Hey everyone! What a week it’s been on the blog, we’ve featured some amazing real weddings and I have yet another incredibly inspiring big day to share with you on this lovely Saturday morning. You may have noticed lots of real weddings by photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie on the blog recently – these guys are awesome and have been submitting such fantastic weddings… and as I’m always looking for more, you’re welcome to submit too! Tell your friends, share on Facebook… the more English weddings we can feature, the better!
So let’s introduce gorgeous bride and groom Amy and Jamie. First of all, I love their rhyming names 🙂 and second of all I adore everything about their whimsical woodland wedding. You will too, I know! There are rustic flowers with exciting textures; fabulous backdrops for stunning portraits, magical romantic moments and let’s not forget Amy and Jamie’s adorable dog Mae in her wedding finery… how cute?!
Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out more of their work via their website and on the English Wedding Blog:
Shall we get straight to those gorgeous photos? Don’t forget the English Wedding Blog interview at the end of the feature – Amy and Jamie have done us proud!
The English Wedding Blog interview: Amy & Jamie
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were beyond happy! Rob and Sarah captured the day perfectly and the photo’s surpassed all expectations!
The process itself was great too; The pre-wedding shoot really put us at ease and got us used to being snapped and on the day Rob and Sarah really took charge which is a god-send when you are trying to rally countless guests for group shots! And the couple shots were just amazing!
They were lovely and helpful when it came to deciding on the album lay-out too as it’s so difficult to narrow it down and they were so understanding and patient – and the final product just blew us away!
Packington Moor Farm, Lichfield, Staffordshire
I must mention how incredibly helpful and accommodating the team at Packington are. They made the planning of our special day so painless and kept our minds at ease at all times (and believe me, I bugged them a LOT). Aside from it being a stunning venue, Andrew, Jo, Penny and the entire team are incredible at what they do and the day itself went off without a single hitch and it was all thanks to them.
October 4th 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A whimsical, rustic, autumn woodland fairytale.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Tears of utter happiness! We received the preview slideshow on the day we returned from our honeymoon and it was truly the best gift to come home to! We re-lived the day over and over again.
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic, autumn woodland was the general theme and the reception was inspired by our many trips to Glastonbury Festival.
Where did you find your suppliers?
Mostly online, although I struggled to get a florist as our wedding fell on the same day as The National Wedding Show at the NEC so most florists were booked up for that. After a minor panic we found our florist as she did the flowers for our venue’s tasting event! It was meant to be!
Best bit of budget advice?
I’m really not the best bride to ask; I didn’t exactly stick to ours! All I would say is shop about, and where possible, make as much as you can yourself; A wedding is a great excuse to get crafting! I made all of my bunting and lots of the decorations (with help from friends and family of course!)
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We used A Bird & A Bee wedding stationery for our invites and RSVP’s.
My dad is a dab hand at calligraphy so he was tasked with the place names which were brown luggage tags tied around personalised jars of chutney.
I made the table names myself – These were photos of us at Glastonbury over the years with each table named after a stage at the festival.
Wedfest made our stunning seating plan which was a spin on a festival line-up poster.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Completely! I wish I could wear it every day!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Designer – Justin Alexander
Boutique – Emily Eve in Birmingham – these girls are amazing at what they do! I cannot recommend highly enough. I was initially very overwhelmed by the dress shopping experience and within ten minutes of arriving they had helped me work out the dress shape that I wanted and that narrowed the search down in an instant. After that it only took a few dresses for me to find ‘the one’! They really took the stress out of it which was a miracle!
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I kept it simple with lots of small white flowers in my hair with pearls scattered in between and my jewellery was borrowed from much loved family members. A beautiful diamond bracelet from my mom, and a ring which belonged to my late mother-in-law was my something borrowed. My shoes were ivory crocheted court shoes which I made sure were comfortable. They also buckled round the ankle so they weren’t going anywhere!
