Charlotte Balbier

all the fun of the farm. sanyukta shrestha for a chic country wedding at homestead farm – emma & tom

October 14th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Though I love living in the city I would have to say that similar to bride Emma, I’m a bit of a country girl at heart. I therefore love the chic country styling with elegant 1950s vintage touches that she and groom Tom picked for their big day.

The Cadillac car, old-fashioned bicycles  and thoughtful décor help to set the scene as does Emma’s stunning Audrey Hepburn style dress, which she found in the fabulous One Fine Day bridal boutique that we know well ourselves.

For anyone planning a rustic or vintage style wedding, it’s time to grab a pen and paper and take note!

With images by Ollie Gyte Photography.

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emma says: We got engaged in August 2014 in London. Tom took me for a lovely meal in Soho. Afterwards we took a stroll along the Thames and Tom proposed opposite the London Eye.

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Our wedding date was 10th July, 2015. We chose this time of year simply because we wanted a summer wedding.

We got married at St Stephen’s Church in the village where we both grew up. We then had our reception at Homestead Farm, Ormskirk, and Lancashire. Tom and I are both very country people and the layout of the venue went really nicely with our chosen theme.

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The styling of the wedding was centred on a vintage 1950s theme as we both like that era and also like the rustic look.

In terms of colours, we chose pastel nude pink for the bridesmaids’ dresses and light blue for the groomsmen as they were nice bright summer colours.

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My dress was from a beautiful shop called One Fine Day, which is in Tarleton. Lindsay, who owns the shop helped me choose my dress and with her expertise we found the perfect dress to suit my figure. The designer of my dress was Sanyukta Shrestha. It was an organic silk long design, with an Audrey Hepburn look.

Tom wore a light blue three piece suit from Moss Brothers outlet store in Fleetwood, along with matching tan belt and brogues. The groomsmen wore the same suits as Tom.

My bridesmaids wore pastel nude pink dresses from ASOS, which were 50s style to go with our theme.

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To transport us to the venue on the wedding day, we hired a 1950s Cadillac from Birkdale Classics in Southport.

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Our photographer was called Ollie Gyte. We chose him as he’s a great guy and an exceptional photographer, which showed in the work he showed us prior to us booking him. He took care of all the photography aspects and delivered great photographs of our big day.

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For my wedding flowers I had pink and ivory roses with a mixture of wild green flowers. My lovely friend Paula Popple provided the lovely bouquets of flowers.

When it came to décor Tom and I (with the help of a few friends) made a lot of the items ourselves such as comical wooden signs but we hired a company called Add A Little Sparkle, to decorate the tables, chairs and parts of the main room and the reception.

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As favours we gave our guests a pack of locally produced ‘spud’ flavoured crisps, which we got from Fiddler’s Farm in Rufford.

We chose an ombre style wedding cake with three tiers of pastel pink icing. The two outer tiers were sponge and the middle tier was lemon sponge. Nikki from Lemon Tree Bakery made the cake for us, and it was delicious!

To match our theme we decided on an afternoon tea (served with Pimms) for our wedding meal, which was provided by a company called Yours Truly. In the evening we had a hog roast which was supplied by Homestead Farm.

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For entertainment we had a young vocalist and guitarist who performed in the barn on arrival. He had a great raw talent and a lovely voice. At the reception we had a band called The Fable who were from London. They were a Mumford & Sons style band, which is why we chose them as we love their music.

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After our wedding day we would strongly recommend Homestead Farm to other brides and grooms, as not only is the venue in a brilliant setting in our eyes but all of our guests agreed too. Margaret the owner is a great person who could not do enough for us.

Our favourite part of the day was being sat down having our afternoon tea whilst watching our closet family and friends enjoying themselves.

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For our honeymoon we first travelled to New York to see our friends get married. We stayed in NYC for three days and then flew out to Florida and stayed in a villa for just over two weeks. We visited the Disney parks with our little boy Jack who (as well as us), loved every minute!

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My top tip to other Brides Up North would be to try not to stress about the day itself and the days running up to the wedding as it all comes together in the end. Also, when all the hustle and bustle is going on during your day take a step back with your partner and take everything in as it all goes very quickly!

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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