Held within the coronary heart of the English countryside, this farm wedding ceremony had a panoramic backdrop, simply good for the golden hour pictures that Florence Fox Images has captured so fantastically.

Faculty sweethearts Rachel, a theatre supervisor and Dominic, a health care provider, selected 13 July 2019 for his or her relaxed, family-focussed wedding ceremony at St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Shenley Church Finish in Milton Keynes adopted by a relaxing reception at Primrose Hill Farm in Arlescote, Oxfordshire. For the couple, placing the consolation of their household on the coronary heart of the day was key, wanting it to be a ‘welcome to the household’ for everybody there.

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Rachel’s voice and character shine by her phrases (let’s be pals!) so over to her to explain her easy, stunning alternative of open-backed Suzanne Neville robe, full with a couple of summery changes.

“The gown is from Ellie Sanderson’s boutique the place each my sisters discovered theirs. As a household, we knew we’d have a high quality and considerate expertise with Ellie, Andrea and the group. Mild steering and professional enter defines their service. Mum, Dad, each sisters and newly-born godson have been all current when the gown was picked. Ellie’s associate seamstress, Satish at Elite Alterations, made the gown match me splendidly. I felt fabulous because of their collective care.”

“I selected this gown for a couple of causes. It was a vibrant color (‘gave me a raise’, as my mum says) and the element was within the silhouette. It was sensible to put on for the entire day and didn’t require a lot ‘managing’. I felt swish and it had a beautiful circulate for dancing (I’m a bit dance-mad). I had the full-length sleeves shortened to ¾ to really feel extra summery.”

“The transport was one of many few elements of the marriage that l had ‘all the time dreamt of’: having a black London taxi-cab. Simply Married Wedding ceremony Taxis are primarily based in Buckinghamshire and Simon took me and my dad to the church within the cab after which Dom and me throughout to the venue.”

“We used household automobiles past that to take us the place we wanted to be.”

“We immediately liked Primrose Hill Farm and JJ, the proprietor. We dawdled with reserving while worrying in regards to the 45-min journey from the church. We quickly realised we have been letting this get in the best way of selecting a venue and group that might give us a superb day. JJ brings ease, optimism and sophistication.”

“On the day, you might see our visitors chill out upon arrival due to the enjoyment and talent of the group internet hosting them. The house is fantastically completed and uncomplicated.”

“Inside and outdoors are on one stage, it has a fantastic circulate and there’s no getting misplaced; it’s large enough to search out some peace but nonetheless really feel a part of the revelling. It doesn’t require any effort to have time right here. We’d whole-heartedly advocate JJ and his Primrose Hill Farm group.”

“We aimed to maintain issues easy and significant, with nods to our story and our households’ roots. We have been acutely aware of waste and never shopping for plenty of ‘friggamagaries’ (an Irish phrase I discovered myself saying lots throughout planning – virtually definitely the flawed spelling, apologies!) i.e. avoiding objects that have been only for the day after which could be thrown away or collect mud.”

“This helped us put cash in the direction of facets of the day that we felt would make a tangible distinction to ours and our visitors’ time.”

The couple went to secondary faculty collectively, attending to know one another correctly in Sixth Type.

“We loved London life at college, visiting one another somewhere else as we moved round for jobs earlier than coming collectively in Yorkshire the place we obtained engaged while picnicking at Fountains Abbey. Pleasure all spherical. That was June 2018 and we married a 12 months later in July 2019.”

“St Edward’s is my household church. Father Paul, who led our service, christened me and the banner hanging behind the altar was the identical one up for my christening. Father Paul and the group imply lots to our household and the church has a fantastic environment, particularly when dressed up for celebrations and crammed with individuals.”

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“It’s a light-weight and welcoming house. Dominic just isn’t non secular and I’m grateful to him and his household for embracing the church facet. We did toy with different locations for the sake of geography or Insta-amazing aesthetics; nowhere else matched the sentimental significance of St Ed’s.”

The blue theme continued with the bridesmaids’ flattering V-neck robes from Warehouse.

“Their sneakers have been Boden; very comfy and have been worn lots since. Items to my sisters have been bangle and Popon units from jewelry model Recognised. 100% of income go to completely different causes, on this case to psychological well being analysis charity MQ. Their necklace and earring units have been from Swarovski (as was my bracelet).”

As Rachel’s father walked her down the aisle, the couple’s proficient good friend Tom performed an instrumental association of ‘Go the Distance’ from Disney’s ‘Hercules’ on the piano.

