Matt and Holly
On 29th August 2015, Matt and Holly tied the knot in a relaxed, rustic style wedding. With gorgeous handmade details we can't get enough of this beautifully romantic day.
We decided to base our wedding decor around my husband's surname 'Berry'. The berry theme was initially just for humour but our neighbour owns ‘the Jam Shed’ and so made all the favours (various berry jams) and had labels printed especially which were fantastic. We also used jam jars and arranged the table flowers ourselves to add a personal touch. All the horse shoes I used (table decoration and pew ends) were from our own horses that we’d been collecting since the engagement and Matt’s Dad had powder coated for us. The tipi's really made it for us, Matt’s Mum turned them into a botanical garden with 18 hanging baskets that she grew especially for us. Although we did the table flowers ourselves I used Wild Poppies (florist) for the big arrangements and she made me the most perfect beautiful bouquet that I held until my arms ached!
I pretty much was in charge of the whole wedding as my husband was in charge of building our house, and I managed to organise it all in just 6 months. My best friend’s mum gave me her wedding spreadsheet which I used religiously. Initial organisation/booking is key, the rest is just fun (ok, it gets a little fraught at the final stages). The internet is an amazing source of inspiration but I think it's important to keep it personal too, my husband is a builder and we used his late uncle’s step ladders as our table plan. It might not mean much to your guests but details like that make the day more special for you.
It was important to us that our guests enjoyed their day as much as we did, we thought about their experience through every stage of the planning (and bought a lot of alcohol)! Don’t get too hung up on the small things. Use your friends and family, most people want to help at a wedding to feel part of the day, I recruited the girls round for a crafting night of glue guns and wine.
Our day was wonderful, the bridesmaids and I got ready at the venue (my parent’s house) and walked across the road to the church. The reception was on the lawn with lots of champagne and an acoustic set from a member of the band. We had the groom and father of the bride speeches then the rain eventually came so we moved into the tipis for the bestman's speech before supper was served. The cake we cut was served for dessert followed by our first dance (the band were excellent ‘Festival Nights’) and then danced and drank the night away.