A sense of normality returns to English Wedding Blog HQ as I have one of the loveliest weddings of the year to share with you. David and Jodie’s art deco inspired Norfolk wedding is just so beautiful… The bride is stunning; the groom looks fabulous, the atmosphere shines through their images. You’ll love every moment!
Such an amazing wedding blog only gets better with brilliant advice from the bride and groom. “Don’t try to save money, but don’t spend more than you need to. My advice is set a budget and work to it. If you can’t afford it, then don’t do it/have it. Focus on the main areas and spend as much as you can afford on the important parts.”
Beautiful bride Jodie told me many of their wedding suppliers were recommended by their venue, St Giles House Hotel: the flowers and entertaiment, for example. She already knew of the bridal boutique where she found her gorgeous dress, and said everything else was scoured via the internet, such as invites, place cards, place card holders etc. On the day stationery was beautifully homemade, and Jodie was glued to Etsy & Pinterest for favour ideas!
I always love hearing great reviews of photographers, and Norfolk photographer Duncan Kerridge gets an amazing review from David and Jodie: “After the most amazing day and months of worrying and organizing there is always a sense of emptiness after the event. Seeing the photos changed that immediately as it was as if we were right back there… We were thrilled with our photos. Beyond the obvious quality of the shots and composition, the biggest source of joy was how the whole essence and celebration of the day had been captured. ”
Do check out Duncan Kerridge Photography
The English Wedding Blog Interview: David & Jodie
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Duncan was my boss some 15 years ago, as a Managing Director of a Promotional Fulfilment Company! I was with him all the way when he first found his love with photography right up to his leap of faith, to become reliant on photography as a source of income. To me he was already a professional photographer as his work was exceptional. I gave him the option to come as a guest to my wedding or work it. Thankfully he chose the latter as I couldn’t imagine anyone else shooting the most important day of my life to date! (I did insist he joined us for the wedding breakfast and a well-earned drink at the end of his shift!)
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
As I have known Duncan for the thick end of 20 years, I would have no hesitation in being critical. But of course I trust him implicitly and without sounding overly cliché, we were thrilled with our photos. Beyond the obvious quality of the shots and composition, the biggest source of joy was how the whole essence and celebration of the day had been captured. Duncan made everyone feel very at ease which resulted in really natural pictures – he helped make the day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were absolutely overjoyed. After the most amazing day and months of worrying and organizing there is always a sense of emptiness after the event. Seeing the photos changed that immediately as it was as if we were right back there. Rather than just a set of wedding photos, they tell a story, of the whole emotion of the day. It was fantastic to relive some moments and even better to see some that hadn’t been noticed or remembered!
St Giles House Hotel, 41-45 St Giles St, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JR
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Intimate, family, relaxed wedding.
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage / Art Deco
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We actually used the recommendations from St Giles Hotel Manager, Alice Cooksey. She had already recommended Duncan, but also the entertainment and the flower shop. The wedding dress shop was known to us locally as was the ring supplier (who both came highly recommended), Grooms suit and Flowers girls dress from high street stores. Everything else was scoured via the internet, such as invites, place cards, place card holders etc. The bride was glued to Etsy & Pintrest for favor ideas!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
I’m going to be controversial on this one. Don’t try to save money, but don’t spend more than you need to. I know what you’re thinking, but my advice is set a budget and work to it. If you can’t afford it, then don’t do it/have it. Focus on the main areas and spend as much as you can afford on the important parts. I’ve been to weddings where a single element bought on “the cheap” spoilt the whole day. Like the entertainment for example, a bad DJ ruins the evening fun. Don’t be mistaken, our budget was much smaller than you’d imagine. We kept our day guest number small deliberately which allowed a much higher quality of food etc.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
From the answer above, all the main bits that mattered to us, Venue, Flowers, Dress/Suit, Photographer and entertainment. These 5 elements accounted for about 90% of our budget.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Invites, with RSVP card and information card were printed and supplied by Andrew at Vintage designs – www.vintage-designs.co.uk
Place cards, table plan and table numbers we made ourselves, which we had fun doing. Templates and font purchased from Etsy, card and guillotine purchased from Hobby Craft.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Of course! If you don’t love it, then it’s the wrong one. Keep looking and trying them on, after all it’s the focal point of the big day and the best part of organizing the wedding!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Dress was a Marylise Risa, supplied and altered by Lavender & Jude, Stradbrook, Suffolk.
Tell us about your accessories: jewelry, shoes and anything else!
My sister lent me her Diamond & Pearl Earrings (Something Borrowed), I wore my late Grandmothers necklace wrapped round my ankle (Something Old & Something Blue), Everything else I wore was new! Shoes were by Jenny Packham and my hair piece was from Petite Lumiere Bridal who I found on Etsy (my favorite accessory).