“It’s a tune I’ve all the time liked and it appeared a becoming sentiment for the day.”

The couple have such fond reminiscences of a really private service.

“Father Paul led the service and Father Lijo concelebrated and skim the Gospel. We recited the standard vows. We took delight in saying the numerous phrases with sincerity. For each of us, it’s one among our favorite moments from the day.”

“Our family members’ private contributions and our priest’s inimitable sense of humour and oratory made for a relaxed and shifting service. We’re very grateful. Mates from church, faculty and music got here collectively for the music. We picked hymns with fairly melodies and significant lyrics; the string devices sounded pretty and Celtic. We went for ‘The Summons’ to start out; ‘Love Goes On’ and completed with ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ (by Stuart Townend – just a bit extra circulate than the ‘Vicar of Dibley’ one). My sister Jess sang Kate Rusby’s ‘Hundred Hearts’, a Yorkshire folks tune.”

“The instrumental in the course of the Signing of the Register was ‘Poe Tiare’, a Maori love tune. Our readings have been from the Tune of Songs and the Letters to St Paul, learn by my sister Erin and my mum. Our Gospel from Matthew was in regards to the significance of exhibiting your mild to the world. We wrote our bidding prayers and our pals Gráinne and Kwame learn them. Our chosen readings had sentiments we wished to take ahead in our marriage and we hoped everybody felt like they might acquire one thing from them too.”

“Earlier than we exchanged vows, my dad sang the hymn ‘Be Nonetheless’ to create a peaceable environment forward of an important bit. He added a self-penned wedding ceremony verse as a shock which actually made us smile.”

“Father Paul’s homily was very considerate and confirmed why we had chosen to be in that church with him main our marriage service.”

Like many {couples}, Rachel and Dominic selected their wedding ceremony rings from the identical store as their engagement ring.

“Dan and the group at Rennie & Co are consultants. They have been beneficiant with their time and recommendation and, as we have been drawn to the easier bands, they inspired our preferences as a substitute of pushing dearer choices. Their items are hand-crafted within the UK. We whole-heartedly advocate them.”

After their service, the newly-weds and their visitors gathered for treats earlier than the drive to Primrose Hill.

“Nice pals from church laid out particular china and served cream teas and coffees after the service, alongside Swiss savoury treats made by Dom’s mum – every part disappeared. It was particular seeing our visitors having fun with the ‘post-Sunday-Mass teas and coffees’ ritual.”

The flowers actually epitomise the sensation of excessive summer season, with their seasonal, just-gathered type.

“Kate at Greenery Flowers did mine and the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the buttonholes and the vases of flowers for the eating tables. With the intention of being extra sustainable, we needed a florist who labored with regionally and seasonally grown flowers. The preliminary impression we obtained when talking with a couple of suppliers was that this will prohibit the selection of buds out there. We then discovered Kate (primarily based close to to the venue). Kate was affected person, stuffed with concepts and gave us probably the most stunning flowers.”

“Many visitors remarked on the flowers’ colors and pure really feel. We didn’t count on the flowers to develop into a favorite reminiscence from the day, but they proved to be so. Kate provided all of the requested buds too: roses, fuchsias, crocosmias, cornflowers combined with plenty of different pretty ones and herbs.”


“I wore a fingertip-length (no journey danger), raw-edged, one layered, slender veil. I wasn’t set both method on carrying a veil. Andrea at Ellie Sanderson gave my mum and me time to experiment with equipment out there within the boutique and we simply felt the veil added one thing, its simplicity complementing the gown’ open again.”

I like the bride’s alternative of jewelry – vintage items which are so beautiful and I like, love, love aquamarine.

“My earrings and necklace have been from Norah’s Antiques in Oxford (the place each my sisters discovered items of their wedding ceremony jewelry) and birthday presents from my dad and mom. The aquamarine’s vibrant blue was a jolly splash of color and complemented the blue of my sapphire engagement ring.”

“My day sneakers have been from Rainbow Membership (tremendous comfy, end-of-the-line, on-sale finds) and my dance-floor sneakers have been stunning blue Rachel Simpson strappies from Anthropologie purchased on sale whereas in the past and never but worn; their time had come. Anybody searching for a strapless/ backless stick-on bra that lasts the day: Marks & Spencer is your good friend.”

I’m in love with the little page-boy who completely rocked his wedding ceremony day look.

“Charlie is our oldest nephew and his outfit was from John Lewis and Subsequent; the panda is his personal and I consider from Ikea!”

Extra meals greeted the visitors on their arrival on the sun-soaked farm.