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Tweed!! We found some gorgeous tweed suits from River Island for the Groom, Best Man and Father of the Bride. The Groom wore a slightly darker brown that the other two groomsmen so they really complemented one another. They had tweed jackets, waistcoats and trousers, with 3 quarter sleeve shirts and brogue shoes. We wanted a more informal look so didn’t bother with ties or cravats. The whole ensemble was finished off with a pocket watch for that classic vintage look!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had one bridesmaid, my Maid of Honour. My best and oldest friend.
She wore a beautiful gold lace dress from Phase 8.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hair was done by my long serving hairdressers – Utopia Salon in Tamworth – I love those ladies, they are miracle workers!
Make up was absolutely gorgeous. It was done by a very old friend of mine, Nives Bradley, who just happens to be a professional make-up artist! And a brilliant one at that! You must check out her website as she has some pretty impressive credentials…
Shaw Lane Flowers. Joy is simply an artist in floristry! She took on board all of my preferences and produced the most stunning pieces for the day which really complemented the whimsical woodland theme of the entire wedding! She even threw in some autumn leaves and berries!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue itself is already so beautifully rustic, it really fitted with the look we wanted before we even started to think about decorations. This meant we could keep it fairly simple on the decoration side.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
I made miles and miles of bunting from some lovely fabrics, as well as many metres of autumn leaf bunting. This was all strung up in the reception room. We made table runners from hessian. In the ceremony barn I wanted to leave the chair backs bare so I simply filled some glass jars with bunches of dried wheat and placed them underneath the aisle-end chairs – they looked so effective. I also used a wicker picnic hamper as a place for guests to put their cards.
Other than this we scattered some baby pumpkins around the place and a few milk jugs with bunches of wheat and it looked wonderful!
I even made a lace collar for our pooch, Mae, who was guest of honour for the photographs!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky! We opted for a cake made entirely of cheese! It was served with pickles, chutneys, grapes, crackers and all the trimmings – hmmmm!!!
For the none-cheese lovers, me and my Maid of Honour made a fruit cake which was fed rather a lot of brandy in the weeks running up to the wedding!
We had the most amazing band! Dr Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 – seriously, check them out – they absolutely made the whole experience and went down a storm with all of the guests. Definitely one of the highlights for us.
Dave Dee Disco’s provided our DJ and they were a joy to deal with in the run-up.
On the day tips and advice:
I know every one says this, but it really is so important – take it all in, and enjoy every single second of your day. It is over before you know it. And when the day finally arrives, leave all of your stress behind – little things might go wrong, but only you will know about it and it really doesn’t matter! It is often the little imperfections that make the best memories!
What’s the best thing about being married?
As cheesy as this may sound, the best thing is that nothing has changed. We are still the exact same couple as we were for the 10 years we were together before tying the knot, and that’s just lovely. I feel proud to be called wife to my lovely husband! I love the fact that we both have the same surname now which makes us feel like a proper little family unit (we’ve even changed the dog’s surname at the vets!) And the novelty of being a ‘Mrs’ still hasn’t worn off!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue: Packington Moor Farm: www.packingtonmoor-events.co.uk
Photography: Rob and Sarah Gillespie Photography: www.robandsarahgillespie.co.uk
Make up – Nives Bradley: www.nivesclaremua.co.uk or on Facebook search Nives Clare Make Up Artist.
Hair: Utopia Salon, Tamworth: www.utopia-salon.co.uk
Dress: Emily Eve, Birmingham: www.emilyevebridal.com
Flowers: Shaw Lane Flowers: www.shawlaneflowers.co.uk
Band: Dr Bluegrass and The Illbilly 8: www.facebook.com/drbluegrass
DJ: Dave Dee Disco’s: www.davedeediscos.co.uk
Invitations: A Bird and a Bee Wedding Stationery: www.abirdandabee.co.uk
Seating Plan: Wedfest: www.wedfest.co.uk