The ceremony was held at Arnos Vale’s Underwood Centre, a venue I have worked with closely over the years. Being outdoors is really important to both Laura and Nick so the open sides of the barn and surrounding greenery were ideal. We dressed the space with bunting and lace curtains for a rustic and homespun feel that continued through into the reception decor. The incredible floral pieces, including the brides bouquet and table arrangements, were created by Emma Norton Flowers.
The atmosphere at the reception, held at Yatton Rugby Club, was homely and welcoming. At dinner guests were treated to the British classic: pie and mash. “We envisioned a cosy family dinner where you pass around the plates of food to each other and serve yourself at the table.” The rugby club, by it’s nature, was a very masculine space with prized shirts and trophies on display so it was important to bring in softer elements like the bunting and hessian runners to balance this out. Some friends had suggested that we hire top quality tipis to add to the cheery detail, but it was a last-minute suggestion and we couldn’t go ahead with it. But we made sure there were plenty of bright blooms to add that outdoor element. Even the cakes were decorated with petals and fresh fruit! Guests were invited to bring a sweet treat along with them on the day and we had great fun styling the Great British Bake Off table – a fun spin on the dessert course.
A really unique detail on the day was the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. Each wore the same shade of blush as Laura, a bold move for any bride, but the results looked amazing. By continuing the themes of lace and tulle across the dresses but changing up details like the sweet cap sleeves and bow belt on Laura’s dress an elegant and flirty look was achieved. Make sure you visit Rock My Wedding for a full gallery and lots of lovely inspiration.