For those of you who love the style of vintage Hollywood, today’s wedding is more than perfect. Gorgeous bride Hettie has the most amazing glamorous look – her red vintage updo is stunning! And the details throughout the whole day – from guests’ outfits through to the fabulous art deco inspired stationery – are just perfect.
Contact & Bookings: Neil Walker Photography
We both love the vintage scene, but this covers a few different eras! On our invitations, we stated Hollywood Glamour as the dress code and our overall theme was eclectic vintage… we had styles from 1930 to 1950!
Pete made all of our wedding stationery!! He’s fantastic with designing things and he’s very creative… he found inspiration in the Art Deco designs on the 20’s and 30’s and created our very own Great Gatsby style invitations! This meant that we could have the exact format and style that we wanted… old movie tickets! They were perfect for our theme and the guests loved them. It was a labour of love though… these things take time!! Also, our save the date was styled as an old movie poster – again, Pete created these!
We went for a fairly traditional cake from Restoration Cake – a three tier white cake (chocolate, lemon and then fruit cake), but as our style is eclectic – so was our cake! The cake featured subtle Art Deco inspired designs on each tear and a ‘sunburst’ type topper. It was also gluten free!
The attention to detail Hettie & Pete had gone to was amazing, even down to branded aprons for the serving staff. The outfits worn by both Hettie & Pete & their guests were wonderful. They were the loveliest couple!
Farbridge is always a great venue to shoot a wedding at. It suited the day perfectly with its vintage theme & having access to the dairy at the top of the hill made for great couples shots of Hettie & Pete. ~ Sussex wedding photographer Neil Walker
I knew how important it was to get a good photographer and capture the day. I kept saying, ‘what are you left with after the day? A Husband, a dress you probably won’t wear again and the photos to remember the best bits!’ so I knew I wanted something special. We feel that Neil captured all the best bits of the day, all the emotions and all the action! We had a lot going on, so it was important that we let Neil know what we really wanted captured… and he did! We have some great shots of my Dad and his band in the evening!
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How did you choose your photographer?
We were lucky enough to be given a voucher for an engagement shoot with Neil when we booked our venue. We couldn’t turn this opportunity down so arranged a good time to meet. Neil suggested a lovely location and we met on a chilly day… we instantly got on well with Neil, he has a great way about him and feels very genuine. We enjoyed the shoot and loved the photos that came back. However, we thought we shouldn’t be that quick to decide, so also did a lot of research and looked at LOTS of wedding photos! After some searching and much discussion, we decided that Neil would be the best for the job after all. We knew we would get on with him on the day and found him easy to work with, he made us feel comfortable. Neil had close links with the venue and knew it well so this gave us reassurance. So we booked! And we never looked back…
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We were so excited! Neil puts up a ‘preview’ album of images on his Facebook page first and this is the first time you get to see some of the best shots… I (Hettie) was at work, so had to keep the squeals to myself until I got home and we could look at them together! I did show off a bit though… I couldn’t resist!
Farbridge Barn, West Sussex
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
All sorts of places! Hettie read a lot of magazines in the run up to the big day, but the internet was also useful and of course word of mouth!!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Plan well in advance, you know what you really need or don’t need them, but don’t use the time to just keep spending! Look around for the best, most reasonable supplier. Have a think about whether you could create it yourself! Use your own skills… And think outside of the box! I was annoyed at how expensive wedding flowers, particularly bouquets were, so I started to look around… I ended up finding 4 perfect red rose bouquets in TKMaxx for £2.99 each and embellished myself with little pearls… they were perfect and I saved SO much!!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photography and a videographer… we knew we would though. It goes back to what Hettie said earlier about what you’re left with after the big day and we wanted to capture this. We really found you get what you pay for with photographers – don’t skimp on price, but do look for a reasonable offer. We are so glad we put resources into these two things!
We are also glad we found the right venue, it was pretty expensive, but we looked around for ages and it just ticked all the boxes, so it was worth it in the end.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! But it was too expensive… so I resigned myself to find another. Then I saw that the boutique was having a sample sale so I dove straight in and there was my dress… at 50% off!! So I couldn’t leave it there. I was so lucky! But I also had a separate dress for the evenings celebrations (which I also got for 50% off!). I have my own blog and have written an article about it all there… find it at www.hettiesky.wordpress.com
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
It was a Nicola Anne wedding dress from Brides of Winchester (they were so lovely!) and the second dress was from Vivien of Holloway (both with alterations)
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Hettie loves alternative style and found the perfect wedding ceremony shoes from Ruby Shoo… but, of course, she needed two pairs! Her second, and cutest pair, were from Irregular Choice.
