Bardfield Vineyard is so beautiful, it has the same monastic, divine feel as a church but as neither Adrian or I are religious, it was the perfect choice. We saw 9 barns before deciding on Bardfield: the exposed brick, beams and beautiful windows fitted with my view of a pretty, rustic barn wedding.
My wedding dress was made by my aunt from vintage ivory raw silk. We sourced the fabric from Berwick Street, London where we also chose some origami-esque pleated netting for the underskirt: a nod to Japan, where Adrian proposed.
We also had strings of origami cranes in white and green as the backdrop to our ceremony reminiscent of Japan and the stunning hills of Kyoto which are now so special to us.
I’m a florist, and I wanted the flowers to be loose, natural with a strong focus on green, so I used lots of Eucalyptus, ruscus and asparagus fern foliage and focal blooms of white avalanche and spray roses in the arrangements and bouquets.
We kept the tables clean and simple with crisp white linen, foliage garland table runners and herbed pot plants as table numbers. My maid of honour and I hand-stamped guests’ place names which we tied around green napkins for a rustic feel.
The first thing I decided on was the shoes, which were made by my maid of honour, Hetty. I knew exactly what I wanted and couldn’t wait to put them on that morning. The green theme evolved from the shoes and I love working with the different tones and textures of green foliage, so it was important to reflect this on our wedding day.
My top tip: Don’t try to take on too much yourself. People want to help and be a part of it, so find out what their strengths are and utilise them.