Traditional church wedding with a touch of shabby chic
Apologies ~ this post is a few days late!
As you read this I will probably be whizzing down the motorway in the back of a van. No, I haven’t been kidnapped! I’m off on my jollies for a few days to Snowdonia. Yes, the hubs, several friends and I will be scaling the heights of Mount Snowdon. I’m really looking forward to our adventures, but I do feel an amount of trepidation having never walked up a mountain before and with my somewhat questionable fitness levels. I’m sure we’ll spend our evenings ensconced in the local public house though, sipping hard earned glasses of vino and chowing down on some seriously good gastro nosh!
You’ll be pleased to know my loves that I didn’t hightail it off to Wales without leaving you some lovely wedding inspiration either. Louise and Brian had a traditional church wedding followed by a pretty shabby chic reception in The Barn at Bury Court. Here Louise shares her experiences with you as well as a few very handy bridal tips.
‘We met in a bar in Richmond and after a fantastic 4 years together, Brian proposed in June 2011. We followed our wedding with a beautiful honeymoon in Sicily’
©2012 David Nash Photography
‘My wedding dress was Benjamin Roberts purchased through Surrey Brides‘
‘I loved all the tulle which was different to the traditional dress material and I loved all the detail on the bodice. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one. It was also surprisingly lighter than I thought it would be’
‘My cathedral length veil was covered in swarovski crystals’
‘The venue lent itself to the country garden/shabby chic theme we chose and I also knew this was how I imagined my wedding to be styled. I also looked at a lot of blogs and magazines for inspiration and started collecting items for decorations early on’
‘I wanted to follow a shabby chic/country garden theme so I created a beautiful wish tree with fairy lights and covered with butterflies and hearts for guests to use to hang messages instead of the traditional guest book.
I also created a sweetie table, decorated with Cath Kidston bunting and pink and white stripped bags for all the old penny sweets (this went down a storm) I also hung white wooden hearts on pillars with old photos which was a great talking point’
For our first dance we listened to a few songs, but chose Endless love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie as the lyrics were perfect.
‘In the run up to our wedding I used the website confetti – the forums were really helpful in sharing ideas and asking for recommendations. I also read a lot of wedding magazines and cut out ideas along the way. I highly recommend looking through photos of previous weddings at your chosen venue as this really helps you visualise what you can achieve at the venue and take away many great ideas and inspiration’
Thank you so much Louise for sharing your perfect day! Any words of wisdom for other brides planning their big day?
‘Use a spreadsheet and break down each area i.e church, venue, food and then list every little thing that needs to be organised and the deadline! I am known for my love of these and it helped thought-out my year of planning. I also used ebay for independent suppliers for stationery to wedding favours which saved money and were all of very high quality. Being decisive is also a huge help, otherwise you can be going round in circles on too many decisions‘
What a super organised bride, now where’s that spreadsheet…