Planning a Relaxed, Sustainable & Locally Sourced Wedding in the British Countryside - A Real Wedding Feature
We are absolutely delighted to feature the beautiful wedding of Ellie & Tim on The Boho Bride Guide Blog this week. The newlyweds got married at River Cottage HQ in Devon on 22nd July 2021 and what a magical day it was.
The styling inspiration for Ellie & Tim's wedding reflected the ethos of River Cottage, with food from the local area and the garden taking centre stage.
They wanted it to be relaxed and not too formal, so their guests could really enjoy themselves. There was a real focus on home grown and locally sourced goods adding a touch of sustainability to their wedding.
Where it all began
Ellie and Tim met online in April 2019. They clicked instantly and after a few dates it was clear they were meant to be together. Tim proposed up Machu Picchu on a once in a life time trip to Peru, a truly incredible and unforgettable experience.
How COVID affected their Wedding
Unfortunately, like many couples in 2020 and 2021, Ellie & Tim had to change the date of their wedding 3 times.
Ellie explained that postponing the first time was devastating as they felt they would never get the wedding they wanted. But actually their feelings about the wedding changed whilst waiting for their day to arrive.
Covid made the couple value their nearest and dearest even more so, and brought them closer together. They decided to keep their numbers small with only 40 people there on the day. This allowed them to spend time with everyone and made their time with family and friends even more expectional. They were even allowed to sing and dance with all their guests as Covid restrictions had completely eased.
We think that this will impact a lot of couples getting married in the future and make them re-think what really is important to them on their wedding day. Intimate and micro weddings may be a big thing for the future and we are all for it!
Special Touches with a focus on sustainability
There was a theme of trees and wood for this countryside wedding, and the tables were all named after British Trees.
Tim made the candleholders from locally sourced wood and each table had a flower arrangement centred on a log.
Local & Home Grown Wedding Food by River Cottage
Ellie loved the fact she could select a venue that showcased their ethos of home grown, locally sourced and produced food. They also designed their own personal menu with the chefs at River Cottage, including local Lyme Bay scallops, Lamb and all the veg was picked that day fresh from the River Cottage garden. Now, you can't get more local than that!
Dessert was a yummy Chocolate and Cider brandy ice cream, with fennel seed brittle.
Handmade Floral Wedding Cake
The beautiful floral inspired wedding cake was designed by Angel Chops Cakes, all of which are lovingly hand made by Laura, the owner, in Scrumptious Sidmouth.
Locally Grown Wedding Flowers
The flowers, were created by Ellie's mum and were all from her own garden or locally sourced. There was no fixed colour theme and they embraced what local flowers were available at the time.
We love the heavy floral focus of this wedding too, so natural and wildly romantic.
Sustainable Handmade Wedding Stationery
Laura Likes created the couples wedding invitations out of seed paper meaning they could be planted and grown by the guests. They were based around their wildflower, floral theme.
The couple also had a bespoke wedding newspaper made by Photopress UK, featuring photos, a crossword and the order of the day.
Vintage Bridal Dress and Handmade Touches
Ellie explained that she struggled to visit any bridal shops due to lockdown so she had to order something online. She ordered various dresses from John Lewis and tried them on at home with with her Mum, eventually finding her dress by Ghost with a vintage feel.
Ellie chose some Love from Hetty and Dave shoes to accompany her vintage bridal dress. Ellie opted for flats with an amazing Bowie themed Ziggy Stardust to match with her entrance song.
The bridesmaid dresses, bridal headpiece and bridal cape were all handmade by Ellie's very talented Mum.
Tim also made his tie clips from recycled cymbal. Amazing!
VW Vintage Camper for Event Hire
Little Red Bus Photobooth is a red VW camper and they provide amazing headdresses and props to take some truly memorable photos with your guests. Ellie and Tim said this was brilliant fun for their guests and the kids just adored it.
Natural & Relaxed Wedding Photography
Ellie praised her wedding photographer Laura from FreeForm Images Photography, stating that she was amazing from start to end and gave such a personal service. The photographs were absolutely perfect and we totally agree!
Laura is one of our fabulous UK approved suppliers and offers a bespoke service in a documentary style. Ellie added that Laura 'captured all our guests and wedding details perfectly.'
Special Wedding Day Moments
This is what Ellie had to say about the favourite parts of her wedding day.
'The ceremony was truly fabulous. I walked down the aisle to David Bowies “Heroes” and we stood in front of the iconic River Cottage in the blazing sunshine saying the vows we had written for each other.'
