I love Jo and Ed’s wedding for its elegant, relaxed styling and the timelessly beautiful images – they married in late spring and chose seasonal flowers alongside the loveliest little touches to flavour their day. The ceremony at Doddington Hall is incredible: the reception full of country charm. I love their homemade honey favours (their own bees… how lovely is that?!) and the pretty florals used throughout the day.
“We hired the ‘Long Gallery’ at Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire, a beautiful room with huge paintings and a grand piano. It needed little decoration as its splendour spoke for itself. The room held 200 guests and created a long isle. We had a drinks reception in the coach house next to the main hall with an acoustic band within the walled gardens. Our reception was held at the family ostrich farm in Nottinghamshire, 20 minutes from Doddington Hall.
Doddington Hall spoke for itself, we had two large flower pedestals either side of the altar but needed little else. For the farm reception we had white candles, central arrangements and baskets and jars of peonies and white roses. We decorated tables with tea lights in jars, and had bags with heart shaped cut outs containing tea lights for later on. Favours were jars of honey from our own bees, individually potted and hand tied – an absolute labour of love but so worth it.
Our wedding cake was a 6 tiered fruit cake with outer lace detail in the icing and flowered layers between the cake. We also had a large iced sponge cake. Our flowers were loose, unfussy hand tied arrangements featuring mainly white flowers (roses) with the occasional deep red peony. We used lots of green and foliage to encompass the surrounding ancient woodland at the farm reception.
Avenue White Photography were brilliant! It was so great to see these guys working as a team, a lot of our guests commented on how well they managed to capture all angles – one seemed to know when the other was at all times meaning we got some amazing photos. At both our engagement shoot and our wedding day, Brig and Jonny went to great lengths to get ‘that’ shot. At one point Jonny was laid in a puddle and another point Brig was on Jonny’s shoulders!!
The English Wedding Bog Interview: Jo and Ed
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How did you choose your photographer?
We loved the relaxed documentary style photographs that avenue white brought to the table. Their images seemed to capture the true feeling and mood of a wedding day rather than the staged image some wedding photographers want to portray. Avenue white had such a friendly approach to keeping in contact, they wanted to know our thoughts but we’re happy to give us their thoughts and ideas when we were stuck- they didn’t bombard us at all.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We met Avenue White for lunch in Leeds for the big reveal. Feeling nervous yet excited, they handed us a small wooden box- it contained a memory stick of our images, a beautiful letter from Brig and Jonny and a selection of their favourite pictures in print. We were overwhelmed, the time and effort gone into making this moment special was evidently huge.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed wedding full of family, friends, excitement and love.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mainly through friends, word of mouth and recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Plan plan and plan again! Last minute changes or hiccups are usually the most costly. On the warmest weekend of 2016 so far we found ourselves short of fridges for our bar at the farm… Last minute hiring proved costly!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photography – often overlooked when chatting to friends but it seriously is the only tangible asset after the partner for life and the rings!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Grooms sister Lucy (Lucy Driver illustration on Facebook) designed and made all of our Peony inspired stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It was the 4th dress I tried on in the only shop I went to! I didn’t really know what I wanted so was open to be guided by the staff. They chose a fading lace, sweetheart strapless gown and paired it with a 3/4 sleeve bolero.
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Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Minimal, busy lace dress so needed very little. Bridesmaids had fresh mini white roses through twists in their hair.
And what did the groom wear?
A navy suit from Suits Direct. We looked at all the options and this was the nicest and reasonably priced. All the groomsman wore the same with tan Grenson brogues.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
A grey tulle full length gown with lace detail at the top and an open shoulder area, encircled with grey lace – bright pink popping heels!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Sam New -another family member, Ed’s cousin did an amazing, natural job on all the bridesmaids and the bride.
Jenny May-Betts – a local hairdresser, did an amazing job.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Amazing band : Mammoth from Exeter, a 90’s medley proved so popular with our guests!
Silent disco after the band: great twist on a dj, three channels so something to suit everyone’s taste. A LOT of fun!
Magician: to keep people entertained whirl waiting for food, an absolute hit.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Take a minute out to step back, look around and remember why all these people have joined you on your special day – it’s so humbling.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Spending time remembering an amazing wedding day!