English Countryside Wedding by Chris Barber Media
December 8, 2010
United Kingdom

Today just so happens to be Wednesday and if you are a SMP fan, you know that you are about to be inundated with wedding after pretty wedding all day long. Wednesdays seriously, you complete us. So sit back and prepare to indulge in a little wedding marathon and don't forget to check out the galleries for even more awesome details from each pretty packed post.

Lets get the ball rolling with one very English and completely awesome day photographed by Chris Barber Media. We are going to cozy up to or friends across the pond and get a glimpse of what DIY looks like in the English countryside. I'll give you a hint, it's off the charts lovely. And if you positively can not wait one more second to see the whole thing, you can sneak a peek of the full wedding here.

English Wedding

English Wedding 1

English Wedding 2

English Wedding 3

see the whole day in one lovely spot!

I stayed at Wethele with my Mum and sister, Kirstie after having a pre-wedding meal with all the bridesmaids, Mums sisters, and some of my Aunties. We had a wonderful breakfast and set off to work. The ceremony wasn’t until late afternoon so everyone worked extremely hard arranging the sunflowers, paper cranes, butterflies, fairy cakes etc. The guests arrived at 2.30 for a tea party which I heard went brilliantly despite some showers! Meanwhile Rich, his best men and ushers all got picked up in a convoy of old minis to take them to Wethele. Rich didn’t know anything about this as I had arranged it all. Rich and his friends used to all own minis, which they regularly drove around Cardiff in convoy. This was years ago, but Rich has always had a special place in his heart for his late mini, so it was a great surprise for them all. Unfortunately they parked around the back, so many guests and I never got to see them… but as I said, not all goes to plan, and the photos were fab!

My brilliant friend Liz did a great job calming me down and doing my make up, and my Mum who had been ushering the guests into the ceremony room (as the ushers were late) finally came up to do my ribbons on my dress. Seeing my Dad for the first time when I was in my dress was amazing, we walked though the rain together and down the isle to the Flower Duet played by the string quartet to where my handsome Rich with all my wonderful family and friends were there waiting. The ceremony was very intimate and beautiful. Two of our close friends, Claire and Brendan, read poems (one about paining love, and the other being “Us Two” from Winnie the Pooh!). I remember every minute of it and was my favourite part of the day. As we walked out of the barn together, the sun shone with everyone blowing bubbles which we had instead of confetti which was awesome, with some yummy nibbles and champagne. We got all the group shots done just before the heavens opened. We all rushed into the Marquee where Bowjangles performed, the guests mingled and champagne flowed. The meal was wonderful. Followed by the cutting of the most amazing cake ever. It was heart breaking to cut but I’m glad we did as it was absolutely delicious – each layer was a different flavour; fruit, chocolate mud cake and madeira!

We popped out to have some photos as the sun went down and came back for pudding, and speeches which were absolutely hilarious. Rich and I took some time out outside under the lanterns and fairy lights whist the band set up to play. I’ve got to say that our first dance was shocking, however, our friends soon joined us and most never actually left the dance floor apart from to get a few funny pics in the silly space set up in the marquee. Rich wanted a band, and I wanted good music that everyone knew, could dance to and wasn’t too old & cheesey. Mr Ben were excellent, and played tracks from Kings of Leon, Killers, The Jam, Green Day etc etc. At the end of the night somehow I ended up without the underskirt to my dress, with a big smile, some fairy wings and wellies, attached to the most amazing husband I could ever wish for. It was the end of a perfect day.

Photography: Chris Barber Media / Dress: Anna from Pronuptia / Suit: Formal Affair / Bridesmaids Dresses: Victoria Jane by Coast / Rings: Stone  from Jewellery Quarter / Brides shoes: Irregular Choice / Flowers: Bouquet designed by Steve Betts, Urban Design / Sunflowers: Provided by a family friend and arranged around the farm by brides Mum, Aunties and Bridesmaids (all 300 of them!) / Button Holes: Steve Betts, Urban Design / Cupcakes: DIY by Nicky’s Mum and friend, Annika / Welshcakes: Fabulous Welshcakes / Lawn Games: First Class Leisure / Bunting: DIY by Grooms Mum + Marilyn / Origami birds: DIY by Groom’s sister / Classic Minis: Provided by Mini Massive and Medievil Mini / String Quartet: Bowjangles / Lanterns: Ikea / Cake: Tracy Conod at Icing Heaven (0121 357 1430) / Band: Mr Ben