Toni Maticevski Bridal Robe | Greenhill Farm Wedding ceremony

Most individuals think about a country, rural, countryside vibe after they consider a farm marriage ceremony, however from the outset, Lauren was completely decided that may not be the case for her Autumn marriage ceremony at Greenhill Farm, in Maidstone, Kent.

Lauren, who works in Public Relations, and Sam, a Software program Engineer, tied the knot on twenty third September 2023. They wished their day to have an elegant and stylish enchantment, combining attractive fashionable bridal style with a impartial and pure coloration palette.

The bride selected a recent robe by Australian designer Toni Maticevski, found on the improbable boutique in Ripley, Surrey. We’ve been working with and raving about Miss Bush for over a decade now. Leaders in bridal style, they supply a supremely glorious service to all brides – we can not advocate them sufficient.

These attractive, enjoyable pictures have been captured by Marianne Chua, creator of quirky, enjoyable, and relaxed marriage ceremony images. Take pleasure in!

Bride wearing a  Toni Maticevski wedding dress & gold crown. Groom in a blue suit and green tie. Golden hour wedding photography by Marianne Chua Photography.

Venue & Location

We bought married at Greenhill Farm. It’s the childhood dwelling of one among my finest pals and bridesmaids, Hannah. It’s a working turkey farm, however they now additionally host weddings within the hotter months. We spent many summers as youngsters and younger adults having events within the valley, so it was an actual full circle second to host the most important celebration of our lives there. 

Apart from the non-public connection, one among issues we beloved in regards to the venue was that you could possibly host the authorized ceremony there in addition to the reception. We bought formally married in a fantastic, woodland den, earlier than main our friends for a stroll throughout the valley to the reception space, which was subsequent to a small lake. It was very inexperienced, very tranquil and really lovely (and fortunately not raining!).

I used to be very clear that though we have been getting married in a rural location, I didn’t need the marriage to really feel like a standard rustic or competition fashion marriage ceremony – I wished it to really feel stylish and classy, however in opposition to a fantastic pure backdrop, therefore the all white color palette with accents of olive inexperienced. 

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Our photographer was known as Marianne Chua. We have been in search of a photographer who took pure, non-cheesy images that captured the enjoyable of the day in addition to simply the folks – she had truly photographed our pals’ marriage ceremony earlier within the yr so we knew we beloved her fashion.

She immediately made us each really feel comfortable – even curing the couple portraits which we have been each feeling a bit awkward about, and I can truthfully say I really like the entire images, they actually seize how a lot enjoyable everybody had. 

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The Costume

Toni Maticevski

My gown was from an Australian designer known as Toni Maticevski – his bridal assortment had solely simply turn into accessible within the UK, and I imagine that I used to be the primary bride to put on one among his clothes over right here, which is fairly cool.

My gown was from a boutique I discovered listed on Love my Costume; Miss Bush in Ripley, Surrey. I hadn’t actually loved my  earlier bridal purchasing experiences (too twee! Too bridal! Not sufficient clothes you could possibly put on a bra with!) and so I used to be apprehensive after I arrived however I couldn’t have beloved it extra. They concentrate on fashionable, trendy bridal put on that’s nonetheless supremely wearable, and it was precisely what I used to be in search of. 

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My first appointment was with Emma who owns the boutique, and it was clear from the outset that she was a style stylist not only a bridal stylist. She actually understood my imaginative and prescient and in addition my physique form, and actually helped information my decisions.

I’ve a big bust and a small again, and I’d learn in on-line evaluations that Miss Bush was famend for styling brides with a big chest and this experience was obvious – they’ll even sew your favorite bra into your gown so you possibly can put on it with nobody with the ability to inform. 

Large pearl bridal bow worn at the back of the head. The Kindness Bridal Bow, by Camille
Radiant Crystal Crown for brides, by Camille

I knew that I wished one thing minimal however not plain – lace and beading was by no means going to be my fashion, however so lots of the minimal marriage ceremony clothes have been a form of 90s supermodel slip gown – which was by no means going to work on my 5ft 1, F cup body.

I didn’t truly select the gown I ended up buying – Emma satisfied me to strive it on, because it seemed so completely different on the mannequin within the image – however as quickly as I put it on I knew it was the one. It had probably the most wonderful, boned collar that was tremendous sculptural – you could possibly manipulate it into completely different shapes to create a very completely different wanting gown, and I really like the way it added this asymmetrical element to the primary gown. 

The gown itself was made out of an nearly scuba sort materials, and had a twisted uncovered black zip and assyemetric – each fashionable, uncommon particulars which I beloved. This was balanced out by an previous Hollywood fashion minimize – nearly Vivienne Westwood in nature – which actually hugged your curves, so it nonetheless felt like a basic marriage ceremony gown (I didn’t wish to look again in 20 years and suppose….wtf?!?)

