You’re not going to believe me when I tell you today’s blast of colour comes from a January wedding… but it does. And what better time for a fiesta than the colder months of winter, right? Sam and Siobhan got it spot on, and I have fallen head over heels for their super colourful fiesta wedding.
The gorgeous couple married in Henley On Thames and found suppliers through Etsy and Not On The High Street – huge hats off* to them for supporting indie businesses and buying online!
*no pun intended… see huge hats further down. Sorry! C x
Gorgeous bride Siobhan would definitely recommend a winter wedding as a way to save pennies – and also to be able to spend more on the really important bits of your day. For this lovely couple that meant their photographer and their band – who most certainly made an impression!
Images are by Raymond Lin Photography:
I owe a huge thank you to lovely Gilly from Amore Star Events for getting in touch with this submission. Gilly is a UKAWP trained wedding planner in London and has had her weddings featured on lots of wedding websites and blogs – do check out her website! www.amorestarevents.co.uk
The English Wedding Blog Interview
Please type your names:
Siobhan and Sam
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Sam knew about Raymond Lin as they use the same PC forums called ‘Overclockers UK’, and he had always loved his style of photography.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We absolutely loved having Raymond as our photographer, his style is brilliant and he has a real gift for capturing unique and special moments.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We got an email from Raymond around mid-day on a weekday to let us know he had uploaded a small set of them to his website, so we had to spend the entire day promising to wait until we got home so we could look together. When we did we sat down and went through one by one with a big grin on our faces.
Red Lion Hotel, Henley On Thames
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Colourful celebration of Sam and Siobhan with family and friends.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Not on the High street and Etsy, loved all the personal touches you get with small providers.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Getting married out of season, we saved lots of money getting married in winter and it made getting suppliers a lot easier as they weren’t fully booked months in advance. If you get married in Summer you hope for good weather and are often left disappointed in the UK, we didn’t expect good weather in January so there was no disappointment, in fact we were left surprised when it snowed on the morning of the wedding!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photographer and the band were worth every penny, we highly recommend Beato Burrito!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Not on the High street from a wonderful lady who created our fiesta style invites
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I’m not a ‘girly girl’ so never dreamt of my wedding or dress, in fact I feared the experience but the staff at Bride to Be were fantastic and when I found the ‘one’ it felt right, it had my mum in tears and that’s when I knew
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Bride to Be in Reading, designer Sincerity
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
If I had my way I would have worn flip flops down the aisle but instead went with some classic shoes with a low heel, as soon as the official ceremony was over I kicked these off and put on a pair of Converse that Sam bought me as a wedding gift!
For my something new and blue I wore some stunning drop Swarovski earrings
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Moss Bros slim fit suit and waistcoat, colourful socks and knitted tie from DQT and brown shoes from House of Fraser. No recommendation really, just get what you are comfortable in – I hate morning suits; something smart and colourful was the key.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
M&S did me proud for the girls, they had a lovely knew length dress that was multi-way so they could wear the dress in 5 different styles to suit their preferences and builds. The dress fitted all shapes and sizes and they said was very comfortable to wear for the day. In keeping with the theme and the fact it was winter I bought each girl a pashmina in their ‘colour’ to keep them warm for the outside pictures.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hired professionals for hair and make-up I’m very specific about my make up (I don’t wear much) so wanted a natural look and I have a mass of unruly hair which thankfully my hairdressers was able to tame and look beautiful on the day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Bluebells of Henley, Amy did a wonderful job of turning my theme and ideas in my head into reality. As the theme was fiesta each bridesmaid and groomsman had a colour assigned to them, and their flowers matched their colours, my bouquet and Sam’s button hole had all of the colours incorporated.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We bought bunting to bring the theme to life in the reception room but generally we didn’t do much to change the venue, when you have a beautiful 600+yr old building you don’t want to change much of it!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
My maid of honour and I made 72 tissue paper flowers for part of the table decorations, this was a labour of love, which was thankfully aided by a seller on Etsy who provided the flowers flat packed and all we had to do was bring them to life – I loved creating them and more so loved the effect they had on the tables on the day, by the end of the night lots of the ladies had them as accessories on their wrists!
We also wanted a photobooth but decided not to hire one so we bought photobooth accessories and frames and one Sunday Sam and I spent the afternoon gluing sticks to each of the photobooth props. The guests had so much fun with their fake moustaches, hats, glasses and ties!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had two cakes, a standard sponge cake and a cake made of cheese! Again I have to thank M&S for both of these creations they were really affordable, delicious and looked the part on the day.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our musical entertainment was our surprise to our guests. We booked Beato Burrito who are a busking Mariachi band, the 3 members are named, Juan, Juan and Juan 😉 and as Sam and I were introduced to our guests as Mr and Mrs the band followed us into the room and started playing ‘don’t you want me baby’ Mariachi style, they caught everyone by surprise and for the next few hours kept every very entertained with their renditions of popular songs. I’m looking for another occasion where I can hire them!
On the day tips and advice:
Everyone will say it but just relax and have fun, for Sam and I the ceremony was important but we really wanted a big party with our closest friends and family and that’s what we got!
Invite who you want and do it how you want, it’s so easy to be influenced by family or friends on how to run your day but it’s your day so keep it that way.
What’s the best thing about being married?
I married my best friend, I have even more lovely diamonds on my finger and I am assured in our long term commitment to each other having made our vows in front of our nearest and dearest, it’s hard to describe but there’s just a very nice feeling about being married, it’s different to how I felt when we were dating and engaged.