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Danielle and Christopher’s beautiful Warwickshire countryside wedding, with Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography

Danielle and Chris’s wedding is beautiful: very much a quintessentially English celebration with handmade touches and the loveliest flowers you can imagine.

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The gorgeous couple married at a local church in Warwickshire and had a reception in a marquee near the bride’s family home. I just love the little details, and how lucky were they to have such wonderful weather?!

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Danielle is absolutely stunning: she’s such a pretty bride and I love how her eyes light up when she looks at Chris. They make such a wonderful couple. Danielle’s English Wedding Blog interview (scroll down!) is fantastic, and I wanted to share a snippet right from the start: “Don’t stress: what will be will be! Remember it is meant to be a happy day – you are marrying your love.”

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Images are by the wonderful Rob and Sarah Gillespie – do check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Danielle and Christopher

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.robandsarahgillespie.co.uk

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

They were incredible friendly, approachable and how can you argue with the end product they were fantastic. We had so many compliments and comments on how discreet they were and that helped with the photos they were not staged but natural and free!

Wedding venue:

We got married at our local parish church St Mary Magdalene in Tanworth-In-Arden

The reception was at the bride’s parents’ house in a marquee

Wedding date:

21st June 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A family affair full of love and laughter!

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

I cried and Chris just kept scrolling through in disbelief we were reliving the day and the parts we didn’t see. We were in MacDonald’s on our American road trip and must have stayed there for a good hour just taking them all in!

Your wedding style or theme:

English countryside

Where did you find your suppliers?

All over! Some were from local wedding fayres and others by recommendations of friends and family.

Best bit of budget advice?

Make it personal: this is your day so please yourselves, not others

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

The save the dates, wedding invites, menus and place names were all handmade by my mum and me

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes I cried before it was even on me properly!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Perfections, Worcester

Brand was Venus

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

I found my tiara at a wedding show made by Queenie and Lilley. I wanted something subtle not over the top.

My veil was cathedral length with Swarovski crystals throughout and purchased again at a wedding show

Jimmy Choo shoes in Kelsey

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

Tops and tails in a beautiful blue from Peter Posh

Paul Smith shoes

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dessy dresses in maxi length in chiffon in the colour Citron

Flower girls wore dresses made by my mom – they loved the big bow and the glittery skirt, and they kept twirling around.

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

I hired a lovely lady called Georgina from Beauty at Home to do my make-up. I had been going to her for facials for a few months prior to prep my skin then on the day she transformed me, and the makeup stayed put all day long: no touch ups required (maybe just some more lipstick after all the kisses!)

Our hair was done by a lady called Lynne and she prepped our hair the night before in rollers and then came back early the next day to fix it all in place. I loved my hair up and what she did with the bridesmaids was amazing they had the same style but placed differently and with different arrangements of gypsophila

Wedding flowers:

Pam and Studley Florist provided our flowers and we were blown away by how perfectly they suited our venue and theme. I had grasses, foliage, sweet avalanche roses, astilbe, gypsophila and lisianthus in my bouquet.

Chris had a west avalanche rose and gypsophila.

The bridesmaids had sweet avalanche roses and gypsophila and the flower girls had a basket with the same flowers in as my bouquet including a flower crown with gypsophila and small roses.

In our other floral decorations we included lots of peonies and hydrangeas. We used these on all the table centrepieces, throughout the sweet table, mail box, chalkboard menu, pew ends in the church and a floral arch on the exit of the church.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Not really – the marquee company provided a lot of customisable options such as the bar size and shape, dance floor styles and ceiling lights but the table arrangements with the flowers just lifted the room.

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

The cake and the flowers on the cake were handmade by my mom

Stationery and menus were made by my mum (Pamela) and myself

The chalkboard was hand penned by myself

The post-box for our cards was made by my husband (Chris) and topped with flowers from our florist)

The flip-flops provided to guests were hand glittered

The chair backs were hand sewn by my mum

Flower girl dresses made by my mum

We had collected and hand drilled all of the cake stands for afternoon tea

The children’s activity books we had designed

We also had personalised cocktails that came in a take away jam jar with ‘The Webbs Cocktail’s’ sticker on each one (pink for mine and green for Chris’s). People loved this! And we had designed and made these with a close friend

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

I feel it was traditional: a typical 5 tier white cake with sugar icing flowers but inside we had chocolate, victoria sponge, lemon cake and fruit cake to suit all tastes.

Entertainment:

We had a string quartet (Bellini Strings) on arrival for Pimm’s and canapés and for the wedding breakfast

A 7-piece band (Feel Good Factor) for the evening, which played a lot of old school funk and current hits too

Then we had a DJ (Galaxy Disco) until the early hours of the morning

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t stress: what will be will be! Remember it is meant to be a happy day – you are marrying your love.

And if something doesn’t quite go to plan on the day only you will know this: your guests will be oblivious as they haven’t planned it

What’s the best thing about being married?

It might sound like a cliché but having the constant love and happiness from your love, best friend and soul mate.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Ceremony venue: St Mary Magdalene church, Tanworth in Arden

The marquee was provided by: Fews Marquees, Chessgrove park, Ditchford bank road, Worcestershire. B60 4hs

Photographer: robandsarahgillespie.co.uk

Bride’s dress (boutique): perfections.ltd.uk, Friar street, Worcester

Hair: Hair for special occasions, Lynne Lynnebwright@hotmail.com

Make-up: Georgina grace, beautyathome.co.uk

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy Dresses: Ordered from America but we used a seamstress to alter and change them.

Ellie Alice, Bills lane, Shirley, solihull

Groom’s and ushers suits: peterposh.co.uk, Birmingham

Mother-of-the-bride outfit: Revolve clothes shop, 88 warwick street, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire Cv32 4QG

Flowers: studleyflorists.co.uk Pam Taylor-Hughes

Magician: chrispriest.com

Reception music: Bellini strings-Fiona Swadling bellinistrings.com

Band for the evening: The feel good factor – Paul.prokopiv@gmail.com

Catering: Aubrey Allen aubreyallenevents.co.uk Scarbank, Millers road, Warwick cv34 5db

Drinks: Purity brewing co, The brewery, Upper spernall farm, Warwickshire, B49 6JF

Confetti petals: http://www.shropshirepetals.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 November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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