The Wedding Of Stuart & Erin
Our day was a relaxed day filled with lots of love and emotion. We had guests who had travelled thousands of miles to be with us, so we wanted the day to be as much about them as it was about us.
I’d describe the wedding as “boho glam,” with lots of loose foliage and deep burgundies, softened by cream, blush pink and rose gold. We wanted a rich look, without it being over the top as the natural beauty of our venue was spectacular.
The flow of the day was quite laid back - slowly getting ready, enjoying a glass of prosecco and taking time to just let everything sink in. Hair, makeup and dresses were not rushed and no one felt overwhelmed. Our suppliers were amazing, absolutely capturing the feel we wanted. The wedding itself was full of love, and was over as quickly as it started! It was all such a whirlwind. From walking down the aisle solo to Come Away With Me by Norah Jones and having Stuart meet me half way to complete the journey together, to the throwing of the dried rose confetti, everything was perfect.
After the wedding, Stuart and I were whisked away to take some photos, wandering down a windy, dirt road – just us and the photographer. It was nice to just be together and take in everything that had just happened. A short while later, we joined everyone in the back garden for prosecco and nibbles before sitting down to our wedding breakfast.
Stuart and I opted for a sweetheart table so we could spend more time together. Everyone told us leading up to the day that we wouldn’t have time together that day and to make sure we made time to see each other/spend a few minutes together. We thought by having a sweetheart table, we would get that. We had full view of the room and were able to enjoy our first few hours as husband and wife while guests came to us to chat.
Throughout the wedding breakfast we were cheered on by our Canadian guests to kiss (clinking glasses is the national symbol), which was off set by our English guests chanting at us. The mesh of the variety of countries at the wedding brought extra life to the party.
Our speeches were meant to be, similar to our wedding, short and sweet. Richard (Stuart’s brother and best man) was to kick things off, followed by Stuart’s 12 year old nephew, then Stuart followed by myself, my mum and then Stuart’s dad. Just after my mum had finished her speech, the mic was taken over by my ex-boss who travelled from Canada to be here. He relished in stories of my past and how he was sad to see me move across the pond but agreed it was the best decision I could have ever made. He then had everyone stand up to recite a bit of Paul McCartney “Hands Across the Ocean” to symbolise our Canadian guests, my Canadian background and my new life and love in the UK.
Just when we though the impromptu speeches had ended, another Canadian friend took to the mic to say a few kind words, finishing off by having everyone join along to The Beach Boys “God Only Knows.” 70 guests all sang the song in unison, while Stuart and I wept.
Throughout the dinner we kept the prosecco flowing, which lead to a pretty eventful party in the evening. With an additional 50 guests arriving, we had a pretty wild group of people who carried on until the lights came up.
With thanks to |
Photographer | Beatrici Photography
Bridesmaids Dresses | Coast
Venue | Oaks Farm Barn
Cake | My Cake Thing
Entertainment | Brian Mole
Flowers | The Flower Pocket
Videography | Andy Bird
Love Letters | Darling Occasions