A travel-themed wedding day in Gloucestershire

Every so often we get a wedding that we just have to share with you and this is just such a one, because it illustrates beautifully how a travel theme can work. Lauren and Rachel married in June in Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire. Lauren’s mother, Tina, is an Ambience stylist in Suffolk and styled the day for the couple. Read on, enjoy and get some inspiration for your big day!

Over to Lauren’s stylist mother Tina, who describes to us how the day unfolded…

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All of the signage was made by Rachel’s very talented sister Stacey, who was also bridesmaid and mum to Luca, she had been a very busy lady!

First thing

The day started with us getting the wedding cake, centrepieces and other décor safely to Cripps barn.

The brides had chosen a travel theme, as they have travelled extensively with their roles in the RAF and special holidays together. But they also wanted rustic touches to work with the feel of the venue.

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Their bouquets were hand tied pink roses and gypsophila, one in a pale pink the other in a deeper pink.

They had chosen lots of little touches like the globe to sign as their guest book, the welcome sign on rustic wooden easel and the vintage suitcase for guests to leave their cards and gifts. There were even little packs of tissues on each chair “for our happy tears” and they were used by many!

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The hanging iron wheel from the ceiling was stunning.

The aisle was lined with silver lanterns and candles, but chairs were left bare, as they wanted the focus to be on the beautiful foliage and candles in the stone barn. The iron wheel hanging from the ceiling was stunning. The flowers were by Beth Cox a recommended florist at Cripps barn.

During the ceremony the harpist Jemima Phillips played softly in the background, but then changed the tempo whilst guest chatted and photos were being taken. She was amazing! And her repertoire was so diverse, everyone commented on her playlist.

The page boy Luca (Rachel’s nephew) gave the brides the rings and was a star!

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The confetti of fresh petals in pretty paper cones was in a lovely wooden box tray.

After the ceremony the guests went outside for Pimms, canapés and confetti throwing with lots of photos. The confetti of fresh petals in pretty paper cones was in a lovely wooden box tray.

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The framed world map seating plan

Once everyone had found their table on the framed world map seating plan at the entrance to the room the master of ceremonies, Lottie, announced the brides to a huge cheer and every phone and camera came out!

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Each place setting had a folded napkin trimmed with a hessian band tied with string and a brown card name tag.

The table centrepieces were jars trimmed with hessian and lace (the lace was from my wedding dress and covered the something old angle) containing flowers, tea lights and twinkly lights. All of which were sitting on a log slice along with mini wooden easels, with the table name being a map of a country that had a special memory to them and a Polaroid of that memory.

Each place setting had a folded napkin trimmed with a hessian band tied with string and a brown card name tag attached along with a mini parcel box with chocolate heart favours inside. We had prepared these together in advance.

There was also an easel with a hessian covered board, with photos of family members that sadly weren’t there to celebrate with us, with tea lights burning to remember them.

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Another lovely sign “Mrs & Mrs Griffiths”

The top table again was simply dressed, a hessian and lace runner, jars and foliage and another lovely sign “Mrs & Mrs Griffiths”

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There was lots of laughter during the speeches

There were lots of laughter and a few tears during the speeches and as it was Father’s Day, it was very emotional for Ian and David seeing their daughters marry.

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The cake was travel-themed with 4 tiers lemon-fruit-chocolate and vanilla.

After the meal, guests from both families spent time chatting and getting to know one another. The children loved playing outside with the giant garden games we had set up.

I had made the cake which was travel themed with 4 tiers lemon, fruit, chocolate and vanilla. It had a three and a half hour journey in our car the day before! I was so relieved once I had assembled it that morning.

I had covered the LOVE letters with a paper version of the iced map and edible bunting of the cake.

Once the cake was cut the Brides had their first dance and then everyone hit the dance floor!!

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There was a photo booth which everyone loved and there were some great pictures taken and wonderful messages went into the album alongside them.

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Bowls of marshmallows and skewers ready for toasting.

Later when it was dark outside we went out with sparklers, which everyone loved. Then there were bowls of marshmallows and skewers and we headed for the fire pits to toast them. The children were in their element, and there were lots of sticky faces.

We had the most amazing day and it all went so fast!

I wanted to do so much on the morning to help set everything up, but I had had strict instruction from Lauren and Rachel, that I was to enjoy the day and not be stressing about décor!!

It was very difficult to remove my “stylist head” but I did, and everything was perfect from start to finish. Cripps’ staff were wonderful, and I can’t thank them enough, everything ran so smoothly and what a beautiful venue!

It appears on the Hitched top 10 rustic venues and I can see how it earned that accolade! I only wish it were in Suffolk and I could go back and style weddings there!

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Two happy brides

Thank you to Adam Drake photography