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The venue had somewhat cabin subsequent to the lake, which we kitted out in a 3 piece couch sat, additionally from The Little Wedding ceremony Warehouse, and a assist your self whisky bar and sisha pipe. We additionally had a disco ball over the dancefloor, employed by means of Holmsted Occasions, which was a pleasant contact.

How They Met

We’ve truly identified one another since we have been youngsters, we grew up in the identical city and moved in peripheral friendship circles after we have been younger however didn’t know one another effectively. After we graduated college we ended up again in the identical city on the similar time, went for a drink and that was 13 years in the past…

We bought engaged on the very finish of 2023, and bought married just about 9 months later. I wasn’t interested by an extended engagement, so this was excellent for us. 

My husband Sam wore a swimsuit from Hugo Boss.

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The Reception

Holmsted Occasions, who organised our marquee, additionally employed all of the lighting for us – the marquee and lake seemed so fairly all gentle up with festoon lighting because it bought darkish. Our marquee was a classic sailcloth tent.

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We beloved it as a result of it was basic and stylish, though we bought married on a farm we didn’t need the aesthetic to really feel too rustic or festival-y, and so this was an ideal alternative. Plus, the bar was proper subsequent to the dance ground, which at all times helps with the ambiance for my part!

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We ordered our cake from an organization known as Olivia Bakes – Sam had ordered a birthday cake for me from her earlier than. 

It was a minimal tackle the extravagantly piped, classic fashion muffins which are fashionable in the meanwhile – white with inexperienced pipping, and ‘Simply Married’ inscribed on the highest. We went for carrot and walnut, and it was scrumptious.

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I used to be actually uninspired by quite a lot of the marriage catering corporations that we initially discovered – every little thing appeared very formulaic. I’m a vegetarian and although we served meat (my husband is a meat eater!) I didn’t need the veggie choice to really feel like an afterthought – no extra goat cheese tarts or complete roasted cauliflowers right here!

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There may be an incredible Indian restaurant close to the place we dwell in South East London known as Babur, and after hours of fruitless googling I emailed them on the off likelihood they did weddings. In truth, that they had solely carried out one earlier than, however have been prepared to come back and do ours. Undoubtedly a bet (they’d by no means cooked a 3 course meal for 90 folks in a area earlier than…) however it paid off – the meals was glorious, and so many individuals commented on it. 

Our flowers have been by Sue Davies and her enterprise accomplice JoJo Blooms – Sue is the auntie of my bridesmaid Hannah – the dual sister of David Betts who owns Greenhill Farm, and in addition auntie of Hannah’s sister Claire, who runs the marquee firm together with her husband – the entire marriage ceremony was an actual household affair!

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The flowers have been in all probability probably the most excessive impression a part of the dressing, and one of many parts I used to be most enthusiastic about. I knew I wished an all white color palette, and one thing which felt fashionable and sculptural however nonetheless somewhat wild. In addition to the same old bouquet, buttonhole and desk preparations, they made us a fantastic damaged arch for the ceremony space and a ‘meadow’ association alongside the pews, which was then transplanted to the marquee entrance for the reception, in addition to a beautiful hanging ladder association throughout the ceiling of the marquee.

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The flowers have been in all probability the primary decor focus within the marquee, we supplemented the desk centrepieces with brass candlestick holders from The Little Wedding ceremony Warehouse, and bought the glassware ourselves as I didn’t love those accessible to rent.

We didn’t rent an occasion planner or stylist – inside my job I organise quite a lot of lovely occasions for large magnificence manufacturers, and so I had an concept of the way to pull collectively a big scale occasion – I ended up replicating the entire planning paperwork I take advantage of for a piece occasion, however for my very own marriage ceremony. 

Having mentioned that, as we had a very dry rent venue, it was a LOT of labor – we needed to supply completely every little thing, from the moveable ovens that the caterers used within the catering tent, to each candle, spoon and glassware for the tables. For us, it was price it as a result of each element was precisely how we wished, however I’m not positive I might advocate it should you didn’t have occasion planning expertise, it’s definitely not for the faint hearted!

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One job that we did outsource which was indispensable was hiring a marriage co-ordinator for the day itself – we labored with The Wedding ceremony Dolls and I can’t advocate them extremely sufficient, they have been price each penny. Due to the character of our venue, we didn’t have venue workers who have been chargeable for ensuring all of the suppliers arrived on time, or usually serving to with the circulation of the day, and so The Wedding ceremony Dolls stepped in and fulfilled this job.

They made positive all of our plans have been carried out on the day, and principally ensured that we didn’t need to do any extra organising or admin on the day itself – I really don’t suppose it will be doable to take pleasure in a self-planned/DIY marriage ceremony with out this type of assist on the day. 

