Shabby Chic Outdoor Farm Wedding

Shabby Chic Outdoor Farm Wedding


WWW readers Ben and Amy tied the knot on the 24 th August 2013 at Huntstile Organic farm, with an outdoor humanist ceremony. I love their vision of a wedding which was "relaxed, rustic, homemade shabby chic with a little bit of farmyard hillbilly style." Sounds perfect.

Amy looked gorgeous in her Maggie Sottero gown with flowers in her hair while Ben donned a waistcoat with pops of yellow. There were floral dresses for the bridesmaids, beautiful blooms and a cheese tower.

Thanks goes to the brilliant Blue Daisy Photography for providing the images.

THE PROPOSAL | Ben proposed on a speed boat on Lake Como on 3rd June 2012 whilst on holiday.

THE VISION | Relaxed, Rustic, Homemade shabby chic with a little bit of farmyard hillbilly style. We have pretty large family and so we wanted something really relaxed where we could just spend time with our guests.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Once we had our venue sorted, the theme was really a no brainer. We wanted to incorporate as much use of the outside space as possible, whilst allowing for the great British weather.

Pinterest quickly became my favourite place for gathering inspiration for all aspects of the day - décor, colour themes, flowers, hair. I also looked at a look of online blogs for inspiration (WWW being one of them funnily enough).

THE VENUE | When we found Huntstile farm we fell in love and didn't even bother looking elsewhere. We knew it was exactly what we wanted. We love Somerset and hope to someday move to the area so it was perfect.

The fact we had the venue for the whole weekend was really ideal. Our family our spread out all over the country and so it meant we could spend three days together celebrating. It felt as if you were having a wedding in your own home.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was Lorie by Maggie Sottero from a Mia Sposa Hatton Garden. My sandals were from Monsoon. My earrings were my something borrowed from my Mum.

FINDING THE DRESS | I had done a lot of window shopping on line and had a good idea of the style I was after and so it was just a matter of finding it.

I had seen the bridesmaid dresses on an online blog and decided I had to have them. They were Anthropologie but an old season's style. I luckily managed to source them all on ebay and had them shipped over from the US.

GROOM'S ATTIRE | We chose to go for an 'English country gentleman' style for the boys with waistcoats and trousers and brogues. We struggled to find something unusual enough and so had the suits made to order by Austin Reed using fabrics we had chosen ourselves.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a humanist ceremony, which was beautifully performed by Jo Bromley of Kith and kin. She spent a lot of time with us helping to ensure our ceremony was really personal to us and really told our story.

Ben's uncle read 'The Mayonnaise Jar' story and my cousin Anna read an extract from the childrens book 'I like you'. We felt these 2 readings summed up our feelings on marriage and our relationship.

Our band was 'Don't tell the Bride'- 2 young guys, Ren and Charlie who were really fantastic.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had four bridesmaids: my older sister Anais (with her baby on board), my younger sister Heather and my long serving best friends Jen and Louise.

THE FLOWERS | My colour theme for the flowers was blush, peach, green and white (to match the bridesmaids dresses). I used Jan at JW blooms, who grows all her flowers locally in Taunton. We were able to visit her flower field and discuss exactly what we wanted. She did a fantastic job and I was thrilled with my bouquet.

THE CAKE | Ben and I are not really huge dessert people and so decided to have a cheese Tower cake instead of a traditional wedding cake. Huntstile were able to create this for us on site and we were really pleased with how it went down with the guests. We made the cake topper ourselves of course.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We chose Claire Wood at Blue Daisy Photography after finding her portfolio online. She offered a really natural, unobtrusive style and made us feel really at ease. She offered fantastic value for money, with a photo booth included in the package and gave us a disc with all our images at the end so we could reprint and share freely. We were really pleased with how our photos turned out.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted to keep the décor relatively simple and opted for lots of bunting and jam jar lanterns, made for us by both mine and Ben's mum.

THE HONEYMOON | We had ten nights in Santorini for our honeymoon which was the perfect way to unwind and spend uninterrupted time together.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | spending the morning getting ready with the girls was really fantastic quality time. The funniest part of the wedding would have to be when I tossed the bouquet and my friend Steve caught the bouquet. There were loads of girls waiting to catch it but it flew past them and landed at his feet - quite fitting being that he is currently single.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy your day and remember the little things don't really matter.


Venue | Huntstile Organic farm

Humanist Ceremony | Jo Bromley/ Kith and Kin

Photography | Claire Wood/ Blue Daisy Photography

Flowers | JW Blooms

Hair | Louise Alway Bridal Hair

Make Up | Lucy Davis Make up Artist

Band | Don't Tell the Bride

Fabulous. And I love those moss table numbers and scrabble place names, fab touches.

Thanks so much to Ben and Amy for sharing all about their wedding today XOXO Lou

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