Morning beautiful! I hope you’re in the mood for lots and lots and LOTS of wedding loveliness… because I have far too many gorgeous images to show you this morning. You might need two cups of tea. Nicola and Russell’s rustic spring wedding is just wonderful!
After a lovely church service Nicola and Russell headed to Blake Hall for their reception, which blended rustic detailing with traditional elements for a perfectly pretty but super stylish wedding look.
I adore the shots of the venue with all the twinkling lights – images are by lovely Charlotte at Three Flowers Photography, whose website and social media links are here for your viewing pleasure (two more cups of tea needed – so many beautiful pics to enjoy!)
Nicola and Russell found suppliers locally and online. Before the big day Nicola used Pinterest for ideas and then looked for local suppliers who could turn her styling ideas into reality. It worked like a dream… come see!
The English Wedding Blog interview: Nicola & Russell
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Charlotte was fantastic, she helped us a lot in the preparation leading up to the wedding so we knew what to expect, and also reassured us if it rained that there was always a plan B! We have been really happy with our photos and would recommend Three Flowers Photography to anyone getting married.
All Saints Church, Writtle and Blake Hall, Ongar.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
The best day of our lives.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were really thrilled with our wedding photos, it was so exciting to see them after returning from our honeymoon. We sat and looked through them continually as there were elements of the day that neither of us had seen, e.g. getting ready and people arriving at the church. We also loved the option of being able to install an app on our phones as it’s such a handy way to show friends the highlights of our day!
Your wedding style or theme:
Spring wedding with a rustic yet traditional theme.
Where did you find your suppliers?
Some suppliers were recommendations from friends and a lot of ideas came from Pinterest. I then tried to hunt down local suppliers that could make our ideas a reality!
Best bit of budget advice?
Prioritise – think about the most important parts of your day and where you want to spend most. For us it was definitely catering and our band, these were the things that people really remembered.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery: Russ’s brother is a graphic designer and kindly created all our stationary, from the invites to table plan and menus. They were truly unique and fitted in perfectly with our theme.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did! I have to admit that I wasn’t sure to start with but after looking in a few other boutiques, I knew that it was my favourite. After ordering it I never had any doubts and loved going to each of my fittings to see it again! The flecked skirt was original and something I hadn’t seen on any other dresses.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Jesus Peiro from The Bespoke Wardrobe, Ingatestone.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I had Emmy opal daisy hair pins and a floor length veil. For our evening reception I wore a heavily beaded belt and removed my veil to change things up a bit!
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Russ had his three piece suit tailor made by Fox Tailoring and had a navy spotted Hugo Boss tie, all the other male wedding party had plain navy ties so he could stand out.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our bridesmaids wore mint green dresses from Ted Baker
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional all the way! This is definitely not my strong point so we were always going to hire people to help. My hair was put into a very secure but messy up do which helped to show off the beautiful lace on my dress. Our make-up was kept quite natural but using the airbrushing it meant it stayed on all day and night.
Wedding flowers: To tie in with our Spring wedding, I picked mint green bridesmaids dresses but had bright pink flowers to provide contrast. Our florist was amazing and did a fantastic job of delivering exactly what we wanted. Freesias were included in my bouquet as a memory to my Nan as it was her favourite flower. Gypsophila also featured in the church as pew ends and in a giant heart above our top table.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
It did indeed! The barn was essentially a blank canvas which was great as it meant we could put our own stamp on it. The Friday before our wedding was spent putting everything in place with suppliers finishing everything off on Saturday morning.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We made all our table numbers and spent a long time sourcing bunting and other small touches which helped our wedding feel more personal.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Our cake was quite traditional, four tiers of vanilla sponge, with butter icing. We included sprigs of flowers used for the bouquets and centre pieces to fit in with our overall theme.
Clints Jazz Band – who were just brilliant! They played amazingly and had everyone up and dancing. They even played a longer set as our guests were stamping their feet saying “we want one more!” before they went home!!
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t panic! Everything works out ok in the end and even if it’s heavily raining in the morning the weather can still get better!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to feel like you’re officially part of each other’s families and knowing you have that forever.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photographer: Three Flowers Photography www.threeflowersphotography.co.uk
Wedding Venue: Blake Hall, Ongar, Essex www.blakehall.co.uk
Wedding Dress: Jesus Peiro www.thebespokewardrobe.co.uk/jesus-peiro/
Nicola’s Shoes: LK Bennet Russ’s Shoes: Russell & Bromley
Grooms Attire: Fox Tailoring www.foxtailoring.co.uk
Transport: Gold Chauffeur Services www.golddrive.com
Flowers: Willows Flowers www.thewillowsflowers.co.uk
Stationery by Russ’s Brother
Cake: The Sugar & Spice Cake Company www.sugarspicecakeco.co.uk
Décor: Vintage Style Hire www.vintagestylehire.co.uk
Illuminated Letters: Vowed and Amazed www.vowedandamazed.co.uk
barn weddingBlake HallClints Jazz BandFox TailoringGold Chauffeur ServicesJesus PeiroThe Bespoke WardrobeThe Sugar & Spice Cake CompanyThe Willows FlowersThree Flowers PhotographyVintage Style HireVowed and Amazed