Katherine and Calum’s wedding is such a beautiful one – this lovely couple were married in a cosy candlelit barn, served up comfort food and mulled drinks and used soft whites and styling touches for their winter wedding. The wonderful images are by Devon wedding photographer Lee Maxwell.
“My flowers were an informal posy of soft, blossomy white flowers (with touches of navy from some anemones). The bridesmaids had relaxed bunches of gypsophila. The florist was Earth Gallery Flowers, who were incredibly helpful in providing some initial advice as to what would work best and what was readily available in winter.
My wedding dress was by Catherine Deane, who creates beautiful, floaty, ethereal designs. The boutique where I found it was The Ivory Secret in Crediton – a gorgeous little shop run by the two most helpful ladies; it is like stepping into a dream. I had been to three shops and seen lots of dresses that I liked, but hadn’t had that ‘this is the one’ moment that everyone talks about. I was starting to dismiss it as a myth… until I tried on what eventually became my dress. Strangely, it wasn’t the one that I was most enthusiastic about when I saw it on the hanger, but as soon as I was in it I knew it was absolutely perfect.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We knew we wanted to have very relaxed and natural photos (posing for photos is not a strong point for either of us) so we spent some time researching local photographers who used a documentary style. Lee was one of our favourites, so we contacted him to ask some initial questions and we met with him to discuss our plans for the day, what we were after, and how he likes to work. Even at that first meeting we felt really comfortable with Lee and really excited about some of his ideas, so that was that!
We were so delighted with our photographer – we truly can’t thank Lee enough for doing such a wonderful job! We are both fairly awkward when it comes to photographs but Lee put us entirely at ease, even when taking the more formal, posed ‘family’ photographs. He managed to document so many great moments without us even noticing, and everyone who has seen the photos has commented on how they really capture the feel of the day. Can’t recommend him enough!
We saw a few ‘taster’ photos just before we left for our honeymoon, and just couldn’t stop looking at them! The day went by in such a flash it almost didn’t feel real and it was brilliant to have a few snapshots capturing some of the best moments. When we saw the full album…we still couldn’t stop looking at them.
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We were married at St Michael and All Angels Church in Pinhoe, with the reception at the Oak Barn in Hittisleigh Barton. This was a lovely barn venue with a cosy, relaxed feel surrounded by beautiful Dartmoor and with the most helpful owners you could ever ask for – they have done a fantastic job of turning the barn, grounds and accommodation into a stunning venue both for the reception and for getting ready in the morning.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our suppliers were found through local wedding magazines and Devon based wedding websites. We were also lucky in that a lot of the first suppliers that we chose has great recommendations for suppliers that they had worked with in the past, so we picked up some great tips from them.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t rely on wedding shops and suppliers for decor! All of our decorations came from a combination of EBay, Gumtree, and the Range – if you get a good idea of what you are looking for then it’s worth looking further afield to find cheaper versions of the items seen on blogs or in magazines.
Also, if you are struggling, gold spray paint makes anything look like a wedding decoration.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Venue and caterers – both the owners of our venue and our caterers were wonderful and took so much stress out of both the planning and the day itself by being so knowledgable, efficient, and professional. We didn’t need to ask them to do a thing – they were always two steps ahead of us and sorted out everything that needed to be done before we even realised that it needed to be done!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made our wedding invitations and orders of service ourselves – blood, sweat and tears went into them! We were so pleased with the finished result, but it was a lot of work…the thank you cards we bought from Paperchase to avoid a similar ordeal post-wedding!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I don’t usually wear much in the way of accessories and as the neckline of my dress was quite detailed I had no jewellery whatsoever. I had a simple veil pinned in with a little gypsophillia, and amazing gold sparkly shoes to match a vintage style beaded handbag.
And what did the groom wear?
To almost the last minute, the groom was very relaxed about what he would be wearing, but ended up looking incredibly handsome in a navy suit from Moss Bros. He was talked out of a top hat by both bride and groomsmen.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore full length navy dresses with lace detail around the neck and back. After struggling to find bridesmaid dresses, I stumbled upon the dresses in TK Maxx – they complemented my own dress perfectly and were in the right colour and size, so after some frantic phone discussions with the bridesmaids I snapped them up, it was fate!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional (Gem Ryder) as my own hair and make up skills are somewhat lacking. She was wonderful and listened to what I wanted to achieve, then gave great advice as to what would work and what wouldn’t. I was so pleased with the end result.
Flower arrangements for the venue?
The decorative flowers around the church and venue were ordered from wholesale florist Peamore Flora, who had a great selection. They were arranged by me, my mum, and the bridesmaids at the venue the night before the wedding, fuelled by pizza and prosecco.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue mostly spoke for itself, but we used some fairy lights and candles to create a more cosy theme. We also had some flowers and picture frames with old photos or our favourite quotations scattered about to add some interest, and best of all some beautiful bunting handmade by bridesmaid extraordinaire Rachel.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Most of our wedding was homemade and it was enjoyable seeing everything come together over time, though at times overwhelming!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a sponge cake with some floral decoration from Marks and Spencers – we saw it and thought that it matched the style that we are aiming for well. We did, however, forget to serve it…we were having too much fun dancing to the band…
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired a wonderful live band (Quite Brazen) as our entertainment – they were great and kept the dance floor packed all evening – a lot of guests complained of aching legs and minor dance floor injuries the next day! We also had some sparklers for people to use outside which were fun and a great photo opportunity.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t overthink the day itself – it will be wonderful just by virtue of the fact that it was your wedding day. It’s easy to get stressed and frustrated trying to perfect the little touches, but the day does by so quickly that you and your guests will barely notice them on the day.
Try to sneak some time alone with each other if you can to process the fact that you just got married!
Above all – enjoy every minute, it will go by in a flash.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Although not a lot has changed from a practical perspective, it is just indescribably lovely to know that you get to spend the rest of your life with the person you love most – for me, the best thing about being married is just getting to say ‘husband’ and being reminded of that every time!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Venue – http://www.theoakbarn.co.uk/
Catering – http://oaktreeoccasions.co.uk
Photography – http://www.lee-maxwell.com
Band – https://www.quitebrazen.co.uk
Hair and make up – http://www.gemryder.com
Dress – http://www.theivorysecret.co.uk