EMERALD GREEN FESTI-WEDDING!
Give me a bride wearning a floral crown and I’ll be smiling for the rest of the week! The lovely Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography knows me so well, she sent over a sneak peek of the gorgeous Ruth in her colourful crown and knew I’d be smitten before I’d even seen the rest! This beautiful bride’s festival-inspired wedding incorporated all the things they both love – from the Yorkshire countryside where they grew up, to the church that plays such a big role in their lives. Using green and pops of fresh, bright coloured summer blooms with rustic handmade details they created a day that truly reflected their personalities – bright, relaxed and fun (I mean, just look at that smile!)
Ruth’s story –
Our love story began where it eventually wound up, in church. Not at a wedding, but at a summer world cup youth event in Warrington – how romantic. We caught a glimpse of each other across the room and following a drink at the pub we were an item and blissfully in love. We spent three months together but things didn’t work out, so we broke up. Wayne moved on and moved out to London whilst I travelled the world to explore different cultures and follow my dreams of becoming a nurse.
Two years passed and we both returned to Warrington, neither of us dated during that time and Wayne came back to me asking if we should start over, but for me it was too late. However after a few months of consideration we decided to start over, but this time things were different. We had changed, we had grown wiser and we were in love. So much so that on our anniversary Wayne proposed to me on a cold winter’s eve under the stars. I said “yes” and the rest is history.
The main inspiration for our wedding, the colours and style was ‘us’. By that, we mean our personalities and passions. We have both come from families who grew up, lived and worked on the land. We both love the countryside and going for walks, runs or bike rides when we get the chance. We also enjoy the new folk movement with bands such as Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men. So to try and give people a glimpse of this we chose “green” as the main colour to represent the land. We described our wedding as a “festiwedding” and this was to let people know there was going to be lots of music, colour and fun sounds throughout the day. We left the church in a Volkswagen camper van, the reception was in a marquee and there were loads of hay bales scattered around –very rustic.
St Michael Le Belfrey was very special to both of us for a number of reasons, the church is a huge part of our lives. It was the church I attended as a child and Wayne is now a youth worker in a church. We chose the marquee for a rustic, vintage wedding and to create a more intimate and personal reception. It was in a field next to Ruth’s family home which is a special place and where we rekindled our romance two years ago. It also meant that we could have our photographs in the field where Wayne proposed.
I wore a vintage lace dress by Benjamin Roberts. The dress came in two parts, a satin fishtail underdress and a lace overdress. I took off the lace dress in the evening and everyone thought I had two dresses!
We really wanted it to be a handmade wedding and include as many as people as possible. Our family and friends made 200 metres of beautiful bunting, hearts, wooden boards, Swedish log burners, country wreaths, and our wedding cake! We chose the country flowers to create a ‘just picked look’ and to keep with the rustic, vintage theme. We included eucalyptus leaves for Ruth’s dad who is Australian. Green was the main colour and we felt the purples and pinks complimented this.
The most memorable moment
Ruth: I think ever since being a young girl, I’ve dreamt for years about how it would feel to walk down the aisle and my big day did not disappoint. My florist had arranged some trees across the front of the church with hanging tealights, the flowers all looked incredible and it truly felt like a fairytale as I walked down the aisle!
Wayne: The most memorable moment for me was the ceremony itself. Seeing Ruth looking so perfect as she came down the isle, committing ourselves to each other forever and joined by so many friends and family – we knew everyone who had a role in the wedding from the band to the vicar. Our “festiwedding” was full of personal touches.
Any advice for other brides-to-be? Do as much planning and preparation as you can before the big day so that on the day you can just totally relax and enjoy it. If you’re enjoying it, the chances are your guests will enjoy themselves too. Our photographer was amazing, so friendly and really added to the day, as well as being incredibly helpful – she handmade a buttonhole for one of the groomsmen at the last minute!
- Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography
- Bride's Dress: Benjamin Roberts
- Bride's Shoes: BHS
- Bridesmaids Dresses: Angel Dresses
- Groomswear: Moss Bros
- Makeup: Bride using Lancome
- Hair: Tracey Miller
- Florist: Living Colour
- Ceremony Venue: St. Michael Le Belfry
- Reception Venue: Private Venue
- Marquee: Will's Marquees
- Catering: Forks
- Cake: Groom's Mother & Father