Morning all! Today I have Bryony and David’s pretty pastel wedding, a classic celebration with traditional touches for you to enjoy. Their church ceremony, followed by a barn reception has some unique details – including an incredible floral arch! I’m loving all of the pastel hues and the quirky choice of transportation in particular!
Photography by Kate Waters Photography
Bryony, the bride: My dress was a ‘Lillian West’ design which I brought in October 2014 from College Green Bridal in Bristol. I saw it in the window when walking by one day and instantly thought ‘that’s my dress!’ That weekend, my Mum came for a visit and I went to try it on. I wanted something feminine and boho-esque and it was perfect. I knew it was the ‘one’ the moment I put it on.
I had a custom made long sleeved lace top, made by College Green Bridal, as I loved the idea of having a different look for the ceremony and reception. I loved it so much that I decided to wear it for the reception and only took it off for the evening.
I wore a single layered, chapel length veil, purchased from College Green Bridal. I loved the boho trend of flower crowns, so my florist (Charlotte Hankins) made me a real flower crown from pink rosebuds, baby’s breath and Lilac Veronica to wear in my hair. I wore my Mum’s pearl earrings and necklace which my Dad gave her for their Pearl wedding anniversary which was my ‘something borrowed’, I loved having something on my wedding day which represented something of their marriage. I also wore the garter my Mum wore for her wedding day as my ‘something old’. My sister brought me a blue butterfly to go into my bouquet which was my ‘something blue’.
How we met
David and I are both Christians, and we first met at church. We got to know each other better after Dave offered to give me guitar lessons, although I still can’t play the guitar strangely enough! David also admits that he once invited me round for a dinner party half an hour before everybody else so that he’d get a chance to ask me out! Our first date was in the library during a study break, as we were both studying for our
Our first date was in the library during a study break – we were both studying for our Masters degrees at the time. We dated for a year and on our first anniversary David asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride to the ‘Clifton Suspension Bridge’. I agreed but was a bit bemused because there was a massive rain storm happening at the time. When we got there David handed me some photos of us and told me to flick through them, as I did the words ‘Please say Yes and Marry me’ appeared printed on the photos and he got down on one knee. My first words after saying yes were ‘Only you, David McCann would propose in a rain storm’.
We had a religious ceremony in the church I grew up in, which was incredibly special. Both David and I really wanted to reflect the importance of our Christian faith to our friends and family, so put careful thought into all the readings and hymns, picking words and lyrics that showed why we were Christians. We had lots of friends and family involved in the service. It was so lovely to have so many people we love willing to help and support us. The pastor from David’s church also gave a very moving talk. We both loved the ceremony and definitely put it as one of the best parts of the day.
David’s suit was hired from Moss Bros. We chose the traditional ‘Lingfield’ Morning jacket in mid-grey with a cream waistcoat and sage coloured cravat. David and both of our Dads wore a top hat which we hired from Moss Bros. He was very excited about having an excuse to wear one!
We both wrote each other a letter to read on the morning of the wedding. It was such an emotional moment reading it as I headed to the church with my Dad. David said mine brought a tear to his eye too.
I walked down the aisle to ‘Ballade pour Adeline’ which my friend played on the piano. It is one of my favourite pieces of music and was beautiful as I walked in the church. I think a few tears were definitely shed.
We put careful thought into the hymns we chose, as our Christian faith is a big part of our lives we wanted to reflect that in the words we sung. We chose ‘Amazing Grace’ as it beautifully sums up why we are Christians and we felt it was important to celebrate that on or wedding day.
David got my engagement ring from a vintage jewellers in York, Cavendish Jewellers. It’s a very traditional platinum band with a tiffany set diamond. It was a complete surprise, I love it and couldn’t have chosen it better myself.
We had our wedding rings custom made at Amethyst Antiques in the Clifton Arcade, Bristol. It was such a nice experience going to that tiny little antique shop and the owner was so kind and helpful.
Our wedding cake was a traditional sponge from Marks and Spencers and then decorated by myself, my Mum and my sister. We used pink butterflies made out of sugar paper for the decoration. It was great fun to do and turned out beautifully, we were very proud of ourselves! David and I cut the cake with an axe rather than a knife which was a bit of an
David and I cut the cake with an axe rather than a knife which was a bit of an in-joke- a few months before the wedding we got an axe as a wedding present which David was very excited about! Unfortunately, he dropped it and cut his hands by accident. He wasn’t badly hurt, thankfully, and everybody had a good laugh about it on the wedding day.
Wedding Camper Van
Our beautiful wedding Camper van was supplied by Vinnie’s Vintage Vehicles, which drove us from the church to the reception. The decor inside was beautiful and the photos are wonderful.
