The day has finally arrived… I’m sooo excited to be teaching my first Manchester calligraphy workshop today – we kick off in an hour or so. Eeek!! But of course, lovely blog readers, I still have a fabulous wedding to share with you today 🙂
Laura and Tom achieved something pretty rare – they styled an incredibly sophisticated and elegant wedding in a magnificent historical venue, and they made all the finer details by hand. I’m more than impressed: this isn’t as easy as you might think: to create handmade stationery and decor – even the vases – by hand, AND do it so well they fit perfectly in a venue like this… it’s pretty special!
Laura’s absolutely stunning and Tom’s smile lights up the pages of the English Wedding Blog today – they make the most gorgeous couple, and I’m really proud to be sharing their wedding with you today. They married at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, and found most of their wedding suppliers online.
Images are by the exceptional Rob and Sarah Gillespie. Do check out their website and previous features on the English Wedding Blog:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Laura & Tom
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Pleased isn’t the word, we can’t explain how happy we are with Rob & Sarah. We know we definitely chose the right photographers for us.
The whole process has been wonderful, from first meeting them for a cuppa, to pre wedding shoot fun, and finally the big day. Rob & Sarah have felt like our friends, as well as being completely professional, and producing outstanding work. So many of our guests have commented on how lovely a couple they are, and how their natural style of photography meant they could enjoy the day without realising their photos were being taken.
Coombe Abbey, Coventry, Warwickshire
25th April 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
An intimate fairy tale wedding filled with love and laughter.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
When we watched the slideshow that Rob and Sarah had put together, I cried the whole way through, twice! They are a fabulous husband and wife team, whose photos took us right back to our wedding day, with all the fine details, emotions, and atmosphere that they captured of the whole event. We absolutely love them and couldn’t have asked for more!
Your wedding style or theme:
We went with tartan and lace, with the Scottish influence due to Tom’s Scottish heritage and our love of Scotland. Our colour theme was navy and ivory, which tied in with the colour in the tartan and my wedding dress. Even our confetti matched the theme, as we had scented ivory delphinium and blue cornflower petals (Shropshire Petals).
Where did you find your suppliers?
Mostly through Internet searches, however we found our flowers and cake suppliers through family/ friend recommendations.
Best bit of budget advice?
Don’t skimp on what’s most important to you. We are so happy we allocated more of the budget to the most important aspects (e.g. the photographer). We found it worked well to identify a total ideal budget first. We made a list of all the things we wanted, and ordered these by importance to us. We then divided the ‘budget’ accordingly, keeping a running total of actual costs along the way.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I am really lucky to have such a talented Mom. Together we designed and hand made the save the date cards, invitations, table planner, place names, table names, menus and wedding card post box. We designed and made our own personalised cards for the Bridesmaid and Best man, as our way to ask them to take on those roles. I couldn’t have done it without her!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely! It was the complete opposite of what I had in mind but the second I tried it on I knew it was the dress for me. I loved wearing it on the day and didn’t want to take it off!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I didn’t have my dress from a boutique, buying it off the peg, I had to have it altered privately, as it was way too long! Sona at Sutton Bridal Studio did an amazing job of the alterations and if I thought I loved my dress when I bought it, it was nothing compared to how I felt when Sona had finished with it – it was perfect!
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Jewellery by Jon Richard and lace wedge shoes from Debenhams. I can’t remember the name/ make of my headband and veil but they were from Sutton Bridal Studio where I had my dress alterations done. The headband was pearl and diamante detail and the veil had small pearl and diamante details around the edges, these coordinated well with the pearl and diamante details of my wedding dress.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
The groom and best man wore highland wear. We chose black watch tartan, a favourite of Tom’s Nan and in keeping with our colour scheme. Hired from Slaters, Birmingham.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had one bridesmaid, my little sister, whose dress was ivory with a navy sash from BHS. My mom’s mother of the bride outfit co-ordinated perfectly with this being ivory with navy lace.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professionally, by Louise and Caroline from Warwickshire Bridal Hair and Makeup who did a fantastic job and catered to our individual needs with no problem.
Louise and Amanda at The Flower Shop at Home listened to and understood my likes and dislikes during planning and I couldn’t have been happier with the flowers on the day – they were beautiful!
