Farmer chic and eight bridesmaids in bespoke dresses meant that this wedding was full of dreamy DIY details!
How they met
Luke made Ibi feel relaxed from the moment they met. “Our first date was at a pub in Wigan, and then on our third date, I fell asleep on Luke’s chest while we were watching a film,” Ibi laughs. “I woke myself up snoring, in a puddle of my own drool! When he still wanted to see me again, I knew it must be love.”
The bride’s outfit
Ibi looked sensational in a vintage ivory lace dress from Ivy House Dresses. Her gown featured a flattering sweetheart neckline and a corset back, with a removable two-tiered train. The bride also chose to customise her dress by adding a stylish one-shoulder feature. “I felt so glamorous and special, and I was so excited to anticipate Luke’s reaction,” Ibi smiles. She added a striking birdcage veil to complement her super-stylish, vintage look.
The groom’s outfit
‘Farmer chic’ was the inspiration for Luke’s big day style. He chose a three-piece suit in grey herringbone from ASOS, teamed with a paisley silk cravat and brown brogues from Next. “I always love how Luke looks when he’s suited and booted,” Ibi smiles proudly.
Ibi was attended by a host of six beautiful bridesmaids, including three older sisters, as well as two flowergirls. They wore ruby red floor-length chiffon gowns, chosen to complement the gems in Ibi’s engagement ring. “I designed the dresses myself, with inspiration and input from my bridesmaids, and each had a different shape to suit the girls’ individual figures,” Ibi explains.
Ibi and Luke’s marriage ceremony included Bible readings and a host of music performed by friends from their church. “I walked down the aisle with my brother to a live performance of Feels like Home by Chantal Kravaziuk,” Ibi says. “I will never forget the look on Luke’s face – he was crying, yet beaming from ear to ear.”
The gorgeous countryside-inspired bouquets and arrangements of Spring blooms were created by Amaryllis Floral Designs, Wigan.
The shabby-chic themed wedding reception was held in a marquee at Fir Tree Farm, Crank. The seasonal menu began with a chicken and mango salad served in martini glasses, followered by shoulder of lamb with summer vegetable parcel, with a brandy snap basket filled with berries and ice cream for dessert. “During the evening, our friends’ band Northern Soul performed, and my sister Ibinabo sang for our first dance – a mash-up of This by Ed Sheeran and Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé,” adds Ibi. “The speeches were great, especially the best man’s speech – Luke’s brother Paul has a great ability to make slightly risqué jokes that don’t overstep the mark, and he had everyone laughing!”
Ibi and Luke’s décor had a homespun vibe, with bunting, tea lights, glass jars and vintage props including record players and telephones. “The rustic theme suited our farm venue,” Ibi explains. “I made all of the wedding stationery, and also our favours, which were miniature jar of jelly beans with fabric lids, with handmade name tags attached.” Ibi travelled from the church to the reception in her friend’s vintage 1950s car, while the bridesmaids and groomsmen were driven in Range Rovers.
Three days after the wedding, the couple travelled to Thailand where they visited Bangkok and Hua Hin, are at the local restaurants and enjoyed relaxing in their private pool.