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Chris and Kate’s beautiful hydrangea wedding in Staffordshire, with Samantha Jane Photography

Kate and Chris’s wedding is divine: a luxury summer celebration with fabulous white hydrangeas and a marquee reception at Kate’s parents’ farm. It’s beautiful: Kate told me they had lots of help from their families to plan and style the perfect day… and oh, didn’t they just!

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The white hydrangeas make a bold statement; Kate’s bouquet is gorgeous. The images are wonderful – Samantha Jane Photography gets a glowing review from the happy couple. “We thought the photos were amazing and really told the story of the day, capturing moments that myself and my husband didn’t always get to see.

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Look out for gorgeous bridesmaid photos, snazzy sunglasses and those striking hydrangeas… today’s wedding is as fun as it is beautiful, with lots of lovely little details and of course a stunning bride and groom!

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Our wedding story: Kate + Chris

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.samantha-j.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Delighted!

Wedding venue:

Local church wedding followed by a marquee at my parents’ farm

Wedding date:

26th July 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

The best day of my life!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

We thought they were amazing and really told the story of the day, capturing moments that myself and my husband didn’t always get to see.

Your wedding style and theme:

Fun, country wedding

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

18 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Be prepared to haggle and decide which things are most important to you and which areas you are prepared to give on.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Printed4u

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Absolutely

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Stewart Parvin Bridal

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

Jimmy Choo shoes which were a gift from my lovely sister and pearl jewellery which was a wedding gift from my husband (organised by my sister so he could take the credit!)

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

Top hat and tails

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Bespoke dresses from the super talented Kirsty Doyle, kirsty-doyle.com

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

If I was going to look at these pictures for the rest of my life I had to get a professional! Help came in the form of Rebecca Frances who made the entire bridal party look amazing.

Wedding flowers:

I am very lucky to have a sister in law who has her own floristry business; I imagine I was the most difficult client she will ever have!

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Not really, we wanted the beautiful surroundings to be the main feature and to have a relaxed feel. My poor parents and mother in law spent the whole summer growing trees and planting pots that we used to decorate the marquee and surrounding areas.

DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…

In keeping with the fun feel my incredible sisters made hangover kits which were the favours, my father in law spent the day before the wedding gluing vases to mirrors. All of the signage was made by my in laws, my husband designed all of the stationery and my mum made the card post box. Not to mention a last minute dash by the father of the bride on the morning of the wedding to buy extra vases after an accident with a few of them over night.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Traditional – baked by my mother in law

Entertainment:

We had a pianist playing during the reception followed by Motown Gold in the evening. The rodeo bull, bouncy castle and photo booth also provided a lot of drunken entertainment.

On the day tips and advice:

Relax and enjoy it – it goes so quickly, cliché but it really does. Oh and if you are a professional event manager as I am ensure you nominate someone to be the point of contact on the day so that you can relax.

What’s the best thing about being married?

The honeymoon – only joking!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photographer – http://www.samantha-j.co.uk/

Dress – Stewart Parvin

Bridesmaid dresses – kirsty-doyle.com

Marquee – Blithfield Events http://www.blithfieldevents.co.uk/

Florist – Flower Times www.flowertimes.co.uk

 

 

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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  • Vickerstaff Photography
    3 years ago

    Some awesome moments, a bride riding a bull is always going to be a winner!

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