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An English country garden wedding in Henley on Thames, with Hannah McClune Photography

Hats off to the wonderfully named, beautiful Kelly Kelly for today’s wedding report, which is awesome, full of advice and ends with one of the best comments ever! Kelly married Chris last summer, and I wanted to show you their wedding which is full of inspiration for summer couples. I think you’ll love it!

Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (36)

Of course there’s plenty of sunshine in today’s blog feature, and while it’s suddenly gone back to winter in the real world (I mean seriously – roll on May!!) we could all do with a dose of warm and shiny, right?

Kelly is just gorgeous: I adore her hair and she’s such a fabulous looking bride, with a smile which has had me grinning back at my screen all morning 🙂 She shares some fab tips and advice in today’s wedding report, which follows all the lovely pics. Don’t miss it!

Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (15)

Images are by the fabulous Hannah McClune Photography. Hannah is based in Reading, Berkshire and photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here:

The DIY details are fun and pretty; the flowers are beautiful and were done for a fraction of the usual price; and the reception styling is classic English country fete – everything about today’s wedding is lovely and I hope you enjoy today’s feature!

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Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (1)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (2)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (3)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (4)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (5)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (6)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (7)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (8)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (9)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (10)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (11)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (12)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (13)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (14)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (16)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (17)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (18)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (19)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (20)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (21)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (22)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (23)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (24)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (25)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (26)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (27)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (28)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (29)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (30)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (31)
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Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (33)
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Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (35)
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Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (39)
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Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (41)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (42)
Shiplake Memorial Hall, Henley on Thames wedding blog. Images by Hannah McClune Photography (43)

Our wedding story: Chris & Kelly Kelly

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.hannahmcclunephotography.com/

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes very much so, Hannah made our family and friends very relaxed and captured our day perfectly.

Wedding venue:

Henley Town Hall ceremony followed by Shiplake Memorial hall for Reception

Wedding date:

19/7/14

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

English country garden meets vintage village fete, the most amazing day with our family and friends!

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

Really special seeing our guests enjoying themselves and the whole day captured. You spend the day in a bubble so it’s nice to get some of the images back to re-live the day.

Your wedding style or theme:

English country garden

Where did you find your suppliers?

All word of mouth. The flowers were done by a work colleague’s niece who is at college. Food from a supplier used by friends. Hannah our photographer was recommended by another local photographer.

Best bit of budget advice?

You can do lots of inventive things yourself and the internet is really useful on comparing prices. I heard that the flowers were the most expensive item for a wedding and after friends confirming they had spent over a thousand pounds in this area I was determined to look at other options to drive down price. I researched what I wanted and visited a flower market 2 days before and bought in bulk. A young lady I knew through a work colleague was on a college course studying floristry and wanted to help for the experience. The total cost of the flowers with stock and time worked out at just over £300, they looked so professional and beautiful.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Zazzle.co.uk – Designed the invites online

Tree of Hearts – Thank you cards using the group photo from our wedding day

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Not at first, I guess like many other women I thought I was a different shape to what I am, however Windsor Brides were really lovely and showed me what they thought would suit my shape whilst working the brief I gave. When I tried the dress on I really wasn’t sure but my mum and sister were really complimentary and my niece whispered to me ‘Aunty Kelly, that’s the one’. Now looking back at the photos I love the dress and would pick it every time.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Maggie Sottero – Windsor & Eton Brides

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

Vintage leaf slide for my hair – J crew Regents Street London

Bracelet – Windsor & Eton brides

My Nans wedding band

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

Ted Baker Suit

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Adult Bridesmaids Pink Dresses from Karen Millen

Young girls wore Monsoon Pink dresses

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

Sophie Small – sophiesmall.co.uk

Wedding flowers:

Western International Flower market Hayes. Arranged by Meredith Dibble

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We decorated the entire hall by ourselves the day before the wedding with help from family and friends. I used Pinterest as a mood board and took ideas and the bits I liked to create the style I wanted -Vintage garden fete. The Memorial hall was perfect to dress as it had that old fashioned old English village hall look and we added touches around it. The Black and white chess board dance floor looked stunning with fairy lights around the space.

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

  • Confetti – Using hole punches from Hobby craft and crepe paper using the colours that matched our theme
  • Glass jam jars collected for months – adding glitter and tea lights
  • Green bottles hanging in trees with flowers arranged in them
  • Soap dispensers in the toilet made from a Bombay sapphire in bottle for the ladies and a Jack Daniels bottle for the men’s
  • Love sign in lights on the stage
  • Map of our travels on the wall paying thanks to the honeymoon collection and next stop Cambodia
  • Stones collected from the beach that guests wrote messages on so we can use them in our garden or plant pots rather than a traditional book
  • Straw Bales in the garden with throws

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

My Sister made the wedding cake, she is such a talent. I wanted plain but very stylish. It was a sponge cake with butter cream and white icing, 4 tier decorated with pearls for a quilted look.

Entertainment:

DJ played from the moment the guests arrived at the reception, very chilled music. We stepped it up in the evening so all our guests could dance the night away.

We had lots of kids invited on the day which I always think makes a wedding, we provided blow up guitars, Glow sticks and photo props so this provided part of the entertainment watching everyone have lots of fun.

On the day tips and advice:

Luckily my Best friend and bridesmaid used to work as a wedding planner so I used her wedding spreadsheets for planning and details and a timeline on the day that listed out supplier details and timings of all actions, this really helped ensure everyone was aware of what was going on throughout the day.

The best advice I can give is to not get bogged down with lots of different themes and ideas but stick with one and build around that keeping everything tied into together.

What’s the best thing about being married?

You get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend and share all of life’s experiences. Plus I have the funniest name!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Nyama Catering – Nyamacatering.co.uk

Tops dance floor – Topsmarques.co,uk

DJ – Luke Delany eight ray music – www.youtube.com/eightraymusic

Flowers – Bought from Western International Market Hayes, arranged by Meredith Dibble http://www.the-windowbox.co.uk/

Makeup – Sophie Small www.sophiesmall.co.uk

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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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