Tom & Natalie’s quirky village hall wedding with Jessy Jones Photography
When lovely Jessy Jones got in touch to show me Tom and Natalie’s day I was so excited – honestly, their day is just so pretty and perfect to share with you here. The bride and groom are gorgeous: the flower crown is super sweet and I LOVE the daisies – I hope you will too! Oh, and did I mention the awesome golden dinosaurs? 😉
“We didn’t really have a theme – we wanted the wedding to reflect us both. Flowers were a big part of our wedding, particularly daisies and roses, with zombies, dinosaurs and mermaids thrown in!
Throughout the wedding planning I was most certain about what style of bouquet I wanted and I knew I needed to get the right florist to get the look I wanted. When I met Sharon at a wedding fair I knew she got what I wanted. We had several meetings – I changed my mind several times but we got there in the end. Out of everything I was so excited to see what my flowers would look like – I was not disappointed: the flowers, the flower crown… everything was perfect. Sharon was absolutely lovely as well. I would recommend her to anyone – she really goes above and beyond to make your day perfect. www.sharonsflowerhouse.co.uk
I made the lace and ribbon back drop – this was one of my favorite parts of the DIY, it looked great and the colors I picked were beautiful, it really brightened the room. Between me and my mum we collected and decorated all the jars for the tables and church, Mum raided friends’ and families’ gardens to fill the jars with flowers. There was about 130 we made and filled, Mum’s house looked and smelt like a florist the day before the wedding!
Between me and mum we made the table runners. Mum made the lace cover to cover the playschool board where the photo time line was hanging. I made all the word bunting and printed the quotes and put them on the tables with the flowers and in the toilets. I painted all the gold center pieces and the zombie head I made out of paper mache and painted gold.
I made the blackboards with a little help from the bridesmaids and I wrote the table plan and dance floor rules. The bunting hanging outside was a joint effort between me my mum and Tom. Tom printed all the photos for the timeline and helped with the painting and printed the coloring books for the kid’s table.
My Dad made the easels for the chalkboards to stand on and he made and hand carved the sign post as a wedding gift to us. My Maid of Honor Helen made my Sebastian cake topper.
I loved doing the DIY – it was stressful at times when I was running out of time but it was all worth it. I was worried the gold centre peices wouldn’t work but I loved them!
Images of Natalie and Tom’s beautiful day are by lovely Lincolnshire-based Jessy Jones Photography. Discover more from her here:
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How did you choose your photographer?
Before we even got engaged I had been looking for photographers to do a new born photo shoot for a friend as a gift. I liked many local photographers on Facebook however all of Jessy’s posts caught my eye. Her photography skills are outstanding always look so natural and artistic. When we first got engaged as we both wanted a low key wedding we did discuss not having a photographer and just using family and friends shots (I know that makes most photographers cringe). After alot of discussion about this i showed Tom Jessy’s website and we both knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding we would have been stupid not to. We are both so pleased we made this decision. We was over the moon when we emailed her and she said she was available on our day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Jessy was just amazing. Myself and Tom was dreading photos neither of us are photogenic and find it very awkward having our photos taken. Jessy was brilliant at keeping us both relaxed and laughing and managed to get the shots that we wanted. Jessy was brilliant with our guests and really did just blend into the background so people didn’t feel awkward. She captured the whole day and the photos really tell a story. Jessy is a very talented artistic lady she should be incredibly proud of what she does. We are both so happy with the end result.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
On our way to the airport Jessy sent us a sneak peak of one of our photos – it was brilliant we were so excited and couldn’t wait to see the rest. Shortly after we got home from our honeymoon Jessy messaged saying they were ready we couldn’t wait to see them and we were not disappointed. They were all brilliant. we fell in love with so many. It was great to see things that we missed as well such as Tom waiting at church. There was so many that made us smile and laugh. We couldn’t wait to show the family.
We got married at my local church where my grandparents and my parents were both married. St Mary’s Church Frampton it really is a beautiful church. Our vicar Jean Coates was a colleague of mine who we asked if she would marry us and she kindly agreed.