“To stave off starvation early, we front-loaded the meals with beefed-up portions of canapés from Indulgence Boutique Hospitality upon arrival and reduce the starter from the primary meal. The canapés have been personalised, tasty and great-sized parts. We had a grazing-style foremost with dishes in the course of the tables and fab pavlovas and chocolate mousse for dessert. We went with pizza for night meals.”

The couple discovered their photographer Florence Fox by googling weddings shot at Primrose Hill Farm, considering it might be good to have somebody already accustomed to the venue. They made the correct alternative; Florence’s work is such a pleasure and I like her candid, pure strategy.

“Florence spoilt us with probably the most stunning set of pictures. They’re filled with pleasure, color and laughs. When another person comes and ‘interprets’ the reminiscences of your day with their very own pictures, you run the chance of the photographs undermining or altering the glow of your reminiscences: Florence’s pictures heighten the glow for us and that could be a present. Working with Florence was nice from planning by to receiving our post-wedding ‘sneak’ pictures and closing gallery.”

“Florence’s pre-wedding Snap & Chat provide is nice enjoyable (I needed to cancel our preliminary date last-minute and Florence was very amenable). Florence was vital to the success of our complete day. We didn’t fairly get this till we reminisced collectively and thought: ‘Florence took pictures… after which some!’”

“Florence moved us alongside clearly, captured moments we have been lacking ourselves, gathered our visitors, gently talked about I ought to maybe dress when operating out of time within the morning(!).”

“Helen, Florence’s second photographer, was a superb addition – merriment and talent all spherical. Don’t be an eejit: guide Florence as your photographer.”

The couple additionally opted for a video of their day, asking a piece good friend, Christopher Lovelock, to weave his magic.

“Chris is an effective good friend from work and we’re grateful to Chris for his kindness, enthusiasm, time and expertise. The social media trailer video Chris produced for us is a nugget of pleasure I carry on my cellphone and should or could not watch on an embarrassingly common foundation. Chris additionally layered up the varied video clips which visitors had taken on their telephones and despatched to us. It’s nice to take pleasure in these linked collectively in a single piece of footage as a substitute of them languishing in corners of cloud storage. The a number of angles of ‘Hey Jude’ on the dance-floor are comical.”

Earlier than we transfer on to extra particulars in regards to the cake and the night get together, a phrase in regards to the styling of the sunshine, ethereal barn.

“The house at Primrose Hill Farm is so pretty already that we didn’t add a lot. The hanging greenery, lights, linens, crockery and so forth have been included with the venue and catering. Our mums framed pictures of our dad and mom’ and grandparents’ weddings to go on the desk with the visitor guide (a fairly pocket book my sisters sourced).”

The marriage cake was chosen from The Cake Store in Oxford’s coated market, one other household advice.

“Rachel’s oldest sister and brother-in-law selected them for his or her wedding ceremony so we knew they’d smash it. We had two Victoria sponge layers and a chocolate layer with matching buttercreams, white fondant icing and no marzipan in sight – scrumptious. We had a bit ‘icing Dom and Rachel’ in class uniforms sat on the sting of the cake’s prime tier. I saved this as a shock for Dom. The Cake Store group labored from pictures and the element was good.”

“I’m from Milton Keynes and Dom grew up there. The artists at ‘MK Cows’ made us a bride and groom concrete cow pair to go subsequent to the cake and so they now sit in entrance of our TV. The gorgeous blue material on the cake stand got here all the best way from Rarotonga (the Prepare dinner Islands).”

It actually does sound as if the couple had the very best time surrounded by their family members, as they have been all of the leisure they wanted.

“Our family and friends carry leisure and pleasure by being themselves. Reside music for the dancefloor was vital because it was a marriage attended by eager dancers. We discovered Mastersound by way of Perform Central. They allow us to steer the playlist, offering a fantastic combine so visitors of all generations heard tunes they liked. We tried a Siege of Ennis (an Irish set dance) which was hilarious carnage. Mastersound have been proficient musicians, stuffed with properly needs and gave us a fantastic night time.”

The bride wore her hair swept up in a ballet-inspired bun, styled by Hannah of HK Hair, and did her gorgeously-glowing make-up herself.

“I used merchandise I knew already (largely The Physique Store) with the addition of Dior’s Lip Glow for some mild color and sparkle. The beautician on the Dior counter selected it for me in response to my contradictory request for, ‘One thing with a little bit of color however not an excessive amount of’. I did a take a look at run of make-up within the week earlier than the marriage and piled on each primer, basis and setting spray recognized to humankind in a bid to do a glance that might ‘final’. My face went purple because it overheated beneath all of the layers! It proved a useful train so I scaled it method again on the day within the title of consolation and feeling like myself.”

