Sam and Amy’s wedding is a pretty, romantic and family-focused affair with the loveliest details and glorious images I know you’ll love! The flowers are out of this world…
“We didn’t have a theme as such…. Our key priority was having all the people there who we loved and who had looked out for us. Next it was making sure that we had really good food and drink. We both love cooking…and wine….as do our friends! We wanted our reception to feel like a big family meal, with our friends and family passing food around, chatting and enjoying. We went for a bit of an English-Italian fusion….. local Somerset Salami and buffalo mozzarella, Italian Parmesan, (local) Roast Beef and salads and our favourite wines that remind us of holidays.”
Contact & Bookings: Jennifer Sinclair Photography
Sam’s mum hand made all our bunting (including little italian flags), his sisters made our beautiful cake, Amy’s surrogate (and best friend’s) mum did all our flowers and the ladies’ hair, Sam’s mum made littlle Italian biscuits and heart shaped jammy dodgers for coffee…. it was just all the people and things we love to enjoy thrown together.
Your (first) names
Amy & Sam
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Amy: I’ve known Jenni for 7 years, we met at work and became friends and i’ve always been so intrigued, and impressed, by the passion she had for her photography. Plus, with so many of our friends helping us out and getting involved in making our wedding day it was so nice to have someone we knew take our photographs.
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We were so impressed with Jenni, not only because of how hard she worked all day – she’s a little ninja (she seemed to get everywhere), but also by how much energy she injected into everything. She’s so patient and captured us and our friends perfectly.
One of the memories i have from the day is Jenni’s cheeky smile winking at me from behind the lense and snapping me out of my (sometimes emotional) little thoughts. Jenni is bubbly and beautiful and so so thoughtful.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It was the weekend after our wedding and we’d spent the Saturday out for the day in Bath, shopping and relaxing and trying to avoid the post-wedding blues. We woke up on the Sunday morning to an email and text from Jenni with a link to our photos….. We spent the next few hours in bed with coffee laughing and remembering and reliving the whole day.
The Longhouse, Bruton, Somerset
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Somerset party with friends and family and italian twist.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Venue – We looked at a couple of venues in Somerset, but the Longhouse stood out. The gardens are beautiful, the room is simple but elegant and natural. But mostly, Matt who runs the Longhouse has such a relaxed, personal approach and we really respected how he’d built his business. http://www.longhouseweddings.co.uk/
Taste Somerset – We were recommended Taste by a close friend and from the very first email correspondence knew we were on to a good thing. Denise listened intently to what we were after and after a couple of conversations we’d nailed a menu we were chuffed with. Denise (and Martin slaving in the kitchen) were fabulous…many of our guests said it was the best wedding food they’d ever had and the service was faultless. http://www.tastesomerset.co.uk/
The Milestones Band – We’d seen these guys at a wedding a couple of years ago and we love soul and motown music. They’re brilliant. http://www.themilestoneslive.com/
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Save in the run up as much as you can…..we were very careful but there are always things that creep out of the woodwork, or end up being a little more than you expected. It may not be for everyone but we really enjoyed making lots of the bits and bobs for our wedding (see below). Plus we were extremly lucky in that lots of our friends and family wanted to help out and get involved….and some of their wedding presents made the day possible and so perfect.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Food! It was our biggest expense, but so worth it.
We also didn’t scrimp on the evening entertainment, we wanted music that everyone would be getting down to and the dance floor was never empty.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made it. Every surface in our house was covered with blue and yellow card, glitter glue, star sequins and paper.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I’m not a girly girl….and honestly didn’t think i would be that fussed…. but then i went to…
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Chanticleer in Cheltenham. Tracey (the designer) and the girls were amazing and i every single dress i looked at was so beautiful. I was very lucky to be able to chose a dress, lace and little touches.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I didn’t wear a veil. Jewellery: my mum’s engagement ring, pearls from my MOH.
And what did the groom wear?
TM Lewin navy blue suit.
Handmade waist coat (by his Mum)
Tie and hanky TM Lewin
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dresses all from Asos.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Both! My surrogate mum (and best friend’s mum) is a hairdresser and very kindly did all our hair.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Again… (!) My surrogate mum (and best friend’s mum) is a woman of many talents. Lots of natural greenery from many Somerset gardens, thistles, roses and little bits of yellow here and there.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Just lots of bunting and flowers. As it was spring we had lots of vases of daffs dotted round outside.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We loved our making. All our invitations, menus, various signs, place names and table plan (which we based around our little love story).,
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our cake was made by Sam’s mum and sisters and was incredible. Fruit cake, lemon cake and chocolate cake. 3 tiers. Very simple but covered in handmade sugar roses lovingly made by Lucy.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The Milestones Band.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
You can do it in 5 months, easy. Why wait?! You just end up spending money on things you don’t need or that don’t matter if you wait longer!
Oh and get the Registrar booked as early as possible.
What’s the best thing about being married?
I think sharing that day together and with all of the people we really care about changes things… it’s hard to put your finger on, but we just feel special.