Oh dear!!! There are so many gorgeous things to show you in today’s real English wedding I think I might break my own blog. Oops! But Becky and Greg had the loveliest day with such wonderful personal touches I just have to show you everything! From the polka dot table plan to the quirky ice cream seller, the chalkboard sign, Becky’s own designer wedding cake, the union jack details and luscious hydrangeas everywhere… I can almost smell the summer breeze!
Becky looks stunning in her Sassi Holford wedding dress, which she bought second-hand. She told me the dress was advertised online, “and I just fell in love with it instantly. It would be a shame for such a beautiful dress to only be worn once and I am so glad that the dress could continue its journey.” What a great way to find a wedding dress! And what an awesome bride – Becky, you rock!
Images are by the wonderful Sophie Duckworth Photography, and Becky and Greg’s wedding report follows the images at the end of today’s feature. I’ll follow up tomorrow with some tips on how to get the look from Becky and Greg’s wedding day, with even more photos to show you – and I know you’ll adore them too! Grab a notepad, get Pinning and enjoy the wedding blog!
Becky and Greg: our Farbridge Barn wedding in West Sussex
Our wedding report: Becky and Greg
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We are so very thankful that we were able to book Sophie to capture our special day. She really did capture the emotions, laughter, love and everything that made our wedding day so wonderful. Sophie has provided us with so many beautiful reminders and memories of our day that we will truly treasure forever. Each time I look at the photos I can remember exactly how I felt when she was capturing them. It is also worth saying just how very lovely and amazing she was in the lead up and on the day. On the day itself, she was able to make sure we got the photos we had wanted but was not intrusive in any way. It really felt like she was one of our guests and mingled so well with them all – we really can’t thank her and recommend her enough.
Farbridge Barn in West Sussex. It had everything we wanted; a beautiful ceremony barn, a larger barn for the reception, a gorgeous courtyard, space for the wedding party to stay overnight, and surrounded by the beautiful rolling fields of West Sussex.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A beautiful day full of love, laughter and happiness…a smile from start to finish.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
I was literally jumping up and down with excitement – Greg didn’t quite know what to do with me! We had just got back from our honeymoon and it was so lovely being able to re-live the day and see all of the bits that the bride and groom sometimes miss of the day itself. The photos of the guests enjoying the ice cream and Pimm’s are really special as we can see all of our favourite people coming together in one place.
Your wedding style and theme:
We really wanted the wedding to be personal to us so whilst it had a vintage, pretty, and rustic theme, we used lots of details and personal touches to make sure it reflected the two of us.
Any happy tears on the day?
When I was walking towards Greg I had to hold back the tears, it so overwhelming when you walk in and everyone is staring. Reading our personalised vows was very special and we both had glistening eyes! Greg choked at the end of his speech when he said how lucky he is to be marrying his best friend, and that then set me off!
How did the two of you meet?
We met when we both started university over 10 years ago and then remained friends ever since. It wasn’t until a wedding 8 years later that he finally asked me out – better late than never! In the meantime we had both joined the Royal Navy but due to him being a Submariner our paths hadn’t really crossed. Thank you to Roz for inviting Greg to her wedding, otherwise we may have never had that date!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We got engaged after 7 months (when you know you know!) and then spent the next 18 months planning the day itself. This was mainly due to making sure we were both going to be in the country for it.
Best bit of budget advice?
Decide what is really important first and stick to it, then look at what you can compromise on. Try to use preloved sites and bridal boot sales to get cheaper items. Even try picking flowers from friends’ gardens. Plan ahead and spread the cost – it is never too early to get crafting and making things ready. I loved the crafty, DIY side and I had lots of fun making things with Greg, friends and family – and it really did save us money. Oh and consider getting married on a Thursday, you’d be surprised how much it could save!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We used a free wedding monogram from Wedding Chicks and then ‘branded’ our wedding with it. It was free and you could personalise it which was perfect. We used it on everything! People thought I had painted it and were very surprised when I said it was a free download.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I adored my wedding dress and it was just magical wearing it. Greg also loved it and said how it was the perfect Becky dress. I love 1950s dresses but really wanted a full length dress, so this was the perfect combination.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Beatrice by Sassi Holford. It was preloved by a bride called Emma who advertised the dress online and I just fell in love with it instantly. It would be a shame for such a beautiful dress to only be worn once and I am so glad that the dress could continue its journey.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore a full length waterfall veil with the dress which I loved, and then a headpiece which was designed for me to match the bow detail on the dress. The shoes were from Rachel Simpson and very comfy to the early hours of the morning.
