We think that countryside and vintage wedding themes, go hand in hand. Hessian, rolling fields, chintzy china all combine perfectly for a sweet, long and lazy wedding day filled with romance and nostalgic nods to years gone by – no wonder it’s such a popular wedding trend especially in Sussex with it’s abundance of gorgeous countryside.
So, when this amazing country-meets-vintage wedding inspiration shoot – showcasing the talents of 10 Sussex-based suppliers, no less – landed in our inbox; we just had to find out more and share this with you. We think you’re going to love it.
Over to the fabulous Kate and Caroline from Sussex Cutting Garden for all the goss on this swoon-worthy shoot:
The venue, Featherbed Barn, was once a working farm and set with 32 acres of stunning grounds. It has great character and charming buildings with a lake, a wood and open fields enabling our bride and groom to be free to relax and become one with the countryside.
Our bride with auburn locks and skin so fair to the eyes, looked charmingly romantic in a wedding dress designed and handcrafted by Becky Drinan. The delicate finishes of the dresses allows our bride to shine all day and dance all night.
Our groom was fitted with a bespoke dark brown suit which was designed and tailored by Igor Srzic Cartledge from Dandylion Style in Hove. The outfit was inspired by nature and complimented the tones of the brides colouring too. The pink shirt and roses tie blended with the pink hues of the flowers in the bride’s bouquet.
The flowers were all grown locally by us (Kate Dalton and Caroline Harding from Sussex Cutting Garden). The bouquet has an old fashioned look with flamboyant and blousey dahlias in hues of coral, apricot and cerise pink. These were hand-tied with maichaelmas daisies and panicum grass seed heads adding a touch of pizzazz to the bouquet.
The grooms buttonhole has been designed with a relaxed informal theme in mind. Pink achilea, lilac lavender, eucalyptus and a nigella seed head were all tied together as a gathered stem boutonniere using raffia, for a rustic feel. The bride also adorned a similar cluster of flowers in her hair.
The bride’s hair was styled by Liz Bower from Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair. Braids were incorporated through the front and sides of the hair tailing off to a messy bunch a favourite look for vintage brides. This could be taken down for a softer romantic and elegant look for the later part of the day.
The bride’s makeup was subtle and natural to enhance her blue eyes and auburn hair. Ellie (of The Beauty Aisle)‘s experience of tailoring a makeup look to suit personal style and tastes was invaluable for our country vintage theme.
Our bride and groom travelled in style in Belle, a retro 1965 Fontana grey VW Beetle, chauffeured by Kelly from Sussex Love Bug. Belle is incredibly photogenic and with her curves, polished chrome hub caps and bumper that glistens on a summer days, added a touch of class to the country vintage affair.
When our bride and groom arrived they were greeted by Blue – the sweetest little pony who belongs to the venue. Blue stole the show with her pink harness and was even happy to wear pink dahlias in her mane to pose for photos.
Our fantastic photographer Matilda Delves from Matilda Rose Photography, captured every aspect of the day. Using a relaxed approach to taking the photos meant that the bride and groom’s natural sides shone through. Matilda’s eye for detail through the lens, also allowed for every unique part of the day to be highlighted in a very subtle way. Matilda’s suggestions of backgrounds and scenery helped to frame some of the most fantastic photographic images of the day capturing the rustic charm of the barn and all its buildings and beautiful grounds.
Of course, no wedding would be complete without a wedding cake. We gave Elizabeth Chatfield from Sylvia’s Kitchen, the brief and she designed and made two cakes! The wisteria design on the white and lilac cake has been hand painted and looked dreamy and elegant with the floral theme truly encapsulated. The pink wedding cake with sugar rose flowers, looked perfect in the country cottage too.
The wedding breakfast table has been laid out with a fabulous mix match of vintage crockery. The centrepieces were a small pile of old fashioned books and have been surrounded by jars decorated with hessian and lace and filled with wonderful cottage garden flowers from Sussex Cutting Garden.
The floral stationery has been designed by Emma Louise Bonnick (elsdesign). Emma used watercolour florals with a peony flower design, giving a delicate but relaxed look, fitting with the other elements on the wedding table.
What a stunning shoot?! It certainly inspired us and had us longing for those dreamy summer days! We loved the Sussex collaboration too; from photography to dress design, those gorgeous flowers, that hand painted wedding cake, the stationery, not forgetting the lovely venue (how cute was Blue the pony?!) the list goes on – this certainly goes to show that we’re one helluva creative county. A huge thank you to all those that were involved in planning, designing and producing such a pretty shoot – its bloomin’ beautiful!