Tom and Amy’s homemade traditional english country wedding at Stourhead Gardens, with Candid Capture Photography
Today’s wedding is a blissfully sunny treat for your eyes… the images on the bridge are just so incredible, the light, the beautiful bride and groom – it has everything, it really does. I hope you love today’s wedding blog as much as I do – what a wonderful location with beautiful imagery!
“Spend as much time together as possible on your wedding day – it goes so fast and it’s filled with so much love from everyone around you its easy to miss out a quite few moments alone together.
The best thing about being married is that you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. Who could ask for more?”
The stunning images of Amy and Tom’s wedding are by Felicity at Candid Capture, based in London. Discover more from Candid Capture here:
My nan did our flowers for us and they were amazing. We felt so lucky to have her and all our family and friends have such a big part in our day.
We had afternoon tea followed by the speeches at the local village hall, which our families had decorated beautifully with handmade decorations. My mum had sourced vintage china for months beforehand. In the evening with the help of our friends we transformed my husband’s workplace, a timberyard, into the reception venue. It was very rustic but once filled with haybales, candles and fairy lights it was perfect.
So much of our day was homemade, it would be impossible to list it all here but some of my favourite things were the cake stand my husband made, the beautifully decorated ladders and tables our mums put together at the village hall and the confetti cones filled with dried rose petals given to us by our friend Charlie.
Our cake was made and decorated by our friend, Becci, who is an amazing baker. We had a 4 tier cake, Chocolate, lemon, vanilla topped with a fruit cake!
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Like all good things, we found our Photographer via a recommendation. For us, our photographs were one of the most important parts of our wedding.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were so pleased we booked Fliss to photograph the whole day and her style was just what we wanted; relaxed, informal and creative. She made us feel at ease the whole time and it was just like having a friend with us throughout the day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Fliss captured the day perfectly, we can’t stop looking at the pictures. There are so many moments that you forget about your day and looking back through the photographs is so special.
Held in our local church, it just about fit all our close family and friends. Our Grandfathers did the readings, this was such a special part of our wedding and we were really moved by the their kind words. Truly a memory that will stay with us forever.
Your wedding style or theme:
Traditional homemade English country wedding
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Everything was either homemade or recommended through a friend. We got loads of ideas from Pinterest or from blogs.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Take friends and family up on their offers to help. They really do want to help and be involved and it made such a difference on the day to look around and know that they have been such a big part of your day and it wouldn’t have been the same with out them. For example my friend make our cake and my nan did our flowers.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I am so glad we spent more on our band they really got everyone on the dance floor!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made our save the dates with brown tags and a personalised stamp from notonthehighstreet.com. Then my cousin, who is a graphic designer, designed and sent our stationery as a gift to us.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
If I am being really honest no. I went to various stores over many months with different people, my mum, my sister, my friends, and I was so disappointed to never get that ‘the one’ moment. They were all either too revealing, puffy or too expensive and I couldn’t justify spending that sort of money on a dress, even if it was my wedding dress. I ended up find my dress when I wasn’t looking for one whilst shopping in a Monsoon outlet. The beads were falling off, there was marker pen on it and it was a size too big but I could see the potential and so I had it cleaned up and altered, the back cut out and it ended up being perfect for me.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore the simple pearl studs my husband had brought me. My shoes were my something blue, No.1 Jenny Packham and I love them!
And what did the groom wear?
My husband chose a dark blue textured suit from Next and his and the groomsmen’s ties matched the bridesmaids dresses.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
It meant a lot to us to have our sisters as bridesmaids and for them to be part of the wedding ceremony. Our beautiful bridesmaids chose simple green J Crew dresses and looked absolutely gorgeous.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Beth Cox did all our make-up on the big day, I could not recommend her enough she certainly worked her magic!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a local band play at the ‘afterparty’ Barejams who were brilliant! We also had my sister in Law’s flatmates Dj until the early hours on top of a frame built around a tractor in the barn!