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Kate and Geoff’s magical, sparkly winter wedding at Birtsmorton Court, with Ragdoll Photography

Today’s real wedding is as elegant and timeless as it is fun and quirky! Kate’s Delphine Manivet dress is gorgeous, I love the length and she looks absolutely amazing. I’m also hugely impressed it had pockets… that’s very, very cool indeed! I love the photos of the couple in the greenhouse, and the light up letters, and I think the atmosphere of this amazing day comes across brilliantly in the photos.

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Images are by Rosie at Ragdoll Photography, who comes highly recommended by Kate & Geoff: “I was after relaxed, super chilled out, and natural shots. Rosie was fab. Super friendly, easy to get on with, flexible, and captured the day perfectly! I think she even helped my dad with his last minute info gathering for speech preparations!

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You can find out more about Rosie and Ragdoll Photography here:

Rosie told me she met with Sophie, the wedding manager at Birtsmorton Court the day before to look round. “She was really friendly and relaxed too. The venue was very unique and I had some ace places for photos, which is always good. (I’m a fan of interesting walls and this place had some of the best walls!)

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Kate shared some fab tips with us too! “If you have any family or friends who have skills in the cake making, flower arranging or sloe gin making areas, then utilise them if they offer their services. It could be their wedding gift to you!” Gosh, I’d love to have sloe gin-skilled friends! There are more tips in the English Wedding Blog interview after all the images – do have a read, it’s fab!

Claire

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Kate and Geoff

Wedding photographer’s website:

www.ragdollphotography.co.uk

How did you choose your photographer?

Researched on the internet and found Rosie of Ragdoll Photography via the Wedding Industry Awards website where she was “Newcomer Shortlist of 2015”. Her website was fab…. Friendly, creative, and easy to understand with packages and prices stated clearly.

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

I was stoked on them. They were even better than I imagined!

Wedding venue:

Birtsmorton Court, Worcestershire

Wedding month:

December

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Fun, light-hearted, relaxed, smiles-all-round, contemporary, epic, best day ever! (Maybe thats more than 10 words…sorry)

Your wedding style or theme:

Canadian mountain theme with a touch of Christmas.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Word of mouth, local knowledge, and internet research.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

You could get carried away with all the potential extra frills you think you need…..Don’t. Frills are a waste of your money. Have in the back of your mind this question: “Is this (fill the blank) really going to make a major difference to my wedding and will people even remember this detail in years to come?” If the answer is ‘Probably not’, then do not even entertain the idea.

For example……Are these satin ivory seat covers really going to change the face of this wedding? No.

Geoff and I preferred to make our own playlist of tunes for the dance floor rather than getting a DJ in as we could personalise and tailor the music to us and our guests. We utilised the Spotify app for just 99p for first 3 months and we were able to get all our tunes downloaded onto an iPad and played through a rented PA sound system. It was great! Cheap and cheerful! Sound quality did not falter and no cheesy DJ’s to cringe over. Result!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Food, great wine and a keg of beer!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Save the dates- Via text. Invitations- Via email Table plan- The Range! (abundance of cheap great arts, crafts and stationery of all kinds!) Name tags- Amazon – these were a labour of love…. but I did enjoy making them. I wanted to keep the wedding modern hence the use of the internet instead of lots of wedding stationery and I was doing my bit for the environment and saving some trees.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes yes most definitely yes! It was contemporary, modern, fun, with pockets and I could lunge in it without being restricted. Perfect! I wanted a dress that fitted who I am and my character, rather than the other way around. I did not want to turn into a princess and I did not want to be traditional.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Delphine Manivet from The Mews Clifton, Bristol.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Again….why spend a truck load on wedding shoes, jewellery and hair brooches when they will only get used once? Shoes from Schuh- £40. Hair jewellery/clip…..wait for it…..British Heart Foundation….I think £2.99 General jewellery pieces…Accessorize….so not expensive.

And what did the groom wear?

A Tux!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My bridesmaid wore a lovely deep red satin knee length dress from Harvey Nics.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

DIM (Did It Myself) Make up from Bobbi Brown who also gave me a much needed bridal make up lesson for free. (Granted the make up is not cheap) Not only do I still have the make up to use again and again, I can now apply make up 10X better than I could before! Thanks BB.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Mum created the wedding flowers from their own garden. My mother in law, Geoff and I helped out too and made Christmas wreath arrangements for the tables- with lots of greenery, mistletoe, and some white flowers. Again simple and all in season.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

I was lucky that the venue was already flipping awesome with bags of character that didn’t require much decoration at all. Being a December wedding, there were a couple of Christmas trees dotted about too which helped.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Dad was brilliant and made sloe gin, bottled and labelled for the wedding favours. For the name place cards-I wanted them to have more than 1 function so I purchased some wooden Christmas decorations from Amazon with a soldering type pen to burn wood (£12) and personalised each and every Christmas decoration with the guests’ names, and a little message. Guests were then able to take them home and hopefully decorate their own Christmas tree!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

A very good friend of mine who works as a busy doctor, has this impressive skill of decorating cakes to an exceptional level. She offered to make a cake as her wedding gift- I accepted. The cake was truly a work of art. Epic. It was a mountain decorated with little wooden chalets at the base, a black bear half way up, wooden signposts, and both Geoff and I at the top in exactly our snowboard gear and snowboards, with Geoff on 1 knee proposing as he did over 1yr ago now.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Totally recommend Spotify. You can cross fade in/out each track so there is no silence between them.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Keep it simple. Focus on great venue, tasty food, delicious wine, tunes you want, a talented, easy to get on with photographer. Try not to get carried away with extra unnecessary frills.

What’s the best thing about being married?

It is the most amazing feeling ever. I am not religious in any way but its great to make official this relationship that is based on whole hearted trust, support and love for one another (sounds corny I know). We also laugh a lot 😀

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

see above additional mentions go to: www.aislehireit.co.uk for the large free standing letters in lights and www.WR15hairdressing.com | www.lnpsound.com

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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  • Catherine Kerr
    4 years ago

    Aww – she suits her dress so beautifully. Looks fun & lovely, x

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