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Jacky and Paul’s wedding report: our English country wedding at Findon Manor, with Cherry Red Photography

Hello there everyone! Are you having a lovely day so far? It’s all systems go at English Wedding Blog HQ as I plan exciting adventures for the blog today! But don’t worry because all my plans are just about making the blog bigger, and better, and more focused on English weddings to help you find inspiration for your own big day. It’s likely I’ll share what’s happening on my Facebook page so do join me there for sneak peeks! In the meantime we have a fabulous couple whose wedding I want to share with you today.

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I love Paul and Jacky’s personalities – their wedding just looks full of love and laughter, and I adore Jacky’s confidence and her fantastic flower crown! If you’re wondering whether the ‘flowers in her hair’ look is for you, or maybe a bit shy of wearing a flower crown… just look at this. Jacky will persuade you to go for it and love wearing one!!! Images are by lovely Laura from Cherry Red Photography. Enjoy!
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Our wedding report: Jacky and Paul

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.cherryredphotography.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were more than pleased. Not only did she take some awesome pictures but she was like the extra guest at our wedding. Laura always goes the extra mile in everything she does

Wedding venue:

Findon Manor Country House Hotel

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

It was everything we dreamed of and so much more – a perfect day

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

The memories of our day came flooding back and every detail was there for ever. There were even some moments that we had not noticed on the day and Laura had captured the love and close family atmosphere completely.

Your wedding style and theme:

It was a vintage English country wedding with our own twist. It was a day filled with close family and friends. The inspiration was from my love of Audrey Hepburn and all things traditional. We wanted a black and white dress code for our guests to compliment the bridal party in shades of nude pink and black.

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes from the moment I arrived outside the ceremony room to the end of the ceremony.

How did the two of you meet?

We met at a party at a private airfield in Kent.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

A year. Although we knew what we wanted right from the start, and the majority of arrangements were in place very quickly.

Best bit of budget advice?

Don’t go for run of the mill, if you look hard you can have an amazing wedding on a minimal budget. Look for a bargain frock but get one that you fall in love with and makes you feel like a million dollars.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I made all the stationery and invitations but bought order of service online

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Utterly and completely. It was drop dead gorgeous

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Justin Alexander from Leonie Claire Boutique, Brighton

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

One bracelet was old and the other borrowed from my sister. My earrings were from Leonie Claire Boutique – Stephanie Browne. My beautiful crystal shoes were fabulous and a bargain from Next.

The groom wore:

A bronze tail suit and nude pink accessories (and cufflinks which were a Valentine gift) hired from Dickies Worthing

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My older girls wore Monsoon lace dresses with Next shoes and the younger ones nude pink tulle frocks by Veromia. The page and younger maids wore Converse shoes which was their style.

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

Toni Todd MUA made us look gorgeous on the day.

Wedding flowers:

Brandon @Flowers4 Worthing created truly stunning and unforgettable flowers and dressed the wedding venue. He had such amazing ideas that I gave him free rein and he even put blackberries in the floral displays which added to the vintage theme and also it was September so harvest time.

The ceremony:

Music – I entered to ‘Never Tear us apart –INXS. The signing of the register was to Beneath You’re Beautiful- Labyrinth. We left to You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Our wedding readings were ‘Guess How Much I love you’, the opening lines from ‘Love Actually’ and ‘A Lovely Love Story’.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The hotel was beautiful so we just went with stunning flowers, vintage movie signage, white voile bunting and other quirky vintage ornaments from home

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Quirky and stunning. We went for a House style cake from Choccywoccydoodah Brighton which tasted as good as it looked

Entertainment:

Sag Aloo a local band from Shoreham and  DJ- David Parker, Socks Disco from Worthing

My son also supplied Chinese lanterns which were so beautiful and such a surprise.

We also had a visit from a chimney sweep to wish us luck from Milborrow Chimney Sweeps.

On the day tips and advice:

Enjoy every moment. Plan well and let your Matron of Honour take control

What’s the best thing about being married?

Spending every day with your most loved person in the world.

Paul and Jacky’s wedding will also appear in my real weddings menu at the top of the English Wedding Blog. See more West Sussex weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region!

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 November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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