I love Jen’s dress more every time I look at her… today’s bride and groom are such a fabulous couple, and their day seems to suit them so wonderfully well. I love the venue; the light-up-letters are a fabulous feature; the bouquet is dreamy… I’m so happy to have such an amazing wedding to show you this morning 🙂
Images are by lovely Jodie Cooling Photography. Jodie is new to the English Wedding Blog and I’m so glad she’s submitted this stunning wedding for us to share! Discover more from Jodie here:
“We really can’t thank Jodie enough! The photos are everything we hoped for and much, much more! She has managed to capture every little detail of the day in the most beautiful way. We can’t stop looking at them! The fun group shots in the field and the expressions she has captured during the speeches are just perfect.” ~ Jen & Tim
Jodie told me the sheer amount of effort that both Jen & Tim had put into this day was truly inspiring. “Their creativeness was exemplary. Every little detail of the day had been thought of and personalised with a huge amount of TLC. I truly love shooting weddings where the bride and groom have clearly put a huge amount of thought into every single detail and this pair certainly did just that. We were graced with the most wonderful weather. The location for their couple shots was just a stones throw from the church on a private country estate which I am lucky enough to call my home. It was so exciting to finally get the chance to photograph a beautiful couple in the spots I have been eye spying for such a long time.”
“I have driven past this quaint little village hall on many occasion. Little had I realised how very cute it was and how tastefully decorated it is. So many village halls are a little on the drab, dated and dreary side so it was amazingly refreshing to have the opportunity to photograph in such a nice village space.”
Most things were homemade. Mum and I spent hours decorating empty jars to fill with flowers for the tables. We made 120m of bunting to hang from the beams it the hall. Signs around the hall and the table plan were all homemade. I also made confetti comes using paper doilies. They were so much cheaper than buying them ready-made! The biggest challenge was our wedding cake! That took 3 days to complete in the run up to the wedding. We love making things so wouldn’t have wanted anyone to do it for us. We have so many lovely things to keep now and lovely memories of making them with our families.
Your (first) names
Jen and Tim
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
I already knew Jodie as we went to school together. Having seen photographs she had taken of friends weddings we were desperate for her to do ours. We loved the laid back, natural style of her photos. Neither of us enjoy having our photo taken but we knew Jodie would make us feel relaxed.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We went to Jodie’s house where she had put together a stunning presentation of our photographs. I wasn’t expecting to feel quite so emotional! Being able to see photos of Tim and our family and friends at the church before I arrived was lovely.
Our ceremony took place at St Peter and St Paul’s church in the beautiful village of Chipping Warden. Our reception was held at the Wardington memorial hall about 5 minutes from the church.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Rustic, laid back, handmade, personal, unique, creative, vintage, fun!
Your wedding style or theme:
A rustic countryside wedding was what we were aiming for. Very relaxed.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
My sister bought her wedding dress at Fairytale weddings 5 years ago. The staff were so amazing it was the only place I wanted to look. They were just brilliant!
Our photo booth idea came from Perfect Weddings magazine. The furniture I found after spending ages looking for furniture to hire online. The photos on their website looked exactly like we had imagined so we knew they would be perfect. Limes Farm did our catering. We’ve always enjoyed the food when we visited the tea shop and had heard great things about their catering service. My uncle runs the pub in Wardington so he helped us by doing the bar. The camper van, from Fifties Chic, I came across online. The colour of the camper matched our wedding colours perfectly!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We kept a spreadsheet of every expense. Even tiny things. We worked out what we needed to pay for and when and stuck to it. We decided very early into planning that we didn’t want to start married life with lots of wedding debt. We were keen to do lots of DIY so it worked out well.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photo booth was our best purchase! It was busy all evening. The guested loved it and we’ve got some great photos! It was a great way to entertain everyone. Tim also bought a football table for £80 to put out on the patio and the boys, including my 18 month old nephew, absolutely loved it!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Tim is a graphic designer so he made all our wedding stationery including invites, menus and orders of service. We spent many hours stitching them all together by hand but it was worth it.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Daisy, at Fairytale weddings, asked me to pick all the dresses I’d like to try on. The dress I bought was the first I picked out but the third I tried on. It felt lovely straight away and every other dress I tried on, I compared it to that dress. It was perfect!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ellis Bridal at Fairytale Weddings (Towcester)
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore my locket which holds two photographers of my nan and grandad who are no longer with us. After looking through wedding magazines I fell in love with all the Rachel Simpson shoes! The flats I chose were so comfy but looked pretty too. I did buy a veil but after I’d had my hair done I decided it looked better without it. My bag was from Kate Spade.
And what did the groom wear?
Tim wore a Ted Baker suit from moss bros with blue striped socks, matching all the ushers and best man, from Morrows. His shoes were from Red Herring at Debenhams.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls wore dresses from ASOS bridal. We thought the floral print went really well with our laid back, countryside theme. Their shoes were from M&S. We got them both an initial necklace from Next to wear on the day too.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Emma at Dennis Michael Banbury did my hair. I had very little idea what I wanted but what she came up with was really lovely; soft and not too ‘done’. I did my own make up and nails.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Claire Higgs at Hibiscus floral designs. She’s a genius! I described what I wanted (not knowing any names of flowers!) and she managed to create exactly what I was imagining. My bouquet was absolutely stunning! The button holes, including one for my little nephew, were beautiful. The bridesmaids bouquets were simple gypsophilia bound with hessian and looked so elegant.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The day before the wedding, Tim’s family travelled down from Manchester and we spent from 11am until 8:30pm decorating the hall. It was hard work with so much to do but we had the best time doing it altogether. It made us all feel very proud seeing it all on the day and knowing we did it all ourselves.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I made our wedding cake. It was fruit cake made using a Mary Berry Christmas cake recipe! I’ve only made fruit cake once before so I was nervous it would taste awful! We wanted something quite simple so I went for ivory fondant with elegant green edible lace around the base of each tier. I finished it with a bow. I spent ages making sugar paste flowers for the top but in the end it looked better without them.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
On our invited we asked all our guests to request a song to be played at the wedding. My clever brother put together a playlist of all the requested songs. He was also our evening DJ. Instead of favours, we had a huge pick and mix table for everyone to help themselves too. It was very popular with our guests!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Be organised! We had ‘The wedding notebook’ and everything went in there. With so much to remember I had to have everything written down so I didn’t forget. Only spend what you can afford to pay for now. It’s the best feeling knowing we won’t be paying off our wedding for years!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Our families have always got on well so it’s lovely now feeling even more like one big family. Team Pennells!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
www.jodiecoolingphotography.com she’s a genius!
www.unique-vintage-rentals.co.uk – they provided our tables which completed the rustic look we wanted to achieve. Oliver was so helpful before and after the wedding.