Elinor – beautiful, stunning bride and super stylish lady! – told me she never wanted her wedding day to end. She married Nick at lovely Hendre Hall a few weeks ago, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share their day with you lovely blog readers today.
Friends and family “ambushed” Elinor’s plans for dressing the venue the day before the wedding… and did the most amazing job turning a blank canvas into a really exciting and pretty space which Elinor and Nick really loved. How sweet is that?!
Their day was relaxed with a touch of rustic charm and a focus on fabulous food with an amazing party atmosphere. I love how Nick and Elinor keep smiling all day long… they make my wedding blog look fantastic! 🙂
Huge thanks to lovely Tony Fanning Photography for sharing all the images with us today. Tony is based in North Wales and shoots weddings around the country. You can find out all about him here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Elinor and Nick
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Extremely pleased – both Tony and his assistant Chris were amazing – we felt so at ease from the very first time we met Tony and he invited us in for a cup of tea and a jammy dodger!
Church – St Marys Llanfairpwll, Anglesey
Reception – Hendre Hall, Tal y Bont
9th May 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
No! Ok I’ll try,… perfect, fun, amazing, a day that I never wanted to end …which is probably why we went to bed at 3am!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Lots of smiles…. so happy and great seeing parts of the day that we hadn’t seen.
Your wedding style or theme:
Relaxed and a bit rustic
We wanted a relaxed day and then a great party at the end …which is exactly what we had!
Where did you find your suppliers?
They were all local except the Cornish Ale and pasties that we had sent up the day before (We lived in Cornwall for a while)
The food was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! Lucy and her team did an amazing job.. each table was asked to go the salad bar and when we returned there were two HUGE platters one of meat and one of seafood. They included steak (cooked perfectly) sticky ribs, sausages, herb crusted chicken, lamb cutlets, whole trout, prawns, crab claws, scallops, langoustines and more.
This was all cooked on BBQs outside… everything was cooked to restaurant standard .. I was so happy I left the table part way through the meal to go and thank Lucy and her team because we couldn’t believe how perfect it was. There were a lot of happy and very full people after dinner – but still managed to tuck into the homemade ice cream by Lucy. Throughout the evening Nick had lots of people coming up to him and saying ‘Have you tried the ice-cream?!…it’s amazing’…’try the ice cream!’
There are no words to explain how perfect the food and the service was….except for PERFECT!
Best bit of budget advice?
Preloved.com was great – even just for inspiration.
Make sure you know what is important to you but be open to some advice! Originally we didn’t feel a good photographer was the top of our priorities however a few people said to us that the photos are the one thing you keep hold of after the day… and it’s true – I look at our wedding photos every day and they take me straight back to the day.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Our invitations were made by ‘Feel good invites’ – Ger who was our main point of contact was amazing. http://www.feelgoodinvites.com/
We designed and made our own on the day stationery – it felt like a nice touch for us.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Of course! But I feel I ‘wore’ the dress from climbing over seaweed covered rocks in my wellies to dancing for hours with friends and family
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Wedding Belles – Llanfaripwll, Anglesey http://www.weddingbellesbrides.co.uk/
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I decided to go with a headpiece rather than a veil – I felt the dress was so pretty already it didn’t need anything more. The headpiece I chose had a diamante ‘string’ that the hairdresser draped around my hairstyle
A wonderful friend of mine – Belinda – made my earrings. I had found the bridesmaids earrings online and they were perfect as matched the two colours of the bridesmaids dresses and the ivory of mine – but I felt they were too big for me.. so Belinda made me some to suit what I wanted and they were perfect.
Belinda also lent me her bracelet as my something borrowed.
My shoes were one of my best buys – they were from Irregular Choice – I bought them while they were on sale – and even after a lot of looking at other ones – i couldn’t find anything that even came close – I loved wearing them! I did also have some sparkly pumps for dancing and walking over the cobbles outside the venue!
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Nick’s suit was from Moss Bros. we knew from the start that he would have a blue suit and we wanted him to stand out from the groomsmen who were dressed in grey.
