I absolutely must share some of Alice & Matt’s advice with you before we see their fabulous images. With every real wedding feature I always ask my brides and grooms to complete a little interview for the blog, and theirs is one of the very best I’ve ever received. The advice for you lovely lot is superb:
What’s the best thing about being married?
The knowledge that we have made a life long commitment to each other has further strengthened our relationship.
The comfort in knowing you are loved and loved back.
You’ve married your best friend.
Seeing the ring on his finger, and knowing I put it there, gives me butterflies every time.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Dont stress. Every single one of your suppliers is a professional and will know exactly what to do on the day.
Plan, and plan ahead. Use spread sheets to your advantage. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. Especially your major suppliers who will likely to be booked up six months in advance.
Ladies, the dress…. it can take six months for your dress to be made for you. Give yourself time. And try on every style, you will probably fall in love with something you never dreamed of wearing.
And don’t worry, the walk down the aisle isn’t as bad as you think it will be. Even if you’re on grass, in high heels, and lose your shoe two or three times. Laugh it off, I did!
Relax. Enjoy the day. Take a moment, step to the side, alone or with your partner, take a breath and remember everyone is there for you, for your love, take it in and then go back and party.
It really is the best day of your life.
Let’s have a look at their day, shall we? Images are by lovely Mark at Evolve Photography in Devon. Do take some time to find out more about Evolve Photography here:
The English Wedding Blog interview: Alice and Matt
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Once we had picked our venue, Huntsham Court, they gave us a brochure of recommended suppliers, in which Evolve Photography was listed. The photography was one of our ‘Three non-negotiables’ along with the catering and music. Evolve Photography was the first website we looked at and instantly knew Mark would perfectly capture the moments of our dream wedding. It took all of five minutes for us to make our decision, we read Marks ‘What i do’ and felt he had the same vision of how the wedding photos should look and how the day should run as we did.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Pleased…? We don’t think that word is even close to how we can describe our experience with Mark.
Throughout the day Mark was unobtrusive yet captured every moment. He guided us through our post ceremony couple photo’s, where he made us feel at ease and made our ‘awkwardness’ look romantic. He quickly realised what sort of couple we were and soon embraced the humour and easy going nature of us both. This created a wonderful atmosphere, helped us to relax and it shows in the photo’s. Mark is an amazingly talented photographer.
Mark recommended a videographer that he has worked closely with in the past, Tristan Adams who captured all of our day on video, even the bloopers that most wouldn’t want to re live but we can’t wait.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were sat in The Snug Bar at Huntsham Court the evening after our wedding, when we got a one photo teaser. Still surrounded by our friends and family it made that simple moment quiet beautiful. Mark uploaded the next 280 photo’s, ‘a small preview’ of our wedding the first morning of our mini-moon in Portugal. Whilst sitting on the balcony, coffee in hand, with the Mediterranean Sea as our view we perused through our wedding photos. Yet another beautiful moment.
Huntsham Court, Devon
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
It was a beautiful, fun, relaxed, personal day for all.
Your wedding style or theme:
We had no set style. But along the lines of vintage, simple and beautiful if we were to pick.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found the majority of our suppliers through Mark our photographer and his website/facebook page.
It was looking through his photo’s of other beautiful weddings he had been at that found us our florist, videographer, make up artist and hair stylist.
On the brochure we received from Huntsham Court we found Peter Mundy Catering Services, we loved the look of his food and instantly got in touch. We arranged a menu tasting session, and immediately requested Peter and his team to be our caterer’s.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do things yourself where you can. Don’t waste money on expensive stationary, when you can get beautiful writing done by a family member. This also adds a personal touch.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our 3 non-neogotiables, the food, the music and the photographer. And of course our amazing venue. Two weeks on and our friends and family are still talking about the food, the music, the photo’s and the venue.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We spent along time looking for our invite’s, something simple, rustic and beautiful. We stumbled across www.razzledazzlerose.co.uk and found the perfect invitation.
The remaining stationary (door signs and room allocation layout) were ordered online from non specialised printing stores. Our welcome note for the rooms were printed at home on store bought card.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My wedding dress was designed in my head and brought to reality by Susanna Rachel of Susanna Rachel Bridal Couture, based in Dubai, UAE.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes, oh how i loved my shoes. A gift from my now husband, a beautiful pair of navy Oscar de la Renta shoes. (something blue)
The dress (something new)
A stunning sapphire and diamond ring that i borrowed from my sister, which my mum had passed down to her as her ‘push’ present. This ring was originally a gift from my dad to my mum many years ago. (something old and something borrowed)
I designed a simple yet elegant bracelet for myself, my bridesmaids and my flower girl to wear on the day. Which had each girls initial engraved on a stylish tag that looped through the bracelet.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom and groomsmen, wore a dusty blue trouser and waistcoat, paired with a white french cuffed shirt and pink bow ties.
