Jonathan and Jessica’s family is the most talented ever seen on a wedding blog. The details of their day are pretty amazing – and I eagerly read Jess’s questionnaire to see where they bought their fabulous stationery (her brother made it) and stunning cakes (Jonathan’s dad). Wow.
This is a beautiful wedding in every way, so much so I struggled to narrow my selection of images down to a mere 50 to share with you! But I promise: they’re worth it. Jessica and Jonathan are a gorgeous couple, and have taken the time to share some excellent advice and top supplier tips with us all today. Between the wonderful images and fnatastic wedding report, you’ve got a busy ten minutes ahead of you so grab a cuppa and dive in!
Huge thanks to lovely Peterborough wedding photographer Georgi Mabee for submitting Jess and Jonathan’s wedding to the English Wedding Blog. It’s a real privilege to be able to feature their day – and I hope you love it as much as I do! Do look at Georgi’s website and social media – she’s a rising star in the wedding world:
Our wedding report: Jonathan + Jessica
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Beyond pleased, she captured our day perfectly.
Caswell House, Oxfordshire
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A quintessentially English celebration with all of our favourite people in the world.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Tears!! We were so pleased and amazed at how accurately Georgi’s photos portrayed our day and also us as a couple. She captured so many things we hadn’t seen ourselves and they are a lovely souvenir of our day. We can’t wait to receive our album and show it off to everyone who visits.
Your wedding style and theme:
We wanted it to feel like a relaxed and informal English garden party. Beautiful flowers, good music, yummy food and company with lots of dancing.
Any happy tears on the day?
Lots!! I (Jess) couldn’t finish all of my vows and ended up skipping the last two lines! (Nobody noticed…I hope…)
How did the two of you meet?
We met in the first year of medical school and have been together for eight years.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We were engaged for just shy of two years so took our time over it and really enjoyed the process of choosing everything together.
Best bit of budget advice?
Prioritise things that are important for you and make this decision early on in your planning. For us, it was the food and the music. We spent less on other aspects so we could spend more on these things. There are opportunities for people to help, buy things on eBay and DIY to save money elsewhere.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Sam (Jess’s brother) designed all of our amazing stationery including save the dates, invites, signage and menus. We spent many hours getting handy with a guillotine!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
When I tried my dress on, I instantly felt comfortable and myself in it. I didn’t want anything too sparkly or difficult to wear as I was determined to dance all night in it!!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Blue by Enzoani, bought at Lisa’s Bridalwear in Solihull
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Old pearl earrings – a gift from the father of the bride and a beautiful head dress by Hermione Harbutt, which made me feel like a princess.
The groom wore:
Blue Ted Baker suit, moss green REISS tie with a round collar shirt, and snazzy brogues from REISS.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses so they could wear what suited them. Flis wore a dove grey strapless dress, Georgia a pale pink Grecian dress and Koren seafoam green with a plunging neckline. Instead of a bouquet, they wore gypsophila flower crowns.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Our hair and make up was done by the amazing Charlotte from Claire Nicole in Twyford. She met us all the night before my hen-do when I had my trial and felt like one of the girls on the day. It was lovely to have someone take the pressure off and I was so pleased with how our hair and make up turned out.
Rebecca Collier of the Bespoke Florist, based in Oxfordshire.
We chose Rebecca because she seemed to be able to take my vague and sometimes rambling ideas and interpret them into something cohesive and wonderful.
The flowers she created for us were more than I had ever imagined and I just wish I could have her as my own personal florist ‘Elton John-style’!
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Everybody we love being there for us and just being so happy to be getting married to each other we couldn’t stop smiling. Also, Jonathan had the sweatiest palms I have ever felt!!
Two readings: one by Jonathan’s dad and one by Sam, the bride’s brother by Julia Copus which is strangely called In Defense of Adultery but we skimmed over that detail!!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The barn at Caswell is so beautiful we kept our decorations to a minimum with some lace bunting in the dining room and beautiful vintage gold rose bowls filled with flowers.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We went for three separate cakes made by Jonathan’s dad and they were so yummy we still talk about them all the time! They were on mint green cake stands from BHLDN and we had a pink chocolate cake, a yellow lemon cake and cream victoria sponge. They didn’t last very long and we ate the last slice on the plane to our honeymoon. It tasted amazing!
A string trio played during the ceremony and drinks reception and then in the evening we had a five piece band with a male and female singer. They played a real mixture and kept everyone dancing even after they started packing up to leave!
We had honey roast ham for our wedding breakfast that our guests carved at each table and then shared family style.
We had a photo booth and local ice cream cart in the evening.
On the day tips and advice:
We were really unsure whether two photographers and a video was overkill for our small wedding with 50 guests. It wasn’t. My advice would be to maximise the memories you have of your day as it goes so quickly and looking at beautiful photos and watching videos still gives me butterflies every time.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Feeling secure and safe with the knowledge that someone chose you. It is the best feeling ever. I wholeheartedly recommend it!!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The Bespoke Florist, based in Oxfordshire
Capital Groove – band
Ariella Strings – trio
William’s Kitchen – caterer
Mark, The Big Day Productions – videographer
Watch Jessica and Jonathan’s wedding highlights film here – https://vimeo.com/106380489
Hermione Harbutt – headpiece, all girls need to visit her boutique in Clifton. It is what dreams are made of!!