Hello everyone! I’m sat here enjoying the last rays of sunshine… I’ve been up since 5:30 this morning and it was such a beautiful day! Now… not so much. But I have the loveliest vintage wedding to share with you today, with a gorgeous bride and handsome groom, and tons of adorable and enticing details to inspire you.
I love how Holly and Daniel met: “as students at a scotch egg factory”. Brilliant. Their wedding report at the end of the post is fantastic, especially their review of Belinda McCarthy, who photographed their wedding at Brympton House in Somerset. Do check out Belinda’s website:
Our wedding report: Holly and Daniel
Wedding photographer’s website:
Belinda McCarthy – http://somerset-wedding-photographer.co.uk/
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes very much so. Belinda’s style was something that really caught our eye and straight away we knew we wanted her to be our photographer. On the day itself she truly blended into the atmosphere and there were times when we hardly knew she was there which is a skill in itself. Belinda really does have a special talent and eye for the big occasion.
Brympton House, Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A massive party celebrating 10 years together with all of our favourite people.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
This was our immediate response when we were first shown the pictures:
“Well Belinda McCarthy Photography I have just woken up and oh my god…..oh my god…..oh my god……I have just relived the most special and amazing day of mine and Daniel’s lives and I may be welling up as I write this! You have managed to capture the joy the last ten years have brought us and the wonder and excitement that the next ten will bring! I am completely overwhelmed and grateful for the memories that you have captured for us and that we can keep for the rest of our lives. It was an honour to have you there with us and thank you for making everything feel so easy and relaxed. Your words on the blog are so kind and mean so much! You truly are a photography genius and we will be forever grateful that you “said yes” to us all that time ago and agreed to help us capture our day! I can’t wait to share these with all our friends and family, all our love Mr & Mrs Knapp xxx”
Your wedding style and theme:
A vintage tea party with a hint of Alice in Wonderland
Any happy tears on the day?
Constantly from Mrs Knapp and one or two from Mr Knapp. The mothers of course plus one or two unexpected tales of tears amongst our guests.
How did the two of you meet?
At a scotch egg factory as students.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Don’t buy a house just before you get married! #stressful
Seriously though, what we did was prioritise what was most important to us and was going to give us the best memories. For everything else you will always be able to find a bargain, it’s just case of searching for it. Always remember the old cliché, ‘You don’t ask, you don’t get’.
We made our biggest saving by having our wedding on a Thursday, but this meant we could get married at our dream venue.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Luckily my job is to make things look pretty – so my wife says. I am a graphic designer so wanted to create all of our wedding invitations and stationery. The designs that I created incorporated the vintage Alice in Wonderland theme. We looked to tell our 10 year tale from the Save the Dates and invites, right through to the menus on the tables.
As part of the designs, I created a unique ampersand icon which represented togetherness and unity and featured across all of the stationery. The ampersand allowed for us to play on words for varying aspects of the day and replace more traditional titles such as changing ‘Order of Service’ to ‘I do & So do I’ to create a more personal touch.
One of our friends was able to carve this out of wood and features in many of our photos.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maggie Sottero. Chameleon, Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth.
The dress name is Arabella.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I kept my accessories to the minimum wanting my dress and wedding rings to do the talking. Although I did have some sparkle in my hair with a pearl and diamante head piece.
The groom wore:
I wore a sapphire blue 3 piece suit from Next with a vintage floral tie and pocket square. To complement the suit I had matching tan Ted Baker shoes and belt. To round off the look I had a silver pocket watch tucked in my waistcoat pocket.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
To highlight our mismatch of vintage colours our best girls wore similar silk and chiffon maxi dresses in different colours. Maid of Honour wore a Coast dress in a silver/lavender colour and our bridesmaid wore a Debut dress in vintage rose pink.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional all the way!
Hair was done by our friend, Donna Andrea Bowden from Lawrence House Styling, Wincanton.
Makeup was by Danielle Whitmarsh from Essence of Beauty, Wincanton.
All flowers and venue styling was created by the brilliant team at Tie The Knot who work with the wedding venue.
We went for spring flowers focusing on pinks, blues, whites and yellows with no two displays looking the same.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Our vows! We both wrote our own vows when exchanging the rings and had not heard each other’s until that moment in the ceremony. This was a surprise for all of our guests as well.
Oh – and a guest stepping on Holly’s veil on our exit down the aisle as man and wife. We nearly had a ‘bride down’ situation.
Our Maid of Honour Erin read selected lyrics of Thinking of You by Paul Weller. This was special to us as Paul Weller was the first gig that we went to together as a couple.
This song was in fact our first dance as well.
We had a second reading from our close friend Mark who read You’re the Macaroni to My Cheese. This was a personal reading that we created by stitching quotes from the films Juno and Nightmare Before Christmas.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue is stunning without any decoration, however Tie The Knot made it all so much more special by creating a look that was personal to us.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We’ll let you be the judge of that! [beautifully quirky, I think! C xx]
As we both don’t like fruit cake and wanted our cake to be used for dessert at our wedding breakfast we chose a ‘naked’ cake. 4 tiers of sponge cake and buttercream filling finished off with icing sugar and berries and a gorgeous cake topper of flowers in a vintage tea cup. We chose our favourite flavours lemon sponge with lemon curd and lemon buttercream and rose sponge with pistachio buttercream. It went down a storm with every piece being eaten even though there was meant to be some left over for the evening buffet!!!!
Julie-Ice Maiden Cakes Yeovil
We decided that we would like to have a band play at our wedding and are lucky enough to have some great family connections! We love our rock/indie music and although were concerned that this isn’t the traditional wedding music of choice we followed our hearts and broke with tradition and went for it! We chose a local band The Helm who did us proud and even let Dan take over the mike and sing one of his wife’s faves, Everlong by the Foo Fighters! Needless to say Dan now thinks he is a rock god!
On the day tips and advice:
Clichéd but just enjoy every minute!!!! It is the most amazing feeling knowing that all your loved ones are in one place supporting you. Be excited and not nervous-surprisingly I was the one that everyone thought would be a bag of nerves but I was so excited I nearly ran down the aisle to get to Dan (luckily my dad was there to slow me down so I didn’t muck up the very well timed entrance music!). Allow yourself time to just take it all in-whether it be during your couple shots or waiting to make an entrance somewhere-(try and sneak a peak of everyone before you make that entrance..a sure thing to get the tears going but a sight you may not get to see again!)
What’s the best thing about being married?
We have been together for ten years and so didn’t think much would change just because we got married….but boy were we wrong. There was an instant feeling of togetherness that we had never felt before-hard to describe but being joint in name has given us a sense of being complete. We truly believe that we have shared a massive life milestone together and have entered a new chapter as man and wife. We suddenly feel like grown ups and find it all a bit hilarious!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Brympton House (venue) – http://www.brympton-weddings.co.uk/
Tie The Knot (flowers and styling) – http://blog.brympton-weddings.co.uk/
Chameleon (wedding dress) – http://www.chameleonbride.co.uk/
Lawrence House Styling (hair) – https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceHouseStyling
Essence of Beauty (makeup) – http://www.essenceofbeautysalon.org.uk/
Grasmere Gingerbread (wedding favours) – http://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk/
Ice Maiden Cakes (wedding cake) – http://icemaidencakes.com/
Fraser Hart (wedding rings) – http://www.fraserhart.co.uk/