I’m not a weepy blogger… but it’s totally true that Laura and Rob’s interview for the English Wedding Blog brought a tear to my eye. They’re the most amazing couple: their images are as wonderful as the day they planned around the passions of their family and friends.
We have everything in today’s real wedding blog: a beautiful bride and gorgeous groom, fabulous photography and oodles of romance.
There are also, of course, the details we all love: country garden flowers, handcrafted details, wedding signs, miles of bunting and the prettiest dress and accessories you can imagine. All are captured in the romantic and whimsical style of lovely Rebecca from Wild Rose Photography.
Laura told me the best thing about being married is “the feeling of being part of an incredible team and that you can take on the world together.” Need I say more?
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Laura and Rob
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Rebecca came highly recommended from a friend. She specialises in country weddings and having reviewed her previous weddings, I loved how she captures the emotion and romance of the day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were absolutely thrilled with Rebecca’s photographs, she captured the love and laughter. What was equally important beyond the photographs was how comfortable Rebecca made us feel with the whole process. She met us a couple of months before the wedding and talked us through everything. I explained that my husband hates having his photograph taken and was apprehensive about it, Rebecca did a brilliant job at putting us at ease and making it fun.
Beyond the photos themselves, I also appreciated all of Rebecca’s advice about timings and how to tackle group photos to minimise time away from family and friends on the day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were both blown away. I hardly remember seeing her on the day as she was so discreet and yet when I saw the photographs she’d clearly been dashing around as she’d photographed everyone and everything. The pre wedding shots of my family and I had me in tears and during the ceremony Rebecca had caught all of the laughter and tears. Her dance floor photos on the other hand had us in fits of giggles!
A friend’s farm near Burnham, Buckinghamshire
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A celebration of family and friends and love and laughter
Your wedding style or theme:
English country garden party with an Australian twist. The Australian twist because we adore Australia, I met my husband in Sydney where we both lived for a few years.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
All through friends recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Work out what’s really important to you and spend money on that.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The things that were important to us were the things that would be important to our family and friends – the food, drink and band! I’m really glad we didn’t hold back on these! Our caterer Justin was so helpful. One of my favourite pre-wedding moments was our tasting with Justin. We explained our friends are all really foodies and we were after an informal but very special English garden party meets Aussie barbeque style. Justin’s food was sublime and his team excellent. From little touches like Gin and Pink lemonade on arrival, to using the best of British ingredients and even the bake off was Justin’s idea.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My husband had seen a friend’s invitation that was made from seeded paper and he had his heart set on it so that was easy! He sourced the paper and downloaded a vintage typewriter font and did them himself! They were simple and elegant and we hope our friends will plant the seeds for a reminder of a fantastic day!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes the second I put it on. Being 5ft I had to find something that wouldn’t drown me and that was in keeping with our English garden party theme but was a little bit funky! I loved the lace sleeves and peplum detail. The whole dress buying experience was magical, I had my mum and bridesmaids with me and we drank bubbles and tried on the obligatory princesses dresses just for fun (and almost fell in love with one!)
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Suzanne Neville, Sunrose from Ellie Sanderson Boutique in Beaconsfield, Bucks.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were strappy sandals from Oscar da la Renta, I borrowed a pearl bracelet from a close friend and wore a vintage style hair band from Glitzy Secrets. Hearts of London, Hatton Garden provided the wedding bands.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
My husband designed his own suit with the help of the team at King and Allen tailors in Amersham. He was after a country gent style suit and they did an amazing job.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I wanted them to feel totally comfortable in their outfits so I gave them a colour palette and they wore their own dresses.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hair was done by Aveda, Beaconsfield and my make up by Syn Beauty. I had a very specific hair style I wanted that I showed my hairdresser and she recreated it brilliantly. I changed my mind on my make up on the day which didn’t phase Syn at all, she rose to the challenge, stayed calm and did me proud.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I’m very lucky that my mother-in-law has done the flowers at all her childrens weddings and offered to do ours. We discussed the colour palette and English country garden style theme with an Australian twist and she delivered a wonderful array of flowers. We tested her skills to the limit when we decided we wanted hanging balls of flowers along the centre of the marquee ceiling. With a bit of engineering help from my dad, she pulled it off to spectacular effect! As well as English country flowers we had Eucalyptus for the greenery as a nod to Sydney.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The farm we got married on was so pretty and full of flowers so we only had to worry about decorating the marquee. My mum and mother-in-law offered to make bunting to add some colour and between them they made the length of half a dozen football pitches! A labour of love. After living in Australia for so long we wanted to have an outside ceremony and we sourced hay bales from a local farmer to make the altar. For the evening, the farmer’s wife at our beautiful venue provided a fire pit and comfy chairs so we could have a space to relax outside and get our breath back.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We used hessian and lace to make the napkin rings, table planner and centre pieces. Friends and family all lent their talents to help. We also provided flip flops for all our guests so they could slip into something more comfortable for the dancing.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a Bake Off for the wedding cake and invited guests to bring a cake. They did us proud and brought along a beautiful selection including a Malteser cake, chocolate fudge cake, Victoria sponge and a mini 3 tiered wedding cake with replica mini bunting detail!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a wonderful string quartet to entertain our guests on arrival and to play us up and down the aisle. I walked in to INXS Nothing Will Tear Us Apart (keeping to the Australian theme!) and Vivaldi Four Seasons Spring to walk back up the aisle. The evening band were fantastic and really got the party going. Our first dance was to the 80s classic Nothings Going to Stop us Now by Starship. The band sang it live, it was a wonderful feeling to be whisked round the dance floor by my new husband, using our newly learned first dance, and seeing our friends clapping and whooping along!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Beyond having the most amazing day with your family and friends, the feeling of being part of an incredible team and that you can take on the world together.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
https://www.functionjunction.co.uk/ – Monaco string-quartet and 101s for the evening band. Jonny at Function Junction was incredibly helpful with all my questions.
http://www.heartsoflondon.co.uk/ – engagement ring and the wedding bands
http://www.elliesanderson.co.uk/branch/beaconsfield-boutique/ – Wedding dress shop
http://www.kingandallen.co.uk/book/amersham/ – Groom’s tailor
http://www.cateredbyjustin.com/ – Our fabulous caterer