real wedding: relaxed rustic {ashley & wilsey}

This morning I am thrilled to be sharing a gorgeous wedding from one of my very talented and lovely wedding friends, Anneli Marinovich.  Her photography style and personality are the perfect match, fun and vibrant, her images are bright and colourful, yet with a tenderness that shows her passions for weddings and love.

Ashley and Wilsey’s rustic, informal wedding is full of bright, fun touches, beautiful, adorable moments of love and a few inquisitive Alpaca’s!  Choosing a marquee on the groom’s parent’s farm as their reception venue, resulted in a very personal and relaxed celebration.  My favourite details are the bride’s stunning Monique Lhullier dress, in the palest blush and the gorgeous autumnal florals created by the brides very talented sister and mother, who flew in from the US to add their own special touch to the day.

We met through friends – surely the best way? The friendship grew before the romance did, but I remember the day the penny dropped and I realised I actually had a thing for him.  We’ve been together for a long time since – 8 years already. He was very sweet to propose on a trip whilst visiting my family in the States, so my Granny and everyone felt very involved, which meant a lot to me.  The proposal itself was on the top deck of a ferry, perfect at just past midnight one October evening.  He proposed with a stunning aquamarine, encircled by diamonds, that had been his Great Grandma’s.  It took a good few minutes for it to sink in what was actually going on, followed by a night of calls back to the UK where his family were awaiting the news!

We decided to get married in Wiltshire, on Wilsey’s parent’s farm, because we’ve spent a lot of time there and it’s a place close to our hearts.   Plus, it’s absolutely beautiful!  We had our ceremony at the local church in the morning, followed by everyone returning to the farm where we had drinks and canapés overlooking the ponds at the back of the house.  This was followed by a long lunch of sharing platters, with Italian food in the marquee with views across the valley and hills. Since James is a chef, the food was crucial! 

We wanted a small and intimate wedding, with our nearest and dearest.  We also were keen to have a daytime wedding which worked really well and made the day feel different and unique.  We wanted it to be a relaxed but still very special day of feasting, drinking and good times, with our friends and family all together in celebration for a day.

Our aim was to create a truly personal day for us both, for it not to feel formulaic or out of our hands, and for people to feel free, relax and have fun!  I liked looking at the BHLDN website as well as Ruffled and Once Wed blog, which helped inspire our relaxed but elegant autumnal style, with beautiful warm colours and crisp fall air.  We used honey as place settings and favours, which were really popular with our guests, and  I hand wrote the table plan and had a baby photo of each of us at the top.

We ended the day by driving off on a 4×4 quad bike to a Shepherd’s hut in the middle of a field where we spent our first night as newly weds!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Your Love Gets Sweeter Every Day by Finlay Quaye.  I remember singing it in the shower every day after we first started going out.  We also had a last song, Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

Any advice for future brides?

Every bride, and every wedding, is different, so as long as you keep your own vision and dreams in mind it should be great fun too!  Try to delegate anything you can, and don’t work the week of your wedding, I found it too much!

Congratulations Ashley & Wilsey on your perfect rustic day!  Thank you to Anneli for sharing her beautiful work.  Anneli Marinovich Photography is based in Surrey, and Anneli is available to shoot weddings all over the UK and abroad.  To see her most recent work, including her most recent real wedding feature in You & Your Wedding Magazine, click here.



Dress – Monique Lhullier

Shoes – borrowed from my Mother in Law

Veil – a family piece borrowed from my sister-in-law

Stationery – designed by the bride & groom from a painting of the farm, printed by Gillingham Press

Flowers – Bridesmaid and Mother of the Bride

Grooms suit – Hackett

Catering – Shuttleworth Malbranche

Bridesmaids dresses – they all chose their own in a plum colour

Marquee – Whitehorse Marquees


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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