Gypsy Rose and Rich’s wedding is a happy, colourful, relaxed and stylish one, and you can see that every last person there is having the time of their life. In short: the wedding you want to have.
We wanted to avoid a ‘look’; we didn’t want a very traditional day. We just wanted everyone to have a brilliant time.
So, let’s begin…
Rich proposed in New Zealand after an amazing holiday, travelling around the country. Nearing the end of their time there, they went cycling around vineyards on Waiheke Island, and Rich went down on one knee on the beach at sunset. They then went for a freezing swim! I love, love, love the laidback and unforced proposal: they’re the best.
The couple married on March 30th 2013 in the chapel at Cokethorpe School with a champagne reception, then transported the guests in a Routemaster bus to Great Barrington Village Hall in the Cotswolds. It must have been such a merry atmosphere on that bus!
Gypsy Rose and Rich were inspired by the idea of a spring fête:
We wanted the colours to be floral and bright to combat the freezing weather, and give our guests a glimpse of spring.
We chose Katie Hamilton because we were pretty uncomfortable having our photos taken, and she really put us at our ease. We didn’t want loads of formal shots, and her style was romantic and arty; the resulting photos are wonderful!
We designed and made raffle ticket invitations ourselves, using some cartoon drawings from a very artistic friend. We also made our thank you cards.
The DIY/Thrifted/Vintage Elements of the Day
Our families and friends helped us to make all the decorations, bunting, vegetable table plan, place cards, favours (boxes made from the pages of old books with a sweet inside), jam jar candle holders and vases, knitted cake toppers, cutlery ties, raspberry vodka, pastel shade sugar hearts, the cake, some of the tables(!), and our best men brewed us our very own beer! Friends and family also made an amazing array of puddings, and my mum did a lot of the flower arranging. We hired vintage china, and borrowed some beautiful vintage table cloths, as well as hiring a stunning Routemaster bus. We also gave ‘best in show’ style rosettes as thank you gifts.
The Advice for Brides- and Grooms-to-be
Don’t try to make everything ‘perfect’. Just enjoy the whole process, and try be relaxed on the day. The best advice that I got was, “you can make anything, but you can’t make everything”.
The Last Word
We had the most magical day; we really did love everything. We are so grateful to all our families and friends for all of their help: we simply couldn’t have done it without you!
Photography: Katie Hamilton
Bride: Jessica Charleston
Bridesmaids: Phase Eight
Groom and best men: own suits with ties from Sew Sister
Venues: Cokethorpe School and Great Barrington Village Hall
Transport: Nostalgia Travel
Flowers: The Walled Garden at Mells
Catering: Rupert Whitaker at The Field Kitchen
Vintage bits and bobs: The Old Clobber Shop