Nick had some very smart shoes from Jones the bookmaker.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls (Sarah, Cindy and Laura) wore twobirds dresses – which worked perfectly and they could each have it how they preferred. Sarah did change her look throughout the day!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
The professionals! I am so pleased we did! I really wanted a relaxed, natural feel, as someone who does not wear make up on a day to day basis. I was very pleased that we had a trial before hand as that let me relax on the day.
They were amazing – I felt so at ease during the morning and also i felt so confident with how I looked which, with the amount of photos was a good thing.
They also did my mums and bridesmaids hair and make up and we were all very happy!
I had a hand tied bouquet with Amnesia roses – the girls had a similar bouquet but with pink roses to go with their dress.
The flowers were by Carol at Acacia flowers, Valley, Anglesey http://www.acaciafloristanglesey.co.uk/
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
YES! It was pretty much a blank canvas – we loved the venue and the style of it so didn’t want to over decorate and lose the feel of the building.
We had planned to go and decorate on the Friday with some friends – however a few days beforehand I was ‘ambushed’ by a friend, Sarah, who proceeded to tell me that there had been discussions and they felt that Nick and I shouldn’t go to the hall on the Friday – but that they would decorate it so that it would be a lovely surprise when we arrived on the Saturday.
They were very surprised when I agreed straight away as I usually like to stay in control but I trusted them completely and felt it was a wonderful gesture and feel very lucky to have amazing friends.
It took all day from 9am till 7pm with 8-10 people there all the time, to say they were a bit broken on Friday night was a bit of an understatement.
When we walked in for the reception and to see they had created the image I had in my head into reality – I was amazed… and so happy.
The basis of it was bunting and paper hanging lanterns – no key colour theme but mainly pink yellow and green (pastel shades)
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Quite a few bits really – the table plan on the blackboard – with the tables named after various places we had been on holiday – with photos of us in each of the places.
We had photos of us growing up which joined to photos of us together.
Nick’s brother had made this wonderful photo board for us a surprise which was lovely.
We ordered some Welsh cakes for our wedding favours so Nick wrote all the tags for them.
Nick also collected 80 pieces of slate which we used as our place names.
We started doing some decoupage but our kind friends Mandy and Tom took this off our hands and did it for us – so the Mr and Mrs, the date (09 05 15) and ‘LOVE’.
A lot of ribbon was tied around the jars for some flowers and tealights.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had two! Nick is a chocoholic but we didn’t find a chocolate cake that we liked enough so we went for a three tier naked cake (Chocolate – bottom, Victoria sponge – middle and a lemon cake for the top layer). The cake was by Jane Rose – http://janerosecakes.com/en/
I had been speaking to Belinda about the lack of a chocolate cake and she offered to make a Groom’s chocolate cake specifically for Nick.
Belinda makes delicious cakes so I obviously said yes!
Nick is a Mining Geologist and loves surfing so Belinda made a surf board as part of the decoration and also a miners hat that had a REAL lamp as the head torch… it was fantastic and the cake tasted delicious.
The DJ we had was Red Rooster Discos – they were great, played the songs we requested and kept the dancefloor going all night and were even willing to stay a bit longer so we could keep dancing as we weren’t ready to go home!
One of my highlights of the day was dancing to my friends who are in a band ‘Mandezi’ – the guys are close friends of mine since university as I lived with most of them at some point. I have always loved listening to them play live.
They were AMAZING …everyone thought they were brilliant and then when they finished the whole dancefloor was shouting ‘one more..one more’ which was a brilliant reception for them – it makes me smile now just thinking about it!
On the day tips and advice:
Pay all your suppliers beforehand so you don’t have to worry if your internet connection goes down or there is no money left in the cash machine (both of these things happened!)
Trust the people you are working with – I thought the times the make up artist and hairdresser gave me were quite excessive – ‘how is it going to take from 7 am to 12pm to get 5 people ready…?’ we finished exactly at 12pm!
Enjoy every minute and take a few moments to sit back and watch your friends and family….it is a wonderful moment to realise how lucky you are to have these people in your life.
What’s the best thing about being married?
After being together for 12 years before getting married I didn’t think it would make a difference…but it does! I love being married and being Nicks ‘wife’! Still getting used to that!
I think what getting married has really shown us – is how we have such wonderful friends and family and we are very very lucky.