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Jo & Sam’s beautiful country wedding at Elvey Farm in Kent, with Fiona Kelly Photography

It’ll be spring very soon my lovelies… and then summer again, and we’ll be celebrating the gorgeous sunny days of weddings which make this little wedding blog’s heart sing! By the magic of the internet I have a beautiful June wedding to transport you right into summer this morning: gorgeous bride and groom Jo & Sam share their day…

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The decoration was all low key, we hung lanterns in the marquee along with wooden hearts but we wanted to keep the decoration to a minimum. Elvey Farm has its own florist, a wonderful lady called Lesley Masters. I gave Lesley some rough ideas and asked for everything to appear natural like it had just been picked from the garden and she came up with the beautiful creations.

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“I was delighted with the photography from our wedding. Fiona managed to capture the day perfectly and really reflected the country feel we tried to create. The candid photos of family and friends laughing during the speeches were wonderful.

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The English Wedding Blog Interview: Jo and Sam

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

I was a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding where Fiona was the photographer, I really liked the way Fiona worked and how relaxed she made everyone feel. This is especially important with all the chaos that goes along with getting ready for a wedding!

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

I was delighted with the photography from our wedding. Fiona managed to capture the day perfectly and really reflected the country feel we tried to create. The candid photos of family and friends laughing during the speeches were wonderful.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Sam and I came home from work and were really excited to open the box with photos. We opted to go for a digital package so Fiona selected a few photos and we’ve spent lots of time going through the digital files selecting photos to go in our wedding album.

Wedding venue:

Elvey Farm, Pluckley, Kent

Wedding month:

June

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Best Day Ever!

Your wedding style or theme:

Country/rustic

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Combination of recommendations and the internet

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Don’t go over the top with wedding favors, guests are more interested in the bar!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The band and photo taxi

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Labour of love

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

David’s Bridal (their own design)

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I wore my mum’s eternity ring as something borrowed and something blue as it has blue diamonds

And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?

Sam’s had a suit tailored by Hugo Morris who have a shop in Brighton

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Dresses were from Monsoon, shoes from M&S

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Hair was done by my local hairdressers, Shine based in West Malling

Make-up was Katherine Louise Priest (www.katherine-louise.com)

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

The venue has its own florist, a wonderful lady called Lesley Masters. I gave Lesley some rough ideas and asked for everything to appear natural like it had just been picked from the garden and she came up with the beautiful creations.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The decoration was all low key, we hung lanterns in the marquee along with wooden hearts but we wanted to keep the decoration to a minimum.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

The table names cards were homemade. We got engaged in Paris so we opted for Paris landmarks for each table and used photos we’d taken ourselves, gluing them to miniature easels.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

Again we wanted something country looking for the cake and as neither Sam nor I are fans of traditional wedding cakes we went for a naked cake.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We hired a fantastic band called Party Up (booked through Function Central). They were brilliant, played 3 40-minute sets and really got everyone up and dancing. Our first dance was Stevie Wonder’s ‘for one in my life’, we took quite a while to pick the song as we didn’t want something too slow and nothing too long!

On the day tips and advice:

Don’t stress about anything, everything falls into place in the end and I know it’s a cliché but the day really does go quickly so make sure you enjoy every second.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being Mrs Baker.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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