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We absolutely love this fun, relaxed DIY wedding at The Cowshed at Woodhall Farm, Staffordshire. Emily and Adriano have kindly shared the details of their special day in their own words..
Adriano decided he wanted to achieve two major bucket list goals in one day. First, he ran a marathon to raise money for MacMillan who were an invaluable support when my dad passed away 2 years ago. Second, he wanted to propose.
I came home after work to candles lining the hallway and Adriano in his best suit down on one knee. He was holding a beautiful ring box. The only problem was I had to help him stand up afterwards, he was so exhausted! That was on the 24th July 2017.
We got married in Wolverhampton at Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood. My parents were married there, and ever since I was a little girl I’d always dreamt of getting married there too.
Our vision was that the wedding would mirror us as people and as a couple. We wanted it to be a lot of fun, and very laid back. We wanted our guests to feel like they could just come and celebrate with us, so we kept it personal and beautiful. And there were a lot of small details that were meaningful to us throughout the day.
The Cowshed at Woodhall Farm has such glorious space. We could see straight away that it would be perfect for the fun and relaxed wedding reception we were trying to create.
There is a dance barn attached to the main building, with a fire pit outside where we toasted marshmallows. The whole farm is shrouded by trees which feels very private. A small path lined with fairy lights led our guests down to the courtyard in front of the barn. It was very romantic!
Our favourite part of the day was when we got in the car to drive to the reception as husband and wife. We just looked at each other in slight amazement that we’d actually done it. It was such a wonderful feeling. Then we proceeded to mess around taking silly pictures in the back of this beautiful Rolls-Royce. We were lucky as we’d had our car upgraded for free at the very last minute. The car we’d originally booked had broken down the night before.
As we pulled up to the reception venue, the sky was the bluest I’d seen for a while, and the sun was beaming. We walked to a small private clearing with our lovely photographer and took some beautiful intimate photos, before meeting our guests.
The way we organised our wedding was by a ‘preference system’. We didn’t have a theme as such, but if one of us had a strong preference for something, then we’d automatically go with that. This meant we both felt we’d contributed to designing our DIY wedding together.
It was a truly DIY wedding and we did everything ourselves. We bought and hung up the decorations (with the help of family of course), chose the caterers, designed the cake, hired the tables and chairs, and found a band we really liked to perform in the evening.
For me the flowers were really easy – I wanted something that looked really romantic and natural. Our colour scheme was dusky blue and pale pink with creams, but for the flowers I swapped out the dusky blue for a berry red as I felt this would ‘pop’ beautifully against the bridesmaids’ blue dresses.
We made our DIY wedding personal to us in several ways. I kept my walking down the aisle song a secret from Adriano. I’d chosen his favourite song – Louis Armstrong’s ‘La Vie En Rose’. It’s now a very special song to us both!
I had a tiny picture frame with a picture of my dad hidden in my bouquet so that he could walk down with aisle with me. He also had managed to make a ‘Father of the Bride’ speech before he passed away, which we played at the reception. We asked my mum to write our first dance song and perform it for us, which was pretty incredible.
I made a scrapbook for Adriano two years ago for his birthday, documenting our adventures and relationship, which I added to and put on display for our guests to look through at the reception.
We had special table numbers made. The number of the table had a picture of both of us at that age, e.g. table 4 had two pictures on it of us at 4 years old. Our guests loved looking round all the tables to see what we had looked like as children.
Even having our photographer Beckie Egan was rather special – she’s a family friend and had done photo shoots for my family before, so we knew she was perfect.
Our three favourite photos of the day are very difficult to choose – we still haven’t settled on one to be our main wedding photo!
Venue: The Cowshed at Woodhall Farm
Caterer: Plyvine Catering
Cake: Shuga Budz
Florist: Of The Wild
Photographer: Beckie Egan Photography
Hair: Royston Blythe
Makeup: Rachael Claire Bridal
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