What an amazing wedding this is – I’m so excited to share this wonderful day with you! The dried flowers are fabulous as far as details go, and I love Gemma & Christian to bits – their gorgeous smiles make this an unmissable day, it’s perfect for the blog!
Everything about Gemma & Christians wedding was super – from the traditional church wedding, to the dried floral headpieces, to the rustic DIY Barn with hay bales as walls, to the afternoon tea wedding breakfast!
Mine and my bridesmaids hair pieces were real dried vintage flowers, handmade, and into a headband for myself and three matching combs for my bridesmaids – the supplier was Folky Dokey. Very unique and again fitted the whole theme perfectly, carrrying the vintage style throughout. My shoes were my favourite shoe brand – Irregular Choice. They were lacy and slightly vintage to match my theme. I loved them. One of my bridesmaids bought me my blue garter and I carried a butterfly brooch on my bouquet from a close family friend who had recently passed away before the wedding, which was a lovely touch and felt very special for me to have close by.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We had heard of a recommendation for her and therefore we viewed her website and contacted her for a quote and a home visit to meet her in person – Sally seemed very personable, confident in her own abilities and professional, her website looked good and she jus seemed to tick all the boxes for us at a relatively competitive price.
We had a pre shoot beforehand and she made us feel very comfortable and it was good practice for the big day as neither of us were particularly photogenic or confident in front of the camera. She had an assistant with her on the big day which enabled them to capture some good shots between them – photo opportunities which we didnt even know existed and she put us at ease throughout the whole day. Worth every penny and more.
We were really looking forward to seeing them, Sally had sent us a couple of pictures as a sneak preview and shared them through social media, which had given us a taste for what was to come. We had to wait a good few weeks but it was worth the wait when we saw them. She’d managed to capture the essence of the day brilliantly and there were lots of photos of people naturally (not posed) and lots of smiley faces. I’d specifically asked for lots of confetti shots and we were very happy with what we got. She incorporated pictures using her own knowledge and experience of what would work best – for example a couple of shots which looked like it was night time but when it was actually day time and some shots from high up looking down on the reception where the lighting was amazing. She wasn’t afraid to think outside the box and push boundaries at all! Even had us in a field with sheep and cows!
St. George’s parish church, new mills, high peak and reception venue was Thornsett Fields Farm also in new mills, high peak. Both local to where I live and have been brought up.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Pure joy and amazement from a culmination of hard work!
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage/rustic/informal. Setting was in an outdoor authentic farm and countryside surroundings. Just what I’ve been brought up to know and love. We wanted something a bit different to the usual corporate and ‘packaged’ affair.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mainly recommendations through our wedding planner/helper, but made full use of the internet and social media by researching ourselves different companies. Never realised just how much a big area weddings were. Also attended a couple of wedding fairs to get some good ideas and contacts.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Take up people’s offfers of help, do as much of the decoration yourself if possible and don’t over provide for your guests – I.e be true to your own ideas of what would be realistic and acceptable. Use cheaper places such as amazon, for decoration purposes rather than top wedding specialists and shops. Don’t be afraid to experiment yourself on decoration where you can really save some pennies, what’s the worst that could happen in giving something a try?
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
My dress – worth every penny for feeling absolutely amazing in it. Also worth spending a bit more on the band/music so that the guests remember a good night. Also the honeymoon – memories last forever!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Invites were from amazon. We didnt do save the dates as the whole wedding was planned in less than 9 months so went straight in with the invites. The order of services for the church were our own labour of love and very proud we were too!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, yes, yes. Didn’t take long to choose at all. I spent more on it than I ever thought I would, but it suited me perfectly – sparkly and lacy. I felt secure and a millionaire dollars wearing it. Didn’t want to ever take it off and wished I could have worn it forever.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Gracie Bleu in Buxton is where I got the dress from. The dress itself was a ‘victoria’ dress by Victoria Jane (part of Ronald Joyce).
