress and it was so comfy to wear- I always knew I wanted a flowing skirt but I hadn’t imagined how beautiful it would be in the material Stephanie Allin had chosen! It was also the only dress that bought a tear to my Mum’s eye when I put it on - I knew that had to be a sign!
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be shopping for their dress?
Enjoy every single minute! Some of my best memories of the planning process are choosing my dress and the excitement when I tried MY dress on for the first time.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?
Ghost- also purchased from Rachel Ash
Mother of the Bride- Mum looked amazing in her Jacques Vert dress
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?
Andy’s suit was from a company called WalkerSlater, which has a shop in Covent Garden. He always knew he wanted to wear a tweed suit but was worried about the thickness of that in Summer. They had a lovely cashmere blend collection, which was a lot lighter and came in the exact colours he wanted.
The groomsmen and Dad’s wore Next suits in a dark brown to contrast Andy’s suit.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? Did you wear a veil/headpiece?
I was debating between a hair vine and a floral crown for ages before the wedding and actually went for a combination of both in the end. I also had a delicate veil- which I bought from Rachel Ash.
As I had my Savannah Gown made with detachable lace sleeves, I decided I wanted to change the look for the evening. I removed the sleeves and added a sparkly belt, which I fell in love with at my Rachel Ash accessories appointment.
Where did you get your shoes from?
My shoes were my first purchase and came from Agnes and Norman, the sister brand to Rachel Simpson.
Who did your hair and make-up?
My make up was done by the very talented and lovely Rebecca Frances, while my hair was done by the equally talented and lovely Helena Sinclair. It was like having another two friends there in the morning when we were getting ready!
Are there any suppliers that exceeded your expectations?
Great British Florist: The florist pride themselves on only using flowers that are in season- all of there flowers are grown in Great Britain. Due to this we didn’t really know what to expect, apart from the general colour and theme. They were so beautiful and they even managed to get in some of my favourite flowers- peonies. They suited our theme perfectly!
Paul Willetts: We knew Paul’s photography was exactly what we wanted as we’d seen lots of example albums and he was highly recommended by the venue. From our first appointment with him, it was clear that he was very knowledgable about the venue and knew exactly where to get the best shots. He spent time getting some beautiful photos in the fields opposite the venue and brought his own fairy lights to create the stunning gazebo photos! He was so relaxed- it was more like having a good friend as our photographer!
Rachel Ash: What a beautiful Bridal Boutique. It was great to have my dress fittings with my bridesmaids and we were always made to feel so welcome. I felt so comfortable there as I was able to take my time looking at their selection of gowns and could choose as many as I wanted to try on. Katrina, the seamstress, made the dresses fit perfectly and made us all feel so comfortable and beautiful on the day!
What advice would you give brides about their wedding planning and the day?
Make the most of every moment- the engagement, the planning, the wedding day and even afterwards when you are reminiscing over a perfect day.
Looking back on your wedding day, how would you describe it? Any special moments that stand out to you?
The most perfect day, with all the people we love around us! Sitting at the top table just before lunch- next to my Husband :) We looked around and saw all of the people we loved enjoying themselves on each table- made us so happy!
Also going out to the fields with our Wedding Party just as the rain started. The groomsmen did their job well and came running out with big umbrellas to take us back inside- who said you needed a Perfect Summers day to make your wedding complete?
My Grandad dancing the night away in the Granary Barn!
Would you do anything differently?
Nothing- it was perfect!
Florist: Great British Florist
Photographer: Paul Willetts
Music: Harpist- Helen Joy Haggarty, DJ- WeddingPartyDJs
First Dance: Coldplay- Us Against the World
Stationery: The Card Gallery
Menu/Catering: Galloping Gourmet
Cake: One of our best friend’s very talented Mum, Carole
Hair: Helena Sinclair
Make up: Rebecca Frances
Wedding Bands: Regency Jewellers (Jewellery Quarter)