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Pure Whimsy – rustic woodland wedding

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This rustic woodland wedding was pure joy and totally awesome from start to finish!!!  Stephanie and Chris were a bit lost for how to pull together their overall wedding theme, but as soon as I mentioned rustic tree centrepieces, logs and pretty clutter, candlelight and moss, their ears perked up and soon a theme emerged and took hold. It was much enhanced over the remaining months following our initial meeting, by Stephanie and her lovely mum.  Much fun was had collecting pretty accessories and planning sweets, cakes and popcorn tasters for the wedding – a whole corner of the barn was filled with boxes of goodies needing to go on tables. Sometimes you just need to go OTT and not feel bad about it!

Stephanie and her pretty bridesmaids, wearing a gorgeous shade of heather-lilac, opted for wilder, more unstructured bouquets with lots of roses, astilbe, dahlias, anemones, seed pods, succulents, brunnia berries, and lots of beautiful berried eucalyptus.  The men wore buttonholes of garden roses with herbs and astilbe, to match.   The colours were really gorgeous and summery and looked beautiful not only against their dresses but also against the dark wood paneling of the Tithe Barn.  The wedding ceremony was held at nearby St Mary’s Church in Thorpe.

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Following the church ceremony at St Mary’s Church, the wedding reception was held at Great Fosters in the beautifully rustic Tithe Barn, an absolutely perfect choice for Stephanie and Chris’ enchanted whimsical theme.  The layout at this beautiful summer wedding was a little unusual, with a long table in the middle of the barn being the top table, surrounded by other guest tables. So this and the other 4 guest tables in the centre of the barn were styled with whimsical floral topiary tree centrepieces to echo the high ceiling in this part of the venue.  Around the tall tree centrepieces, we created a wonderful mix of posies of flowers in low jars, vintage bottles, small milk bottles, and mixed in lots of pretty candlelight, with pillar candles sitting on wood logs slices, lots of votives, floating candle vases. All using wilder style ‘just-picked’ style of flowers, with interesting herbs, foliage, succulents dotted around and a light scattering of moss.

The remaining tables, under the eaves of the barn followed suit with similarly mixed eclectic displays of flowers and candles and rustic elements.  The beautiful dusky pinks, lilacey pinks, blush and splashes of ivory flowers looked really lovely among silvery toned foliage such as eucalyptus, mimosa and silver moss.  The overall result was really fabulous and really suited both the couple and the venue!  A lot to take in but so pretty and so in keeping with the other decor ideas that Stephanie and her mum had pulled together… One of my favourites for 2015!

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