I’ll never tire of seeing my laptop screen full of wonderfully sunny sunflowers – and this June wedding is one of the sunfloweriest I’ve ever seen… it’s like a blast of sunshine and smiles and I know I’ll be grinning all day now. I so hope this one gets you the same way – it’s amazing!
Rebecca and John were married in June at Browsholme Hall, inside the 15th century stone barn which they filled with gorgeous yellow accents and sunflowers to bring their wedding ceremony and reception bursting alive with colour. They’re a lovely couple, and I’m thrilled to be sharing their wedding on the blog with you today.
You absolutely mustn’t miss Rebecca’s interview at the end of the blog feature – her top tip for other brides is about choosing your bridesmaids. Rebecca told me her best girls were amazing: they looked after her every moment of the wedding day, keeping her wine glass full, fixing her hair, handing her lipstick and dancing with her all night!
Rebecca said the best things about being married are knowing you have someone to have a family and grow old with… as well as changing your name and wearing some bling!
Images are by lovely Jules Fortune Photography. Julie is based in Lancashire and travels across the north west to photograph weddings – you’ll find more info here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Rebecca & John
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Was listed on the brochure for the venue but I looked at Julie’s blogs and loved her style so it was a done deal after that.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Pleased wasn’t the word. Ecstatic and a little overwhelmed of how they turned out pretty much sums it up. The day was sunny but very windy so I was very worried about how the group photos would come out. I had written off as my husband had to hold my vale to stop it blowing away. I knew I had some good ones of me and John when Julie and my bridesmaid were getting excited but when they came through we had so many good ones it then came the task of which ones do you display on the walls. Lets just say my house looks like a wedding gallery.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Julie sent us a sneak peak on facebook of us outside Browsholme Hall entrance and it look so dramatic, she then followed up with one of John and I in the trees and I must admit I got a little giddy. She then sent us a logon to a site to view the pictures whilst she sent us the final pictures through the post. I think I sent that link around everyone I knew. I had so many texts that day.
Browsholme Hall, Tithe Barn
6th June 2015
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Nerve racking but the best party your will ever have!
Your wedding style or theme:
Country and Travel as we have travelled a lot of places together and love the outdoors
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendation from the venue, Website recommendation such as hitched, facebook and friends
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Shop around! I must have gone to 5 florists before I found Heather who was a reasonable price. Also try bridal outlets and second hand stores for your dress. They feel like normal boutiques and the dresses have only been worn once so are in amazing condition. You might just get that dress you just couldn’t afford usually.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The cake and decorations. The cake design I saw on Pinterest and replicated. The jam jars was such a simple idea and looked amazing.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My wedding stationery was made by a very good friend who owns http://stoptheclockdesign.com/
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did. My mum picked it out and I nearly discarded it but I tried it on and did have that moment people talk about. It was the first place I had visited so I left it as I had appointments with other boutiques that weekend. I rang the shop that afternoon to get them to hold it and picked it up the next day.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I purchased my dress from an outlet in Stockport that sells off the rack wedding dresses (http://www.bridalfactoryoutlet.co.uk/ ). It’s designed by Mon Cheri and was only £500 but was probably original £1500.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My jewellery was purchased from accessories and my shoes from BHS
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
The groom, best man, ushers and fathers hired suits from moss bros.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Bridesmaid dresses were purchased from BHS. I got the yellow sash made by the woman who altered my dress. My flower girl dress was purchased off Amazon a bargain at £10.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair and Makeup were done by Joanna Needham. http://www.jocoolemakeup.com/ She was amazing!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My flowers were done by Heathers Florist http://www.heatherscreative.co.uk. They were sunflowers with yellow roses in a country wild flower kind of design. Yellow rose is my favourite flower.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
My venue doesn’t need any decorations as it’s a 15th century stone barn but I wanted it to look romantic so I hired Creative Covers http://www.creativecoverhire.co.uk/ to decorate.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
All the table decorations were hand made. I got friends and family to save jam jars and then got ribbon from a local craft shop in Skipton. I then used double sided sticky tape and fabric glue to stick everything together. All the wood was sourced from my dads gardens and the table names and menus are travel wrapping paper I found in Paperchase in which is glued to some cardboard.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The wedding cake was a one tiered sponge with sunflowers and then 80 cupcakes which were a mixture of vanilla sponge with lemon icing and chocolate sponge with vanilla icing.
I always wanted cupcakes as its easier for people to eat or take home with them.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a band who were good but I would put a play list together for the bits they weren’t playing as there were some choices I just didn’t know.
I also arranged a Photobooth through Photobooth Lancashire www.facebook.com/pages/Photobooth-Lancashire/310817489110454 and a company called Green Door www.facebook.com/thegreendoor25 provided a sack race and outdoor games.
On the day tips and advice:
Pick your bridesmaids carefully. Mine were excellent. They seemed to know what I needed before I did. They kept my wine glass full, fixed my hair, handed me my lipstick and danced with me all night. It allowed me to just relax and enjoy the day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing you have someone to have a family with and grow old together. Its also great to change your name and wear some bling.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photographer – Jules Fortune – http://www.julesfortunephotography.com/
Dress – Bridal Factory – http://www.bridalfactoryoutlet.co.uk/
Make Up and Hair – http://www.jocoolemakeup.com/
Decorations – Creative Covers – http://www.creativecoverhire.co.uk/
Florist – Heather Florist – http://www.heatherscreative.co.uk.
Food – Twelve Restaurant – http://www.twelve-restaurant.co.uk – /
Garden Games – The Green Door – www.facebook.com/thegreendoor25
Potobooth – Photobooth Lancashire – www.facebook.com/pages/Photobooth-Lancashire/310817489110454