There’s a little clue in the title of today’s wedding blog for you. This is a very bright wedding, an absolutely fantastic theme and a blog post to make you grin from ear to ear in delight.
Emily and Alan are a great couple – full of fun and creativity. And while Emily is stunning in her Jasmine Couture wedding dress, Alan steals the show in a bright. yellow. suit. (There’s a photo to watch out for with a handwritten note from Emily: “I love you even though you look like a bowl of custard”! which is wonderful! Seriously though – he looks great, and everything about today’s wedding blog is brilliant. Literally!
The photos are by Dorset wedding photographer Paul Underhill, who contacted me a few weeks ago and told me that Alan had changed into the canary yellow suit partway through the wedding to surprise all the guests. What a fab idea! The yellow and blue theme continues throughout the day and I love all the details and styling of the marquee as well. The photos look amazing!
I hope you love this feature – do read Emily and Alan’s wedding report which starts about a third of the way down the page. Enjoy! Claire xxx
Emily and Alan’s quirky, bright yellow wedding blog
St James Church, Kingston followed by a marquee reception in a farmer’s field at the Burngate Stone Centre, Langton Matravers
Dorset wedding photographer Paul Underhill www.paulunderhill.com
How would you describe your wedding style?
Quirky, bright, hand made with love!
A little about the wedding ceremony:
We fell in love with the view of Corfe Castle and always knew we would want to get married at the church overlooking it. It was a beautiful church packed with 140 of our loving friends and family. Although we opted for a traditional ceremony we made it our own by choosing patriotic hymns (I vow to thee my country, Jerusalem etc) and handing all of our guests miniature union jacks to wave in celebration of a fab year (the Queen’s Jubilee, Olympics…)
We also managed to convince the organist to play “Lucky Man” by the Verve for us as we exited the church (One of Alan’s favourite songs that we thought was quite fitting!)
Which readings did you choose?
One of Emily’s oldest friends Christopher Mattingly read an adapted version of “He Never Leaves the Seat Up” by Pam Ayres
Our good friend Jamie Kelly read Colossians 3 v 12-17
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
We were always certain that we didn’t want an off the shelf package wedding for our special day. We didn’t want to be constrained by hotel schedules or expensive prices so made the decision to do everything ourselves. Living in Hampshire with most of our friends and family living East we knew that it would be a bit of a trek to Dorset so made sure it was a weekend of celebrations.
We knew exactly where we wanted to get married (Again the views in Corfe, Langton, Swanage are to die for) and spent a weekend driving around looking for the perfect spot, knocking on farmers’ doors to request permission to put up a marquee. We eventually settled on a field next to the Burngate Stone Centre that overlooked the Isle of Wight to the south and if you looked in the opposite direction you could still see the castle!
Our colour scheme was bright yellow and navy blue (due to the groom’s unusual wardrobe request) and we made all of the decorations ourselves… reams of bunting, wooden table centres filled with rustic looking flowers and bright paper lanterns.
Our main aim for our wedding was to have fun so we filled the field with lawn games, space hoppers and bouncy castles, we even had a camping village for our guests to stay in (including the bride and groom).
We have been to so many weddings where you get chicken wrapped in parma ham… that just wasn’t us! So we opted to have our favourite food- Chinese!! Guests tucked in to starters of seaweed, prawn toast, won tons etc followed by a feast of sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce, rice, noodles and plenty of prawn crackers.
We even supplied personalised prawn crackers for our guests thanking them for making our day so special.
Night was finished with Chinese lanterns being let off and sparklers.
Invitations and reception stationery:
We opted for unconventional invitations and sent all of our guests a DVD that we filmed ourselves, letting them know the details.
The table numbers were all numbers that were significant to us with a corresponding picture.
Emily made place names out of small rounds of wood that were tied around our favours and created the table plan out of an old vintage frame.
Emily’s dad made lots of rustic looking signs to guide people to the bar, toilets, honeymoon suite etc!
Wedding music and entertainment:
Music for during canapes and dinner was a playlist of our favourite songs.
Evening entertainment was a band called the Butcher Blues Foundation- who absolutely blew us away with a mix of rock and pop.
First dance was to Elbow ‘One day like this’
The million dollar question: What did you wear?
Emily wore a jasmine couture gown with a lace V-neck detail top with a floaty full tulle skirt (completely opposite to the slim-line dress she was originally looking for!!) Emily customised a pair of Bhs wedding shoes by dying them yellow and adding yellow ribbons to match the groom! She also wore a beautiful floral hair piece from Glitzy secrets.
The first wedding we’d been to where everyone was looking at the groom more than what the bride was wearing!! Alan had always claimed that the only way he would get married was if he got to wear a canary yellow suit… After lots of conversations we decided that he could get two outfits for our special day as we didn’t want to detract from the seriousness of the church service.
Alan and the ushers all wore smart navy suits from Marks and Spencer’s with bright yellow ties, hankerchiefs, cufflinks and socks… then as we drove off to the reception we secretly took a detour to get Alan changed into a yellow suit he’d had made in Hong Kong especially for the day. Our guests had no idea!!!
Memorable wedding day moments:
- Emily walking to the church from the accommodation with her dad and bridal party. This mirrored what her Mum did on her own big day. Emily also had corn flowers in her bouquet as her mum did.
- Arriving at the venue in Alan’s yellow suit
- Giving out our desserts of Purbeck icecream to our guests with custom made usherette trays that Emily’s Dad made.
- The sun shining down on us and all of our friends and family relaxing and enjoying the day with us with no pressures of anyone telling us what to do!!
Wedding day advice:
- If you have a vision on how your day should be don’t let anyone tell you otherwise or convince you that you should do things differently. It’s your day. So many people expected our wedding to be like a mini Glastonbury (And indeed we did get messages asking whether we would be providing toilets!!!!) and they were all blown away by the day and how much effort we put into getting it the way we wanted it…
- USE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY…if they have skills, ask for help. People want to help you so let them. Our flowers, hair, make-up, cake, wedding car, sword(!) to cut the cake were all done as favours for us by friends and family at reduced rates or donated as wedding gifts. It saved us a fortune and made the day that little bit more special.
- We saved a fortune on our bar by sourcing all of the alcohol ourselves, supermarket deals on spirits and a booze cruise to France.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
Anya Bridal: www.anyabridal.co.uk
Purbeck icecream: www.purbeckicecream.co.uk
Honeybells (Wedding night accommodation for bride and groom) www.honeybells.co.uk
Photographer: Paul Underhill www.paulunderhill.com
Band: Butcher Blues Foundation: http://www.myspace.com/butcherbluesfoundation
Car: supplied by family friend
Cake: Family friend
Hair: Family friend
Make-up: Friend of bride from www.baytreebeauty.co.uk
Marquee: Global marquees www.globalmarqueehire.com