There’s always a little nervous excitement when I receive a submission from the lovely Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography. I know their images are outstanding, I know there’ll be an incredible selection to choose from, and I know I’ll want to show you every. single. one.
Contact and bookings: Rob & Sarah Gillespie Photography
So I’ve struggled (happily!) to whittle today’s real wedding down from eighty photos to just sixty (still a lot!) and I’m beaming because I know you’ll love these so very much. Beautiful bride Sarah did: “I had the most incredible memories from my wedding day… what astounded me, when I saw my wedding photos for the first time, was how those memories had been so powerfully and perfectly brought to life. Those intimate, exclusive moments had been captured for us to share with whoever we wanted, it was a truly remarkable experience seeing them, leaving me in tears, for all the right reasons.”
It’s not just Rob & Sarah, although I’m a super fan of their wedding photography. It’s gorgeous bride and groom Sarah and Michael too. They are stunning!… and their wedding styling is out of this world. Which brings me to the fourth* best thing about today’s wedding… stylist Lauradana from Wedding Creations UK, who I’ve worked with before. She’s fantastic, and soooo lovely!
*I missed one? Oh… that’ll be Murphy, and his table plan and his bowtie. I could just take him home!
There are so many beautiful things to share today, I can’t begin to tell you about them all. Luckily we have a billion [60!] images to tell the story of this fabulous Delbury Hall wedding.
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Michael and Sarah
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We went to a wedding last year of our good friends and were blown away by their wedding photos so I asked my friend who took the photos and if she’d mind us using the same photographers. After our first meeting with Sarah and Rob, we knew we had found the right people to capture our day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
To say we were pleased, I feel is a real understatement. Sarah and Rob are one of the nicest, friendliest couples we have ever come across with a tremendous passion for what they do. They have a fantastic reputation, and during our first meeting their work really spoke for itself. Their unique quality is their ability to view a wedding through the eyes of the bride AND groom, as a married couple themselves they share a subtle understanding of what both parties would want to see providing the most spectacular outcome.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I had the most incredible memories from my wedding day, seeing my granddad gleaming with pride when he saw me for the first time in my dress, watching the expressions on the faces of my flower girls as I was getting ready, seeing the look on Mike’s face as I walked into church, memories that I knew would be locked in my head for a lifetime. What astounded me, when I saw my wedding photos for the first time, was how those memories had been so powerfully and perfectly brought to life. Those intimate, exclusive moments had been captured for us to share with whoever we wanted, it was a truly remarkable experience seeing them, leaving me in tears, for all the right reasons.
Our wedding ceremony was at St. Peter’s Church, Diddlebury and our reception was at Delbury Hall and the Coach House Wedding Venue.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A memorable, happy day surrounded by the people we love
Your wedding style or theme:
An elegant, woodland theme with an intimate feel and a personalised touch
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found our wedding stylist at a vintage wedding fayre in Hereford. Our florist, caterers and DJ were recommended by the venue and other suppliers were either recommended by friends or as a result of internet research.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Use our wedding stylist! Instead of spending a fortune on decorations, our wedding stylist supplied all of the venue props and accessories as part of her wedding package, which was really reasonable. She also created bespoke items, worked with the florist and set the venue up as part of her service.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photographers. To me, photographs paint a picture of those precious moments in life and finding professionals that are as passionate about capturing them as much as you are is definitely worth paying a little extra for.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I wanted my stationary to be classic and timeless, but still unique and provoke the woodland theme of the wedding. I used a supplier I found on notonthehighstreet called Pear Paper Co. who listened to my ideas and created a personalised look to the invitations and order of service.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
When I walked out of the changing room in my wedding dress and saw the look on my mum’s face, I knew this was the one. I felt so elegant and graceful in it, it was the perfect choice for me.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The dress was a Stella York design from La Couture Bridal Boutique in Blakedown.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I found my shoes searching the John Lewis website, they are rainbow club and I paid for an extra comfort lining to be added, well worth it! My necklace and earrings were Swarovski crystal given to me as a surprise gift from Mike on the morning of the wedding,
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
A grey suit from a wedding hire shop in Stourport, the ties were a last minute purchase from Debenhams after a change of heart the weekend before the wedding!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Eliza and Ethan multi wrap dresses in dusty peach, they are so versatile and can be worn in so many different styles.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My make up artist was a recommendation from my friend, she was fantastic. Such a nice person as well so it was lovely having her around in the morning.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My wedding flowers were a selection of David Austin roses, peonies and wild foliage inspired by a bohemian look. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were mainly gypsophila with ivory roses and we had circlets of gypsophila and peach Juliet roses for the flower girls to wear. The florist was Sarah Jane Midwood, such a lovely lady who was keen to take on board my ideas and bring them to life.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our wedding stylist was Lauradana Day from Wedding Creations UK. She provided an exceptional service throughout the planning of our wedding, right up until the day before when I worked with her to set the venue up. The coach house was a beautiful, rustic barn and Lauradana added personalised touches like fairy lights, bunting and wooden bark table settings to enhance its look.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We decided we wanted our dog, Murphy to feature highly at our wedding as he means the world to us. The table names were ‘Murphy’s walks’ and I created polaroid images of all of the favourite walks we had been on with him on each table. I also had a polaroid image of our favourite memory of each guest as their name places, some of the photographs were very old and brought back great memories for them. It was a lovely talking point and the guests took them away as favours.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We decided to keep the cake classic and simple. A rustic covering of butter icing kept the price down and it was finished off with hessian and brown twine.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My good friend Anna played the harp in the church, she is so talented and blew everyone away with a personalised and faultless performance. The evening DJ was a recommendation from the venue. He was very professional, meeting up with us to get to know us and listening to our requests. By the evening everyone was dancing, even my 94-year-old granddad!
On the day tips and advice:
My top tip would be to remain calm and soak up every moment. Leave the stress and panic to the day before and just relish in all of the hard work put in. Try to find a moment to have some alone time with your new husband or wife. The day flies by and I remember this moment being so special.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Feeling content. Having a plethora of special memories to dip in and out of when we feel like it and sharing the best day we have ever had with the people we love.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Lauradana Day http://www.weddingcreationsuk.co.uk
Rob and Sarah Gillespie http://robandsarahgillespie.co.uk
Delbury Hall and Coach House Wedding Venue http://www.delbury.co.uk
Flowers by Sarah Jane Midwood http://www.flowersbysarahjanemidwood.com/Welcome.html
DJ Misterfox http://www.misterfox.co.uk
Kimmy Loves Cake http://www.kimmylovescake.co.uk
Make up Artist firstname.lastname@example.org