Hello again! I’m happy to be bringing you a little sprinkle of summer again this morning. Sophie and Jonathan had a lovely English country garden inspired wedding and were blessed with glorious sunshine. Today’s blog is full of the prettiest details in delicious pastels – and of course, a beautiful bride, handsome groom and some romantic moments to capture your heart.
The images today come from Ross Alexander at Moment Photography. Sophie’s wedding report includes an amazing review for Ross along with details of other top wedding suppliers (check out the florist too! – wow!). The wedding reception was at The Castle Hotel in Taunton, Somerset.
So let’s have a look at all those beautiful photos and then read Sophie’s wedding report (at the end of the blog feature today). I should say a huge thank you to Sophie and Jonathan – and congratulations to you both! I’m so pleased to be sharing your wedding on the English Wedding Blog today (you’re making it look soooo pretty!). Thanks also to Ross aka Moment Photography for submitting this wedding 🙂 Claire xxx
Sophie and Jonathan – a colourful pastel chic English country garden inspired wedding in Somerset
The bride and groom: Sophie and Jonathan
The Castle Hotel, Taunton
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Our wedding photographer was Ross from Moment Photography. We got our wedding photos whilst on honeymoon and we were so excited that we stayed in the internet café to go through them all…. and kept going back just to see them again. In our meetings prior to the wedding we discussed with our photographer what our vision was for the day and how we wanted it reflected in the photos taken. When we received the photos, they really captured the day perfectly and also highlighted the little details which add to the wedding but can be overlooked in the busyness of the day. The photos really were above and beyond what we imagined and really appreciate all the care and time Ross took in providing us with such wonderful photos.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
When Ross arrived on the wedding day, he just blended in and snapped away whilst everything else was running its course. He was very pleasant to work with and really made our day that much more enjoyable as we really did have fun and made many happy memories whilst being photographed. Throughout the process from booking Moment Photography to receiving the photos was such an enjoyable experience that it is without a doubt one of the best investments made for our wedding.
Your wedding style and theme:
For our wedding, we wanted it to reflect our style. As we love pastel colours we decided to go for a mixture of colours (dusky pink, baby blue, mint green and buttercup yellow) with some floral patterns mixed in. We didn’t want our wedding to be so formalised in terms of colour so we went along with the ‘English Country Garden Theme’ and with the wonderful weather we had, we were able to pull off all the colours we had which blended in perfectly to make a pretty wedding.
Any happy tears on the day?
There were numerous moments of tears on the wedding day. Over the years I have always bought my Dad’s watch and as a surprise, I bought him one as his father of the bride gift with an engraving on the back. The morning of the wedding whilst at breakfast his old watch broke and fell off his wrist, which I knew was a sign. Once back at my room I was able to present him his new watch with a few tears from myself, my mum, lovely sister Emily and of course my dad.
Another moment of tears was when Jonathan was saying his vows to me, I felt I was about to cry but behind me in my ear I heard my sister Emily cry and that made me feel more relaxed and enjoy the moment more as it was such a precious moment not just for me and my husband but also the family and friends who were there to witness our commitment together.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We got engaged in Rome on our 5th anniversary in March 2012 and got married on 8th June 2013. So we had a 15 month engagement.
Best bit of budget advice?
We didn’t actually set a budget, but we were sensible by spending within our means but still got everything we wanted. We also had a lot of help from family members in making things the little details for the day which made it that little bit more special.
Invitations and stationery:
We were very blessed with our stationery as Jonathan’s Aunty Jane and Kim offered to make our invites and painted the wooden hearts with calligraphy place names. Other family members also helped by cross stitching the table names which were English country garden flowers and presented in Cath Kidston frames. We were ever so grateful for all the help we received with the wedding invitations and stationary as we were able to design what we wanted whilst also involving family members who really took the time to make such beautiful stationery. Through their invaluable help it also took a lot of stress from the wedding planning away as they are fantastic craftswomen and we knew that everything
produced would be beautiful and reflective of our style.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The first time I saw my dress I was with my Mum and we both knew it was the one. It was the only one I tried on and if I could be a dress, my wedding dress certainly was it. I also took it as a sign that this was the dress when I found out the designer of the dress was also my future surname – Ellis Bridal.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I am not an overly glitzy person as I am more of a pearl jewellery wearer. However as my dress was more style than sparkle, I accessorised with a pearl and diamante necklace, earrings and bracelet set and a sparkly hair comb which had three flowers joined draping around my chignon hairstyle.
The groom wore:
We hired the suits from Moss Bros.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had 5 bridesmaids; My two sisters, sister in law and two best friends from university. Due to the theme and pastel colour palette of the day we decided to have three of the bridesmaids in yellow floral dresses from Debenhams and my two sisters in pink dresses from Monsoon.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
For our hair we had a wedding hairstylist come to do the bridal party hair. This was a very relaxing part of the day and although there were 7 of us to do, we were done in plenty of time to just relax and gather ourselves. With my makeup I decided to do it myself as I am quite confident to do it myself and knew that if I did do it myself I would get exactly the look I wanted.
We had the most beautiful wedding flowers which consisted of sweet avalanche pale pink roses, pale blue hydrangea / nigella, clotted cream / pale yellow stock / lisianthus and sweet peas. The flowers were truly beautiful and really represented the style of the day and went really well with the bridesmaid dresses and table décor.
Our wedding was held in our family church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Cannington.
We had the biblical reading of Ephesians 3 vv 14 – 21 read by my brother-in-law Martin. And my best friend and bridesmaid wrote the most beautiful and heartfelt poem for us called ‘If Love Is A Friendship’.
The church is so beautiful we did not want to overdress it so we just had two flower pedestals and white wooden wicker hearts with bows on every other pew end. At the Castle, the room was such a beautiful style that our table décor with the jugs, favour boxes, floral table cloths and place names really set the room off beautifully and everything complemented each other and blended beautifully.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We wanted a traditional cake so went with a three tier round wedding cake with pastel roses on top with petals floating down the tiers. It really suited the theme of our wedding.
We really wanted a band at the wedding so when deciding on what kind we should have, we decided to get a Johnny Cash tribute band as both of us love his music and had his song ‘Rose of My Heart’ as our first dance song. The band played really well and was everything we wanted. In the second half of the set they played more general country music which included Elvis Presley and really made the evening fun and joyful. They even provided a DJ set in between the acts and the latter part of the evening which rounded the day off nicely.
On the day tips and advice:
Keep calm and enjoy it. You have done everything you can so just let things flow…but do have delegated responsibilities for the best man / maid of honour etc… It will take most of the stress away. As many brides say, the day really does go so quickly so make sure you take in each moment and enjoy the day of this special celebration as much as you can as the little moments will become the invaluable memories which you can look back on with fondness.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you are committed to your best friend who you will share life’s journey with and will always have someone to support and encourage you to go out and achieve your dreams.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Moment Photography
- The Castle Hotel, Taunton
- Eden Florist, Taunton
- Louise Alway Hairstylist
- Johnny Cash Show / Gone Country