An English wedding with an Italian twist? Oh yes… Suzanne and Glenn’s wedding party, which is all kinds of gorgeous, followed an intimate Italian wedding in Florence. So all their friends in the UK could share in the celebrations, they had a reception back home – and it rocks.
Contact & Bookings: Amanda Karen Photography
“As we had a marquee all the decoration was down to us, we tried to keep it quite simple with cream carpet a white linings a lot of the marquee was open so to bring the outside area in. We hired a bar made from wooden pallets and a few other vintage features from Idyllic days.
I made invites, menus, and a wooden pallet filled with pictures of our families on their wedding days. I love anything like that and really enjoyed finding all the perfect elements for each project.”
Words & images: Amanda Karen Photography
“Two weeks prior to this reception we had been in Florence with Suzanne and Glenn for their Italian wedding, so it was amazing to be back with them celebrating with the friends and family who had not been able to be in Italy. Suzanne and Glenn are honestly one of the sweetest and kindest couples I’ve met and so it was a true pleasure to capture their wedding. It was obvious just how much their family and friends love them and boy do they know how to party! There were so many laughs and giggles throughout the whole day, the bridesmaids even took the opportunity to have a go at the drums before the band set up. We were made to feel part of the celebrations and it was sad to leave them partying into the night, can’t wait to design their album with them so that we can relive the wedding again!
The venue was at a family home so had a real sense of meaning to them and the guests. The marquee was beautifully decorated with flowers by Little Tin Shed and there were touches of the Italy wedding thoughout – and who doesn’t love a chandelier in a marquee!
“My wife and I took Amanda and Hutch to Tuscany to shoot our wedding. I have to say that they are an awesome couple with fantastic photographic skills. They managed to edit 50 or so images and surprised us by having them streamed at our UK reception and everyone was blown away by the pictures. If you’re looking for great service from a great couple then I can wholeheartedly recommended Amanda Karen Photography. Thank you guys….you’ve captured some amazing memories for us. X We look forward to seeing you after the “moneyhoon” for the album pics.”
The English Wedding Blog interview: Glenn & Suzanne
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How did you choose your photographer?
We had been to a few wedding fairs and no one had really caught our eye, we met Amanda through work and just got chatting about weddings and that she happened to be a photographer, it was ment to be.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were so happy, you don’t really know what to expect. You are hiring someone, a stranger that is going to spend the whole day with you on one of the most important and emotional days of your life. What if you don’t get on? What if it’s awkward? I had heard a lot of horror stories.
Amanda and Hutch were fantastic: very laid back, not demanding of our attention and very understanding that it was our wedding day! And as important as it was to capture the day on film they made sure we spent time with our guests.
I don’t think either of us are comfortable in front of a camera and we were a little worried it was going to feel a bit awkward and embarrassing, we need not have worried Amanda and Hutch were great at putting us at ease they both made us very comfortable.
We wouldn’t use anyone else now we have found them.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Very exciting moment, Amanda had kindly put a few online so we had had a sneak peek and were blown away with them.
When we received the usb drives of our photos they were beautifully packaged in a glass box and we even got a little box of chocolates with them, attention to detail once again was spot on.
The photos themselves were amazing we couldn’t have asked for better, it took us a good few hours to look through them all and was so lovely to be able to relive the day again.
We had a marquee in a relatives garden.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Best and most unforgettable day ever.
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic with a hint of glitz.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Lots of researching online.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
DIY I think is great for saving money, I’m quiet a creative person so enjoy making things but I think as long as you have the time things like menu’s, invites and little decorative elements are easy to do yourself.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely photography and videography, everyone says how quickly the day goes, to have these beautiful memories to look back on is priceless to us.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our wedding stationery was from Pure Invitation online, you can pick how you would like your invitations and they then send you the items to assemble yourself or you can pay a little extra and they will make them up.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely!! I feel sad now I won’t be able to wear it again.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My gown was by Ronald Joyce and was form Brenda Lorraine boutique in Elm Park, Essex.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were my bargin, I had my heart set on a pair of Jimmy Choos and then found an identical pair in Kurt Geiger in the sale at £29!
I wore a head band that I bought from my bridal shop, my bracelet was from Debenhams and earnings from Swarovski.
And what did the groom wear?
He wanted to go for a very casual look – Oliver Spencer brown boots, summer chinos in sand, white Ted Baker shirt, navy blue braces, navy blue waist coat from Howick.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids dresses were from two birds bridal.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional, hair and make up definitely isn’t my strong suit – hair was by Jay at Shimmer hair studios in Hornchurch, Essex and makeup by Dawn Taylor Beauty in Maldon, Essex.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Flowers were from Little Tin Shed in Brentwood/ Billericay.
Joanne and her team were fantastic, I had asked for the flowers to be almost as if picked from the garden, they were perfect, exactly what I had asked for.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for a fairly small cake as it was not a massive wedding – I really liked the look of the naked cakes but also wanted a bit of glitz so had the middle tier covered in edible sequins.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
A band was a must, we love a dance and I researched this quite heavily before settling on The Linch Pins they were great loads of energy and kept us dancing all night.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy all of it including the organising – its all over so quickly and the day goes by in the blink of an eye.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being someone’s wife and looking forward to our next chapter.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Amanda Karen Photography
Idyllicdays.com event styling