Little gold eggs at every place setting… personal egg cup place names, the most beautiful flowers with pale pink and pastel blooms… it can only be an Easter wedding, and this is the loveliest I’ve ever seen! Today’s wedding blog is an early treat for all of you Easter brides and grooms – you’re going to LOVE this!
Rebecca married Adam last Easter at Elmore Court. Their day is wonderful – they’re such a gorgeous couple and the photos of their wedding are just divine. Even the tiniest details are so carefully curated… “The ‘big’ things such as florist, hair and make up etc came by recommendation but for the smaller things I developed an obsession with wedding magazines, which I loved looking through for inspiration, as well as wedding blogs and there was definitely a lot of pinterest boards being created. I fell in love with Etsy and being able to talk to the suppliers and request personalised items worked really well for us. A lot of our extras came from there.”
“As we got married on Easter Saturday we had decided to have wooden egg cups with our guests names engraved on them as our name settings as well as our favours. A lot of research I was doing showed chocolate eggs inside them, which I didn’t like very much. Instead, with the help of my amazing sisters and friends, we blew out the centres of 150 eggs then dyed them different colours and rolled them in gold leaf. It was hard work but definitely worth it.”
The beautiful images of Rebecca and Adam’s wedding are by my lovely friend and Lancashire wedding photographer Emma B Photography. Discover her here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Rebecca and Adam
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Emma photographed a friend’s wedding in 2013. We absolutely loved their photos and from talking to our friends they told us how lovely Emma was to work with. We didn’t even remember her being there on their wedding day and that was exactly what we wanted, a natural photographer who wasn’t intrusive to our guests.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were beyond pleased. Emma was so fantastic to work with both leading up to the wedding and on the day. We met her several months before the wedding and just got along with her straight away as well as loving her style. On the day it felt like just having another friend hang out whilst you got ready and once we were married she was great at making us feel relaxed. There was nothing cheesy or posed about the photos.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was only a week or two after we had got back from our honeymoon and had definitely had a bump back to earth so getting our photos through was just the pick up we needed. We were so amazed it was difficult to take it all in so looked through several times. We still look at them now! They captured the day perfectly and made us remember just how special it was. We couldn’t wait to share them with our families.
Elmore Court – Gloucestershire
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Brimming with love (and champagne!) from beginning to end!
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
It was a combination of everything! The ‘big’ things such as florist, hair and make up etc came by recommendation but for the smaller things I developed an obsession with wedding magazines, which I loved looking through for inspiration, as well as wedding blogs and there was definitely a lot of pinterest boards being created. My sister and my best friend got married the year before I got engaged so they had loads of tips and recommendations then it was all about finding the right thing for us. I fell in love with the website Etsy and being able to talk to the suppliers and request personalised items worked really well for us. A lot of our extras came from there.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make a spreadsheet (or if you are like me and totally Excel illiterate – get your other half to) and put literally everything on it. The little bits and bobs add up and it makes you evaluate if you actually need them or not. A friend once told me that people don’t remember all the little extras they just remember how they felt on the day. I remembered that and focused on making my personlised touches meaningful rather than spending hundreds on things for the sake of it.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely our venue and food, our photographer and our videographer. Elmore Court was amazing and we fell in love from the moment we first saw it. The team were so great and easy to work with and the food was fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for better. The photographs and video is something we will cherish forever, it’s what left of your day when it’s over so definitely worth investing in.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
One of Adam’s brothers is a screen printer and as our wedding gift he designed and printed all the wedding stationery for us. Together we picked some art deco style designs that we liked and he went away and came up with something even more fantastic. We used it for our save the dates, invites and order of service and couldn’t have dreamt of anything better.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I went to a lot of places and tried on a lot before I found my dress. I had specific ideas about what I didn’t want but couldn’t commit to anything I did like. A lot of dresses were beautiful but I didn’t feel like myself in them. When I tried on the dress I chose I felt so comfortable, I loved the soft lace and I was able to add cap sleeves, which is what I had imagined. Once it was on I didn’t want to take it off. That’s how I knew it was the one.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Cymbeline ‘Houston’ – Mirror Mirror, London
