Afternoon you gorgeous lot! I hope you all had a good weekend. I am feeling revived, inspired, well fed and well watered after a brilliant long weekend in Paris. It was a spontaneous trip as my husband is working there at the moment and had some last minute time off. I only decided to go a few days before so I didn’t have time to plan or over think things. I just rocked up Friday morning on the first Eurostar from Ashford and arrived wide eyed and bushy tailed ready to explore. It was my third time in Paris so there was no pressure to sight see. Instead, we spent the weekend walking the back streets of central Paris, following our noses and soaking up the Parisian lifestyle. We also hit Marché aux Puces St.-Ouen de Clignancourton, one of Paris’ famous flea markets where we found Chez Lousiette, an utterly bonkers but brilliant cabaret bar and restaurant. If you ever find yourself in Paris, you have to visit Chez Lousiette. The whole restaurant is adorned with Christmas decorations (of the 1980’s kind) and they have a range of cabaret singers all performing in their own unique and extravagant way. It was the highlight of our weekend!
Following on from the city of love we have a gorgeous laid back real wedding to share with your eyes today. Captured by Karen Flower Photography, Fran and Matt said I do on the 23rd May 2015 at Heron’s Farm, a beautiful tythe barn in Berkshire. They had no set vision when it came to planning their wedding apart from keeping it relaxed and informal as much as possible. After finding Heron’s Farm, the barn and surrounding countryside very much dictated the style of their wedding and they ended up following a rustic theme with a vintage twist which we think works beautifully.
With plenty of DIY decor elements and clever ideas such as sweetie bags for their ‘tuck shop’ doubling up as name placements for their tables, Fran and Matt’s wedding is certainly not short of a good idea or two!
Look out for Fran’s gorgeous Boden shoes and the fun garden games.
Fran and Matt tell us how it all started……
A Sofa, Saturday Kitchen Live & A Piece of Toast….
The ring was ordered online and was delayed so was only delivered on the morning of the proposal! When the doorbell rang Fran had never seen Matt move so fast. The proposal was while we were sat on the sofa watching Saturday Kitchen having breakfast of toast and coffee. Fran’s first answer was a no of disbelief! Quickly changed to a yes!
A Relaxed Wedding with a Rustic Vibe….
We did a lot of looking on pinterest but our venue (which was the first one we saw and instantly loved) dictated the style of wedding we had. We knew right off we wanted a relaxed feel. We didn’t want everything matching. We didn’t set out to have a rustic, vintage feel but that’s what we ended up having, and we loved it.
Paper Pompoms, Fabric Flowers and Sweetie Bags….
We used tissue paper pompoms and Fran hand painted paper lampshades in different pastel colours which were hung from the beams in the barn. Fran also made two fabric flower pomanders which were hung either side of the wedding table. The place cards were sweetie bags for the pick and mix later. The table plan, menu and table numbers were hand written by Fran on 100 year old slate tiles which had fallen off a roof and had been gathering dust for a few years!
A Morris Minor….
Although we didn’t need a wedding car as our ceremony and reception were in the same place, Fran had always wanted a Morris Minor at the wedding. Fran’s uncle brought down her Grandfather’s Morris Minor so that it could have pride of place. The Bride’s mothers family have always had Morris Minors so it was a nice way of remembering those that couldn’t be with us.
The food tasting with Rich and Charlotte from RS Catering takes some beating (although technically not a part of the day but the run up) Fran’s favourite part was walking back down the aisle (now Mrs. Pearce, hooray!) seeing everyone smiling to Beginning to See the Light by Bobby Darin.
Don’t sweat it! Something will go wrong (probably!)– all that really matters is your family and friends being there to share your day with you. Everything else is a bonus.
Lastly, all our suppliers were just lovely. I couldn’t have picked a nicer bunch of people who just seemed genuinely happy to be there.
The Line Up
Photography: Karen Flower
Venue: Herons Farm
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bride’s Shoes: Boden
Groom’s Suit: DKNY
Cake: Angie Webber
Flowers: Ivory Rose Flowers
Hair & Make-up: Jess from Claire Nicole Ltd
Music: Moonraker Disco
Catering: RS Catering