We had our reception at our local village hall just down the road from the church.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A beautiful relaxed quirky wedding filled with love and happiness.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found most of our suppliers through the one and only local wedding fair we went to. Others were found through endless web surfing.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We DIY’d the majority of the wedding which we felt saved alot of money. We also roped in family members and friends and used their skills to help us.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely the photographer.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made our own stationery on the computer and printed them out ourselves. We then hand tied all the invitations with lace. I spent hours printing out all the table names and quotes that were used. We both enjoyed it to begin with but by the end we just wanted them all done.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My wedding dress was the hardest and in my opinion the worst part of planning the wedding. I knew what I didn’t want and kind of knew what I wanted but I couldn’t find anything anywhere they all seemed to be what I didn’t want. Initially the thought of trying on a wedding dress scared me to death and my mum had to trick me into going to a bridal shop. She rang me one morning and said be ready in 15 minutes I’ve booked you an appointment we’re going! I didn’t really have much time to panic. When we got there I just stared at them all – I didn’t know where to start so my mum picked out a few to try on and I hated every single one. This happened in 4 or 5 dress shops. One shop I went in was a stunning shop and thought I had found the one in there however it just wasn’t quite right so I then opted to get one made. The whole process was so stressful to me. I designed it myself with a little help from the dress maker Caroline who was fantastic. I was messaging her a lot having second thoughts all the time and having midnight panics.
By the time it was made and I had collected it I liked it and it was just what I wanted however I still wasn’t in love with it. It wasn’t until the morning of the wedding when my mum helped me in it did I actually fall in love with it. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it, I was so happy. Caroline did an amazing job I’d highly recommend her.
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Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My veil i bought last minute 3 weeks before the wedding. I was adamant i wasn’t going to have one however its the one thing i am so pleased i had. It was hand made by a lady called Margaret from dream veils. She was lovely very helpful, she did so well to get it to me in that time frame. it was here a few days before and i spent alot of time twirling around in it like a princess.
My shoes were Irregular Choice Mal – e- Bow in off white they matched the material on my dress perfectly. I also had the Mal-e-Bow rainbow pair for evening but i forgot to change them in the excitement – think it was just my excuse to keep them both.
I didn’t need much jewelry but my earrings were from Daisy London and my mum lent me her ring to match as my something borrowed. I also wore an ankle chain from ASOS.
And what did the groom wear?
Tom wore a blue suit with waistcoat and tie from Topman. With a white Ted Baker shirt and Brown Ted Baker shoes with matching belt. He looked gorgeous. His outfit wasn’t half as difficult to find as what mine was. The groomsmen Alan Danny and Simon and Toms son who was our page boy wore matching suits.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My beautiful girls Helen, Pam and Anna wore dresses from ASOS they looked gorgeous. I made them try on about 20 dresses each i think they were fed up with me by the end – they would never admit that though. They wore their own shoes and i bought them matching Daisy necklace and earrings.
My Flower girl Bethany wore a beautiful dress from Monsoon with shoes from Marks and Spencer.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My beautiful hairdresser Danielle at Studio 10 did my hair she is the only person i trust near my hair and she did an amazing job she knew just how i wanted it.
I found a make – up artist called Belle Marie on a wedding website I had been looking at. At my trial it turned out she is actually the make up artist for my dress maker for her bridal gown shoots – small world. She did a brilliant job and really listened to what i wanted.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue was a blank canvas. We were lucky that there was tressled tables available at the hall already apart from that everything else was DIY.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a naked wedding cake as we both prefer Victoria Sponge.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a band called ‘Not Quite Geoff’ We chose this band as it was the first band we saw together as a couple. It also helped that a band member was one of my work colleagues. They were brilliant , lively loud and brilliant musicians. We both love a live band.
My Dad surprised us with a car – I was going to get a family friend to drive me to church as it wasn’t far and Me and Tom was going to walk to the reception but Dad surprised us both with a beautiful car and we was pleased we did.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Do what you want to do its your day don’t let anyone dictate to you what you should and shouldn’t have at your own wedding if people don’t like what you do they do not have to come! Remember that its about you two and no one else.
You do not have to say yes to the first thing that comes along do your research.
If you haven’t got a Master of ceremonies…get one!!!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Looking at his wedding ring knowing that i put it there and its forever, no uncertainty just mutual feelings of love and contentment being totally absorbed in the feeling of loving someone more than words can say and knowing he feels exactly the same. It is the best feeling in the world!