Afternoon all, I hope you are enjoying your double whammy of beautiful photography today! I saw this wedding blogged in the summer of last year so when Laura Babb submitted Rebecca and Russell’s wedding to me I was exceptionally excited. Rebecca is the epitome of a boho bride, her whole attitude to the wedding seems very paired back and laissez faire, something I will never ever be able to achieve. Forget flowers in your hair, Rebecca is all about the feathers. Really hope you enjoy this one, I loved blogging it.
ALICE by Temperley Hemingway Dress – Temperley London. It was from the temperley website. It’s not even from their bridal range but it’s exactly what I wanted: understated, low-key but still quite traditional. I didn’t want a proper wedding dress with all the layers and volume so I was always going to look for a regular dress in white. I was thrilled to find one that was traditional but a bit edgy too – the back is unusual but the white lace means it’s still referencing a traditional bridal dress.I was lucky enough to work with the Temperley team on a freelance project last year so I got a sneak peek at the SS 2014 collections in advance. It was very difficult waiting for it to arrive and I didn’t end up getting it until about 3 weeks before the wedding!
Shoes – Sophia Webster Coco pumps from Browns Fashion. I searched high and low for these. I decided to treat myself to a special pair or unusual bridal shoes and found these amazing white pumps that have a gold flamingo heel at the back. I wanted something a bit flashy as I knew my shoes would mostly be covered so it was just something special for me.
Hair Accessories – I found a fantastic seller on Etsy called ElliAnya. Based in New York, she hand-makes feather headbands and boho-style headpieces. I asked her to custom-make one for me for the wedding, using white and natural-coloured feathers. It became like a crown or feather-veil. I loved it because it was different and still felt very special without being a traditional veil.
Russell bought me some beautiful diamond earring studs as a present which opened on the morning of the wedding. I was also wearing my bridesmaid’s own bracelet (as something borrowed) and a gift from my other bridesmaid – another bracelet which she gave me as a thank-you gift at her wedding last October. I was also wearing my engagement ring which is my favourite piece of jewellery. It’s an antique Edwardian diamond white gold ring which we found together in The Lanes in Brighton.
Jane Emanuelle – She lives next door to Russell’s stepmother and father, so Jane and Russell’s stepmother Christine have started doing weddings for all the extended family! She’s an artist at heart so she really knows what she’s doing – she let me choose all the flowers and colours and she spent days setting them all up to get exactly what I wanted.
We bought the vases from Ikea and I painted the insides of them so we had lots of little mismatched pots in pale greys and blues instead of having central displays. I wanted mainly white and neutral colours so we had some pale blues and greys but they’re all quite mismatched and wild which is what I wanted.
Gresham Blake in Brighton. This was a bit of a treat but Russell is very into clothes and doesn’t get to wear suits to work so he wanted a custom-made piece where he could choose the fit and fabric – they even customised the lining for him. I used to live in Brighton so I know they have such a great reputation there and we were really pleased we could do it there.
Grooms Extras/Accessories – We spent ages looking for a tie! In the end he chose one from Paul Smith at Selfridges – he didn’t want to have the same as the groomsmen and he didn’t want traditional pastel satins so it was hard to find something unique.
Groomsmen – All the boys wore navy suits from M&S.
Southend Barns, Chichester. We looked all over the UK trying to find a venue – we didn’t mind what area it was it. We wanted something that works in all weathers – it has a fantastic covered space that would be perfect in winter or summer – and also that looked good without loads of additional decorations. We are both love unique interiors and a rustic yet contemporary feel. We didn’t want to be decorating a plain church hall with all our own bunting, lighting etc.
We are both non-religious but we were really inspired by the style of the venue, Southend Barns. The interiors are similar to our own choice at home, and have a rustic feel that isn’t vintage or boho or shabby chic – it’s more rural, rustic and pared-back. The owner is Swedish and there is a definite Scandi feel with white-washed woods, minimalist décor and folk-inspired touches. It’s also on a farm so there was some lovely rural hints including cow-print wallpaper and milk churns dotted around. We even went on a weekend trip to Stockholm in the lead up to the wedding to get inspiration from all the great design shops and food markets there. It also worked well that it was Easter Sunday, so the farm and rural element worked well for our cockrel-crest invitations and easter eggs that we used as favours.
We had flowers and an old Fortnum and Mason box for cards, plus a few accessories from Marks & Spencer to add some blue and white colour. The venue was great without any extras and had lots of lovely hurricane vases and candles everywhere.
Dresses Oasis at ASOS
Accessories – Spare flowers which were left over from the flowers in the venue. They both wore Astley Clarke white gold bracelets which I bought for them as thank-you gifts, purchased at John Lewis.
Laura Babb. Laura was amazing! We always wanted someone who could take different shots, not just the average group photos. We hate posing and we didn’t want formal photographs anyway, so her creative shots are perfect. A friend recommended her after seeing her on a blog site and when I saw her website I knew she’d be perfect for us. Everyone said how great she was afterwards and how she was invisible the whole day but just popping out at the perfect moments!
We bought Kinder eggs and rewrapped them in a grey confectionary paper so they matched the rest of the venue. I also had stickers made featuring the cockrel-crest from our invitations and table plan, and stuck this on them to finish it off. We didn’t really want favours but I thought it would be a good conversation starter for the tables to see what gifts were inside.
When the sun finally came out mid-way through the reception, we went to take photos at the back of the old barn house. When we came back through all the guests had filtered out on to the sunny lawn and the band had come outside to play and it was such a beautiful scene and everyone seemed to be having such a nice time so that made me very happy.
We had a great band called The Thumping Tommys – they perform in London. They do country-style folk music so it really fitted well with the venue and got everyone in good spirits during the drinks reception. We also had an old school friend DJ in the evening for the party – his company is called Diamond Disco.
First dance – We had ‘Baby I’m Yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys. It’s quite lovey but not too cheesy. We’ve seen them a few times around the world so we both wanted one of their songs – I took Russell to Las Vegas to see them for his 30th birthday so we’ve shared some great memories related to this band.
You’ll be surprised how much people love a wedding and want to help and be involved. We had lovely cards from neighbours we’ve never even spoken to before. The love and kindness people offer you in the lead up to it is very emotional. So when you’re feeling stressed and busy and annoyed with people asking for special food requirements (!) just remember how happy they are to be coming and how happy they are for you because you’ll forget all that stress when you hear their kind wishes on the day.