Trust in your own personal style, and I promise your wedding will come together and look amazing on the day. Laura and Arash did – they chose accessories and decor they liked rather than concentrating on a particular theme for their Bristol wedding, and the result is wonderfully chic, elegant and understated.
This is bliss. A modern wedding with a focus on family and “having a really good party” – oh boy, didn’t they just! Suppliers were found online and through personal recommendations, and money was saved by skipping chair covers and favours on the day.
Laura is gorgeous; Arash is super handsome. Together they’re a knockout couple with the best modern style and the loveliest of outlooks on life! Laura told me they still talk about the wedding and have the best memories. “We just enjoyed having a big celebration with all of our friends and family.”
Images are by the fabulous Kevin Belson Photography, based in Wiltshire and photographing weddings throughout the UK. Find out more here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Laura and Arash
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We picked our venue first and Kevin had recently photographed a wedding there. We thought the photographs were stunning so we decided to see if we could book Kevin too.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Kevin and Carol were brilliant. We absolutely love the photographs, and Kevin and Carol were fantastic throughout the day (and Carol was always on hand with a tissue when needed!)
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We went around to Kevin and Carol’s house for a viewing. Kevin had put a slideshow together with music from the day. The nicest thing about it was that we got to see what it had been like from the other person’s perspective. Arash got to see me getting ready with my bridesmaids and I got to see him fretting about his speech in the grounds of the venue before I arrived!
Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Bristol BS11 0UR
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A relaxed, memorable day, filled with personal touches.
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t pick a particular theme. We wanted it to reflect our personalities, so just picked things that we liked! Above all we wanted a relaxed day and a really good party.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly internet research or recommendations. Our florist has a stand at Temple Mead Station, which I walk past every morning.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We decided not to spend loads of money on chair covers, favours and table decorations. Instead we just decided to introduce some personal touches, like photographs of us when we were little, and on holiday together etc.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We spent quite a lot on flowers, which looked beautiful on the day. We also paid for transport for the guests to and from the venue.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made it. I didn’t spend ages over it to be honest! We kept it simple and spent more time focussing on the day itself.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes. It was in the first shop I went in and I knew straightaway that it was the right one. I was too scared to buy it there and then, so I went round three other shops that afternoon but nothing else came close.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Suzanne Neville, The Mews, Bristol.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore a simple pearl necklace and earrings that I had been given when I was a bridesmaid at my sister’s wedding. I also had a bracelet borrowed from one of my bridesmaids, and a small pearl headpiece from Hermione Harbutt, based in Clifton Village, Bristol. I had some fantastic sparkly shoes which were a bargain from Monsoon!
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
We hired grey three piece suits from Clifton Suits, who were excellent.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore floor length navy blue dresses from Laura May Bridal in Cardiff. They all looked absolutely gorgeous.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Clair Swinscoe did our hair and Vicki Waghorn did the makeup. They both came to my parents’ house in the morning and helped keep me calm!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Lily Violet May did the flowers. She has a stand at the station in Bristol, so I had known for a while that I wanted her to be our wedding florist. The flowers were stunning, and so many of the guests commented on them.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We had more or less a free reign with the venue. It is a beautiful building, with loads of character so we didn’t need to do too much. We put flowers everywhere, as well as lots of pictures to make it more personal.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
One of my friends made the wedding cake for us, as well as the table numbers. I bought old hardback Roald Dahl children’s books off ebay and used these as the table themes and I also made the table plan, and the invites. I am not a very artistic person, but by doing it myself I got to have it exactly as I wanted it, so I don’t regret doing it that way. My friend spent hours grating lemons and lime for the cake though – I don’t think she is particularly keen to do that again!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
As I have said, my friend made the cake and it was fantastic. It was a sponge with different flavoured fruit layers. We also asked the guests to bring cakes along (if they wanted to) so had a table filled with homemade desserts that everyone could help themselves to.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The wedding band were called The Jacks, and they went down brilliantly. The dancefloor was packed all night. A friend of my brother in law DJ’d after the band finished, and we overran by half an hour because no wanted to leave!
On the day tips and advice:
Relax and enjoy yourself. No one is going to remember whether the centrepieces were perfect or the colour of the best man’s tie – the most important thing it to have a good time.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The honeymoon! Things have more or less carried on as normal since the wedding, but we still talk about the day and have the best memories. We just enjoyed having a big celebration with all of our friends and family.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The bridesmaids dresses were altered by Abigail Westrup www.abigailwestrupbridal.com who was brilliant.
The catering (including delicious Pieminister pies) was by pudseycatering.com
The cars were from Triggols Vintage Wedding Cars- www.vintagewedding–cars.co.uk (the driver even took my mum for a spin round the block at the reception)
Flowers by www.lilyvioletmay.co.uk
The whole team at Kings Weston House were great, including Norman, the owner, and their wedding planner, Thea.
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