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Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

Hannah Monk did my hair and make-up – she is an MUA and Hair Stylist that I truly know by means of work, and had advisable prior to now to different pals getting married. I wished a bronzed, glowy look that was an amped up model of my on a regular basis make-up – plus a purple lip for the night – and I used to be tremendous pleased with the ultimate look.

My hair may be very advantageous and really straight, in addition to quick so sadly I used to be by no means going to have an enormous blow out or an extravagant up-do. I toyed with waving it, however I used to be frightened it wouldn’t maintain if it rained and in the long run I went for a slicked again bob. It felt like ‘me’, and it put the give attention to my headband and collar of my gown, reasonably than distracting.

I had a full size, minimal veil that I additionally purchased from Miss Bush. Initially I had wished a Juliet fashion cap veil, however after I tried it on with my hair equipment it seemed a bit Shakespearian (not a vibe!!) and so I switched to one thing extra fashionable that wouldn’t detract from the sculptural component of my gown and headband.

Consolation was key, so I went for a pair of low block pointed white heels from Zara – and on the finish of the evening, became a pair of gold ballet flats from ASOS.

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I at all times put on headbands, and so I knew {that a} headband was going to be a part of my marriage ceremony look – plus I’ve quick, straight hair, so was by no means going to have an excellent intricate hair fashion. The headscarf I selected was from a New York model known as Epona Valley – it was a large brass band with crystals studded alongside the highest – a form of fashionable, minimalistic crown.

As I had an enormous collar on my gown, veil and a scarf I wished to maintain most of my jewelry fairly minimal – I bought a really advantageous gold necklace from Missoma, and wore my favorite gold huggie hoops from Monica Vinader. I additionally wore a gold bangle which I designed and had made a number of years in the past, and I borrowed an vintage sapphire ring from my Mum as my ‘one thing borrowed and one thing blue’ – I didn’t wish to return it after the marriage!

I wore the identical scent I put on on a regular basis – Alien by Thierry Mugler – I wished to scent like myself.

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I employed a clutch bag from Dolce & Gabbana from Cocoon, simply to carry my lipstick and my telephone – however to be sincere, it was beneath the desk the entire evening. One other advice to rent the extras reasonably than buy – a lot cheaper and extra sustainable. 

I gave my bridesmaids just about free rein – we’re all in our 30s, one was pregnant, one had simply given beginning and so they all look utterly completely different – I wished them to put on one thing all of them seemed good in. The one directive I gave them was for it to be an autumnal color palette (inexperienced, gold, darkish purple, champagne, orange and so on.) however in the long run all of them selected shades of inexperienced.

Two of the ladies ended up selecting clothes from Maids to Measure, one from ASOS and the ultimate one from a model known as Azazie

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Night & Dancing

Within the night I at all times knew I used to be going to wish to develop into one thing I might dance in, however I didn’t wish to put money into a complete new gown – so I employed the Drusilla gown by Emilia Wickstead, which I employed from Hurr – which was a a lot more economical technique to do an outfit change. I wished this second gown to be enjoyable – I beloved the massive bow on the again, that was nearly like a pair of wings. 

We knew we wished a DJ, and initially wished somebody that we knew as we have been frightened about it being a basic ‘marriage ceremony DJ’, however sadly couldn’t discover somebody with availability or in a position to journey to Kent.

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In the long run, we discovered an organization known as Pageant Wedding ceremony DJs by means of Love My Costume and so they turned out to be nice – we offered a pattern playlist and an inventory of ‘should performs’ and ‘should not play’s – and he had everybody dancing all evening. 

Oh my god we have been each dreading the primary dance – the purpose of the sport was one thing quick and candy haha. We selected To Be Alone with You by Sufjan Stevens, who’s one among my favorite artists. 

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Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Be your most organised self, however don’t sweat the small stuff – you truthfully gained’t care on the day. Placing the work into the planning (spreadsheets are your good friend) makes the day run a lot extra easily.

And don’t overlook to benefit from the day together with your accomplice – that’s why you’re getting married, in any case…

I truthfully couldn’t cease laughing from the minute I bought out the automotive to the minute I went to mattress, the entire day was magical. Simply with the ability to spend the day celebrating with all of our family members was nice – the speeches and the celebration (after all!) have been a spotlight for me. 

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Founding father of Love My Costume. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire together with her husband and enterprise accomplice Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being open air and star gazing. She is fierce with regards to championing expertise throughout the marriage ceremony trade and when she’s not engaged on Love My Costume, she helps her husband Philip within the operating of the household’s sustainable flower farm and floral design enterprise, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she grew to become a printed creator.

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