Ah… music to my ears: Natalie mentions in her interview today that “Ebay isn’t always the best place to grab a bargain“! She’s spot on – and I love her for this as well as for sharing her wedding to Scott with us all today, because it’s amaaaazing…
Natalie is one of the craftiest brides I’ve known – her handiwork is wonderful. There are so many makes in today’s real wedding you’re going to be Pinning for hours, my lovely blog readers! “We made so much for the wedding from signs, to centre pieces, sweetie buffet to popcorn and honey favours. The list is endless and thanks to pinterest the making continued right up to the day before the wedding!”
Natalie used recycled materials and was careful with her crafting budget… and it all looks incredible. So grab a cuppa and snuggle up with your tablet for this one… it’s such a beauty of a wedding and will go down as one of this year’s favourites for me!
Images are by lovely Ailsa of Kanashay Photography. Ailsa is based in Cheshire and travels to photograph weddings… do discover more of her beautiful (and highly recommended!) work here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Natalie & Scott
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
After finding my dress at The Wedding Boutique Cheshire I was given a little pack with lots of lovely recommended suppliers and Kanashay Photography was one of those! I visited her website and fell in love with her natural laid back style and the way she had documented every detail of people’s big days like a storyboard.
The photos where so so important to us that it was a priority to find not only the right photographer but the right person too and on meeting Ailsa we knew she would be perfect – just so lovely and laid back I felt like she really understood us and what we wanted. We wanted pictures of people being themselves and having fun not striking poses, we wanted beautiful pictures of all the things I planned to make so it really was about the detail and helping us remember all the little things after the day had passed. Our biggest fear was a demanding photographer but Ailsa made it clear from her beautiful portfolios that that was not her style at all she was clearly that person that was everywhere all the time but you never see her take a single photo….. Ailsa was our easiest but most important decision
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Ailsa was absolutely amazing! She just loves what she does and that passion, love and enthusiasm really shines through. In the lead up to the big day we spoke on many occasions about what we wanted from our big day she played a huge part in the build up and Ailsa really did deliver on the day! From 9am until 11pm (it was her birthday too!) this is a lady who works so hard to deliver the very best photos right from the getting ready through to the church and on to the party we just loved looking through all the moments she managed to capture.
We really wanted a photographer that would just blend into the background, snap away and no one would notice and when we got our photos back everyone said over and over … we didn’t see her take that one…. I didn’t know she was even there!’ Every photo was beautifully natural with just lots and lots of smiles, laughter and emotion which I have never seen captured so well in one set of photos.
Of course Ailsa did not forget all of the beautiful things she almost created a catalogue of all the wedding décor and little details from pretty shoes, to centre pieces right though to props and yummy food she hasn’t let us forget a thing after we worked so hard to put together the perfect rustic DIY wedding. By the end of the whole wedding process we feel we have left with a friend and a beautiful set memories Ailsa is a true professional who we will continue to recommend to all of our friends and family.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were so eager to see our wedding photos and they were so worth the wait the personalised pen drive and handmade box of prints came all wrapped up in the post and we followed the instructions on Ailsa’s little note inside to watch our slide show and turn it up loud. Ailsa had put our pictures to some lovely music and it was quite emotional to see the whole day played back to us – such happy memories and some very funny moments too, there was a story with every photo. We then spent many hours going through the other photos in an attempt to narrow them down a little …. We are still deciding which ones will make it to the album
Meols Hall & Tithe Barn
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
It was just the most perfect day!
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic Garden theme Wedding
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our suppliers were recommendations, local suppliers/ businesses or friends some we found from google searches when we were looking for specific suppliers or products.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make it yourself! Get friends and family to help and make it fun but really spend some time looking for the best price on the things you buy as Ebay is not always the best place to grab a bargain. Don’t be scared of a sale we got the suits and bridesmaid dresses at a huge discount which saved us a fortune but that was just pure luck- though I am sure we spent the moneys somewhere else.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We are so glad we invested in a great photographer as I cant imagine there is anything more disappointing than getting those photos back and feeling they don’t capture your day in the best way possible as it is something you only do once you want to remember it in all its glory so cut back somewhere else and splash out on the memories that are important. Also THE DRESS it has to be perfect so go to a beautiful boutique and have that special experience and finally entertainment…. Have a live band they guarantee to get all your guests up dancing and that is all we wanted for our friends and family to have an amazing time! – Champagne Skies and The Govans band were both fantastic
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I am a keen crafter so I always thought I would make my own wedding stationery but I really wanted something unique. I made my own vintage cotton reel save the dates. I have an art degree so people’s expectations where high for the invitations, in the end I spotted a suggested page on facebook for tea towel wedding invitations and we had to have them they were so worth the investment all our guests loved them and I added lots of handmade paper extras along with silk beaded keepsake flowers all wrapped up in twine.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The dress I ended up picking as THE ONE was never what I envisaged myself wearing: my initial idea was to go for the laid back boho look to go with my rustic theme but in the end it was the more structured mermaid shape that I felt amazing in. I work in a bridal boutique – the wedding boutique Cheshire in Knutsford – so the choice was very difficult and I did end up with 2 so I feel very lucky to have had that opportunity to sport two beautiful dresses in one day.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Felicity Cooper was the designer of my wedding dresses and Fiona from The Wedding Boutique Cheshire was truly amazing from start to finish. The service I received was amazing and I made a true friend through the whole bespoke process so much so that I ended up working at the boutique helping others find THE ONE!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were Kurt Geiger sparkley numbers as I was not sold on any of the traditional bridal style shoes I wanted a shoe that I could wear again. My jewellery was DKNY but was just simple silver chain and pearl and I didn’t think bling was very well suited to the whole vintage look I was going with. I wore a bespoke long sleeve reverse bolero for the church ceremony with matching veil but took these off for the meal and added a detailed enzoani corsage belt.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