Ellie also added, 'Sitting down to eat the menu they designed with the chefs at River Cottage and seeing all the local food and garden vegetables on the plate, was all truly delicious!' This really reflected their ethos about eating locally and growing your own produce.
Dancing and singing with their friends to Bohemian Rhapsody after all being apart for so long, and taking selfies in the Little Red Bus Photo booth, was a perfect ending to a perfect wedding!
Congratulations Ellie and Tim!
We hope you have enjoyed reading this post on Ellie and Tim's relaxed, sustainable Wedding.
Thank you so much Ellie & Tim for sharing your sensational and sustainable wedding day with us!
Lot's of Love,
We are delighted to welcome Kera Thompson from Kera Jay Weddings to the The Boho Bride Guide Blog this month. Kera will be sharing all the juicy details from her Secret Botanical Elopement Shoot inspired by intimate alfresco dining and seasonal blooms.
With the upheaval of the wedding industry in 2020 and 2021, small intimate outdoor weddings look to continue to rise in popularity into the second half of this year and into 2022. Kera wanted to show couples that you can have a beautiful small intimate wedding and reflect all of your personality and passions into the styling and activities throughout your day.
Kera worked closely with Shelly, from Shelly Hartley Interiors, to create the overall styling for this shoot. An eclectic floral palette of blues, pinks and greenery set the scene, which were used across the table scape styling as well as the bar, and bridal florals.
Trevella Manor is a beautiful listed Georgian manor house in a rural setting on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Truro in Cornwall. A picturesque pavilion and opportunity to house giant tipi tents on their expansive green lawns adjoining the beautiful gardens, makes the venue perfect for both a small intimate celebration, through to a large wedding event.
Kate and Sue from Tavistock Bridal Reloved, provided a classically elegant floor length dress in a faint blush colour with a romantic train completing the bridal look.
Kelsey from Bohemia Beauty is a vegan and cruelty-free hair and makeup artist. 'As a make-up artist and consumer I feel it is my duty to buy responsibly, and so I aim to keep Bohemia Beauty as low-waste as possible and only carry cruelty-free make-up'.
Tiffany from @foreverwildcd, created the dried floral bridal bouquet. It is all home grown and responsibly foraged and her confetti was the perfect eco solution for the day.
Mckay Menswear is situated on the top floor of Prudence Gowns, in Plymouth and supplied our groom with a sophisticated Marc Darcy, Scott Grey checkered 3-piece suit paired a navy blue tie.
Brookside Flower Farm is an environmentally friendly social enterprise that offers locally grown cut wedding flowers for your big day in Cornwall. Katie created a beautiful and bountiful display of seasonally grown flowers that created a WOW as you approached the feasting table. As well as a vibrant bridal bouquet and accompanying flower crown.
Scarlet Jade Design created a delicate stationary collection of nameplates and menus to complete the table scape styling, using a translucent vellum wrap and pink wax seal.
Floreat Wine is the creation of Anne-Marie Hurst, a qualified medical herbalist based in Cornwall. She recognised the global shift towards more mindful living and consumption, and her vision was to create a delicate and delicious sparkling wine, lower in alcohol and calories than existing sparkling wines on the market.
For the shoot I wanted two wedding photographers so that no photos were missed. Katie from Kitten Photogenic and Emily from HawkWood Photography did an amazing job at capturing the day.
Jono from I do Film Weddings created a stunning wedding film, capturing those priceless moments held between the couple on the day of the editorial shoot and shows the beauty of Trevella Manor and their open spance of picturesque grounds.
Lot's of Love,
Wedding & Event Planner & Stylist
Meet the incredible team that made this shoot happen:
Trevella Manor - Venue
Kera Jay Weddings - Planning
I Do Film Weddings - Videographer
Brookside Flower Farm - Flowers
Forever Wild (@forever_wild_cd) - Dried Flower Crown
Kitaen Photographic & Hawkwood Photography - Photography
Tavistock Bridal Reloved - Bridal Dress
Mckay Menswear - Grooms Outfit
Floreat Wines - Wine
Kera Jay Weddings & Shelley Hartley Interiors - Styling
Scarlet Jade Design (@scarlettjadedesigns) - Stationery & Signs
Bohemia Beauty - Hair & make-up
Models - Jade Bain & Joshua Andrew Mcconaghy
Higher Holcombe is perfect for boho inspired couples looking to make a full weekend celebration of their wedding, surrounded by nature and in the company of their favourite people, having fun and making memories. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Joanna, and getting an insight into her world and the unique wedding experiences she offers at her glamping wedding venue.