The groom wore:
A navy blue three-piece suit from Debenhams which we managed to find in a sale. Whilst he could have worn Naval uniform we wanted him to stand out as the groom.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I wanted the girls to be in a 50s style dress to fit the vintage theme and complement my dress, so my very talented Mum made all of the dresses for my girls. We went to London to buy the lilac material and then chose the pattern. It was lovely knowing how unique the dresses were and so kind of my Mum to help.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
The very talented Heidel from Pushka Fashion Boutique in Chichester did my make-up as she is a friend of mine. She then contacted a colleague of hers, Denisa, who did my hair. The two of them were brilliant and we had such a fun morning being made ‘the best version of ourselves’! They made sure that each of us still looked like ourselves and the hair and makeup lasted all through the day. It was lovely being pampered and drinking tea with my best girlies around me.
We used Rococo in Chichester who provided the bouquets, buttonholes and flowers for the ceremony table. They took my vision and created perfectly the most stunning and wonderful flowers. The rest of the flowers for the barn and tables we did with the help of flowers from our families’ gardens – hydrangea bushes go a very long way! I had decorated jam jars in advance and then the day before the wedding, we decorated the barn with the help of friends and family.
It was in the ceremony barn at Farbridge and then we had a traditional Royal Navy Sword Arch formed from our close friends who are serving in the military. We had just as many ladies who are in the military but we really wanted them to be able to dress up and relax – hence why we left it to the men on this one occasion!
We had ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monckton, ‘The Apache Wedding Blessing’, and then ‘Chapter One of One Thousand’ by OJ Preston. The latter one was particularly special to us as it was very romantic about a boat setting sail and our journey beginning – very apt due to our careers in the Royal Navy.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The barn itself was stunning as it is, but we really wanted to make it truly ours for the day. My sister created various chalk boards and signs to decorate, and then together we made metres and metres of bunting! With some very kind and helpful friends and family, we transformed the barn into one made especially for us. We wanted to make sure our guests knew how important they were so in the order of service we wrote a line on each and every guest. It was lovely seeing everyone read them and smile, and then read the others!
We themed the tables to represent different chapters of our story so far: Jamaica (where Greg proposed with Red Stripe beer favours), Royal Navy (mini bottles of Rum as favours of course), Somerset (where we first lived together so cider and toffee apples), Pirates (because Greg loves them and we wanted Pirate party bags!) the top table was Love of course and the list goes on! It was a great way to style each table and make each of them unique for the guests on them, looking around it was lovely seeing them all enjoying themselves so much.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
My Mum has been a cake decorator for as long as I can remember so it was always going to be her to create our cake! I designed the cake with my Mum (Greg was involved in the tasting) and then she worked wanders on it and created the most beautiful and stunning of wedding cakes for us. I am very lucky indeed to have such a talented family who were happy to help! We even took the top tier on safari with us for our honeymoon.
We used ‘Bossard String Quartet’ for the ceremony and drinks reception, and then the ‘Deloreans’ for the evening. Both were fantastic and we would recommend to any Bride and Groom in Hampshire or West Sussex.
On the day tips and advice:
Stay together! We tried to hold hands and be together as much as we could (a tip given to us by someone else) and we really did get to spend most of the day and night together. Its surprising how much you get pulled apart by people wanting to congratulate you! Don’t leave anything to do the morning of the wedding so plan early and that way you can wake up on the wedding morning feeling refreshed and ready for what will be the most magical and wonderful day of your life. It really was and we wish we could do it all over again!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Waking up each morning and smiling, knowing that I married the best man I could ever have hoped for and feeling excited that every day is another chapter of our lives together.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Photographer – Sophie Duckworth http://www.sophieduckworthphotography.com/
- Venue – Farbridge Barn http://www.farbridge.org.uk/
- Stationery Monogram – http://www.weddingchicks.com/
- Flowers – http://www.rococo-florist.co.uk/
- String Quartet – Bossard Quartet http://www.thebossardquartet.co.uk/
- Band – The Deloreans http://www.thedeloreansband.com/
- Wedding Dress – http://www.preloved.co.uk/
- Shoes – http://www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk/
- Caterer – http://anisecatering.com/
- Ice Cream Bike – http://www.mattbenecciicecreamco.co.uk/
- Cream Wedding Taxi – http://www.portsmouthweddingtaxis.co.uk/
- Bridal Boot Sale – http://www.hampshirebridalbootsale.com/