“It was 1 oclock in the morning. Aaron was asleep, but I couldn’t resist. Mark had posted them on Facebook. I was secretly looking at them under the sheets…”
Wedding photos are a special thing – a treasure you’ll keep forever, share amongst your family and through the generations. They’re the loveliest reminder of your day and I love hearing your reactions to seeing them for the first time – today’s beautiful bride Emily made me smile when she told me she’d peeked before hubby Aaron saw them!
This is a gorgeous wedding from Huntsham Court in Devon. Emily told me, “Everything had a personal touch. We wanted as many people as possible, from family and friends, involved in creating the day, from videographer, to DJs, to designing the outfits and accessories.”
I fell in love with so many of those details, from the venue itself to the flowers, the little hints of London and the gorgeous red accent colours throughout. Emily’s Jane Bourvis dress is stunning – she looks more than amazing and so does her gorgeous hubby. This is one of my favourite images from the day…
Photography was by lovely Mark at Evolve Photography in Devon. Mark is a regular contributor to the English Wedding Blog (thank you Mark!) and you can find out more about Evolve Photography here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview Emily and Aaron
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Recommended by our venue
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes. He captured exactly what we wanted. We wanted natural pictures without any staging. He really listened to everything that we wanted and has given us photos that we can spend hours looking at for years to come.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was 1 oclock in the morning. Aaron was asleep, but I couldn’t resist. Mark had posted them on Facebook. I was secretly looking at them under the sheets
October 2015 – Halloween weekend
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Unforgettable, unique, laugh-out-loud, relaxed, a sunny October’s day
Your wedding style or theme:
We wanted the day to be relaxed, informal, fun. We didn’t want to be too much of a slave to tradition.
Everything had a personal touch. We wanted as many people as possible, from family and friends, involved in creating the day, from videographer, to DJs, to designing the outfits and accessories.
We met in December 2013 on a London Night bus after a night out, so the red bus featured throughout the wedding.
Good music was very important to us, so we had 2 friends and cousin taking it in turns to play different music styles to keep people dancing.
We had a fancy dress Halloween party the night before which was brilliant. It was a risk (especially as we had the ushers manning the bar!!), but it really broke the ice for people who didn’t know each other. People made a huge effort with their costumes.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Venue recommendations and web research
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do it yourself!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photography, the venue and the food
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I made it all. Many, many hours of hard work.
The invites were handwritten by my mother in the beautiful handwriting – I wanted it to look traditional and authentic, rather than computerised.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wanted to keep it quite minimal and let the dress do the talking. My delicate diamond drop necklace was given to me as ‘something old’ by my aunty.
I rpefered to have flowers in my hair than have too much jewellery.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
The groom wore a blue suit from Tiger of Sweden, bought at Selfridges.
The grooms party wore Next with bow ties, & pockets squares made by my friend Luke at Faulkner London. We sourced the cloth from Berwick Street London using 100% cashmere – the most expensive cloth in the shop at £135 per metre! My bridesmaid Hannah made the little boys boy ties.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My big bridesmaids wore navy lace jumpsuits designed and made by myself and my colleagues at work.
My little bridesmaids wore cute ivory BHS dresses and had heart helium balloons rather than bouquets.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A professional did my hair and makeup and a couple of friends did the little girls hair and make-up and some of the older bridesmaids
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Natasha at Pumpkin and Pye did the bouquets and the little girls flower crowns.
The flowers in table decoration, cake decorations and button holes were made by my bridesmaids the night before, using flowers from JW Blooms. Aaron and I went to the flower farm the day before to select our own flowers that had been cut that day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue is very grand, so we decided not to drown it with too much decoration, only flowers and the wedding breakfast table decorations.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I sourced a lot of things online and put together the confetti bags, kids party bags for the wedding breakfast to keep them entertained, personalised whiskey and champagne glasses for the bridal party,
My mom, myself and my bridesmaids sourced all the old bottles and jars for the tables from various antiques shops around the country during the run up to the wedding.
I made the table plan using individual photos of people – trying to capture funny moments or great memories from over the years.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for a cake made of cheese as I am not a big fan of cake. We taste tested them from devon cheeses, with the bridal party in the run up to the wedding, on a day when we were hard at work making other things for the day. It was decorated by my bridesmaids on the day.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
On the day tips and advice:
Get as many people to help as possible to take the pressure off, but don’t have too many people arriving at the venue too early as everyone ‘wants a piece of you’!
Decide on a time to stop planning and creating so that you can ‘tool down’ and enjoy!
Try and have the wedding over a couple of days so that you can get all your introductions and greetings out of the way the day before, so that the days itself doesn’t feel rushed.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Looking back at how perfect the day was and being proud that all our hard work paid off. Hearing everyone’s positive comments. Looking forward to our future together. Celebrating our anniversaries every Halloween to come.
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