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Emma & Alex’s gorgeous English country garden wedding, with Photography by Kathryn

I do love Emma & Alex’s wedding! The details are gorgeous, they’re just such a lovely couple, I love how simple and elegant Emma’s dress is… and right up to the last image of Emma on stage, it’s kept me smiling as I scrolled through all of their beautiful images. You’ll love it too… get your Pinning fingers ready, because the blog is bursting with gorgeous ideas today!

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“Crafts & makes were my favourite part of wedding planning! I could not wait to start decorating and crafting! I sewed the bridesmaids gifts bags myself and filled them with goodies for the day and a little thank you gift. We collected and decorated champagne corks with ribbon and flowers for the tables as well as an assortment of glass jars for the flowers. I even made a post box for the cards. We raided my parents shed for old pieces of furniture and bits and bobs to create a big display in the marquee.

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“We created some lanterns from glass jars and gardening wire and used battery candles in them. I painted planks of wood in chalk board paint and made signs for the car park and wedding reception directions as well as a ‘dance floor rules’ sign which was taken so literally and has even made a trip to another wedding! I did buy a few bits as I saw them such as coasters spelling our name but mostly the decorations were hand made. We had quite a bit of help for some of this but I would do this part again tomorrow!”

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Images are by Photography by Kathryn, based in Yorkshire. Kathryn loved their day and says “Emma and Alex’s relaxed style also really suited my style of photography too, so it’s been a great match!” You can see more of her gorgeous photography here:

www.photographybykathryn.com
Facebook.com/Photographybykathrynwiddowson
Twitter.com/PhotoKathryn

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The English Wedding Blog interview: Emma and Alex

Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.photographybykathryn.com

How did you choose your photographer?

A matter of luck! We found each other at a wedding fayre, something we didn’t really expect given the general chaos! Kathryn’s stall was an area of calm. She had some lovely photos of weddings but also dogs, we love animals and have a dog of our own which she said we could bring to our engagement shoot so that sold it for us really.

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!

We were so happy to have found Kathryn. We honestly can’t believe how lucky we were. Not only is she one of the loveliest people we know, such a dream to work with, but she has taken the most beautiful photos of us. Kathryn has the ability to make even the most awkward person feel comfortable having their photo taken. Her relaxed approach was exactly what we were looking for, she has taken some really beautiful shots and we didn’t even know she was there for some of them. It is literally like stepping back into the day itself looking at the photos, they are just dreamy. We cannot recommend her highly enough and really hope we have excuse to work with her again!

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

There were tears!! It is such a weird time after your wedding, you feel a bit in limbo, not sure if it even really happened, seeing the photos brought it all back to life and it just felt fantastic. There are so many that we love from all parts of the day and the colours are so vivid. Kathryn really captured the theme and feel of the day, and they are something to really cherish. Kathryn was so careful not to take us away from our guests on the day but she was cleverly looking at the light throughout the day and evening so we have such a beautiful range of photographs in different lights. choosing an album might prove tricky!

Wedding venue:

My parents house, where I grew up in North Lincolnshire, we had a marquee in the garden and bell tents in the paddock for guests later on and much of the preparations involved gardening, including digging up a tree root, I don’t think that features on many bride-to-be’s to do list!

Wedding month:

April

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

the most unforgettable, beautiful day.

Your wedding style or theme:

English country garden wedding at spring time with a home made twist.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Recommendations from family and friends mostly.
We went to a couple of wedding fayres too and ordered a couple of wedding stationary samples from a magazine, generally we went with people who were tried a tested.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Think of everything you could ever want, then be realistic, start to prioritise and do a budget and time plan. Whilst you can’t not spend anything, simple things done well can make a big impression. As much as we would have loved a photo booth and a band at the reception we had to compromise somewhere. Something like the timing and flow of the day can’t be bought and yet is really important. Also think about who you know who might be able to help out and if you can make your own version of something. A large part of our day was based in the garden which looked fab, and that was down to our own green fingers!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The photographer and the caterer.
Without a doubt Kathryn is worth every penny. We will have those photos for life as a lasting memory of the day.
The food and drink and service for our guests was the most complimented part of our day. If you are asking people to share your day you want them to feel looked after and welcome. Michael, the catere, was fantastic. He wasn’t just interested in the food, which was awesome, but he took charge on the day itself, liaising with the groomsmen, Kathryn, the band as well as us, ensuring smooth running throughout.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Nicola Hanrahan a designer based here in Yorkshire. An old push bike with a basket found in the garden shed started our theme. I kept in contact with Nicola who brought our theme to life throughout our stationary and we had it all printed online. We had help but it was definitely a labour of love.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Of course! I am still in love with it. It is such a special part of your day and it is so individual to you.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Kelly Clark England. She is an independent designer based here in Yorkshire. I did go and try on a few dresses in a couple of boutiques but I struggled to get something that suited me. Kelly is a perfectionist so I had loads of fittings but it was totally worth it. It is probably the most comfortble dress I own and it was a pleasure to wear. The lining is silk and the outer layer is really delicate lace.

