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A relaxed and informal country wedding in Somerset, with Michael Riley Photography

Louisa and David describe their day as a “simple, traditional country wedding” – and for me, it’s the perfect celebration. They told me their images (by Somerset photographer Michael Riley) “captured the atmosphere, the emotion and the look of the whole wedding perfectly.”

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The day was held at a 14th century coaching inn, the wonderful and charming George Inn, which needed very little decoration. Louisa worked with David’s Mum to arrange the flowers for the day, and made some rustic bunting which complemented their stationery (from Paperchase) and tied the theme of the day together.

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Images are by Somerset wedding photographer Michael Riley. Do check out his website here:

http://www.michaelrileyphotography.com
https://www.facebook.com/mikerileyphotography
https://instagram.com/michaelrileyphotography
https://www.pinterest.com/MikeRileyPhoto/wedding-portfolio/

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Louisa and David

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.michaelrileyphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

We were on a budget and Mike was good value – Mike had previously taken photographs for David’s holiday letting agency so we knew he was a good photographer.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

He was amazing – unobtrusive, he blended in and most of the time (apart from a few semi-posed ones in the garden) he was able to get a lot of candid shots of ourselves and the guests.  We love the photos he has of us, which aren’t rigidly posed, but capture us interacting honestly.  You can see the genuine happiness there.  We also love the photos of our friends & family enjoying the day with each other, so we can clearly see that everyone had a good time – sometimes we weren’t really aware of what was going on around us and these photos are memories and reminders of the whole weekend experience.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

We were amazed! We had already seen some snaps some of the guests had taken, but Mike’s photos were in a completely different league and captured the atmosphere, the emotion and the look of the whole wedding perfectly.

Wedding venue:

The George Inn, High St, Norton St Philip, Somerset BA2 7LH  (http://www.georgeinnnsp.co.uk)

Wedding month:

September

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Small, informal, relaxed wedding for family and close friends

Your wedding style or theme:

Simple traditional country wedding

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Word of mouth, google and good luck

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Choose a venue that doesn’t charge extra for venue hire – we were married in an Inn and agreed a minimum spend on the aggregate of rooms, catering and drinks.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The wedding dress, flower girls’ outfits, bridal hair and makeup.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Invitations, favour boxes and thank you cards were from Paperchase; they had a simple rustic theme which we liked.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Absolutely!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

The dress was by an American designer, Mori Lee, which Louisa found when dress shopping in Cambridge with the flower girls’ mother.  It was the first dress Louisa tried on!  Once chosen, Louisa could not find one in the right size (and, being only 6 months in advance it was too late to order from the designer in the US), but managed to find one at The Cotswold Frock Shop, one of the few suppliers for that designer in the UK, who are based about an hour away in Stow on the Wold, and they altered the dress for her.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Shoes were from Rainbow Club, purchased online from elegantsteps.co.uk. Jewellery (hair accessory, necklace and earrings) was also from The Cotswold Frock Shop.  Louisa also wore her grandmother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring as something, old, borrowed and blue, and, as the “new”, a gorgeous silver bracelet with the date of the wedding engraved on it from the groom.

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

Nothing fancy – an off the peg suit from Austin Reed, plain cotton shirt from CharlesTyrwhitt, tie from Howick, boots from Jones.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

We had flower girls who wore dresses from The Tailor’s Cat in Cambridge, which complemented the wedding dress perfectly as they were made from the same fabric.  Shoes were flat cream pumps decorated with daisies from John Lewis.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

We hired a professional, Katherine Jennings from Bristol, who was amazing – so skilled and professional.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

We bought the flowers (pre-ordered) from the market stall in Bath the day before.  We had pale pink and cream roses, with eucalyptus leaves and gypsophila.  They were arranged (in vases we supplied) by Louisa and by David’s mum!  Louisa also did the buttonholes for the groom and best man.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We chose a 14th century coaching inn which had a fantastic atmosphere so it didn’t need much decoration, but Louisa made some bunting on the same theme as the invitations, which tied the whole “country wedding” theme together.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Bunting by Louisa; the wedding favours were 4 types of fudge made by David in the lead up to the wedding.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We chose a chocolate & salted caramel cake in fondant icing – the traditional fruit cake is a bit heavy and not something either of us particularly enjoys.  It was decorated with pink sugar roses, which were done so well they looked real!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

No entertainment, just speeches, food, wine and good company.

On the day tips and advice:

Be organised so that, on the day, you have as little to do as possible other than get ready.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being able to look back on an amazing wedding weekend which not only we but our guests thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:

 

Photographs: Mike Riley –  http://www.michaelrileyphotography.com

Cake: Rosey Nugent  – www.ediblecreationsbyrosey.co.uk

Hair & Make up: Katherine Jennings – bridalhairstylingandmakeup.co.uk

Dress: The Cotswold Frock Shop – thecotswoldfrockshop.co.uk

Groom’s ring and Bride’s bracelet:  Mark-Jan Dielemans, Bristol

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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