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An elegant black-tie late summer party at Eridge Park, with Steve Fuller Photography

There’s a wonderful story behind every wedding, and you really mustn’t miss today’s! Samantha and Jamie are not only gorgeous – like, ridiculously stunning, the pair of them! – but they have shared some lovely pearls of wisdom in their English Wedding Blog interview. What a super couple… you’ll love them!

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For example, Samantha did an hour of yoga on the morning of her wedding. What a wonderful way to relax! Every guest had a personal, handwritten message on the day, and there were no expensive wedding favours. The advice from today’s bride is priceless: “Spend on the memorable and impactful elements and cut back on those that seem important during the planning stages but on the day are quickly forgotten.

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Images are by documentary wedding photographer Steve Fuller, who is based in Kent. Steve told me Eridge Park was a wonderful wedding venue with breathtaking views of the Kent countryside – it’s a private home with space for a garden marquee which meant Samantha and Jamie had the perfect blank canvas to style their day as well as incredible grounds and landscapes to enjoy!

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Samantha and Jamie

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.stevefullerphoto.com

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

Yes absolutely – he is fantastic. Steve is discreet, a joy to work with on the day and his reportage style is timeless. He captured our day so perfectly and each photograph is so precious to us.

Wedding venue:

Frant Church, East Sussex followed by Eridge Park, a private estate 10 minutes away overlooking the Sussex countryside.

Wedding date:

6th September 2014

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

Our favourite day and our best memory

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

We were so excited! We were in French Polynesia on our honeymoon at the time and we couldn’t open the file quick enough. To re-live our day through Steve’s photographs was a special moment and a great addition to our honeymoon trip.

Your wedding style or theme:

An elegant black-tie late summer party

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

12 months

Best bit of budget advice?

Spend on the memorable and impactful elements and cut back on those that seem important during the planning stages but on the day are quickly forgotten. For example, instead of individual favours we offered guests a choice of macaroons presented on a dessert stand in the middle of each table. Instead of confetti, we threw dried lavender; it was affordable and also smelt divine! Its amazing how small flower displays on each table can mount up. I introduced two large pedestal arrangements either side of the top table and rented bay trees to line the walkways. Not only did this create impact in the marquee but it also cut costs within the styling budget.

Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:

Paperless Post is amazing; affordable and stylish. We chose a design and carried the same art-deco gold and white style throughout.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My best friend is a bridal consultant and she helped me to find my perfect dress after hours of unsuccessful dress shopping in London. I had the Sassi Holford Valencia design in my mind and Naomi found the exact silhouette in Mikado silk for me and we worked with an incredible dress designer to add French lace, tailor the skirt and style the finishing touches with me.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

The dress was designed by Charlotte Balbier and adapted by Martine Jeffereys at Isabella Grace Bridal.

Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:

I wanted to keep the look quite simple but added a lace edged veil, small drop diamonds and pearl hair pins. I also wore my late grandmother’s engagement ring that my father handed down to me on the morning of my wedding day. I’d been in love with it since I was a little girl and I was very close to my grandmother so it was a very special moment.

Suited and booted – the groom wore:

He wore two outfits with a morning suit for the church service and a black-tie suit for the party.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I was unsure of my colour choice at first but I went with long black dresses and it ended up working really well with the theme. The dresses were bought from America and London and my girls looked stunning!!

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

We all enjoyed going to a salon on the morning of the wedding to get our hair styled. The girls doing our hair spoilt us with champagne and I enjoyed the break from the hotel where we went back to get our make-up done by a brilliant artist from Space NK. Seriously, the girls at Space NK know their stuff and I can’t thank them enough.

Wedding flowers:

I kept things simple with large white hydrangeas and fresh greenery in my bouquet and in the marquee.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We had a marquee in the grounds of our venue so it needed loads of planning and styling which I loved as I work at an interior design company. I styled it myself and worked with a fantastic team to bring it all together.

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

My favourite hand-crafted element was the hand-written note cards in which I delivered a personal message to each guest and used as place cards. It took a long time but it was something I treasured doing and it was remembered.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We went for a simple two-tier gold and white cake dressed with a pink hydrangea from my father’s garden.

Entertainment:

We had a jazz band during the dinner and for the first dance, followed by an amazing DJ who played soft house. As the sun set we felt like we were in Ibiza and the dance floor was busy all night.

On the day tips and advice:

Enjoy every moment and don’t put yourself under too much pressure. Our wedding wasn’t until 3pm so I had the time to relax and build up to the ceremony. I woke up with my best friends and did an hour of yoga in the garden to help me focus and stay centred. Also give yourself some time alone to reflect on what you are about to do and don’t panic if things don’t go exactly to plan. Whatever happens you WILL have the most amazing day!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Spending every moment possible with my best friend. Jamie is an amazing guy and we have so much fun, getting married has been the best thing we have done – so far!

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Photographer: Steve Fuller www.stevefullerphoto.com

Bridal Boutique: Isabella Grace Bridal http://www.isabellagracebridal.com/

Seamstress: Martine Jefferys http://www.peepinc.co.uk/

Tailor: Hardman and Hemming http://hardmanandhemming.co.uk/

Styling: The Decorative London Ltd www.thedecorative.co.uk

Marquee: Cavendish Marquees http://www.cavendishmarquees.co.uk/

Marquee Dressing: Bows Hire http://www.bowshire.co.uk/

Caterer: Amuse Private Caterers http://www.amuseprivatecaterers.co.uk/index.html

Florist: The Floral Workshop http://www.thefloralworkshop.co.uk/

Jazz Band: Dan Banks Jazz http://www.danbanks.co.uk/

DJ: John Houghton http://www.djjohnpage.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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