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I took my mum’s veil from her wedding to a dress fitting just to see what kind I should look for, however it suited my dress so I wore it on the day which was a really lovely touch.
It was my 30th birthday this year so I actually combined some gifts with things I needed for the day. My parents bought me a pair of designer (!) shoes in navy suede- not overly practical for a garden but you only do this once! Alex bought me some diamond studs to go with my rings. My auntie gave me an old six pence for my shoe, so I had all the traditional pieces to wear.
Because the lace on my dress was so delicate I didn’t wear any other jewellery and also I thought the dress could do the talking!

And what did the groom wear?

Alex loves a suit! He bought himself a navy suit from Reiss which he had properly tailored and fit him really well. His shoes were also from Reiss, shined to perfection. The boys all had ties from Paul smith and shirts from T M Lewin.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Laura and Rachael wore blush dresses by Chi Chi London from ASOS with navy belts and navy shoes. They looked so elegant.
Ava wore an ivory dress with matching navy sash found by her mum online. The blue belts and shoes toned with boys suits and the subtle tones of the girls dresses really went with my own. We knew we didn’t want any colours too bold within the wedding party with the soft spring theme so the navy and peach was ideal.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I had professional ladies to do both, all local though and really reasonably priced, definitely worth looking around. We also had 2 makeup ladies. It’s definitely worth it if there are a few of you so you aren’t in a rush.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

A friend of a friend ordered the flowers from the wholesalers and we collected them, she gave us a hand with the larger arrangements and bouquets but we did the tables ourselves and the flowers on the display.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Yes and no. We had clear windows on a wall and part of the ceiling of the marquee so you could see the garden, the garden itself was looking smart with daffodils, blossom and the grass itself and also some tubs and old hay racks which we planted up. An artistic friend used the old pieces of furniture, the bike with the basket, old saddles and bridles as well as flowers for a large display at one end. We did two photo collages and hung them on the walls, as well as a chalk board sign for the dance floor. I put a few goodies in the toilets- clothes pegs and string for hats to be hung and some funny quotes as well as toiletries. The bar itself was a work of art. We brought in a big old bookcase to display different bottles of drink. The tables themselves had home made favours- corks and jam jars of flowers.
We were so lucky to be able to have the wedding at home and being able to have such a huge influence in the planning, decorations

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

Initially we were having a traditional fruit cake- made by my mum, using my grandmas recipe, and also a chocolate cake, because we don’t like fruit cake. However mum took it to the next level and made 3 tiers! An awesome attempt, and it tasted lovely. We decided to abandon the chocolate cake in the last week purely due to time and the fact we didn’t need more cake.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

The Rips! From Tadcaster. I saw them at a friends wedding, they were brilliant. Great music and a really lovely bunch of guys. The dance floor was never empty from start to finish.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

On a practical note the best advice I was given was to walk down the aisle slowly- you will never forget it, and also have your makeup or hair done in a room on your own. It might be the only chance all day you can reflect and think.
When we met our victor he said to always put each other first in life. It really stuck with us. Obviously it’s something we will take forward but I think for any couple getting married it’s really good advice. It is so easy to forget why you are actually having a wedding with all the preparations and despite your best efforts it can become quite stressful, especially whilst juggling normal life! Keep taking a step back, remember why you are doing it- it is worth it in the end, and take a day off from planning now and again to do something you both enjoy.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being called Mr and Mrs. Day to day not much changes but it’s such a lovely feeling to be married.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

http://www.kellyclarkengland.co.uk
http://www.nicolahanrahan.co.uk
http://www.lsjoutside.co.uk
http://www.theripsband.co.uk
http://www.photographybykathryn.com
https://www.facebook.com/Bethanvictoriamakeupartist/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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