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Our day, our way: a beautifully rustic wedding at Wick Farm in Bath

Our day, our way: a beautifully rustic wedding at Wick Farm in Bath

Written by Katie Byrne

Christabel and Loren filled their celebration with an endless stream of oh-so pretty blooms...


Christabel Homewood, 27, a visual artist, and Loren Shifrin, 28, a business owner, were married in a non-denominational ceremony and held their reception at Wick Farm, Bath.

Budget: £15,000-£20,000

Flower budget: £3,000

Photography: Hayley Savage Photography

We met at a friend’s Halloween party back in high school. We invited the boy next door and he brought his friend, Loren, with him. We got together the following summer.

In 2014, Loren planned a trip to Tuscany for our anniversary. After a late afternoon stroll we returned to our room and I found a private dinner on the terrace. Once the sun had set, Loren popped the question!

Our wedding was in England as my darling grandad is no longer able to travel long distances and would have been unable to join us at home in Canada. As the wedding was to be in Britain, we thought it should reflect many of the things that have made our trips to the UK so enjoyable.

Having visited England at least once a year since I was born, most often in the spring, there are certain things that have become a special part of those visits. Spring arrives earlier in England than in Canada so an abundance of flowers – both wild and in formal gardens, have been a big part of what makes our trips so special. 

Although we had decided not to be married in a church or synagogue, we still wanted there to be a special altar of sorts, where the ceremony would take place. Our florists created a magnificent hanging flower wall that we were married in front of and which later served as a backdrop for our dessert table.

As flowers were such a special part of our wedding, we scattered the tables with seed paper hearts that could be taken home and planted by guests to grow their own little wild flower gardens.

Flowers have always been a major part of my experience in England. For this reason blooms were probably the most important thing to me about our wedding décor.

I wanted to bring the outdoors indoors and for it to feel like you’d stumbled upon that famed garden in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved novel when you entered the barn. I wanted the experience of the flowers at our wedding to capture what was so magical about my experience of English gardens as a child.

We went for the peach and the ‘Keira’ David Austin roses, ‘Bombastic’ spray roses, white sweet peas, peach stocks, white peonies, ammi majus, peach avalanche, olive foliage and eucalyptus cinerea.

In order to accommodate my anxiety Loren and I did things very differently. One of which was walking each other down the aisle. As the guests gathered in the barn for the ceremony we had a few minutes to ourselves in a little room and those moments were so necessary and so perfect.

My tip for brides-to-be: I’d highly recommend taking the majority of your photos before your guests arrive. We did and this way we enjoyed time with our guests after the ceremony.

Also, plan the wedding that you want, even if it isn’t what others had envisioned for you. It’s important to make choices that reflect who you are as a couple, so that you’ll have happy memories of your wedding day. It’s easy to forget that the day is about you, the love that you share, and the vows you will make to each other. Don’t have somebody else’s wedding.

Steal their style!

FLORIST: White Lilac VENUE: Wick Farm PLANNER: Matthew Oliver OFFICIANT: Mark Townsend DRESS: BHLDN GROOMSWEAR: Harry Rosen HAIR AND MAKE-UP: Natasha Grewcock WEDDING STATIONERY: The Finer Details CATERING: Strawberry Fields BEER: Bath Ales CAKE: Indigo Rose Cake


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