Jenna told me all her nightmares about falling down the aisle disappeared the moment she saw Jak there waiting for her: “although I knew the room was full, it was like no one else was in the room.” Isn’t that beautiful?
Their wedding was a vintage glam affair, liberally decorated with gypsophila which looks gorgeous. Jenna wore a silk wedding dress and Jenny Packham jewellery. The venue – wonderful Blackbrook House in Derbyshire – needed little decoration and was the perfect setting for a glamorous, vintage-inspired wedding.
I really love this wedding for its creative little touches. Jak and Jenna have designer friends whose skills came in handy for everything from the invitations to hairdressing on the day! They chose Nottinghamshire wedding photographer Pete Henderson to capture their day and his images are just lovely.
Our wedding report: Jenna and Jak
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Blackbrook House, Derbyshire http://www.blackbrookhouse.com/
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Vintage glam with a winter twist
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were so thrilled with them! Pete created a slideshow of wedding highlights for us which we received whilst we were on honeymoon, so we looked through them on the beach in Thailand. When we got our full set it brought back all of the amazing memories of the day – and the candid shots were brilliant at showing us all aspects of the wedding.
Your wedding style and theme:
Our wedding was vintage glam – it had lots of homemade personal touches, but rather than go for the shabby chic take on vintage I wanted it to look more glamorous and sparkly and really brighten up a November’s day.
Any happy tears on the day?
Lots of happy tears on the day, and I even made little tissue pouches especially for them for all of the guests! I thought I would cry all throughout the day, but it was when my granddad stood up to do a reading he had written himself that really got me.
How did the two of you meet?
We met initially at Sixth Form, but then bumped into each other a few years later at University
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We were engaged for 18 months before we got married, but we had a few months of just enjoying being engaged before we got into the full swing of wedding planning.
Best bit of budget advice?
Have a go at making things yourself – we made flowers for around the venue, the order of service and lots of other bits ourselves. It saves you money and also means your wedding is completely personal. if you are working to a budget, we prioritised the things that were really important to us like great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere, so we splurged on a wedding singer and saved money where we could on things like a videographer by getting our friends to film instead. It’s amazing how many friends are multi talented!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
One of my friends is a designer, so she designed our invites for us and we printed them ourselves. I designed the order of service myself, using an illustration another friend had drawn for us when got engaged, and we wrote a poem of ‘our story’ which so many people commented on on the day.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes completely. Definitely ask the people at the wedding dress shop for their opinion on what you should have – I really wanted lace, but ended up with silk after trying on a dress Steph at Gracie Bleu recommended for me…they are the experts after all!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Steph – Gracie Bleu. http://www.graciebleubridal.co.uk/
Designer – Marylise
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore a Jenny Packham headdress and bracelet and Rachel Simpson vintage inspired shoes, which looked amazing and were the comfiest ever…I was dancing all night!
The groom wore:
Full tails in charcoal grey from Brigdens in Derby. http://www.brigdens.com/
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore cappuccino coloured dresses from Reiss with sparkly shoes and a faux fur charcoal shrug – the dresses looked gorgeous and were a great style to suit everyone.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
One of my best friends is a Senior Creative at the amazing Umberto Giannini so he did the wedding hair of myself, all of the bridesmaids and my Mother in Law. Another one of my best friends had just set up as a freelance make up artist, so she did my make up – both of them were brilliant and because they were friends, it made for such a lovely, relaxed morning.
We had all gypsophila to fit with our vintage theme. I had a huge bouquet which I have dried and have hanging up at home. The blossom tree did our table centre pieces and then the bridesmaids and I made 4 topiary trees of gyp and hundreds of vases for all around the venue.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
The feeling when I walked into the room and saw Jak at the end of the aisle – although I knew the room was full, it was like no one else was in the room, and all my nightmares about falling down the aisle seemed so insignificant.
My granddad wrote his own reading which was so special and then my two best friends who now live in Italy and Australia and had come back especially for the wedding read ‘The one whose hand you’re holding’.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was already a beautiful vintage inspired house. It was so cosy and the décor was beautiful but neutral, so as soon as we visited it as a potential venue, I knew it would work beautifully. It made such a difference that we loved every space at the venue, as we didn’t have any expensive décor to hide anything. The centre point of the house was a beautiful staircase with a stained glass window and we put lanterns all down the staircase to really highlight it. We used gyp in all of the rooms to really carry the wedding theme through, and it was so effective.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a cheese tower instead of a wedding cake which doubled up as our evening buffet – a cheese board with all the trimmings!
We had Paul Martyn as our wedding singer. He sang as I walked down the aisle, right until the last dance and was absolutely brilliant.
On the day tips and advice:
Make a list of all the jobs you need doing on the day and give them out to the ushers and bridesmaids…that way you aren’t worrying about a thing. It’s so difficult to get around all of your guests, so we made sure we waited by the door for the evening guests to arrive so that we definitely got to speak to everyone before the dancefloor got under way!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Waking up on a Sunday morning and not having a single bow to tie for a wedding related accessory!