Mint Green, Coral & Gold Sequins Real Wedding: Jayne & Andy
Super fun Country, Luxe, Glam real wedding up on the blog today my lovelies. It’s overflowing with huge statement florals, dazzling pops of coral, mint and an acres of gold sequins! Jayne’s totally a bride after my own heart. Go big or go home ;) enjoy XxX
Words by Jayne. Images by Freckles Photography.
Mint Green, Coral & Gold Sequins Real Wedding: Jayne & Andy
For me getting inspiration for my wedding day I decided to start with the area that I know best, flowers! I am very lucky in the fact that I was able to do my own flowers and as they are silk, I could go big and crazy! They were all made up in the weeks before our wedding, so I could make sure they were perfect on the day..
I personally love big arrangements and statement pieces. I have been brought up on Disney films, I have Doris Day as an icon and always dreamed of having a wedding like you see in the movies. One covered in flowers with the fairy tale music and gorgeous man of my dreams. This might be a tall order but I was determined to do my utmost to see it through.
We chose Dartington Hall, Totnes Devon England for our wedding venue as it’s a beautiful historical building with stunning architecture and beautiful grounds. Both the ceremony and reception rooms are lovely and there were lots of bedrooms for all the guest to stay in.
There was also a touch of Hogwarts, about it! I am a little bit of a Harry Potter fanatic and this really appealed to me. The house that Andy and I are building will be called The Burrows and my business Flourish was inspired from the shop in the books called Flourish and Blots!
When it came to my dress, I wanted to have a plain white dress, no buttons, or lace and wanted my accessories to be the main feature. I started to try dresses on and stumbled across my beautiful Ian Stuart gown. It didn’t fit any of my criteria, it was covered in lace and was not a white dress more antique gold!
I absolutely fell in love with the back of the dress and the sequins! I love the way the back gapes at the top, I love the train and how is sparkles when I move. When I started looking I didn’t want to look very bridal, but as soon as I tried this dress on, I felt like a princess bride!!
I originally wanted to go for a birdcage veil but when I tried it on with my dress, felt like it didn’t add a lot, then I tried on my full-length veil and once I tried it on, I had to get it. and from a small veil I went to full train.
My mint green wedding shoes were from New Look and I blinged them up with shoe clips that I make for my company Flourish, my headpiece was also made by Flourish, and for my something borrowed I wore my Grandmother’s solitaire diamond.
I had a clear vision of what I wanted for my six bridesmaids. I wanted my two sisters in coral dresses and the other bridesmaids in gold sequin mismatched dresses. Everyone thought I would not be able to achieve this but fate stepped in.
I went into town with my Mum and sisters to look at coral bridesmaid dresses, and as we were walking through House of Frazer we suddenly saw a rail of gold sequined dresses by TFNC all in different styles. We were so excited we were all in the changing room trying them on, and I bought them on the spot! It was definitely fate!
Funnily enough we didn’t buy the coral ones, I ordered those later online.
I am lucky enough to have my own wedding flower business called Flourish, which I run with my Mum, Helene. All of our flowers are artificial, and we hire them out. So I was able to make them well in advance which I couldn’t have done with fresh. I wanted the centrepieces to be big and managed to get some large gold vases to match in with my colour scheme.
With the flowers/theme I wanted to go English countryside, so we just added feathers to add a bit of the countryside too. I knew that I wanted to use Protea, which are slightly unusual and its one of my favourite flowers.
I did go to town with my centrepieces and top table because I could. I had spare material from altering the bridesmaids dresses, so used off cuts to wrap the stems of the bouquets. My theme was countryside luxe glam.
Our wedding was the debut of our amazing 4ft LOVE letters, we had them at the end of the aisle in the ceremony then moved them in to the wedding breakfast, where they stayed all evening creating a brilliant feature.
My Dad, walked me down the aisle to Bella’s ‘Lullaby’ from Twillight played by Hannah Williams on the piano.
On a wet, blustery day I was standing on a coastal path with my boyfriend Andy after he had been away working for the 9 weeks over Christmas and New Year. He had just forced me out of our cosy house to go on a dog walk and to say I was unenthusiastic was understating it!
Near the end of the walk in the woods, overlooking the sea he stopped and knelt on the muddy path and proposed to me!
Our photographer was Emma from Freckle Photography, I had always admired Emma’s work, I like how she captures scenes in a natural way, and for me it feels like she captures real life.
When we met Emma she was so enthusiastic and we talked about different shots I wanted and she suggested the engagement shoot so we got used to posing in front of the camera. Our engagement shoot was beautiful! We wanted it to portray Andy and me, and our family, being all our animals.
She was amazing, arriving in the morning to capture us both getting ready, and stayed right through to our first dance! She captured our day perfectly, and caught all the best bits, to give us such lovely memories! The colours of Dartington Hall’s garden and trees in Autumn were stunning and Emma’s photos were truly breathtaking!
We were also so impressed with the turnaround time in getting our edited photos back. Just amazing.
As I made my own invites I continued the theme through the wedding, keeping the same designs on the order of service, on all the signs and on the menus on the table, this helped the wedding flow. I used mint green and winter flower designs and lots of chevrons.
For my centrepieces I had large mottled gold vases filled with lots of lovely flowers, I also had uplighters underneath the vase to create a glow within, I surrounded my centrepeice with a selction of candles sticks, glitter tea light holders and we had gold charge plates with mint green tablecloths.
On the top table, we had a long large arrangement with lots of flowers, and feathers on gold sequin table cloths, and we put the vases we had going down the aisle in front for an added effect.
My mum and I made table place settings for each person, in gold wire, these also were kept by our guests as a keepsake.
My wedding cake was made by my lovely sister Katie Woodward from Buns n Roses. Katie loved the opportunity to go crazy!
I wanted a big cake and as Katie knew my theme I let her design it, only saying that I wanted a glitter tier and a chevron tier. Each tier was a different flavour, Andy chose a flavour – carrot cake, I choose Cherry and Almond, and then we had chocolate, lemon cake, and fruitcake.
Katie also did a grooms cake of Andys shirt and tie! My older sister Sarah makes clay animal models and she made models of my two pointers and my pug which also were placed among the flowers on the cake.
Our first dance was ‘Hey Ho’ by the Lumineers! I just love the words to the song – you belong to me, I belong to you, my sweetheart.
If you could impart any words of wisdom to a Bride to Be planning her marriage and wedding day, what would they be?
For me it was how extra special my family and friends are. Running your own business you do tend to be a control freak but my lovely bridesmaids and my family stepped in to help me at a moments notice, not only in setting up the wedding, but I had 2 amazing hen doos too, this was so special for me! So remember you are not in it alone.
Also before the wedding have a trial run with your dress, all your accesssoires and the underwaear you are going to wear, just to make sure its all perfect. I had a j crew necklace that I was going to wear, but when I tried it on with my dress it just didn’t look right, so opted for a something borrowed a beautiful necklace from my Grandma
What was your most memorable moment of the day / evening?
Andys speech, he did a fantiastic speech, captured everything, it was emotional funny and truly honest! That’s why I married him !
wedding credits / photographer: freckle photography / wedding venue: darlington hall, totnes / brides dress: ian stuart via aphrodites brides / brides headpiece: with a flourish / grooms suit: house of frasier / brides shoes: new look / grooms shoes: paul smith / bridesmaid dresses: house of frasier, tfnc / bridesmaid shoes: new look / hair & makeup: arena creative hair / florist: with a flourish / wedding cake: sarah’s sweetie pies / entertainment: pianist, hannah williams, band: joker band / rings: michael spiers / stationery: with a flourish