Wow!!! Today’s is a wedding which will grab your attention instantly! I absolutely loved the daytime portraits of Alice and James, and then the evening light transformed this day into something incredibly, unbelievably beautiful.
We got married and had the reception at The Old Hall in Ely just outside of Cambridge. It’s a beautiful venue and we got married in their gazebo overlooking a lake and Ely cathedral.
The venue and scenery were so beautiful we didn’t need to worry about decorations too much as it was so beautiful itself. Our photographer Nicola Casey Photography did a great job capturing the surroundings in the photos, the fields ready for harvest, the tall reeds by the lakes, and our reflection across the water with the moody clouds above us.
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How did you choose your photographer?
I met nicola at work a couple of years earlier when she had started her journey as a second shooter at weddings.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Nicola is great. We had gone to a couple of wedding fairs and some of the photographers where very “loud” with firm ideas of how they work. James and I aren’t formal people and this strucutred approach isn’t really us. We prefer the natural style of photos that nicola did and her photos really reflect her laid back and alternative/arty style. She is so easy to get on with and she has a really tranquil vibe so you feel really relaxed around her, and we didn’t even notice she was there half the time!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Nicola did an engagement shoot for us and we absolutely loved the photos so we were so excited to see our wedding photos. First nicola sent us a slide show of some of the photos with music behind it and I think I watched it 5 times in the first 24 hours! When we got the wedding gallery it not only bought back so many amazing memories of our day, but it also showed us parts of the day that we didn’t see, as the bridge a groom. We also loved some the facial expressions she captured of us and our guests! Four months later and I still can’t decide which ones to put up in the house – there are just so many to choose from!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
No fuss, contemporary wedding in beautiful setting to celebrate love.
Your wedding style or theme:
Minimal modern subtle
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Florist by recommendaction – Busy Lizzie Florist (cambridge)
Pintrest inspired the cake but quotes from bakeries were extortionate, the groom said he would make it (scrambled eggs is about his level) so his mum, aunt and superstar baker friend took on the challenge- and what an amazing result!
Bridesmaid dressers from asos and wedding dress was an Alan Hannah design from Fleur-de-lis de Lydia Bridal in Saffron Walden.
Make Up by Daniel Rose (cambridge).
Suits from Next.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
For our seating plan we just got a large picture frame from ikea and printed out photos of us from each year we had been together and had a year as a table number and then names listed next to each. Then we had the same photo for each year on the table in a frame for each table.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I hadn’t initially budgeted for make up for me and the 4 bridesmaids but I’m so glad that I went ahead with it. It took that stress and pressure away so i had one less thing to think about. Who wouldn’t want to sip on champagne and have a bit of pamper in the morning?!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We decided to plan pur wedding in 3 months. We quickly decided to cut out the stationary cost and time! Our Save The Dates went out electronically – it was a photo of a diary page of our wedding date with a photo of us and all the details needed written around it. Cheap, stressfree and light hearted. We then paid $49 to create a website and app with apply couple where we put all wedding invites and info on for guests to rsvp and select their food and we could export spreadsheets and message our guests from it! Perfect!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
No. The lady in the shop picked it out for me and I wasn’t particularly keen but I thought I had nothing to loose so might as well try it on. As I put it on I loved the fit and my mum cried as soon as I came out the dressing room. I had tried quite a few on by this point but I had another one I was also thinking about. In the end I came back for this one and the second fitting on the same day really confirmed it for me. I didn’t find it easy but I loved the dress that I got in the end!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Its a beautifully simple yet detailed Alan Hannah dress which really suited my personal style and I haven’t seen anything else like it. Fleur-de-lis were great at interpreting my description of what I was looking for! It’s important to try on dresses which you wouldn’t of ordinarily chose.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Accessories were from Debenham (significantly cheaper than the bridal shops) and Shoes were from Dune.
And what did the groom wear?
A grey/blue eyes piece suit from Next with a pale pink tie and pocket square to match the peonies and the groomsmen had mint green to match the bridesmaids dresses.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Floor length pale mint dresses from ASOS. A dress which suited everyone’s shape including my oldest friends who wqs pregnant and just managed to squeeze her beautiful bump in!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Dani Rose make up – she has great examples of her work online, which made me pick her over the others. My hair dresser of 5 years Kate from Elegance Hair in Cambridge did mine and the maids hair.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Busy Lizzie Florist in Cambridge was recommended though a friend. She came equipped with ideas and made recommendations along the way and set everything up perfectly on the day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No the venue was beautiful in itself so I didn’t feel as though we needed to do a lot.of decoration. I was also trying to go with the “less is more” and not get caught up in a buying frenzy.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Not being a crafty person – making seating plan took so much longer than I expected! I am happy with had something personalised but i did find it quite stressful!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Pintrest inspired heart shaped cake with strawberries all over it. I loved he simplicity and orginality and scale of it at about 3 foot wide. The cake was of two half’s- half vanilla and half chocolate with fresh local strawberries; something for everyone!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had The Natural Highs play at our wedding and everyone said how great they were. We decided to opt for brass and 3 singers and it was great.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy the day and try and grab a few moments by yourselves. Also be realistic that the day isn’t just about you – it’s your parents day as well!
What’s the best thing about being married?
After 11 years we start a new chapter of husband and wife and a new identity as a couple.
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