A heavenly real wedding with a rustic, country garden theme and purple ‘maids… Sarah and John got married in May 2011. Read on to find out all about it!
WHO: Sarah and John
WHERE: Folly Farm, Stowey, Pensford, Bristol
WHEN: May 2011
PHOTOGRAPHER: Albert Palmer
How they met
“John and I met on a completely random (and fairly drunken) night out in Bristol,” remembers Sarah. “I’d gone out after work with a friend and ended up in a club where we got talking to a group of lads, one of which was John. We got on instantly, and even had a kiss on the first night! I got the feeling he was someone really special.”
“We had a weekend away to Oxford planned and John was particularly keen for it to go well. He managed to keep calm when we couldn’t find the car park, and then rushed off into the hotel before me to check our room was ready. When I got into the room I just knew – there was a big bottle of Champagne waiting for us, and then John pulled a ring box out of his bag. It was perfect,” smiles Sarah
The bride’s real wedding outfit
“After trying on approximately 30 real wedding dresses, and not feeling happy, I decided to have a chat with a local dress designer, Kate Garcia about the possibility of having one made for me,” explains Sarah. “We came to an idea that I loved – a short dress!” adds Sarah. The final design included a shift-style bodice with an embroidered and embellished waistband and a skirt that ruffled as Sarah walked. Perfect for dancing the night away!
“A short dress meant I could show off my best asset… my legs!”
“With a short dress you have to wear fun and funky shoes,” says Sarah. “I found an amazing pair of four-inch heels from American designer Badgley Mischka for Javari. They were fabulous!” she adds
The groom’s outfit
“John is the stylish one in our partnership, and chose his Ted Baker suit and Italian leather shoes early in the real wedding planning. Then, with 10 weeks to go, he badly broke his leg. He went back to the hospital three times, but his plaster cast still wasn’t removed in time for the wedding. We quickly took his suit to a tailor who removed the leg seam to allow the trouser leg to fit over the cast!” recalls Sarah
“I’m close to my sisters, especially my twin sister Kate, so it went without saying that they would be my bridesmaids,” explains Sarah. “Their dresses came from Monsoon and we had two different styles, in a similar purple colour, to make sure everyone was happy and suited their dress,” adds Sarah
The couple’s intimate real wedding ceremony took place in a beautiful stone-clad barn at Folly Farm. “We tried to make our service special to us, and because music plays a big part in our lives, we wanted to reflect this,” smiles Sarah. We love the country garden style of this big day!
“Central Rose in Bristol took my colour scheme of country blues, pinks and purples and created perfect, petite bouquets. I also went to my local garden centre and bought pots of colourful daisies and other potted plants to use as table centres,” remembers Sarah
The Group of Seven created the couple’s unique invitations and save the dates. “I wanted something with really bold capitalisation, that would look fun and funky. Our invites made a real statement, I loved them,” says Sarah
“Folly Farm in Bristol is a naturally stunning place and the general areas didn’t need much decorating. However, the marquee we hired for the wedding breakfast needed some TLC,” explains Sarah. “I hired some beautiful bunting from a friend (email@example.com), which looked stunning against the white of the tent. In keeping with the rustic, country garden theme, we had scented candles on the tables, tied our napkins with raffia and used parcel tags for place names. The whole effect was bright and vibrant, but still incredibly cost effective,” she adds
“Folly Farm is so naturally stunning, it barely needed decorating…”
“In keeping with the rural style, I didn’t want a traditional cake. My friend Philippa is a cracking baker, and she came up with our three-tiered sponge cake,” smiles Sarah
“Because I work in a music venue, I have acquired quite a particular taste,” explains Sarah. “After hearing the talented Fromage en Feu play at our local bar, I knew I had to have them play at our real wedding reception. Their lively mix of folk songs were great fun and certainly got everyone on the dance floor!”
“John’s broken leg meant that we had to postpone our honeymoon. We’ll be going to Hong Kong and Bali later in the year. In a way it’s been a good thing because we now have this amazing trip to look forward to,” smiles Sarah