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Bex and Kev’s sparkly bonfire night wedding, with Joshua Patrick Photography

Today’s wedding is stunning… full of sparkles, the most amazing flowers and luscious greenery – and with a gorgeous, smiley bride and groom whose style I LOVE!!! This is such amazing inspo for an autumn or winter wedding, with soft colour tones and thrilling textures to the flowers and leaves which set the scene for the whole day. I adore the venue with those fabulous beams…

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My wedding flowers were based around anemones. The foliage was very silver, using eucalyptus. The flowers were grey and deep blue. I wanted the bouquets and centre pieces to be unstructured and informal. They’re by Sarah from Bramble & Berry Www.brambleandberry.co.uk

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I didn’t do a lot to the venue as it was very clean and crisp with large chandeliers and modern lighting. I brought in sequin table cloths and we put fairy lights up on the back wall. And I had L O V E letter custom made for us by my friend who is a woodworker.

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All my invites and favours were handmade. The favours were scratchcards that were put in navy envelopes. I then printed off the names of the guests and stuck them on the front. I spray painted silver pennies and stuck them on the back, with “for richer, for poorer”
I handmade my confetti with just a star shaped hole punch and different shades of blue tissue paper. I placed handfuls in confectionary bags and sealed with glittery washi tape. I loved making things for the wedding. I could have gone crazy!

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Images are by Norfolk wedding photographer Joshua Patrick, who you can discover more from here:

www.joshuapatrickphotography.com
Instagram.com/joshuapatrickphotography
Facebook.com/joshuapatrickphotography
Twitter.com/jpphotonorwich

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Wedding photographer’s website:

Www.joshuapatrickphotography.com

How did you choose your photographer?

I found Josh by collaborating with him as a makeup artist on a couple of photoshoots and loved his style and the way he worked. I showed Kev his pictures, we met for a consultation and the rest is history!

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Josh was amazing. From the first consultation through to receiving our photos. He is such an easy going, charming guy who we loved from the beginning. On the day, it felt like having a friend there taking our pictures. The photos he has captured have been exactly how we have imagined our big day to have been for the past year!

Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?

Josh came to our house personally to deliver them. He presented us with a few that were printed out already, but the rest we saved until later. I think we were both taken back to that day, and we relived it again through our photos.

Wedding venue:

White Dove Barns, Marsh Farm Estate, Ellough, Suffolk
Www.suffolkwedding.com

Wedding month:

November

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Classic, traditional, sparkly, laid back, elegant

Your wedding style or theme:

I themed our wedding around my engagement ring, which is a pear cut diamond, halo ring. I loved that it was sparkly, and we liked the idea of getting married on bonfire night. So I wanted lots of sparkle, sequins and glitter. I chose silver instead of gold as I thought it felt more wintery, with touches of navy.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

A lot of suppliers we found through word of mouth, or some hard research on google.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

We opened a wedding account and had a set payment each month that we knew was going in to that account. Watching it slowly creep up was much more satisfying than seeing it being spent!!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

I’m so glad I spent money on my flowers! Kev thought I was crazy, but I knew what I wanted and I knew we’d have to pay a little extra for that. They did not disappoint! The evening entertainment and the food were the other things. That’s what your guests remember.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

I spent months trying to find what I wanted online, and it was going to be extortionate, or would have to be shipped from America. So I decided to make all my stationery. And loved doing it! Although I’ve probably now got shares in Pritt Stick!!

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I must have tried on about 45 dresses before I going the one. It was everything I originally didn’t want in a dress, but I went with an open mind and just tried on everything!!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Maggie Sottero
Pure Brides – Norwich

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

My jewellery was a pear cut necklace and earrings to match my engagement ring from Glitzysecrets.com. I bought my shoes as an impulse buy in Next about a year before the wedding, and just knew that they were exactly what I wanted. They were silver sparkly, and only £26!! I splurged on a silver sequin shawl with a big satin bow that I found from a seller on etsy. It came all the way from America and I had to get it altered when it turned up as it was too big, but I was my favourite accessory!

And what did the groom wear?

The groom wore a navy suit from Slaters, with a grey double breasted waistcoat. He wore a classic white shirt and we found some navy and white polka dot ties. We bought double and the seamstress at Slaters kindly made the extra ties into matching pocket squares!!

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The bridesmaids wore silver tulle skirt maxi dresses from asos, embellished with diamantes and sequins. They had silver chunky heel sandals and little navy glitter clutch bags.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

As a trained makeup artist, I decided to do my own makeup. I asked a friend that I’d trained with to do my hair for me. – Lucy Morris

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We chose a cheese tower. Literally because we both prefer cheese and biscuits over a piece of cake.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a live band who specialise in 70s funk, but play all the modern day classics as well as disco and some 80s classics. People danced all night, and everyone said how great the band were. I don’t think you can beat live music.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Preparation is key. When I saw something I liked, I bought it. When something needed to be done, I did it. This saved a lot of last minute panicking, and I felt really chilled until about 3 days before the wedding.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Just knowing that someone really does want to spend the rest of their lives with you!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Www.joshuapatrickphotography.com
Www.brambleandberry.com
www.facebook.com/Lucy-Morris-Makeup-Artist
Www.thecollectivelive.co.uk
Www.prestigebars.co.uk
Www.brownsfilms.com

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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