Kirsty & Warwick
For part of my 30th birthday celebrations, Warwick took me for lunch at a restaurant I’d always wanted to visit and we indulged in a fantastic tasting menu. We then walked through the Japanese gardens where Warwick got down on one knee and presented me with an engagement ring charm so that we could choose the ring together!
I saw a dress online and immediately found my nearest stockist, Brides of Solihull, and went to try it on. It was ‘Midsummer Dream’ by Ian Stuart. It felt so light and comfortable and had just the ethereal, romantic look I wanted. The under layer was figure hugging and antique gold with a chiffon layer over the top, embroidered with flowers and dragonflies. It was love at first sight!
My ‘Ginger Gold’ shoes were by Rachel Simpson in pretty antique gold – they were comfortable and had the perfect heel height. I also wore a white and gold locket that Warwick had gifted me for Christmas the year before and he bought me diamond earrings to wear on the day. So a at Lila-Lila created my bespoke headpiece of gold leaf, Swarovski crystal and clay flowers.
Warwick wore a three-piece, tailored suit from Reiss – it was gorgeous. He added a navy tie and pocket square, brown brogues and a pocket watch he borrowed from his dad. I gifted him personalised cufflinks to complete the look.
I wasn’t sure whether to have bridesmaids for a while, but eventually I chose to have two of my closest friends. They were fantastic and so helpful, so I was really glad I did! They wore full-length dresses from Mori Lee in coral pink with their own shoes and accessories.
Makeup artist Chloe McCall did a wonderful job on us all with airbrush makeup that lasted all day and looked so natural – I can’t praise her enough! My regular hairdresser, Julie, and her assistant, Kat, did a spectacular job on our hair which, again, lasted all day!
Oh, everything! Hearing the music strike up to walk down the aisle, seeing each other for the first time, the entire ceremony! If I had to choose it would be saying our vows, which was emotional and just fab. It’s what the whole day was about, after all!
The food at The Curradine Barns was excellent and one of the reasons we chose the venue. Guests dined on duck and mouli salad, herb crusted lamb with fondant potato and a trio of desserts, as well as a BBQ in the evening!
We had a spring barn style wedding with a colour scheme of pink, purple, ivory and green with lots of flowers – in other words, nothing too matchy matchy.
I made paper pompoms to hang behind the top table with jam jars and ale bottles filled with flowers as well as vintage books. We had paper flower wreaths, love signs and metal hearts that could then be taken home as favours. I tied lavender sprigs together with nametags for the place settings.
Julie at Floral Events did our flowers – we knew from the start she was the florist for us, she just knew what we wanted so well. Blooms included wild flowers, creating an unstructured and informal look on the reception tables. She made my bouquet from pastel flowers, grasses and herbs, doing the same for the bridesmaids and buttonholes.
We had a pale pink, three-tier cake with carrot, Clementine and red velvet layers, decorated with flowers and woodland animals.
Our stationery came in the form of a lovely pocket fold design from Bluebird Stationery – we loved it!
A guitarist played during the drinks reception, followed by a live band and DJ in the evening. We also had garden games and space hoppers for races – I did get a bit competitive with my bridesmaids and end up with a grass stain on my dress, but it was nothing a baby wipe couldn’t fix!
After a lot of discussions we decided against the traditional first dance. At the end of the evening we had an impromptu last dance when the band played Fun’s ‘We Are Young’.
CEREMONY St Mary’s Church, Shrawley RECEPTION VENUE The Curradine Barns, Shrawley | DRESS Ian Stuart at Brides of Solihull | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Mori Lee | GROOM Reiss | ACCESSORIES Rachel Simpson and Lila-Lila | STATIONERY Bluebird Stationery | FlOWERS Julie at Floral Events, Malvern | PHOTOGRAPHER Robin of Sandry Studio