Lottie and Richard’s has to be one of the coolest, brightest, most exciting DIY weddings I’ve ever published – truly, they used ALL the colours… and it looks amazing. They’re a gorgeous couple, their images are superb, and something tells me you’re going to adore their wedding as much as I do!
There was plenty of DIY involved in the run up to the day, and Lottie told me “This was by far the main focus of our wedding preparation. I love arts and crafts.” Some of those makes include 500 origami birds, “which was a challenge!” and a 200-strong multi-coloured paper lantern display in the centre of the marquee.
Images are by West Midlands wedding photographer Jarek Lepak. Please do visit his website and discover more of his fabulous photography:
I can’t show you the wedding without first mentioning the gloriously colourful flowers – they’re just wonderful! Lottie told me “Roseanne’s Florist in Malvern did a fantastic job–they made beautiful multi-coloured arrangements in mixed vases and jam jars. I specifically said there were no rules on colours or flowers, and the result was incredible. It made you smile.”
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Lottie and Richard
Wedding photographer’s website:
Jarek Lepak Photography: www.jareklepak.com
How did you choose your photographer?
Google – and a robust telephone interview selection process!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We absolutely love how our pictures came out. We had albums made for all the family! Jarek is so warm and disarming. He’s the perfect wedding guest, (and photographer of course).
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were nervous, but as soon as we saw the first few, we knew we had made the right choice in Jarek.
Cradley Church. Then afterwards, we had the reception at my parents’ home in Worcestershire – in a marquee.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Colourful, fun and laid-back, but with a sense of occasion.
Your wedding style or theme:
There was no theme as such. We just used all the colours we could find.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We ensured we used local, county-based suppliers for most things – apart from stationery and the dress.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Hand make as much as you can. For example – don’t pay someone to write your place settings, do it yourself. It also helps you feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The food. Never send your guests home hungry!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
The Wren Press –www.wrenpress.co.uk
We designed our own monogram, which they integrated beautifully into everything from Save the Date cards to Thank You notes.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Honestly, it really wasn’t my favourite part. There’s no such thing as the perfect dress, and I wasn’t giddy about the process. In the end, I found a dress with some defining details that I loved, especially the 20’s style pearls draped down the back – and I felt fantastic in it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique
It was an Inbal Dror dress – an Israeli designer stocked in Morgan Davies in Clerkenwell, London.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I bought some rose gold Jimmy Choo shoes and didn’t wear much jewellery – since the dress had a very ornate neckline.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Richard wore his old morning suit. But to freshen it up he bought himself a beautiful, bespoke, double-breasted, blue-grey waistcoat with white piping from Favourbrook Tailors in London’s Piccadilly Arcade.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We only had flower girls, who wore mint green dresses from Monsoon and sparkly, gold shoes.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did DIY make-up and found a locally sourced, freelance hairdresser.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Roseanne’s Florist in Malvern did a fantastic job–they made beautiful multi-coloured arrangements in mixed vases and jam jars. I specifically said there were no rules on colours or flowers, and the result was incredible. It made you smile.
The flowers in the church were done by the local Church florists at Cradley Church – in the same style as above. We were so thrilled with the result, and we left the flowers in the church after the service, so that the local congregation could enjoy them over the following week or two.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
YES, masses. This was by far the main focus of our wedding preparation. I love arts and crafts.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
- 500 origami birds, which was a challenge!
- A 200-strong multi-coloured paper lantern display in the centre of the marquee.
- Wedding favours, which doubled as name places – mini limoncello bottles with nametags.
- Escort cards, to find your table.
- A table map.
- Table names.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a 5-tier, multi-coloured wedding cake that we designed and commissioned from a lovely lady called Denise Pitt, based in Malvern:
- Base tier – Red Velvet.
- 2nd Tier – Carrot Cake.
- 3rd Tier – Lemon Cake.
- 4th Tier – Gluten free Victoria Sponge.
- Top Tier – Coffee and Walnut cake. We kept this tier back, to celebrate my uncle’s 80th Birthday the day after the wedding.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a fantastic band called ‘Ruby and the Rhythms’, who I would definitely recommend.
On the day tips and advice:
Look straight up at the photographer when you’re doing the ‘confetti run’. Most brides and grooms end up with several pictures of them both running through confetti, looking at their feet. (Jarek warned me about this one!)
What’s the best thing about being married?
Looking forward and making plans together.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Food: A2Zest www.a2zest.co.uk
Marquee: Good Intents www.goodintents.co.uk
Photos: Jarek Lepak www.jareklepak.com
Cake: Icing on the… www.icing-on-the.co.uk
Flowers: Roseanne’s www.rosannes-florist-malvern.co.uk
Dress: Morgan Davies www.morgandaviesbridal.co.uk
Stationery: The Wren Press www.wrenpress.co.uk
Band: The Band Boutique www.thebandboutique.co.uk