Grab a cuppa and join us to find out more! Higher Holcombe is one of our sensational Approved Suppliers on The Guide Directory, so to find out more about their wedding weekends and their various outdoor ceremony spaces today!
We are super excited to welcome our fabulous approved supplier Bryony from Pretty Vintage Hire, and the team to the Be More Boho Blog. Bryony will be sharing the stunning images from her 'Textured Boho Luxe' inspired shoot at the beautiful Swancar Farm Country House. The inspiration behind this shoot was the venue itself and its Glass Barn, with its beautiful wooden frame. This called for something complimenting; soft, textured and sophisticated with a bohemian touch.
'The vibe was chilled and the images were peaceful, light, cosy and full of love.'
Swancar Farm Country House is a beautiful period country house set in the rural countryside of Trowell, Nottinghamshire. They offer exclusive use of the whole venue with numerous celebration areas to choose from throughout your day. From the Oak Hall, Courtyard and Old Stables, through to the show stopper Glass Barn that we chose to set up the ceremony space.
Abby from In The Name Of Love Bridal kindly let us take Amy to try on, originally what was going to be a jumpsuit, in her stylish bridal studio, however we fell in love with the texture of this dress and how captivating Amy was when she wore it.
Abby provides unique bridal pieces which was so refreshing, and the cape which Amy wore for part of the shoot and outdoors added that extra wow factor.
MUA & Hair
Sam from Life of a Beauty Girl, was so welcoming and brilliant to work with creatively. She gave Amy a natural look with a dewy glow to compliment her already pretty face who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup anyway.
Kellie from Kellie Straw hair and Beauty kept Amy’s long blonde hair around her face, and added effortless curls and a twist detail to the back and around the twig crown.
I love to create beautiful and emotive settings that give those 'feels'. This editorial shoot was all about using a depth of textures and tonal hues, without a colour pop. I loved using our dark oak backdrop structure to match the venue’s chairs, and added lots of different materials to layer and add interest to the eye; cheesecloth, Egyptian cotton, voile and lace for a dreamy look, and carried this on with scrim chair ties and demijohns with just a few stems of soft grey pampas.
I have a love of bamboo and as my collection builds, I used just two armchairs with soft grey fur for those couple backdrop images and a cow skin rug for even more texture and depth. The top table mirrored the backdrop style with a new wooden triangle backdrop for simplicity in contrast to this with vintage brass candlesticks and detailed glass decanters.
Tablescape - Bryony
I set up the table using the drapes from the previous backdrop to carry on the theme however replaced the backdrop with a two piece triangle, signifying manifestation and enlightenment, the perfect shape for a wedding. It also provided a softer backdrop.
Catherine from Inspired Foristry is just wonderful. Always ready to create something different like the delicate twig floral crown resembling the antlers throughout the venue itself. Bringing along the perfect prop for the tall floral arrangement for the archway which made it completely independent and the wonderful displays in front of the table. The bouquet mirrored the shape of the cake with a square nest made again from twigs.
Natalie from @cakes.bynatalie is queen of stencils on her cakes and she did not disappoint with a wonderful floral design. We went for a square cake for something different with a nude palette and she added some flower stems from Inspired Floristy to bring everything together. She also brought us all delicious cupcakes on the day which were delish!!
I asked Sally from I Do Invites for simple and elegantly textured stationery to match the mood board and colours and she didn't disappoint! Sally designed and created the stunning wedding stationery embellished with real pressed flowers and finished off with a real flowers with a clear wax seal, just stunning!
Sarita White Photography has an amazing flare for capturing all the little details before you have even asked her to and then some! She has a wonderful eye and creative side herself, and always inspiring and full of ideas when planning the shoot. We always get so excited together on the run up to and on the shoot itself.
Lots of love,
Behind the Scenes
Pretty Vintage Hire - Concept, planning, props and styling
Sarita White Photography - Photographer
Swancar Farm Country House - Venue
Inspired Floristry - Florals
In the Name of Love Bridal - Bridal Dress
Life of a Beauty Girl - MUA
Kellie Straw Hair and Beauty (Instagram@kelliestrawhairandbeauty) - Hair Stylist
I Do Invites - Stationery
Cakes by Natalie (Instagram@cakes.bynatalie) - Cake
Real Couple (Instagram @amystafford & @jamiestaffs) - Models
You are in for a treat today! With this stunning Bohemian Gardens inspired shoot at the magnificent 13th Century Maunsel Manor House hidden amongst the Somerset countryside.
