Real wedding: A rustic themed day with a blush pink colour scheme and DIY touches
Blush pink was their colour scheme of choice, and appeared everywhere from the bridesmaid dresses, to the bridal bouquet to the groom's tie.
Sophie even took her wedding dress into her own hands, turning it into a bespoke design by adding in flattering sleeves.
Photographer | Claire Hirst
The church wedding venue
Sophie and Joe held their wedding at <a href="https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/dodford-manor-barn-wedding-venue_5617.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dodford Manor</a>, choosing the Northamptonshire venue as it had a church next door, and Sophie had always dreamed of having a church wedding. <br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/beautiful-church-wedding-dresses/20606.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Beautiful Church Wedding Dresses</a>
The barn venue
The reception was held in the barn at Dodford Manor.<br /><br />"Our first home together was a cottage so we loved the rustic wood of the stone barn," explains Sophie. <br /><br />"Both of us grew up in small villages and love animals so it was a perfect setting being in a barn with fields surrounding us."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/venues/uk-wedding-awards-2016-best-barn-venue/21536.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The best UK barn wedding venues</a> <br /><br />
The floral wedding stationery
Sophie and Joe's wedding stationery was designed by <a href="http://www.childpaperco.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Child Paper Co</a> and set the tone for the rustic theme of their wedding day. <br /><br />"We decided to go for a hessian craft card with blush pink flower detail on them," says Sophie. <br /><br />"We used the same design for all of our stationery including the menus, order of services, signs around the venue, order of the day board, invitations and table plan."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/stationery/stylish-stationery-ideas-for-unique-couples/22738.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Stylish Stationery Ideas for Unique Couples</a>
The rustic wedding theme
"We wanted to have a rustic wooden look with a pop of blush pink colouring throughout, so we stuck to cream, pink and hessian as our wedding colour scheme," explains Sophie.<br /><br />"On the top table we had a 18ft long garland of fresh flowers to match the centrepieces on the other tables. This was also used to decorate the BBQ buffet table for the evening reception food."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/gorgeous-wedding-table-garlands-wedding-decor-inspiration/22809.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Gorgeous Wedding Table Garlands: Wedding Decor Inspiration</a>
The wedding table names and decorations
"We decided to name the tables after places we had been to and were special to us," shares Sophie.<br /><br />"The top table was called California because this is where we went on honeymoon for three weeks. The bridesmaids sat on Barbados as this is where we got engaged and the other table names were significant to us."<br /><br />"The company <a href="https://vmbespoke.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">V M Bespoke</a> created the table names by cutting out the names in wood which we displayed in the flower jugs in the centre of the tables."<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/24-unique-wedding-table-name-ideas/22479.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 24 Unique Wedding Table Name Ideas</a><br /><br />
Unique name card ideas
"We also had matching name places so each person had their name laser cut out of wood," adds Sophie.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/33-unique-name-card-ideas-for-your-wedding/22218.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 33 Unique Name Card Ideas for your Wedding</a>
DIY wedding ideas
Sophie and Joe's day was full of DIY touches, all expertly made by Sophie.<br /><br />"My vision was to have everything that I could personalised, from simple things like stickers made with our names and date on to put on the back of the invitation envelopes, to upcycling an old pallet and using it to display photos of us throughout our time together," she says.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/20-creative-ways-to-diy-your-wedding/20789.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 20 creative ways to DIY your wedding</a>
The personalised stickers were also adhered to the confetti bags, which were pegged to another upcycled palette. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/wedding-confetti-the-low-down/22117.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Everything you need to know about wedding confetti</a>
The order of the day
We love the illustrations on Sophie and Joe's order of the day - such a stylish way to let guests know what will be happening when.<br /><br />
Unusual wedding ideas
This rustic ladder is the perfect way to display old family wedding photos - add flowers that match your decor to tie it into the theme of the day, like Sophie and Joe did.
The wedding guests were treated to cider from a cider horse box in the front courtyard before the reception, alongside Pimms, beer and soft drinks.<br /><br />Cider also made an appearance as the wedding favours, which were a new cider flavour created by Joe's dad's company, <a href="http://www.healysofwinwick.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healy’s of Winwick</a>, called ‘Apply ever after’ complete with personalised labels made in blush pink.<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/unusual-wedding-drinks-ideas/20730.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Unusual wedding drinks ideas</a>
Wedding sweet table
At the side of the dance floor, Sophie set up two sweet stalls for guests to help themselves to - the perfect pick me up after hours of dancing!<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/wedding-dessert-table-ideas-the-best-ways-to-display-your-sweet-treats/20963.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Wedding dessert table ideas: the best ways to display your sweet treats</a>
Unusual wedding guest book idea
Rather than a traditional guest book, guests filled in these cute cards, giving their words of advice for a happy marriage. <br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/stationery/12-of-the-best-unusual-wedding-guestbook-ideas/20708.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 12 of the best unusual wedding guestbook ideas</a>
The pink and white wedding cake
The <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/cakes/amazing-tall-wedding-cakes-for-glamorous-weddings/22914.html" target="_self">tall wedding cake</a> was created by <a href="https://www.ameliarosecakestudio.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Amelia Rose Cake Studio</a>.<br /><br />"We had a five tier cake with white icing and blush pink tiers in between, along with blush pink icing flowers. Each layer was a different flavour and the top tier was fruit cake," explains Sophie.<br /><br />"I had seen a picture of the cake and fell in love with it, but I didn’t know who had made it and every cake company I spoke to was hesitant about recreating it. At a wedding fair I bumped into Leean who had designed the cake. I booked her straight away and she created a masterpiece."
