a rustic, country DIY wedding in Somerset | uk wedding blog

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Good morning!! Hope your weekend went well? The Weekend Edit will be up later today but first we have a beautiful wedding to oggle at. Today’s wedding is full of pretty flowers, lots of DIY and up-cycling and colourful detailing in abundance. I love the laid back, fun feel of Oli and Emily’s day. It was a pleasure looking through and choosing images for this feature

photography | Luke Doyle

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Our theme was just country, rustic and colourful. So we used hay bales as seating, Oli and his Dad built a white photo frame which we covered in ivy for people to use as a photo booth, we hung multi-coloured paper lanterns from the trees, we put out lawn games like hula hoops and pick up sticks. We hung up bunting which my mum had made from her own wedding dress and we made signs out of old pieces of wood to show the way to different areas of the garden. We made a pick n’ mix station and a ‘pimp your prosecco’ station with strawberries and cordials. We hung hundreds of jam jars up with gysophila, daisies and candles around the marquee and the garden. We decorated the marquee with beautiful bunting made by Oli’s sister and the marquee company hung up golf ball lighting in the marquee and fairy lights and uplighters underneath a big tree.

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We bought our flowers from the wholesale flower shop Flowervision in Bristol. The lovely volunteer florists from the church arranged the church flowers and my mum made the bouquets. Most of the flowers for the reception were grown by my mum in their garden and arranged by her, my Granny, auntie and mother-in-law.

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My bridesmaids and my mum and I all got our hair done at Melanie Giles in Bradford-on-Avon in the morning. They were brilliant, they gave us prosecco and truffles and made it feel very special! I had previously done a make-up trial at Bobbi Brown in Covent Garden and my bridesmaid Hattie did my make up for me on the day using their products.

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My mum drew a circular floral design and we sent it to Leiston Press in Suffolk who helped us design the invitations around that. We really wanted something simple and rustic to suit the country feel of the wedding. We then used the same design for the order of services

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We bought the bridesmaid dresses from RenzyRags on Etsy so they were shipped from California. My mum then did the fittings for those. The bridesmaids wore their own shoes, a mixture of gold and cream heels and wedges and I bought them each a pearl bracelet from the Silver Shop in Bath to wear.

The flower girls wore little ivory dresses from BHS which we altered slightly and put a ribbon around. My mum made little gypsophila crowns for them and I bought them each a silver rose necklace from the Silver Shop in Bath.

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I had two favourite moments of the day. The first was when I was stood outside the church getting ready to go in. I was so much calmer than I thought I would be, which really allowed me to enjoy the moment and I was so excited at the thought that all my family and friends were inside! The second was when the band were playing and all the formalities were over. We could just enjoy the music and being with all our favourite people. I remember looking around and seeing everyone having fun and seeing our dog running around the garden and feeling so happy and relaxed.

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My dress was from David’s Bridal in Stratford. It was actually the first dress I saw when I went dress shopping with my mum. After trying a few different dresses in different shops I went back and got this one. I wanted something floaty, comfortable and not too heavy to suit the relaxed, summery feel of a garden wedding. I wore gold sparkly heels for the ceremony, which were from the House of Fraser sale for about £25! I then pretty quickly changed into flat gold shoes which were Steve Madden shoes from Dune.

Bride’s hair accessories/veil: My veil was from Krystal Brides in Bath. I chose a chapel length veil as my dress didn’t have a train, so I wanted something to wear for the ceremony which added shape to the bottom of the dress. It had a really pretty lace border which matched the lace on top of my dress really well. I wore some mother of pearl and gold drop earrings from Gaamaa Jewellery on Etsy and then just had some gypsophila in my hair. I also wore a delicate blue beaded bracelet which my Godfather had given me for my 18th birthday, as my something blue and then Oli bought me a pearl bracelet from the Silver Shop in Bath for the wedding day so I wore that too.

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Oli wore a three piece dark blue suit which was from Marks & Spencer and his tie was from T M Lewin in Bath. 

Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: The ushers wore their own suits and all wore grey. Oli bought them each a tie from TM Lewin.

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We had a ‘naked’ Victoria sponge cake filled with cream, jam and strawberries. My mum was planning on putting it together in the morning but as she was doing everything else she ran out of time! The wonderful catering team came to the rescue and assembled it and decorated it beautifully with flowers and berries while we were at the church. They did an amazing job!

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The ceremony took place at the church of St  James the Great, Southstoke, a lovely little church just outside Bath. And the reception afterwards was held in a traditional marquee from Southwest Marquees in my parent’s garden in Midford. It was lovely to be able to have the wedding somewhere personal to us and to create a completely unique day without the constraints of a formal venue.

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Our photographer was Luke Doyle. We discovered him on Instagram and loved his documentary style shots. His relaxed, candid suited our wedding perfectly

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Our catering company were Topline Catering based in Paulton. They served canapés for the drinks reception and bread and olives to start. We had barbecue chicken with potatoes and salad for the main course and then a build your own Eton mess for dessert which was perfect for a sunny day. In the evening we had a Somerset Spread, with ham, cheeses and breads. We bought all the alcohol in as we had no paid bar. We bought all of our wine through Smashing Wines, a new Suffolk-based French wine company run by friends of ours, we bought the local Honey’s Midford Cider and Stoney Bonk Cider from Honey & Daughter, a local cider company who are family friends and are based in the farm next door to my parent’s house. We served them all out of a brilliant orange horse box bar, kindly lent to us by the Honey & Daughter company.

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We wanted to give everyone something fun but also something useful as so many wedding favours often just get left behind. So we made a bulk order of different brightly coloured sunglasses and gave everyone a pair. They were really fun, practical as luckily it was a very sunny day, and they also look great in the photos! On the tables we also put out some FaceMats, which were really funny for photos and little O + E pots with chocolates in.

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My cousin Michael is a musician and he put together an amazing seven-piece band which played covers and jazz. They were so popular no one wanted them to stop. They learned several songs that we requested including our first dance which was to Rusted Roots ‘Send me on my Way’. They were brilliant!

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We went to Singapore for 3 days and stayed in Marina Mandarin Hotel and then we went on to Bali where we stayed on the island of Lembongan for 5 days in Batu Karang Hotel which was complete paradise and then went on to the island Gili Air which was an amazing, vibrant island with a lot of character and stunning beaches perfect for snorkeling.

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Poundland is brilliant for decorations, baskets, pots,etc. We did at least three trips there and got so much stuff!

We also did a lot of upcycling. While we were clearing out my parent’s garage for the wedding we found so many things that we painted up and used – an old washing hanger ended up being our table plan, an old school desk was our pick n mix table and old milk urns we used to put flowers in.

Where did you find your inspiration? Pinterest! It’s amazing! So many of our ideas came from there. When I look back at my Pinterest board now it’s almost like looking at our wedding photos!

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  • Flowervision Bristol

    With regards to the above article titled “DIY Wedding In Somerset” I would like to point out that Flowervision Bristol Ltd are NOT open to the public and we are very strictly flower/florist trade only. ALL potential customers must register in advance of visiting the cash & carry and to successfully complete this process you will be required to provide documentation proving beyond doubt that you are flower/florist trade. If the couple above have purchased flower from us it would have been done so by ‘borrowing’ a customer number/account from someone who has previously registered successfully as it is impossible to purchase from us without such information – this is something we do not allow and is being investigated.
    Nick Hudson
    General Manager
    Flowervision (Bristol) Ltd.