A fabulous snippet of advice from today’s couple: “We did as much as we could ourselves and kept things as simple as possible so that we could spend more on the things we knew we would be able to keep forever.”… and one of the best tips I’ve heard in my years as a wedding blogger. Nina and Alex are officially awesome! Oh, and they’re a beautiful couple too…
Once again The Wedding Shop in Colchester gets a great review on the blog – and when you see how amazing Nina looks it’s obvious why! (I love reading great things about wedding suppliers, it makes me so happy for our little industry!) She accessorised with her Grandmother’s pearls wrapped around her wrist, and champagne satin peep toe shoes by Karen Millen… and she looks so elegant and beautiful.
Another fantastic idea for other couples is Alex’s speech: he didn’t want to stand up and make a speech (and I’m totally in agreement that you shouldn’t do anything you won’t look forward to on the day!) so he made a video which went down a storm with guests… and meant he could relax and enjoy it too.
Images are by the fabulous Terri Pashley Photography. Terri photographs weddings all over the UK and worldwide. She says, “my job is to capture every laugh, secret tear and silly dance move of this once in a lifetime event! My signature style is capturing beautifully natural & romantic images with an editorial edge.” Find out more here:
Our wedding story: Alex and Nina
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, so pleased. We both hate posing for photos so we wanted someone who could capture really natural moments for us. We were so lucky to know Terri’s work before and thankfully she agreed to shoot our wedding for us and we couldn’t be more pleased that she did!
St Germanus Church, Faulkbourne and reception at Maidens Barn, Chelmsford.
3rd October 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Our wedding was a happy, romantic and laid back day surrounded by family and friends from all over the world.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were quite emotional when we saw our photos. The day went by so quickly that when we got the phots back we saw things we hadn’t noticed on the day. Terri did a great job at capturing the natural, romantic shots we really wanted.
Your wedding style or theme:
Romantic English garden
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Save where you can so you can spend on the things that matter the most to you. We did as much as we could ourselves and kept things as simple as possible so that we could spend more on the things we knew we would be able to keep forever.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Alex is a Graphic Designer so we designed all our own invitations and stationery. It made it really personal and meant we could have something that really reflected our own style that was unique to us as well. We were both really pleased with the results!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I had a dress disaster by buying a wedding dress I wasn’t really sure about at first. My bridal boutique were really understanding and let me select dresses to be brought into the store to try on. I kept seeing photos of brides in my dress and it looked so elegant that I knew I wanted to try it. When it came in I fell in love with the shape and its classic look. The dress was actually strapless but the shop’s seamstresses altered it so that it had sleeves and a gorgeous back which was completely my style. I then added the belt from another dress which matched the colour of my shoes to finish it off!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Enzoani. The Wedding Shop, Colchester.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I don’t wear much jewellery so I kept it simple by wearing my grandmothers pearl necklace which my mum wrapped around my wrist. I felt like I had a piece of my grandmother with me on the day and it was my something old and something borrowed. My something blue was a gorgeous blue opal from Kenya that Alex bought me as a wedding gift which I sewed into my dress for the day.
My shoes were one of my favourite things and the first thing I bought. They were champagne satin peep toes covered in diamantes from Karen Millen, I fell in love with them as soon as I saw them and my mum made me a silk lace garter with a ribbon to match.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Alex’s suit was from Burton’s, he didn’t want to wear a formal, wedding suit so it was ideal for him. The colour and cut suited him so well and he finished it off with a pale green tie he found online and brown brogues. Rather than matching suits, the groomsmen wore the same tie and buttonhole which was more informal and matched our theme.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids looked stunning, I was so pleased with their dresses. They wore a floor length pale green multiway dress from InOneClothing to match the groomsmen. The dresses were perfect as they can be worn in so many different ways; I let my bridesmaids choose how they wore theirs so they would be comfortable on the day. The company even had a maternity dress made for one of my bridesmaids which had extra length in the front to keep it level. I then bought them matching jewellery for the day and let them decide how they wanted their hair and makeup.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I decided to hire professionals for my hair and make up to reduce stress in the morning. I had trials for both and was really pleased with the results. I opted for airbrush makeup so that I wouldn’t need to reapply during the day.
