It is only fitting that my first wedding post is about one splendid day – perhaps my favourite of all the weddings I have attended so far. Set in a barn, at Boomerang Farm Golf Course, it was the perfect environment for a rustic reception.

However, before I get ahead of myself, let me back-track to the ceremony… it was a beautiful autumn day and the guests were waiting with anticipation on tiered log seating. You could see surprise flicker across their faces as one by one they noticed the corrugated tree house complete with rickety bridge suspended in the background. The groomsmen were combing their fingers through stray hairs whilst the groom greeted family in his dapper grey suit.

Then it was time. The cars rolled to a stop, the guests rose, and the groomsmen stood a little straighter. A bevy of beauties including an adorable tutued flower girl sashayed down the aisle to the original version of ‘All I do is dream of you’.  The bride came into sight and excited whispers rippled throughout those present. It is at this time that I always look to the groom to see his expression when he first lays sight of his bride. However this was the exception as I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the braided blonde hair, the sweetheart neckline, and the layers upon layers of soft silk organza ruffles. Laura was a breathtaking vision.

The couple exchanged heartfelt vows amid misty eyes before heading off for photographs whilst guests were treated to nibbles and croquet. I snuck into the barn to ensure the finishing touches were in place and was blown away… Events of Design had transformed an empty old barn into a fairy lit vintage reception. The attention to detail was incredible – wooden tables were draped with doily runners, assorted cream and white flowers stood in various sized vessels, and tea lights were sprinkled in between. Lavender seeds in brown paper packets sat atop white napkins and were finished with a sprig of lavender. White folding Americana chairs completed the look.

What I particularly loved was that the styling didn’t simply finish at the tablescape. It extended to the mantle where ceramic mugs flowed with baby’s breath. A milk and cookie station was positioned at the side balanced by a wishing tree table for guests to give their best. Mason jars hung from the rafters and chalkboards detailed the guest list and menu. This truly was a well-thought out and perfectly executed design.

It would be amiss of me not to acknowledge the array of wedding vendors who helped make this day: Venita Drennen skilfully crafted the wedding and bridesmaid dresses, Lillian Sutton enhanced the girls’ beautiful features, and Emma Coombes styled their locks. Feather and Stone captured the preparations, the ceremony, and even the dancing as guests partied into the night.

There was a lot of laughter and a lot of love.

If you would like to find out more about Laura’s new phase of life as a Mrs, then check out her blog: The Velvet Doe.

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