Kate Waters Photography
Kate Waters from Kate Waters Photography was our photographer. We first met Kate through my best friend, and bridesmaid, Alice. Kate sent me a sample of her work and I loved her candid style, she really seemed to capture the emotion of the day and paid excellent attention to the small details. Kate came to Bristol and we did a practice shoot in the bluebell woods which was great fun! Kate made us both feel so relaxed, especially since David is quite camera shy. We absolutely loved the photos of our wedding day, we couldn’t have asked for a more professional, fun photographer and she captured everything perfectly.
My bouquet and the Bridesmaids posies were all created by a family friend, and trainee florist Charlotte Hankins. She also made my bridal hairpiece and the boutonnieres for David, the ushers and our Dads. Charlotte also made little baskets with roses on the handles, filled with rose petals for the flower girls.
All the flowers in the church, including a stunning floral archway, were put together by a group of friends who are in charge of the flower arranging in the church regularly. We wanted muted pastel wedding colours so the flowers in mine and the bridesmaid’s bouquets were pink and white roses, baby’s breath and lilac Veronica. The church flowers followed the colour scheme of white, pink and green.
My five bridesmaids wore knee length, lace dresses in pearl pink which I found on LightInTheBox.com. A soon as I saw them I knew they would fit in with the pastel wedding colour scheme. They all looked absolutely stunning and I really liked how the lace in their dresses matched the lace in mine. Their shoes were white ballet pumps from New Look. They all had a silk butterfly hair piece which I got from Fluttertome on Etsy, I got five different styles in white or pink and let them choose one each.
My two little flower girls wore white dresses with 3D butterfly applique, to match the theme, which came from Monsoon. Their white cardigans and shoes and pink flower headbands also came from Monsoon. They looked absolutely adorable and were as good as gold on the day.
We had a live 5-piece band, Bubsie and the Beat Bros for our afternoon and evening entertainment. They were amazing, playing a mixture of rock, pop and swing and certainly got everybody up on the dance floor! They also did an acoustic set for the cocktail hour and let us choose whatever songs we wanted. They even did some Pink Floyd numbers, David’s favourites, which they said had never been requested before. Our first dance song was ‘How long will I love you’ by Ellie Goulding – we’d danced to it on New Year’s eve so it was a bit of a classic for us.
We also had a photo booth supplied by Chuckle Booths which went down a storm. They gave us a book of photos to keep at the end which is a lovely and fun memento of the day.
Pastel wedding inspiration
I really enjoyed browsing Pinterest and wedding mags for ideas. I loved all the pastel wedding looks I saw and the boho, country themes. I knew I wanted to have those aspects at our wedding. I was also inspired by other weddings I’d been to. I felt that the best ones were relaxed and a genuine celebration which was exactly what we wanted to capture for our wedding.
We wanted a summery theme with muted pastel wedding colours. We chose pink, green and white for the colour scheme as they are timeless and suited the country barn and village church. We incorporated the colours in the flowers, decorations and bridal party dress. We also included lots of butterflies. I have always loved butterflies and my family have often brought me butterfly gifts and jewellery. We had butterflies on the invites, in the bouquets, on the decorations and in the table centre pieces, as well as all the stationery.
Instead of favours we had a raffle. Everybody was given a raffle ticket in their place name card and then we gave out fancy dress items and other joke gifts. It was really fun and everyone seemed to love the idea. We also had a sweetie buffet which my Mum put together with traditional sweet shop jars and bags. The kids (as well as the adults!) loved it.
Words of wisdom
Remember that your wedding is about you celebrating your love. Don’t lose sight of what marriage is about, especially during the business of wedding planning. We think preparing yourself for marriage is just as, if not more important than preparing for the wedding. Also, enjoy every minute – I said to myself from the beginning that if anything would stress me out then it’s wasn’t worth it. A wedding is about celebrating your marriage and your new life together, not impressing anybody.
Oh, and make sure you ask for help. We want to say a huge thank you (again) to all our friends and family who helped so much on our wedding day. We felt so blessed to know so many wonderful, kind people.
Straight after the wedding, we spent two nights in a log cabin in Blackwood Forest, near Winchester. We then set off to Iceland for 2 weeks. David planned the whole Honeymoon as a surprise and it was perfect.
Huge thanks to the couple and Kate Waters Photography for sharing this beautiful day with us.
Hope you all have a great week,
Bryony’s and David’s Little Black Book
Photographer – Kate Waters Photography
Ceremony venue – St. Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor
Reception venue – The Long Barn, Newton Valence
Bride’s dress – College Green Bridal (now closed)
Bridesmaid dresses – LightInTheBox.com
Groom’s Attire – Moss Bros
Band – Bubsie and the Beat Bros
Stationery – Paper Willow Design on Etsy
Photo booth – Chuckle Booths