You guys are going to LOVE this.  An absolute dream couple and gorgeous brief, we had such a wonderful time creating this simple, earthy and romantic set up as part of our Full Design service.   We got to meet some wonderful suppliers for the first time which is always a treat (heyyy Melissa) and spending moments between tasks sipping coffee and looking at the view and soaking up the atmosphere was heavenly.  A modern rustic dream for this  Guardswell Farm wedding.

The Overview

Guardswell Farm is heartbreakingly beautiful, Kirsty and Matt were gorgeous to work with and had such wonderful tastes, and Sean Bell was behind the lens to capture the whole thing.

Grab a cuppa and a blanket and scroll on….

Kirsty was a bride with a very clear and super stylish vision, and it was our absolute pleasure to help turn that into a reality for her wedding weekend! She and Matt wanted the day to have the cosy, rustic vibes you expect from a farm wedding, but with the style level turned up to the max. Like, so max that you almost break the dial. They also had us back on the Sunday to turn the venue round for a small gathering including a brunch bar and a Bloody Mary station, which we’re a big advocate for here at Gloam – why have a one-day celebration when you can have a whole weekend?!

The Welcome

Focusing on the guests journey through the building, we designed a bespoke illustration to cover the famed Guardswell blackboard doors – which Jessica hand drew – as a focal point and a helpful sign for guests.  She wrote Kirsty and Matt’s names on there in big sweeping cursive, with a beautiful wreath that coordinated with their delightful fresh floral details by the awesome Melissa at The Posy Sisters.

Guests were also greeted by a gorgeous seating area comprised of deep jewel-toned chesterfields, green velvet chairs, peacock chairs and a huge vintage rug. We also really cemented the stylish coorie vibe with flickering candlelight in front of the huge wooden stove – consider your cockles well and truly warmed in the bitter November winds, pals.

Also – living wall? Yes please. One of the highlights of a Guardswell Farm wedding!

The Ceremony

The decoration for their humanist ceremony was kept super simple and super chic.

Once in the room, with its stunning stone feature wall and vaulted ceiling, guests sat on mismatched benches and minimal black chairs adorned with greenery by The Posy Sisters.

Kirsty and Matt married in front of our macramé wall hanging, and signed the register on our gorgeous Wedding Singer table.

To add some more atmosphere, we also used a couple of brass candlesticks and taper candles – because what is a Gloam at Guardswell Farm wedding without some candle love, really?

We sourced confetti from a local flower grower, Amanda Fawazi from The Country Garden Company who makes sure to dry and repurpose any blooms she doesn’t use in the summer season. Bloody marvellous.

The Dinner

Our candle love (sing along to the tune of Babylove if you so wish) continued into the reception too. With 120 to seat, the room was bustling with bodies, but the muted, sophisticated décor choices Kirsty had made kept it feeling super intimate.

The Dursley Design Co created a gorgeous minimalist seating plan suspended from our copper arch on black ribbon to guide guests to their seats.

We decorated the Guardswell Farm rustic wooden farmhouse tables with alternating ‘greige’ and khaki table runners and a truckload (professional term) of tealight holders, mixed candlesticks, jars and bottles in various autumnal shades of blue, brass, green and brown.

Kate had a field day with floristry work, and created all of the grasses and greenery displays on table tops and around the venue that day.  The fresh wedding flowers were tended to by the hugely talented Melissa of The Posy Sisters.

Our brass frames made the perfect boho chic table numbers, with greenery preserved in the middle to match the greenery all over the venue. We loved Kirsty’s attention to detail, with each napkin having a nametag and alternating barley and rosemary, and each guest receiving a bottle of Liverpool gin or vodka as their favour.

The Details

Lots of points of interest were the name of the game at this wedding, with numerous  breakout areas in the venue set up and styled for guests to enjoy.

Their drinks area was styled with crates and boxes to create an intriguing display, complete with beer baths, a hand-written “Sip Sip Hooray!” mirror, and figs to add detail and a touch of renaissance-esque opulence.  It was the very good eggs of Lov Events running the boozy side of things for this corker of a wedding.

Stacked pallets and more of our vast vintage chair and couch collection created two extra sociable seating areas too, decorated with glass bottles and pickling jars filled with greenery and fluffy flowers and pampas, as well as a further area for a guestbook and cards box.

The Party

After a divine meal by catering extraordinaires Bespoke Catering, the guests well and truly got their boogie on, all while bathed in the pink glow of the neon “All You Need Is Love” sign. And to their credit, they were all still in fine spirits on Sunday when we came back in to set the scene ready for the afternoon gathering!  As is usually the case at a Guardswell Farm wedding.

After setting down in the morning (yep, we can do that too for you), we made use of leftover greenery, jars and fairy lights to decorate a cosy little area for everyone to gather, giggle and look back on what was a dream day.

Thanks so much to Sean for sharing these amazing images with us, to the Posy Sisters and the Guardswell team for being so lush to work with and for Kirsty and Matt for being such babes.

If you’d like to learn more about our Full Design Service just pop over here for a read!

Can we do it again please?


The Crew (all linked)

Venue – Guardswell Farm

Photographer – Sean Bell

Styling – Gloam

Bar – Lov Events

Catering – Bespoke

Florist – The Posy Sisters

Stationery – The Dursley Design Co