When it comes to personalising a wedding, Rhian and Kristofor had it nailed. Every element of their day reflected their personalities in a wonderfully rustic and home made celebration. Rhian told me their venue was a complete blank canvas which Honeybee’s Vintage Teas transformed into their dream space.
It’s a little while since we’ve published an outdoor wedding, but Rhian and Kris’s celebration was impossible to ignore. Their day is beautiful and it’s not only for the styling and the look of the wedding: I fell in love with their smiles. They’re just so delightfully happy, and the images are out of this world.
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Do read the happy couple’s interview – it’s at the end of the blog feature. Their advice for the day itself is priceless: “Try to take time with your new husband to soak up the day, we spent the whole day with each other and loved that in all the madness we were together.”
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Rhian and Kristofor
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We found him on the Internet and arranged a meeting. We just instantly got on and trusted him to capture our day perfectly. (Although we did find him slightly bonkers!!)
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Damian was fantastic! When the weather became a bit of a nightmare (rain on August 1st for an outdoor wedding!!) Damian kept us laughing with his jokes and anecdotes until the rain cleared up for a perfect (late) ceremony! It also helps that we absolutely love the photos!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Along with our photos, Damian made a showreel of images to special music from the day. We sat and watched and I cried! We then held a viewing that night for family and friends who had come to visit for my birthday and reduced much of them to tears too!
Wootton park, Henley in Arden
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Simple, unique, rustic and made with love.
Your wedding style or theme:
It was all the story of us, completely a reflection of our relationship.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
A lot of recommendations and a little bit of magic.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Decide what is important and spend most of the money in those areas.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We hired a venue dresser (honeybees vintage teas) which took the stress out of that part and meant that we had the wow factor, which she tailored perfectly to our request, but without the stress!!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We sourced it from a handmade stationery crafter we found online. We discussed a few ideas and got some samples made and tweaked them until we were happy.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I completely fell in love with it. But at each fitting all the bridesmaids and my mum saw it and said that they loved it, but I never once reduced anybody to tears like you see on tv. I was beginning to doubt my instinct, but on the wedding day EVERYONE cried when they saw me, which more than made up for it!!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Sposa bridal in Brinklow.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were from Carvella and they were my something blue! I had my late nanas pendant wrapped around my bouquet as my something old. My dad gave my mum a beautiful pearl and diamond necklace for their 30th wedding anniversary in March. I asked to borrow it as my something borrowed. Finally, my wonderful mum surprised me with the beautiful pearl and diamond earrings the week before we got married as my something new.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
He originally looked at some ted baker suits for him and his groomsmen. But as there was 9 of them it worked out too expensive to buy. We had to hire the suits from Peter posh, but once he saw the suits and how they become almost iridescent in natural lighting and navy in normal lighting he was more than happy to have them instead! Kris wore a dickie bow too in order to be slightly different and recognisable from the rest of the groomsmen.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore infinity dresses, where they each have the same dress but wear it in a different way. I had a bridesmaid who had recently had beautiful twins and it was very inportant to me that they each felt comfortable and beautiful, so we found the style which they all felt suited them and comfortable with and I couldn’t believe how beautiful they all looked on the day!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We hired the hair stylists at the venue, we were lucky enough to have a hairdressers on site so we just strolled across after breakfast and got pampered by the dream team at trust salons.
Makeup was done by Stacey Paxton-Rhodes and I cannot recommend her enough. She did the most wonderful job and became a therapist whilst it was pouring with rain outside just before my outdoor ceremony!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Cindy at pure botanics in Henley in Arden arranged the bouquets for myself, the bridesmaids and the table centre pieces using miss piggy roses and gypsophila.
We were overwhelmed when my mums best friends said that they would like to help us and volunteered to grow flowers in their gardens and handcraft jam jars to display flowers for the ceremony and for the venue. They honestly looked so beautiful and we have kept the jars which we use for tea lights in our house as they were so crafted with love!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was a complete blank canvas and therefore we were so happy to have honeybees vintage teas work her magic to turn it into our dream.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Handmade jars and flowers for the wedding.
Kris best man is a graphic designer and created ‘our story’. We had a non religious ceremony and therefore wanted to tell our story through the eyes of us to our guests as they waited (in replacement for an order of ceremonies!)
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a naked cake with flowers and strawberries as our day was so rustic and simple, the cake looked so beautiful and fitted in perfectly. We didn’t even eat half of it and so we took it to the local nursing home so they enjoyed tea and cake on us
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired the band ‘rockit’ after seeing them at a friends wedding and it was a fantastic addition to the evening reception as they got everybody up dancing!
We had a string quartet play for the ceremony and the drinks reception. We hand picked songs for them to play and kris even chose the song for me to walk to as a surprise. (He almost reduced me to tears when I heard them begin ‘young and beautiful’ by kana del Ray)
On the day tips and advice:
Try to take time with your new husband to soak up the day, we spent the whole day with each other and loved that in all the madness we were together.
Remain calm and what’s important, if it rains or if your hair isn’t perfect it doesn’t matter because you are marrying the most important person in the world and everything else becomes insignificant!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Becoming a family together. After almost 8 years together not much has changed, but I feel so proud to call him my husband and now we are a unit together.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Honey bees vintage teas
Stacey Paxton Rhodes