Today’s bride Lucy is stunning, she has the most amazing smile. The bouquet caught my eye straight away, it’s just insanely pretty – and I love love love their style and all the special little touches. Sam’s look is perfect for a modern wedding (grooms, take note!) and for a village hall this is just blindingly beautiful! I wish I got more real wedding submissions from Wales…
Images are by lovely fine art wedding photographer Emma Pilkington, who you can discover more from here:
My bouquet was by Charlotte from Verity and Thyme and the rest I (and my uni girls) did . The bridesmaids and all decorative flowers were done by us the day before. My bouquet was SO lovely – charlotte had seen a handful of inspirational images from me and created the most perfect blooms!
Our venue was a simple village hall, so it needed a lot of decoration! I made gold foil cupcake bunting, white rustic bunting, sourced paper lanterns, filled empty wine bottles with flowers and foliage … list goes on. But we loved how rustic it was! I really enjoyed all the crafts & makes – it’s all about time management in the lead up to the big day and slowly ticking jobs of the list as time passes by before the big day. My friend Katie did all the food bar the hog roast – that girl makes a mean mac and cheese!
The wedding of Lucy & Sam was the kind of wedding I absolutely love. It was such a lovely relaxed day in a beautiful setting. They styled the local village hall in Lysfaen, North Wales beautifully with rustic decor and wild flowers. Almost everything was hand made by the bride, groom and their friends and family – from the flowers and the table decor to the cake and food. This hands on approach gave the wedding such a unique and personal feel that truly reflected the personalities of the bride and groom. ~ Emma Pilkington Photography
‘The images are absolutely stunning. You are truly amazing at what you do. Thank you SO MUCH! Overwhelmed by how perfectly you captured our special day.” ~ Lucy & Sam
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Emma is just amazing! I have been lucky enough to work with her in the past in both the fashion and bridal industry so i simply couldn’t think of anyone better to have for our very own wedding. Her use of natural light and simple, un-contrived shots were the perfect way to represent Sam and I as a couple. She did such an amazing job too!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
She honestly was the most perfect photographer – capturing every little secret moment that pass by too quickly to even notice in the whirlwind of it all!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I cried, squealed and jumped up and down – i honestly couldnt have been happier with them. She also delivered the prints and USB in the most delicious wooden washed box – simply stunning.
Llysfaen Village Church and Hall
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Personal, homemade and filled with love.
Your wedding style or theme:
Homemade, village hall style that truly gets everyone roped in. We called in all the favours and truly did (nearly) everything ourselves. It was hard work but the end result was most rewarding.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I work for The White Closet so my dress was a no brainer – he he! Otherwise we used people I knew and trusted from the industry.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Well, it is to do a lot for yourselves, but also to be thoughtful on what you feel is most important for your day. You don’t need the band and the ice cream van and the photobooth and the smoke machine … pick what makes you the most happy and fill the rest of the time with the gorgeous people that surround you.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
My dress, the gospel choir that sang us down the aisle and the hog roast man!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Made it all myself, hand illustrated and re-printed. I have a fashion design degree and have done lots of illustration within it so it felt natural and very enjoyable for me!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
OH YES! I work with them every day but this one was just the one for me – with all the help of my lovely White Closet ladies they made my dream a reality through styling and those oh so special appointments.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The White Closet – Jenny Packham , Betty (discontinued now 🙁 )
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I did my own hair and makeup – and very pleased that i did .
Hair band was from ASOS and my veil was from Helen Martin Veils.
My shoes were very unconventional! A wood block and tan leather platform 70’s style from Schuh.
And what did the groom wear?
He wore a Ted Baker combo styled with a rattan shoe and bolo tie direct from Texas!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They were floral Asos numbers – relaxed and fun – just like them!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I was a DIY-er , i used to work in cosmetics and put my own war paint on every day so knew i wanted to do my own.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a wedding bake off so had a table full of delicious bakes that the guests all competitively bought with them!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had Manchester Inspirational Voices sing us into the church (i used to be a member so this was very emotional and so personal for me)
We had Dan from Wedding Jam as out DJ and he was ACE! He played the perfect pic of tunes for us .
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy it, don’t over think or worry too much about others – make yourselves happy first then consider the rest. We learnt this as a result of the wedding and we had a super day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Saying ‘My Husband’ it feel so official he he ! And just knowing that nothing has really changed you’ve just made an official promise to each other which feels lovely.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Photography – Emma Pilkington
Bride’s Bouquet – Verity & Thyme
Pedestal – Dorothy’s florist
Rest of the flowers – Lucy’s friends and Lucy
Dress – Betty by Jenny Packham
Veil – Helen Martin Veils
Grooms attire – Ted Baker
Bridesmaids dresses – ASOS
Camper van – Hilltop Classics
Stationery – Lucy