David and Becks are a wonderful couple. It’s a rare treat to have a groom’s interview on the blog, and David gives some amazing advice. You all know I adore intimate weddings and a relaxed approach to planning, so I was thrilled when these gorgeous folks landed in my inbox. Everything about their day is perfect for the English Wedding Blog!
David told me “Pretty much everything other than the photographer and the venue was done by our friends and family, particularly Becks’ mum who could have 50 different careers if she wished, she did all the flowers, the table dressings and the bunting amongst other things.”
Our beautiful bride and gorgeous groom planned their day together from the start. They spent on the important things: such as their fab Leeds wedding photographer Hayley Baxter, and saved elsewhere. David advises other couples to, “make sure you save money in the right places… ditch the fussy stuff and spend a bit on the important things that will make sure your guests have a fab time!”
Images are by Leeds Wedding Photographer Hayley Baxter. You can find out more about Hayley here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: David and Becks
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Becks and I made a decision at the outset of our wedding planning not to have a photographer as we were trying to cut costs where we could (although I couldn’t help feel like I was the one doing all the convincing!) Over time I could tell just how much it meant to Becks to have a professional take our pictures so I decided to surprise her and sprung into action! The problem was, it was now 2 months before the wedding day and I was told you had to book a photographer 12-18 months in advance!
During my online search I came across a lot of different websites, but only one really won me over, that was Hayley Baxter Photography. Her page had it all, the natural pictures that captured the moments, the filtering that brought colours to life, the professional website, just to name a few plus points. I made the call to Hayley and as fate would have it she had just had a cancellation for our weekend and was available for our big day. After speaking with Hayley on the phone and meeting her in person her professionalism wasn’t just hidden behind a website, she was the complete package.
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From beginning to end Hayley was the ultimate professional, which is what you want when trying to plan a wedding (I even looked to her on the day to say ‘what do we do now?’ and ‘Where do we go next?’) as I knew that having been to a few weddings herself she would know the usual drill. I think a person’s personality really helps carry a business and Hayley made everybody on the day feel comfortable and at ease while taking pictures. She even spotted a few places on the way to the church that would be a great setting for a photo shoot. The end result was perfect, Hayley had even produced a slideshow of our pictures to music which were really in keeping with the style of the wedding, laid back and intimate.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
The first feeling was ‘Wow’, then we were transported back to the day. The pictures made our wedding seem real again, it unlocked memories and emotions. We’d had such an amazing day and were so happy we could show our pictures off to everybody, including those few people who couldn’t make it. We loved how relaxed and natural the photos were, they looked so professional but at the same time ultimately effortless.
St Lawrence Church, Stretton Grandison, near Ledbury (Becks’ local church) followed by The Verzon House Hotel, Trumpet, Ledbury.
Because we were such a wirlwhind romance (met in August last year, were a couple by November, got engaged in April and married in August!) we were so lucky to find these two places were available. It was definitely fate!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
An intimate celebration of love set in the Herefordshire Countryside. (Sorry, I had to use 10)
Your wedding style or theme:
We decided to keep things simple and not really have a style or theme… as well as having a relaxed wedding day we wanted to make sure the planning was relaxed too! The only thing we did have was a loose color scheme of summery pinks and oranges and that in itself was enough to tie everything together, it may have been a little eclectic but overall I think it worked!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Pretty much everything other than the photographer and the venue was done by our friends and family, particularly Becks’ mum who could have 50 different careers if she wished, she did all the flowers, the table dressings and the bunting amongst other things.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do as much as you can yourself and be confident in what you can do… just make sure you have a few practice runs first! Also, make sure you save money in the right places… ditch the fussy stuff and spend a bit on the important things that will make sure your guests have a fab time
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We didn’t have invites for the wedding let alone stationery! The only thing we had to have was the orders of service. We had a picture of the church on the front, the usual service details inside, then a crossword (for any lulls..!) and the table plans. Instead of the invites we just asked everyone personally… which was quite fun when it was something that no one was expecting! After the wedding we went on a mini moon to Exmore where we sat in a cosy pub writing thank you postcards.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Becks put it on and knew it was the one… she’d been round lots of different shops and there wasn’t anything quite right. Eventually she found the dress, she knew because she just didn’t want to take it off!
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
I wore a dark blue suit from TM Lewin.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We had two bridesmaids, both of our sisters. We didn’t choose what they wore, just gave them our very vague color scheme and let them pick!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Becks’ hair was done at Toni and Guy and she did her make up herself.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Becks Mum did all of the flowers! A few days before the wedding she went round all the supermarkets, completely brought them out of the flowers and worked her magic to transform them into amazing bouquets, posies and button holes.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really, we were lucky that the Verzons has it’s own unique style that we just loved. Think country house with a modern twist.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We planned to do lots of wonderful crafty things, but just didn’t end up having the time!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Luckily we have a family friend did who baked our cake! Becks gave her a very vague vision, showed her a few pictures and she really made it come to life! We never expected it to be as good and look as professional as it was… the colours and textures on the cake were stunning… it was a real talking point. We had decided to ditch the usual fruit cake, going for layers of chocolate, vanilla cream and earl grey tea instead – we cut it and ate it on the day, as part of our evening food, there wasn’t much left!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Though a lot of the wedding was done with the budget in mind we decided that we wouldn’t scrimp on good food, good wine and great music. Because of that we had a string quartet at the church and reception and then later we had the Gillan Edgar Band for live music and lots of dancing!
On the day tips and advice:
Don’t stress and enjoy every second.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The togetherness and the commitment. But most of all we can take our Tinder profiles down now.