I love today’s wedding: the bright colours and gorgeous styling of Jodi and James’s vintage garden party, in the beautifully restored Farbridge barns, are just glorious. And the bride and groom are the loveliest, happiest couple ever – they look just fabulous too!
Images are by lovely Neil Walker, who is based in Sussex and loves Farbridge! “I shoot weddings at Farbridge quite regularly & it is definitely one of my favourite venues. Nickie & the team there are great & the light is wonderful in the courtyard & even in the barn where there are lots of windows, unusually for a barn. To cap it all, Simon the chef makes wonderful food, definitely the best food of any venue I know, & that’s saying something!”
Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography
“I remember this wedding in particular because of the way Jodi & James were with each other. Quite often I’d turn round & they would be on their own having a little moment together. Many couples do this once or twice on their wedding day, but Jodi & James did it too many times to count! Very sweet & ultimately what weddings are about!” ~ Neil Walker Photography
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Jodi & James
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How did you choose your photographer?
After visiting numerous wedding shows and venues we had approximately 4 different photographers to choose from and after reviewing all of the photos from each and asking my Dad (he is a keen photographer himself) and also with the recommendation from our final venue choice we chose Neil. We knew as soon as we met him and discussed the wedding and what we wanted from our photos that he was the one for us.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, very much so. The photos are absolutely stunning. Everyone has said how wonderful they are. Although we knew he was there Neil just seemed to merge into the surroundings. There are quite a few photos I have no recollection of being taken which is exactly what we wanted. Unfortunately it rained on the day of the wedding but it didn’t stop us having photos outside and these are just as perfect as the ones Neil took inside.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I cried. The wedding day just flew by as did the honeymoon and you somehow seem to forget little bits of the day as you get back to your normal routine. We came back from the honeymoon to our photos and it was just like we were back at Farbridge on the day. Neil had captured all of our perfect moments and now we have them so we won’t ever forget.
Wedding venue: Farbridge Barns – Lavant
Wedding month: March
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage Garden party
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendations and friends
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make things yourself
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The Photographer and the food. I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for”
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I made all of our Wedding stationery
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Not at first, I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like but couldn’t find the exact dress so I found one very similar and had it changed by a very talented dress maker.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Creatiques – Southsea
Amendments – Peter Bagley
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had a vintage pearl hairclip which was my very first gift from James when we starting dating, peep toe ivory heels and pearl earrings.
And what did the groom wear?
A navy suit with braces and a chequered bowtie
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They had 1950’s tea dresses with tulle underskirts all in Navy
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
All our hair and makeup was done by Katie Millar and Janette May who is the owner of Gemz salon in Portsmouth –
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Nia Bradley-Hobbs of Luvshifting Flowers did all our floristry. We had vintage veg boxes that had been planted with seasonal flowers. I wanted very rustic arrangements and bouquets to fit with our theme and Nia gave us exactly that. She also did the flowers for our Engagement party which was a vintage tea party so she knew our style.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really, we had things to dress tables with and a few signs to put out. All in all, the venue was pretty much where we wanted it to be for the day.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made most of the items for the wedding including the invites/favours etc and a friend of mine made the other bits and pieces. She is very talented – she has a Facebook page called The Little Upcycler Weddings– check her out.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a 3 tier Victoria sponge cake with different fillings. I’m not a lover of fruit cake and neither is James plus it just didn’t seem to fit with our theme.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a band called LA Tour for the wedding that were very good and got the crowd up and dancing. The music for the day was via an ipod which we did ourselves.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Respect each other always.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being closer to each other than we were before.
Favourite supplier weblinks for other brides and grooms:
The Little Upcycler Weddings
Neil Walker Photography