The sunlight in these wedding images is just dreamy – when wedding photographers talk about golden hour you just know you’ve found the right one, don’t you? And Annabel and Sam’s wedding portraits are so beautiful I just had to start with their evening pics! What a gorgeous couple… and the loveliest set of images you can imagine.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We chose Love in Focus after recommendation from a friend and looking at his website.
We couldn’t be happier with our photos! Sandy was brilliant on the day. He was unobtrusive and hidden in the background to get all the natural photos we wanted but assertive on the group shots to ensure everyone was in place. The pictures really capture the essence of the day and his attention to detail was spot on.
When we saw our wedding photos for the first time we were thrilled, excited to relive the day again through the photos and a lovely recap of the moments.
Contact & bookings: Love In Focus (Bristol)
The old lodge minchinhampton (our local pub)
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A beautiful, fun filled vintage spring wedding.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Google, wedding blogs, Pinterest, Cotswold bride magazine.
Our cake was beautiful and by iced by elaine.
Also my beautiful head price and bracelet (made from scrap lace from my wedding dress) made by the wonderful Donna at posy and pearl.
Tuxedo junction for the men’s suits were brilliant.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Doing our own decoration flowers. (I had a florist do my bouquet, the boutonnieres) but all the other flowers including pew ends, top table, floral arch and tea cup flowers were done by myself, my maid of honour and a couple of friends. I spent £200 on flowers at the wholesale and spent no more than £400 in total on all the flowers and equipment needed including the florist flowers!!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photographer, as Sandy has produced amazing photos and the band in the evening was brilliant (brainscape)
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A mixture of places. We had our invites done by a local stationery artist and for all the rest It was a mixture of eBay and myself and trusty home printer.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! Initially I found one that was way out of budget but then I met Nicky at a class brides who with a brief description of the cut and style I wanted found one I adored strait away! The only issue was it didn’t have staps which were added by the dress fitter.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The wedding dress was Stella York and the bridal boutique was A class brides in Brislington Bristol.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Antique white gold and sapphire bracelet borrowed from the brides mother.
A drop pearl pendant necklace bought by the groom for the bride to open on the day as a replacement for one he bought her when they first started dating and she lost when they moved to Sydney.
The shoes were Rachel Simpson and a complete steal off eBay (new)
The earrings were a present from the brides parents from
Topbanana antiques in tetbury.
And what did the groom wear?
A traditional morning suit with grey double breasted waistcoat and mother of pearl cufflinks (given by the bride) and an antique rose tie to match the bridesmaids dresses.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Maid of honour wore a dusky pink Ariella Amerie dress with a beaded overlay (and looked absolutely stunning and only gave birth 4 months prior!!)
And the 2 girls wore dusky pink dresses from Debenhams.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Abi Andrews (my regular hairdresser) came to the venue and did my hair and airbrush make up and my bridesmaids hair.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
The Wilde bunch florist did the bouquets and boutonnieres (recomended by my maid of honour who used her for her wedding) and the bride, maid of honour and a couple of friends did all of the other floral arrangements the day before and collected the flowers from Bristol wholesale flower market
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
I had fairy lights installed and chair covers with organza and lace sashes by blue goose hire.
As I wanted a pretty vintage theme I hired items from the vintage hire and had Lesley decorate the room as I requested on the day including a vintage type writer as the guest book!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Our favours were homemade rhubarb gin made by the grooms mother with rhubarb from the father of the brides garden in Cornwall. Everyone loved it!
For decoration I painted wine bottles with ivory and rose pink chalk paint.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a beautiful 4 tiered wedding cake with piping to match the stationery and flowers to match the bouquet. It was fruit in the bottom, then red velvet and then lemon drizzle and fruit on the top tier which we have saved. We couldn’t decide on a flavour so chose them all!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a string trio play music at the hutch and during the drinks reception who were fab. The bride walked down the aisle to Edelweiss from The sound of music (the bride watched the film daily as a child)
The evening band brainscape kept everyone on the dance floor all night and were incredible.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t stress about the small stuff and enjoy the day. Try and steal a few minutes together as the day goes so fast and everyone wants to see you.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The honeymoon… in all honesty the closeness having the special bond after the commitment is beautiful.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: