Sometimes a wedding is far too pretty to say no to, and sometimes a wedding is so pretty it takes seconds for me to squeal “yes pleeeeeeeease!” at my inbox! Jade and Lawrence’s big day shot straight into the latter category and I know you’ll love it too.
The gorgeous couple were married at Hedingham Castle in Essex and their day was relaxed, pretty and with lots and lots of DIY details. Jade and Lawrence saved money by asking friends and family to help out, and they also chose to ignore the traditions they didn’t like… which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the way to do it!
Jade is absolutely stunning, rocking a superb dress by Lou Lou Bridal and timelessly glamorous red lipstick – her bouquet is as individual as it is classy: white tulips are all a girl needs when she looks this good. Gorgeous, gorgeous girl!
Images are by the fabulous Sam & Louise Photography who are based in Essex. Do check them out:
Our wedding story: Lawrence & Jade
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Very – Sam & Louise made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and night, there weren’t any moments where we felt like they were in the way or out of place, we couldn’t have hoped for better photographers.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A relaxed informal atmosphere with everything exactly as we wanted
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were in absolute awe, the photos were exactly what we wanted, nothing too formal or cheesy. The posed photos are very stylish and classy and the natural photos captured the day beautifully
Your wedding style or theme:
Classic – with a hint of Shabby Chic
Where did you find your suppliers?
Most suppliers were found locally, or recommended by friends and family
Best bit of budget advice?
Do as much DIY as possible, it will feel much more personal and you will really feel like you have created something amazing when you see it all come together on the day.
Get your friends and family involved and use their talents (hair, make up, cake making etc)
Just because it’s ‘Tradition’ to have certain things doesn’t mean you have to do it. We both hate chair covers so we decided to not bother, that saved us loads!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Invitations were from The Contemporary Card Company
Jade wrote all of the place names by hand on luggage tags and each was tied to a miniature jar of Tiptree Jam
Lawrence made all of the table names and table plan
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, instantly. I didn’t try many but I knew they style that I wanted so it was quiet easy.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Lou Lou Bridal
The Wedding Trousseau in Epping (Debbie is amazing)
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Hair piece – Glitzy Secrets
Earrings – H.Samuel (gift from my brother)
Necklace – Vintage pearl necklace (Lawrence’s mums. She wore them for her wedding) Also used as my something borrowed.
Ring – Opal ring (my mums, it was my great grandmother’s engagement ring) Also used as something old.
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Groom’s suit was from Peter Anthony Bespoke, the best men and father of the bride suits were rented from Cole’s in Epping
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Marks and Spencer dresses
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair – my hairdresser (Scott) is a close friend and he did my hair. One of my close girlfriends (Jess) did the bridesmaids’ hair with Scott’s help.
Make up – Jo Warner is a Chanel Make up artist. She did my make up when I was a bridesmaid for a friend’s wedding and I loved it so she did all the girls’ make up (Bride, Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride).
Islington Green Flowers in North Weald. India was incredible.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
There wasn’t a lot of decoration needed for the ceremony; we only placed lanterns along the aisle. The rest of the décor in the castle itself was perfect.
In the marquee we supplied some decoration, but the style on the venue was very close to what we wanted, so we felt there was no need for things like chair covers, ribbons, etc.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We used jam jars on each table to hold candles, each jar was wrapped with different types of ribbon and filled with metallic gravel. The Jars all came from friends and family who had been collecting them for us in the lead up to the wedding.
Lawrence created the table plan from frames around the house only a few days before the wedding. The table names were redesigned movie posters, which Lawrence created in Photoshop and printed at home, these were a culmination of our favourite movies.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky, we had cupcakes of different flavours and a large carrot cake to cut. All of the cakes were created by the Groom’s sister Nicola.
The evening DJ’s were Definitive music, and were recommended by the venue.
On the day tips and advice:
Relax and enjoy it, everyone is there for you.
What’s the best thing about being married?
As we have been together for 9 years nothing much has changed but one of the best things is hearing Lawrence call me his ‘Wife’ when talking about me, that feels very special.
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