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Tipis and bunting for Marianna and Howard’s English midsummer wedding in Sussex

I swear I feel a little warmer just scrolling through the images of today’s gorgeous real wedding… it’s the daisies in Marianna’s bouquet. Or maybe it’s the little fluffy clouds in the sky above the tipis. Perhaps it’s the burlap and bunting, or the almost overwhelming flowers around The Anchor Inn. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this beautiful English midsummer wedding is making me feel all warm and fluffy inside, for sure!

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You’ll adore both Howard and of course Marianna – she’s stunning. Her dress by Tobi Hannah is out of this world – as their wedding photographer Helen Catton told me, “Marianna’s dress was stunning in it’s simplicity and suited her beautifully, it moved like liquid and was very elegant… their wedding was really amazing with lots of lovely little touches.”

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Helen was kind enough to get in touch when I asked on twitter and facebook for new weddings to feature in the run up to Christmas. I’m always looking for new photographers to feature on the blog, and for new weddings full of ideas to share with all of you lovely readers. So don’t forget to tell your wedding photographer about the English Wedding Blog, and if you’re one of those lovely people to be found behind the camera, don’t be shy about getting in touch! Helen told me she’s just starting to explore wedding photography – and Marianna and Howard gave her a glowing review so I really do hope to feature more weddings from this lovely lady in the future!

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On to the wedding… I know you’ll love it, and I’m sure you’ll fall for the gorgeous bride and groom as I have. Huge congratulations to Howard and Marianna, and thank you so much for the wedding report, which I love! Thank you also to photographer Helen Catton for the submission – keep in touch!claire gould calligrapher signature

Marianna and Howard – a beautiful English midsummer wedding at The Anchor Inn & Boating

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The bride and groom: Marianna and Howard

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.helencattonphotography.com

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes she is marvellous! We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding gift. Helen’s attention to detail, the huge amount of care and planning that she put into the planning both before the wedding and on the actual day and her natural eye for photography really captured the spirit and emotion of the day.  She has given us lovely pictures that are like little time-portals back into one of the best days of our lives.

This from the groom:

What Helen captured was the essence of an English midsummer wedding with a twist of South American pizzazz.

Wedding venue:

The Anchor Inn, Barcombe – www.anchorinnandboating.co.uk

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Happy, sunny, hot day (just how I like it!), getting married to my number 1 person in the world with my friends and family there from all over the world.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Helen knew I was impatient to get them so she showed me a few… like teasers.  After the first few shots I saw I knew I was in for a winner.  When I got the whole set through I jumped up and down and ran upstairs to get my phone to call Helen.  I told her if she was there next to me I’d give her a big bear hug and sloppy kiss on the cheek, I loved my pictures so much.

Your wedding style and theme:

Relaxed English countryside wedding, hog roast, local ale and tent camp for guests to stay overnight.

Any happy tears on the day?

Quite a few – the Pooh Bear nearly broke my bridesmaid and new sister-in-law, the groom definitely had a few tears in his eyes saying his vows and let’s not forget my tears as I was laughing during my brother’s speech, the groom’s speech and of course the best man’s sing-a-along song speech!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

About 9 months.

Best bit of budget advice?

Eeeek! Tough question. It always costs more than you expect.  Focus on the things that really matter to you, what people will remember is hanging out with you, not what you spent on flowers, dress, etc.

Also, don’t spend money on wedding shoes, you never get to use them again.  Invest in a funky pair that’ll make your guests look twice and that you can always wear again.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We made our own. We’re very DIY.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes, it was perfect.  The whole experience of getting it made was half the fun, Tobi (the designer) is one of the most talented, fun and creative people I know.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique: Tobi Hannah (http://www.tobihannah.co.uk/)

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Mom’s diamond bracelet, earrings and rings given to her by my father.

The groom wore:

www.greshamblake.com Bespoke suit, wicked details.  He even had a Union Jack stitched to the back of his jacket collar!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Bespoke dresses made by the lovely Tobi Hannah.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I hired a professional: For make-up, my friend Lena made me feel like a new woman: www.facebook.com/pages/Essential-Beauty-Therapy/183895054995046

For my hair, he is probably the only person that’s successfully been able to pin my hair up:

Alex, Neon Hair Boutique in Brighton www.facebook.com/NeonHairBoutique

Wedding flowers:

This lady has a passion for flowers and it shows.  100% recommend. www.flowerbugdesigns.co.uk

The ceremony:

Lewes Town Hall

Wedding readings?

Us Two, a poem by A.A. Milne and another short excerpt from Pooh.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Quirky – My mother in law had it made for us and it was a mix of English and South American flavours, with personalised decorations of our hobbies on each layer and an almost-exact replica of the bride and groom on the top. Check out Helen’s pictures if you don’t believe me!

Entertainment:

The best wedding band in the country, these guys rocked.  The audience was asking for an encore! www.mistacovalova.co.uk

On the day tips and advice:

Try to relax and enjoy it because it goes by so fast.  Everyone is there for you and they’re going to have a good time because you are happy.  Take a few private moments to catch up with your groom – you barely see each other during the day and it’s so special when you do.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being married doesn’t change anything – but it feels cosy and lovely and just right.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

All my suppliers above were the loveliest people to work with and delivered stress-free great results.

There’s one more I need to add to the list and that’s the very cool people who drove down from the Midlands and set up a wicked tent village, including a proper Sioux style tipi.  The tent village really made our wedding special and it meant we got to spend some proper quality time with our guests.

http://www.thetipihirecompany.co.uk/

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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