Happy new week everybody! How was your weekend? I’ve been to see my teeny tiny baby nephew in the beautiful city of Durham – I’m missing him (and my wonderful sister) already! But there are no post-weekend blues here at English Wedding Blog towers, oh no! For starters I have some lovely calligraphy projects to be doing for Christmas, and I also have a lovely wedding to share with you on this chilly Monday morning. Ruth and Anthony’s English country pub wedding will raise a smile – I hope you like it!
I love the details of their day, and the fact this lovely couple just never stop smiling! They had some gorgeous details – the flowers provided by the venue, which was The Compasses gastropub at Pattiswick, Essex, also the campervan wedding favours, the fingerprint tree, and too many more details to mention here… so I’ll hand over to wedding photographer Jeff Turnbull to show you! All the images are by Jeff, and the beautiful bride and groom have shared their wedding story with you today too – you’ll find it at the end of the feature. I hope you love it! Have a lovely Monday everyone!
Ruth and Anthony – a fun, quirky English country pub wedding blog
The bride and groom: Ruth and Anthony
Your wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
He was brilliant! We got on really well when we met him, he was a lot of fun so we didn’t bother shopping around! On the day he got it just right and so many of our guests commented to say how friendly and professional he was.
The Compasses at Pattiswick, Essex – an amazing country pub set in gorgeous countryside and run by Jono and Jane Clark who are a really fun husband and wife! We were so happy when we found out about the place – it was exactly what we wanted. We exclusively hired the pub for the day so got use of their big pub garden as well. It’s in a very pretty old group of cottages and was really well laid out for a wedding. They provided the food and drink for the whole day and did a stunning job. The pub and catering staff also decorated the entire venue for us on the morning of the wedding! We always looked forward to our planning meetings with Jane as lots of quirky ideas always came from them!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We’d just returned from our honeymoon and Jeff had managed to send us a digital version of the photos just in time for our return! So we forgot about the jet lag and spent ages admiring each photo!
Your wedding style and theme:
We didn’t have a formal theme as such. We had red bridesmaid dresses and red ties for the boys. We had lots of live music, both during the Church wedding ceremony and back at The Compasses. We tried to have little surprises throughout such as an afternoon gypsy jazz band to entertain guests as they sipped on their Pimm’s in the pub garden! I travelled to the Church in a vintage VW camper van (something I’ve always wanted to do!) and then we went on to the reception venue together in it!
Any happy tears on the day?
I came incredibly close about four times during the wedding ceremony and then during the groom’s speech but somehow managed to keep it together!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
7 months of happy planning.
Best bit of budget advice?
Food and drink is very expensive! Make sure you don’t blow all your money too early on!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
My sister Naomi designed our wedding invitations and they were awesome and very personal! On the day we had personalised beer mats made as wedding favours for guests.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yep. It was the first one I tried on and my mum and sisters’ reaction to it persuaded me that it was the one! I left an answer phone message for the shop that same night saying that I wanted it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Agnes, purchased at The Bridal Chest in Eltham, London. Adile from The Bridal Chest was absolutely brilliant, we had great chats and I always looked forward to my fitting sessions!
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
My sister and I happened across a bridal accessories shop called Bridezillas in Keynsham near Bristol. We weren’t looking for one and it was the only shop I ever saw that was solely devoted to bridal accessories. I bought a beautiful tiara which matched the jewels on my wedding dress perfectly! My earrings and necklace were a really gorgeous and simple diamond design from Diana Porter in Bristol.
The groom wore:
A navy suit purchased from Moss Bros with a red tie and black braces. All the boys had red ties and braces.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My three older sisters were my bridesmaids and they wore gorgeous red knee length dresses from Coast with a hint of a Spanish theme in them.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I got really luck with this one. My sister recommended a friend Joanne Bowles who does home hairdressing so I had a trial with her and booked her straight away. She did our hair at our family home on the day which was so convenient and she did a really great job. Joanne recommended her friend Katie Haken for make up. We had a trial and she was very patient with me as I kept changing my mind! So she was readily snapped up too. Joanne and Katie made a great team together and the whole process on the day was really relaxing and fun!
The wedding flowers were done by Bizzie Lizzie and she did a great job. Flowers at the reception at The Compasses were done by the owner Jane Clark who is also a trained florist. She did a great job of putting together wild flower arrangements which we loved.
The wedding service was at Our Lady Queen of Peace RC Church in Braintree, Essex. We asked the Church Folk Group to play and they did such a great job, it really brought the service to life.
Our friend Steve read from the Book of Corinthians for our First Reading. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by five of our friends which was really lovely.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We created vinyl table place names for each of the tables with each table named after one of our favourite songs. We had a lot of fun making these over a number of weeks as there was quite a lot to them! We had white paper bunting inside the pub and homemade colourful cloth bunting throughout the pub garden as well as fairy lights in the evening.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Best wedding cake ever! Lucy and Kevin from The Elkington Bakery in Boreham, Essex created such a gorgeous cake, it was exactly what we wanted. She managed to improvise at the last minute and managed to make gingerbread men versions of the bride and groom as the weather was just too hot for iced figures!
In the afternoon we had a gypsy jazz band called The Gadjo Gypsies. For the party in the evening we had our favourite covers band The Shoes playing. They encouraged us to send them details of our favourite songs which they learnt especially to play on the night. They put together an awesome set and everyone was up dancing.
On the day tips and advice:
A few people had said to us beforehand that the day will go fast so enjoy it. I’m glad they did because I made a real effort to make sure I was taking in and enjoying everything that was going on around me. Involve as many friends and family in the planning of the day, it makes it more fun on the day when everyone can see the little touches that they helped with.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you both want to be together for the rest of your lives.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Photographer – www.jeffturnbull.co.uk
- Venue – http://www.thegreatpubcompany.co.uk/thecompasses/weddings.htm
- Catering – http://www.passionatecatering.co.uk/
- Cake – www.elkingtonbakery.co.uk/
- Live music – http://www.theshoesband.co.uk/
- Hair – Joanne Bowles, 07808952455, email@example.com
- Make up – Katie Haken, 07584209488, firstname.lastname@example.org
- VW Camper Van – http://www.coolclassiccars.co.uk/
- Jewellery – http://www.dianaporter.co.uk/
- Tiara and accessories – http://www.bridezillas.biz/
- Flowers – http://www.bizzielizzie.org/