Good morning gals! As I sit surrounded by fairy lights and Christmas decor cheer at home, I have a warm and fuzzy feeling inside (despite the chill of the December day outside!) because of the fact that it’s only 12 days until Christmas – hurrah! Not so cheerful if you haven’t even started your Christmas shopping yet….but that’s what last minute online sprees are for right? I hope these last 12 days before the big one are gloriously stress-free and full of mulled wine and cinnamon lattes. That’s my plan anyway!
On to today’s real wedding which is a blissfully rustic, summer wedding held in one of the prettiest locations that South Wales has to offer –
Rosedew Farm. I’m from this beautiful part of Wales myself, and I’ve had friends marry at this gorgeous barn; so I was thrilled when Rachael got in touch to share her wedding with us. Her inspiration was boho beach, garden roses, pastel pinks, endless fairy lights and lots of greenery. We absolutely love the relaxed vibe of this pretty, macramé draped wedding….
Our theme was laid back bohemian. We brought in a variety of styles from lots of different countries such as Morocco and India. We created lots of detail with an effortless and feel.
The inspo from around the world most definitely added to the ambiance and free-spirited feel of the day, which photographer Agnes Black captured wonderfully. The bride used her artistic flair to make the most stunning macramé backdrop and décor additions which gave this wedding the bohemian edge they set out to achieve – so much talent on the DIY front!
Here’s Rachael to tell you all about her Llantwit Major wedding to Chris….
Surprise Engagement in Portugal
It was in Portugal on holiday with my three sisters and one of our friends. The holiday actually fell over our 10 year anniversary, so on that day we decided to get up early and go for a boat trip around Benegil caves. Chris got down on one knee and proposed with my grandmother’s sapphire engagement ring. I was in utter shock, but over the moon of course!
Rustic Wedding at Rosedew Farm Barn
We were married at the gorgeous Rosedew Farm in Llantwit Major, South Wales. We wanted somewhere local but also somewhere that we hadn’t already been to for a wedding. The venue had overnight accommodation with a really relaxed rustic feel. As soon as we saw Rosedew Farm, we knew it was the right venue for us! We also know the owners, Rhodri and Gaynor, and they’re so inviting and relaxed with plans – it was a no brainer!
We had a marquee on the side of the barn to extend the inside space. We wanted the marquee to be a bit of a chill out zone, so we had lots of patterned bohemian cushions, rugs and wall hangings. We also had pieces of rattan wooden furniture and a pampas plant in there.
Civil Ceremony with Boho Decor and Greenery Garland
We had a civil ceremony with no readings. I walked down the aisle to Christina Perri – ‘A Thousand Years’. The decor of the ceremony was my favourite. It featured our macramé backdrop, lots of flowers, giant gold candles, a boho pink patterned rug and the registry table which was decorated with a macramé 12ft runner and a loose greenery garland.
DIY Macrame and Homemade Reception
Homemade macramé pieces and dreamcatchers played a huge part in our wedding. After getting engaged in 2016, and knowing we had to save up a lot of money, I started my own little Etsy shop making and selling home decor pieces. From this, my love for macramé and handmade decor grew and I knew I wanted it to be a theme at the wedding. In particular, I wanted a giant macramé backdrop with a drift wood stand. Luckily, my mum is also very creative when it comes to crafting things so she offered to make the macramé backdrop as a wedding present. The finished piece was absolutely stunning and a real statement piece. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her…she’s like a superhero with an incredible eye for styling and decorating!
DIY Chalkboard Stationery
We made use of a lot of chalkboards to make the menu board, the seating plan and the order of day. All the chalkboards were cleverly designed by my mum and sisters. The table numbers actually followed a tyre theme (because Chris owns a tyre garage) so each table was labelled as a tyre brand. The seating plan then made a reference to ‘retyring to your seats’ ….who doesn’t love a pun?!
Relaxed Provonias Dress with Embroidered Detachable Cape
I absolutely loved my Provonias Drimea dress from All About Eve in Chepstow – it ticked all the boxes! It was a mermaid style, very relaxed with chantilly lace, floral appliqués, tulle, arms cuffs and it had the added bonus of having an embroidered cape (detachable with little poppers we had fitted to the arm cuffs).
I’m not a huge heel lover (mainly because I’m quite tall already) so I just had a pair of simple white low block heels…I also wore a crystal beaded vine hair piece above two french plaits.
Agnes Black Photography and ‘Golden Hour’ Beach Shots
Our photographer was Agnes Black – she has an incredible talent and eye for amazing lighting and shadows. Her photos blew us away, although I always knew she was going to be good! I admired her Instagram page for a good few months beforehand hiring her!
Our videographer was Sean White – again, such a super talented, nice guy. He even drove us in his car to the local beach to get some last minute ‘golden hour’ shots. So glad that we got a video… although it does seem like an added expense at the time, it really is worth every penny!
Coconut and Pineapple Cake, Garden Roses and Gold Vases
A company called Cherry Blossom created the most perfect coconut buttercream cake with pineapple jam. The top layer was even gluten free (so I could indulge!). The wonderful Rachael Poole at Sweet Peony created my cascade bouquet with lots of trailing greenery and big statement flowers. The bridesmaids had matching ones but on a smaller scale. They were a mix of garden roses, Ecuadorian roses, protea, spray roses, hydrangeas, eucalyptus, and asparagus fern. We then had a DIY package for the table centre pieces meaning many hours were spent the day before arranging flowers into gold bottles and vases… it was a lot of fun!
Acoustic Singer and Beyonce’s DJ!
John Nicholson is an amazing acoustic singer. He sang our first dance song. Then we had DJ Killer Tom – he actually did the opening act for Beyonce a few nights before in Cardiff! We think he may have taken a slight step back doing our wedding….haha!
We danced to George Ezra – ‘Hold My Girl’. We heard it almost a year ago and fell in love with it. It was sung acoustically by our singer.
Definitely the speeches – they really touched my heart and made me feel really proud to be surrounded by the best people.
Enjoy it, embrace it, and don’t let it stress you out. It’s a once in a lifetime thing (hopefully) so make the most of it!
The Line Up
Photographer: Agnes Black; Videographer: Sean White; Venue: Rosedew Farm; Bride’s Dress: All About Eve Chepstow; Hair: Kirsty Rowlands; Acoustic Singer: John Nicholson; Cake: Cherry Blossom; Florist: Sweet Peony; Rings: Anne Morgan Jewellery; Caterer: Farmers Pantry; Wall Hangings: Rachael’s Wall Hangings