“Nerves, what nerves? They will soon disappear when you see your soulmate’s face light up the room!” Oh, Emma – what a wonderful piece of advice to give our readers! And what a beautiful bride you are…
Today’s wedding comes from Grittleton House, in Wiltshire. It’s a venue I’ve never featured before and I have fallen in love with the place, inside and out. Emma and Mark styled their elegant English wedding there with art deco touches, and the day was simply fabulous.
Images are by Wiltshire-based Kevin Belson Photography. Find out more here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Emma and Mark
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We searched our venue online and some of Kevin’s work came up.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
More than happy!
Kevin has a natural ability to capture real, and special moments in time. Kevin was incredibly efficient on the day and able to work collaboratively with our guests to get the all important group shots! His photography has a very distinctive and clear identity however he was flexible in his approach and captured some more traditional shots which were as important to us as the contemporary/fun photos. Kevin offers a great package which included a pre wedding shoot. When we saw the photos from that, we knew we had made a great choice!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
My husband cried…….just kidding, he held it together until we got back in the car! 🙂
Ok, I blubbed. We were totally overwhelmed. Every photo of every person was beautiful. It was amazing to see so many happy faces and to see all the details that we didn’t have time to digest on the day. We didn’t look half bad either!
Grittleton house, Wiltshire. Hats off to Adrian the owner. He made sure everything was perfect on the day. No ask was too big, the customer service was great.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Classic, elegant, romantic, fun, traditional, sentimental, stress free! Perfect (of course)
Your wedding style or theme:
We wanted a classic but relaxed wedding. It combined a few of my (the bride is boss remember!) favourite things: Horses, Lavender, Pride and prejudice, 20’s glamour
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Through friends and experiences
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Um, that’s a tricky question, I’m pretty sure we didn’t ‘save’ any! However we were very fortunate to have friends who did us favours!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We didn’t really cut corners anywhere but we are really glad we didn’t skimp on the photographer, after all, you only get one shot at the photos (pardon the pun!)
We were really fortunate to have a friend (Dan Whitehouse: Happy ever afters) who did the videography for us. He was awesome and we would highly recommend him. We didn’t want a video camera initially but now we are so thankful we did!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I made the stationery. I had so much fun getting the girls round, cutting card and sticking lace after a few glasses of wine. I really wanted all the preparation to be fun and I’m pleased I made some great memories in the process.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I fell in love with it before I even saw it in the flesh! I knew exactly what I wanted and it was a dream come true to be able to own a Jenny Packham gown
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The White Room, Minchinhampton
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My hair comb was by Jenny Packham. Art Deco inspired.
My shoes! My shoes were customised by an amazing family friend who created a bespoke design which consisted of Swarovski crystals, sequins and pearl beads. I love my shoes and the best bit, no one else will ever have the same!
My earrings were loaned to me by my mother in law. She had bought them years ago and had them tucked away never worn. They went perfectly with the dress.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Waistcoat and tails.:Horace Barton, Cheltenham
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Coast Lori Lee dresses in silver. 20’s inspired accessories
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A very good friend who is a beauty therapist (Allieeverafter) did my makeup. I purchased it all from space NK. I wanted it to be very natural, she did a perfect job.
I hired a professional hairdresser called Sheena (Sheena’s wedding hairstyles). She was incredibly talented and totally understood the look I was going for. Not only talented but a lovely person too.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Flowers were arranged by a good family friend (Jan Blackmore @ Buttercup pantry, Gloucester). We wanted a combination of gypsophila, lavender and roses. The brief was: not too structured, relaxed, a bit country garden. Jan exceeded our expectations, especially with the table centre pieces.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, the venue spoke for itself!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made the table plan and place name cards. It was hard work but great fun getting friends and family involved.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a 3 tier cake consisting of the traditional fruit cake, a lemon sponge and Victoria sponge. Very simply decorated with lavender. We didn’t want an elaborate cake, I don’t think I could bear to see it chopped to pieces!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The band were amazing! We had seen them play at a local pub on the New Year’s Eve following our engagement. People still ask us about them now and they’ve been booked for our friends wedding next year.
The bad back band, Cheltenham.
The videography! Dan has a documentary style of filming. He captured some amazing footage of our day. He also helped me to produce a video montage for my husband which I gave him on the morning of the wedding. It was so nice to capture all of our memories in one video.
On the day tips and advice:
If you have bridesmaids make the most of them! Ours were amazing and I didn’t have to organise a single thing on the day.
Nerves, what nerves? They will soon disappear when you see your soulmate’s face light up the room!
Get the best man or the venue to put aside a tray of bubbly and canapés for you both otherwise you won’t get any!
What’s the best thing about being married?
For us it means our family is complete. We are a team that has committed to raising our family together. It’s comforting to know you have someone to share your life journey with.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
The Bad Back Band, Cheltenham
Happy Ever Afters: Dan Whitehouse
Buttercup Pantry, Gloucester (FB page)
Allieeverafter beauty (Gloucester)