Emily and Sam's wedding at Lillibrooke Manor, Berkshire
Emily and Sam’s relaxed countryside/shabby-chic barn wedding. Informal but still keeping a few traditions that were important to them. The main thing was for their guests to feel relaxed and able to enjoy the day as much as possible.
They really wanted a venue which had a ‘chapel/church’ style room for us to take their vows. They wanted the day to be relaxed for everyone and this was reflected in their style of wedding, which is shabby chic, with quirky and handmade touches. Lillibrooke Manor was perfect for that.
Emily loved that the venue was traditional, with original features in the barn and having the Manor House as a feature in the wedding photos. The Barn was ideal for the reception as everyone could enjoy the food, drink, music and extra touches (Sweets, photo booth etc.) in the same place.They have managed to create a relaxed, understated style with ease. Emily made all of the chalkboards, easel & photobooth herself, as for them that made it more unique and extra special. The colour theme was ivory, blush & burgundy. The light ivory & blush tones matched the shabby chic style effortlessly, and to remain a little traditional, the burgundy added an autumnal colour which accented perfectly with the boys navy blue suits and with the style of the venue.
Can I just say here that Emily’s dress, Rosa Clara Soft was beyond stunning. Strapless, sweetheart neckline, fishtail dress with pearl beading detailI’ve never seen a dress with that kind of pearl detail before – it was unique and delicate, and the beauty of the dress is understated but so pretty and feminine. Emily found it in a Bridal Boutique in Cambridge on the New Year’s Eve. “I went with my Mother in Law to be and tried it on as a wild card, as it didn’t stand out to me on the hanger, and instantly fell in love with it.”
Bridal bouquets were a mix of traditional ivory roses, with blush roses to match with the colour of the bridesmaids, as well as a mix of burgundy dahlias and roses, with lots of natural foliage and Eucalyptus leaves. Groomsmen wore navy blue suits with burgundy polka dot ties and pocket squares.
The Great Barn was decorated with a canopy of fairy lights across the roof, as well as tall vases with floral centre pieces with the same colour and style of flowers as the bouquets. There was also a floral display across the top table. The Great Barn was so beautiful in its own style so Emily & Sam kept the decoration romantic, but simple and understated so as not to take away from its original style – open beams and wood work. They decorated the Engine Room on the side of the barn with lots of homemade elements to make it more personal. Emily made a large Polaroid frame and decorated it with flowers and suspended it from the ceiling to make a DIY photo booth for their guests to enjoy – with lots of props and dress up. She also made a sweetie stand, and lots of homemade chalkboards to highlight their Guestbook and flip flops for the dancers.
Music choice was also fantastic! Soul band were amazing at keeping the dance floor full with all their soul classics. I don’t remember Emily & Sam being off of the dancefloor! Especially when one of Emily’s favourite songs by Tina Turner came up!!Everyone let their hair down and enjoyed the day and night’s celebrations. The guests were enjoying the band so much that the crowd noise blew the sound limiter!Lots of our guests commented on all the extra touches, like the Welcome chalkboard that we put at the entrance to the ceremony, and the Polaroid photo booth frame. Just before the wedding Emily’s dad gave her an old sixpence coin that he’d held onto for many years to be able to give his daughter when her wedding day came around. It was very special for Emily to be able to attach this to the inside of her shoe to walk down the aisle in.
Emily and Sam’s Special moment J
“It would be too difficult to pinpoint one favourite moment! For me, walking down the aisle with my dad and having Sam waiting at the end for me took my breath away, and is something that I often look back on as such a special moment. And I know that both of us absolutely loved the band and having all our family and friends join us for a dance to some soul classics!”
Venue: Lillibrooke Manor, Cox Green, Berkshire http://lillibrookemanor.co.uk/
Florist: Laura at Lily Greens http://www.lilygreensflorists.co.uk/
Dress: Rosa Clara https://www.rosaclara.es/en-gb/
Bridesmaids: Coast https://www.coast-stores.com/
Groomswear: Edit Suits http://www.editsuits.com/
Cake: Jordana at Petit Gateau http://www.weddingcakesberkshire.com/
Videographer: Des Dubber http://www.desdubberphotography.com/