The Groomsmen wore suits from the high street as we wanted the boys to have them as something they could use again after the wedding. As we got married in August we knew it would be inevitable that the suit jackets would come off so we opted for a morning suit where the trousers and waistcoats where in a matching grey and the jackets in an alternative blue colour so even without the jackets they all looked super smart. All the groomsmen wore matching ties and Scott the groom opted for a blue tweed dickie bow so he would stand out from the others. The blue suede shoes that Scott chose really topped off the look.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My Girls all wore Jenny Packham dresses in an unusual grey- lilac colour I loved the muted tone of the dresses as I really wanted the flowers to stand out. Finding the right dresses to suit all the girls was a challenge but they where all happy in the end. Our Flower girl wore a super cute dusky pink dress from BHS and I hand beaded the flower on the waist to add a little sparkle and a personal touch. The big bridesmaids had shoes and matching bags (for their lippy) from kurt Geiger.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
All the Hair and makeup for the big day was done by the amazing team at Denaro Hair & Beauty my sister is part of the team so I knew Emmy the owner and the rest of the team would work wonders on the whole bridal party. The makeup and hair lasted all day with no touch ups I can speak on behalf of myself and the rest of the girls in saying how amazing we all felt.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
The lady that did our beautiful flowers was a family friend Anne-Louise who used to run Lou’s Flower studio in Parbold. I asked her long before the wedding if she would do the flowers even though the shop was no longer up and running, and thankfully she said yes. Having that relationship already with the florist was a huge bonus as I could really get all my ideas across and be totally honest about my vision for the day. Flowers were a vital part of our big day and this rustic garden theme I had set my heart on for the Barn. They really were so important and as much as I had a vision of what I wanted I can honestly say my flower knowledge is pretty limited. In the end they were the biggest surprise of the whole day – I couldn’t have imagined they would be so beautiful! They had a real presence from the bouquets to the centre pieces she matched every colour perfectly and really utilised the seasonal flowers such as peonies, roses and hydrangeas ( that I love) they were perfect and packed with greenery, ferns, willow, moss and stunning flowers in all the right colours creating that wild garden feel thoughtout the barn.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue really was a blank canvas with stunning bare brick walls I had a lot of scope of what I could do with the space and I really really went to town with all my handmade bits and pieces. With no curtains, carpet or wallpaper to link with the world was my oyster in terms of colour choice but I am not a huge lover of bright colours so the soft pastels and gold was the direction we chose to go in. Plant pots, jars and lots of logs were the main decorations and they formed the basis of the rustic garden theme we had centred all of our ideas on. Lots of the same works well as in a big venue decorations can appear lost having so many logs both on the indoor and outdoor tables really brought the theme to life.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Gosh we made so much for the wedding from signs, to centre pieces, sweetie buffet to popcorn and honey favours. The list is endless and thanks to pinterest the making continued right up to the day before the wedding! It took a van and 4 cars to transport all of our decorations to the venue so we definitely went to town. All my makes were done on a budget and used found materials such as slates and old pallets – we even made our own tattoo parlour. I enjoyed every moment of planning and making and felt really proud on the day after hearing all the lovely comments from guests but I cannot deny I really felt the pressure making cocktails the night before. It was worth it in the end but was a little stressful – maybe there are somethings that should be left to the professionals.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for our consultation with Sam from mrs bee queen of cakes hoping it would help us choose but in fact it just reinforced what a focal point the cake is… everyone sees it and everyone eats it so its really important. We went in for 3 tiers and came out having ordered 5. We didn’t make a decision on flavour but instead had 3 flavours – lemon, chocolate and Victoria sponge. In terms of decoration we went rustic again with every other layer decorated as a log. Sam also worked from swatches to match the flower colours to ours and she did a stunning job and it went down a treat with guests.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Scott is a drummer in a wedding/ function band so music played a big part in our wedding. At the church we had a beautiful song by our maid of honour Sarah and Usher Gary who played guitar. On arrival at Meols Hall the guests enjoyed a bit of saxophone from our friend Emma and 4th member of the Govans band who played at our evening reception. The Govans were amazing
On the day tips and advice:
Just don’t worry: on the day what will be will be! Ride the wave and if anything goes not to plan you have been making for 2 years don’t panic. It really is the best day ever – let the venue and suppliers take the heat and make the decisions on the day as that is what you have paid them for.
What’s the best thing about being married?
After being together for 8 years for us it is just the icing on the cake and the chance to show and share how much we love each other in a big way with a big party to finish it off. Looking forward to many anniversaries to come, hope we will have the long and happy marriages both our sets of parents have had.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Ice cream dub
Denaro Hair & Beauty
Meols hall & tithe barn
Mrs b queen of cakes
The wedding boutique Cheshire
Felicity cooper bridal design
Posh pampa campa