Madly in love with my Husband Adam and proud Mama to our son Brodie James Basil & our rainbow, Ari Rupert. Here you will find me chasing happiness & surviving life after Baby loss.

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Mrs Carrick x

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Our Wedding - The details and finishing touches

This blog post is all about our wedding details! There was so much planning involved but it was all worth all the hard work. I thought it would be nice to share all our finishing touches and reminisce on all our hard work!

We got married at Swallows Oast in Ticehurst. I really, really cannot recommend the venue enough! The communication throughout all our planning was amazing, they went above and beyond to meet all our requirements and to our surprise, really reasonably priced. The venue itself is an old Oast and barn surrounded by beautiful fields. This makes the perfect place for outdoor photos, especially if you are lucky enough to have good weather.

There are 3 different locations you can get married and my dream was to get married outside the Oast. You can also get married inside the Oast if you decided that an outdoor wedding isn't for you, or if your feeling extra brave you can get married by the lake! Fortunately for us the weather was on our side and we were able to get married exactly where I wanted too. In fact the sun shined just as I got out the car to walk down the aisle!

The food is provided by their on site chef Russell who is a great character and again so willing to meet all your requirements! We didn't like the idea of a formal sit down wedding meal, and being spring/summer decided we wanted to have a BBQ. We had a mixture of salads, cous cous', paella and a range of meats and I cannot explain how amazing the food tasted. I didn't really eat a huge amount as I had butterflies all day but so many of our guests came up to tell us how great the food was and how it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding!

The desserts were our favourite part. Adam is a pudding man, he would eat a pudding for starter and main if he could! We were so undecided on which pudding to have....we decided to have three! Again Russell had no problem with this, so we had sticky toffee, creme brule and cheesecake. We also had a fruit salad for those who didn't want anything too filling, which Brodie absolutely loved!

In the evening at around 9pm we had little sliders come out. These went down a treat with all our guests and they came out just as people were starting to feel hungry again! We had mini burgers, mini sausages, mini fish finger sandwiches and chips in cones! 

The venue itself is so beautiful we felt we didn't really need a huge amount of decorations. We had Mr and Mrs bunting, flowers, and other little signs and quotes. I also printed some really old pictures of when myself and Adam first got together. Most of our decorations such as the bunting, milk bottle jars, and other little signs were brought from eBay or Hobbycraft! The best part of wedding planning is choosing your unique wedding decorations, everyone has different taste!

Our main table piece's were birdcages filed with flowers and a cute little bird. The bird cages were brought as a pack of 10 from eBay and we managed to find some cute little birds within the christmas decorations at a local garden centre! We then had 'if you use instagram' hashtag cards and I printed off a small table game for the guests to play if they got bored. Our guests could also find their wedding favours on the table with a small label which read 'thank you for sharing our special day' and each table had a vintage style frame with the table number and a different love quote.  The tables, chairs, table cloths, napkins and all the cutlery were provided by the venue so we didn't have to worry about arranging an outside company. 

The table plan I made myself. I found similar on Pinterest and just loved the style! I brought all the necessary items including the frame from hobby craft and then printed it onto pink paper which I then stuck on luggage tags, hung with pegs and decorated with flowers for the 'vintage' kind of theme. I was really impressed with the final finish and it fitted in with our theme!

Instead of a guest book we had a heart drop box where our guests could sign a heart and drop it into the box. We stood this on an easel and it looked really effective! We brought the box from easy, there are so many on the market but we didn't want one too big and I also wanted it personalised with our name and date! I then found the 'sign a heart and let it drop' sign from eBay and thought it was a good idea incase some guests didn't know what to do! We also had a red postbox for all our cards which was lent to us by the venue! 

Our cake was amazing. It was better than I originally expected and was so tasty! I knew exactly what I wanted after looking at 100's of cakes on pinterest and the lady who made our cake was able to do just that! We decided to have a lemon sponge cake on one layer and a double chocolate on the other. The other layers are fake layers, they don't contain any cake and are just decorated. This saved us a huge amount of money and I didn't even realise it was possible! However it makes sense as we had a huge amount of cake left over from just the two layers!

Outside we had a handmade photo booth. Adam cut and painted the wood and then my bridesmaid painted on the 'Mr and Mrs Carrick'. We then brought lots of photo props from eBay and Hobbycraft for everyone to have a bit of fun with. My favourite props were the 'were next' which I made from a plain prop found in Hobbycraft and the wooden initial which was brought from Fox and the Weave. This is now a perfect keepsake from our special day. 

The flowers were unbelievably amazing. They were from the Pavillion in Tonbridge. I never realised the stall did wedding flowers until I walked past one day and saw another lady collecting hers. The prices were incredibly reasonable and I had unlimited comments on how stunning my bouquet was. I asked for lots of Roses and that is exactly what I got!

Choosing our wedding flowers were so hard. I knew exactly what colour I wanted but then became really fussy on how I wanted them to look. I knew that I definitely wanted the majority of the flowers to be roses as they are my favourite flowers. I really can't recommend Pinterest or just talking to the florist themselves if you are stuck for ideas. 

My mum made up all the birdcages, the flowers in the milk bottles and the bunches on the chairs! She  wanted to feel apart and help in some way so I set her on the task of the flowers. She loved it and in fact did an incredible job. I always feel having a bit of handmade makes it extra special. She brought the flowers from the same place my bouquet was being made from so they matched exactly. 

My dress was brought from a local shop called 'Isabella Grace' It has recently won best bridal shop for the South East which really doesn't surprise me. They stock the most beautiful dresses and the customer service is outstanding. Never once did I feel pressured into buying anything, rushed whilst trying my dresses on and it turned out to be the best girlie day out!

Luckily I didn't need too many alterations. I had a little bit taken off the bottom and then a special button attached for my trail so in the evening it could be hooked up when I wanted to dance. My alterations were done by the seamstress recommended by Isabelle Grace and they were super friendly and made the experience so much fun!

The mens suits are all brought from Next. Adam knew he wanted something modern but a little different so added in the bow tie and braces. The bowtie's were brought online from Etsy and were super funky! Personally I absolutely loved the Groomsmens outfit! Especially the braces as pinging them brought me unlimited amount of fun!

Our bridesmaid dresses are from the highstreet store Debenhams and were exactly what I wanted! The colour was perfect and matched my roses in the bouquet! The girls were really happy with them and I think they both looked amazing!

I arrived in an old vintage car which is in fact an Alvis. Not that I knew what that was before the day! Travelling in an open top car was my dream and I always wanted to arrive in style! However it is pretty windy and not great for the wedding hair!

During the ceremony we had a Harpist played by Fiona Hosford. She learnt our favourite song especially for me to walk down the aisle too and Adam said as soon as he heard it, the tears started! She played beautifully in the background and although she was the last thing we booked she turned out to be one of the best! 

In the evening we had a DJ. He had an online booking system which allowed us to choose songs you definitely wanted playing at some point during the evening. He also took requests on the night so we had all our favourite songs played. My favourite moment was when our friend took to the mic and the both of them started singing to wonder wall! Oh the memories!

Our wedding was photographed by D.B Photography Sussex and I really cannot recommend Darren & Steph enough. Some of our favourite wedding memories included these two as they were just such a laugh and a huge part of our day. Our wedding was also filmed by Ignite and Im just so excited to see the finish project! 

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