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Frances & Grant Stevens-Bulmer Rustic Summer Meadow Wedding at Bredenbury Court Barns

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Date of Wedding: Friday 26th July 2019

Photographer: Poppy Carter Portraits

Style or Theme: Rustic Summer Meadow

Your Love Story

Grant and I met in July 2015 – we met online on a dating website called Inner Circle and had our first date in Café Boheme in London. I showed up to Grant already waiting with his Ray Ban sunglasses and his motorbike helmet and leather jacket! Very cool. We were both living in London at the time. 

The Proposal

Grant completely surprised me with the proposal, Grant asked me to marry him on the last day of a Eastern European road trip holiday when we were in Lake Bled in Slovenia, he got down on one knee in the snow at the side of the Lake this was in March 2018. Coincidently our wedding date of 26th July was exactly 4 years since our second date.

The Dress

Choosing the Wedding Dress

I always knew I wanted something different in my dress. I don’t like to have something that someone else has and I like to be unique. I went to Bespoke Wardrobe in Ingatestone, Essex. Reggie who owns Bespoke was wonderful! I went in there with a picture of a dress I had seen and an idea I had. She disappeared off to the back room where she had a dress that was now off the shop floor but was pretty much exactly what I wanted. We spoke about what I could do to change it to fit me (as it was a sample so too small) and to add the grey colour in. Debbie the alteration lady had 3 fittings with me where we worked on the dress. The whole experience was amazing and as the dress was a sample the whole thing only cost £1000. I hate having something that someone else has so having the chance to bespoke make a dress to fit me and suit my style was a dream come true.

First Dance Song

We struggled with picking a first dance – our song is “Shut up and Dance” by walk the moon but as it’s very upbeat we thought we couldn’t have that. We wanted a song that meant something to us and eventually remembered that 2 new year’s eves ago we stayed in and watched hootenanny on the telly, Jessie Ware sang a song called “Alone” which we danced together to in our living room. We decided to go with this song and whilst it played on the iPad – the band had learnt “shut up and Dance” so could come in straight after our first dance with that song – it was great for keeping everyone on the dance floor and getting the night going!

What was your inspiration/theme for the big day?

I have always loved the vintage style – We wanted a really relaxed and rustic barn wedding. I have never been one to be traditional and always like to put a twist on things, hence the grey in my wedding dress. My mum owns a clothes shop so I have spent my life knowing latest trends and styles and I followed a lot of blogs and Pinterest to get inspiration for the day. Grant and I also have very similar taste so when we talked about the day we always landed on similar themes. Our main idea was very everyone to feel relaxed and to have a good time. I have always been inspired by screen icons such as Audrey Hepburn and my hair style was very much influenced by her. We wanted to bring a summer meadow to our wedding so the flowers, the barn, the summer time kept that all on track.

Why did you choose Bredenbury Court Barns Rustic Wedding Venue?

When we went and looked at Bredenbury Court Barns, it was still being built but we fell in love with the vision Simon had for it. As he already had Dodford Manor in Northampton, we knew Bredenbury Court Barns would be just as amazing. Whilst the barn wedding venue was far away from where we live, and where all our guests would be travelling from, the space we got for our money and the view from the rustic barn wedding venue over to the Malvern hills was just breath taking. We didn’t actually see the finished venue until the end of May so there was a lot of using your imagination needed for the planning.

The Big Day

Wedding Ideas and Your Wedding Day:

Grants mum, Lynn, offered to do our flowers – we wanted a summer meadow theme, so she grew loads of Sweet Peas in her garden then she sourced anything else she needed from a local supplier. Lynn is a keen gardener and used to lecture in horticulture for years so she really knows her stuff – she did the most fantastic job and the bouquets and table decorations looked beautiful. Lynn also did the button holes and the band stand where we were married. She did a mixture of fresh and dried throughout the venue so she could prepare a lot of it before hand. I am so glad Lynn decided to do this for us as not only did it save us money but it meant there was such a personal touch on the day. I have always loved lavender, I love the smell and the colour so that was a big part of our flowers then we had sweet peas, pink roses, gypsophila and lots of green foliage.

Grant’s Aunt Cindy Osborn did our cake for us. I wanted a very simple butter icing cake with lavender and olive leaves around the outside. Cindy made the bottom layer chocolate orange and then the next two tiers were fake for the display, but she made a Red Velvet layer and a Lemon layer to serve out later. She also made a lactose and Gluten free chocolate one as we had a lot of allergies at the wedding. Everyone commented on the cake and how wonderful it tasted. 

For the cake toppers Grant and I decorated Champagne corks to look like us – I saw this on Pinterest and thought they were great, they were a nice little touch!

To keep in with the Lavender/Vintage theme we gave everyone a seed packet of lavender seeds that had our wedding date and names on it. And then a little hessian bag with name tags on, filled with hard boiled sweets sourced from Amazon. 

The barn wedding venue was so beautiful and because it was brand new it really didn’t need a lot – the flowers Lynn provided on the tables were enough to fill the barn. We then distributed other little pots of flowers around all in glass jars I decorated with hessian fabric, lace and hessian rope. It took nearly 6 months to make them all!

We walked down the Aisle to Tom Speight’s ‘Willow Tree’. Tom is an up and coming artist and when I first started dating Grant I went through his music collection, as you do, and found Willow Tree on there by Tom. What was funny is that Tom is my friend so I decide to take Grant to one of his gigs and introduced him. So we thought it very fitting to walk down the Aisle to that song. 

Your Wedding Feast – what’s on the menu?

To keep in with our relaxed theme we wanted the food to be relaxed so had a Salmon Bruschetta Starter, BBQ platter to table main and then Chocolate Brownie with Bakewell Ice cream dessert! For the evening food we did pulled pork baps – which went down a treat! Although I didn’t manage to get any myself was far too busy on the dance floor! 

During our drinks reception we had an ice cream vintage bike – provided by Jenkinsons. Everyone said what a nice touch this was especially as it catered for all allergies too.

Your favourite moment of the day?

We both really loved the actually getting married bit – the sharing the vows and exchanging the rings. I loved having all my friends and family in one place together laughing and enjoying ourselves. 

I loved all the little captured moments Grant and I managed to get – which aren’t many but taking that time to do that was special.

A word of advice for future couples?

Make sure you do what you want. This day is for you and the groom – no one else. Our wedding was so Grant and I, and people commented on the day how much it reflected us both. We put so much thought into every little detail of the day and we loved seeing everyone enjoy it. 


Don’t sweat the small stuff – no one will notice if something doesn’t happen on time or go to plan – only you know! 

And most of all enjoy it – enjoy it all, the planning, the build-up and the day. I most loved the last 3 months as it was getting closer and everything was done, I just enjoyed the ride. Take some time for you and the groom – even if it is just 5 mins here and there make sure you do it. And step back and take it all in – see all your favourite people in one room for you! I literally floated all day! It was the best day of my life so far and I would do it all again in a heartbeat! 

Can you sum up your day in just 3 words?

Bride

Joy - Laughter - Beautiful

Groom

Joyful - Wonderful - Beautiful

Your dream team suppliers list:

Barn Wedding Venue: Bredenbury Court Barns

Photographer: Poppy Carter Portraits

Drone: Jame Thould

Dress: Susan Neville Dress from Bespoke Wardrobe

Shoes: Rainbow Shoes from Debenhams

Rings: 77 Diamonds

Hair: Hilary Read

Grooms Attire: Swagger&Swoon for the Cravats and Pocket Squares

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’s House

Evening Entertainment: The Hot Rods

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