Hettie had minimal jewellery – a borrowed platinum necklace, some Deco style earrings as a present from her Mum and a vintage 30’s bracelet that she found at an antiques store (Hettie’s something borrowed and something new!) They all went perfectly with the outfit.
And what did the groom wear?
Pete wore a really smart, very traditional gentleman’s tails morning suit from a hire company. Top hat included!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The three beautiful bridesmaids wore Ophelia dresses from Lindy Bop.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hettie does her own vintage hair and makeup most days, but wanted this to be something special and didn’t want the pressure of it going wrong that morning!! So she brought in Kitty from Kitty Boo Creative near Brighton to do her hair and makeup. Kitty specialises in the vintage style and after a successful trial, Hettie was happy that Kitty was the one for the day! It was tough as Hettie really doesn’t like other people doing her makeup!! It was great having one person do the hair AND makeup – saved money and made sense! Kitty did a beautiful job and is a lovely lady! (that’s important on your big day!!)
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Pete organised all of the flower decorations! Hettie was worried about he budget and so Pete took this bit on. He found, met, arranged and organised all of the beautiful decorations for the venue. The venue is stunning anyway and it didn’t need much, but the flowers really added to the style of the day. We had a large, beautiful display for the ceremony table and then the top table and then had large cocktail glasses on each overflowing with stunning white flowers and pearls! It was quite breathtaking! Hettie says it was like an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride when she walked in and saw all the flowers in place as Pete had kept the final designs a surprise!!
The florist was called Nordic Twigs
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, not really – the venue is an old barn and is stunning all by itself! But we did add a few bits to create that vintage feel… we have an old gramophone and so put this in place and used an old suitcase for cards and gifts. We also put up a beautiful blue vintage parasol (our something blue!) which was a gift from The Polka Dot Dolls… a stunning 40’s trio of singers we know – such a lovely surprise and it looked perfect!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
As above, Hettie found and adorned the bridal bouquets and Pete designed the wedding stationary – including all of the signage and table plan! Oh and our personalised H&P logo!!
We organised a lot ourselves, but didn’t make too much else as we are super busy. However, we did add personal touches like a personalised video projection, uniforms of personalised (with our logo) aprons for the staff and personalised wine bottle labels!! They all came together and looked amazing!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a roaming singer, Alan Becks, for the wedding breakfast and for a 50’s set to kick off the evening entertainment… Alan wasn’t cheap, but we had heard him before and knew his voice was amazing. However, he turned out to be quite the diva on the day!! This made things a bit awkward for the Groom and Best Man (who were awesome and dealt with it all well as the Bride was blissfully unaware!), but my advice would be… if the entertainment you choose isn’t use to weddings, be aware – try and get some testimonial and research that they can do it first. They may be able to sing well, but may not be used to the wedding format!
The second band of the evening was a Rolling Stones Tribute band… told you it was eclectic! They are called the Phony Stones and Hettie’s Dad is the lead singer (Mick Stagger!) and the band are AWESOME! We can’t recommend them enough and not just because we have a relation… check out the photos and see the likeness for yourself! They sound awesome and really got the guests boogying! It was SUCH fun and the highlight for Hettie was getting up on stage to sing along to ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ with her sister and her Dad – memories that will last forever!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Hm its a tough one as what we found was – every single wedding is SO different to the next! You can’t really compare… we are all unique and our weddings should be too! I guess that’s our advice – work together, listen to each other, and most importantly… make sure the day is yours, reflects you two as a couple and ENJOY IT!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Hettie: Feeling that I have my best friend forever and the closeness that it brings….
Pete: love, togetherness, stability, completeness… being as one
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
The Phony Stones – https://www.facebook.com/The-Phony-Stones-1506138732747357/
Roderick Alan – Videographer – http://www.roderickalan.co.uk/
Kitty Boo Creative – http://kitty-boo.co.uk/