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RUSTIC LUXE

Today’s real wedding has brought me to tears more than once; as well as following her wedding planning journey as one of our blogging brides for 2015, Gabi is also one half of the sweetest wedding PR duo Sweetpea PR and a very dear friend of mine.

Planning your big day while working in the wedding industry can be a stressful experience – as if there isn’t already enough pressure on brides to create a ‘perfect day’, when you are constantly surrounded by only the very best it can be even harder to make those all important decisions on everything from the suppliers and dress to the decor!  If Gabi was ever worried, she needn’t have been.  Her rustic-luxe theme came together with a flurry of blush and gold sequins to create a pretty and contemporary take on a quintessentially English barn wedding.

As you’d expect, every little detail was carefully considered to fit not just to fit her beautifully romantic style, but also to represent the personalities of Gabi and her Groom, Chris. From including her favourite blush pink ranuncula in the bouquets, to serving their favourite treats (including a popcorn and ice cream bar), and her simply divine dress by Cymbelline at Blackburn Bridal. The pretty was all captured by talented photographer and friend, Eddie Judd and videographers HD Moments.

Family and friends were also an important part of their day, so of course Gabi’s identical twin sister, Lisa, and her nephew Albie took on the roles of Maid of Honour and ring bearer (just how cute are those shorts and striped blazer?!).  And how could I forget the venue, the stunning stunning Almonry Barn in Somerset.

Swoon.

From the bride, Gabi:

I always knew I wanted a feminine and romantic look, so our wedding reflected this in every way – from my backless Cymbelline gown  to the blush pink and gold colour scheme! 

Combined with soft tulle and lace really my dress was perfect as it ticked off all these key elements. I was keen to create a romantic and chic look with some volume to my dress that was created with the soft layers of tulle without being too big – I was keen to make sure I could have lots of fun and movement for the evenings dancing! I was so sad to take my dress off at the end of the day – I just loved it!

The colour scheme was blush pink and gold. I was keen to create a soft and romantic feel with touches of luxe – added through injections of gold and glitter. I love pink so this was always going to be an accent colour for the day! The blush pastel colour worked so well – especially as the focal flowers were Peonies  – in an abundance of shades of blush.

The barn had a beautiful selection of Conran candleholders in varying heights dotted along the back wall – I filled these with tapered white candles dipped in gold glitter that I had made with my hens on my hen do – the soft candlelight looked beautiful in the room and it had a really cosy feel. We also placed large scented candles throughout the venue to give our wedding a scent which still brings all those memories of the day flooding back.

I went to town with the decorating and DIY / personalisation of the wedding – due to the nature of my job and my love of styling and crafting this was probably always going to be the case. I loved every minute of the 18 months build up to the wedding, researching ideas on Pinterest – sourcing various items (so so many shopping trips) and then weekends spent DIY’ing for the day. I sourced and decorated over 70 vases that the florists used (Chris goes to the US with work and I always made him bring me back crates of the Mason jars from Target) I sprayed these gold and blush pink and added touches of glitter, for about 6 months anything that moved was sprayed gold and glittery! I also made over 70 tealights using a similar technique which we dotted on each table.

Being a huge fan of popcorn, from early on I was keen to have a popcorn bar, this tied in with the table runners but I styled with a full floor length gold and white chevron table runner. I had purchased glass jars in an assortment of sizes and filled with a mixture of savoury and sweet popcorn. I printed signs for each of the glass jars which I attached with gold glittery ribbon. I had glittered the popcorn scoops and even found a gold glittery cake knife – no element was over looked!

What were your most memorable moments from the day?

My most memorable moments were walking down the aisle with my dad, I was completely overwhelmed (and nervous) I couldn’t quite believe it was all happening, Everyone standing looked so happy, especially Chris – my nerves of saying the vows in front of everyone quickly slipped away!

Also walking into the main barn to take our seats for the dinner, all of our guests were on their feet clapping and cheering, the atmosphere in the room seemed electric with so much love from all our favourite people – I will never forget that moment – it seemed the pinicle of all the months and months we had spent planning and talking about the wedding and it was finally happening! I felt like I could have burst with happiness at that moment.

Whilst we didn’t get a chance to take some time to ourselves (aside from the photos) I didn’t really mind, I think if we had we would have both been keen to get back to the party anyway as we were having so much fun however there were moments when I caught Chris’ eye across the room and knew that everything we had been talking about, discussing and planning over the past year and a half had come together perfectly and I could tell Chris felt the same!  

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Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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