Lucy and Dan’s Wedding

Nestled in the Durham countryside, Lucy and Dan’s wedding was bursting with classic charm and elegance. Full of personal details, the couple sprinkled their big day with subtle references to where they first met – working at a festival six years ago.

From the drive to the venue in her dad’s vintage Porsche, to the indecision she felt when choosing her stunning Vatana Watters dress – Lucy talks us through her and Dan’s beautiful day.

THE VENUE

We wanted to get married somewhere we could have the reception in the same place as the ceremony so it was easy for everyone. Healey Barn had a lovely relaxed vibe and with it’s sheltered courtyard and gorgeous country surroundings – we loved it straight away.

Although it wasn’t a traditional ceremony, the venue made it feel so special. From the big fireplace at the end of the room to the giant hanging flowers and candles above us, it truly is something I will never forget walking down the aisle to Dan with all our friends and family around us.

THE STYLING

We wanted to go for quite a clean look, so chose a white, rose gold and navy colour palette. I chose a rose gold wedding band and even had rose gold lining in my dress.

Dan and I met working at festivals, so it gave us an obvious choice for our table names – Secret Garden Party being our top table, as this is where we first met. We wanted the festival element to come through slightly in decor but not be too overwhelming, the festoon lighting designs on the wedding stationery and touches of canvas gave that subtle hint we were after – along with the glow sticks for the evening.

Smith & Sinclair‘s alcoholic cocktail pastilles were our favors. We chose three flavours; Gin & Tonic, Amaretto and Whisky Sour. We then personalised them with tags using stamps by Stomp Stamps and Pretty Rubber Stamps.

We used Twenty-Seven for the printed cards for the table plan and  personalised cufflinks for each groomsmen.

Twenty-Seven also designed cake toppers which we used as signs for our confetti box and table plan.

Our personalised Mr and Mrs bunting was handmade by Paper and Wool.

Our lovely guest book was by BeGolden and matched our theme perfectly.

THE FIRST DANCE

Dan and I thought the music element of the day was so important so much so we blew a big part of our budget on this, we chose Jess Avison to play the acoustic guitar during the ceremony and the reception. She played bittersweet symphony when I walked down the aisle which really set the mood (and the emotion) in the room.

We both love ‘You & Me’ by The Wannadies, so chose this as our first dance – we were worried it was too upbeat during the chorus but this actually worked perfectly on the day as all our guests got involved when the band blasted that classic line ‘It was always you & me, always and forever’. This was one of my favourite moments on the day.

THE DRESS

I found dress shopping stressful and didn’t like any of the traditional white wedding gowns I had seen -I knew I wanted a dress by designer Vatana Watters after trawling beautiful Instagram accounts and blogs. I then discovered a London boutique stocked her dresses and (although hungover from my birthday the night before) found The One on my first visit.

CREDITS

The Music: Jess Avison & Livewire from AMV Live.
The amazing Morgan designed and illustrated our canvas on the day.
The venue: Healey Barn
My hair was by the lovely Kara Scott and my make up by Irene MUA
Photography: I don’t even have the words to describe how amazing SJ was -she was so relaxed on the day and I loved having her around.

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