The wedding dress
Sophie wore a <a href="https://www.justinalexander.com/lillian-west/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lillian West</a> wedding dress, purchased from <a href="http://courtyardbridalboutique.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Courtyard Bridal Boutique</a> in Kettering Northamptonshire.<br /><br />"It was originally strapless, but with the help of the boutique I designed straps using matching lace from the design on my dress. This made my dress perfect and personal to me and helped with my confidence as I wanted something over my shoulders," explains Sophie.<br /><br />"I had the matching veil to my dress which was simply stunning. The veil was longer than the dress and had the same lace detailing and sparkles throughout. I had small sparkly pins in my hair so that when I took my dress off at night I had something pretty still in my hair."<br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/delightful-wedding-dresses-with-sleeves/18718.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Delightful Wedding Dresses with Sleeves</a>
The bridal bouquet
To tie in with the blush pink theme, Sophie carried a <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/24-pretty-pink-wedding-bouquets/22909.html" target="_self">pink and white bridal bouquet</a>, created by <a href="http://flowersbycharlottedavies.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Charlotte Davies</a>.<br /><br />"The bouquets were filled with beautiful green foliage and gypsophila to add colour and bulk, but the main flowers included blush pink roses and peonies and I had a darker Steve Austin rose which created depth to the bouquet. I kept the flowers and am drying them out to be able to press them."<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/eight-ways-to-preserve-your-bridal-bouquet-after-your-wedding-day/22600.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Eight ways to preserve your bridal bouquet after your wedding day</a>
Blush pink bridesmaid dresses
"I had four bridesmaids of all different shapes and heights so it was hard to find a dress that would suit all of them, but we eventually found one in House of Fraser," reveals Sophie.<br /><br />"The dresses were blush pink and long which is what I had always had in my head I wanted. The girls all wore rose gold jewellery and had different rose gold shoes. They chose how they wanted to have their hair, and all had it curly with gypsophila for detail."<br /><br /><a href=" http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/hairstyles/how-to-choose-the-perfect-bridesmaid-hairstyles/22310.html" target="_self">READ MORE: How to Choose the Perfect Bridesmaid Hairstyles</a><br /><br /><br />
Bridesmaid gift ideas
To <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/favours-and-thank-yous/thoughtful-and-unusual-bridesmaid-gift-ideas/22473.html" target="_self">say thank you to her bridal party</a>, Sophie put together thoughtful gift crates, including personalised Emma Bridgewater mugs, earrings, a wedding day Yankee candle, and lots of other pretty things.<br /><br />She also made gifts for the mother-of-the-bride and Joe's mum, including their favourite perfume and make-up, while the groomsmen got personalised socks, cufflinks, tie clips, engraved hip flasks, a personalised pint glass and ties. <br /><br />"For my dad I did a crate and included the same as the other men but I also had a hankie made with a hand stitched poem in about me being his little girl forever and the wedding date. This was a very special moment when he opened it."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/gifts-for-the-father-of-the-bride/20740.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Gift ideas for the father-of-the-bride</a>
The groom and groomsmen
The groom and groomsmen all looked dapper in <a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/grooms/suave-blue-wedding-suits-for-the-groom-what-real-grooms-wore/22357.html" target="_self">navy blue wedding suits</a> from Next, complete with the personalised present Sophie had given them to wear.<br /><br />The pink in their ties perfectly coordinated with the flowers and bridesmaid dresses.
The wedding horse and carriage
Sophie and Joe arrived at their wedding in style, riding in a horse and carriage.<br /><br />"It was such a special moment to be able to ride off after we had just got married, just the two of us and spend just 10 minutes talking about the morning. We went for a short ride around the village of Dodford and then joined everybody at the venue."
Advice for other couples
"I would say if you are making anything yourself, it is never too early to start. Your wedding day will come round so quickly and the best decision I made was starting to make stuff a year before," advises Sophie.<br /><br />"I was so glad that I had made all my little touches so far in advance. I also think its lovely to get excited so far in advance as it always seems so far away, but trust me it comes round so quickly!"