So here’s a crazy thing: a collection of some of the most AMAZING wedding photos I’ve seen all year, from a couple who told me, “Most of our guests didn’t realise we had a photographer, which is how Colin [of Colin Nicholls Photography] manages to get such beautiful, natural shots.”
Today’s real wedding comes from the beautiful Hertfordshire wedding venue Loudwater Farm – another wonderful thing I’ve somehow managed to never feature on the English Wedding Blog before. And so it sort of feels as though my Christmas has come early.
Jess and Joe are both gorgeous. Their wedding is perfect – it’s one of my favourites of 2015 (which I’ll be sharing in a special feature in January). DIY was a major part of their day, and Jess told me “My mum was an absolute hero and took charge of the homemade elements. She loves crafts, and gave us so many good ideas for decoration, as well as making it all!” But the homemade side of this wedding goes above and beyond: Joe even brewed most of the beer! How awesome is that?!!
It’s always amazing to hear a great review of a photographer, and today’s is one of the loveliest: “There aren’t words to say how grateful we are to Colin for the stunning photos we have of such a perfect day… When we saw our photos we were absolutely blown away. They were more beautiful than we had imagined they could be. Colin really captured the joy of the day, and we still can’t stop looking at them.”
Discover more from Colin Nicholls Photography here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Jess & Joe
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We chose Colin because of his unposed, documentary style photography. We didn’t want lots of stiff, posed photos, and loved his approach, which we felt was in keeping with the theme of our wedding.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Colin was brilliant in every way. From the first meeting with him we knew instantly that we wanted him to shoot the wedding. He made us feel relaxed and comfortable and blended into the wedding seamlessly. Most of our guests didn’t realise we had a photographer, which is how Colin manages to get such beautiful, natural shots.
Colin had scouted the venue and took us off into a meadow for some of the shots, which were stunning. He totally understood the theme and feel of our wedding and immortalised it in film. There aren’t words to say how grateful we are to Colin for the stunning photos we have of such a perfect day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were so excited to see the photos as we wanted to relive the magical day. When we saw them, we were absolutely blown away. They were more beautiful than we had imagined they could be. Colin really captured the joy of the day, and we still cant stop looking at them.
Loudwater Farm, Rickmansworth
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A summery celebration of love
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic and Relaxed
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found everything online. We looked in magazines and on blogs for inspiration, but ultimately we found everything we needed online.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do as much of it as possible yourself! We didn’t have a wedding planner and our family all chipped in and helped. Jess’s mum made all the bunting, table decorations, flowers, starter for the meal and covers for the haybales. Joe brewed most of the beer, and our family and friends helped us set up the venue on the morning of the wedding.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We got an incredible company called 3 Point Lighting in to cover the venue in fairy lights. They transformed the venue into a magical wonderland, up lighting the trees, hanging lanterns in the trees and covering the garden and barn with thousands of twinkling stars.
We also hired all the furniture from Virginia’s Vintage Hire, who were outstanding.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Jess and her mum made the Save the Date’s, and a company called Bureau made the invitations. The invitations were simple and elegant, which was how we pictured the wedding.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My dress was absolutely perfect. I saw it online and fell in love with it instantly. I didn’t really know what style of dress I wanted, but when I saw it one, I knew it was the one!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Grace Loves Lace, online shop.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My mum bought me my earrings, and the hair piece and I wore some sandals which I already had. I felt that the dress was so beautiful, I didn’t want to overpower it with lots of accessories.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
I wore an off the peg suit from Austin Reed. I spent a long time looking at various shops and spoke to a tailor but in the end I saw the suit and knew it was the one.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My sister found the bridesmaids dresses on ASOS. I put her in charge of clothing the bridesmaids and she found gorgeous sandals and hair accessories for the girls on the high street.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My best friend Emily did my hair and make up. She knows me better than anyone else, so I knew she would do something natural and relaxed.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My mum sorted all the flowers for us. She travelled down to Common Farm in Somerset to visit the farm where they are grown and hand selected the ones she wanted. I left it entirely up to her, and the flowers were stunning. The flowers were delivered to her house the day before the wedding and she arranged them on the morning of the wedding, at the venue. Common Farm arranged the buttonholes and bridal bouquet, and they were perfect.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes! It was a blank canvas
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
My mum was an absolute hero and took charge of the homemade elements. With two children to look after, I didn’t have much time to sew bunting! She loves crafts, and gave us so many good ideas for decoration, as well as making it all!
Joe is a keen home brewer and brewed most of the beer, which he thoroughly enjoyed!
I really enjoyed working on such a large project with all the people involved. We started the process with a simple idea of what we wanted, and transforming that into a reality was incredibly rewarding.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a naked cake, as we didn’t want anything formal or traditional. We had 3 tiers with 3 different flavours, and we also had a selection of gluten free cupcakes.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired a band called Johnny Chirps and the Wedding Smashers who rocked! We had seen them play at a friends wedding in 2014 and booked them there and then.
Our friend Jerome was the DJ and he played an epic set.
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy it! Someone told us that the day would fly by and it did. Take a moment to realise that all your family and friends are in one place, just for you. Don’t forget to stop and take it all in, and don’t worry if anything goes wrong, chances are, you are the only person who knows its gone wrong.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We were together for 9 years before we got married, and we have two children, so being married is no different to life before marriage. For us the best thing was to have all the people we loved in one place at the same time to celebrate our love for each other. We are so grateful to have so many wonderful people in our life, who love and support us.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Grace Loves Lace- wedding dress
Bureau – Wedding stationery
3 Point Lighting
Virginias Vintage- furniture hire