The fathers of the bride and groom, matched in colour, however wore a jacket and substituted the bow ties for ties.
Not forgetting the pink socks for all.
The groom was surprised by his now wife, on the morning of the wedding, with a unsuspected gift, a stunning Rolex to complement his outfit.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Myself and my girls designed their dresses together. With a standard pinched in waist and a puff skirt the girls designed their dresses. My beautiful maid of honour, my sister Aimee, chose a strapless dress. My gorgeous best friend Kate picked an off the shoulder design. My amazing sister-in-law opted for a halter-neck dress. All in a dusty pink satin. And my stunning flower girl Nicki, shone in navy satin dress. All of the girls wore matching silver bracelets as me and gem stone stud earrings. The outfits were finished off by an elegant yet alternative hooped bouquet, made by Pumpkin and Pye Florist.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Eve Ashby Make-up, made myself, my girls and my mum feel amazing the morning of the wedding. She used airbrush makeup and her work is stunning.
I choose Laura Bukin Hair, to do our hair on the day. Laura is fantastic. She did 4 beautiful loose up do’s for the girls. And for me a massive blow out with a plat. And as my friends keep saying, the best my hair has ever looked.
They both went above and beyond and the compliments myself and the girls received all day were amazing. They made our morning and would highly recommend them both to any bride in Devon. Find them both on Facebook.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our florist was Natasha of Pumpkin and Pye. And wow did she make our wedding. The day would not of been as beautiful if it wasn’t for this wonderful lady.
Myself and Natasha spoke many times about the designs and flower choices i would have at our wedding. However, i did let Natasha take the lead on most things. This is her work, and she would know best. And she out did herself on the day. i never expected to see such amazing beautiful flowers. I was blown away.
She arranged hoops with flowers for my bridesmaids.
A handtied ‘packed’ styled bouquet for myself.
A huge gorgeous arch full of flowers.
Button holes for the men and mums, which were so unique.
Jam jars and bottles were used as decoration throughout the house and as table decoration, these were filled with a selection of flowers but mainly blue delphiniums, and randomly organised around the house and garden.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
One reason we chose our venue was due to its uniqueness and the style of the house itself. The venue was only made even more stunning by the flowers artfully placed around. Huntsham Court had plenty of its own charm and didn’t need anything added to it.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We wanted to make Huntsham Court a home away from home for our guests. Make them feel welcome and settled from the get go.
We framed individual photos of our guests and placed them in the two main common areas of the house.
We printed a welcome note and floor plan at home to put in each of our guests rooms.
We have a massive sweet tooth ourselves, so thought it best to embrace this and include it as part of our wedding in the form of a vintage style sweet shop. Where guests could help themselves to a paper bag and fill it with their favourites.
In general most RSVPs get forgotten about after the wedding. We did not want this to happen. We carefully arranged on one page each guests RSVP with a polaroid picture and their names, all enclosed inside a vintage style binder. This was left out for all our friends and family to see.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
As we said we have a massive sweet tooth. Therefore couldn’t decide on just one style of cake. so we had three. We had our three favourite desserts. We had a large 3 tier stand which Peter Mundy and his team carefully built the cakes around. The base was a chocolate cake with ganache frosting, the second tier was pecan pie and the top tier was banoffe pie. And again Peter Mundy did a fabulous job, all our guests described the cakes as delicious.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We sourced all of our music from www.alivenetwork.com.
For the day time we found Songbird, who’s voice completed the day perfectly. She sang ‘signed sealed delivered’ during our walk down the aisle as husband and wife under a hail of confetti. Our guests all commented on how beautifully she sang.
For the evening we jazzed it up, and chose Stardust to sing us into the night. They were fantastic and even learned the song ‘One call away’ for our first dance, especially for us.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Venue: Huntsham Court http://www.huntshamcourt.co.uk/homepage
Photographer: Evolve Photography http://evolvephoto.co.uk/
Videographer: Tristan Adams http://tristanadams.co.uk
Catering: Peter Mundy Catering Services http://www.petermundycatering.co.uk
Flowers: Pumpkin and Pye http://www.pumpkinpye.com
Dress: Susanna Rachel Bridal Couture http://www.susannarachel.com
Photo Booth: Creme de la creme fun casino http://www.cremedelacremefuncasino.co.uk
Hair: Laura Bukin Hair http://www.laurabukinhair.epageuk.com
Make up: Eve Ashby Make-up http://www.eveashby.co.uk
Music: Alive Network http://www.alivenetwork.com
Food: Flippy Chippy http://www.flippychippy.co.uk
Alcohol: Majestic https://www.majestic.co.uk