Caroline and Rob’s wedding is a classic, combining the loveliest of winter styling with a little colour and English charm. Their day at Old Down Manor is elegant and romantic, and I have been looking forward to sharing it with you! I hope you love it as much as I do.
“Flowers were by Becci Hobbs at Bijoux Floral Design (http://bijouxfloral.co.uk/). I wanted the flowers to fit in with the overall Winter theme so we had a mixture of pale pinks, silvers and blues with some pine cones. It was beautiful.”
“Advice for the groom:
Marry a girl who loves planning – but be prepared to have to take an interest in flower arrangements.
Advice for the bride:
The groom isn’t interested in flower arrangements. He’s only pretending to be because he loves you so much.” ~ Caroline & Rob
Images are by Wiltshire-based Kevin Belson Photography. Find out more here:
Have the most wonderful Monday, everyone!
The English Wedding Blog interview: Caroline & Rob
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We wanted to have two photographers, as there are so many different aspects of the day and it’s difficult for one person to capture it all. We did a bit of research and contacted a few photographers. Caroline was able to visit Carol and Kevin Belson. They made her feel very relaxed and had a great back-catalogue. We booked them the same day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
They were fantastic and put us at ease. Kevin even did a pre-wedding shoot with us which, on top of the great photos, made us much more comfortable in front of the camera. They were both very friendly and allowed us to portray the real us, rather than a series of staged photos.
Old Down Manor, Tockington, Nr. Bristol.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The whole day was absolutely amazing and completely perfect.
Your wedding style or theme:
Disney / Winter theme
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
One of the guests is an artist and has recently set up her own firm which, amongst other things like portraits, creates card. We gave her a few ideas and, within no time, we had a mock-up that was perfect. She also created a pumpkin-carriage sticker that we could use to seal each envelope. We tied up the cards with ribbon and sealed them ourselves (well, Caroline did, as she’s good at arts and crafts).
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I ended up buying the first dress I tried on! (though I did try on 20 – 30 in the end in every conceivable style just to make sure). I knew I wanted something Kate Middleton-esque with sleeves that was quite fitted…unfortunately big Disney princess dresses don’t suit me!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
It was a dress by Mori Lee from a shop in Bristol called the Bridal Room. (http://www.thebridesroom.co.uk/)
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had a proper Carrie Bradshaw moment with the shoes… I ended up with a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s that I absolutely fell in love with… and they were super comfortable (I’m going to dye them blue now so I wear them with jeans… that’s how I justified them to myself!)
And what did the groom wear?
The groom and ushers wore a three-piece: grey-silk tailcoat and trousers, with a navy blue jacquard waistcoat. Their ruche’s were sky blue. We decided against pochettes (despite the groom’s penchant for them) and went for a floral corsage.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore navy blue three-quarter length dresses, with silver shoes
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Make up was done by Jessica Mills.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We wanted a combination Disney / Winter theme for the day. We chose a cold colour palette (silver, pale blue and pale pink) to mimic the wintry season.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
During the drinks reception we played a video montage of photos of all our guests over the years – it was lovely to see everyone’s reactions as they saw photos of themselves. We played our own music during the wedding breakfast. We also made the place name holders – it was really simple, just pine cones covered in snow spray.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The cake was made by one of the guests and was absolutely fantastic. It was three-tiered, with each tier a different cake.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a wonderful harpist who played before, during and after the ceremony. She worked with us to select a playlist and offered advice on track-selection during the ceremony. Immediately after the wedding breakfast, we had a choir and pianist, who were brilliant at getting everyone joined in. We couldn’t believe that everyone was singing (although it would have sounded better if they weren’t). Unfortunately, that also meant that we couldn’t escape our own duet – but, thankfully, the choir kept on singing with us, drowning out our less-than-choir-standard voices. In the evening, we had a DJ. Again, he worked with us to understand the types of tracks we wanted to play. He then adjusted what he played to keep people on the dance floor throughout the night.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Seeing all our friends and family in one place, getting ready with my bridesmaids, wearing an amazing dress and feeling fabulous, an epic party… and of course legally binding Rob to me! He can’t escape now!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Photographers: Kevin & Carol Belson http://kevinbelson.com Venue / Catering: Old Down Manor, Tockington. http://www.olddownestate.co.uk/weddings Flowers: Becci Hobbs. http://bijouxfloral.co.uk/ Videographers: Storybox Films http://www.storyboxfilms.co.uk/wedding-filming-somerset/ Choir & Pianist: Lyrica Singers http://www.lyrica.co.uk/ Stationery: Greetings From Sarah http://www.greetingsfromsarah.com/