Today’s wedding is just beautiful – I love it. The rain makes for a magical story behind the images, which are all the lovelier for it! Della and Aaron make such a gorgeous couple – she’s stunning, and her dress is fabulous. The portraits of the couple are sublime, the cake is something of a masterpiece… absolutely wonderful.
“Our colour palette was very neutral, with tones of pale blush/pink/nude. We wanted our style to be simple and elegant with a slight vintage feel, but not too traditional. Our table names were areas/themes/classical artists of Florence (where Aaron proposed).”
Photographer Clare from LoveSeen remembers the weather very clearly – and I love how she embraced the challenge and came up with some amazing images! “It was relentless rain all day which was a shame as it was an otherwise sunny July. However, this made it more of a creative challenge for me and it was good to be able to put a smile on their faces and come up with some unique ways of showing their wedding.”
Images are by Clare Adams at LoveSeen, based in South Wales. Discover more from LoveSeen here:
“Charlton House is beautiful location to be married, it is stunning for photographs both inside and out, with lots of ornate windows, a fabulous staircase and unusual spots for photographs, we certainly made the most of all these on Della and Aaron’s day.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Della & Aaron
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How did you choose your photographer?
We searched online, at wedding fairs and asked around for recommendations but we struggled to find a photographer that we felt suited us. A friend of a friend mentioned LoveSeen and after loving what we saw online, we made contact and arranged an initial meeting.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, instantly pleased!! Clare’s artistic approach and attention to detail really made her work stand out to what we had seen before. During our wedding day she was amazing. She was not too intrusive with organising group photos (it is her style to not take too many ‘typical’, ‘staged’ group photos – such photos we did not want either), and was creative with her approach. She is able to capture the emotions and precious moments as they naturally occur. It rained on our wedding day, yet this did not stand in her way at all! We cannot recommend LoveSeen highly enough.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Very excited! Every photo tells a story and each one brought back the emotions and excitement all over again (there were a lot of tears!). We were amazed at the photos taken out in the rain – they were stunning! So many people have commented on these too, and we have even had friends say that would like a rainy wedding day now!
Charlton House, Somerset, in Shepton Mallet.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Our best day ever!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
All of the above! Internet, magazines, blogs… We had quite a few recommendations too.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We started with an estimated price list of everything we could think of (we tried to be as realistic as possible). Although it amended slightly throughout the planning, being organised did help us keep on track with our spending and therefore we naturally fell into our estimated budgets for the majority of things.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue and supplying extra drinks during the reception and breakfast. The wedding car also, as some of the wedding cars we went to view in our original estimated price range were in not very good condition in real life.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made our wedding stationary, which we really enjoyed. It meant that we could have things looking just as we wanted them, and we felt it made the overall look/experience more personal to us.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
YES!!! After going searching in all local wedding boutiques and day trip to London searching for something even close to the dress I imagined, as soon as I stepped into Carina Baverstock Couture with my mum, I knew I was going to find my dream dress. We made an appointment and I first saw my dress displayed on a mannequin inside the boutique, and I could not stop thinking about it until my appointment. It was one of 6/7 dresses I tried on during my appointment, but nothing compared to it once I had tried it on!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
David Fielden (designer) bought from Carina Baverstock Couture based in Bradford-on-Avon.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had a floor length veil which was also purchased at Carina Baverstock. Jewellery was kept very simple. My ‘something borrowed’ were my mums diamond earrings, and my ‘something blue’ was a delicate little bracelet that one of my bridesmaids bought me which has a tiny little blue stone within it. My shoes were silver strap heels from Kurt Geiger.
And what did the groom wear?
Aaron wore a navy, slim-fit, three piece suit bought and tailored at Clifton Suits (in Bristol). His tie was a pale blush pink.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our gorgeous bridesmaids wore nude/pink dresses from Monsoon. Our little flower girl wore an ivory dress also from Monsoon.
Men’s ties were ordered from online from forherandforhim.com (would highly recommend if struggling for matching colours as we look everywhere for ties that matched the colour of the girls’ dresses. They had plenty of colours and I was able to order lots of free fabric samples).
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional for both. Hair was done at a salon called You Lifestyle in North Street, Bristol, and makeup was done by a makeup artist from MAC (Sarah Rodriguez). Me, my mum and my bridesmaids went to the salon first thing (open before usual opening hours, only for us), where we met the makeup artist and photographer too.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our florist was Emma Norton (emmanortonweddingflowers.co.uk), which I found from browsing Pintrest and the internet. Our flowers were made up of roses in nude and blush tones, babies breath, brunia berries and eucalyptus. Emma is an extremely talented florist, and we would highly recommend.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue did not need too much decoration, as the rooms were stunning and we felt it work well with our overall wedding theme. We had a few silver buckets filled with babies breath throughout, and we had a birdcage theme for the cards ‘post box’ and to display the table names. We also had a silver bucket of sparklers for the evening.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made all of our wedding stationary, including our invitations.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a four tier ‘naked cake’ by Anna Tyler at Anna Tyler Cake Couture (thisisanna.co.uk based in Clifton, Bristol). We loved the look of naked cakes, as they look simple and rustic yet elegant and refined. Anna was so lovely to work with, and we cannot recommend highly enough. Our florist lightly decorated the cake with some of our blush/pastel toned wedding flowers.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a dj on the evening – The Wedding Players, based in Clifton, Bristol. They really took on board which styles of music we wanted (and more importantly which styles we did not want!). They were brilliant and our guests were dancing all night. Everyone was talking about the dancing for days after. Even our most shy guests were dancing all night! The Wedding Players also offer additional entertainment such as giant games – which we did hire also (e.g croquet, giant connect four, giant jenga etc), however it rained on our wedding day, so we did not put them outside in the end.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make sure you put the research in to finding an excellent photographer, as they will create your lasting memories. Also, before our wedding day we were recommended by others to try and have a few minutes together, just me and Aaron, as the day will be so busy with mingling and celebrating with friends and family. That would now be our advice to others too. After our ceremony and throwing of confetti, me and Aaron went off in our wedding car for a short 10 minute (or so) drive with a glass of champagne. We absolutely loved spending the entire day with the people we love most, but were able to have a short time together for just ‘us’, which really was special.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Spending the rest of our lives together.
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