Morning! Today is a happy day for me… I get to feature the gorgeous real wedding which has graced the top bit of my blog for – ooooh, about 6 months already. Those flowers? They’re here. Which means I have a fabulously colourful, insanely beautiful, English farm wedding to share with you today. Yay!!
Jacqueline and Andrew are not only super gorgeous and stylish, they’ve also shared some brilliant budget tips too – so make sure you don’t miss their wedding story at the end of the photos. This is my favourite: “Have a 10%-20% contingency fund for the times where you fall in love with something which is just outside your original budget but will make the day that extra bit special for you both.”
Images are by my favourite Bristol wedding photographer, the awesome Joseph Hall. If you’re looking for a photographer in Bristol or Wiltshire, please look at Joseph’s website and social media:
Jacqueline and Andrew’s Winkworth Farm wedding story
Our wedding story: Andrew and Jacqueline
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Over the moon! Joseph captured some amazing shots, which are now proudly on display in various frames around the house. We were keen to get lots of natural shots of guests and capture what was happening throughout the day rather than forced group pictures (although we did squeeze in a few including an amazing group photo in the ceremony’s walled garden). On the day Joseph was great fun and not obtrusive, which is exactly what we wanted.
A beautiful converted barn and gardens set in the Wiltshire countryside. It was the first place we viewed together and by the end of our viewing it was exactly what we wanted. The owners took the time to walk us around the grounds and showed genuine enthusiasm in their business (and it’s understandable as the set up is amazing). The venue comprises a beautiful walled garden for the ceremony, lusciously green outdoor spaces for socialising, a recently converted main barn for dinner and a smaller barn for the entertainment in the evening. The owners were very professional throughout, making sure the day went without a hitch.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
An English summer’s day packed full of laughs with friends and family
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Thrilled at the results. They captured the day perfectly although we wished we had practiced being photographed together a bit more beforehand!
Your wedding style and theme:
No specific theme. We wanted a relaxed and fun day for everyone out in the English countryside
Any happy tears on the day?
We managed to hold it together, as did most of the guests.
How did the two of you meet?
We met in the second year of our undergraduate degrees at the University of Kent. We were paired together by our lecturer on an assignment. The rest, as they say, is history.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Andrew proposed on holiday in Antigua and even though it was all inclusive, the wedding diet started straight away. The serious planning got underway when we got back from holiday with the venue being booked around 4 weeks later. In total there were 13 months of planning, but once the main suppliers were booked, it was not too full on. The best part was choosing the wedding cake and wine as we got to test lots of samples. If you can supply your own drinks, we definitely recommend visiting a wine supplier such as Majestic, choosing 12 bottles and getting both families over for a meal and performing a blind taste test.
Best bit of budget advice?
– Agree up front what the priorities are for your wedding and set a realistic budget (research supplier costs, try to agree the guest numbers, split the budget by each key item such as food, drink, entertainment). Also have a 10%-20% contingency fund for the times where you fall in love with something which is just outside your original budget but will make the day that extra bit special for you both.
– Look for ways to save costs such as asking friends/family if they can help or do some of the smaller things yourself (table decorations/plan or guest book).
– Negotiating is quite difficult if you are having a summer wedding and booking good suppliers well in advance
– There are always things you don’t think of at the start, such as postage for invites and it can soon add up
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Jacqueline’s sister produced some amazing invites for us. We produced the table plan and numbers ourselves.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I tried loads of different styles and liked them all, but as soon as I put on the eventual dress, I knew it was the one.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Dress was from Love Me Do brides in Kingston upon Thames
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
A diamanté hairband from Love Me Do. Matching necklace and earrings by John Richard at Debenhams. The star of the show was the Christian Dior shoes
The groom wore:
Head to toe Ted Baker. A 3 piece suit in charcoal grey with lime green tie and dark brown shoes
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids dresses were from Coast. We decided on quite a neutral colour in order to show off the vibrancy of the bouquets. The flower girl’s outfit came from monsoon.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My long time hairdresser travelled to the venue to do my hair and make up. I am so glad she did as it was much better than what I could have done and lasted the entire day
A friend of the family recommended the Flower Factory in Swindon. We had an idea of the colours and styles, but didn’t really know what type of flowers we wanted, so we let them use their judgement. They did an amazing job and we loved them!
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Jacqueline: trying to remember to look up when I walked in, even though the garden floor was cobbled and I had heels on.
Andrew: First seeing Jacqueline walk into the garden. She looked stunning.
Jacqueline’s mum chose to read the apache wedding prayer from the novel Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold. She did a fantastic job.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was already beautifully decorated. We hired one or two decorations for the main room and added flowers for the tables. We also added personal photos of meaningful locations around the world onto each table. We decided on a non traditional guest book, getting guests to make finger print characters using paint and leave messages. In the garden we provided some games to keep people entertained and lots of booze!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
A bit of both. We had individual miniature naked sponge cakes in 5 different flavours and a main cake for cutting at the top. Everyone commented on how delicious the cakes were and wished they could have had more than one. The cakes were produced by La Papillon patisserie in Woking, Surrey.
In the evening we had a band and a DJ. We found the band at a local wedding fair where they played an acoustic set which blew us away. We had to stretch our budget a little in order to get the package we wanted but it was totally worth it. On the day they did a fantastic job at getting everyone on the dancefloor playing a mix of pop and rock based on a playlist we chose from their extensive catalogue.
A good friend of ours kindly agreed to DJ during the band’s breaks and at the end of the night. He played a mix of commercial dance and pop which kept the party going. Andrew also DJ’d later in the evening which I think was his main objective for the day. We recorded the DJ set and listen to it occasionally which brings back great memories.
On the day tips and advice:
– Make sure you take time to enjoy the day. Don’t worry about how everything is running, the suppliers and venue staff will take care of that.
– Practice smiling in photos together. We didn’t and it shows! [You look amazing, both of you!!! C x]
– Don’t worry too much if you can’t spend the time you want talking to everyone, they will understand.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing we have many more years of fun together
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue: Winkworth Farm http://www.winkworthfarm.com
Photographer: Joseph Hall http://joseph-hall.com/blog/
Flowers: The Flower Factory https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flower-Factory/163812335966
Band: Jukebox http://www.jukeboxfunctionband.com
Food: Relish http://www.relishevent.co.uk