Lauren & Wayne: A Rustic Handmade Wedding, Oozing Romance & Inspiration…
You might recognize this gorgeous bride as the face of LadyAmy Wedding Design. Lauren specialises in creating beautiful bespoke and magical weddings for the more creative bride and groom. So you might be asking what does the wedding of a fabulous wedding planner actually look like? Pretty darn awesome is all I can say.
I have been so excited about sharing this wedding with you, Twitter has been full of my ‘woops’ and ‘Eeeks’ for some time now as I tried to control my excitement! So without further ado let me hand you over to the professional and beautiful bride herself, lauren to tell you all about her very own creative wedding…
Lauren and Wayne were married on the 27th April 2013, at Town Street Farm in Tirley.
“Our chosen wedding venue was a hidden gem, an unlicensed working farm, extremely charming and right in the heart of the Cotswolds. The venue was surrounded by stunning countryside, and provided us with the rustic feel that we had dreamed of. It had all the elements we wanted, it was authentic, calm, and provided the atmosphere for an informal day oozing romance and inspiration..
We hired a beautiful teepee, which neighboured a cute little bell tent for the day. This allowed us to do everything ourselves, to be created and free with our ideas and design.
As a professional Wedding Planner and Stylist, it was really important that I made sure all the little details and decor were as personal to Wayne and I as possible. We didn’t have a particular theme or style.. we wanted everything to just be ‘us’.
Our favours were extremely personal, we provided hand stamped vintage spoons, which all had individual messages on for our guests. these sat along side a tea cup, holding a homemade heart shaped lavender shortbread and a little envelope of sweet pea seeds.. my older sister, who passed away in 2001 has her own sweet pea seed, which was made in her memory, so we gave every guest 3 to plant at home, as she sadly couldn’t be there.
We did buy some cute little conversation starters from Vintage Twee, they were a great way to get ‘conversation starting’ between guests who may not of known each other that we’ll.
We kept our decoration to a minimum, this was to ensure we didn’t overspend on our budget and we really wanted an authentic feel throughout, and the setting really provided that. It was so beautiful, we didn’t want to overpower it. We used a selection of vintage crockery, which we had been collecting over the last year, A small range of ribbons and lace, vintage books, jam jars and bean tins which we decorated and used for our floral displays and evening lighting.
Our wedding was filled to the brim with gorgeous little Diy projects.From our wedding invites, to our ring holder, confetti cones, ceremony backdrop, wedding signs, table plan, headdresses and my wedding dress sash/bow. What better way to make your wedding day, as personal as possible..
Between Wayne, my mother and myself, we all made many DIY bits and bobs which, when everything came together worked really well, helping us to create our magical, rustic wedding.
I wanted a Bohemian Style dress, which I found on the Wedding Dress Fantasy store on Etsy. It had pretty layers of lace and chiffon, in an antique peach and ivory. I wanted a more informal look for the groomsmen as I thought that would suit them better and they could mix and match to suit their own personal style. They all had the same shirt and tie but had a mixture of navy or brown trousers and shoes.
My lovely Mum made our wedding cake. We had a 3 tier vanilla sponge, which was devine. This sat between a carrot cake and a chocolate cake on a treats table covered in delicious goodies 😉 We also had home made scones and jam, gooey chocolate brownies, nutty flap jacks, extra large muffins, bowls of fresh fruit and some hand made lavender shortbread, heart shaped cookies.
Our Photographer was Hannah Farren. I found Hannah online, in a second search after being let down only 4 months before the wedding. Hannah and her husband Nigel worked as a double act and were brilliant on our wedding day. Blending in, and snapping away capturing all our best bits. Hannah is based in York, but was very pleased to be asked to come and shoot our unique wedding. Her photography is gorgeous, soft, creative and effortless, which was exactly what Wayne and I were after.
I have lots of advice for other couples getting married in the future. My first would be to enjoy every second of the planning process. Whether this is a long or short period of time, this ought to be a very exciting stress free and happy time for you both. I would also say to make your wedding day about you both, with personal touches and details. It should be everything you’ve dreamed of, and more..
Definitely delegate tasks to those within your bridal party. This will not only make them feel useful and apart of the day, but it makes things less stressful for you.
I would also advise hiring a wedding planner to ensure its as stress free as possible. And all the logistics are organised and worried abut by someone else, so you can both sit back and enjoy your day. As a wedding planner I was able to eliminate many stresses.. But if I have learnt anything on a personal level, I would definitely of delighted more haha as I wanted to do so much myself, but in hindsight I ought to of given my bridal party more tasks, so I could have sat back and relaxed a little more. But over all, keep calm and just enjoy the day. Make sure you allow for that special one to one time with your new husband and photographer on the day AND don’t drink too much so you can treasure and enjoy every second.
Lastly I would suggest that you hire a videographer. They are so frequently overlooked, but what better way to recall your most special day, than watching your most treasured moments captured.
I hope you have all enjoyed reading about our wedding day!? It was perfect and writing this post has allowed me to look back on our day and enjoy sharing all our details. I feel so lucky to have married my best friend and soulmate. ”
And there is more…
Here is Lauren and Waynes very own wedding video..
A huge thank you to Lauren for sharing her wonderful day with us and thank you for offering our readers all you amazing advice, readers make sure you take note 🙂
Much Bespoke Love
♥ Venue: Town Street Farm, Tirley
♥ Photographer: Hannah Farren Photography
♥ Brides Dress: Wedding Dress Fantasy, Etsy
♥ Grooms outfit: M&S Informal & Next
♥ Bridesmaids: Miss Selfridge
♥ TeePee: Abbas Marquees
♥ Bell tent: Canvas cottages
♥ Glass & China Hire: Lavender & Linen
♥ Stationery: Knots & Kisses Stationery
♥ Videographer: Andrew Mccabe
♥ Wedding car: Karma Kars Cotswolds
♥ Wedding rings: Smooch