Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re ready for something really lovely… today’s Lincolnshire wedding is so so beautiful. I love Rebecca’s stunning dress (she’s just sooo beautiful!) and George’s beard – between the two of them this is just a perfect wedding for the blog and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you today!
“We met while studying fine art at uni so it seemed a bit of a no-brainer to make our own stationery. George made the drawings for our invitations, order of service and table plan, while I made the layouts and put them together. It was pretty time consuming but we spend a lot of time making stuff anyway, and it was great because we got to include lots of little details and a lot of lavender!”
The flowers were peach and cream roses with rosemary, freesia and lavender. Our local florist, P and N Pitchers in Alford, Lincolnshire, provided the bouquet, bridesmaids flowers and buttonholes for us. We decorated the church with potted lavender plants and the table decorations were provided by the venue, with masses of cream roses, hessian and lace.
Images are by lovely 166 Photography, who are based in Lincolnshire. Discover more from them here:
“Gunby Hall is a beautiful ceremony venue. What made it even more special was the story of Rebecca’s parents getting married at the same venue many years before. The photos under the trees were the same spot they had their photos taken years before. It was beautiful to be able to capture them now in the same spot. Years later, but still very much in love.” ~ Carl, 166 Photography
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We wanted to find a photographer who was fairly local to our venues, and someone who could take a cracking candid photo! We did most of our research online, and really liked 166 Photography’s style. We also really liked that they shoot on proper 35mm film, too!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were so pleased with our wedding photographer. We were quite nervous at our first meeting but Carl and Lisa quickly put us at ease and it was clear that they’d be really lovely to have at our wedding. They were really helpful throughout, got on brilliantly with our wedding party (and I think that shows in the photos) and their thoughtfulness meant the world – my grandfather was ill in hospital so couldn’t come to the wedding but by the day after they had put together a film and a set of images for us to share with him.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I cried! They were really lovely and really honest – they captured something very special about the day.
The ceremony was at St Peter’s Church, Gunby (Gunby Hall), where my parents were married, and the reception was at Batemans Brewery Visitor Centre in Wainfleet.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed and fun-filled!
Your wedding style or theme:
It was summed up for us as ‘rural vintage’ but there was also lots of hand drawn and hand made elements, lavender and llamas.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Blogs and a fair bit of luck!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We found loads of ideas that we liked, for decorations, favours, and so on, but tried to keep to just one or two favourite things. So I guess our top tip is try not to get too carried away with the details. Also, having lots of home made things helped a lot – we made all our own stationery, favours, and my mum made the cake which we served as dessert.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
All of our suppliers were reasonably priced, but we prioritised the band and photography. I’m really pleased that we spent a little extra for professional hair and makeup, it helped make the morning a bit calmer!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, and it took me by surprise! I already had a second hand dress that I thought ‘would do’ but my sister and I thought it would be fun to go to a boutique… just to make sure! I tried on about 5 dresses but the moment I put the dress on I felt completely at ease, and a bit like a fairy princess!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mori Lee from Dress Place, Nottingham.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore my great grandmother’s pearl necklace, Irregular Choice shoes, hair accessories by Heidi Kench and earrings by Jennie Gill.
My engagement ring is very special to me – it was my grandmothers – and I wanted a wedding ring to wear with it. However, it’s an unusual shape so we commissioned jeweller Natalie Jane Harris who made the most perfect, beautiful piece for us.
And what did the groom wear?
George wore a tweed waistcoat and jacket with blue chinos, all from Debenhams, with his cherry red Doc Martens.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I decided on lavender-grey for the colour and knee length, but after that wanted my two bridesmaids to choose their own dresses, one of which was from TFNC, the other from Little Mistress.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We used our local hairdressers, Talking Heads Alford, who my family have used for years, and they recommended a newly graduated makeup artist.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really! The church at Gunby is tiny and picture perfect, so we kept the decoration minimal. Batemans is a really quirky venue and needed very little extra decoration, we just added little details which tied in with our stationery such as home made dreamcatchers.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made quite a lot of things ourselves, but my favourite element was probably the favours – individual sempervivum plants that I’d been growing since the start of the year. It was lovely to watch the plants get bigger as the wedding got nearer!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My mum made the cake for us, one tier was carrot cake, a real family favourite, another Victoria sponge, and the big bottom layer was chocolate stout cake, made with Bateman’s Mocha stout. We had a great time testing the cake recipes!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The live band were fantastic – they started with an acoustic set and got gradually louder through the night. Everyone loved them! For the breakfast we had put together a playlist with lots of references to different guests, it was great to see them realise that the song was for them through the meal!
The maid of honour had also arranged for George’s best friend to Sykpe in from New Zealand, which really made the day complete.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Sit back, relax and take it all in!
What’s the best thing about being married?
The forever feeling.