Happy Valentines Day, you lovely lot!! I wanted to share something really special with you today – a romantic, intimate English wedding blog with super pretty and inspiring pics! Jo and Andrew are the loveliest couple – their Hampshire wedding at Oakley Hall is absolutely gorgeous. They wanted to show their guests, many of whom were travelling from Australia, a taste of England with the venue, styling and atmosphere of their wedding – and the day looks simply amazing. The flowers are stunning – they’re by Winchester florist Catkin & Pussywillow, who came recommended by Jo & Andrew’s wedding planner Marie at Isabella Weddings.
The images are out of this world – they’re by lovely Hampshire wedding photographer Tasha at Ikonworks Photography. Tasha is a superstar whose passion for her business shines – and Jo & Andrew loved having her around on their wedding day: “We were skeptical about getting a photographer at first as it was such a small wedding but we are so pleased we did… Even tho Tasha was with us from start to finish we didn’t feel she was in the way at all, and in fact by the end she felt like she was part of the family! It was wonderful seeing the photos… we just loved them and viewing them brought back all the wonderful memories.”
See more from lovely Tasha at Ikonworks Photography:
Beautiful bride Jo’s top advice for other couples is to “Trust your wedding planner.” As they planned their wedding from Australia, Marie helped with recommendations for key suppliers: hair & make up, florist and more – and even helped with making up gift packs for the children, which went down a treat!
You will adore this beautiful, intimate wedding. Don’t miss Jo & Andrew’s super helpful English Wedding Interview at the end of the feature – and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Joanne & Andrew
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Referred by Wedding Planner Marie, owner of Isabella Weddings
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, more than pleased. We were skeptical about getting a photographer at first as it was such a small wedding. But we are so pleased we did. We were impressed at the way Tasha interacted with both us and our guests and made everyone at ease. Even tho Tasha was with us from start to finish we didn’t feel she was in the way at all, and in fact by the end she felt like she was part of the family!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was wonderful seeing the photos, I had to control myself as I received them in the morning and had to wait for Andrew to get home from work so we could view them together. We just loved them and viewing them brought back all the wonderful memories. I think we looked at them at least five times that evening. We were so impressed by the creativity of the settings on some of photos of us two. At the time we were wondering why our photographer had us trampling in a field, but the outcome of the photo is amazing. And the group shots are fantastic, I don’t know how she got to control everyone to take the shot so perfectly.
Oakley Hall – Basingstoke
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Small, intimate, family focused, classic, vintage, romantic, English
Your wedding style or theme:
We were aiming for a classic and romantic theme with vintage touches. Also Andrew and his family are from Australia so we wanted to show his family and our friends who were traveling over from Australia a taste of classic England. That’s why we wanted a venue that would make everyone gasp and be amazed.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We were lucky in that Marie (wedding planner) is amazing and had lots of contacts and recommendations for us.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Trust your wedding planner. Remember that your guests don’t know your choices so they won’t know if you went for the cheaper option.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue, it was exactly what we wanted. We also hired a harpist which was one of our biggest splurges, but we are glad we did as she really added to the atmosphere and became a talking point for the guests.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Due to us only needing a small number of invitations we decided to get them made by a local stationery company.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, it was perfect and fit the theme of our wedding completely.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Neither, I found it one day just browsing the internet, the site I found it one wasn’t even a bridal site. I just needed to have it altered slightly and it was perfect.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I got my veil, hair accessories and jewelry specially made as I could not find what I wanted in any of the shops, the advantage of this was that they were able to match the color to my dress which had gold flecks in it. I kept the jewelry simple with just pearl earrings and a bracelet.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
The groom wore a basic suit, but we did match the tie and handkerchief to the gold flecks in my dress.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Once again Marie recommended someone who came and did not only my hair and make-up but some of our guests as well.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?
I had a bouquet and we ordered buttonholes and several table decorations. All with the same theme, romantic, classic and in pastel colours. Marie had noticed the florist in the area and suggested that they would be prefect for us, and she was correct, we gave a brief outline of the theme and what they delivered was better than what we could have imagined.
Florist details: Catkin & Pussywillow in Winchester http://www.catkinandpussywillow.com
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue did not need much decoration, just a few touches here and there.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Our poor wedding planner got stuck doing the crafts for us. She made some gift packs for the children, which they loved and was a great success!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We decided to have individual cupcakes rather than a traditional cake. We thought with the number of guests we had individual cakes were better. We provided boxes to take the cakes home for the guests who didn’t eat them on the night.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The harpist was a treat and was great as she played a complete mixture of both classical and modern pieces. For the reception we put together a play list on our Ipad and later in the night out guests took control and were picking out all their favorite tunes which was unexpected but good fun, everything from Spice Girls to Bollywood.
On the day tips and advice:
It’s easy to say but try not to stress. once again your guests don’t know what was planned so if something is different or doesn’t work out no one knows but you. Take some time out with just the two of you as it’s easy to get carried away with the socializing, so having a few moments together to step back and watch is good.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being together and showing our commitment to everyone. We are proud to be husband and wife.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Wedding Consultant and planner: Marie Haverly at http://www.isabellaweddings.co.uk
Photographer: Tasha of Ikonworks www.ikonworks.co.uk
Flowers – Catkin and Pussywillow http://www.catkinandpussywillow.com
Cakes – Angel Cakes http://www.angelcakes-hampshire.co.uk
Chair Covers – Events for you https://www.eventsforu.co.uk
Hair and Make up – Annie at NW Hair and Make Up http://www.nwmake-up.co.uk
Harpist – Jemima http://jemimaphillips.com
Oakley Hall Park http://www.oakleyhall-park.com