Cornflower blues, lazy summer days and understated, delicate florals for a beautiful summer wedding… today we’re in for such a lovely treat! Tim and Becky were married at the RAC, a Surrey venue renowned for its stunning features and exclusive atmosphere – and for the fabulously elegant weddings it hosts. This is just out of this world…
Images are by lovely Murray Clarke Photography, who you can (and should!) see more from here:
Murray told me, “Becky and Tim’s wedding was filled with excitement and laughter from start to finish. They were a very laid back couple who were really easy to photograph and natural in front of the camera. I met them at another wedding recently and was so pleased to see that the lovely couple are now expecting a baby!”
“The RAC is a beautiful wedding venue that sits in the heart of Woodcote Park. It boasts stunning period features throughout and offer a really grand experience for couples.” ~ Murray Clarke Photography
Becky and Tim chose superb suppliers for all aspects of their day: Murray Clarke Photography of course, Sweet Lavender Flowers in Ashtead who made Becky’s stunning delphinium bouquet, and The Letterpress of Cirencester for their stationery: as a calligrapher they’re one of my favourite stationers and I would recommend them to anyone!
The English Wedding Blog interview: Tim & Becky
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
After browsing various wedding photography websites, we came across Murray whose photos immediately caught our attention. We loved his modern style of photography which appeared very natural as opposed to staged shots. His website was very professional and informative. We enquired about the packages and availability and Murray promptly replied with a thorough breakdown of what was included for different costs. We were quick to get him booked for our big day!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding photographer! We met Murray for the first time for an engagement shoot, which we were a little apprehensive about as neither of us love having our photo taken, but he put us at ease with his friendly, relaxed approach. On our wedding day Murray was very discrete, capturing natural moments of family and friends. We felt completely comfortable with him when having our couples and group shots taken. It was evident that Murray had visited the venue before our wedding day ensuring he knew some of the best locations for the photos he wanted to achieve. Overall, a very professional, friendly, talented photographer!! The wedding album was the icing on the cake – with many of our friends and family saying it is the best they have ever seen. We would not hesitate to recommend him!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Whilst on our honeymoon in Thailand, we received an email from Murray with a link to our photo gallery. We were amazed at how quickly Murray had been able to provide us with the images. We quickly logged in together whilst in our hotel and were overwhelmed by the quality and attention to detail in his photos. He captured elements of the whole day providing us with photos that told a story from start to finish, including special moments that we had not seen on the day. It was great to see them whilst on our honeymoon, as we were still on cloud nine and able to relive the happy memories. It is not often that you like every photograph, but we can honestly say we loved them all! Selecting which ones to include in the wedding album was not an easy task!
The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park Wilmerhatch Lane Epsom Surrey KT18 7EW
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A traditional, meaningful, fun, beautiful, romantic, memorable, sunny day!
Your wedding style or theme:
Our wedding was traditional, with a stunning Parish Church, country club venue and beautiful surroundings. Our flowers, dresses, wedding stationery and favours tied in with our colour theme of cornflower blue and navy.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
The Royal Automobile Club had a supplier list from which we chose the band, the florist, and seat cover hire. Wedding cars we found online, and The Three Waiters in Brides Magazine.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If you can do some things yourself, it is worth it to give that personalised touch whilst also saving money.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Food, venue, photography and the band.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Letter Press of Cirencester for the save the dates, invitations, order of service covers and place name cards.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I had a rough idea of what I thought I would like and had visited a few bridal shops with my bridesmaids. When I tried on my dress, there was no competition!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Justin Alexander, from Harrington & Cleur, Epsom.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I found the perfect shoes in LKBennett – a white/gold platform court shoe – which were amazingly comfortable for the whole day! I wore a family diamond necklace and an Alan Hannah Devoted hair piece, from Debenhams.
And what did the groom wear?
Traditional black herringbone tails with a detailed ivory waistcoat, and ivory cravat. Groomsmen wore similar with a cornflower blue cravat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Navy Lori Lee short dress from Coast and blue closed court shoes from LKBennett.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Dan-Paul Flores; a professional make-up and hair stylist.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
A stunning bouquet of blue delphiniums, ivory roses and white lisianthus. Similar flowers and colours were used in the buttonholes, corsages, church dispays and pew ends, as well as beautiful centre pieces around tall candelabras. We used Sweet Lavender Flowers in Ashtead.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Cedar Room at the RAC is a beautifully elegant room, which needed very little decoration. The only thing we added was the seat covers with cornflower blue sashes, provided by Host With Style.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made our favours with three Green & Blacks chocolates hand tied with personalised navy ribbon. The seating plan and table numbers we printed and stuck onto wine bottles. The order of services we printed and sewed into the printed covers.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My mum took on the task of baking and icing the wedding cake – we had a 3-tier classic fruit cake with white detailed icing, and a flower topper prepared by the florist.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
During the wedding breakfast we were surprised by three singing waiters which my mum had secretly organised – they got everyone involved and were a highlight on the day. They have been a talking point since! Our band were a Brighton group called Panama, which we found through Prelude Entertainment. We had not heard them live beforehand, but absolutely loved them and the dance floor was full all night.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Include a date for people to RSVP by, giving you enough time to then confirm numbers, and work on your table plan. Be decisive – decisions have to be made so don’t keep putting them off!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being Mr & Mrs and becoming a family!