Morning lovely! I’m feeling very summery this morning… with all the wonderful weddings I’m seeing on Facebook and photography blogs I can’t stop smiling and looking forward to a wonderful summer! I have something really lovely to show you this morning… a super pretty English wedding from one of the most charming outdoor wedding venues I know. You’ll love this…
Sue and Darren were married at The Pavilion at Lane End, a lovely venue in Buckinghamshire and one of only a few licensed to host both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies.
Images are by my lovely friend Heni Fourie Photography: Do check out Heni’s website and social media if you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your own wedding in Buckinghamshire or the surrounding area:
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HeniFouriePhotography
twitter – @henifourie
English Wedding Blog – http://english-wedding.com/heni-fourie-photography
Your names: Sue & Darren
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Thrilled! We asked for natural photographs and Heni really caught our day perfectly. Our photographs capture our guests really enjoying themselves and having fun, which is exactly how we wanted our day to be.
Wedding venue: The Pavilion at Lane End
Wedding date: Saturday 30th May, 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A beautiful day for family and friends with lots of laughter and fun!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Wow! They captured our day perfectly. We especially loved the pictures of our children and our niece.
Your wedding style and theme:
Country Garden with a dusky pink and mint green colour scheme.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We booked the wedding 16 months in advance, spending approximately 6 months planning the day.
Best bit of budget advice?
DIY where you can, to give your day the personal touch.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We used an online company to order our wedding stationery called Paper Themes. The invitations were ivory and personalised. Classically simple.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did. I saw the dress online and fell in love with it. I found a local bridal boutique that stocked it, tried it on and brought it. I knew it was the one!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner – The Ivory Wardrobe, Woburn Sands.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Tiara brought from an independent jewellers in Leighton Buzzard called To Have and To Hold. They made a bespoke necklace and bracelet for me to match the design of the tiara, as I wanted something simple, as the neckline was high on my dress at the front.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
A custom fitted grey suit, with an ivory and dusky pink waistcoat and dusky pink cravat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid both wore dusky pink dresses by Mori Lee, in slightly different styles. My Flower Girls wore mint green dresses with pastel-hued flower appliqués down the bodice from Monsoon.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We all visited my own hairdresser New Images Hair and Beauty in Dunstable for our hair and applied our own make-up at the venue.
The Daisy Chain in Princes Risborough supplied all flowers in a mixture of ivory, pinks and greens. These included by bridal bouquet, wrist corsages for the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid, single stem roses for the Flower Girls (they also carried mint green JellyCat fluffy bunnies), rose buttonholes for the Groom and his groomsmen and corsages for the Mother of the Bride and Groom. A garland decorated the garden gazebo and matching table centrepieces inside looked and smelt fantastic!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We used chair covers with either a pink or green sash for the ceremony and then moved the chairs indoors for the wedding breakfast. Little touches like rose petals on the tables and hurricane lamps on the terrace tables all contributed to the final look we achieved. We also set-up a table for the children outside to occupy them during the drinks reception. The table included chrisps, chocolates, balloons, bubbles, props for photographs and straws for drinks all matching the colour scheme of the wedding. We hired a balloon artist to entertain the children during the drinks reception. http://www.wayne-wonder.com/
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
I made the table plan myself. I wanted something simple, yet classic and achieved this by purchasing a large collage photograph frame and printing my own inserts.
I also incorporated the idea of a candy buffet into my wedding favours and with the help of my Maid of Honour we put a mixture of pink and white sweets into cellophane bags and tied them with an ivory ribbon.
I made our younger wedding guests boxes filled with treats to keep them busy during the wedding breakfast. These were handed out at the beginning of the meal to tables where the children were seated and were presented as a gift from our children. They contained; colouring pencils, coloured paper, notebooks, wedding activity packs, party hats, plastic glasses in the shape of stars, stickers, bracelets for the girls and stretchy worms for the boys. The children were entertained throughout the meal!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky! Chocolate cake decorated with seasonal fruit and white chocolate curls. We ate it for breakfast the next day and it was delicious!
Balloon artist (see above) for the children, who also stayed for the first 45 minutes of our wedding breakfast and performed some close table magic and our DJ for the evening kicked off with a mini disco for our younger guests, which started the party early!
On the day tips and advice:
Be well organised in advance to enable you to relax on the day and enjoy every moment.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Groom & Groomsmen http://www.mossbroshire.co.uk/?s=bingHIREppc
Bridal Accessories http://www.tohaveandtoholddunstable.co.uk/