James’s dad found today’s wedding cake stand in a field… and Amy’s mum arranged all of the gorgeous wedding flowers with help from Amy’s sister and maid of honour. Finley the cat modelled for stationery design, while Amy’s brother made the save the dates. Cakes, games, decorations were all home made with lots of help from family and friends… and this is every bit the modern English wedding. You know what? I LOVE it!
Amy’s advice says it all: “If you have friends and family who offer help, accept it! Not only does it save money but it ads such a special personal touch. We were incredibly lucky to have such talented friends and family to help us!” And aren’t they just…
Images are by Jason and Marie at Marie Lloyd Photography, who are based in North Wales – they photograph weddings all around Cheshire and North Wales so do check them out:
Amy and James: a beautiful DIY Hundred House wedding blog
Our wedding story: Amy + James
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes! Marie and Jason were brilliant to work with and we loved the photos.
The Hundred House Hotel, Norton, Ironbridge Gorge
5th September 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A perfect magical day
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Delighted – they captured our day perfectly
Your wedding style or theme:
A real mix, just full of things we love. Rustic, emphasis on the flowers, personal.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
If you have friends and family who offer help, accept it! Not only does it save money but it adds such a special personal touch. We were incredibly lucky to have such talented friends and family to help us!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Invitations had a slightly chalkboard style and were sent wrapped in lace. Save the dates were a postcard of our cat, Finley, wearing a chalkboard around his neck with the date on. Both of these were made by bride’s brother, David Hatton.
We made our own on the day stationery with menus, a quiz for the guests, an eye spy game (guests could try to take photos of all the things we listed), thank you cards all in a rustic style tied in a bundle with raffia.
The bride’s sister made the table numbers and we placed photos of the bride and groom at each of the ages on the table on mini easels.
Place names were small chalkboard hearts and all of the wedding party had personalised wine glass charms.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! There was only the sample dress left as it was a previous season’s dress but I loved it so much I bought it the same day and had it altered.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Justin Alexander from Bride’s Chester. Altered by Sue at Altered Image, Shrewsbury who was fantastic!!!
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Jenny Packham shoes, handmade pearl earrings and necklace (from Not on the High Street), Alan Hannah bracelet (wedding day gift from the groom, an amazing choice!)
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Henderson tartan kilt and dark grey tweed jacket
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
A mixture of pink tones, all floor length but slightly different styles and shades. I absolutely loved the finished effect although I wasn’t sure how exactly it would look until the day, it was even better than I’d hoped!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY for both. I had a MAC make up class (bought as a gift by my bridesmaid Helen) a few months before the wedding and had practiced hair styles. Originally I had wanted to have both done professionally but decided, after having trials, that I was more comfortable doing my own. The bridesmaids had their hair done at a local salon in our village.
All done by my Mum, Margaret Nugent, with the help of my sister and maid of honour, Sarah Forsey. They were more beautiful than I’d ever imagined, I was so happy with them all, particularly the bouquets and table decorations. The bridesmaid bouquets were a mixture of dusky pink and ivory roses, lysianthus, freesia and lots of greenery. My bouquet was made up of ivory roses, lysianthius, freesia, veronica and lots of greenery including rosemary which smelt divine. The men’s button holes were thistles, roses and rosemary. The flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day, they were so beautiful.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, the barn was stunning already. With the table decoration it really didn’t need much else. The hotel also had lots of great quirky and interesting features and the gardens were absolutely beautiful too, Alice in Wonderland meets the secret garden. The gardens are part of what attracted us to the venue in the first place.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
All flowers and table decorations (including church decorations and bridesmaid hair flowers) were done by the bride’s mother, Margaret Nugent and sister, Sarah Forsey. Sarah also made the table numbers, the cake topper (bride and groom felt birds, loved these so much!), and the handmade confetti (dried petals).
Invitations and save the dates done by bride’s brother, David Hatton. All stationery, place settings, table amusements made by the bride and groom. We had personalised children’s party bags and place settings made by the groom’s mother, Debbie Henderson) which were fantastic (see photos) and kept the kids amused for hours. Debbie also made the pew end decorations.
The favours were birdseed hearts made by the bride and friends. The cake was made by the bride’s friend, Sharon Binnersley. There were baskets of toiletries and flip flops for the ladies. The cake stand was found in a field by the groom’s father, David Henderson (a log slice!). We had a bucket of sparklers for the evening. We made a photo board of all members of the wedding party including a short introduction to them.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
No icing as we just don’t like it! I also don’t really like the look of traditional wedding cakes which I find a little too formal. We had a more rustic style with different types of sponges layered with jams, fresh cream and decorated with berries, mint and fresh flowers. It was just beautiful and tasted sublime. The bride’s friend, Sharon Binnersley, made it and it was topped with handmade felt birds made by the bride’s sister (Sarah Forsey). The cake stand was a log slice that was found in a field by the groom’s father (David Henderson)!
String Trio (Nero) at the church, close up magician (Chris Peskett), live band (Up Front, friends of the groom). The magician was simply amazing, the best we’ve ever seen. Our guests were totally enthralled by him, the magic was incredible and he had a great rapport with the guests, he was really funny too. Nero were great and played some of our favourite songs for the guests (while waiting for the arrival of the bride) which sounded fantastic played in a classical style. Up Front were fantastic, everyone was up dancing as soon as they strated and the dancing didn’t stop all night! Our guests are still talking about the magician and the band now!
On the day tips and advice:
Keep reminding yourself to take a breath and to take a moment to just take it all in. Walk slowly down the aisle. Try to enjoy each other on the day too (when you do get a moment together!). Don’t worry about everything being perfect, you really won’t mind on the day, it will be the best day of your life anyway. Take comfier shoes for dancing! Give yourself more time than you think you need to get ready in the morning.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Photos – Marie Lloyd Photography Marielloydphotography.co.uk
- Car – Darwin classic wedding cars, West Midlands
- Bridesmaid Hair – Muffets, Whittington, Shropshire
- Flowers – my Mum!
- Venue -Hundred House Hotel www.hundredhouse.co.uk
- Magician – Chris Peskett www.closeupchris.co.uk
- String Trio – Nero String Quartet www.nerostringquartet.com
- Live Band – Up Front, Oswestry, Shropshire
- Cake – my friend Sharon!
- Dress – Brides, Chester (Alterations by Altered Image, Shrewsbury)