Today I am thrilled to share this stunning rustically inspired Shropshire wedding at the The Sweeney Country House Hotel with rich autumnal and natural tones.
Images were captured by Bright Wing Photography.
Sophie of Bright Wing Photography is a Shropshire based Wedding Photographer whose work adheres to a style which reflects her views on life, keeping things simple, pure and truthful.
Bride Alison says of the couples Shropshire Wedding day…
How did you meet?
Paul and I met in a local nightclub 25 years ago which was called The Victoria Rooms in Oswestry, Shropshire.
After a lot of chatting, Paul asked if I wanted to dance & the first song we danced to was ‘Everything I Do’ by Bryan Adams which of course was our first dance for our special day in October.
Tell us about the Proposal…
Paul and I used to go to a quaint little country pub called ‘The Horseshoe Inn’ situated on the bank of the River Tanat.
One evening we had gone there for a meal and as it was such a lovely evening so we decided to take our drinks outside and that’s when Paul popped the question!
Tell us about your Wedding Planning journey…..
So after my sister’s wedding last September at The Sweeney Country House Hotel in Shropshire which was absolutely wonderful and the setting was just perfect.
Paul and I just thought ‘WE HAVE GOT TO DO THIS’ so we went back to The Sweeney Hotel shortly after and we were shown around by Freddie, one of The Sweeney’s team and we knew that we wanted to have our wedding at this beautiful venue.
So eventually after 25 years together, we set a date ~ Saturday the 12th October 2019!!!
From then on it was just a whirlwind of crafting (Glue gun was always to hand!!!)
We went to Vintage & Flea markets to find anything that I thought would be perfect for decorating our venue to getting family and friends to collect jars for us so that I could decorate them for The Barn for our evening reception.
And of course, not forgetting good old Pinterest for everything Rustic wedding related!!!
Any special touches?
We had handmade wooden signs which were made by my brother which I then added vinyl decals to them ~ A ‘Welcome to our Wedding’ sign which was in the entrance to our venue and A ‘Order of the Day’ sign which was placed on a easel near to The Netherton Suite which held our ceremony and wedding breakfast.
I decorated jam jars in the evenings with hessian, lace, twine and rustic hearts. I also dried out roses and gypsophila to put into old terracotta plant pots which were placed on the tables and shelves in The Barn for our evening reception.
One of the wedding decorations which I absolutely loved making was the ‘Just Married’ hoop which was hanging behind us on the Top Table.
To make it I purchased a £2 hula hoop from Ebay, twine and the wooden ‘Just Married’ bunting which I found on a local Facebook wedding group for a couple of pounds too!!!
I was most definitely in my element making and crafting for our big day for sure!!!
What was the Theme/ Colour palette for your Big Day?
Paul and I both love Autumn and love everything Natural so we knew we wanted our day to have a rustic feel to it with lots of wood, hessian, twine and lace!
The colour palette we wanted was rich deep Autumnal colours from Midnight blue to Burgundy with a hint of pink to break it up a little.
The bouquets and the floral arrangements were made up from Hydrangeas, Roses, Chrysanthemums, Berries, Gypsophila, Eucalyptus, Ivy and twisted willow.
All flowers were in season and fitted the rustic/natural feel to our special day.
Also we utilised our flowers with having the bridesmaids bouquets in mini milk churns for our table centrepieces along with hessian wrapped jars, rose gold tealight holders on wooden log slices.
We also wanted our wedding cake to look as rustic as possible so decided on a 3 tier Rustic Birch Tree Wedding cake which was decorated to look like a Birch tree with knots and splits like a real tree!
Finer details such as P & A in a heart scored into the middle tier also which we absolutely loved!
Our evening reception was held in The Barn in The Sweeney grounds which we fell in love with as soon as we viewed it as it had coloured gin bottle chandeliers which were so quirky and the whole space was exactly what we had envisaged for our guests to enjoy and dance the night away in!!!
What was the best part of your day?
Oh goodness, that’s a hard one as it’s hard to specify what was the best part of the day as the whole day was just the best from the beginning to the end!!!
From the excitement of getting ready with my bridal party in the morning, the ‘first look’ between Paul and I, the ceremony which was full of emotion with laughter, tears & love which we felt in abundance in the ceremony room from our love for each other to our family and friends.
Special mention for the speeches especially the Best Man’s speech which was just spot on to the end of the evening.
Lastly Paul and I went back to The Bridal suite with our daughters Jess & Madeline who wanted to open some cards & gifts with us so we just sat on the suite floor opening cards at 12.30a.m!
It truly was the best day of our lives which has given us memories to cherish forever.
Is there anything you would do differently?
No nothing really apart from making the day go slower as the time just flew by too quickly!!!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Get family and friends to help with the wedding décor as that will take a huge weight off your shoulders and it will make your special day much more personal with those special touches from everyone.
Also take time to source out the right venue and suppliers.
Another handy tip is to go around Antique fayres, charity shops and look on local Buy/sell groups on Facebook as you will most definitely find a bargain (or two!!!)
And at the end of the day, if anything goes wrong then just remember it’s all just ‘fluff’ and what really matters is the love you have for each other & saying those wedding vows during the ceremony is the most important!
Shropshire Wedding Suppliers
Venue – The Sweeney Country House Hotel
Photography – Bright Wing Photography
Cake – The Cake Parade
Florist – Rustic Bloom
Stylist – TMS Events
Wedding Dress – Trisha’s of Oswestry
Shoes – Lace & Favour
Bridesmaid Dresses – Chi Chi London & Trisha’s of Oswestry
Suit Hire – Peter Posh Suit Hire – Shrewsbury
Stationery – Something New Stationery
Make Up Artist – Jessica Jackson
Rings – The Ring Workshop
To Contact Bright Wing Photography
Website – http://www.brightwingphotography.co.uk/
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