Hi lovely ones, I hope the week has treated you well. This afternoon’s wedding is a delight, Rob and Chloe, a landscape contracts manager and barmaid were married at Swallow’s Oast, in Ticehurst, East Sussex, a beautiful barn with lovely gardens, a lake and woodland walk. I absolutely love the outdoor ceremony, the beautiful seasonal blooms and gorgeous woodland backdrop, the main inspiration for this 1st of May wedding.
“After visiting a few bridal shops I was struggling to find something I really loved. I was fairly open minded but knew I didn’t want anything too bulky and ideally not strapless. Fross had a lovely selection of dresses but mine was the first one I tried on that day and nothing else compared.”
Photography by Rachael Edwards Photography
“I loved my dress because of the vintage detail and relaxed style plus the train is gorgeous. It hardly had to be altered which was a bonus too! So comfortable to wear on the day, I still really love my dress.”
The delicious 3 tiered Victoria Sponge ‘naked cake’ was made by the Bride’s Auntie Tara with berries and sweet springs of gypsophila for decoration.
The couple chose Rachael Edwards Photography to capture the precious moments their wedding day.
“Rachael is very professional. The communication was great from the beginning via phone and email. She took the time to come and meet us and view the venue prior to the wedding so that she could have a good idea of what we required and the best places to take the pictures at the venue. Rachael took everything we discussed on board and we are over the moon with the photos of the day!!! We love the natural, effortless style that she has.”
Chloe’s best ladies wore gorgeous floral dresses from Monsoon with different coloured wraps, sparkly sandals and a sprig of gypsophila in their hair.
“I walked down the aisle with my father to Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison.”
“Rob and I first met through mutual friends and became good friends. Around a year or so later we both realised it was more than that and went out on a first date. My husband took me out for dinner to the same restaurant where we had our first date and at the end of the meal he produced the ring and asked me to marry him. We were engaged for around 18 months.”
Rob and Chloe chose a great selection of readings for their ceremony. ‘I Want to Grow Old with You’ by Adam Sandler from ‘The Wedding Singer’, read by our two lovely friends Sophie and Jack (see below), an extract from ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, read by Chloe’s eldest brother Toby and ‘Yes I’ll Marry You my Dear’ by Pam Ayes, read by Chloe’s mum Gill.
“We chose each reading because we wanted them to be a little light hearted and not too soppy, just sweet enough to bring a few tears. We also had ‘I Want to Grow Old with You’. The vows were amongst our favourite parts of the day.”
“We got our white gold rings from F.Chambers in Hastings. They were simple, good quality and had history as they were reconditioned second hand items.”
“Our sister in law Lisa hand wrote the place names and we made the table plan board using photo frames. We used fairy lights around banisters and walls, various strings of bunting. Rounds of Beech wood served as centre pieces, various glass jam jars and vintage jugs held flowers and candles. A friend made wooden well for cards and we used a vintage suitcase as a sweet bar.”
La Collina in Hastings put the stunning floral arrangements together using a mixture of peonies, lilac roses, stocks, sweet peas and gypsophila. All of the flowers were chosen because they are English native flowers in soft colours with heady scents.
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Don’t get stressed and remember what is really important. It’s the marriage, not the superficial stuff but good food and music help.”
Thank you to Rob and Chloe for sharing the details of your special day with us. Also thanks to Rachael Edwards for the gorgeous images.
Love Caoimhe xx
Photographer – Rachael Edwards Photography
Venue – Swallow’s Oast
Wedding Dress – Fross Wedding Collections, Uckfield
Veil and Headpiece – Fross Wedding Collections, Uckfield
Shoes – Monsoon
Accessories – F Chambers, Hastings (no website)
Bride’s Scent/perfume – Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
Groom – Victor Valentine Suit + River Island Tie
Bridesmaids – Monsoon Dresses + Debenhams Shoes
Flowergirls – Debenhams
Page Boys – Monsoon + Next + Chipmunk’s Boots
Florist – La Collina, St Leonards on Sea
Cake – Made by the bride’s aunt
Entertainment – Sound Factory
Rings – F Chambers, Hastings (no website)
Hair Stylist – Vicky Paffett Hair
Makeup Artist – Paige Richards
Photobooth – TC Photobooth