At Peony and Lace Weddings you get a wedding bestie in your pocket. My mission is to help couples enjoy the exciting journey that is wedding planning. To be there to hold their hand when needed, to listen to their ideas and help weave them into a cohesive plan and to reassure them that everything will go without a hitch on the big day!
'The idea for the shoot came from an image of an alfresco dining set up shared by Jen on The Boho Bride Guide Instagram Handle.
The colour palette was inspired by the sensational head dress by Clare Lloyd Accessories. I knew that I wanted to use the head dress and built the colour palette around the orange and mint ribbons of the accessory. I added in a paler peach, charcoal grey and accents of gold to complement the coral and mint'.
Once again inspired by florals and natural forms, Di Hassall’s new collection is a fusion of textures and colour. Simple, well-cut shoe shapes, in butter-soft pastel-coloured suedes, are the blank canvas for Di’s gorgeous embroidered hand-sewn embellishments using a combination of colourful embroidery, silk ribbon work and diamanté encrusted detail.
Creating beautiful bridal accessories and jewellery for women to wear on the most special and memorable day of their lives is such a privilege and joy for Claire and she feels very lucky to be able to be a little part of so many happy memories.
All of Claire's headpieces are meticulously made by hand by me using old fashioned couture techniques. Working from her light filled studio in Frome, Somerset in the English countryside - she now delivers to brides worldwide.
Positioned within the Victorian walled garden and cushioned alongside a traditional apple orchard is the pergola, a picturesque hidden gem perfect for weddings and celebrations. Nestled amongst an idyllic beautiful English country garden full of fragrant English roses, scented jasmine, and honeysuckle, the pergola offers those wishing for an ultra-laid back affair. The perfect outdoor ceremony space for up to 170 loved ones.
Inspired by their natural surroundings, Justin Duance is best known for their rustic and unique wedding and engagement rings. The pieces in this shoot are cast in beach sand, the sand creates a lovely subtle texture and tiny grains are captured in the gold. Choosing your own sand for casting is a lovely way of personalising your rings. The engagement ring features cluster of fully traced Australian brown diamonds which twinkle beautifully.
Edible rose petal heart lollies are perfect to add luxury and glamour to your wedding or event. The delicate dried rose petals give off a delicate flavour and smell. This is really romantic making the perfect unique wedding favour or gift.
The aim for the hanging cloud was to create a stunning focal piece to adorn the alfresco dining table. Sarah used a mix of dried grasses flowers and seed heads, including diverse shapes and textures to create layers of interest which she accentuated with fresh coral charm peonies, quick sand roses to add that luxe romantic element and fresh grasses to add some movement.
Sarah used a mixture of pampas grass, allium seed heads, dried hydrangea, wheat grasses bunnies tail, honesty reed grasses and fresh coral charm peonies, quick sand roses and fresh grasses.
She uses natural light, no flash, and loves capturing the moment as it happens. Laura is a force of nature on an editorial shoot, working tirelessly to get that perfect shot at every point throughout the day. She loves participating in styled shoots as they enable her to let her creatively run wild and work with amazing like minded people.
My Wedding Godmother is a Bridal Wellbeing Service, helping brides feel calm, clear and focused in the build up to their wedding day and into newlywed life.
Sally said, 'With my support, they arrive at their wedding looking and feeling fabulous, with all their nerves and worries behind them'.
I hope you enjoyed browsing through our Bohemian Gardens wedding editorial as much as I enjoyed creating it with this sensational team!
Lots of Love,
Rustic Boho Romance Wedding Planner & Stylist
The dream team of suppliers that made this shoot happen:
Maunsel House - Venue
Peony & Lace Weddings - Planning & Styling
Freeformimages Photography - Photographer
Capture Weddings - Videographer
Chloe Bond MUA - Make-up Artist
Tilda Rose Floristry - Florals
Bish Bosh Becca - Hoop Earrings
Justin Duance Jewellery - Rings
My Wedding Godmother - Bridal Wellbeing Coach
Claire's Sweet Temptations - Cake
Jax's Cake n Bakes - Food Catering
Rose Savage Bridal - Dress
Sam the Celebrant - Wedding Celebrant
Caboodle Designs - Stationery
Diane Hassall - Bridal Shoes
Clare Lloyd Accessories - Floral Headpiece
Emily's Lollies - Lolly Wedding Favours
Knot Again Jill - Macrame
Nicola & Joe and their beautiful boys - Models
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