Real wedding: A laidback countryside wedding at Curradine Barns
A quintessential countryside wedding with cat cake toppers, lilac hues and a focus on delicious food, Becky and Jonathan Lester tied the knot within the gorgeous setting of Curradine Barns in spring 2017.
The happy couple: Becky Smout Lester, 26, an artist in games, and Jonathan Lester, 31, a computer technician, from Solihull in the West Midlands
Wedding date: Sunday 26 March 2017
Ceremony and reception venue: Curradine Barns
Photographer: Chris Barber Photography
Dress: The dress was by Wendy Makin from The Dressing Rooms
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS
Favours: Tealights from Dalit Goods Co, owned by the charity life association
What were your top two things you wanted at your wedding?
Good food and photos to remember it by.
What was the theme of your day?
It sounds cliché, but we themed the day around us and what we liked. Curradine was the perfect backdrop, we felt we didn’t need to add much to it.
What colours did you choose and why?
Initially it was lilac / purple as it’s a lovely colour and both our mums love it, but towards the end there where a few other colours thrown in there as I couldn’t be biased towards one.
What was the atmosphere you were hoping to create?
We wanted a really laid back atmosphere; we don’t like being the centre of attention so really didn’t want an ostentatious venue.
Tell us about the wedding dress and accessories…
My dress was by Wendy Makin from The Dressing Rooms, that I found at my first bridal appointment. I actually found my shoes before my dress, which is silly, but I fell in love.
What did the bridesmaids wear?
The bridesmaids were in ASOS! We did have a look at the ranges of bridesmaid dresses available in wedding boutiques; while they were lovely, we couldn’t justify the cost.
I browsed ASOS every week or so for inspiration and came across the ones we chose; the embellishment on them really complemented the bead work on my own dress, it was meant to be.
The ribbon we added later to finish off the look… that was a bargain from the rag market in Birmingham. I bought them both Swarovski necklaces as a gift too, which I gave them to them on the morning.
What was your first dance song?
‘La Vie En Rose’, played by our band.
What kind of cake did you go for?
The thought of having a fancy wedding cake, quite frankly, didn’t excite us. I’d always joked with one of our groomsmen that I’d get him to make our wedding cake out of brownie as he makes some out-of-this world ones that we’ve enjoyed over our many years of friendship. But when it came to reality, we felt a bit guilty about enlisting him with such a huge task.
Me and Jonny quite often go for walks in the countryside; we always drive through a small town with a local bakery and make a very conscious stop for a slice of its raspberry brownie and perhaps a sausage roll (undoing our walk!).
Thankfully, they didn’t bat an eyelid when we asked for 80 portions for a pickup! We realised that cutting a few slices of brownie might be a bit odd, so made a last-minute decision to also order a small red velvet cake from a local cake maker.
Did you have a cake topper?
I made little cat cake toppers out of Super Sculpey and named them after us both. Unfortunately, they did take a tumble off of the cake as it was actually quite a warm sunny day, the frosting was just too soft! My ear broke off and we both lost some toes.
Fortunately, we do have a few photos of them in one piece and I have been able to repair them since so all was not lost.
Did you have wedding favours?
We’ve all been to weddings where the favours, although always a lovely thought, often get left behind. With this in mind, we didn’t want to spend a lot on them!
I found these adorable tealights from Dalit Goods Co. whom are owned by the charity life association. We felt good that the money would be going to a charity, if they did get left behind it didn’t matter.
They actually went down a storm with our guests, I think only a handful where left behind – I think those where mine and Jonny’s.
What was your favourite moment of your wedding day?
For me, being announced as husband and wife, seeing all our friends and family gleaming back at us – we’d finally done it and all our hard work had come to fruition.
Jonny agrees, but adds that he loved walking out onto the courtyard with our guests following us, being able to catch up with them and share our joy.
Were there any stand out moments or comedy errors that happened throughout the day?
We were about to do our confetti shot, everyone was lining up to get ready, grabbing a handful or a cone of confetti. My cousin’s son, who is just over 18 months old, was walking around with a fistful of stones… thankfully we caught him before he threw it at us.
What advice would you give to brides-to-be planning their big day?
It’s true, the whole day is over very quickly, but it’s not just about the day itself, enjoy the build up to it and organising of it! Make little day trips and events with your bridal party, I’d organise little lunches or afternoon tea after dress or shoe shopping with my bridesmaids.
I can’t lie, wedding planning isn’t always full of cake eating, singing and happy dances – guest lists and budget spreadsheets is a very harsh grounding reality.
But that’s ok, just remember you’re marrying the person you love.
Thursday 22 February 2018
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