Rachel and Matthew’s Sherbourne Park wedding is a glorious dose of summer with adorable puppies, fabulous flowers and delicate DIY detailing. It’s everything I love about English weddings: the sun shines, the smiles are everlasting, the venue is impressive and everyone is relaxed and having the time of their lives.
Rachel and Matthew are gorgeous – their images by regular English Wedding Blog contributors Rob & Sarah Gillespie are colourful, exciting and make me smile. It’s a wonderful wedding from beginning to end and I hope you’ll find yourself smiling along with me by the end of today’s feature!
For more from the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:
Our wedding story: Rachel and Matthew
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
As soon as we saw Rob and Sarah’s photos online we knew it was the relaxed style of photos we wanted to capture those special moments on our wedding day. They were friendly and professional and helped us to enjoy the day as they know what works.
All Saint’s Church, Sherbourne, Warwickshire
Sherbourne Park, Warwickshire
26th July 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A relaxed village fete wedding on a scorching summer’s day.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were thrilled looking at the photos for the first time. It was emotional reliving parts of the day and also seeing moments of the day captured from a different perspective. We love the photographs in the swimming pool as they’re a bit different!
Your wedding style or theme:
Loose village fete style
Where did you find your suppliers?
A lot of online research!
Best bit of budget advice?
Again, a lot of online research! It’s worth getting a few quotes before rushing into any decision and sometimes the most local suppliers aren’t always the cheapest. I also used Ebay to source a lot of decoration materials and made things myself where possible.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I looked at a lot of ideas on Pinterest and found a design I loved with real mini bunting although it wasn’t cheap so I decided to make them myself. I only needed brown card, natural string and a selection of cut off bits of fabric. I invested in a £5 glue gun and after many hours work they were done. I used the same design for the Orders of Service, Menu card and table plan.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I initially fell in love with a beautiful Claire Pettibone dress but it was too expensive for the budget so I carried on looking and eventually found a more affordable dress with beautiful fabric
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maggie Sottero- dress designer
Stunning Bride, High Wycombe- boutique (since closed down)
Dress seamstress- Dawn Bird Bridal Alterations
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
A beautiful vintage inspired china floral headband by Miriam at La Belle Epoque
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
A blue suit from Next
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Debanhams No. 1 Jenny Packham light grey embellished dresses
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair and make up by Melissa Birch, Perfect Image
Bouquets and button holes and filled milk urn decoration with home grown flowers from Honey Pot Flowers and cut flowers also provided by Honey Pot Flowers but styled by bride’s mother for table decorations.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The marque (Tents 4 Elements www.tents4elements.co.uk) came with loads of decorations such as bunting and lights and only needed a few flowers and photos to make it our own. We were lucky that it was so hot as we were able to open up the tent sides and look out to Sherbourne Park and the surrounding countyside.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
The stationery, table flower jars.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
A wedding cake made of cheese organised by the groom’s sister and a selection of cupcakes made by a friend of the bride’s (Lucy Locket Cakes).
On the day tips and advice:
Try and relax and let others help out and do the final checks before the ceremony. Take a deep breath before walking down the aisle- it goes so quickly!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Just enjoying life and knowing we’re there to support each other no matter what life may throw at us.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photographers- Rob and Sarah Gillespie- www.robandsarahgillespie.co.uk
Flowers- Honey Pot Flowers- www.honeypotflowers.co.uk
Band- Electric Band- www.theelectricband.co.uk/
Hair and Make Up- Perfect Image- http://image.vpweb.co.uk/
Venue- Sherbourne Park- www.sherbournepark.com/
Marquee- Tents 4 Elements- www.tents4elements.co.uk
Headband- La Belle Eqpque- www.labelleepoquevintage.co.uk/
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To submit a wedding send me just one or two of your favourite shots and a link to your blog. If I love them (I very often do!) I’ll email you back and send you my mini interview for brides and grooms to complete.