One of my closest childhood friends, Natasha met her now husband, Theo in a seaside town in Wales, when she took a year abroad to study. After years of long-distance and difficulties posed by immigration, they became a very strong couple. When Theo proposed five years later, they finally knew for the first time with certainty that they would never be separated again, and it was truly a special moment. They wanted their wedding to not only be a reflection of their immense love for one another, but also a celebration of the challenges they overcame to be together. I always knew that Theo was just the right guy for my close friend, and was so thrilled that they were lucky enough to find one another. Not only was I fortunate enough to design all of the stationery for their wedding, I was able to share in this special day as a bridesmaid! Natasha fell in love with the most perfect venue in the UK, and shortly after they found out that there were only a few more available days left in their summer calendar, the decision to have a destination wedding was made! The charming and beautiful Almonry Barn set the tone and style for the whole day – an English garden theme.
Natasha and Theo’s invitations were printed on beautiful textured handmade paper and featured leafy laurel illustrations, a garden rose wax seal and vintage stamps with floral elements to complement their theme. A soft colour palette of muted blush, light grey, soft taupe and ivory was used to reflect the tones showcased throughout the rest of their wedding.
Their ceremony took place in the candlelit hayloft of the barn, and filtered in beautiful light through the exposed wooden beams. ‘Reserved’ tented cards were used atop the first two rows of chairs, for their closest family and friends. After a very emotional exchange of vows, guests were invited to enjoy wine and Pimms on the terrace with a lovely countryside view.
Since the reception space, sitting inside a beautifully restored barn, was so breathtaking showcasing original stone walls and a romantic fairy-light chandelier, the table settings were left simple with ivory linens and napkins. We focused on complementing this perfect space with beautiful, yet simple thoughtful calligraphy and gorgeous floral arrangements in soft garden hues. The extremely talented Roberta, from The Good Florist, helped us choose beautiful in-season flowers and crafted the most stunning bouquets and arrangements for the day. As guests walked into the reception room, they were astonished by the grandeur of this breathtaking space. Escort cards were laid flat on an antique white table with carefully placed leaves and foliage for added interest, to direct guests to their seat. Each place setting included a menu printed on handmade paper along with a formal place card.
Their stunning day was captured by my good friend Megan Bialas of Megan Laura Photography. She’s known for her fine-art aesthetic and knack for creating the most timeless photographs.
One more thanks to this incredible team of vendors for pulling this incredible wedding off, and thank you to the beautiful Natasha for trusting me with all her designed goods!
Photography: Megan Laura Photography / Calligraphy & Stationery: Flourish Calligraphy / Floral Design: The Good Florist / Coordination: Eloise Staniforth / Gown: Maggie Sottero / Bridesmaid Gowns: BHLDN & Sorella Vita / Suit: Moss Bros. / Venue: Almonry Barn / Silk Ribbon: Landcaster & Cornish / Ring Box: The Mrs. Box / Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab