You know when you look at a rainbow, and it’s so amazing it gets in your eyes and stays there all day? No? You’re about to, with today’s wonderfully colourful English wedding. The hot air balloon is only one of so many visual delights (and hey, if you’re training to be a balloon pilot!!!… it’s got to be done!) The styling and decor make this wedding so fabulously fun, unique and memorable – it has to be one of my favourite weddings on the blog this year. Gorgeous Kristy and Ollie shared lots of info about their day, so do read their fantastic interview after the images!
“We made our own invitations, created some of the venue styling pieces such as bunting, paper cranes, we put together some glass vials with wildflower seeds for wedding favours too. I was lucky to have some help from friends and family with all these.
I also made my own wedding cake! I am a keen amateur baker and was pretty determined to make my own cake (against most of my family and friend’s advice!) The wedding cake was a three-tier Victoria sponge with vanilla and rum frosting. It took a bit of planning to make, store, transport and assemble (the night before the wedding I was manically frosting the cake – I must admit I started to questioned my own sanity at this point!) On the day it started to tilt and we were quite worried it was going to fall over when we came to cutting it! It definitely looked homemade but more importantly tasted good! Our florist created a flower arrangement and adjoining edible fruit basket.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We wanted our photos to be natural and documentary-style and both felt Sandy’s portfolio online reflected this. We met with a few photographers but really felt that Sandy was genuinely interested in our wedding and what our overall ‘essence’ on the day would be so that he could help us capture it – we were immediately put at ease and felt that we could trust Sandy to deliver some great photographs of our wedding.
Sandy was so great from start to finish, we had a brilliant engagement shoot which really helped to break the ice as we both felt a little bit awkward in front of the camera! This really helped us not be distracted on the big day. Sandy really captured some lovely moments, his personality was a big plus on the day too – he was able to put our guests at ease and crack a few jokes! He even turned out to be a bit of a superhero getting into some extreme positions (hanging off a moving tractor!) to capture some really interesting and fun shots!
It was magical seeing our wedding photos, they took us over three hours to go through the first time! We both felt as though we were reliving the day but also seeing some special moments captured that we didn’t notice on the day, and seeing all our guests looking like they were having a brilliant time. It was everything we wished for.
Contact & bookings: Love In Focus (Bristol)
Huntstile Organic Farm, Somerset
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Colourful End-of-Summer Party
Your wedding style or theme:
Hot air balloon, relaxed, bohemian, summer party, english countryside, rustic
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I used wedding blogs and pinterest for inspiration, then I searched locally for all my suppliers through search engines and also personal recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do your budgeting before you do anything else, try and keep on top of costs – use a spreadsheet, we had to be careful not to get carried away with ‘little bits’ here and there!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photography (essential), entertainment and decor
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Labour of love! We bought blank cards and used a clip art pack to create our own invitations, there was lots of cutting, gluing and writing! It was a big saving for us though and we were pleased with the results.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Oh yes, one hundred percent. It was one of the first dresses I tried on when I went dress shopping with my sister-in-law and I immediately just loved how flowy and free it felt, I felt like a woodland nymph (which is exactly what I wanted)!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Jenny Packham Marina, purchased from Carina Baverstock Bridal
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore Jenny Packham No.1 sandals from Debenhams and pearl and cubic zirconia cuff earrings I found on Ebay. I wanted to keep things quite simple.
And what did the groom wear?
Ollie had a blue three-piece tweed suit custom made at Victor Valentine. His shoes were dark brown from Aldo. His pocket square was from Mrs Bowtie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My two beautiful bridesmaids wore cornflower blue maxi dresses from Coast.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Louise Alway did my hair, I had an amazing bohemian-style loose fishtail braid with fresh white roses and gypsophilia flowers woven in.
Make-up by Dren did my make up on the day, she helped me to look natural but feel confident.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Vera from Floriography (and her amazing team) put together our wedding flowers. They were a mixture of blues, whites and greens, she did custom bouquets for me, my bridesmaids and my Nan who was my flowergirl. She also put together some beautiful displays for the ceremony and the reception venue, as well as arranging our confetti boxes (natural petals). We were over-the-moon with our flowers.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was already beautiful but we added some of our own touches. We hired a stylist – Elizabeth from H-Coo to help us create a colourful lantern ceiling in the marquee, a blackboard with our wedding day running order and a ‘chill out’ area in the garden with haybale sofas and a table. I had family and friends help me put together some DIY elements such as paper hot air balloon bunting which we hung in the garden, a paper crane display and some glass bauble candles which we hung from trees and lit up in the evening.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired Pat McIntyre as our wedding guitarist/singer/DJ! He was an absolute star on the day, he played during our civil ceremony, drinks reception, evening reception and then even did a DJ set for us at the end of the night! He had an amazing repertoire of songs but also learned a few requests for us which was magical. He really helped to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere throughout the day. Our first treat of the day was a tractor ride for all our guests up to the top field for our first drinks reception, complete with ciders and amazing views of the Somerset countryside.
Our big surprise on the day was having a hot air balloon launched from the field on the farm. Ollie is training to be a balloon pilot and he had some friends on standby for a launch on the day, it was completely weather dependent so we were over the moon on the day when it turned out to be sunny, warm and low wind speeds – perfect for a balloon launch! We kept it secret from our guests too (except for a cryptic message on our running order!) so it was a really magical surprise on the day.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Plan thoroughly before the big day so that on the actual day you can relax and just enjoy it! I spent far too much time worrying about little details which on the day didn’t even matter. Remember you have your family and friends there to help with any problems on the day, so just relax and enjoy!
What’s the best thing about being married?
I get to spend everyday with my best friend.
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