Morning lovelies! Time for a splash of colour and a dash of craftiness… because today’s English Wedding Blog stars are beautiful couple Helen and Ben, whose bright and funky May wedding is simply glorious! I adore their colourful style, and the attention to detail not just in the homemade elements of their day but in the thoughtful touches which made it truly personal.
Helen turned her hand to papercrafts and more in the run up to their big day. The invitations, table plan and orders of service were all home made, as well as the blackboard timetable, guest envelope board, photobooth, signpost outside the venue, bike flowers and basket decorations… but the loveliest touch of all is that Helen had kept notes and letters from friends and family over the years, which she placed at their tables to some very mixed and wonderful reactions on the day!
I adore the look of their day – and you know me; I can never say no to a stunning wedding blog like this. The flowers are perfect for the style of the day, and one of my favourite touches is the striking signpost (to Bali!).
The English Wedding Blog interview: Helen and Ben
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were so happy. We feel like we didn’t see her all day yet she captured every moment – I don’t know how she did it! We wanted a mixture of relaxed and modern formal shots alongside the must have ones for relatives requesting.
Snape Maltings, Suffolk
23rd May 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Absolutely everything we dreamed of and made perfect by being surrounded by all the people we love.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We had all the family round, moved extra sofas into the lounge and had cups of tea at the ready. Ayshea had made a slideshow so we could sit back and ooh and ahh at all the right places. Tears and laughter – along with the occasional ‘grief look at my double chin’ moments! We watched it 3 times that evening!
Your wedding style or theme:
The colour theme was ‘Indian summer’. We wanted a relaxed feel with homemade touches.
Where did you find your suppliers?
Through friends and the internet.
Best bit of budget advice?
Have one!! I planned one thing to do every weekend – we had 18 months of planning – and from this I could set a limit on how much to spend. Don’t forget postage stamps and leave enough extra for those last minute decisions for decorations- bound to happen!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I made the invitations, table plan and order of services myself. They were a labour of love and school holiday crafting.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I loved my wedding dress. We tried on many dresses of all shapes and sizes, visited many over-priced and conveyer belt shops but felt completely at home and welcomed in the Jewellery Box (now Ashton Jayne Bridal) in Felixstowe. I had it taken in from a size 14 to fit me perfectly – nothing was too much trouble.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Ben bought me some beautiful pearl earrings (something new), I had a silver sixpence in my shoe from my littlest bridesmaid Maisie and a veil that I didn’t want to ever take off!
My something borrowed and old was the button off my grandmas wedding dress put as the last button on the train of my dress. My dressmaker sewed a blue ribbon bow inside the dress.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Next blue suits and brightly coloured socks
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
John Lewis floral dresses and custom dyed cardigans to match the colour of the Maid of Honour’s dress from Debenhams.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Victoria Fox Make up based in Kesgrave, Suffolk came to us on the day and made over myself and my mum.
Triangle Nurseries. I honestly have never seen flowers as beautiful. They were perfect and the service was faultless – we had a consultation and constant email contact throughout.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Snape Maltings is beautiful. We had minimal decorations inside just flowers bought from the church downstairs and a few brightly coloured tissue paper pompoms.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Order of Services, Blackboard timetable, Guest envelope board, photobooth, signpost outside the venue, bike flowers and basket decorations, photo collages.
I am a bit of a hoarder and over the year I have kept notes, letters, photos and cards from friends and family. I put these inside an envelope for each person and left it in their place at the meal. It was so lovely to see peoples joy and embarrassment at letters 10 years old or family photos from years past as we sat down. It was a great icebreaker for mixed tables to begin the celebrations.
When the evening food had finished and people were well on their way to merriness we bought out stick on moustaches for the men and flip flops for the women. The flip flops were much appreciated and the moustaches were turning upon children, beer glasses, dancing uncles and even being used as elaborate eyebrows – many laughs had!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
The wedding cake and cupcakes was from Sainsburys bakery counter. My very kind friend picked up 160 cupcakes on the Friday evening and carefully drove around the Suffolk countryside with them in the back of her car to drop them at Snape. She and my maid of honour then wrapped them in the cupcake wrappers to add a dash of colour.
We had an acoustic guitarist for the drinks reception and a DJ for the evening. We also had a fantastic group of loved ones who were entertainment in themselves!
On the day tips and advice:
Be calm, don’t forget to eat and have a list of people you want photos with – time disappears. It will feel like you are having photos for ages and all you want to do is get back to the party – actually the photos are all you have left, apart from beautiful memories, so suck it up and pose! You will regret it if not!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Realising that you have one person who knows you are exactly what they have been looking for to fulfil the rest of their lives…and knowing it too!