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Our wedding wasn’t a formal, Top hat and tails affair and I had a very clear image of the suit I was looking for, but months of searching for a 3 Piece Tweed Skinny Fit suit with lapels on the waistcoat and turn ups drew a blank.
Just days before the wedding panic was setting in, as this was the last element to be completed! I decided to forget the tweed and focus on something that didn’t look like a work suit. Thankfully Next came to the rescue!
I found a pin dot black & Grey Suit, with a double breasted waistcoat and turn ups. My advice to any grooms is to try on lots of suit cuts and sizes. For example I’m a 40R in a Skinny fit, but a 38R in Slim fit. Find the style and fit that looks the best, then choose the suit. I can’t recommend Next enough, I actually bought two suits for the wedding as I couldn’t choose between them at the time. I chose on the morning of the wedding with the help of a best friend and the unusual double breasted waistcoat swung it!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We always wanted an intimate classy affair, which didn’t have much scope for many bridesmaids. As we had lots of contenders (3 sisters, 4 close friends and a host of niece’s and cousins!) we opted not to have any, so there was no favoritism. One little niece was so excited that we simply couldn’t leave her out and wanted to make it even more magical for her. So we asked her to be a flower girl and as Duncan will testify, really took the role with both hands! Her dress came from Monsoon who do a fabulous range of wedding outfits for 12 years and under.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair was by Gemma Holiday – www.gemmaholiday.com
Makeup was by Melissa Abel – www.melissaabel.co.uk
Both artists made up the Bride, the bride’s mother, three sisters and a flower girl. Cannot recommend these two ladies enough. They were amazing on the day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (Florist details would be lovely please)
Our wedding flowers were supplied and arranged by Pick-a-lily of Norwich – www.pickalilyflowers.co.uk
Our point of contact there Kit, was amazing. She listened to our theme and colour scheme and then began to show us pictures to get a feeling for what we liked. From this she created a set of vintage flowers, of pastel colors, with succulents and greenery. The bouquet was stunning and beyond our expectations as were the table decorations, buttonholes and top table decoration.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
From our perspective no! The wedding suite is so ornate we needed very little decorations as we didn’t want to detract from the walnut clad walls and chandeliers. All we needed to do was ensure the flowers were to be delivered on the big day. The venue took care of everything else such as table coverings, chair decorations, tea lights etc. We did hire a post box for cards and vintage sweet stand for pick and mix!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
The bride and her two sisters made the wedding favours, which were a selection of 100ml vintage bottles, filled with flavored spirits and decorated with lace and a “Drink Me” label. Children had a “Party Bag” to help ease the boredom of a grown-ups wedding! We also made the name cards, table numbers and table plan. We enjoyed all of it as helps to really connect with the day and kind of felt like we had earnt the right to have the day with a bit of hard graft. It was lots of trial and error to begin with and took 3 times longer than we expected. Great satisfaction to see it all done though and look so amazing on the day.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The mother of the bride insisted that she make our cake, her way of contribution and being involved in our special day. And how could we refuse such an offer. Weeks of baking and icing produced the most wonderful fruit cake. The cake was 3 tiers, plain white, but decorated with lace and beads from the brides dress. It stood around 14” tall had a wonderful 5” topper with flowers around the base. So popular it proved to be, that 2 ½ weeks on, it’s all been consumed! No tier left for a christening on this occasion!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We used a great company (Connections Entertainment) that had an on-line portal that allowed people to select songs they wanted play, along with messages they wanted read out. It was fun as it allowed everyone to be involved in the run up to the big event. The results were great too, lots of great tunes, some with meaning and some just for fun. We did however have the administration rights to take out those we really didn’t like, but thankfully our guests have great taste!
On the day tips and advice:
Take it all in and enjoy it! Relax and don’t stress! It goes so fast and you are moving at 100mph trying to speak to everyone and be in the right place at the right time (ceremony etc). We were told this is the best day of your life and they weren’t wrong. We would love to do it all again and again!
What’s the best thing about being married?
I imagine it’s different for every couple, but for us it’s the feeling of beginning the next chapter of our lives together. We’ve been together for 7 years so it also a nice feeling that we have committed to each other for life. We’ve always been a team, but now its official and the real deal!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue – http://stgileshousehotel.com/
Photographer – www.kerridgeweddings.co.uk
Bridal Shop – www.lavenderandjude.co.uk/
Hair – www.gemmaholiday.com
Makeup – www.melissaabel.co.uk
Hair Piece – www.petitelumiere.com/
Flowers – www.pickalilyflowers.co.uk
Ring supplier – www.aurumdesign.co.uk/
Entertainment – www.connectionsentertainment.co.uk/
Invites – www.vintage-designs.co.uk