An English Country Chic Wedding with Cricket and Wellies – Adam & Olenka

O. M. G – I am not at all afraid to admit I have been pining after this wedding for nearly a year now and am finally able to share it with you all! Adam, the groom, is the ACD at the agency I work for and is not only a super nice guy and massively creative, but also has a blog (OMG!) called One Can One Can’t. You might have also seen me tweet about the super romantic giant paper owl he bought for his wife, Olenka, for their Paper Anniversary earlier this year as well. He’s that kind of guy.

I have worked with Adam for some time and when he showed me one of his wedding photos after I mentioned I had started OMG I got very excited. They’re so beautiful and totally capture the atmosphere of the day. Shot by the groom’s uncle Neill Menneer, I hope you enjoy them as I much as I have!

Adam and Olenka were married in August of last year in Staunton Church in Nottinghamshire where the groom’s family is based. They had their country chic reception at the family home on Charlton Farm, followed by a chilled out afternoon of wellie flinging and tug of war with family and friends the day afterwards. (Yes you read that correctly and yes I am jealous. Is this the “next day brunch” of 2011?)

Overall theme / colour palette for the wedding:
“I suppose country chic would best describe it. We had bunting, ears of corn, wild flowers and a traditional canvas marquee with wooden poles. Tables were named after random (real) villages which we displayed on a huge 3D map of England that we’d designed. The table names were presented as a traditional village signs and guests’ place holders were a variety of farm animals with their names tied round the necks.” The marquee and church flowers were done by friends and family with huge thanks to Carol Knight in particular. The bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets were done by Emma Flower.

Olenka wore a stunning lace dress by Paloma Blana with Gina shoes as well as some fabulous wedding wellies for the portrait shots along with her 1935 Art Deco old cut pink sapphire engagement ring. I’ve been trying my best to keep this post short and sweet as it might be a bit creepy to gush THIS much about a friend’s wedding, but can we please talk about how insanely gorgeous she looks?!?! Adam wore Churches shoes (which he made sure to note is the only old English shoe maker) and a waistcoat and tie from Faverbrook along with Olenka’s father’s silver pocket watch. The bridesmaids dresses were from John Lewis, with sashes made by one of the girls, and they all wore their own cream shoes.

Also worth a mention is the super sweet book Adam made for guests with wedding information like accommodations, schedule of events and places of interest which I have attempted to photograph below. The entire wedding stationery suite was designed by the couple with bespoke illustrations for the order of service save the dates! Its the beautiful details like these that really make this wedding unique and completely reflective of the couple’s personalities.

Advice from the Bride:
Be open to compromise and keep a watchful eye that bridezilla doesn’t raise her ugly head, but at the same time make sure the day is your day. Your guests, your taste and most of all, your kind of celebration.

And thats about it! Make sure to check out Neil Menneer’s website for more information and have a good one!

Last but not least please excuse my extreme amateur photography but how cute are these church and welcome booklets illustrated and written by the groom?

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