Today I am thrilled to share this stunning handmade Autumnal Wedding at South Farm inspired by nature.
Images were captured by Lina and Tom.
Lina and Tom have worked together for almost 8 years, are full time photographers, and are now a husband and wife team.
They live in a little country cottage in a Cambridgeshire village with their three adorable cats.
They say of their work…
“We choose to focus on naturally occurring moments rather than staging a photo shoot on your wedding day.”
“An emphasis is definitely put on the fun you have so you can look back and remember a fantastic day – one of the most common things we hear about our work is ‘everyone looks so happy!’ which is exactly what we hope to achieve.”
“Hopeless romantics, we’re there with you every step of the way, helping as much as you need in the planning process but also laughing (and welling up) with you on the day, as well as regularly stepping in to help with tasks such as buttonholes and bustling!”
“Autumn is a fantastic time of year as we love all the colours around on the trees and the fallen leaves.”
“We loved the sound of Kerry and David’s plans and the actual day did not disappoint, the rustic nature of South Farm lent itself beautifully for their colour pallete and all the gourds looked right at home.”
“They are a wonderfully warm couple with lovely families who made us feel very welcome, and it was great to see Kerry and Dave just have as much fun as they could. ”
“They were one of our first couples to have fun with the cake shot (thank you!) and remembering Dave pogoing with glowsticks to ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ still makes us giggle!”
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Kerry…
How did you meet?
“We met at a New Years party when we were 17, we both exclaimed ‘I love this song’ (a Dashboard Confessional track) from opposite sides of the room and our eyes met.”
“We spent the rest of the night and into the morning talking.”
“He kissed me at midnight and later he danced with me to the song ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E King which subsequently became ‘our song’ (and our first dance song).”
Tell us about the Engagement
“We had planned to rent a cottage and have a week away as a treat, and to pretend we lived together as at the time I had just returned from university and we both still lived with our parents.”
“Coincidently Dave was buying a new car at the time, and we picked it up the same morning our cottage rental started and drove it to the Cotswolds.”
“Dave was acting a bit strangely but blamed it on being nervous and excited about his new car.”
“He wouldn’t let me help unpack the boot. It turned out he had an elaborate plan.”
“While I settled in with a cup of tea, he ‘unpacked the car’.”
“Later that evening he led me blindfold into the garden of the cottage to reveal ‘Marry Me’ written in fairylights on trellis surrounded by candles.”
“We spent the rest of the week enjoying the beautiful Cotswolds and playing at husband and wife in our chocolate box cottage.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“When we got engaged we didn’t even live together!”
“We didn’t feel the need to rush into getting married, we had jobs, cars, renting together ahead of us first.”
“We got engaged in Febuary 2012, and didn’t set a date until November 2013.”
“I love Pinterest so from the minute we were engaged I started a board.”
“By the wedding it had 2k pins and 2.9k followers!”
“I found the wealth of inspiration absolutely brilliant but also overwhelming, so I started a secret board that was called ‘our ACTUAL wedding’ and cherry picked my favourite bits into that board to keep track.”
“Dave comes from a farming background so we knew we wanted to have links to that life within our wedding.”
“We looked at barn venues and fell in love with a place called South Farm which was luckily local to us.”
“We toured it in November and they had gourds out on display they grow for food.”
“I loved the colours, the seasonal pale greens, creams and golden oranges and thought it would make a great autumnal colour scheme.”
“I wanted to work with the venue and the season, not try to disguise it.”
“For example the venues chairs are gold with an orange seat.”
“Rather than spend money on covers for them as you might if your scheme was purple and silver say, they blended with our overall colour scheme and feel.”
“We harvested wheat for our wedding and Dave’s parents grew us hundreds of gourds to use as decoration.”
“Growing our own decorations was cost effective and also fun!”
“My cousin even carved some for me to use as lanterns.”
“To add some delicacy and femininity to the mix, I wanted to use doilies.”
“I had three beautiful ones my late gran had made, these were on the top table.”
“My sister, aunt and cousin made me many many more that I made into a backdrop for our ceremony. ”
“Nature, colour and craft all played a big part in our planning journey.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“So hard to pick, but I think maybe the cake cutting.”
“Dave had joked earlier in the day that he was only here for the cake and it didn’t disappoint him.”
“It was a fun moment in time when we didn’t worry about the timetable of events or how many people were watching us and just focused on cake!”
“Though you don’t get given a plate or a fork for that ceremonial cutting, hence Dave eating from his hands!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“It sounds boring but keep lists and spreadsheets.”
“There are so many little details that I felt were buzzing around my head until I got them down on paper to refer to later if needed.”
“Also ask for help and get others involved! It takes pressure off of you and people love to help with something as lovely as a wedding.”
“You cant possibly be great at everything and may know family members/friends with particular skills.”
“Delegate tasks according to peoples strengths and you can relax knowing they will do a better job than you anyway!”
Thank you so much to Lina and Tom for sharing this beautiful handmade autumnal wedding.
The colours of the season are absolutely beautiful in the rich yellows, oranges and reds and flow seamlessly throughout the styling.
Love the incorporation of the gourds and all the more special that they were grown especially for this wonderful celebration.
The doilie backdrop is incredible and so unique and the floristry is exquisite and the perfect compliment in fiery hues.
Venue – Ceremony and Reception – South Farm – Cambridge
Photographer – Lina And Tom (who were beyond brilliant.)
Bridesmaid Gowns – I gave the bridesmaids a pinterest board awash with a particular colour green, and two years notice to buy their own dress according to their tastes.
Suit/Kilt Hire (Groom & Best Man) Slaters – Norwich
Cake Maker – Two Little Cats Bakery (Jenni has a ‘Ready to Order’ range which were just what I had in mind, I wanted three separate, simply iced cakes. They were delicious and Jenni is fab.)
Florist – Brides aunt – a hobbyist florist was assisted by bridesmaids to make all of the arrangements.
Rings – By bridesmaid Rachel Jones
Stationery – Hand drawn and designed by me (bride) through InDesign, printed by Moo.com, assembled by bridesmaids.
Make up – Make up by Kerry – Cambridge Makeup Artist
Hair – by bride
Veil and bridal/bridesmaids jewellery all made by bride.
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