What can I say about these lovely two?… they’re gorgeous. Their wedding is just as gorgeous. The spirit of their day is fun and full of character – and there are so many fabulous little touches I know will inspire you. Chloe & James – we love your wedding!
We had a cake made by James’s mum and all the flowers were also handmade from sugar paste. My sister made the confetti from dried rose petals and we used the handmade bunting she had for her wedding 4 years earlier. My mum made the place scrolls and handwrote each guests name and menu choices. My parents also made the table plan display from old book covers. It really made it such a special day having people contribute.
Images are by Bristol & Somerset wedding photographer Howell Jones Photography:
This wedding was special because it was for two very good friends of mine from London and as soon as they asked me I knew it was going to be a really special day. It is a totally different enviroment working for friends because unlike most weddings I shoot, you know half of the people there, which makes it quite difficult in some ways because wherever you go people are talking to you. You can blend into the wedding when you are unknown, getting important shots by becoming part of the wedding party is essential for how I work and I was a wondering how it would go. Everybody just let me do my job throughout the whole day, I got exactly what I wanted.
The Red Barn at Lingfield is a great venue to shoot a wedding. I’m not a big fan of wedding venues with loads of light, I like having just a few windows scattered around the place. I was able to take Chloe and James outside and within seconds I was able to put them somewhere for a portrait shoot, lots of different backgrounds which made my job so much easier and not taking too much of the couple’s time.
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Chloe & James
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
By luck Woz happens to be a good friend of ours and has been the photographer at a lot of our mutual friends weddings so I already knew his style and talent. I really dislike having my photo taken so it was important to me that it was someone I felt comfortable with.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Well he is a friend so I can’t say anything too awful! Although in truth we were over the moon with how the pictures turned out. I love his casual style and it was so easy to be relaxed around him. Plus he makes a great cup of tea!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Sitting in the lounge on a lazy Sunday – great to be wowed with the beautiful memories of our day. We really had the most amazing time and Woz captured so many moments, we will treasure always.
East court mansion at East Grinstead Town Hall.
Reception was at The Red Barn, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A wonderfully giddy mix of love, friends and family topped off with lots of fun!
Your wedding style or theme:
Quirky vintage with an Autumnal feel oh and lots of books! Bit of a hotch potch in terms of theme.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I spent a lot of time looking on line, following recommendations from friends and trawling the high street.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Ask friends and family to help out wherever possible – we saved a lot of money by pulling in favors and making things ourselves where we could.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
In the end I spent more on my dress than I had anticipated but was really pleased I didn’t compromise – definitely worth it.
The invitations were also unexpectedly expensive, made even more so because the first lot, which were cheaper, ( from vistaprint) I really didn’t like so we had to order a second, more expensive lot. I was really pleased with them in the end – they were worth spending a bit more on as I think they really set the tone for the day.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My friend created the design and I got a set printed through Vista print, however really didn’t like them. In the end I used KwikPrint in London, they were able to use the same design and I had more input on card type, size and font. It was really helpful to see some mock ups in person rather than on a screen.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It took me a long time to find the right dress and I was starting to panic as time was running out. In the end I found it by total accident, after getting a last minute appointment at a bridal shop in Wimbledon. I’d been trying on pre loved dresses that morning and just called into the shop on the way home – a bride didn’t show for her appointment so I was able to try on dresses. The dress I chose in the end was the last one I tried on an was in the shop window. I put it on and it just felt right. I did have some alterations made – added a capped sleeve.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
www.teokath.co.uk/wimbledon – the shop was located inside Ely’s department store but has recently moved to the shop on the broadway.
Designer was Annasul Y the dress design was bespoke for the shop not sure of the name and I was never able to find it on their website.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had a simple hairclip that was an upcycled piece I bought in Spittlefields market. My shoes were by Jenny Packham – House of Frazer. I spent ages looking for a shrug as I knew it would be nippy on the day. After purchasing and then returning several expensive options I ended up finding the perfect one in Zara for £50!
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
James had a made to measure suit. It was pricey but worth every penny, as he looked very dashing on the day. He bought it from McCann Bespoke Tailors in London. mccannbespoke.co.uk
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I went through hell looking for bridesmaide dresses. To me they all looked so bland and boring I wanted something a bit different but without spending a fortune. In the end I found the perfect dress from Miss Selfridge in the Oxford St flagship store.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My sister did my make up after a session at the Bobbi Brown counter where I bought the essentials. I used a local hairstylist for my up do – she was worth her weight in gold.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I used a florist recommended by the reception venue. She was great and really flexible and able to take my ideas and make them real. www.dorakovacs.com. She also has a fantastic range of decorations from her store that she used to dress the venue for the ceremony and the reception.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Dora did a great job of dressing the ceremony venue which didn’t have much decoration – but did have brilliant views. The reception venue already had loads of character so really the dressing was just to high light the already quirky feel.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
One of the ushers is a keen musician and plays in a band. We recruited them for the wedding and they helped us think of some great songs. We paid them in beer and the dance floor was full all night. We also asked guests to think of a favourte song on the RSVP and another friend of mine DJ’d late into the night with a great mix of collective fave hits.
We also hired a photobooth. We used the some supplier as my sister had the year before. He was a lovely man and very professional – the guests loved it and we got some MORE great memento photos!
On the day tips and advice:
Enjoy it – all the planning will pay off and even if things don’t go the way you planned who cares the only person who will know is you. Everyone will have fun just the same.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that someone loves you unconditionally and you are both in it together no matter what may come.
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
www.bestweddingphotos.co.uk – Photobooth supplier