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I don’t tend to wear a lot of jewellery so didn’t want to be different on my wedding day. I didn’t want to wear traditional wedding shoes so shopping around I fell in love with some blush suede shoes by Rachel Simpson, which fitted the style of my dress perfectly. I had a bespoke headpiece made by the very talented ‘Dolecka’ who are based at Mirror Mirror, which was gorgeous. Other than that I wore pearl earrings leant to me by my older sister who received them as an 18th birthday present and a delicate pearl bracelet that I purchased especially for the big day.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Adam wore a blue Reiss 3 piece suit that he had tailored also at Reiss. We decided against anything more formal as like me, Adam wanted to feel like himself on the day. The rest of the groomsmen also wore blue suits although we decided we didn’t want them to match exactly. They all wore matching brown brogues as well as ties and pocket squares, which tied them all together.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I knew I didn’t want the girls to all wear the same colour but was pretty open to style or design. I found a collection called Amsale, which had some beautiful dresses and was lucky enough to find a stockiest in London called ‘The Dress Consultants.’ We ended up going for a full length dress in ‘Blush’, ‘Opal’ and ‘Bellini”. They looked absolutely beautiful on the day.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Definitely a professional! Our hairdresser (Louise Alway) was recommended by a friend who got married in the same area the year before us and she was fantastic. We live in London but she also occasionally works in London so we managed to arrange a trial on a weekend she was already here. Our make up artist was sourced by one of my bridesmaids who works in fashion production. She normally works in fashion as a make up artist but is known for working with skin tones and creating a natural look. That was exactly what I wanted and I was so pleased with both my hair and make up on the day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I was a total novice when it came to flowers but fortunately one of my bridesmaids and my mother in law are flower enthusiasts so were able to guide me in the right direction. I didn’t want anything that looked too perfect or positioned so went for a mix of different flowers with some foliage that suited the rustic country feel to the day. They were so beautiful and were exactly what I wanted. Our florist was fantastic. Her name was Maria from Sorori Design Florist and what attracted me to her was passion for what she did. She also knew the venue very well which was so helpful in planning what we may need on the day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Fortunately the venue was impressive enough without too many extras needed. We used Lauren Grey, Wedding Stylist, to assist us with the final touches and she was fantastic at suggesting ideas that would work with our style. We went for long wooden banquet style tables instead of round ones, which meant we had lovely lace and hessian runners with flowers running down the middle. In the corners of the room were a couple of twig trees so we decided to print wedding photos of our sisters, parents and grandparents on polaroids and peg them on to create our family tree. The church also needed decorating but Adam’s mother offered to take charge of this and with help from some of the other villagers they did a fantastic job. It was beautiful!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Neither of us are very crafty but I decided that taking on one homemade element would be achievable and not too stressful! As we got married on Easter Saturday we had decided to have wooden egg cups with our guests named engraved on them as our name setting as well as our favour. A lot of research I was doing showed chocolate eggs inside them, which I didn’t like very much. Instead, with the help of my amazing sisters and friends, we blew out the centres of 150 eggs then dyed them different colours and rolled them in gold leaf. It was hard work but definitely worth it.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We didn’t want anything too fancy or formal but our main priority was that it was dairy free as I have an allergy. I really wanted to be able to eat my own wedding cake on the day! Fortunately one of Adam’s brothers has a very talented girlfriend who made the cake for us. We kept it simple choosing a three tiered sponge cake with butter cream icing and decorated it with some of our dyed eggs and fresh flowers. It was absolutely perfect and no one had any idea it was dairy free it tasted that good!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We decided early on that we wanted a live band to play in the evening but on researching there were literally hundreds to choose from! We used the website ‘Warble Entertainment’ which was fantastic and started narrowing down our service by location and cost. It was fun listening to all their sample tracks but in the end we went with a band called ‘Bring the Beat.’ They had a fantastic repertoire and had something that everyone liked on the day. Everyone was up dancing from the minute they came on until the very end. During the day we also decided to have some live music during the welcome drinks. Our venue had a beautiful piano in the Hall so it made perfect sense to use it! Again through Warble Entertainment we found Miguel the Pianist and he was brilliant.
On the day tips and advice:
Try not to worry about every little thing going to plan, inevitably it won’t but no one will know except you. People will know if you look stressed though! Enjoy yourself and take little moments away with your husband to appreciate what you have achieved and the love that is surrounding you.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being part of an amazing team with someone who you care so deeply for. I didn’t realize how differently I would feel but there is a very special bond now, which is unbreakable.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photographer – Emma Billborough http://emmabillsborough.com
Videographer – Aaron Nicholas http://nicholasvisuals.com
Hair stylist – Louise Always http://www.louisealway.com
Floral Design – Maria Wilcox http://www.sororidesign.co.uk
Wedding Stylist – Lauren Grey http://laurengreystylist.co.uk
Venue – Elmore Court http://www.elmorecourt.com
Band and Pianist – http://www.warble-entertainment.com
Dress, veil and hair piece – Mirror Mirror – http://www.mirrormirror.uk.com
Shoes – Rachel Simpson – https://rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk
Egg cup favours – http://www.picturesonwood.co.uk
Coaches for guests – http://www.bennettscoaches.co.uk
Wedding cars – http://www.avehoexecutive.com
Bridesmaid Dresses – http://amsale.com
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