I had a small bouquet of ivory roses and freesias with blue thistles and eucalyptus leaves. My bridesmaid had a smaller version of my bouquet to match. Buttonholes were an ivory rose with pearl/gem beadwork for the ladies and ivory rose with eryngium for the men. Flowers following the bridal theme, were used in the ceremony/ top table arrangement, filled the arrangements of various sizes of hand decorated vases on the guest tables, and also formed our cake topper. We had small sprigs of lucky white heather in the bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole.
My bridal bouquet caused emotions to run high when I revealed it had a charm attached, featuring a picture of my late Grandad. As I was very close to him, it meant a lot to have him with me when I walked down the aisle.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We chose Coombe Abbey for its character both outside and in, and its beautiful grounds. Due to the beauty of the rooms, we didn’t feel the need to go overboard on decorations and I feel the small touches we had were just perfect. We created a romantic ambiance in the ceremony room with lots of candlelight that twinkled against the natural beauty of the dark walnut room panelling.
The bedrooms are all quirky and unique at Coombe Abbey and we were lucky to be able to spend the morning getting ready in these rooms and their features greatly enhanced our photographs. We then had the amazing Lady Craven suite for our bridal room on the night of the wedding.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
My mom and I decorated all of the vases for the table flower centrepieces; we had varying sizes of vases which we decorated with ribbons and gems, arranged on mirror plates with floating candles and scatter gems. My mom hand-stitched a vintage brooch onto my bridesmaid’s sash, and diamante embellishments onto her shoes.
Again the save the date cards, invitations, table planner, place names, table names, menus and wedding card post box, were all designed and hand made together with my mom. Everything had a navy ribbon and a diamante gem attached to ivory pearlescent card, and mounted on navy backgrounds. The ribbon and gems differed in styles and sizes to create individual but co-ordinating stationery. We made two different menus, a large adult’s and a small child’s version. Everything we made had the navy/ivory theme .
Our wedding favours were homemade Scottish tablet hearts tied with navy ribbon by Tracy Smith of ‘Little Luxuries’, which we were very pleased with.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We chose a 3 tier ivory wedding cake with elegant, simple detail that I had seen while browsing on Pinterest. We showed the picture to our cake supplier (Make A Wish Cakes) and they recreated it beautifully. The top 2 tiers were sponge cake and the bottom layer was fruit and it tasted amazing! This was topped with a mini version of my bouquet flowers.
We had a DJ (Discos – UK) on the evening that we booked through Coombe Abbey, he listened to our requests and interacted with our guests brilliantly, this resulted in our guests happily dancing the night away!
On the day tips and advice:
Go with the flow, enjoy every second and try and take the time to take a step back and take in everything that’s going on around you – just as they say, it really does go in the blink of an eye!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Nothing has really changed, which is a good thing, but becoming Mrs Nock after 10 years together is definitely a nice feeling 🙂
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue: Coombe Abbey Hotel – http://www.coombeabbey.com
Photographers: Rob & Sarah Gillespie, Wedding Photographers – http://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk
Hair/ makeup: Warwickshire Bridal Hair & Makeup – http://www.warwickshire-makeup-artist.co.uk
Flowers: The Flower Shop At Home – http://www.theflowershopathome.co.uk
Cake: Make a Wish Cakes – http://www.makeawishcakes.co.uk
Wedding dress alterations: Sona at Sutton Bridal Studio – http://www.suttonbridalstudio.co.uk
Kilt Hire: Slaters – http://www.slaters.co.uk
Entertainment: DJ – http://www.discos-uk.com
Confetti: Shropshire Petals – https://www.shropshirepetals.com
Favours: Homemade Scottish Tablet – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/xLittleluxuriesx
Stationery materials: The Hand Crafted Card Company – https://www.thehandcraftedcardcompany.co.uk
Coombe AbbeyDiscos UKHandcrafted Card CompanyLittle Luxuries EtsyMake a Wish CakesRob and Sarah GillespieScottish themeShropshire PetalsSlatersSutton Bridal StudiotartanThe Flower Shop At HomeWarwickshire Makeup Artist