Ria and Jordan’s beautiful English spring wedding in Hertfordshire, with Fiona Kelly Photography
Ria and Jordan’s day is so prettily styled with the loveliest spring flowers – their barn venue is one I haven’t seen or featured on the blog before and I’ve fallen head over heels for this place – I hope you will too!
My wedding flowers were simple and pretty! I was showing my auntie one day what I was thinking of doing just in general conversation. (She is not a florist, but we all call her green fingers as gardening is her favourite hobby and she has an allotment!) She suggested I could do them myself so I asked her if she would help and luckily she did! People kept asking all day who my flowers were by! My bridesmaids had simple gypsophila which my auntie also made, I had my bouquet made by Robert in the flower station in North Chingford London. It was just perfect.
Our wedding was at Pledgdon Barn, Bishops Stortford. The barn was built in the Tudor era. It had been looked after amazingly and the character of the venue was very stong and beautiful. We still remember walking in viewing it for the first time, it took our breath away.
Wedding photographer’s website:
www.fionasweddingphotography.co.uk We saw her at a wedding fair at Excel London and fell in love with her work straight away! She was the exact style I was looking for.
We were more than pleased with our wedding photographer! Right from the beginning to the very end. All the personal touches from sending us a card and gorgeous little sentiment package to thank us for picking her, the Skype conversations we had so she got it just right, even when our USB with all our 2000 photos on got sent to us, it came in another package including things such as candles, fridge magnets and a few photos from the day on amazing card 🙂 I cried when I saw our wedding photos for the first time! They were more than I could have hoped for and she couldn’t have possibly captured anything more than she did.
Fiona isn’t just a great photographer but a cool and lovely person too!
Contact & Bookings: Fiona Kelly Photography
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A very spring English feel wedding, pretty but simple.
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage with a modern twist!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly wedding fairs and recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Think about what is really important to you both as a couple and discuss what you could maybe cut back on that is not as important to you.
Just because it’s traditional it doesn’t mean you have to follow the rules!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Oh definitely our photographer and videographer.. as we have them forever to look back on and share whenever we like. All the hard work and planning was captured perfectly and saved forever!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Mainly paperchase, hobbycraft eBay and labour of love!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! It was not what I thought I would ever end up with but it was perfect for my special day.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
JS Couture Marylebone .
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My dress was very detailed amd i felt did all the talking so I had minimum jewellery.. a pair of diamond earrings my husband bought me 🙂
I am obsessed with shoe’s so it was a big deal for me to get the perfect pair!
I ended up with a subtle silver glitter peep toe shoe from Christian Louboutin.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a 3 piece suit from Jack Bunny’s London. With a hand made silk tie and pocket too.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had 5 bridesmaids which were all adults!
I wanted them all to feel comfortable and amazing too, so they all wore individual dresses suiting to their shape and style, but sticking to the same length and similar colours etc.
They were all different, from Debenhams to needle and thread to asos!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I am extremely lucky as my sister is a professional makeup artist and specialises in wedding hair! I felt like a princess all down to her. The sentiment behind my sister doing it all for me was very special and meant alot to me!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
For favours we had wooden shaped hearts with our name and date on attached to a beaded keyring with everyone’s name on in individual letters. It was such a fun night making them, although a few of the men moaned as i requested it was gold and silver alternate letters, and different beads either end, all beaded together individualy!
Our table plan was based on all things loved by me and Jordan. My brother is a product design student so he hand drew them all individualy and had them put in different frames (a pair of shoes, the New York skyline are a couple of examples)
We had a wooden Mr&Mrs individual letter feature that was hand dipped in glitter individualy. We found glitter in our home for months later no matter how much we hoovered!
I loved every minute of it 🙂
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a 3 tier cake with 3 different flavours!
Maple and pecan
And red velvet
We wanted it to get eaten and picked flavours we love and hopefully everyone else would!
It was a beautiful mint green colour with white piping on and it was just perfect.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Whatever you do, no matter hard hard it is, stick to your guns and have what YOU BOTH want. It’s your day and you might want to please people but most of all please yourselves too.
Remember why your getting married and what it’s all about and you will be fine!
What’s the best thing about being married?
We feel closer then ever and we didn’t think we could! I love officially being a team 🙂