I love how Annaliese describes her wedding to Steve in a rush of words: “Joyful, relaxed, beautiful, special, homespun, amazing, creative, fun!” And oh, you can tell from the photos it was all of that and more.
I love the funny touches to their day which made me smile so much: the beard basher (not as bad as it sounds!!), the mini chauffeur (so cute) and his car! – Oh, the beautiful bride goes without saying: Annaliese is stunning (and Steve’s a looker too!) but what strikes me most of all is the atmosphere and relaxed, quirky style of their wedding celebrations.
You will LOVE this. Huge thanks to the very wonderful Joseph Hall Photography for sharing images with us all today, and thanks of course to Annaliese and Steve for telling us all about their wedding. Any of you looking for a photographer in Bristol or Wiltshire, please look at Joseph’s website and social media:
Our wedding report: Steve + Annaliese
Wedding photographer’s website:
http://joseph-hall.com – Bristol wedding photographers
“Capturing the emotion beautifully is all that really matters and I truly love that I have the ability to do this. This is why I love photographing people and why I absolutely love photographing weddings – real scenes, real moments and most importantly of all: real emotion. I am an experienced wedding photographer, having trained and studied photography at every level. I love to travel and am unbelievably fortunate to get to cover the whole country from top to toe and occasionally destination wedding photography abroad!” ~ Joseph Hall
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Absolutely! My brother is a very talented photographer, but I wanted him to just be able to relax and be in the photos! Joseph was recommended to us by a friend, and when I saw the pictures from their wedding and the other shots from his site, we were mesmerized. He had exactly what we were looking for- natural photography and beautiful shots that capture the personalities of people brilliantly, as well as the tender and humorous moments of the day. He had a great laid-back, friendly and unintrusive approach. We were amazed when we received some of the photos, as we were so unaware of his presence at the time! When our friend saw the photos he said it was if the film was literally soaked in the atmosphere of the day.
St. Lawrence’s Church, Stratford sub-Castle, Salisbury. The reception was in a marquee in the field opposite.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Not so much a sentence as a spew of words: Joyful, relaxed, beautiful, special, homespun, amazing, creative, fun!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We got the email through from Joseph while we were at another friend’s wedding, we were so excited but had to wait until the next morning to look through them. But I tell you, there’s no better way to start a day! We’ve looked at them over and over again since.
Your wedding style and theme:
Relaxed, rustic fun. Village country fete with a touch of vintage.
Any happy tears on the day?
No, but lots of happy excitement and laughter! The rehearsal however, caught us unawares and was much more emotional than we were expecting.
How did the two of you meet?
At a Christmas party and mutual friends. We were friends for a year before we got together.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Make the most of the talents of your friends and family. It made ours so special to have the people we love contribute and made it so personal, and they loved getting involved too! Also, decide the things that mean the most to you, and work your budget towards that. For us, it was music, food and photos. I’d had a few friends who told me it’s really worth investing in good photography because it lasts a lifetime, and we’re so glad we did.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I (Annaliese) am an illustrator so I designed our invites, order of services and thank you postcards. My biggest achievement was scalpelling out 150 invites with minimal loss of fingers.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I was always a bit of a sceptic to the whole ‘you’ll know it when you try it on’ but this actually did happen to me! I’d tried on quite a few, but ended up going back to the first shop I had looked in, because I really clicked with the lady in the shop. She had a fantastic sense of humour and was not at all pressurising. When I went back in, she gave me a new dress to try, and though I didn’t think much of it on the hanger, I loved it when it was on. In fact, unbeknown to me the lady had timed me to see how long I stayed in the dress. 28 minutes, apparently- I just didn’t want to take it off!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I’ve always had fairly understated taste, and so wanted to keep things simple. I borrowed a pearl Necklace from my mother-in-law and my sister treated me to some lovely freshwater pearl earrings. The veil was designed and made by my talented friend Heather Fester. I had a simple backed dress so wanted some detail on the veil- she came up trumps with a beautiful ‘waterfall’ design. The headband was a gorgeous dried gypsophila headpiece made by the talented ‘NoonontheMoon’ from etsy.
The groom wore:
A Midnight blue tonic suit from John Lewis, grey waistcoat from Next and navy tie from Topman.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
‘Infinity’ charcoal grey dresses from etsy. My girls are all beautiful and diverse, and I wanted to let them wear a cut of dress that suited each individual shape. I found these amazing dresses quite early on- you can wear the same dress in several different ways. My mum made them little pearl necklaces, and I let them choose their own style of nude shoe. They all wore red lipstick for a touch of vintage glamour.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My sister-in-law did a fabulous job doing my make-up, especially as she was 7 months pregnant at the time and had a rather large bump to lean over in order to reach me! My hair was done locally in Salisbury.
Gypsophila, ‘superbubble’ roses, lavender. I knew from the start I wanted the pretty delicacy of gypsophila from the start and a dear family friend Sylvia did an amazing job with putting it all together with the help of my mum, sister and my mother-in-law.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
When Steve kissed me and my veil fell off!
The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12)
Also my very talented and dear friend Tanya composed and performed a spoken word poem, just for us. It was incredible and so special.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The church was beautiful and cosy, so didn’t need much. We had a marquee in the field opposite, which our brilliant friends helped do up with hay-bales, fairy lights and home-made bunting by various family members. One particular string of bunting was made using some clothes that belonged to my late grandparents. It was really lovely to have little links to loved ones dotted around the place.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a bridal bake-off in the afternoon where everyone was invited to bring a homemade cake. So, feeling that everyone might be too caked-out for a traditional wedding cake after that, we made ours entirely of cheese! We had a lot of fun tasting the different ones. I (Annaliese) modelled the bride and groom topper out of Fimo.
Homemade fete games (including a splat-the-rat with a twist: ‘bash the beard’, and some face cut-outs that we painted to look like ourselves) giant bubbles, a bridal bake-off, complemented by my brother-in-law’s vintage citroen van providing fine teas and coffee, including a special ‘wedding blend’ he’d made just for us. For the evening we wanted everyone to feel they could get involved with the dancing, no matter the age, and felt a ceilidh ticked all the boxes. We came across ‘Threepennybit’ (http://threepennybit.com) when they were busking in town. We said to each other that if we were to get married we would love to have them perform at our wedding and a year later we did!
On the day tips and advice:
Just enjoy every moment. Don’t sweat the small stuff on the day-we forgot to cut the cake and throw the bridal bouquet!- but that was just because we were having so much fun with everything else.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The joy in the little everyday things. (As well as the big things!)
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Photography: creative Bristol wedding photographers Joseph Hall Photography http://joseph-hall.com