A traditional affair

Chardonnay and Josh followed in family footsteps on their big day.

Chardonnay Ascroft-Walker married Josh Sadler on 17th June, 2017 – at the same place and on the same date and month as her parents and grandparents before her. “We decided to continue the tradition,” says Chardonnay. “I'm the sixth generation to grow up in Yelling, so it was almost inevitable that I'd marry in the village church and have our reception in the thatched barn on our family farm immediately opposite. My parents run the barn as a wedding venue and we were very excited to be able to have it there.”

The couple met at school and despite a few on-off moments in the early days, they always knew they were meant to be together. “It took Josh nine years to pluck up the courage to pop the question. He was very nervous about asking for my hand in marriage but my father was only too pleased to say 'yes',” remembers Chardonnay.

The proposal happened during a long-awaited break in New York. Josh had stashed the solitaire diamond in his suitcase and thought the game was up when his bag was searched at customs. “He had to whisper to the officer that the ring was inside and unbeknown to me it remained hidden until Josh asked me to marry him at the top of the Empire State Building,” adds Chardonnay.

Read on for her account of their big day...

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I fell in love with my ivory Maloree Maggie Sottero dress as soon as I put it on. When I opened the curtain to show my mum and chief bridesmaid they burst into tears, which proved it was definitely the one.


A traditional affair: Image 2aMy mother is a wedding florist so it was always going to be difficult to stop her from going to town with the floral arrangements!

A traditional affair: Image 2 Josh wanted purple in the colour scheme because it was his dad Mick's favourite. He lost him two years earlier from a brain tumour, so it was an easy decision to make. We also included some soft apricot, lilac and ivory shades to suit the season.


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I wore customised white trainers with Mrs Sadler stitched on to the backs and covered in diamantés for added glitz.


A traditional affair: Image 4aJosh and his brother, who was best man, wore Hugo Boss grey suits. I gave Josh a silver pocket watch which was engraved with the words 'don't be late' and he wasn't!

A traditional affair: Image 4 There were lots of extra little touches like silver charm initials on the bridesmaids' bouquets, a tiny framed picture of Josh's father attached to his buttonhole and his mother's corsage and one of my godmother Urszula, who's also sadly passed away, on my bouquet.


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The groomsmen wore light grey, wool waistcoats, purple ties and matching purple socks.


A traditional affair: Image 6aThe church was filled with flowers including old milk churns brimming with purple and white stocks, roses and Michaelmas daisies.

A traditional affair: Image 6 The pew ends were kept fairly simple with hand-tied bunches of sweet-smelling lavender and ears of wheat.


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We opted for twist-and-wrap dresses, which looked beautiful against the contrasting apricot and blush flowers. My two-year-old niece Scarlet looked adorable in her ivory frock finished off with tiny white Converse to match the rest of the bridal party.


A traditional affair: Image 8aThe porch arch was adorned with hydrangeas, roses and gerbera and we had a vintage bike by the entrance with a basket overflowing with blooms.

A traditional affair: Image 8 The table centrepieces were towers of flower pots cascading with apricot, ivory and purple flowers, including Miss Piggy roses, topped with miniature number plates to replicate the lorry fleet at Josh's firm.


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As we came out of the church a surprise dove release had been arranged for us in memory of Mick and Urszula.


A traditional affair: Image 10aThe table plan was decorated with matching flowers.

A traditional affair: Image 10 One of the highlights of planning the wedding was choosing the cake – five tiers of double choc, white choc, orange sponge with chocolate ganache, salted caramel and fruit. The details from my dress were also replicated in icing on the purple layers.


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The 400-year-old barn was decorated with bunting, strung between two enormous hanging baskets.


A traditional affair: Image 12aFor place settings we had small pots of jam my granny made from the fruits in her garden and lorry-shaped lemon shortbread for the guys. Each napkin was tied with long lengths of ribbon to add to the colour scheme.

A traditional affair: Image 12 We had a family tree of photos from our grandparents' and parents' weddings displayed at the back of the barn.


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We laid on street food for our evening guests including paella, nachos, premium burgers, chocolate fruit fondue and a fabulous doughnut door. We also had a photo booth and the band kept the dancefloor packed.


Chardonnay and Josh's contact book

Smith & Sons

Bride's dress
Shades of White

Bridesmaids' dresses
Madame Bridal

Keen for Cakes

Crucial Cuisine

Ceremony venue
Holy Cross Church, Yelling

Dove release
The White Dove Company

Flowergirl's dress
Just Dresses

Flowers by Sanchia

Groom and best man's suits

Groomsmen's suits

Filippo Russo

Hanging baskets
CA Nursery

Hats (immediate family and friends)
The Paddocks Hat Boutique

Steve Dean

The Beauty Boutique

Mother-of-the-bride outfit

Citrus Rooms

Photo booth
Your Selfie

Juan Muino Wedding Photography

Reception venue
The Thatch Barn

Just Digital

Cadge Menswear


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