This is what we at English Wedding Blog HQ call a wow wedding. A wow wedding is when we gasp, shout back at our screens and can’t stop grinning. It’s gorgeous – the images, the bride & groom, the bouquet (double wow!) and the styling of the reception… just amazing!
“I work as a designer so I loved creating the details for our special day. My dad built the chalkboards and easels for me which I decorated with the chalk pens by hand. My parents, brother, aunt, uncle and husband patiently assisted me with with the set up the day before – I knew exactly how I wanted to arrange the table wreaths, candles and vintage bottles and they were so kind to put up with me being obsessive over the placement of everything as I could mere have completed it in time myself!”
Images are by lovely Rachel Joyce Photography who is based in Lancashire. Discover her here:
“Janine and Oliver are a really lovely couple to spend the day with and all their guests, friends and family were so welcoming to us. I loved everyone of Janine’s choices – her dress, the flowers, the venue dressing, even the food! Everything was perfect. The venue is absolutely beautiful and perfect for a relaxed and modern wedding like Janine and Ollie’s. The weather was a bit hit and miss and we were worried that it was going to rain all day but we managed to get some breaks in the weather and Janine and Ollie were more than willing to head out into the grounds for pictures.” ~ Rachel Joyce
The venue was a lovely canvas to decorate! If left undecorated it would still look beautiful, and just using the long trestle tables was enough to create a really unique set up. All the decorations and stationery were designed by me and homemade with the help of family due to time restraints.
I loved every minute as crafts are my biggest hobby, I miss it now to be honest and have been considering adding the designs to my not on the night street page Nomadic Being. I made the gold pen on mirror table plan, the 16 foot natural linen table runners (with the help of my mum helped to sew them), the gold glitter wraps on the candles (my aunt kindly added for me), and the cream/gold/nude ribbon curtains (which my brother and uncle hung).
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We searched for weeks online through around 30 photographers. To me the photographer was the most important supplier as they are not just there during the wedding but you hope they will capture your day just as you remember it so you can proudly keep looking back at your album and get a rush of memories. We were so particular about the style we wanted and Rachel’s website nailed it! Easy going documentary style, slightly artistic but not too quirky, and she managed to capture bright yet so lighting no matter what the weather!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We would go as far to say that Rachel is perfect!! So enjoyable to spend time with, clearly loves her job and her photos tell the story of the day so beautifully. Even how she deacibes herself other website is great, you get a really sense of who she and its important to get on well with someone who’s given the incredibly important task of capturing your memories.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Rachel warned us there were lots but we couldn’t believe just quite how many. Even though we excitedly flicked through them it still took us 2 full evenings to get through them all! We’ve been trying to pick our favourite picture from the day to have printed large at home but there are so many great shots we are struggling to commit to which to use!
The ceremony was at St Oswalds in Lower Peover with the wonderful revered Jane Lloyd. All our guests commented on what a wonderful lady she was and how welcome they felt in her parish.
The reception was at The Oaktree of Peover – a gorgeous oak and glass venue, with the meticulous organisation and execution of the day done by Top Table.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A magical day surrounded by wonderful friends and family.
Your wedding style or theme:
We hated the idea of a theme or set colour for the day but certainly had a look we were aiming for, which was Whimsical Botanics!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Our florist and cake maker were both local shops, although not chosen for that reason but because we felt they understood what we wanted.
Most of our suppliers came from trawling though websites as it did with Rachel. We also fell in love with our wedding caterers, Nicola and Keeley at Top Table who came as a recommendation from my chief bridesmaid Claire. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they even managed the timings on the day to ensure everything ran smoothly. We came across our pianist/singer jack Buckley singing in a restaurant in Alderley edge and waited around till he finished his set so we could eagerly ask him to play at our wedding.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If you are crafty then make things yourself. We made every single styling detail of our day ourselves with the help of family to set everything up.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our photographer and caterers were the best purchases of the day, but we didn’t even need to spend more on these as their prices were very fair for such an amazing job.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
To be honest I found the dress the hardest desicion. Working as a fashion designer you are taught to love a design for such a short time and then move on the the next thing so quickly. I did like my dress but having to commit to one wasn’t easy for me and I found my solace by concentrating on the bridesmaid gowns and the venue styling as I felt happier commiting to these.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I actually don’t know which designer it is as I bought it just a few weeks before the wedding after I went off the dress which I had first bought 6 months earlier!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My necklace was a surprise gift from Oliver on the morning of the wedding which I never expected and cried when I opened it.
I borrowed earnings from my mum, and my shoes were from Rainbow Club.
And what did the groom wear?
Oliver’s suit was from Moss Bross, it was a charcoal tailcoat with co-ordinating waistcoat and trousers. He chose black shoes and Valencia (soft green) cravats with rustic style button holes.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My gorgeous bridesmaids wore silver sequin cami maxi dresses with nude court shoes. We wanted to avoid classic bridesmaid styles and pick something fun.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own hair and makeup after 3 awkward trials.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our florish Chelsea Flowers in Wilmslow arranged the flowers at the church and supplied me with the flowers for the reception venue which I arrange myself with the help of family as it was such a hug task to complete! I bought a few smaller bunches of the foliage and flowers a couple of weeks before and tried a few test arrangements at home first. Emma at Chelsea Flowers was really helpful in giving me a few pointers for my table arrangements and not laugh at me for being so crazy as to decorate eight 12foot tables with no prior floristry experience!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was a lovely canvas to decorate! If left undecorated it would still look beautiful, and just using the long trestle tables was enough to create a really unique set up.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
All the decorations and stationary were designed by me and homemade with the help of family due to time restaints. I loved ever minute as crafts are my biggest hobby, I miss it now to be honest and have been considering adding the designs to my not on the night street page Nomadic Being. I made the gold pen on mirror table plan, the 16 foot natural linen table runners (with the help of my mum helped to sew them), the gold glitter wraps on the candles (my aunt kindly added for me), the cream/gold/nude ribbon curtains (which my brother and uncle hung).
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a 3 tier Victoria sponge with buttercream and ombré gold spray which our cake maker did a wonderful job of creating. Then I made the cream silk flower arrangements to sit on it.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Music was really important to us to ensure guests had a great day. In church we had Northern Quartet playing because classical music,
Victoria Nolan’s http://www.vickysingsforyou.co.uk beautiful voice graced us during the canopies and again later for the first dance. During dinner Jack Buckley kept everyone entertained with his fantastic piano and vocals. I would recommend every single one of them. Our DJ was shockingly bad but by them we’d all had such a perfect day it was funny really and just emphasised how wonderful the live music had been and our friends broke into song at the end of the night which was such fun!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try to make your day unique to you. Use your own talents where ever you can as you will be so proud on the day. Don’t be afraid to mix up the usual set up wether it’s the table shapes, the timings or what group shots you do. Rachel gave us a brilliant bit of advice which was if you wouldn’t hang the photo of the group then don’t take it! She was full of clever points like that but I won’t give away any more of her trade secrets!
What’s the best thing about being married?