Hannah and Darren’s intimate city wedding in Newcastle, with Andy Hudson Photography
Hannah and Darren’s wedding is really pretty and the bouquet is wonderful – often a bouquet is what draws my attention to a wedding to share on the blog: I adore flowers and when a bouquet is this stunning it has to be shared! Beautiful bride Hannah made it herself, isn’t it fabulous? This intimate and stylish wedding with a big sprinkle of gold is right up my street and I hope you love it too!
We didn’t really want a set theme or style, but as the planning got under way the wedding evolved into a base pallette of cream and gold, with a green foliage being the accent. We chose various textures of gold and cream throughout the table decoration, using natural wool, glitter and matte sprays as finishing touches.
My wedding flowers were all cream. I was desperate to use peonies but they wouldn’t have been in season so I sourced silk ones from a local store in Jesmond (Y&L). I requested an assortment of greenery from a local florists (Northumberland street florists), including eucalyptus, and arranged this myself, incorporating the cream peonies. I finished the bouqet off with natural raffia. For the bridesmaids’ flowers I used silk flowers again, but smaller this time, with the same green foliage and raffia binding. A small cream silk peony and single leaf were used as the button holes, and I also bound these with raffia, to give a natural look.
I got a lot of ideas from Pinterest, and used the images collected as inspiration when buying decorations etc. I had a lot of personal recommendations for bridal wear, and this helped when having to find a dressmaker for my alterations. We produced a lot of the decorations by hand, so stores like Hobbycraft became our go to suppliers for all things crafty.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We researched quite a few photographers in the north east, but finally decided on Andy as his photos really stood out to us for being so personal and timeless. We were really insistent that our photos not only looked good, but that they told a story, and were editorial in their approach. Catching those special unscripted moments that we might not have noticed on the day.
We were really happy with Andy. We were slightly nervous upon meeting initially, as we had never had professional photos taken, but he put us at ease straight away at our engagement shoot, and we knew we’d picked the right man for the job. On the day he managed to merge in to the wedding as though he was a guest. It was fed back to us that our guests never felt aware of their photo being taken, and were really (happily) surprised at the candid shots, as were we.
When our photos arrived we were so excited. They came ahead of their expected time so it was a real surprise. We sat down and watched the slideshow on the tv, to make the most of them on a big scale, and smiled through the whole thing. There were so many unexpected surprises, and so many funny moments that had been captured, as well as a few tears! The day went by so fast, so it was lovely to be able to re-live it again.
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As You Like It, Jesmond, Newcastle
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We saved a lot of money by doing nearly everything ourselves. We found inspiration online, and then tried to work out how we could achieve the same look but without buying everything ready made, or from suppliers. Things like flowers, cake and table decorations were where we saved the most. I would also say to put away what ever spare money you have left over at the end of the month, as we didn’t have a pot of money to work with so had to pay for everything as we went along, so paying things off bit by bit helped us greatly.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I really splashed out on my dress. It’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought but it was worth every penny. As we paid for the wedding ourselves we knew we couldn’t splurge on much, but I knew the dress needed to feel special, and this was something we were happy to spend money on.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our stationery was definitely a labour of love. Being from a graphic design background I knew from the start that our invitations needed to be simple, clean and elegant (which usually ends up being more expensive and time consuming), and as we priced them up from suppliers we realised we’d save a lot of money if we designed and produced them ourselves. This involved learning how to gold foil our typographic design (which was at times infuriating and resulted in a lot of failed attempts in the bin) but was worth all the late nights to get an invite that we loved.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I had tried a few dresses on before choosing the final one. It was the last one of a big bunch, but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one. Being someone who’s not really into weddings, I thought I might struggle to find something, but I knew instantly that the dress had all the elements that I’d been looking for. Plus it made my best friend cry, so that sealed the deal!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I bought the dress from Ivory Whites in Perth, Sccotland. The dress was designed by Annasul Y and was from the Snow collection
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I accessorised the dress with a diamante belt (on satin ribbon), and wore a small silver pendant necklace that belonged to one of the bridesmaids (this also covered my ‘something borrowed’). I was also gifted a blue garter and a silver sixpence from my maid of honour, which was added to my dress. My shoes were from Marks and Spencer and although I was not on the look out for them, the sparkly champagne glitter finish to them stood out on the shelves and I had to buy them. I bought a tulle veil from Etsy (a steal for £30) and even the seamstress commented that it looked far more expensive than it was.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom and his best man wore indigo blue coloured suits from Topman. The 3 piece suits looked extremely stylish and the ‘ultra skinny’ cut meant that they fitted them both like a dream. They finished off their look with light brown brogues and champagne coloured silk ties.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore beautiful champagne/rose gold dresses from Goddiva (an online store which is now being sold in Debenhams). The design of them fitted seamlessly with my dress, having a floaty chiffon bottom, and a delicate gold sequin design on the top. They all wore gold sparkly shoes, from various stores, so that they purposely didn’t match.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Luckily one of my bridesmaid’s sister-in-law works at a salon, and specialises in hair and make up, so this was a no brainer! The ‘Head2toe’ team arrived at the hotel and got everyone looking amazing in double quick time. myself and the bridesmaids had both hair and make up done for the big day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We were lucky that our venue was beautiful before even starting any decorations. The ceiling was covered in fairy lights and a twisting vine wrapped around the focal fireplace, so all that was left to do was decorate the tables. We wanted them to have a shabby chic feel, to reflect the miss-matched tables and chairs, and made sure all the items looked like they had been randomly placed on the tables, instead of being arranged in a regimented way.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made all the decorations for the wedding, including decorated jars which held cream candles, faux leaves which were sprayed matte gold, large cardboard table numbers which were also sprayed gold, the seating plan (hand written in gold pen by the groom on to a cream ornate mirror), as well as the invitations, and the arrangement of all the flowers.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We decided that the cake wasn’t a very important part of the wedding, so we opted for 2 basic white iced tiers (and a cutting bar) from Marks and Spencers, and decorated them using gold lustre and cream ribbon.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We knew music would be very important to our wedding, but that a dj wouldn’t be able to produce the eclectic sound that we wanted, so after a lot of time and effort, we produced playlists for the wedding ceremony, breakfast, and reception. We added in songs that were special to us, and also had relevence to particular guests (ranging from David Bowie to Swedish House Mafia). The end of the reception was a big sing a long to Frozen, Frank Sinatra, and The Beatles. We chose to add a bit of ‘oomph’ to the music by hiring extra speakers that were intergrated into the venue’s system.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
The best piece of advice we could offer would be to try and get all the big things out of the way as soon as possible. Not to stress about the little things like favours etc, as no one really takes notice of them (most are too busy enjoying themselves or getting drunk!), and most importantly to try and take everything in as the day that you’ve planned for for so long goes by in a flash!
What’s the best thing about being married?
We had been together for 15 years before the big day, so already felt like we’d been a married couple for many years, so nothing really changed once we said ‘I do’, but it feels amazing to know that we have made that commitment to each other and have the rest of our lives to live out together.