Alison & Leon’s wonderfully colourful spring Matara Centre wedding, with Oobaloos Photography
If you love colour and are searching for styling ideas for your wedding which are a little more interesting than most, today’s gorgeous wedding is perfect! The multicoloured hanging lanterns are spellbinding – alongside Alison’s ribbon decorations and pretty DIY touches, they make for a fabulous theme and colour palette!
“Our wedding was exactly what we wanted. Styling was colourful but simple. I love tulips so was set on these as my flowers. I pinned a lot of rustic type things but decided to put my own spin on things with colourful ribbon instead of twine and string.
Matara is beautiful and the hilarium is an amazing space to decorate. We decided on paper lanterns to hang along the aisle and in the dome and I didn’t want chair covers as chairs were lovely so we decided to hang ribbon on the backs to make it more interesting. The hilarium also has a gorgeous wall of fairy lights!
Luckily my mum likes to make things and so do I, my sister is quality control so makes sure everything is perfect! Leon and I sat and put together all of our favours of bottle of smarties one evening and I hand stamped all of the name cards. I also made glitter glasses for my bridesmaids.
Wedding photographer’s website:
I came across an advert that Sheryl had posted in a wedding group on Facebook and really liked her style of photos. I sent her a private message and got an almost instant response, we chatted a bit that evening and I spoke with Leon so booked to meet her. Her bubbly personality comes across instantly so I liked her already!
Sheryl just got us. We already loved her style of photography so was so looking forward to seeing the final images. She’s easy to get along with and knows exactly how to get the best out of you. Leon and I don’t do romantic very well as we tend to laugh but we have some lovely photos, you’d never know we cracked up 2 seconds later!
We had a few sneak peeks put on Facebook before we got all of our images, we couldn’t wait to see them and certainly wasn’t disappointed! It was lovely as our friends and family were just as excited to see the rest as we were.
Contact & bookings: Oobaloos Photography
We also had 2 Videographers, Chris and Harry from Stolen Hearts, they were great you didn’t even know they were there and we can’t wait to see the final video!
Matara Centre – absolutely beautiful and every single member of staff are brilliant. Especially our wedding coordinator Olivia, nothing was to much for them.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I found a lot of suppliers through wedding groups on Facebook, I won a competition on our Videographers page! Our florist was recommended to us and we found the evening food caterers (Fantini Pizza) through the website add to event
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Definitely shop around. Enter competitions, someone has to win!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Definitely the photographer, we have so many lovely photos to cherish forever. We decided to hire a venue stylist – Hollie from Daisy Says I Do was amazing, we were originally going to hang the lanterns etc ourselves but decided that we didn’t want the stress the night before, I’m glad we hired Hollie as she was there for over 6 hours!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I designed our invitations on my sisters laptop, I found and downloaded the fonts I liked online, my lovely mum then helped me put them altogether. My mum also made my table plan and sister decorated all the jars with ribbon.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My sister got married 10 months before me and had gone to try on her dress and had seen one in the shop she wanted me to try. We booked an appointment, I didn’t have any intention of finding my dress almost 18 months before the big day but I didn’t want to take it off!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Kelsey Rose from By Design, Gloucester
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I knew I definitely didn’t want a tiara so looked at finding a hairvine, I found Made Bespoke on Facebook who made me a 40″ vine as well as hair slides and matching shoe clips for you bridesmaids. My shoes were Ted Baker (I wanted colourful) I bought them whilst in Vegas! My mum, nan and sister also bought me a Pandora bangle and charm which they gave me the morning of the wedding.
And what did the groom wear?
Dark grey lounge suits with matching waistcoats, Leon and our son Jesse had a matching grey and white tweed waistcoat. The best men and ushers had different colour ties to match the bridesmaids.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My 3 bridesmaids wore a cream Elise Ryan dress from asos and shoes from boohoo. As they were in cream they each had a different colour bouquet, purple, pink and yellow, they had matching hairclips you their flowers and to the best man and ushers ties.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair by Kirsty of forget me not wedding hair specialist and make up by Natalie Ricciardi
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I love tulips. My bouquet was white tulips then each bridesmaids had a different colour tulip. My flower girls had a basket of 1 tulip in each colour and gypsophila and the men had 1 tulip buttonhole thatch their colour. Leon had two white tulips. Our centrepieces were small crates from ikea which I stained as they looked too new, filled with white tulips and gypsophila. We also had jars of gypsophila lining the aisle.
Florist- Rustic Romance based in the Forest of Dean
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Leon isn’t too fussed on cake so we decided on a brownie tower! We were going to have it double up as our dessert but then tasted the food at Matara and decided other wise. The brownies were delicious from Tom’s cakes based in Cambridge and delivered by my aunt. We had a single tier vanilla sponge made by the pinwheel cakery too.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Just a dj – Djr entertainment
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Do it your way. Don’t worry about what other people think, if you want it do it, if you don’t want to invite that person, don’t. People want you to have your day and will enjoy it with you!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Getting to call Leon my husband finally!