Amy & Tim’s wonderfully colourful Pennard House wedding, with Mark Leonard Photography
Today’s wedding is absolutely stunning: full of vibrant flowers and filled with colour in every corner. Gorgeous bride and groom Amy & Tim love travelling, which is something they incorporated into their colourful wedding theme. The guest globe is genius; the table plan wonderful, the cake prettily perfect – and there’s so much more to this fantastic wedding, I know you’ll love it!
Images are by lovely Mark Leonard Photography, who is based in Bristol and shoots weddings across the UK and worldwide. (Truly – if you’re looking for a wedding photographer right now, look far and wide – expanding your search gives you access to some amazing talent!)
“Our wedding was very ‘us’ – everything we love and everyone we love all together on the perfect summer’s day. There was a summery, boho, chilled out vibe with the added burst of colour and vibrancy we love from our travels and that make summer so happy and full of life. A perfect day for us is fun, relaxed, full of music, laughter, food, cocktails and dancing under the sun and the stars – and that’s exactly what we did.”
Wedding photographer’s website:
We did lots of research, wedding magazines, wedding fairs & looking at loads of wedding photographers’ portfolios. We met with around 6 photographers and thought Mark’s style matched the style of our wedding best. We loved his informal, capture the moment photos.
We’re very happy with our photos! I’m picky with photos and spend hours going through my own travel photos so I’m difficult to please but we loved them.
Tilly Tomlinson is my favourite supplier ever! She was absolutely incredible & visited the venue to get inspiration before we’d even committed. She completely understood what we were aiming for & how to take it to the next level! I can’t recommend her enough and her style matched our wedding perfectly. Dramatic, colourful, summery, boho flowers that matched the venue, atmosphere, my dress, hair, bridesmaids and the travel influence.
Pennard House could have been perfect without anything but we wanted to inject some serious colour – which called for hundreds of meters of ribbon, lots of flowers & lots of bright candles. At the last minute my sister (and maid of honour) suggested I take along the big photo frames we have around our house – all photos I’ve taken on our travels around the world – they added an extra boost of colour & even more of our stamp on the venue.
I also made a festival style sign (as we were so close to Glastonbury) with signs to some of our favourite places in the world – the place we met, where Tim proposed, our honeymoon destination, and some favourites from our travels. Tim’s dad found & cut the wood, Tim painted it white & then I made it look pretty.
Pennard House, Somerset – they couldn’t be more helpful or nicer people!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed, boho summer wedding full of colour.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Wedding magazines, Instagram, Pinterest, designers, local suppliers, word of mouth.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
If you negotiate you can always get more for your money – we managed to get 5% off the venue cost even on a Saturday in August at a very popular venue just because we asked. Our florist added in the lanterns, bottles, jars and loads of extra ribbon for free within the cost of the flowers. We also added an extra photographer for the same price we were originally quoted and got nachos added in with the taco van for the same price. It’s not so much about negotiating money off, it’s about getting more included – be cheeky and ask, you never know.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Flowers – so worth it!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I’m lucky enough to work with a graphic designer who created our invites, thank you cards, signage & place cards as her gift to us – we even got them all printed for free. I was able to get exactly what I wanted and create them myself but with a professional finish so you never would have guessed was free.
Our invites were designed like a postcard which was ideal for us – informal, relaxed and with the influence of our travels.
We wanted people to have fun during the wedding breakfast and encourage them to take photos, speak to everyone & have a laugh so created a photo challenge & a game which were displayed on the tables.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Not immediately – my crying bridesmaids talked me into it & they were definitely right.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I found my dress at an Essense of Australia preview event at Rookery Bridal, Weston-super-Mare. The dress wasn’t put into production that year so they made my dress just for me. It has since gone into production for this summer but I was a year ahead of the trend and the only bride with the dress.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Tim gave me a gift on the morning of a sapphire & diamond necklace. I also wore my mum’s charm bracelet with charms she’d had from her nan when she was little.
I had two pairs of shoes – gold boho heels then silver indian style sandals for later on – you can’t limbo in heels.
A veil wasn’t right for me & the style of the wedding, plus it would have covered the back of my dress – so I needed an incredible headpiece. Having searched the internet forever I found a design by Hermione Harbutt in a bridal magazine I loved, only to find out their showroom was round the corner from my house. The Hermione helped me choose the perfect hair vine & then after trying to talk myself out of it because of the cost, I gave in and bought it – it was perfect.
And what did the groom wear?
Chequered blue suit, orange tie, orange socks
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The most amazing dresses that matched our day and the flowers perfectly – they spotted them after seeing the mood boards our florist has chosen. From Oasis.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional – boho hair & natural make up. The morning was a boho braid which I could then undo the bottom section for a half up style later on.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I started collecting and decorating jars only to realise that it didn’t fit the style of our wedding and looked a bit rubbish. With the help of our florist we could make a much bigger impact and do something different to what you see at most other weddings.
I did make my wedding cake with my sister though – after a trial run, we baked the sponge before the wedding & then she worked her magic turning it into a wedding cake a professional would be proud of.
I also made table runners out of hot pink & gold Indian Sari material and cushion covers from pink & orange Indian style fabric to brighten up the bar area. And we wrote our vows together.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
With the relaxed style of wedding we had to go with a naked cake. Lemon on the top & raspberry on the bottom it was a little taste of summer with bright flowers & berries on top & a “Best day ever” cake topper – well ‘Mr & Mrs Hurd’ would have been a bit boring and formal.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
A wedding just minutes from the Glastonbury festival site couldn’t have just one band – so we went for three. Starting with a friend of ours playing the guitar & singing during the ceremony and then an acoustic duo from Bristol as the backing for our outdoor, acoustic first dance. Which turned into a dance-off in the courtyard. Our evening band On Demand kept everyone on the dance floor all evening, which of course turned into another dance off (this time orchestrated by the band).
The taco van for the evening was also a surprise and everyone still talks about it. Plus, the limbo went down a treat!
Most of the events at the wedding were a surprise to our guests as we kept it all a secret, from us writing our own vows, to ice cream instead of canapés, constant live music, cocktails as wedding favours, the taco van, our first dance outside in the courtyard, and a speech from one of my bridesmaids (which was even a surprise to me).
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
My new sister-in-law told me to walk down the aisle slowly – you only get to do it once and it’s really not scary once you start walking. Also – get help from your suppliers, they’re the experts so trust them and ask for their advice.
Mainly – don’t worry, there will always be things that could have been different or don’t go perfectly on the day. We didn’t have the outdoor wedding we’d planned because it rained for just the 30 mins we should have been outside (typical British summer), but it was still the best day ever.
What’s the best thing about being married?
It’s just the same as before – that’s the best thing. And we were able to have a big party with all our friends before continuing to spend the rest of our lives together.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
www.tillytomlinsonflowers.co.uk – florist
www.hermioneharbutt.com – head piece
www.benharrisonacoustic.co.uk – singer/guitarist
www.kellyshero.co.uk – acoustic duo
www.essensedesigns.com – wedding dress
www.markleonardphotography.co.uk – photographer
Luverrly – ice cream
The Little Taquero – Mexican street food!
On Demand – wedding band