Located at the Milling Barn, Hertfordshire, Emma & Tex's big day has all the ingredients to make your heart skip a beat. Following a joy-filled ceremony, Benjamin Stuart Photography took the bride and groom for some jaw dropping couple shots.
Bubbles and canapés were next on the agenda, featuring textures of wood to suit their rustic country theme.
Into the barn, and the rustic details flourished. With rough lime-washed tables, wood-slice centrepieces and ivy covered lanterns alongside floristry from a friend.
Post-feast and it was time for group shots and partying. We love a wedding that ends on a sparkling send-off, don't you?
Who knew our childhood obsession with plastic animals could come in so handy?! According to our mother, the Early Learning Centre was our favourite shop; we would waddle up to the window and oggle the selection pointing at which we would like to join our ever-growing collection.
Fast-forward 20 years and we are wishing our collection was still alive and kicking, because oh boy what an amazing array of place card holders we would have!
We're sure you'll have seen these mystical creatures all over Pinterest, posing as place card holders, table name holders and nifty little jar lids and can imagine many of you DIY savvy brides and grooms may want to have a go yourselves. (Although, if you're not feeling up to the DIY challenge we'll be adding them to our Wedding Toolbox soon!) So, without further ado, here's how we went about creating these champagne gold woodland place card holders!
1. Using a saw, slice through the top of the plastic animal (ouch!) straight down, about half way down the body. Saw far down enough that your place card will stand up right and sturdy, but not so far that it covers part of the name. Be careful not to cut in at an angle as your card may tilt forward and be difficult to read.
2. File any jagged edges using a heavy duty nail file or very light sand paper. Using some damp paper towel, wipe away any dust or lumps of plastic. Ensure thoroughly dry before spraying!
3. Complete the above steps for all of your animals so that they're ready for their glitter!
4. Outside, lay your animals on their side on newspaper and spray the first side with your chosen metallic spray paint. For the best coverage use short, sharp sprays at a distance to ensure not to spray too much paint as this will lose the all important detailing!
5. After 5-10 minutes, flip your animals onto the other side and spray again. Again leaving 5-10 minutes, stand the animals upright and finish the tops using the same short, sharp sprays.
6. Wait for your animals to completely dry before slipping your place cards in. Here, we’ve used simple luggage tags with biro. If your handwriting is unfortunately child like your chosen Stationery Guru could create your name tags, or you could opt for an alphabet stamp set for a rustic feel.
TIP: Always have a spare plastic animal and place card handy to test during. You might need to deepen your slice into a ‘V’ shape, if you have particularly thick and heavy cards.
We are super excited to introduce Rachel Lou Photography to you. As a new member of our recommended suppliers list, Rachel's gorgeously soft and romantic imagery is guaranteed to have you swooning all day long.
Rachel captured Helen & Jessica's fun-filled barn wedding in Wokingham. Filled with rustic details, the brides' big day featured rustic wood slices, meadow blooms and subtle pink and white hues.
We love the mixture of wild meadow blooms and soft pink roses.
Perfect for a fun-filled soiree, bubble wands adorned the tables alongside twee favours such as seeds and personalised jams!
Textures of wood also echoed through the cake. The silver birch style cake featured carved initials, surrounded by jam jars filled with florals.
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