“Hannah is an effective good friend of ours. Jean, Hannah’s mum, did my mum’s and sisters’ hair and it was joyful sharing the morning with them each. Giggles, dedication and care all spherical. I knew that I’d love the expertise in addition to the top consequence with Hannah. We might converse overtly about kinds and preferences and had nice enjoyable. I put on my hair up commonly so an up-do felt pure, it was out of the best way and impressed by my love for ballet. Hannah made me really feel fabulous.”

“The Indulgence Boutique Hospitality group is high quality. We liked our tasting and so they paid shut consideration to flavours we liked. Indulgence have been decided to serve our visitors thoughtfully. For instance, they famous after we predicted our grandparents would admire a cup of tea showing! They have been versatile after we have been operating late on the day and shocked my mum with a birthday pavlova (it was her birthday). Their steering on portions and retaining issues easy helped us maximise our funds and the meals was terrific.”

“North Oxfordshire Wine work with Primrose Hill Farm to supply the drinks and so they matched wine to our menu. We had Champagne and Pimms on arrival and an open bar (large thanks to oldsters for enabling this).”

The primary dance was to a favorite from their scholar days.

“We selected Ray LaMontagne’s ‘You Are The Greatest Factor’, a tune we listened to lots at college, with groove and soul.”

Fortunately for the newly-weds, the get together continued the subsequent day because of some fabulous fore-thought.

“We stayed within the adjoining farmhouse the night time of the marriage which meant a scrumptious unfold for breakfast the subsequent morning, a beautiful roll-top bathtub and a refreshing household bounce within the pond.”

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 Lastly, Rachel and Dom have some heartfelt thankyous.

“The entire day was a ‘favorite’. Every second constructed on the enjoyment of the one earlier than. We’re grateful to everybody (household, pals and suppliers) for the fixed love, laughs, thought and good instances.”

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Rachel and Dom have so many pearls of knowledge which they wish to move on to you pretty lot.

“Gaining access to the venue the day earlier than was useful and made for a relaxed morning of prep. The venue being ours the day after to select issues up was nice and meant no ‘end-of-the-school-disco, lights-up’ abrupt end on the night time.”

“Don’t lose sight of the truth that it’s about your partnership and the people who find themselves there. The individuals make the day.”

“When making selections, pose the query ‘is that going to be a problem on the day?’ and, if the reply is ‘sure’, simply get rid.”

“Don’t fear if elements of the planning are traumatic: it’s regular. Completely different {couples} discover completely different elements of the planning troublesome and you’ll have moments of actually having fun with yourselves too.”

“Our households are crucial to us and their involvement (as bridesmaids, groomsmen, readers, witnesses, singers, speech-providers, and the remainder) just about lent our day the type we desired.”

“Meals tastings are nice pre-wedding dates.”

“If pictures are vital to you, a second shooter is a superb transfer. We have been grateful to have: a) each the bride’s and the groom’s households’ valuable wedding ceremony morning moments captured; b) additional glimpses of moments we hadn’t picked up on ourselves which then prompted nice reminiscing with family and friends after the marriage.”

“I initially frightened about our day trying too sometimes ‘weddingy’. My sister properly suggested to not fear because it was a marriage thus would unavoidably look ‘weddingy’. It was a liberating notion to simply accept!”

“Throughout planning, comply with social accounts that feed your pleasure and unfollow ones that really feel like they’re ‘heightening the stakes’ of what your day ought to be i.e. including stress (and, doubtless, prices to the funds that aren’t vital to you each).”

“Our dad and mom contributed to our funds alongside our personal quantity. We wouldn’t have been in a position to have the day we had with all our vital individuals current with out their assist. We are going to all the time be grateful. We tried to place cash into elements we felt would make the largest distinction to the time all of us shared collectively (akin to prioritising the bar and meals over plenty of décor).”

Effectively, what a day and what a phenomenal account. Rachel and Dom, thanks from the underside of my coronary heart. I’m so glad that we might share your day with all of our readers. Thanks to you each and to Florence Fox Images too.

With love,

Ele xx

Eleanor Crossland

Eleanor Crossland
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Ele lives within the Lincolnshire countryside, near the attractive coast. A professional Pilates trainer, she loves health, yoga, Pilates and has a wholesome habit to baking, writing and journey.


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