Hannah and Tom’s rustic autumn wedding
Last week I promised I’d help banish those post bank holiday blues with a wonderful wedding story. So here it is – settle back, grab a cup of something hot and enjoy this gorgeous bit of rustic romance…
Hannah and Tom got married at the end of October 2010. Their beautiful wedding provides the perfect inspiration if you’re currently thinking about how to style your autumn wedding – whether you’re building pinterest boards, filling wedding scrapbooks or just wondering where on earth to start.
The romantic proposal
On our fourth anniversary Tom gave me a set of champagne flutes with our names and the anniversary date on them. Secretly I thought how strange to put today’s date on them, shouldn’t you have the day we got together? But later that evening it became clear. He met me after I finished work and insisted we walk home past the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, which wasn’t the most direct route. When we got to the view of the bridge he got down on one knee… and of course I said yes!
A sprinkling of rustic autumnal charm
Tom grew up on a farm and we decided to have our reception in a beautiful barn next to his parent’s home which really influenced our theme. We got married at the end of October so our theme was autumnal and rustic.
Our main styling items were lots and lots of jam jars and tins! My mother and I actually raided other people’s recycling to salvage jam jars. I also spray-painted and drilled lots of tin cans to make votive candleholders. My sister designed our beautiful invitations and I took part of the design to make a stamp to create our place cards on luggage labels.
Get the look!
Cherish Save The Date Luggage Label by Paper and Inc,100 Old Fashioned Luggage Labels by Jane Means, Hanging Rusty Vintaged Letters by The London Garden Trading Company, Lace Or Printed Ribbon by The Original Pop Up Shop, Set Of Four Heart Bucket Tea Light Holders by Ella James, Angel Tiered Cake Of Cheese by Cheese not Cake.
Was it a dream come true?
There were a couple of things that weren’t exactly as I wanted them but when you get to the day all of those things stop mattering and it’s perfect!
The main thing is to relax and try to enjoy the planning! And also remember that while you sometimes think it’s only your big day, it’s a big day for both your families too – they want to be involved as well. My husband’s sister made the wedding cake, his brother provided and played in the band, his aunt put together all the flowers for the reception, my sister designed the invites, and all of our friends came together and helped us put up the lighting and sound equipment and style the barn. It was a real team effort and it made the whole day feel so much more personal.
I love that Hannah and Tom embraced the season and used it to shape the theme and style of their day. It’s also useful to note the way they fully utilised the skills of their very creative family and friends to pull everything together and make every styling touch both beautiful and meaningful.
Thank you to you both for sharing your wonderful day with us!
Photographer: Chloe Browne, Caught the Light
Church flowers: Ted Martin Flowers
Band: Henry Spencer