Today’s gorgeous couple Hannah and Tom had plans for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony at Sibton Park… and the sun shone until the very last minute, when it poured. Not to be outdone, they brought everything inside and had a cosy, magical ceremony and celebration indoors. I love the smiles, the laughter, the ‘we’re all in this together‘ spirit of the day, and I simply had to share this wedding with you.
“Our venue wasn’t a wedding venue. It is a country house that you hire to stay in. We just hosted a wedding while we were staying there. This meant I had to arrange getting EVERYTHING for the wedding in so all decorating was done by us. It did mean that it was unique to us and we were able to choose just what we wanted. Sibton Park had had a handful of weddings there before us and the house staff were incredibly helpful. They have since become a bit more of a “wedding venue”.”
Wedding photographer’s website:
Richard is a friend of Tom’s family and we had seen lots of his work from friends/ family members’ weddings which we loved so it was an easy decision.
Richard was fantastic. Prompt and informative in email replies throughout the whole process, keen to meet up with us before the big day to find out our hopes and expectations and accommodating at all times. On the day he was a very calming influence and made sure he wasn’t at all overbearing or dominating for either us or our guests which was just what we wanted. And he took great photos.
Richard sent a link through to a selection of photos within a couple of days. We were away on our mini moon in Norfolk still talking non-stop about the day when we first saw them. We both sat down with a cup of tea and went through them with huge grins. We were delighted and felt he had captured the mood of the day brilliantly.
Discover more from Richard Galloway Photography (based in Surrey) here:
“It was a wonderful wedding at Sibton Park in Suffolk where the original plan was for an outdoor ceremony overlooking the lake. Naturally the unpredictable English weather took hold and there was a downpour! Action stations as staff hurriedly brought chairs inside and set up for a ceremony in a room that was frankly far too small, but it added to the ‘we’re in it together’ attitude that was cheerily shared between the couple and the guests for the entire day.” ~ Richard Galloway
Luckily the sun came out in the evening and we got a chance to get some fun couple shots in the evening sun.”~ Richard Galloway Photography
Sibton Park, Suffolk
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The most exhilarating and emotional day. And very wet!
Your wedding style or theme:
I tried not to get bogged down in a theme or style and just stick to things we both liked. If I had to pick I’d probably go with English country garden/midsummer nights dream.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We went to a wedding fair where we found our florist. Our caterer was a personal friend -Stock and Bailey (http://stockandbailey.co.uk/) – and they provided excellent food and service. Otherwise, mostly time trawling the Internet.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Use the skills your friends and family have to offer. If someone is good with flowers see what they would be happy to provide in terms of floristry. If you know a great baker see if they would do you a cake. Having involvement from your friends and family makes it all feel a touch more personal and saves money.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I bought a more expensive wedding dress and while I know I will not wear it again, and it can therefore be considered a waste of money, I loved having it on for that day and how it made me feel. The trying on experience and alterations appointments were also a very enjoyable experience and private.
We also wanted to make sure we had enough booze for the night. While we felt we couldn’t afford an entirely free bar we bought in enough wine, beer and soft drinks to last the night and if people wanted other drinks they could buy them.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Mint. An American website that had just the kind of invitation we were after. We received them very quickly after putting our order in and we’re really pleased with them. We got lots of compliments about them too.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did, but not like in the movies where it’s all gushing straight away, which is what I had been expecting.
I had seen it on the internet first and liked it but when I first tried it on I wasn’t sure if the antique ivory colour slightly drained me. Plus, it can be a bit tricky to tell when it’s not in your size and there are clips and pins everywhere. I found out they did it in white, which I would have thought I’d be best to avoid, but when they got hold of a white sample dress and I tried it on I loved it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
The necklace I wore is an antique one that was the first birthday present Tom bought me after we’d got together and so has huge sentimental value.
I had a simple crystal headband from Jennifer Behr and my shoes were from Rachel Simpson. I didn’t wear a bracelet as I had long sleeves.
And what did the groom wear?
Tom wore a blue wool suit from Marc Wallace
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My two sisters were my bridesmaids and they wore a pale pink knee length dress from asos.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I got professional help for hair and make-up. Her name was Kate Tighe and I found her through the bridal stylists website.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I just picked flowers I loved, which are very much in the English country garden style. I had peonies, sweet peas, cornflowers, and flowering mint amongst other things. We also had 4 gypsophilia balls hanging from the marquee roof which looked great.
Our brilliant florist was Helen Newman. http://www.helennewman.net/
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I really liked the style of naked cakes so we went for a three tiered sponge naked cake. We had lime and passion fruit at the top, lemon cake in the middle and Victoria sponge at the bottom. It turned out to be ginormous. And delicious.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our band were brilliant. They were called Great Scott (http://www.greatscottband.com/). They played just the right mix and style of songs and the dancefloor was filled the whole night. In fact, most of the time every single guest was on the dancefloor.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
I think this is difficult as weddings are so personal and everyone has different priorities. I think it’s important to remember the people who will be at your wedding all love you and therefore no matter how you do it or what you do they will be happy and enjoy the day. Everyone loves a wedding!
What’s the best thing about being married?
For us our daily lives haven’t changed. We’d already lived together for years and owned our own home. But now we’re married everything just feels a bit more shiny again like when we first got together, and perhaps a bit more solid.