I don’t think I’ve featured unicorns on the English Wedding Blog before… so today is something of an Event. And this wedding is so very lovely – from beginning to end the focus is on colour and happiness, with outstanding images capturing every moment.
Lizzie and Henry did a LOT of research to find their perfect photographers, and chose the brilliant Rob & Sarah Gillespie to capture their day. Other suppliers were found on the internet, and Lizzie used Pinterest to collect ideas which would inject fun and colour into the day. It worked a treat.
I love today’s bride and groom – they are the sweetest couple, obviously totally besotted and the best of friends. Lizzie is gorgeous and chose a dress to suit her personality: as a Game of Thrones fan and definitely not a girly girl (like me!) she went for a style which made her look and feel like a princess… and I think she looks amazing – they both do!
Today’s wedding was brought together on a budget, with Lizzie and Henry spending on the important things for them: photography and food! They saved on stationery by making save the dates and orders of service themselves, and told me that being a little flexible with ideas can help make some great savings!
Images are all by Midlands wedding photographers Rob & Sarah Gillespie, who are my friends and sponsors of the English Wedding Blog. Do visit their website to book and see more real weddings:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Lizzie and Henry
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We did a lot of research. Photography is something Henry is very keen on and passionate about so we knew we had to get the right people! We googled for photographers in the area of our wedding and researched through their sites. We looked through their sites and posted albums. We also read their personal descriptions and methods of working. We knew we needed photographers who could blend in to the crowd whilst getting amazing shots, but who could also help marshal the large number of aimlessly wandering relatives!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We couldn’t have been more pleased with them! They were amazing. They took fantastic photographs of us and our guests. They captured some wonderful moments that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise! I generally don’t like photos of myself but the shots are just so natural and they really captured the feelings and happiness of the day!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We got a sample slideshow of photos in the email with our login to our online photos – it was just wonderful. My Mom cried when she saw it! I was just stunned by how much they had captured. I didn’t really realise how wonderful everybody and everything looked on the day – I had a lot going on – but the photographs just wowed me!
Nailcote Hall, Coventry
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Full of love, joy, family, friends, rainbows and unicorns
Your wedding style or theme:
Rainbow colour scheme. No over-arching theme but we tried to include colour, unicorns and fun stuff wherever we could.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We used the internet a great deal. We normally began by searching on google. I used Pinterest to get a lot of my ideas together. I also used a goodly number of blog posts and recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If you, or somebody you know, can do something that you’d like – use them! I’m not particularly artsy but I managed to do my Save the Dates by myself. I put all of my own orders of service together too. It took around 10 hours and we had to buy nice card and parchment and printer ink but it saved me so much money to do it that way rather than having them made. Favours can be made cheaply – We had my Mother-in-Law make us her famous home-made jam, and it went down really well! My dress was an end of line sample so really cheap – there are so many things a bride on a budget can do. Just try not to be too fixed on exactly what you want or how and you’ll find that suddenly there are cheaper ways of doing almost anything. If you have the budget don’t skimp on things you don’t want to, just bear in mind your priorities.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The food! Henry and I are real foodies! We love good-quality, tasty food. We also have quite varying food tastes to our friends and family so we really wanted to give our guests a choice. Our venue’s food was amazing and they happily let us give our guests a choice as long as we let them know the choices a couple of weeks in advance. Each of our food options was so nice I really struggled to choose what to have on the day!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We ordered our invitations from Zazzle.com as they had loads of different styles and we could design them all ourselves online! It was really easy. Our orders of service I put together – just card, parchment and ribbon but we thought they looked pretty good! Our save the dates were made from rainbow scratch art card. We just scratched our save the date details and the rainbow theme came through!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Before I even tried it on! I went shopping with two of my bridesmaids (my two oldest friends) and had tried on a few before I checked the sale rail. I’m a massive LOTR / GoT fan so when I saw my dress with its huge drapey sleeves there was no option not to buy it. I was told “It’s not necessarily the dress you look most beautiful in, but it’s the dress that is most you, and the one you look happiest in.” I am a pretty clumsy non-girly girl, but I felt like a proper princess in my dress!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Francesca’s Bridal Boutique, Leicester.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had my jewellery made by Laura Donovan Bridal Accessories. Laura is amazing. She is so easy to work with. I gave her a rough idea of what I wanted (I didn’t really know what I wanted, to be honest) and she just took what I said and ran with it. She made my earrings, necklace and hair piece, along with my ribbon comb that replaced my veil in the evening, and also the jewellery we gave my bridesmaids as their gift. I was so delighted with her and her work. MY shoes were a massive bargain – I had an idea of what I wanted and I could only find them online from China. I really worried as you can hear a lot of bad reviews from sites like that but mine were perfect. Exactly how they looked in the pictures, exactly what I wanted. The seamstress who took my dress in made me some new laces from some rainbow fabric and it looked just how I wanted.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Henry really likes his high-end clothing, and for his wedding day he couldn’t really be denied. We bought his suit from Austin Reed. It was more expensive than some of the other options but he looked wonderful, and he felt amazing in it. We felt that if I were a princess it was only fair he had the chance to be a prince!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Tiffany – Jackie Bridesmaid. We bought ours from R&R Bridal wear in Nuneaton. They were amazingly helpful. I bought a second dress to wear for my evening do, which was very similar to my bridesmaid dresses. They looked great and the R&R team were so lovely!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had a friend do my make-up for me, but she just happened to be a professional make-up artist! I am rubbish with that sort of thing so I was really pleased when she said she’d do it for me! I had Katy from All About You salon in Nuneaton do not only my hair but my Mum’s, my 5 bridesmaids’ and our best woman’s hair! Katy had a really early start but a fantastic can-do attitude and got us all looking lovely.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I’m rubbish with flowers – I didn’t really know what I wanted. Also as my Matron of Honour is pretty allergic to pollen I had to have false flowers, which was fine by me since they now decorate family member’s houses! They were organised by Perfect Day flowers of Tamworth. Barbara, who runs the operation met with us to discuss what we wanted on a couple of occasions and was so nice about our lack of knowledge we felt very comfortable. When they arrived on the morning of the wedding I was blown away. They just looked wonderful and really brought out my multi-coloured theme!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Nailcote Hall is beautiful and doesn’t need any styling or decoration, but we did a few touches. A friend put some fabulous swags and ribbon on the staircase, and we had flower table decorations but we didn’t need to do anything with the rooms we used.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Save the Dates – Rainbow Scratch Art cards. Took a little while to write them all out but not difficult, plus they set the tone for the event!
Orders of Service – Card, parchment, ribbon and gluey dots! Great fun to make, even if it took hours. People seemed to like them too!
Homemade Jam – Groom’s mother and Bride’s aunty are fabulous jam makers!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Three tier, white icing with rainbow rose cascade. Chocolate sponge, rainbow sponge and fruitcake. Something for everybody. The rainbow rose cascade was elegant whilst being cute and keeping the colours going! We also had edible cake toppers in the shape of a bride and groom unicorn standing under a rainbow! People thought it was odd but wonderful! Made by Viv from There for the Baking, based in Manchester.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
A friend did our disco for us, and also put together a CD with our ceremony music on.
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t forget to take a few minutes out away from everyone with each other. Do your research and make sure you’re happy with your suppliers – Don’t just go with somebody if you have doubts – iron them out or change supplier. Don’t expect everything to be perfect – there will be problems or issues but you probably won’t even notice them.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We still enjoy saying ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ instead of ‘boy/girlfriend’ or ‘fiancé.’