Karin and Dan’s outdoor wedding in Guernsey is light, and bright, and full of gorgeous flowers and DIY details. They had a beautifully decorated marquee for their wedding breakfast – filled with lovely hessian and lace, and the prettiest flowers. I adore all their carefully chosen details: rustic kraft cards, logs, raffia and rope – oh and the table numbers are just brilliant!
Karin wears the prettiest Suzanne Neville dress, which she bought from The Bridal Boutique in Leeds. She has high praise for the boutique (always wonderful to hear!) and – once again this week – wishes she could wear her dress all the time! Doesn’t she look stunning?
Images are by lovely UK wedding photographer Ally Byrom. Wherever you are in the UK, please do check out Ally’s work. She travels throughout the UK from her Yorkshire base to photograph weddings:
Our wedding report: Dan + Karin
Fairfields, Castel, Guernsey
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather, the relaxed atmosphere, everything was perfect!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were completely blown away, Ally had captured every single special moment. It felt as though we were reliving the day but through our guests eyes, there were some funny surprises too!
Your wedding style and theme:
Natural/rustic theme, fresh colours with lots of natural greens and white.
Any happy tears on the day?
Tears were shed at the rehearsal the day before and I cried during my dad’s speech, it was a very proud moment.
How did the two of you meet?
We met at Secondary School, he was slightly older and my brother’s best friend. We eventually got together in 2008 and he proposed at sunset on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town last year, how could I refuse?!!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
It took some time to plan, in Guernsey your options are limited so venues, photographers and caterers etc get booked up quite far in advance, luckily we didn’t have to compromise on anything.
Best bit of budget advice?
Make lots of lists! Be realistic and investigate all of your options, it’s so easy to get carried away at the beginning.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Minted.com – strongly recommend, absolutely amazing website, I cannot praise them enough! On the day stationery was done by us.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
When I tried on THE dress, I knew as soon as I stepped into it, the material was so soft and light. If only it were acceptable to wear your wedding dress everyday…
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Suzanne Neville from The Bridal Boutique in Leeds – the ladies there were amazing! They totally worked around me as I had to travel from Guernsey for fittings, they altered within a 2 day turn around!
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Pearl earrings, no other jewellery. Although I had my beaded clutch, which I found in a charity shop for £2!
The groom wore:
Navy three piece suit with crisp white shirt
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dessy dresses in mint, moss and kiwi.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional all the way by Katie Sarre! Dutch braid and airbrushed make up.
Bridal bouquet: wild posy bunch
Groom: gypsophila with aloe leaf
Bridesmaids: corsage with spray roses
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
Union from beginning to end by Robert Fulghum
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
It was a marquee wedding so we had to dress everything from scratch. We made all of the decorations, collecting jars and getting creative with yarn string to create lighted globes, all of the sign posts and photobooth. All flowers and plants were hand chosen.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional – 3 tier fruit, vanilla and CHOCOLATE!
My best friend sang “Green Eyes” by Coldplay with an acoustic guitar.
Afternoon entertainment, acoustic singer with saxophonist, both from a local band.
Later on, we had a local radio host dj-ing until the am.
On the day tips and advice:
RELAX! There’s nothing more you can do, trust that you have done enough for an amazing day! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family, they’re keen to help!
What’s the best thing about being married?
The wedding planning stress is finally over! No… The best thing is what’s next and having that person beside you all the way.