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A homemade but classic Southwood Hall wedding, with James Powell Photography

Becci used Pinterest to plan her spring wedding to Danny, styling a homemade but classic day with a touch of vintage. She’s a beautiful bride, and shares some wonderful moments from the day in her wedding report at the end of the feature. The venue is Southwood Hall in Norfolk, an exclusive venue on a family run farm. It’s lovely!

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Becci’s advice is wonderful: “It will be the only day in your life that you are likely to have everyone that matters to you all in the same place at the same time. Enjoy that. Enjoy the different groups of friends and family mixing as they are all there for a united purpose.” This is very true – I’ve heard lots of couples giving the same advice. And there’s more from Becci in the wedding report at the end of today’s real wedding feature so don’t miss it!

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There’s also a brilliant funny moment: the registrar accidentally read Danny’s Dad’s name instead of Danny’s… which had everyone laughing! Luckily Becci married the right guy and the day was a beautiful success!

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Images are by the very lovely James Powell Photography. Do check him out:

Enjoy today’s real wedding! Read slowly… there’s so much to see and Becci’s report of the day is fantastic!
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Our wedding report: Danny & Becci

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The most amazingly fantastic day of our lives.

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

We were amazed by every single one. There was not a bad photo amongst them and they really brought the day back to us as James captured every moment perfectly.

Your wedding style and theme:

There was no planned theme but it turned out to be a touch of vintage, almost by accident. The style was homemade but classic.

Any happy tears on the day?

Yes. From the bride as I walked down the aisle and from the bride’s father as vows were exchanged. The bride’s nephew was also very emotional during the ceremony.

How did the two of you meet?

In a night club. The bride was out with friends and the groom was on an end of season football night out. We had a couple who were mutual friends.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

From the engagement to to the wedding day was 21 months. We (the bride) were planning the entire time. We booked the venue within 3 weeks of getting engaged and went from there.

Best bit of budget advice?

Hand make what you can if you’re creative and rope friends and family into helping. The bride’s father turned out to be particularly talented at making wedding invitations! Make use of pinterest for inspiration.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

All hand made by the bride using inspiration from the internet and pinterest. The invitations were made by the bride and her parents. The table numbers by the couples nephew and nieces. The favors and place cards were all made by the bride.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes. I saw it in the window of the boutique as I arrived and it was the first one I tried on. I knew it was the one straight away, despite trying several others.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

It was a Maggie Sottero and was bought at Pure Bridal Boutique in Norwich.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

Jewellery from Jon Richard at Debenhams, purchased as a gift by the bride’s brother. Shoes from Pink Paradox London and head piece from The Wedding Party Norwich. A gift from the bride’s parents. Veil from Pure Bridal Boutique Norwich.

The groom wore:

Grey tailcoat with matching waistcoat from Slaters, Norwich. The groom wore a cream neck tie with the groomsmen in mint green.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The bridesmaids wore mint green one shoulder gowns by Dessy. With the flower girls in ivory gowns from David’s Bridal Boutique.

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

Hair was by Melanie Smithson at Impact in Norwich, the bride’s hairdresser and make up was by Kerry Powell.

Wedding flowers:

White and cream roses, avalanche roses and peonies for the bride and bridesmaids, studded with pearls. Wands with rose heads for the flower girls and rose button holes for the groom and groomsmen. Rose corsages for the female bridal party. Table centre pieces were tall martini glasses and hurricane vases all in the same theme. Each with a hint of lavender to keep to the green colour scheme. All by The Flower Shed.

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

Two things, firstly the look on Danny’s face when I met his gaze for the first time whilst walking down the aisle. James captured the first look perfectly in the photos. A mixture of trying not to cry and beaming from ear to ear. Up until that point I had been looking at the guests all standing and smiling at me and had become quite emotional but at the point I saw Danny all that disappeared. Secondly, that the registrar almost married me to my father in law. When asking me if I took Daniel Keith to be my husband, she missed out the Daniel. Keith is his father’s name. That broke the mood and had everyone in stitches. Again, the moment captured on film by James.

Wedding readings?

None. Our vows were straightforward and the ceremony short and uncomplicated. We didn’t think they were necessary.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

No. Southwood Hall is such a beautiful venue that we didn’t want to detract from the building’s own beauty. We left the circular oak tables uncovered, decorating only the table tops with floral centre pieces and petals.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional 3 tier cake in vanilla, chocolate and lemon sponge made by a friend. It was complimented by cupcakes in the same flavours. All with a floral mint green theme. The cake was displayed separately rather than stacked.

Entertainment:

Bill Downs Live and Acoustic. He was fantastic. Bill both sung and DJ’d all evening. He sung our first dance, which was just perfect and had the dance floor full all night. Such an amazingly talented guy and just perfect for the occasion.

On the day tips and advice:

Relax and try to take it all in. It will be the only day in your life that you are likely to have everyone that matters to you all in the same place at the same time. Enjoy that. Enjoy the different groups of friends and family mixing as they are all their for a united purpose. Try to spend a few moments alone as a couple at some point in the day if you can. Don’t stress about things on the day. It will be the best day of your life, irrespective of whether everything goes to plan or not. Don’t try to spend time with absolutely everyone on the day otherwise you will find that it is over in a flash and you haven’t really got involved in the moment. Guests understand that you won’t necessarily say much more than a ‘thank you for coming’ to them all and will come up to you at some point or another. The day is about you two, don’t worry about anyone else.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Cementing your love in front of everyone that matters and inviting them to share in it. Committing to marriage really lets everyone on the outside know exactly how you both feel on the inside. Knowing that you are officially a unit. Nothing really changes but it is nice to be united with a common surname! You become no longer a couple that are dating but a family unit.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

James Powell Photography – Photography (www.jamespowellphotography.co.uk)
Pure Bridal Boutique – Bridal gowns and accessories (www.purebrides.co.uk)
Southwood Hall – Wedding venue (www.southwoodhall.com)
Bill Down Live and Acoustic – Entertainment (www.billdowns.co.uk)
Vintage Occasions – Transport (www.vintageoccasions.co.uk)
The Flower Shed – Flowers (www.flowershed.co.uk)

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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