It’s never just about the details – although the details are superb in today’s wedding blog I promise! It’s about having all of your friends and family in the same room, just for the two of you – and laying on a fantastic party for everyone you love most in the world.
Somehow, the magical atmosphere of a wedding comes through the photographs I’m sent, onto my laptop screen and all the way to my smile… and I fall head over heels for a wedding. Like today. Yasmin and Simon are amazing – they’re gorgeous, fun and creative and their wedding at Old Down Manor is just wonderful.
Of course the details are there… the cake is fab, the flowers are divine and there are personal touches everywhere – from the stationery to the tattoos of the happy couple (love this idea!) to the traditional Persian ceremony. Everything is captured beautifully by Bristol wedding photographer Sandy at Love In Focus.
Find out more about Love In Focus here:
Yasmin and Simon found their suppliers online and through their venue’s recommendations. They said the images from Love In Focus “captured what was the most important day of our lives in such a beautiful and magical way… we have so many great photos from the day. We loved the mix of creative and traditional shots and it was lovely to see so many great photos of our guests and the fun they got up to on the day. These truly are photos that we will keep and cherish forever.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Simon and Yasmin
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We googled local photographers and really liked his website.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
The photos came out absolutely fantastically, we were delighted! He had a tough job taking photos from such a big wedding and across two ceremonies so we thought he did really well to capture everything. Turnaround on the photos was really speedy too.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were on our honeymoon in Bali when Sandy emailed us to let us know a selection were online. Looking at the photos brought back what a perfect day it was
Old Down Manor, Tockington
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Magical, fairytale, two cultures combined, one hell of a party!
Your wedding style or theme:
Elegant but quirky!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendations from the venue and a lot of googling!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Utilise your friends and family well!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
It was all worth it – everything is expensive but the music was one of the biggest successes, everyone loved it!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We used printed.com but got family members to design it, and had a maid of honour with more creative skills than us put together!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes!!! Everyone did.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Clifton Brides, Lillian West
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Ted Baker blue suit from Moss Bros – ideal as it’s available to buy for the groom and hire for the groomsmen
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
A beautiful blush pink chiffon a-line dress to the knees
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Adele at Tin Can Flora – the flowers she created and the colours she used complimented the theme and were exactly what we wanted!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue spoke for itself however we added our own quirks, particularly with the table for the Persian ceremony which was a big attraction and centrepiece for the day
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made an oversized polaroid which was great fun, the storyboard timeline, finger stamp guestbook and the kids packs were all a big success, making it all more personal. Plus they were fun to make!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Three tiered classic cake made by Michelle (Scrummy Mummy’s Cakes) – we had three layers, lemon, orange and poppy, and chocolate. It had a matt finish, lace and flowers in between two of the tiers – it looked and tasted amazing!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a seven piece brass band (Soul Shine Band) which were even better than we hoped, the dancefloor was packed all night. We also had a piano player (Ian Towers) in the day which provided really nice background music for the meal, as well as sing-along songs and music for the ceremony. Both musicians integrated with guests throughout and were flexible and helpful before and after the day. Ian also prepared music to play with two of the bridesmaids singing which was a lovely start to the day.
On the day tips and advice:
Have a schedule and pre-wedding meeting with all of the bridal party so people know what they are doing! And above all, make sure that you enjoy it as it truly is the most magical day and it goes by so quickly!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Waking up and seeing the one you love every morning – as cliché as it sounds!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Sandy – Love in Focus
Adele – Tin Can Floral
Michelle – Scrummy Mummy’s Cakes
Videographer – Grant at Rhubarb Martini