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Our rustic, chilled out, fun and quirky wedding at The Eltisley, with Liz Greenhalgh Photography

Today’s rustic English wedding is pure inspiration for DIY brides and grooms everywhere. Louise made so many lovely details to create a fabulously creative wedding which I LOVE! I know you will too.

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This is one of the best: a heartwarming, rustic and intimate wedding celebrated at a charming venue and with a beautiful bride and adorable groom – because Louise and Tommy are just the loveliest couple!

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Images are by Cambridge wedding photographer Liz Greenhalgh, who says, “There were handmade bits and pieces everywhere, signs, labels and jars of the most gorgeous flowers and sweets. The whole day was filled with fun and love, I even shed a tear or three during the speeches.” Do see her website and social channels to find out more:

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Everything about Louise and Tommy’s day is pretty, full of character and totally charming. I hope you love it as much as I do! Enjoy.

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Our English wedding report: Louise + Tommy

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.lizgreenhalgh.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

So pleased! Liz was amazing…she did everything we asked for and more…please do not hesitate to contact Liz, nothing is too much trouble and we are absolutely thrilled with our images…they are the memories we will pass on to our children and they could not have been any more perfect.

Wedding venue:

The Eltisley, 2 The Green, Eltisley, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6TG

Wedding date:

24th July 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Our wedding was rustic, chilled out, fun and quirky.

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

I cried…they brought back all the emotions I felt on the day…they are a constant reminder of every little detail and everybody’s feelings!

Your wedding style and theme:

We wanted our wedding to be unique, vintage, relaxed and a bit quirky! Full of handmade details and rustic craft. Lots of things for all our little guests (we had as many under 5’s as adults!) so I made sure they had plenty to do. My best friend made mr & mrs cut outs to throw bean bags through, we had face painting, a big tub full of garden toys, plenty of colouring to do during the meal and glow sticks for when it got dark!

Any happy tears on the day?

My happy tears included – when my dad saw me in my dress…he is a very understated man but you can see every feeling just by his eyes…it was so special!

Our older daughters (Megan 16 and Libby 15) both did speeches & they blow the whole room away…so so emotional!

I have since read Megan’s speech, it brought tears to my eyes!

How did the two of you meet?

Tommy & I met through mutual friends…went on a horrendous first date but I thought I would give him a second try…so glad I did, look where we are now!!

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We got engaged on 10th Aug 2013 (my big 40!) and after being together for many years I was keen to organise the wedding, so just a year!

Best bit of budget advice?

We sat down and worked out the number of guests, we knew we wanted a small intimate wedding so that had a big impact on our budget. I wanted to make as much as possible so could source a lot of the raw materials quite cheaply.

Stick to it as much as possible, it’s so easy to get carried away!

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

I made all the invitations myself. I used plain white cards, vintage music paper, olive green ribbon, brown luggage labels and letter stamps. Tommy is a really keen guitarist and kajhon player so the text we used inside the invites tried to represent music flyers.

I followed this theme across the wedding from the tags around the jam jars, which included “sweet treats, eat me, to light the way” name tags around the napkins and on the brown paper bags for the sweets…all of which were stamped onto brown tags with the olive green ribbon.

I also used the small brown florist envelopes which I filled with seeds and labelled. I wanted all our evening guests to take something home too so I had lots of envelopes in a rustic wire basket and a small black board which I wrote on.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

OH YES! My dress…I went to Harveys Bridal in December 2013 with my 2 big girls and my mum thinking I knew exactly what I wanted. They lovely ladies at Harveys (Lesley & Claire) both picked our dresses to my description, I tried them on but they just weren’t quite right. I happened to mention I had seen a lady wearing a short dress & out it came…my dress! It felt amazing, I knew it was the one! It would fit so well with our venue and the theme… My daughters and mum all loved it too…they could tell it was the one for me, I felt so confident in it!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Harveys Bridal, 83 High St, Ramsey, Cambs PE26 1BZ. 01487 711002 www.harveysbridal.co.uk

My dress was designed by – Benjamin Roberts

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:

I didn’t want sparkle as my dress has plenty of that! I brought a stunning pair of teal peep toe high heels to make the statement I wanted and our florist hand made some little daisies onto wire which I put in my hair!

The groom wore:

Tommy looked so handsome! We wanted to keep it chilled out so encouraged our male guests not to worry about blazers…he work a grey tartan waistcoat and which shirt from Boss, slim fit black trousers from Top Man and a pair a dark grey Converse…he really does look so cool! It really suited his personality.

