This beautiful, boho wedding was a mixture of coral and pinks, along with some special country garden touches!
Ollie and Ellen first met when Ollie’s band were playing at the pub this gorgeous bride was working at – she soon became a “loyal groupie” and that’s how this ten year love story began! Only a couple of weeks after they met, Ollie whisked Ellen off to Belgium for a rock festival in his beat up old Peugeot 106. They camped out in the 35 degree heat, drank hot Amaretto and Belgian beers, Ollie even coped with Ellen’s terrible map reading – this is when she knew he was the one!
The proposal came on Broadway Tower in Worcestershire on an impromptu stopover on their way home from a weekend in Brighton. They were enjoying a picnic from a nearby Cotswold deli and Ollie secretly arranged for the Tower to be vacated. While the ring was about eight sizes too big they both shed more than a few tears, Ollie had thought of everything as he’d even secretly phoned Ellen’s boss to book the next day off.
While she had about 100 dresses pinned on Pinterest, Ellen finally decided on a dress but it wasn’t that simple. She’d found it on her beloved Pinterest one day and it literally “took her breath away” but there were no links and no websites! After a lot of internet searching she finally found the designer was Sarah Seven, but the hunt still wasn’t over as this fabulous designer is based in New York. Eventually she found a stockist in England, a ‘mere’ 165 miles away in Frou Frou Bridal Boutique! The ‘Cascade’ gown was exactly the relaxed hippy feel this bride wanted and featured stunning layers of chiffon and silk – absolutely beautiful!
Her groom looked “so handsome” in his three piece suit that was made to measure by Reiss, which his best man, and dad also wore. Ellen showed them a picture of David Gandy in a suit (all in the name of wedding research) so they took it to the staff for them to work their magic – and they did! The four bridesmaids wore a mismatched selection of cream, nude and pink dresses from Ted Baker, Coast and even Forever 21 – Ellen also found them all beaded bags from Etsy so they could keep all their essentials safe. The religious ceremony at St Deny’s Church in Northamptonshire was very emotional – Ollie told his bride she looked beautiful when she reached him and even shed a few tears when reading his vows! The reception speeches were a mixture of hilariaty, embarrassment and thanks – Ollie left the room in the middle of his, only to come back with a cardboard cutout of David Gandy just to compare suits, of course!
Ellen wanted the flowers to be the focal point of the design, so the theme turned into boho / country garden – they also provided a pop of colour with pinks and corals. The couple received a fully-stocked sweetie trolley from Ollie’s parents, which they’d made themselves, and made use of an old sash window – adding string so people could add fun polaroid pictures to it throughout the day. Dining tables were decorated in gold and silver with vintage candlesticks and candle holders, some gifted from Ellen’s parents, and others she found in antique and charity shops. Ellen’s mum also made the couple’s three tier cake, stationery was created by Ollie’s sister Pippa and the super talented Richie Phillips entertained guests with his “mad guitar skills and great voice,” says Ellen. Their first dance was Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi as Ollie sang this song at Ellen’s university end of year ball, little did they know they would meet weeks later and become Mr and Mrs Curnick!
Ceremony: St Deny’s Church, Kelmarsh
Reception: Kelmarsh Hall
Dress: ‘Cascade’ by Sarah Seven at Frou Frou
Groom: Three piece suit by Reiss
Bridesmaids: A mismatch of designs from Ted Baker, Coast and Forever 21.
Entertainment: Richie Phillips
Honeymoon: The couple took a trip to Lombok, Gili Islands and Bali
Photographer: Chris Barber