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16 July 2013

Anna and Tom's Preston Court Wedding- The Details

Time really does fly when you're not looking and this week one of my gorgeous couples Anna and Tom celebrate their first anniversary. This was also my penultimate planned wedding at my favourite venue, so it's a rather special one for me. Thanks to photographer Debs Ivelja for the beautiful photos...

This was an unusual planning experience for me, given that Tom and Anna live in Canada and our first meeting was over Skype! In fact, we met a grand total of twice before the big day so all our plotting and scheming was done virtually. These two are a real pair, we had such a laugh along the way and I often found myself chatting to their two much loved bull dogs along the way-it was a shame they couldn't make the wedding!

Loved this little behind the scenes moment-I stowed Anna away in the kitchen to wait whilst guests were seated for the ceremony. 

Their Kentish Preston Court wedding was featured in detail thanks to Kelly Hood on Boho Weddings blog last week, but today I wanted to share some of the beautiful details with you, including elements from their look book and how I translated this into reality.

The Look

The beauty of a barn wedding, particularly at Preston Court, which houses two stunning vintage organs inside, is that it takes very little to transform the space into something special. When I first started talking to Anna about her ideas (Tom was more into the food and music) she was really keen to draw on the rustic feel of the barn, a relaxed atmosphere with country flowers-especially lavender, to enhance the beauty of the 17th Century barn.  Immediately, natural untreated materials came to mind-cotton and yarn, terracota, oatmeal, combined with pale sea foam, blush pink and lavender. I wanted to introduce plenty of texture and scent to the space and create a fresh, summery feel.  You'd never know that it rained for most of the day!

Here's how it came together...

The Wedding

Potted succulents and seed bombs doubled up as the seating plan and simple gifts for guests to take home afterwards. A few of those succulents may very well just be sat happily on my kitchen windowsill now ;)

Drawing on the colours of the organ which was to become the backdrop for their ceremony, we suspended paper pom poms in various sizes from the eaves of the barn. The couple brought the whole family to help me fluff them all the day before, the gents really got into it too, I think secretly they enjoyed themselves!

The doily table over-lays were a real labour of love for me, from sourcing near enough to 100 of them and tea dying them in batches in the bath before stitching them into rings ready to lay onto each table. A simple, delicate touch to compliment those flowers, don't you think?

These handwritten place settings were a great way to cut out the table clutter by combining the place card with the setting. I just created a template and set to work using kraft card and white pen. Voila!

Florist Luisa Carlino of Wild Daisy created an utterly gorgeous array of blooms in mason jars, packed with lamb's leaf and astilbe for texture and lavender, rosemary and cut garden roses for scent. They were deliciously perfect and lasted well into the next day when I came back to clear the venue.

Finally, the piece de resistance to get the party under way in the evening-the dessert table! Well stocked with mini cheesecakes, old fashioned sweet shop favourites and cake pops lovingly made by Tom's mum, everyone was happy to tuck in or take something home with them at the end of the night. Scrummy. 

So, Happy First Anniversary Tom & Anna! Thank you for allowing me to be part of such an amazing day, it was fantastic working with you.

Please check out the full wedding feature here for all the supplier details, they're a rather talented bunch!

* All photography courtesy of Debs Ivelja

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