Bohemian Rustic Country Chic Wedding | Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Bohemian Rustic Country Chic Wedding | Whimsical Wonderland Weddings


I have to admit when I first saw WWW readers Dan and Rosanna's October wedding, it pretty much blew me away. There may be a fair few images below :-)

Bride Rosanna works for a record label, and so not only had some incredible contacts but also had some serious organisational skills. They wanted a simple, rustic, country and festival chic feel to their day; with a cool grey colour scheme which worked perfectly.

Rosanna donned a beautiful swishy gown by Lyn Ashworth with bohemian flower crown and perfect waves. The bridesmaids wore pretty grey dresses and had gypsophila bouquets; one of whom you may recognise as Katie Melua who sang their wedding song in the evening... amazing!

Thanks so much to the wonderful LifeLine Photography for sharing her photographs with us today.

The Planning Process... I organise events so this was easier for me than most brides I'd imagine, as I already had lots of great contacts. However, its much harder to plan great things on a personal budget rather than a corporate one! We only had 5 months to organise the wedding (we didn't want to wait till next year but wanted a summer wedding so risked the latest possible date for that year which hopefully would be nice - and it was!! - which was first week in October). We got permission from the local parish council and the cricket club to have a marquee on the village green, then found the marquee company ( [email protected]) and hog roast company first, then finalised everything else after that.

Groom's Attire... Very simple the groom and ushers all wore black suits with grey waistcoats (Dan had a scooped black one).

The Readings + Music... From The Alchemist by Paul Coelho read by an old school friend of mine:

"When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke - the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen - the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.

"It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it's easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it's in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one's dreams would have no meaning."

And 1 Corinthians 13 read by Dan's mum.

Music... we walked into Air On A G String played by the organist. During the service we had "At Last" by Etta James and "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, sung and played acoustically by my musician friends. We walked out of the church to "For One In My Life" by Stevie Wonder. During the speeches, one of the bridesmaids who is a singer on the record label I work for (Katie Melua) did an acoustic version of Beyonce's "Love On Top" which is Dan's and my song - it was stunning. Our first dance was Tom Baxter's "Light Me Up" and our SECOND dance (for my daughter) was "Layla" by Eric Clapton.

The Flowers... Amazing local florist called Daisy Stenning (Daisys in Bloom) did the flowers. I had a tiny budget for flowers and wanted everything very natural so she used a lot of ivy and baby's breath to create a very natural pretty look.

The Details + Decor... Loved the bird cages which spilled ivy out of them and hung throughout the marque. Found an amazing company called Extremely Lovely Wedding rentals who lent us baskets of rugs, chalk signs for all the tables and amazing 7 ft trees with fairy lights on which we scattered throughout the marquee - they completed our rustic wedding without breaking the bank! Loved our festival flags which we hired from The Event Flag hire company. My mum got a bunting banner handmade by a local old peoples home which said 'welcome to the Dollyanna Lovefest' which is what the whole day was called rather than the wedding (Dan Oliver and Rosanna- Dollyanna is our nickname!). We adored our invites made by one of Dan's clients- absolutely beautiful and I loved the festival wrist band we had made for the day...

The Honeymoon... We actually just had the weekend at home (minus the daughter!) and got take aways, opened presents and relaxed which was amazing. We were going to go to a spa for the weekend but so glad we didn't as I was shattered! We got contributions towards a honeymoon from our guests at the wedding and are finally off in 2 weeks to Barbados and Grenada!

We loved walking up the high street after the ceremony.

Photo booth gave us very funny pictures!

We had a basket with flip flops in for the girl guests to wear in the evening- this went down very well.

Advice for Other Couples... Work out what is important to you. Don't feel you have to spend loads of money on what other people do. Also, when buying wedding rings, find a shop that makes their jewellery on site that way you can get exactly what you want and cut out middle men costs - most high street shops are just sales men rather than jewellery designers so you are paying for the brand rather than the design or quality.

Flags | Event Flag Hire

Marque | Marvellous Marquees

Photographer | Lifeline Photography

Make up and hair |Carol Hoffman / Nancy Sumner

Dress | Lyn Ashworth

Bridesmaids dress | Etsy

Decorations | Extremely Lovely

Ice cream van | Daisy Ice Cream Van

Photo booth | Booth Star

Flowergirl dress | Etsy

Bridal dress | Swoon Wedding Gowns

Wedding rings | Originals Jewellery

Booze | through a friend - great wines for a good cost [email protected]

Oh my, such an amazing wedding day, wish I was there!

Thanks so much to Dan and Rosanna for sharing their beautiful story with us today XOXO Lou

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