I love Leah & Brian: she’s absolutely gorgeous and wears her dress like it was made for her, and the beach portraits of them together are divine. They make the loveliest couple and have some really sweet details too: the little hearts on the wishing tree, the flowers (especially that lovely little fern leaf bouquet), and I really love the looks they exchange through the ceremony!
The flowers are sublime: “I wanted a simple bouquet of cream roses with some greenery intertwined and around the edge, which is exactly what I had! For the bridesmaids I wanted something simple but very different from mine, a pop of colour to accentuate the navy! My mum, Hilary and my Aunt, Fliss, arranged the flowers themselves. They also knew exactly what flowers we needed to order, what would look great together, what would be in season, everything! They did such an incredible job! They also made the button holes which were simply wheat sheaths tied with a ribbon. Brian’s was made slightly differently with one of the roses from my bouquet inside his!”
The venue didn’t need much styling, however we did bring table centre pieces which were bird cages with tea light holders and flowers in. We also had some large birdcages on stands which we had pillar candles in with some flowers too. These decorations were great as they could be used both day and night! we had our favourite sweets as the table names so we also had cocktail glasses full of sweets on the tables too.
Images of Leah & Brian’s day are by lovely Emma at Freckle Photography in Devon. Discover more from Emma here:
We made our save the dates, invitations, wedding programmes (drawing by my Aunty Fliss!), table plan, the cakes, the flowers. Pretty much everything was homemade!! We loved everything we did, it took a long time to make everything how we wanted it to be but it was something that was very exciting to do! Again, our family were amazing during all of this and spent so many hours helping us to put together our invitations and making cakes etc!
The English Wedding Blog interview: Leah and Brian
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Emma photographed my sister’s wedding in December 2014, and when we saw their photos we just knew she was the one for us. Not only that but she is the loveliest woman ever, she slots into the family and is in no way intrusive! Emma has so much knowledge and skill, she is AMAZING!!!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were SO pleased with our wedding photographer, Emma. She was just perfect and the photos she took are incredible. She knows so much about lighting, natural looking shots, what looks great and original! She listened to exactly what we wanted, which was informal photography, with a few formal family and friend shots (to keep the parents happy!!) She went above and beyond and even stayed to get some photographs on the beach because she said the light was perfect for it (and she was right!!!) She is just so kind and lovely, she was great with the pre-ceremony nerves for both of us and captured the essence of the day perfectly!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
The moment we saw our photos for the first time was something I will never forget! I was at work when I received my email from Emma to say they had been posted and should be arriving that day! She also attached the link to the online ones if we couldn’t wait for the package to arrive…. I was determined not to look until I was at home with Brian again and we could look together, but curiosity got the better of me and I pressed the link! HOWEVER, the internet at work was so poor on that day that they wouldn’t load which meant I had to wait until I got home with Brian (PHEW!!) When we sat down to look at them together, we went through all of the emotions! We laughed, we cried (happy tears!) and we fell in love all over again as we remembered so fondly our perfect day! It was so nice to see the shots of Brian and his best man, Matt, getting ready as I obviously hadn’t seen that! And Brian felt the same, he got a glimpse of what the morning was like for me and my incredible bridesmaids, Amy, Grace and Christy! The Beach shots were, as Emma had said, perfect! I could see what she meant about the lighting for those shots! The photos are definitely something we will treasure as they capture the memories we hold so dearly in photograph form!
The Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell.
Our Church leader did a blessing after the legal ceremony!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Full of love, Special, Perfect, individual, homemade, happy, beautiful
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic, Homemade, classic, relaxed!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Emma (Photographer) – personal recommendation
Flowers – local trader (South Molton Market) (my mum and Aunt made the bouquets but we got the flowers from the flower man on the market!)
wedding dress – online search!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do things yourselves! It is easier than you think, call in favors from your skilled family and friends, they will be more than willing to help!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue! We originally booked elsewhere but having been let down last minute, we managed to get in with the veue which had originally been our number one choice!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made all of our stationery ourselves, so most definitely a labour of love!!! We spent hours scouring pintrest for ideas, but none quite made the cut, so we put a few of the ideas together, tweaked them and made exactly what we wanted!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
YES! I knew I HAD to have this dress before I tried it on! My mum searched for a local stockist and found somewhere who had it in stock and it was my size!!!! (definitely a sign!!)
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Jenny at Serenity Bridal, Newton Abbot (Jenny is AMAZING at her job, she knew it was the one and she helped me to make the final choice and decide this was my dress!)
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had a cathedral length veil by Richard designs with french lace to match my dress
I also had a belt by Richard Designs with floral lace and a touch of sparkle! Both of these were from Serenity Bridal.
My shoes were by Quiz at Debenhams
I wore a cross necklace which belonged to my grandmother (something borrowed!) as well as a brooch for my something old!
And what did the groom wear?
Brian’s three piece suit was from Next and was based on tweed! He wore a shirt from TM Lewin and his shoes were Kurt Geiger! He wore a a Rotary watch.
All of his groomsmen and both of our dads wore their own suits!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids wore one shouldered Navy dresses from Amazon! they wore nude heels and their own Jewellery! I was relaxed about what they wore and how they had their hair etc as I wanted them to feel comfortable and like themselves!!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair for me and my bridesmaids was done by 3 Wishes in st Austell.
We all did our make up ourselves, I indulged in some MAC makeup before the wedding and did my own with the girls helping with the final touches!!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a three tiered cake covered in hundreds and thousands! The large bottom layer was Victoria Sponge, the middle was Chocolate and the top was carrot! We both despise fruit cake so that was a definite nono for us! We wanted good all rounder cakes that could easily be made gluten free to ensure all of our guests had cake. We had so many compliments about the cakes and how they tastes (all very positive!!!) and everyone was shocked when I told them they were gluten free because they didn’t taste like they were at all!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We used a friend of ours for our DJ, Jozzy Mudzingwa, who is resident DJ in a few nightclubs in Plymouth. Our first dance song was God gave me you by Blake Shelton.
I recommend giving your DJ a list of songs you definitely want played and make sure you like their style, but remember, they know what they are doing, give them the freedom to play a banger if the dance floor becomes empty or play a few extra songs depending on the mood!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Relax and enjoy planning! your day will be here before you know it and everything will go perfectly. Delegate! Give jobs to other people so that you don’t have to worry about anything. Finally don’t stress, on the day you wont care or even notice if people don’t come, if something looks a bit out of place or something isn’t quite how you planned it. You will be totally focussed on getting married and all the emotions that come with that! one final thing, make sure you take some time with your new husband/wife on the day, just the two of you, nothing beats it!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Living with and loving your best friend for the rest of your life! Being able to call your partner your husband or wife is such a privilege, knowing they feel exactly the same about you!