REAL LIFE WEDDING – Spring Romance
As soon as Tammy and Paul started to plan their big day, they knew they wanted their guests to be able to relax and have a wonderful day with fabulous food and drink along with lots of laughter and happiness.
A breathtakingly beautiful barn
Finding the perfect venue was top of Tammy and Paul’s wedding to-do list and the couple started looking for venues almost immediately. Their list of must-haves included a wonderful setting for a civil ceremony and a space that was great for a whole day of celebrations.
“As soon as we visited Rivervale Barn, we knew it was the one,” says Tammy. “The ceremony barn was breathtakingly beautiful and I loved the fairy lights in the dining area. Rivervale ticked every single box for us and we knew straight away that this would be where we would get married.”
Flowers to love
Tammy and Paul worked with Cherubs Floral Design who provided the prettiest wedding flowers. The couple decided on two different styles of centrepieces and these looked amazing. Tall glass flutes with floral displays sitting on top of them were alternated with hurricane lanterns that contained candles and fresh rose petals.
“I carried a hand tied bouquet of blush pink peonies, ivory roses, pale pink roses and this was finished with gypsophilia and then bound with ribbon and pinned with pearls,” says Tammy. “My bridesmaids’ bouquets included ivory and pale pink roses with gypsophilia and foliage.”
The flower girls carried miniature versions of the bouquets and the couple’s mums also wore an ivory freesia corsage, as did Tammy’s nana. “Paul’s buttonhole was a single pale pink rose and his groomsmen, along with our dads and my grandad, wore a single ivory rose.”
Wedding day style
Tammy was really looking forward to shopping for her wedding dress, having fallen in love with a particular design online. However, this wasn’t the gown that eventually stole her heart:
“When I tried on the dress I’d seen on Pinterest, it was beautiful but it wasn’t the one for me. I had a clear idea of what I wanted though so picked out a handful to try on. When I came out of the changing room in one of them, my Mum started crying and I knew this was a contender. When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about it so was sure that was the one for me.”
Tammy accessorised her bridal ensemble with Jimmy Choo shoes, a cathedral length veil, a gorgeous hairclip, her favourite necklace (given to her by Paul on their first Christmas together) along with a stunning diamond bracelet, a wedding day gift from the groom.
To work with the ivory, blush pink and navy colour scheme, Tammy’s bridesmaids wore blush dresses from Twobirds and the little flowergirls wore ivory dresses with blush pink sashes. Paul looked every inch the groom in his navy tailored suit from Gieves & Hawkes which he teamed with brown shoes and the watch that Tammy had given him.
A day full of emotion
Tammy and Paul’s day was certainly full of meaningful moments, the first of which came early on in the day as the couple exchanged gifts. Tammy’s gift to Paul was particularly special: “A year before the wedding, I started a diary tracking the year to the big day and gave it to Paul as part of his gift. It’s great to read this back,” smiles Tammy.
Another emotional highlight had to be the ceremony itself and the couple knew that they wanted this to be one of the stand-out parts of the day. “Paul and I decided early on that we wanted to write our own vows,” explains Tammy. “It was incredibly emotional and there weren’t many dry eyes in the room but it was so personal and something we will both cherish forever.
A feast to remember
Both Tammy and Paul describe themselves as real food lovers and so wanted a menu that really reflected their taste. The effort the couple put in to choosing the perfect menu was definitely appreciated by their guests.
“I really struggled with choosing a starter because I so rarely have them,” says Tammy. “But, Michaela was fantastic and really worked to find something I wouldn’t just like but something I’d love. She spoke to the chef and arranged for big sharing boards of meats, breads, cheese and olives etc.”
After this delicious and sociable starter, guests were treated to fillet of beef followed by a trio of desserts – chocolate brownie, Eton mess and lemon tart. “We had so many compliments about the food and service with guests saying it was the best wedding food they ever had. The team were great at providing alternatives for guests with food intolerances too.”
Time to celebrate
After dinner, the couple hit the dance floor and started the evening party with their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea.
As well as music from the brilliant DJ Darren at Innovents, the couple also invited guests to use their photobooth and this was incredibly popular. “It went down a storm!” says Tammy. “We set up a book next to the photobooth and our guests stuck in their pictures and wrote messages too.”
The edible treats continued too with cones of chips and a sweetie table too. Guests were also given Fentimans drinks as favours and everyone enjoyed the amazing wedding cake too. “Paul’s mum made our cake as she is a fantastic baker,” explains Tammy. “It was a lemon cake with lemon buttercream because we wanted something classic and lemon is our favourite! My uncle and his partner also made our cake topper, a beautiful sugar craft peony.”
Advice from the bride
“If your budget allows, book in quality photographers and videographers. We used Lilybean Photography and Shutterbox Films and they were a dream to work with. The day flies by and afterwards, I felt as if I’d forgotten it already. Having our videos and photos allowed me to watch our ceremony, see the face of our friends and family and relive the funny bits. It really is priceless.”
Images © Lilybean Photography
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