A wonderful woodland celebration with rustic DIY details – and a vintage veil (of course)

I love a celebration in nature. This family wedding was submitted by Jonathon of PhotoGlow, who beautifully captured the magical essence of the day and Alice and Dan’s wonderful family dynamic. I love everything about this wedding, from the gorgeous bride’s vintage veil (naturally) to the bridesmaids’ dresses, the decorations, the cake… simply stunning! I’ll hand over to Alice to tell you all about her big day (and this is the best history of a ring story ever)! 

“Dan proposed in France on the Côte de granit rose in Brittany. He took me on a walk around the beautiful coastal path after spending time on the beach. Our little one and a half year old accompanied us. He asked me to marry him on one knee and with my grandmother’s ring. This ring had been given to her by my grandfather after he came out of the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III after the Second World War ended. He had travelled back to London and bought the best ring he could. So very sentimental and gorgeously vintage. After he proposed our child kissed us both!”

I planned the wedding myself along with my mum and sisters. Our colour scheme was pink, green and cream. We were very conscious not to over do it on the pink as we wanted to tone down the pink in my dress. My willow work, the hearts and the seating plan were my favourite details from the day. They worked so well in the venue to tie in the rustic barn look.

Cocoa Couture‘ Cheltenham designed my dress for me from two dresses that I liked. I liked the style of one and the gorgeous 100-year-old antique embroidery on the other. Each piece of embroidery was picked off and sewn on to a new dress that was made to measure. I wore a pearl necklace borrowed from my sister, that was my grandmothers given to her and worn on her wedding day.The veil is a family heirloom, my mother wore it on her wedding day, my aunty, my grandmother and my great grandmother so I definitely wanted to wear it. It is over 130 years old.”

Images © 2012 PhotoGlow

Ceremony venue- Westonbirt Arboretum ‘The Great Oak Hall’ near Tetbury
Reception venue- Moor Farm Moreton Valence near Stonehouse Gloucestershire
Photographer: Jonathon Watkins at PhotoGlow
Bride’s dress: ‘Cocoa Couture’ Cheltenham
Bridesmaids’ dresses & accessories: ‘Almost Famous’ 
Little bridesmaids dresses: ‘Boots’
Pink cardigans: knitted by mother of the bride.
Groom’s outfit: Made to measure in Bristol  ‘Clifton Suits
Cars: Bristol RE classic bus
Flowers: Jacaranda Flowers Nailsworth- Brides bouquet and button holes. (Bride, mother of bride and bridesmaids created the bridesmaids’ bouquets using flowers (Avalanche Cream Roses) bought from Waitrose and greenery from aunty’s garden. Table decorations created using supermarket flowers and flowers collected from garden. Large milk urns filled with 40 Pink hydrangeas from aunty’s garden.)
Styling / décor: Brides own creative ideas. 3 Large wicker candle holders, Seating plan- Bride wove willow and made a frame and attached little vases filled with flowers attached luggage labels to make a decorative piece. Handmade bunting, in colour theme pink/green/cream, white fairy lights, lace sewn onto jam jars for tealights, Heart willow pieces woven with ivy and with glass vials to hold a few wild roses. Heart photo frames painted with blackboard paint and chalked numbers for table numbers.
Hair: Chris Fordham Hair Designs Stroud
Make-up: Clare Bryce Pure Pampering Glos
Cake: Bride’s stepmother, Adrienne, made the four-tier chocolate cake, decorated with butter icing and fresh flowers. For children little chocolate cakes in ceramic pots. Served with strawberries and cream. Also a celebration carrot cake was on the cake table.
Band: Bride’s brothers band played- ‘Thee Ones’ and also ‘Pop Gang’

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