We never have a Wednesday lull on the English Wedding Blog. In fact we like to leap out of bed grinning, ridiculously excited for the day, and share the most amazing thing we can find on the whole internet. So, welcome. This is special and bound to brighten your entire week… Charlotte and Alex’s wedding is breathtakingly beautiful.
“I totally fell in love with my dress! The main dress was Charlie Brear and I knew as soon as I saw it that I would be hard pushed to find anything that suited me better. I loved going to the showroom as CB does lots of great separates so you can mix and match and get something really personal to you. I tried on lots of combinations but in the end bought the dress and then had the lace top made by the talented ladies at Forget-me-not on the Isle of Wight.
I am mildly obsessed with my wedding flowers, to the point where I considered whether I could take them on honeymoon with me! I knew that I didn’t want a typically autumnal colour palette and had seen a similar image online and showed it to my florist, (the lovely Clare from Bembridge Flower Shop) and we discussed what would and wouldn’t be in season, and the size etc. When they arrived on the day I couldn’t believe how beautiful and detailed they were, and it all worked perfectly for our sunny October wedding.
The barn and grounds are really beautiful but it still needed a bit of softening. We added extra flowers and lights, and my Mum did an amazing job of creating the garland up the stairs and adding bits of detail here and there. The venue room was mainly used for storage so that needed quite a bit of TLC!
Wedding photographer: www.albatrossandmariner.co.uk
Nathan came highly recommended from a trusted source. We only managed to meet him a couple of days before the wedding as we live in London and just hadn’t managed to make timings work. We quickly knew that we had made a great decision though as Nathan completely took on board what we wanted to be captured from the day, and was a really easy person to be around. He even braved the blue breakfast cocktail made for me by my lovely bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding.
I love our wedding photos! They really do sum up the day which is exactly what we wanted and it is so great to go back and see all the things you missed on the day.
Barton Barn, Barton Manor Estate, Isle of Wight
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A relaxed, elegant, fun, sunny, happy day.
Your wedding style or theme:
It didn’t really have one. I guess my vision was relaxed with a little gold thrown in.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
As the wedding was on the Isle of Wight the suppliers were limited, and we were keen to use local people who knew the venue rather than look further afield. Therefore everyone came via recommendations and word of mouth.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We might not be the best people to ask! I think generally being flexible about what you want is the key to not going too overboard. I didn’t have a set vision for the wedding which probably helped so I was happy to do a lot myself and save money by getting my shoes from Ebay and my dress from a sample sale. We bought the flowers for the tables, button holes and bridesmaids bouquets from a local flower farm and arranged them ourselves the day before the wedding which saved us a lot. We were also lucky to have the help of my amazing Mum who did a lot of the venue dressing, which again shaved some money off the bill. Asking friends and family to pitch in can really cut costs.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Venue, food, and music.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Save the dates and invites were from Feel Good Invites. Other bits and pieces I did myself.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Once I had my dress sorted I knew I didn’t need much as the lace was a bit sparkly already. I wore gold Roland Cartier shoes, an antique ring given to me by my Grannie, and a pair of stud earrings from Oasis.
And what did the groom wear?
Ted Baker top to toe.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Dark blue dresses from French Connection and gold shoes. They were left to their own devices for accessories.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I used Lynsey-Marie from Isle of Wight Beauty. She is fab!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made the wedding favours and labels myself, and would have done more if I hadn’t run out of time. I think if you want to do this stuff then start early.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We didn’t have one! Neither of us were bothered so instead we had a selection of cakes made by Alex’s lovely family, and then lots and lots of cheese.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a great band – Rewired – who were recommended to me by one of my brothers (he works with the bass guitarist). We probably wouldnt’ have found them otherwise and they went down very well with our guests so we were so pleased to get them.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Think about what you really enjoyed about other peoples weddings you have been to. We quickly realised that a lot of the extras people pay for to keep guests entertained don’t actually have much impact, whereas good food, plenty of drinks, and music go a long way.
What’s the best thing about being married?
No longer having your family members asking when you are getting married.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Albatross & Mariner – http://www.albatrossandmariner.co.uk
Oasis Catering – http://www.oasis-catering.co.uk/
Forget-me-not Designs – http://www.forgetmenotdesigns.co.uk/
Rewired – https://www.facebook.com/rewiredfunctionband/
Bembridge Flower Shop – http://www.bembridgeflowershop.co.uk/
Bartletts Flower Farm – http://www.bartlettsfarmflowers.co.uk/
Table and Chair Hire – http://www.iowcoastandcountry.co.uk/