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Our weekend party with all of our family and friends! Helen and Declan at White Dove Barn, with Greg Coltman Photography

Use local suppliers to save money – so say Helen and Declan whose gorgeous wedding at White Dove Barn we’re featuring on the English Wedding Blog this morning. It’s good advice: there are amazing creative suppliers nestled all over the country and you’ll find them at craft fairs, in art galleries and at the best wedding showcases… even from venue recommendations.

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This is a charming wedding for a beautiful bride and her handsome groom – and I love their approach to styling their day. Helen told me, “we wanted to make sure we went local as much as possible – so things like hairdresser, florist, make up were all local to Suffolk… everything else came from recommendations or people that we knew.”

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Images are by the superb Essex wedding photographer Greg Coltman, whose wedding photos get a glowing review from the happy couple. “words can not express how happy we were with them – they were stunning and captured the day in every detail.”

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Helen and Declan

Wedding photographer’s website: 

www.gregcoltmanphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

Recommended by a close friend

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

Absolutely – from the first moment we met him in Costa Coffee in Billericay to the wedding day – he was amazing and such a nice guy to go with it.  He just got us as a couple and therefore what we wanted for the wedding – he made me (the bride) feel so at ease during the day, he made me feel special – and this came out in the photos that he took., 

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

In a word –  I couldn’t wait as I knew they would be good – I had seen Greg’s website and he was recommended but words can not express how happy we were with them – they were stunning and captured the day in every detail.  I’m not really one for having my photo taken – but after spending the day with Greg and seeing the results, blimey I can honestly say I was over the moon.

Wedding venue: 

White Dove Barn

Greg, Joni and Timmy at White Dove Barn – www.suffolkwedding.com

Wedding month: 

June

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Weekend party with all of our family and friends!

Your wedding style or theme: 

We didn’t really have a style or theme – it was just about having what we wanted, and what we decided on as we were planning the day – there were certain things that we had decided we wanted so we just fitted it altogether.

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

We wanted to makes sure we went local as much as possible – so things like hairdresser, florist, make up were all local to Suffolk and the venue knew and had been to the venue before – everything else were recommendations or people that we knew.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Use local suppliers

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

Photographer – absolutely a must.  The day goes so quick, you need the photos to remind you of such a wonderful day.  Greg did this perfectly for us.

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

We sort of designed the wedding stationery ourselves – when I say sort of we gave a friend a very draft mock up of what we were thinking and he did the rest!  They were fab!  

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Absolutely – it must have been about the 6th dress I tried on – and I knew as soon as I put it on that it was the one.  I had no pre idea of what I wanted (I actually never thought I would get married….) but there it was………….

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Benjamin Roberts – the Wedding Shop in Colchester

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

All my jewellery was borrowed and old – I wore my sisters wedding jewellery  (new was of course the dress and, blue was the colour on my toe nails!), , I didn’t wear a veil and my shoes were a lovely pair of paradox pinks – small heel and shiny! 

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

The groom and his posse were in grey cerruti 3 piece suits, with green ties and pocket chief – thank you to Dan at Savoy Tailors – the men had more fittings then me!  The page boys – my every growing nephews were in matching trousers and matching green and white waistcoats and ties – they looked so grown up!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My beautiful bridesmaid Rosie was in green too – she looked absolutely stunning in very high heels!

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

Absolutely went professional – I had hair and make up for a number of people in the morning – the venue was fab to get everyone together in the morning – just lazing around

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

I had decided on general colours for the wedding – green was a dominant colour and I had found some material that I had thought would look lovely on the table…….. and I knew that I want hydrangeas – I went to see Shelley at Violets Florist in Lowestoft and she did the rest – my flowers were amazing.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Not too much – the venue was beautiful so it didn’t really need too much and there was already things there that we could use – we made up the tables, had flowers in the ceremony and that was about it.

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

I made all the favours myself, we had some campervan sweet boxes on the table that we stuffed with old fashioned sweets (you know the ones refreshers, black jacks, popping candy and fruit salads – the oldies had soft fruit gums….) and I made the table clothes (I thank Karen for her time and patience and her lovely sewing machine,,,,,) 

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

Cheese, cheese and more cheese…………..the cake was a 3 tier tower of lots and lots of cheeses – we like cheese.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Our band took the roof off!  We thank Rumblefish (www.rumble-fish,co,uk) who travelled all the way from Kent and rocked and I personally thank them for kicking the night off with Linkin Park version of Adele’s rolling in the deep. 

And of course our first dance – Gregory Porter ‘Reel good hands’ – there was only ever going to be one song for our first dance.  Gregory you have an amazing voice……

On the day tips and advice: 

Let people help you! 

What’s the best thing about being married?

I wake up every day as Mrs Rate.

Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms: 

Greg Coltman photographer: www.gregcoltmanphotograhy.co.uk

Shelley at Violets Florist: www.violetsflorist.co.uk

Danielle Auker (Make-up): www.norwichmakeup.co.uk

Ian and Andy at Prestige Caterers: www.prestigebars.co.uk 

Laura at Laura Hughes Hair: www.laurahugheshair.co.uk

James at idesigns for our amazing wedding stationery: www.idesigns.ltd.uk

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 November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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