A relaxed nature-inspired wedding in a converted paint factory


So it seems the last of the Summer days are by, and Autumn has well and truly begun. Have you been wearing a coat this week – I was so happy to get them out… I think it’s going to be a short-lived novelty! Either way, we could all do with an injection of some sunshine and happiness, so today we have a glorious wedding celebration to enjoy!

Laura and Jonny married on the 22nd of August 2o15 in a beautiful church ceremony and carried on the party at a converted paint factory. Such an amazing a unique reception venue. I love that they opted for a relaxed nature-inspired wedding to contrast with the industrial aesthetic of the building. The rich colour palette of purples and greens and wild flowers is stunning but above all Laura shines in her incredible Essence of Australia gown.

Sharing videography with a real wedding feature is one of my favourite things. Of course photos are wonderful and so important, but when you add a video you get something extra. So I’m delighted that Mustard Yellow Photography not only captured Laura and Jonny’s day to perfection, but put together and beautifully wonderful stop motion video for them to, which we get to look at too. Enjoy!

Photography by Mustard Yellow Photography

How we met

Mine and Jonny’s parents actually lived on the same street when we were born. Jonny’s parents moved away 6 months later – but our parents always had mutual friends. We didn’t meet until I moved to Bristol to complete my MA in 2011, and Jonny was living there at the time. A mutual family friend put us in touch because I didn’t know anyone in Bristol. We got on a little too well… and 4 years later we got married!

The dress

I found my wedding dress, a beautiful Essence of Australia creation at Emily Bridal Wear in Sheffield. My wedding shoes were from Debenhams and the veil I wore was by Joyce Jackson. I accessorised with pearl earrings and a necklace from Pia.

The Groom

Jonny found his suit at Moss Bros and wore it with blue shoelaces and soles to match the suit. All the ushers wore suits to match the groom.


My bridesmaids wore knee length lilac dresses from Berketex Bride. They had a lovely lace overlay on bodice and were laced at the back.

Wedding gifts

We bought each other perfume and aftershave to wear on the big day.

Relaxed nature-inspired wedding

We wanted the wedding to have a laid back feel and be relaxed. As the reception was in a converted paint factory we liked the contrast of using nature-inspired themes in an urban setting. For the colour scheme we mainly used purples and greens, and a woodland aesthetic.

There was a lot of DIY done for the day. This included the wedding favours, table runners, outdoor bunting and ceiling pom poms which were all made by us and our family and friends. We also had outdoor games including a homemade hook a duck! Our favours were wild flower seeds which we put together ourselves.

For the reception at Paintworks in Bristol we had hay bale seating around the dance floor, tent-style drapes from the ceiling, hanging pompoms and a photo booth. We also hired a large vintage blackboard for the seating plan and a cart for the cards and presents to go on from Virginia’s Vintage Hire. My mum made more bunting for outside and we also more hay bales.

The ceremony

Our ceremony was a Church of England wedding ceremony and signed the register to an instrumental version of ‘Home’ by the Magnetic Zeros by the Vietnam String Quartet. We have moved around a fair bit since we’ve been together, but we always felt that home was who you are with, not where you are.


Mustard Yellow Photography were our amazing photographers. They photographed a friends wedding and came highly recommended. We didn’t have a videographer on the day, but we didn’t need to as Mustard Yellow produced a stop motion video of our wedding day. It’s so lovely.


Wilde Bunch in Bristol created our floral arrangements. We had wild summer flowers including bunches of wild flowers in jars and vases on the tables at the reception.


We had a chocolate wedding cake, made by Chocolate Delores in Bristol.


We had outdoor games during the afternoon and a DJ in the evening. Our first dance was a remix version of ‘Fly me to the Moon’ by Cee Roo.

Wedding stationery

My sister, Helen Barker designed and created our wedding stationary.


We had a vintage campervan – hired with a driver from Wedding Day Wagon. It transported the bridesmaids followed by me and my dad to the church. It also took me and Jonny to the reception after the ceremony.

Favourite moment of the day

The welcome drinks we had at the reception venue was one of our favourite moments. The sun was shining, everyone was outside and it was great to see all our friends and family enjoying our wedding with us.

Words of wisdom

When it comes to planning so little and often. Oh and try to keep things as easy as possible – you’ll appreciate it on the day!

The honeymoon

We went to Dubai for 3 nights and then onto Mauritius for 7 nights.

Laura & Jonny’s Little Black Book

PhotographerMustard Yellow Photography
Ceremony venueChrist Church Clifton, Bristol
Reception venuePaintworks Bristol
DressEssence of Australia from Emily Bridal Wear, Sheffield
Hair & makeup – Hair – Stacey Jade | Makeup – Beauty by Emily Faith
Bride’s accessoriesJoyce Jackson Veil | Jewellery from Pia
Bridesmaid dresses – Berketex Bride
Groom’s attireMoss Bros | Waistcoat from Debenhams
DJWedding Players
FlowersWilde Bunch
CakeChocolate Delores


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