Our best man also wore a similar outfit and Converse.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Our little girls wore dresses from M&S and Lelli Kelly shoes. I brought some handmade hair garlands from Etsy, unfortunately they didn’t stay in long, they ended up wearing some plastic necklaces instead which came off the magazines my dad brought them that morning!! But it didn’t matter, they were happy and that’s what our day was about…not making things so fussy and regimented that people couldn’t relax and enjoy themselves.

Our big girls wore stunning ankle length charcoal dresses, also from Harveys Bridal.

These dresses were designed by – D’Zage

To keep with the theme they girls also wore all white converse, it has meant everybody can wear their shoes again!

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

I brought my own make up, after a consultation from the lady in Boots…it meant I could keep my makeup and use it again. It was something I felt I wanted to do to make a little saving!

A family friend, Steph Moulds, did mine and the big girls hair. I wanted my hair up as I had quite a bit of detail on the top of my dress. I choose braids and plates, nothing symmetrical and twisted into a bun. I ordered dainty little white aster and lisianthus which Louise put onto wire which we had in our hair. I did a lot of pinning on Pinterest of ideas I wanted…use Pinterest, so many great ideas!

Wedding flowers:

I wanted my bouquets to be a bit messy and rustic. I choose a hand tide arrangement full of country inspired herbs and flowers, including sweet avalanche roses, veronica, mentha, rosemary, lisianthus and aster. I also found some tiny flowers which had been part of a cake decoration on my grandma’s silver wedding cake. Louise put these onto wire and we delicately added these into my bouquet as a reminder of her!

The bridesmaid had the same flowers and herbs, along with the guests’ button holes.

All our flowers came from the very lovely and extremely talented Louise Sanderson who owns Wild Frost in Ramsey & Somersham, Cambridgeshire. We know each other well enough that I didn’t need to tell her what I wanted she just knew & they really were perfect. They smelt amazing and I did not want to put them down!!

www.wildfrost.co.uk

What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?

I remember feeling so excited and I could not wait to see all my family and friends!

Walking into the ceremony with my girls looking amazing and feeling so proud to be on my dad’s arm is a memory I will always treasure.

My most memorable moment was saying my vows to Tommy, I did not feel nervous at all…in fact I loved it! They meant so much to us, it was so special to show our love and commitment with our closest family and friends.

Wedding readings?

My sister in law read a poem which was written by an American Indian called “beloved partner.”

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue didn’t need a lot of decoration as it was unique in itself!

It all took place at The Eltisley and we were the first couple to have our ceremony there as it had only just been approved as a wedding venue when we discovered it. It was a renovated barn, terrace and garden…full of miss match furniture, quirky layout and unique style.

www.theeltisley.co.uk

Although we had lots of little details to show our personality! We had handmade bunting made from vintage music paper, jam jars full of beautiful cottage garden flowers (all made by my mum!) little milk bottles filled with candy canes, rainbow lollies, glow sticks and cameras for our guests to enjoy.

We had a “sweets and treats” table with jars full of everybody’s favourites including cola bottles, popcorn, fudge and sweetie necklaces.

My dear friend Ruth painted a tree which was asked guests to finger print and sign as a memory of them coming.

I decorated chairs with tiny heart bunting and lengths of ribbon.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We went quirky!!

I am a coeliac so I wanted my cake to be gluten free. A family friend who bakes as a hobby was more than happy to help!

I wanted something a little different and choose a 2 tear rough iced cake with edible flowers as decoration. It went onto a beautiful glass plate which used to belong to my late aunt. These were pre ordered and came the day before the wedding & had to kept in the fridge until the last moment. We also decorated the cake with music paper bunting. It looked stunning…just what I wanted.

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Entertainment:

We are lucky enough to be good friends with the mega talented James Coppolaro. He sings & plays guitar along with his drummer. They played throughout the night, covers of both classic songs and modern hits!

https://myspace.com/jamescoppolaro

On the day tips and advice:

I made sure all the things I could not do on the day or did not want to do had been delegated to friends, family and members of staff at the venue…specific things like the correct music during the ceremony, the table setting was to my design, the little ones were “kept an eye on” the photos went to plan but most of all everybody enjoyed the day!

Our best man was definitely the best! He had a list of “to dos” so make sure you give your best man a list of all the jobs you don’t need to be thinking about on the day!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being Mrs. Womersley!

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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  • Rachel
    5 years ago

    Wow Liz the photographs are beautiful! I think my favourite has to be the flowers in the foreground and Louise and Tommy in the background slightly out of focus. The wedding sounds gorgeous and congrats on being featured! I hope we get to work together again in the future. Rachel from http://www.veiledproductions.co.uk

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