Lace and love – Sally and Andy’s rustic October wedding at Stanway House in The Cotswolds

bride - rustic autumn wedding at Stanway house

In between the preparations for the festive season and winter weddings, I’ve been looking back over some of the beautiful weddings I’ve had the pleasure of doing flowers for over the past year and thought I’d share…..

Sally and Andy`s celebrations took place a few months ago and was held in the Stanway Tithe Barn, a truly gorgeous 12th Century Cotswold Stone barn, with towering beams and rough, textured stone walls, set in the stunning surroundings of Stanway House and Gardens.

Capturing the day was Annie Oswald, a London based photographer with a talent for observing the details and documenting the emotions and atmosphere of the celebrations, so I’m thrilled and grateful to share some of her beautiful images. (if you want to see a full round-up of the day then visit Annie’s blog here)

The flowers were in a rustic, natural style in subtle Autumnal shades of peaches, creams and silvers with some stronger coral and orange tones in the arrangements and table flowers to bring colour into the day. Sally’s hand tied bouquet included roses, dahlias, larkspur, waxflowers, eryngium thistles, scabious seedheads and eucalyptus and silver senecio foliage and was wrapped with hessian and vintage lace ribbon.

rustic autumn brides bouquet

bride - rustic autumn wedding at Stanway house

The bridesmaids bouquets were a similar, smaller version of the brides using roses, gypsophila, hypericum berries, larkspur and lisianthus; mainly in muted pastel creams and peaches to complement their navy dresses with the occasional pop of orange.

rustic autumn bridesmaid bouquet

The groom and his men wore striking tweed jackets and tartan kilts, reflecting Andy`s Scottish heritage so I kept the buttonholes simple and rustic with a thistle, waxflowers and foliage tied with natural jute twine.

rustic thistle buttonhole

bride and groom at Stanway wedding

Bride, groom and bridesmaids at Stanway Wedding

The venue lent itself perfectly to the relaxed, rustic style of the wedding with lace and hessian table linen, vintage candlesticks and votives, soft candlelight and hanging lanterns. The flowers on the tables were a collection of jam jar posies, dotted amongst the vintage style decor and the entrance flanked by two large arrangements in vintage milk churns.

rustic weding at stanway tithe barn

vintage milk churn arrangement

rustic autumn wedding flowers in jam jar

Outside the barn guests were welcomed with a vintage bicycle filled with flowers and we dotted some vintage metal watering cans around the entrance to the chill-out marquee.

vintage bicycle flowers

vintage watering can flowers

All in all a beautiful Cotswold wedding, full of love and joy and one I was delighted to be part of; thank you to Sally and Andy for including me as a smart part of their big day, and to Annie O for sharing her stunning images.

If you’d like to see more of Annie’s work visit her website at or take a look on her blog at

Thanks for reading!

just married!

All images copyright of Annie Oswald – please do not use or reproduce without her permission 🙂



By JennyFleur

Freelance florist creating bespoke flowers for weddings and special occasions, love natural, vintage, country styles.