I always knew I wanted all white flowers for my wedding. I chose baby’s breath for my bridesmaids and the groomsmen and all the other flowers were a mixture of baby’s breath, roses and hydrangeas. We kept it simple for the church, opting to add lots of candles and some pew ends and a rose screen for the ceremony and then really focused on the reception tables. We had lots of different sized glass and silver bottles filled with flowers to really complement our theme.
Our florist was one of our best suppliers; she really captured what we wanted for the day and brought the whole theme together.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We filled our church with candles and flowers but it didn’t need much to look amazing as it has so much charm already. Our reception venue was a beautiful barn so we just added our own touches; flowers, photos, candles and an my grandfather’s suitcase to collect our cards. Our florist did much of the work when she arrived, adding many of the final finishing touches that people really noticed and loved.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We tried to do as much as we could ourselves to save money. We made all the invitations and stationery as well as our own sweetie bar and photo booth. We then decorated the church and our reception venue with some friends the day before the wedding.
We also asked people to help us:
My mum made my garter as well as homemade confetti from her garden – she even restored some of her old baskets to put the confetti in for the ceremony along with my grandfather’s suitcase for our cards.
Alex’s dad made the signs for the day as well as our music choices for the wedding breakfast and PA system for the speeches
Alex’s nan helped with some of the calligraphy on the day – we bought glass bottles with ‘1 year / 5 years / 10 years & 20 years’ on for people to write notes on to read on our anniversaries.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky/simple. We only like butter icing on cakes and we wanted something a little different so we chose a naked cake with three different flavoured layers (Victoria sponge, lemon and champagne strawberry) it then had lots of butter icing between each layer and was decorated in flowers from our venue. It was delicious!
We kept it simple with entertainment with only a DJ in for the evening. He was recommended by our venue and our guests loved him, so many commented on the music choices and the dance floor was busy all night.
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t feel pressured to do things you don’t feel comfortable with. Alex didn’t want to stand and give a speech so he made a video to play on the day. Me and all our guests were in tears and we get people complimenting us on it even now. It meant that Alex could relax and give a speech he knew he was happy with and it is much more his style than a traditional speech. It goes to show that adapting the rules can give the best results!
We just tried to relax and enjoy the day as you spend so much time planning for it and it goes so quickly. We made sure we spoke to all our guests at some point during the day but also took some time out just to be together. One of our favourite parts was going for a walk at sunset. It was our photographer’s idea so we could get some shots but it gave us 20 minutes to relax and reflect on the day together.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We always smile when we see post arriving though the door to ‘Mr and Mrs’ but the best thing is building your future with your best friend and knowing you are part of each other’s families for the rest of your lives.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Church – St Germanus, Faulkbourne
- Reception – Maidens Barn, Chelmsford – www.maidensbarn.com
- Photographer – Terri Pashley Photography – www.terripashleyphotography.co.uk
- Videographer – Peter at “If It Moves” videography
- Dress Boutique – The Wedding Shop – www.theweddingshop.uk
- Suit – Burtons
- Florist – The Traditional Vintage Flower Company – www.tradvintflower.co.uk
- Bridesmaid dresses – In One Clothing – www.inoneclothing.com
- DJ – Piano DJ – www.pianodj.co.uk
- Cake – The Sugar and Spice Cake Company – www.sugarspicecakeco.co.uk
- Make up – Georgie Makeup – www.georgiemakeup.co.uk/
Burton'sChelmsfordEnzoaniGeorgie MakeupIf It MovesInOneClothingMaidens BarnPiano DJSt Germanus ChurchSugar and Spice Cake CompanyTerri Pashley PhotographyThe Traditional Vintage Flower CompanyThe Wedding Shop