80 days to go!! Apologies for my lack of blog posts recently, between moving house last year, decorating and creating our dream home, working and wedding planning I haven’t had much time to do anything else. I am now making a conscious effort to set aside some time each week to light some candles, grab a cup of tea get writing.
So much has happened since I last talked about the wedding. Our venue, the Old Barn, is almost complete, I can’t wait to share pictures with you, and all of the major planning has been done.
With our rustic venue in mind we decided to go with a relaxed, romantic, country garden feel for our big day. It is important to us that we have a laid-back, fun-filled day where everyone can eat, drink and be very merry.
When planning our ceremony, we have thought carefully about our vows and readings so that they represent us as a couple. We didn’t want anything too stern or intense, but something loving that showed how grateful we are to be able to celebrate our relationship and friendship in front of our loved ones.
We want the decor to be in keeping with the venue and fitting for a May wedding. Think bunting, burlap and beautiful spring blooms. The main barn will be lit with festoon lighting and paper lanterns (from The Hanging Lantern Company) suspended from the beams to create a romantic glow.
My favourite find so far (courtesy of my lovely Mam spotting them on eBay) is two milk churns which we will fill with beautiful seasonal flowers to match our colour scheme and place either side of the main entrance to the barn to add to the rustic, country feel.
I love the idea of having a bit of DIY styling at the wedding, and our current projects include stripping down and painting an old set of ladders which will become our table plan display as well as creating signs for various areas of the venue.
Our florist is the fabulous Jan Watters, based in Cleadon Village near where we live. As our wedding venue isn’t complete yet, we couldn’t exactly tell her everything we wanted in the way of floral displays but I was able to explain the sort of look we would like to go for. I absolutely adore traditional spring time flowers such as peonies, stocks, hydrangea and hyacinths mixed with beautiful sprigs of eucalyptus. Jan is a genius when it comes to creating stunning bouquets so I have pretty much left the flower arranging in her very capable hands. I can’t wait to see what she creates.
Music is such a huge part of our day and we have been planning our wedding playlist for months. We are both old rockers and heart and want to incorporate the music we love into the big day. We will be ditching traditional ceremony music for the likes of Peter Gabriel and Pearl Jam and getting our guests up on the dance floor with music from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, ACDC and Van Halen. ROCK ON!!