Melissa and Nathan’s big day is fab: a wonderful autumn wedding full of colour and fun. They celebrated at Wasing Park (Berkshire) – instantly recognisable for its Victorian summerhouse and that amazing mural. They both look fantastic: Melissa’s elegant bridal style is just fabulous. Her dress was the very first one she tried on, 16 months before the wedding, and she told me she loved wearing it on the day.
You can read Melissa and Nathan’s English Wedding Blog interview at the end of today’s real wedding feature, and see a list of their wedding suppliers.
Images are by lovely Berkshire wedding photographer Hannah McClune, who photographs weddings in the surrounding counties too – find out more here:
Melissa shares some fantastic advice. I love this one: “Make decisions quickly – there is so much choice out there you could shop around forever, if you like something don’t keep looking just go with it!”
Watch out for the baby’s reaction to the singing policemen… 😉
The English Wedding Blog interview: Nathan & Melissa
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes – she was great, so friendly!
St James Church, Wokingham
Wasing Park, Reading
23rd October 2015
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
The best day ever!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Overwhelming emotions, happy & sad! Sad the day was over, but happy to have the photos to remember it forever.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers?
Mainly wedding fairs & recommendations from friends
Best bit of budget advice?
Stick to your agreed budget, it’s very easy for suppliers to up-sell with extras which can be tempting. Even though it might only seem like £10-£20 it all adds up.
Don’t under estimate your costs. When you put wedding in front of anything the price goes up.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Grace & Bramble for wedding invites & a friend for the rest of the stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, it was the first dress I tried on 16 months before the day & I still loved it just as much on the day!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Confetti Bridal, Stella York
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I bought my bridesmaids each a Pandora bracelet & my maid of honour a tiffany bracelet so they all had a nice piece of jewellery on the day. I let them choose the other accessories & how they wanted their hair & make-up. I wanted them to feel like too & not be a bossy bride ?
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
The Groom (Nathan) wore a tailored suit from Moss Bros, embroidered on the inside with the date of our wedding & his initials.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Burnt orange backless floor length dresses from him & for her. All the girls looked beautiful!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Yes, Liz Patey & her assistant did most of our hair & make up! They were brilliant & all the girls were so pleased. This really came through in the photos.
Petals & Confetti
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was so beautiful it didn’t need many additional touches after the flowers, stationery & chair covers. I did do a props table for people to take photos which worked well, hung up some pretty bows & had yankee candles on the tables & in the wall slits.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
My friend & I made my table plan, sticking together a number of frames – this was quite fun & looked really good! I also made my wedding favours, a personalised shot bottle & little bag of sweets.
I used pinecones to for my place setting which I think looked really good & went well with the theme.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a 3 tiered salted caramel cake, with one tier fruit as a keepsake for our first child’s christening. It was white with orange flowers down the side.
This was one of my favourite parts of the day, my parents surprised me with a saxophonist for the reception drinks & an operatic policemen act for after the main within the wedding breakfast. This was comical & got everyone up on their feet – at first I genuinely believed they were arresting my dad’s friend before they broke out into song!
Later in the evening we had a band play, The Something Blues. They were absolutely brilliant & so many of my friends & family commented on how good they were.
On the day tips and advice:
Make decisions quickly – there is so much choice out there you could shop around forever, if you like something don’t keep looking just go with it!
Try to get lots of sleep the night before – I had 3 hours sleep where I kept running the day over & over in my head, try to block it out & get some rest before the day.
Don’t get too drunk – I started to feel ill during the evening reception, however the adrenaline got me through & in the end I was thankful that I was sober to remember the entire day/night.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The commitment to one another is stronger than ever. Day to day life doesn’t change much but it’s amazing to call each other Husband & Wife.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
For Him & For Her
AdStyle – Chair Covers