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a Marc Darcey vintage waistcoat, a thin beige tie, beige trousers, pale blue shirt and brogues. The buttonholes were provided by the florist and again were vintage in style – gypsophilia and lavender to match the bridesmaids bouquets. The clothing was intentionally informal and vintage in style. The groomsmen and our little boy were all wearing the same to match. Everyone commented on how they liked the attire so much and looked great on the photos.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
3 x pale purple debut (Debenhams) dresses, long in style and again a small vintage flower to the side which was part of the dress. Chiffon and flowing in texture. All wore gold shoes and each had a lavender and gypsophilia bouquet – simple but very effective.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My own local hairdresser did mine, my bridesmaids and my mums hair – mine was left down and curled with the dried flower headband and my bridesmaids each wore a bun to the side with the matching dried flower combs next to their buns. Make up was done professionally by holly west make up who was amazing, in particular impressed with the individual false lashes we all had. I was able to say exactly the colours and style I wanted for everything. I felt amazing
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Local florist (Rachel’s flowers of the heart). My bouquets was a mixture of vintage flowers in pale pastel colours – pale pinks and purples with gypsophila included, amongst vintage roses. My bridesmaids had lavender and gypsophilia for their bouquets, where as mine stood out more. The groomsmen buttonholes matched the bridesmaids bouquets and we all had rustic twine holding the bouquets together. I was super impressed with the flowers. I only saw them for the first time on the morning of the wedding and I cried with happiness when they got delivered. We also had the same simple gypsophilia and lavender pew ends in the church and used false pale petals down the aisle. Looked fabulous.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes, it needed lots. It was a working barn (not converted) and therefore, although we had complete free reign to do as we pleased, a blank canvas if you like, it took a lot of hard work. Thank goodness we had help of family, friends and wedding planner on the week leading up to it as I was very stressed. We bought most of the decorations ourselves but needed people with imagination to make it look right – and it sure did. The owner of the barn was also very helpful and creative and let us do pretty much what we wanted, they took care of us and made sure we were happy with the layout and would do anything for us. The decorations were all rustic and vintage, relaxed and informal and a lot of time was taken to think it through in terms of best layout.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
My mum and her friend made an exceptional entrance way into the barn using glass baubles which were filled with personally hand cut bits of coloured tissue paper and hung with clear sting from two very big branches which were found and made use of from the fields where the barn and our reception was. Some baubles had led candles and coloured sand in them too which looked amazing when it went darker later. Amongst other items, our table decorations were also made ourself by using and collecting tin cans and using vintage ribbon wrapped around them for the gypsophilia flowers to go in them as part of the centrepieces. Again saving money and having the desired vintage effect.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My friend who makes cakes for a living made my cake and cupcakes for us – this was a ‘naked’ vintage three tiered Victoria sponge and was absolutely incredible, decorated with the same flowers and lots of berries. Cupcakes were in vintage cases and a mixture of pale pastel colours. The cake was one of my favourite parts of the wedding – again everyone commented on how beautiful it was.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
No surprises to be honest. Everything went to plan for us. We had booked a vintage style four piece band and also had a dj who we’d requested to play mainly 80’s music or older ‘classic’ songs – no cheese! Our first dance was Romeo and Juliet by dire straits, and although I wasn’t keen on having a first dance initially, I was glad I did and it felt a very special and moving moment.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try not to get too stressed in the lead up to the big day. Keep focussed on what you want and not what others want. Try not to get too carried away with unnecessary ‘items’. Most people will accept the invite – so don’t stress about this, like I did! Enjoy the day as much as you can and take time out for each other if possible to appreciate everything.
What’s the best thing about being married?
A sense of security and completeness, for me personally. To be able to build a life together and a sense of union.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Thornsett Fields Farm
Sally Eaves Weddings
Sprinkle of magic wedding planners
Raise the bar
Holly west make up
Little limos (vintage VW campervan)
High peak music (where our band was sourced from)
Tipi unique (for hire if tables and benches and dance floor)
Gracie bleu bridal
Rachel’s Flowers from the heart high peak