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Better Together

Nature lovers Menna and Simon teamed up to decorate their day with farm-fresh hay bales, wheat sheaves and lavender.

Menna & Simon: Better Together

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It was a wet and wild proposal for outdoor enthusiasts Menna and Simon who like nothing more than spending their weekends exploring the countryside in their camper van. Simon popped the question while the pair were in the ocean bobbing along on their surfboards between waves!

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Photography: Aga at PhotoTom (phototom.co.uk)

Menna & Simon: dream venue

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Menna and Simon were jogging along one of their favourite coastal routes when they stumbled upon their dream venue, The Barn at Rosedew Farm. “We knew a posh hotel wasn’t us and wanted a place we could make entirely our own,” Menna explains. “We passed a local farm and saw some of the disused barns being converted into holiday cottages and the largest was being renovated into an event space.”

Menna & Simon: Purple craze

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“From the start, lavender was at the forefront of the planning process,” Menna says. “It was in season when we were getting married and we both love the colour, the smell and the symbolism of relaxation.”

Menna & Simon: divine inspiration

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Delicate lace accents – including Menna’s Charlotte Balbier gown – added an elegant, vintage twist to the couple’s rustic theme. “The first time I put the dress on, I was so excited I felt a bit dizzy,” she remembers. “I loved everything about it, from the light antique gold colour of the fabric to the beautiful train. ”

Menna & Simon: Champagne shoes

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Champagne coloured satin peep-toes from Mascaró finished the bride’s big-day look perfectly.

Menna & Simon: Sweet bouquet

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Menna’s fragrant bouquet of sweet peas, lavender, astilbe, eucalyptus and fountain grass reflected the couple’s love of the great outdoors. “Our floral designer, Yvonne Wilson (yvonne_hunterwilson@yahoo.co.uk), also included three dusky lilac roses, which we felt tied in with the elegant style of my dress,” she says.

Pretty in Purple

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The bridesmaids’ floor-length dresses also tied in with the purple colour theme and came from Kew.

Menna & Simon: Blooms for the bridesmaids

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The maids also carried rustic-inspired bouquets by florist Yvonne Wilson (yvonne_hunterwilson@yahoo.co.uk) peppered with corn sheaves and daisy sprigs.

Menna & Simon: colourful confetti

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Flower petal confetti was packed into colourful paper cones and handed out to guests to shower the newlyweds with.

Menna & Simon: keeping things cool

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Rustic woven fans tied with lace and ribbon were also on hand to keep everyone cool in the sun.

Menna & Simon: Cool and relaxed

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Pops of purple were woven into the day’s details, including the delphinium petals sprinkled on tabletops and jam jars filled with colourful stocks.

rustic charm

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To make the most of the farm location, hay bales were covered in colourful fabrics and throws, while wheat sheaves filled vases around the venue.

Menna & Simon: Corn exchange

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The couple’s mums worked together on the place cards, made by tying small tags to corn sheaves and lavender sprigs. 

Sew in Love

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Menna’s best budget tip? Learning to sew her own heart-shaped lavender sachets as favours. “Hand-stitched favours would have cost quite a sum to buy,” she explains. “Instead, I used old trousers of Simon’s and vintage fabric scraps, then filled the hearts with dried lavender from the garden.”

A Cut Above

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Guests were spoilt for choice with an entire table of treats. The table was topped with lace curtains sourced at a charity shop and handcrafted hessian bunting.

Menna & Simon: a family affair

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Hungry guests could choose between cupcakes by Alicia Jones (liliscakes@live.com), or heart-shaped Welsh cakes, chocolate, carrot and lemon drizzles, all made by Simon and Menna’s friends and family. 

Let them eat cake!

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In pride of place was Menna and Simon’s two-tier Marks & Spencer wedding cake decorated with deep purple delphiniums.

Words of Wisdom

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A framed note mounted on hessian asked guests to leave messages of love and marital wisdom for the couple. “Simon had never worn jewellery before and chose a thin palladium band,” Menna says of their rings. “I chose a very thin platinum ring with diamonds which matched perfectly with my antique engagement ring.” 

Picture This

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Favourite family snaps were clipped to a hessian-covered pin board with purple string and mini pegs. “It was a nice way to include Simon’s dad, who passed away six years earlier” says Menna. 

Love Bug

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The big day produced countless new photos for the family album too – like this one of the newlyweds celebrating in a 1971 VW Beetle from bigdaybug.co.uk.

Photography: Aga at PhotoTom (phototom.co.uk)

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