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Emma and Chris’s English country shabby chic wedding in Staffordshire, with HBA Photography

Emma and Chris’s wedding has the loveliest atmosphere and a wonderful, bright and charming English country chic style. What a stunning couple… and I especially adore the back of Emma’s Justin Alexander gown, don’t you?

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They were lucky with the weather, choosing a perfect sunny September day for their marquee wedding. From the early afternoon’s sunshine to the magical sunset, every moment just looks fabulous – and the light and airy marquee is set off beautifully with delicate flowers and gentle decoration.

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All of the pretty images of their wedding are courtesy of the very lovely Hannah and Ben at HBA Photography in Derbyshire. Check them out on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HBA-Photography/237270875841

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Thank you to Emma and Chris for a brilliant wedding report, which is below the images in today’s wedding feature. Thank you also to Hannah and Ben for sharing their images. Everyone – enjoy! Big love,
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Our wedding report:Emma and Chris

Wedding Date: 21st September 2013

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.hbaphotgraphy.com

Link to the full wedding: http://hbaphotography.com/2013/10/chris-emmas-marquee-wedding-in-yoxall/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Hannah and Ben were fantastic. Not only do we have some beautiful photos to cherish, but they also captured the enjoyment and fun moments of our big day.

Wedding venue:

St Peter’s Church, Yoxall, Staffordshire, with a marquee reception at The Bride’s family home in Yoxall, Staffordshire.

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Our perfect day

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

Captured the glorious weather and the enjoyment of all our friends and families perfectly!

Your wedding style and theme:

English Country shabby chic with a dash of antipodean influence. (Chris is from Sydney, Australia)

Any happy tears on the day?

No just smiles!

How did the two of you meet?

We were both working in Queenstown, New Zealand and met during the ski season. Our love of skiing (and each other) grew from there.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

15 months, we found ourselves having several productive bursts of wedding planning with lengthy breaks in between to keep our sanity.

Best bit of budget advice?

Always get more than one quote for all the major components, especially catering and honeymoon travel agents. Smaller items such as decorations and furnishings can often be found on the internet or home made for an even better price.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

We found Jen Simpson on Etsy who was great at customising the wedding invites to match our theme perfectly. Other stationery was designed by the Groom’s cousin Danielle Lunn in Australia.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

You know when you find your dream dress, you just never want to take it off!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Justin Alexander, supplied by Bell’Amore in Bexleyheath, London.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Emma wore Jimmy Choo shoes, diamond and pearl earrings by Ungar & Ungar were a wedding gift from the groom, vintage pearl bracelet from an antique jeweller in Bath and during the evening reception wore an antique pearl necklace passed down through the Julian family.

The groom wore:

Bespoke three piece tweed suit designed and fitted by Barrington Ayre.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dark Teal dresses were by Maids to Measure in Fulham, London.

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

Hair and make were trusted to Isey & Co in Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire.

Wedding flowers:

Joan Simms created our beautiful flowers and candelabras. Incorporating English roses and Australian eucalyptus.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

The acapella choir singing Waltzing Matilda in the church!

Wedding readings?

Songs of Solomon read by close friend Kate Wood.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The church was decorated with beautiful flowers and home made pew ends. The marquee’s clear dome roof (unique to Top Marques) provided all day sunshine to light up the venue. Home made raspberry jam was made for favors, and looked great alongside the decorated candelabras and vintage ski postcards for table names. Lots of fairy lights created a romantic atmosphere and worth the time spent climbing up ladders!

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

It was a three tiered cake with fruit, sponge and chocolate layers with gorgeous bespoke ruffled icing and flowers by the Tiny Cake Company in Burton-on-Trent. We also had two yummy macaron towers.

Entertainment:

Johann Ting played guitar and ukulele in both the wedding ceremony and reception drinks. The live band Indefinitely played in the evening and provided DJ between sets, perfect for dancing!  We also had a Marryoke done by Electra Films and Hannah and Ben at HBA Photography provided a fancy dress Fun Cube for guest book photographs.

On the day tips and advice:

Just relax and enjoy yourself, remember the day is about you and your partner.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Planning for the future

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photography – HBA Photography

Fun Cube – HBA Photography

The marquee – Top Marques
Emma’s dress – www.bellamore.co.uk
The bridesmaid’s dresses – www.maidstomeasure.com
Emma’s shoes – www.jimmychoo.com
Emma’s hair & marke-up – Issey & Co – Barton Under Needwood (no website) 01283 716849
The cars – Family friends
The cake – www.tinycakecompany.co.uk
The flowers – Joan Simms – 01283 713380 (no website)
The suits – www.barringtonayre.co.uk
The favours – we made those
The singer – Johann Ting – www.therealting.com/wordpress
The band – www.indefinately.com
Marryoke video: Electra films

Stationery: http://www.etsy.com/people/Hoopity

Catering: New Farm Catering http://www.newfarmltd.com/

 

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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