Danielle and Andy’s wedding is the prettiest floral celebration I’ve seen – with fabulous peonies and the prettiest pink details, it’s wonderful inspiration for a classic summer celebration. I adore Danielle’s hair – her loose plait with tiny flowers is so, so beautiful – I hope you love this wedding as much as I do!
We decided on peony and roses in pink shades as we loved the romantic look and feel of them. We wanted the flowers to compliment and fit in with the venue, so had the floristry done through Narborough Hall Gardens, who grew and arranged all our flowers. The flowers were part of what made the day for us as they were so beautiful, with candelabra and teapot displays, amazing bouquets and a beautiful willow bower and flowers lining the aisle in shepherd crook jars.
Wedding photographer’s website: www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk
We started researching photographers once we had booked our venue. We knew what style of photos we wanted and wanted natural shots, rather than just posed, and we wanted someone who was great with natural outdoor light and was just really nice too, and Fiona Kelly ticked all the boxes. She had photographed a wedding at Narborough Hall Gardens before so we knew we were in good hands and just loved her style.
We couldn’t have asked for a more lovely, friendly photographer who was so sweet with us, but professional. She made us feel so comfortable and was part of what made our day so special. So many people asked us her name and said how lovely. she was, and the photographs she took were incredible. We were so happy with them. It was amazing to see our photos for the first time. We absolutely loved them all and it was emotional seeing how beautifully Fiona had captured us and our day. We couldn’t have imagined having such beautiful photos.
Contact & Bookings: Fiona Kelly Photography
We wanted to add so many flowers to the indoors of the venue to make everywhere feel floral and romantic. In addition to lots of real flowers, decorations all floral based were brought from not on the high street and also we had song lyric posters around the venue too such as our first dance and the song i walked down the aisle to. We had a real rose tree rather than a guest book to sign and the supplier who designed our invites made heart shaped tags for us for people to write their wishes on. Initial floral lights were beautiful from the White Bulb company and looked stunning in the venue. All our food we had through Narborough but also hired an ice cream bike for the evening too, which went down well. We hired some outdoor games too to entertain people while we were having our photos done.
Narborough Hall Gardens, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. We got engaged in December 2014 and in January 2015 started looking at venues. We only saw two venues as we fell in love with Narborough and the idea of having a romantic, floral themed outdoor wedding. Although the venue could hold a lot of people, we knew we wanted an intimate and small wedding with around 60 people and this worked perfectly for an outdoor ceremony then marquee reception as Narborough bulked out the marquee with furniture from the house and opened the sides up of the marquee so it felt like we were outdoors. It is the most stunningly beautiful venue.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Magical, amazing, beautiful, fun, out of this world.
Your wedding style or theme:
Floral, romantic and pink theme
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most were through researching online, except the cake company who were a recommendation.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Get an idea of how much everything is going to cost then work out how much you need to save a month to make it work for you, then just be really strict. Being organised and planning everything early means that you know exactly how much everything will cost.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
So many friends who had got married had said they were disappointed in not spending money on the photographer so I’m so glad that we spent money on an amazing photographer. Also the venue was a massive expense but it was amazing and we wouldn’t change anything.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We’d already decided on peony and roses in pink shades, and found a lovely company online named Claryce Design to make some gorgeous save the dates and invites, and we sent out save the dates a year before the wedding. We used them as we loved the floral designs and could get menus and other stationery to match. Again just really floral and romantic looking stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The dress was the big thing and I’d always loved the Maggie Sottero lace romantic dresses. It was my first choice of dress from all the dresses i’d looked at and I loved it instantly and loved how it made me feel and the way it made me look.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Maggie Sottero from Pure Brides Norwich.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had two pairs of shoes – a beautiful heart pair of Charlotte Mills shoes which had a sixpence built in, and i also had some shoes made by Beautiful Moment, which we designed and were personalised with our names and painted with the flowers that we were having at the wedding. I was delighted with both, but it was very special having a pair especially made to tie into the theme. Jewellery was mainly from swarvoski with a heart theme to tie into my heart pink sapphire engagement ring.
And what did the groom wear?
Andy wanted his suit to be a surprise for me on the day, which was scary as he wouldn’t give anything away but he did so well and looked so handsome. The suits were from Moss Bros.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had one bridesmaid, my sister Emily, and we chose her a gorgeous pink knee length dress, which was floaty and romantic and from Morilee by Madeline Gardner. It was only her so I wanted her to be happy and we had some real flowers put in her hair too.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We had Gemma Holiday do our hair and Melissa Abel doing our make-up. Both ladies were fantastic and listened to what I wanted. I always wanted more of a romantic and dramatic look, definitely not natural, and both girls were fantastic with my own, but also my sister, Mum’s and Nanny’s looks too.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We decided to not really make anything. It comes naturally to some, but not for us and also saved us time too.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The cake we ordered about a year in advance from Sassas Cakes in Norfolk and we designed it ourselves. They hand painted on the cake the peony and roses we were having and made a cone of sugar flowers for the top of the cake to give it the wow factor. Many people thought the floral cone was made of real flowers, showing what an amazing job they did!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We booked a harpist, Xenia Horne, for the ceremony as there is something so magical about the harp and hearing your favourite songs played on it. We also had a band for the evening, the Joe Ringer Band, who were incredible and sung our first dance song (a mix of Ed Sheeran and Beyonce) beautifully.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Book wedding insurance for peace of mind, especially when you’re booking far in advance and using some smaller suppliers. It was even more necessary for us as Andy is in the military so the concern wasn’t with the weather etc at first but rather if he’d be in the country!
Be organised and try and keep to your budget – once you have your venue booked and church/registrar booked everything else will fall into place, but its not too early to book that photographer you have your heart set on or the band as they get booked up years in advance. Once we booked the venue we decided we wanted to do food and floristry with Narborough too, which also made things easier, and we booked the photographer, band and harpist within the first 16 months too. Then you can sit back and relax but get excited about things like shopping for the dress.
Think about the big picture – on the day your favourite part of the day will be the ceremony and saying the vows, not all the other extra details and added extras. I’d got so het up with details and wanted to make sure everything looked stunning and that guests wouldn’t be bored, but on the day and even now it’s the vows that I remember and loved the best. On the day I didnt even worry about the small details.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Nothing has really changed, except that you feel closer and more of a team/family.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: