love shoot #24: modern rustic {emma & peter}

I know I featured this gorgeous wedding and engagement shoot with you only yesterday, but this week the pretty just keeps on coming!

Charley Smith certainly seems to attract some of the most stylish weddings to photograph (remember Caroline & Ned’s stunning Dordogne wedding?) and Emma & Pete’s rustic spring wedding in the Cotswolds is certainly one of them!   The bride, Emma, designed all of her own stationery and decor for the day incorporating the spring-time theme in an elegant ivory, teal and pink colour palette.

I am officially in love with Emma’s one-off elegant and modern asymmetric dress, and also the gorgeous modern florals, including my new favourites, black & white anenomes!  I also love Emma’s clever table plan idea, hanging the names from coloured ribbons!

I chatted to Emma about their day:

Pete and I met whilst on a night out with friends at a very cheesy nightclub in London.  We got chatting and discovered we worked near each other, so we met a few days later for our first date…five and a half years later we got married…the rest is history.

Pete proposed after about four years, while we were on a road trip to the West Coast of America. We were half way through our trip and had driven along the Big Sur that day. We were staying the night in a beautiful hotel in Santa Cruz just south of San Francisco. We were enjoying a drink on our hotel balcony, watching the waves crashing on the beach when Pete suddenly got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so overcome with emotion that I nearly forgot to say yes!

We chose to get married in the Cotswolds as it is close to where I grew up and somewhere that we both love to spend time. The ceremony took place in a beautiful church near Stroud. It was the most special part of the day for me. All our guests were invited to the ceremony and the evening reception, as most people were travelling a long way and we wanted only our closest friends and family there.

Blanka Dorrell at Whiteleaf Bridal showed me a wide variety of dresses that she designs herself, and offered to customise them in various ways. I really like the idea that I was getting something really original, and when I tried on my dress I loved it! I wanted something with an unusual neckline and I loved the simplicity of the rest of the dress. We agreed to add pearls along the entire length of the back of dress.

We didn’t have one specific theme, but we wanted a rustic, spring feel to reflect the time of year and the surroundings; the reception was in a Cotswold Barn surrounded by rolling fields, spring lambs and blossoming trees. We tried to reflect this through the decor, flowers and stationery. Our colour scheme was ivory and teal (my favourite colour) with splashes of pink.

The invitations and stationery (which I designed and made) continued the spring and rustic theme, with blossoming trees and birds. The barn was beautiful inside; it was a blank canvas that you could decorate however you chose. We chose tall centre pieces for the tables with spring flowers and twigs that added drama and height. We had a wish tree, rather than a traditional ‘guest book’ which we decorated with vintage birds and hearts. We made tags for guests to write messages to hang on the tree.  Our tables were named after our road trip to the West Coast of America where we got engaged and we used photos we had taken to make postcards, which we used as table names.  I got lots of ideas from wedding blogs and got stationary ideas from some of the American sites such as Wedding Paper Diva’s.  I found blogs more useful than some of the wedding magazines.

We loved the setting of the barn. The views of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking! We wanted the day to be a big party for all our closest friends and family and we liked the intimacy and informality of the barn. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed and to have a really fun, enjoyable day. We served Peroni and Prosecco when the guests arrived and sat down to a three course meal, starting with mixed antipasto served on boards on the centre of each table, so that guests could help themselves. In the evening we had a brilliant band called 24/7 who played a great set and kept everyone dancing all night!

What was your lasting memory of the day?

Pete’s smiling face when I walked down the aisle and then walking back down the aisle holding hands as man and wife!

What advice would you give other brides?

Delegate – don’t try to do everything yourself, you will find that your friends and family are usually more than willing to help (especially with a little persuasion)!

What was your first dance?

Let there be Love by Nat King Cole

Congratulations Emma & Pete, I hope every spring time reminds you of your love.

A big thank you to Charley for sending over the images, he always captures the spirit and feel of a wedding with natural and relaxed shots.  You can keep track of his latest work here


Dress – Whiteleaf Bridal

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Headpiece – Rock ‘N Rose

Pearl Bracelet – Magpie Vintage

Bridesmaids dresses – Coast

Stationery – Designed and made by the bride

Venue – Kingscote Barn

Flowers – Oops a Daisy

Decor – Made by the bride

Hair – Vicky Turner, Goldsworthy’s Hairdressing

Makeup – Katie Aldridge

Groom’s Suit – Reiss – Personal Tailoring

Catering – Strawberry Field Catering

Cake – Waitrose

Music – 24/7


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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All these photographs are wonderful. Looks like such a perfect day and you captured it so well. I love the photograph of the couple amonst the rapeseed, the sky looks absolutely stunning! Great lighting and composition throughout.