I woke at around 4am in a little stone cottage in the Cotswolds. I was having tummy flips and it felt like Christmas Day. I turned to face one of my bridesmaids, Charlotte, and saw that she too was awake. I knew that we wouldn’t be going back to sleep. After a few moments we heard the clattering of feet down the stairs and soon, I had two of my other bridesmaids in our bed with us in a four way spoon!
Dan and I had chosen to hire out three Cotswolds cottages on the same site, for the girls, boys and parents to get ready all together. I even had my amazing hair and makeup team stay with us the night before to ensure we could start nice and early. Once I sat down to begin hair and makeup, I felt instantly sick with adrenaline and nerves. We had laid out an amazing breakfast of pastries and fruit, but I could only barely manage to eat one thing.
Soon, my videographer, photographer and florist all started arriving and it got really exciting and surreal! I am so used to being on the other side of the camera that it felt so strange being the subject for once! Luckily I had two amazing photographers, Terri, one of my best friends, and Natalie, one of my amazing second shooters, so I felt extremely comfortable in their presence! I had also worked with Tegan my videographer at Terri’s wedding, so it felt like I was surrounded by close friends and not by paparazzi, which definitely helped my nerves!
It was a bit of a hectic morning, with a few minor things not going to plan and we ran late on a few timings. However I still remember having the best time with my girls and my mum. Dan and I had sent each other gifts that morning which I opened before I dressed. It was a stunning Leica film camera and I was over the moon!! My mum dressed me whilst my bridesmaids dressed in another room, so that my complete look was a surprise to them. One of my favourite images is where they see me for the first time.
Arriving at our wedding venue, Cripps Barn, I felt a fresh wave of excitement and a huge feeling of relief that we were there. It felt like we’d come home. I spotted my venue stylist finishing up, and ran to thank her – she had done the most incredible job!
All our guests were waiting for our arrival in the glade, an outdoor ceremony spot surrounded by trees. I could see them all with their backs to us, some trying to peek through the leaves. I remember watching my bridesmaids pair off and start the walk down the aisle hand-in-hand, I started to feel super nervous. Dad and I started the slow walk together through the tunnel of greenery and towards the waiting guests. I remember laughing all the way down the aisle until I could hear Ben our guitarist playing our processional song by Death Cab for Cutie. At this point, Dan turned around and I saw his beaming face. I felt like I could have burst into tears but stopped myself and ended up making a weird sob/laughing noise that I’d never made before!!! All I could see was Dan, he looked incredible in his suit that he’d chosen by himself in secret.
The ceremony was so relaxed and casual, with us both laughing all the way through. One of my highlights was Jonny reading Bob Marley’s “He’s Not Perfect” for us in his best teacher voice. He read it so powerfully and with such enthusiasm that it made the words resonate even more with us.
Greeting all our guests was the most surreal thing in the world for me. I have been to countless weddings with hundreds of guests, all of whom I didn’t know. I knew absolutely everyone present on our wedding day and they were all there for us, it seemed crazy that everyone we knew and loved were together in once place and I can never forget that feeling of joy.
We were so lucky with the weather on our wedding day, we ended up with the most beautiful sunshine followed by the most glorious sunset! It was a miracle after the stormy days we received before and after the wedding day! We made the most of this gorgeous weather by going out for countless photos, whilst our guests chilled in the sunshine with garden games and canapés!
The food at our venue was insane. We had chosen a summery meal of rotisserie chicken with a burrata salad and dauphinoise potatoes. It went down a storm! We had also chosen to have not just a cake, but a dessert table, featuring a two tier marble cake, macarons, cake pops, fruit cake and chocolate covered Oreos….mmmmm!
One of my favourite moments of the day was around 8pm when the sun was dipping, we ventured out to the nearby cornfields with our bridal party. I remember gathering up my layers of tulle and climbing my way into those fields, standing with the sun on our backs with the people closest to us, laughing and joking and making silly poses.
Our band, The Jets, played our first dance song for us. I gathered up my dress and we span and sang along to Band of Horses “No one’s gonna love you” before our guests joined in. Our band were absolutely amazing that night, we had so many people coming up to us saying they were the best wedding band they’d ever heard!
As the skies began to darken, the fire pits outside were lit and guests could be found toasting marshmallows and wrapping up in blankets while munching on hog roast rolls. You would find guests in one of four places, the fire pits, the photobooth, the dance floor or the bar. Personally, I never left that dance floor.
BEST DAY EVER!
Credits to my amazing suppliers:
Photographer – Summer Lily Studio
Videographer – Roost Film Co.
Brides Gown – Wtoo by Watters, found at Heritage Brides in Hatfield
Shoes – Betsey Johnson
Veil and Bridesmaids Skirts – Love From Becky
Florist – Acacia Floristy
Venue and catering – Cripps Barn
Décor/Styling – The White Emporium
Calligraphy – Hannah Hannah London
Cake Maker – Cake Daydreams
Hair and Makeup – Belles Beauty
Groom/groomsmen Suits – Asos
Stationary – Designed by me!
Band – The Jets
Photobooth – Booth 19
Light Up Letters – Aisle Hire It