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Stylish and modern Northamptonshire wedding with a rustic twist

Photo by Ellie Merridale Wedding Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Wedding Photography

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Exciting news! We’ve got a brand new real wedding for you to check out and it is ridiculously gorgeous. A real hybrid of styles, Robyn and Lucy mixed classic with cool for their wedding day and the end result was simply divine. Think, traditional but modern (yes- they really did nail this oxymoron). Sophisticated but a little rustic. Stylish but romantic. It’s safe to say, we’re obsessed.

So, let’s delve straight in....

The Deets:
Location: Towcester, Northamptonshire
Budget Category: Up to £10k | Up to £20k | Up to £35k | Up to £50k+ 
Season: Summer (30th August 2019)
Style: Modern, Rustic, Relaxed
Colour Palette: Blush, Grey, White
No. of guests: 90 day guests, 150 evening guests

The Suppliers:
Photography: Ellie Merridale Photography
Venue: Plum Park Hotel
Florist and Decorarion: Decorative Events
Make up Artist: Kelly Prescott Make Up Artist (Robyn) & Make Up by Della B (Lucy)
Band: Funktionality 
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses: Wed2Be
Suit: Buckingham Tailors

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

The Couple:

This wedding is so beautiful, we couldn’t help but gush over the gorgeous photos with Robyn and Lucy’s wedding photographer, Ellie Merridale. So, when Ellie told us how utterly devoted to one another these two are, we fell all the more in love! Ellie said, “these are two people who knew exactly what love was as soon as they found one another. You can tell from the first 5 minutes of being around them that they would do anything for each other. It was the biggest pleasure to photograph two people who are best friends and life partners all rolled into one.” Anyone else weeping?!  

So, to start with, a little more about them. Robyn and Lucy first started dating in 2014. After two wonderful years together, Robyn popped the question at sunset whilst they were on a Safari in 2016. From there, the planning started. When chatting about their wedding planning journey, Robyn told us, “Lucy is the more ‘everything has to be perfect’ one where as I’m more chilled about it all- so we balance each other out quite well”. Whilst they knew they wanted a certain style for their wedding day (more on that later...), the most important thing was that their day felt laid-back and fun, filled with love and laughter. 
 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

The Hen Do: 

To kick things off, Robyn and Lucy were surprised with a joint Hen Do, thrown by their nearest and dearest. To quote Robyn, they had “THE BEST HEN DO EVER” (yep, she used all caps). They stayed in a Manor House complete with a pool, games room, hot tub- plus loads of land for all other kinds of fun and games. Over a year later, their friends still talk about what an epic time they all had. A perfect weekend and a fabulous start to the celebrations.  
 

The Wedding: 

When we asked Robyn and Lucy to describe their wedding in three words, they went with “love-filled, rustic-ish (heavy on the ‘ish’) and modern”. And boy, did they deliver. 

Having set out in search for an extremely modern venue (something like a converted barn with a clean look or maybe even an urban vibe), the venue they actually settled on was entirely different. After visiting a number of places, they came across Plum Park- a traditional Victorian Manor House with a warm and intimate atmosphere. A far cry from what they thought they wanted. But, in their own words, “it was like love at first sight”- they simply had to book it. 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

Despite the classic setting, there’s something incredibly cool about this wedding. From the fashion to the decor, the styling for Robyn and Lucy’s day was incredible. Having discussed it at length (read: procrastinated by obsessing over the pics), the Toast team have agreed the aesthetics is definitely our fave part of this wedding. 

Continuing with the theme of blending modern with tradition, they used a blush, grey and white colour palette to create a romantic but stylish vibe. I mean come on, THIS is how you style a chair, people. (Decor and floristry was taken care of by the talented folk over Decorative Events, if you're looking to recreate a look as awesome as this.)

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

For the outfits, Robyn went with a beautiful fitted lace number with spaghetti straps. This was actually a last minute change, as she had initially decided on a long-sleeved princess style gown. It was just 3 months before the wedding that she decided to switch things up- a decision she’s so glad she made. Proof in the pudding that if you’re um-ing and erm-ing over a wedding planning decision- just go with your gut. It really is worth it.  

Lucy went for a pale grey tailored suit, complete with a giant rose button-hole. Her slick and structured hair up-do brings the whole look together. Some real couple goals.
 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

The bridesmaids wore beautiful blush gowns and the flower girls stole the show, dressed in grey suits and blush bow ties. DIVINE. 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

And then there was the love, laughter and joy that filled the room (and that pours out from the photos). Ellie, the photographer, said, “you could tell that everyone there was so special to the both of them. It was one of those weddings where you wouldn’t be able to tell friends from family. Everyone got on like a house on fire with the common focus being to celebrate as hard as they could!”

To top it all off, Robyn and Lucy’s adorable pup joined them for the day. And they say perfection doesn’t exist. Well done ladies, this wedding is truly unforgettable.
 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

Robyn and Lucy tell us… 

Their fave moment: “Walking out of the ceremony and looking at one another, like, ‘WE'RE MARRIED’!”

Their top tip for other Couples: “Plan as much as you can up until the day. But then, on the day, relax. If something doesn’t go exactly to plan, honestly, you won't care.”

One thing that surprised them: “We both really enjoyed the first dance!” 
(We hear this one a lot from Couples, here at Toast! SO many people dread this moment, worrying if it will be awkward or embarrassing dancing in front of everyone. But when the time comes, those anxieties disappear and the first dance often becomes one of the most cherished memories of the day.) 
 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

Ellie Merridale, the photographer, tells us…

Her photography style: 
“I love to capture photos with feeling. I think the most important thing about my style is being unobtrusive. I make a point of ensuring that the enjoyment of the day comes first, and I am there to capture the memories. This means the result is authentic storytelling in a documentary style, with an artistic but timeless look.”

Her fave photo from Robyn and Lucy’s day:
“I love this photo (below) because of how relaxed they both are, but also because of how spur of the moment it was. We were walking back towards their guests after having a wander round the grounds, and I spotted the light coming through the trees- perfection! I had been taking a few pictures of them individually at the time, but couldn’t resist capturing one of them together in this light. I asked Robyn to turn around- and hey presto!” 
 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

Her fave moment from Robyn and Lucy’s day:
“My favourite moment of the day, without a shadow of doubt, has to be watching them both walk down the aisle. The look on their faces when they finally saw each other was so emotional!  You could just see how overwhelmingly happy and full of nervous joy they both were. You could tell that all they’d been wanting for the last forever was to meet each other down the end of that aisle, and that they were so glad to be there by each other’s side. Genuine, wholehearted joy!”

To take a look at more of Ellie’s gorgeous work and to find out more about her services, head over to her listing! 
 

Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography
Photo by Ellie Merridale Photography

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