Today’s real wedding comes a little later than planned: I’ve been excitedly waiting to share this with you after its original publication on Juno & Joy. It’s a wonderfully light and pretty wedding from Windsor, with the most delicate florals and stunning portraits… and the most gorgeous and lovely couple you could meet.
Christine and Darren are all kinds of amazing – they’ve shared some super snippets of advice along with supplier recommendations in their English Wedding Blog interview this morning. Don’t miss it – towards the end of the blog feature.
Images are by lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Hannah McClune, who photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Christine and Darren
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
I googled local photographers. And Hannah’s website caught my eyes. I loved her portfolio!!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
I always wanted to capture our big day in documentary style so that everyone in the pictures looked natural and Hannah did exactly what I explained. I loved the way she dealt with our guests on the day for the smooth preparation. She was very engaged with our guests. At the same time, she gave all of us freedom to enjoy our moment together. We all knew we were being photographed but we did not feel pressured at all.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Simply OMG!! It really exceeded our expectations. It was really like something you could see in a wedding magazine!! So unreal!!
Oakley Court in Windsor
Your wedding style or theme:
British wild flowers garden theme – Lavender, Daisy and White Gypsophila. I always wanted my wedding to be chic with a little touch of rustic boho style. And I think wild flowers gave this effect very well.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I listed local suppliers first then went to their website to see their portfolio also, wedding magazines, blogs and social medias to find out reviews on their previous works.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
First thing you have to do is set your budget. Be realistic!! Then make a budget tracker so you do not miss any area that you have to spend. Write every single penny you spent even if is 5p, this way I found myself being realistic all the time and stick to the budget not to go over spend.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely the Wedding Venue. Money well spent.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I bought them online. There are so many unique wedding stationery suppliers online. Also I personally deigned and made our wedding programme.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My husband came shopping for the dress with me. It sounds a little awkward to most British people, but in Korea it is a norm to shop around your dress with a future husband. But I did not tell him which one I will go for the big day. Just for a surprise!!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ellis bridal from Windsor Bride Shop, A few steps away from my house.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I did not have maids but had my little niece Grace as a flower girl. She was so pretty in her silky white dress and a flower crown.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
He wore a smart navy suit
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I used the talented Liz Patey, http://www.lizpateymakeup.co.uk
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
British wild flowers garden theme – Lavender, Daisy and White Gypsophila (White, Purple and hint of yellow)
Luxe Flowers, http://www.luxe-flowers.com
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
A classy buttercream design by Melissa Woodland, http://www.melissawoodlandcakes.com
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
we did not want to play classical music so we went for songs we love;
Before the wedding started – Stand by me by Ben E King, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, Just the way you are by Bruno Mars, Love by Natalie Cole
For the Bride entrance – A thousand years by Christina Perri (Instrumental)
For the signing of the register – I’ll be there by Jackson 5, All you need is love by Beatles
For the recession – Signed, Sealed and Delivered by Stevie Wonder
On the day tips and advice:
Be a woman with a plan. Even after the wedding, there is so much thing that you have to take care of. Like your gifts and mementos. You should designate someone to deal this for you.
What’s the best thing about being married?
I know that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photography: Hannah McClune Photography, www.hannahmcclunephotography.com
Venue: Oakley Court Hotel, http://www.oakleycourt.co.uk
Cake baker: Melissa Woodland, http://www.melissawoodlandcakes.com
Hair & make up artist: Liz Patey, http://www.lizpateymakeup.co.uk
Wedding dress designer: Ellis Bridal, http://ellisbridals.co.uk
Bridal shop: Windsor Bride, http://www.windsorbride.co.uk
Florist: Luxe Flowers, http://www.luxe-flowers.com
Groom’s suit: Reiss, https://www.reiss.com