Good morning lovely! Today we have the loveliest countryside wedding for you, with beautiful bride Victoria and her gorgeous groom Will. Theirs was such a warm, welcoming and relaxed country wedding – from the old English pub before the ceremony through to the (awesome!) dancing – and yes, we have the photos! – this is wonderful.
Victoria told me “It’s amazing how many hidden talents you’ll find amongst family and friends and everyone was so willing and keen to help which was brilliant & we really appreciated everyone’s input.” Her sister made the cake; a friend provided all of their wedding stationery and the table plan was brilliantly handcrafted by the bride’s cousin.
Images are by lovely Neil Walker Photography, who is based in Sussex. Neil explained about a little surprise Victoria’s father had in store… “In all my time as a Sussex wedding photographer I’ve never seen one before, but apparently it’s a Sussex tradition that the bride is pulled in a cart to the church by her father & then once she is married she is pulled away from the church by her new husband. Having spend some time getting ready and with her beautiful wedding dress on I was so impressed to see Vicky laugh and get into the cart.”
You can find out all about Neil Walker Photography here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Victoria & Will
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We searched for traditional wedding photographers in Sussex and when we came across Neil’s site, we really liked his style and take on the different weddings he’d captured. We then organised to meet up and Neil came up to London and met us for a drink after work. We got on really well and could have easily have spent all night chatting and looking at his awesome photos. After that, we both felt really comfortable, looked no further and booked Neil to photograph our wedding!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Definitely, Neil was both professional and really personable. One of the nicest things was a lot of the time, it was as if he wasn’t there and just did the job quietly and efficiently in the background apart from when needed to take charge. He was great fun, relaxed and our family and guests also said the same.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We weren’t long back from our honeymoon and were desperate to look at them. We couldn’t stop looking at them and couldn’t believe how much the pictures of the whole day reflected so closely the mood and atmosphere and how much fun we were all having. It was the perfect recount of the day.
My parents live in a cottage in Friston in East Sussex so we had a marquee wedding in the garden.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Idyllic setting, sunshine, love, laughter, dancing with family & friends.
Your wedding style or theme
Traditional countryside wedding (with a hint of the seaside)
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
SuperEvent catering- online search and independent reviews- they were absolutely brilliant. So professional, amazing food and they attended to every detail and didn’t have to worry about anything.
Long man Brewery for the local ‘Long Blonde’ – local friends
Marquee- Marvellous Marquees via a friend at work
What’s your top tip for saving money?
You don’t need to spend too much on the all the tiny details. DIY decorations/table plans/centres/favours /using family and friends will help save on these things that can all add up. It’s amazing how many hidden talents you’ll find amongst family and friends and everyone was so willing and keen to help which was brilliant & we really appreciated everyone’s input. Also, the earlier planning and buying of all the final bits and bobs the better to save having to pay for last minute express deliveries when it’s getting close!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Food & Drink and the photography were really important to us so we made sure that we finalised these things first and didn’t cut corners/costs as we wanted to ensure good quality, both of which were the case on the day.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We had an idea of what we wanted and had a friend, Abi who made our save the dates and invites for us and we did our own Order of Service using the same theme.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I’m still in denial that I can’t wear it again!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The Pantiles Bride, Tunbridge Wells – such a lovely shop!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Ooh- so I was a bit naughty and splashed out on some amazing gold vintage looking Jimmy Choos! Fell in love with them after a couple of glasses of champagne with Mum on a shopping trip! Jewellery, I just wore some simple tear drop diamond earings as there was a lot of detail on my dress.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Navy morning suit with ivory waist coat from Moss Bros with a navy and ivory spot tie from Charles Tyrwitt and ivory rose button holes.
Only tip would be don’t leave it too long to get the ties- it was surprisingly difficult to get the right one and 10 of the same!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I got the bridesmaid dresses from Etsy. We went shopping and tried on loads of different styles and colours and agreed on the colour and style and I then got them designed and made through a shop on Etsy and an amazing Dress maker. Highly recommend it, the measurements were perfect, they were really well made and sent very quickly.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair, I had the lovely Emma from Nuts hair design in Eastbourne doing our hair (even though she broke her leg and had an operation just 4 days before the wedding!)- she still came in a full cast and brought a friend to help pass things. A real star, she didn’t want to let me down despite being in so much pain.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I had a selection of roses from ivory/cream through to peach/coral with eucalyptus and Grand Flowers in Meads Street arranged all the bouqets and button holes and flowers for hair as well.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
As it was in the garden, we had quite a natural setting with the flowers and garden and were lucky that it was so warm that we had two whole sides of the marquee open and had some lovely sweet peas, roses and a number of other pots scattered around. Inside the marquee we kept it quite simple with wedding centre pieces made of bark, vases with candles and shells that we and the family had collected and some ivory/small flowers round the edge)
For the dance/bar marquee, my clever cousin Bryony & Emma helped decorate the bar and added lighting inside and also tea lights/lanterns for outside later on.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Yes- and we’re still enjoying them now!
We made our own favours ‘Bryant’s Beetroot Chutney & Chews’ Chilli Jam’ and we’re still enjoying the left overs of that now!
The table place names and table plan were also made by two v talented crafty friends who made mini beach huts for all of them and a beautiful table plan which we will be treasuring!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My sister kindly volunteered to make our cake and we opted for a selection. I don’t like fruit cake so had 3 tiers of Chocolate, Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle. All of which were delicious, completely homemade and hand decorated by my amazing sister, Amy. (she coloured in tiny pieces of icing to make bunting on the cake, nothing like a bit of detail!)
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We kept this local too and had ‘The Stray Dogs’ play at our wedding. They are brilliant and play all of the old classics that get everyone up, dancing and singing. We had heard them play several times at the local pub and know them well from previous parties so it was great that they could play at our wedding.
We were also lucky enough to have my cousin Gemma sing beautifully in the service for us (Fields of Gold & Here comes the Sun) and another friend Tiny sang two of our favourite songs with the band after our first dance ‘Bastille- Pompei & Mumford & Sons, ‘I will Wait’ which was awesome.
On the day tips and advice:
Relax, enjoy it and take it all in! It will be the best day EVER!
What’s the best thing about being married?
To know that we’re in this together as an ‘official’ team and know that we’ll be with each other forever.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Neil Walker Photography http://www.neilwalkerphotography.co.uk/
Super Event http://www.superevent.co.uk/home
Pantiles Bride, Tunbridge Wells http://www.pantilesbride.com/
Grand Flowers https://www.grandflowers.co.uk/