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A super pretty springtime country wedding at South Farm, with Jude Middleton Photography

I think it’s the first time I’ve ever featured sleepy little piglets on the English Wedding Blog… but they’re sooo adorable!! And they’re the loveliest introduction to South Farm… a venue which today’s gorgeous bride will tell you is a worthy investment, a welcoming space and a fabulous place to get married!

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Bex is more than gorgeous – she’s incredibly beautiful and looks radiant on her wedding day. She wears a divine wedding dress with the sweetest lace detailing, and her only accessory is the dried flowers in her hair (which are my absolute favourite thing!)

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Bex and Rob sourced their wedding suppliers through venue recommendations and “good old-fashioned Google”, with friends and a very artistic family helping with invites and creative touches. Their wedding styling is wonderfully colourful and Bex’s paper poms are just stunning!

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Images are by lovely Jude Middleton Photography, whose work you can see here:

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Don’t forget to read Bex and Rob’s interview after the photographs… it’s more than brilliant, I think I love it more than piglets!

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Bex and Rob

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.judemiddleton.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

Our venue recommended half a dozen photographers. We chose Jude after meeting with her and seeing her work.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

Definitely! Jude and her assistant Lexi were great! We had an engagement shoot with Jude beforehand, which really put us at ease and made the wedding day run really smoothly.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Excited ….. and relieved! We didn’t have a videographer so we had a lot resting on the photos! Jude did a brilliant job and we are both really pleased with them.

Wedding venue:

South Farm, Royston (www.south-farm.co.uk)

Wedding month:

May

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Everything we had hoped for, plus lots of dancing!

Your wedding style or theme:

Country, springtime

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

We found some suppliers through our venue but I also relied on good old-fashioned Google.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

If friends and family are happy to help – let them! We had (I think!) willing volunteers to help with the decorations, stationery and cake. Definitely a great way to save a bit of money and make the day personal.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The venue. We were really pleased we settled on South Farm. Countless guests commented on how beautiful the venue was and how brilliant the staff were. Particularly our event manager Ali, she was a star!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

It was a labour of love, but thankfully not mine! My brother, an artist, kindly designed the wedding invites and save-the-dates.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

There were two dresses in the running. I loved the lace on one of them, which in the end swung it!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Sottero & Midgley Brides of Berkhamsted

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I decided not to wear any jewellery (other than my wedding ring!) but I wore dried flowers in my hair, which I bought from www.notonthehighstreet.com

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

The groom, ushers and father-of-the-bride wore a Ted Baker suit that we hired from Moss Bros. I was really pleased with the ties that were eventually found at www.swaggerandswoon.com

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I was set on getting 3 spring colours whilst avoiding the price tag of “custom-made” dresses. It took a marathon shop around Westfield with one of my bridesmaids but we finally found these in Monsoon and I was really pleased with them!

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

Tori Harris (www.toriharrismakeup.co.uk) did our hair and my make up. She was really great and took the stress out of getting ready.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?

I don’t know that much about flowers so lucky Crazy Daisy (www.crazydaisyflowers.com) led the way. I did however choose lily of the valley in my bouquet, in memory of my Nan.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The venue is beautiful and really doesn’t need decorating….. however….with enormous help from my mum, husband (still sounds weird) and ushers – we filled the barn with pom poms (based on the colour of the bridesmaid dresses). With a venue that size, I think you have to go big and bold! I enjoyed doing the little touches, but I think they were mostly for my satisfaction and probably went unnoticed by most!

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

With the help of my mum, we managed to fill a number of evenings with craft-based activities! I was pleased with the table runners but I think we were most creative with the table plan. I wanted to do something a bit different (as everyone does!) so we pegged individual envelopes onto an obelisk of sweetpeas. I think it worked really well and is still looking pretty in our garden!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

I’m not a huge lover of cake so didn’t want to spend too much on one. We bought the cake from M&S but it was brought to life by some rice paper butterflies and the brilliant skills of my sister-in-law (another artist!). It received many compliments!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had the fantastic Tomcats (www.thetomcatsjazz.com), a jazz band, playing as people entered the venue and during the drinks reception. They were brilliant and created a great atmosphere. We also had an excellent DJ (www.seismicdisco.co.uk) who kept the dance floor full all night long! Their lighting was also great and captured really well by our photographer.

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t be nervous! I was pretty nervous on the morning of the wedding – not from cold feet(!) but nervous in case something went wrong. Nothing did, but even if it did – there’s nothing that you can do so my advice would be relax and enjoy!

What’s the best thing about being married?

It’s all pretty good! Although we’ve only been married a couple of months…….

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Venue: South Farm, Royston (www.south-farm.co.uk)

Photographer: Jude Middleton (www.judemiddleton.co.uk)

Dress: Brides of Berkhamsted (http://www.bridesofberkhamsted.com)

Hair and Make-up: Tori Harris (www.toriharrismakeup.co.uk)

Florist: Crazy Daisy (www.crazydaisyflowers.com)

Childcare: Stephanie Wallis (www.safeandsoundmobilecreches.co.uk)

Jazz band: Tomcats (www.thetomcatsjazz.com)

DJ: Seismic Disco (www.seismicdisco.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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