Jen and Joe had such a beautiful, summery wedding at Loseley Park with pretty florals and the most amazing backless lace dress. The look of their day was very English country wedding, and worked beautifully to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Family and friends decorated the venue, and Jen’s mum made all the macaroons herself – they look fab.
Images are by lovely Verity Quirk Photography, who gets a great review from our gorgeous bride and groom. Verity told me Jenny and Joe are huge G&T fans: “Their friends and family say they go together just as well at Gin & Tonic does, so at the end of their ceremony they both made a G&T together and shared it while leaving the ceremony! I LOVED that.
“Jenny being a huge feminist made it very clear from the beginning she wasn’t going to let just the men do the talking so just before entering the reception barn Jenny made a fab speech to all the guests on the lawn whist sipping some bubbles. Her bridemaids also made speeches before the men! It was a gorgeous day full of friends, family and stunning flowers and backdrops and a day I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.”
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“Julie at Orchard Flowers in Chawton was a delight to work with and did a wonderful job. I was thrilled with the bouquets, candelabras and other flowers she arranged in the barn. She is so talented!
To keep costs down, we also added some extra flowers to the tables which I arranged in jam jars myself using a mix of flowers from our Mum’s gardens and some cut flowers bought locally – this was fun.
The Great Hall and gardens at Loseley Park were stunning without anything extra. The barn for the reception was also already beautiful and had fairy lights – we just added flowers, some chair decorations for top table and some Polaroids of the two of us around the place. I arranged the jam jar flowers for the tables, made the table plan, wrote the place cards, set up a fancy dress box, polaroid guest book (highly recommended) and various signs for around the place. We also wrote a lot of the ceremony ourselves, including a gin toast, together with our wonderful celebrant.
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
I met Verity when she photographed one my best friend’s weddings the year before. As a bridesmaid, we spent lots of time with Verity as we got ready – not only were her photos great, but she was just fabulous to have around. And she was so quick at the group shots that Joe was very keen too, as he didn’t want to waste our day standing around for photos for too long. When we got engaged shortly afterwards, we knew we had to have Verity for our photos!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes! Verity is a documentary style photographer and our favourite photos are of the unguarded moments she captured (with Georgina, her excellent second shooter). We loved her style. Verity is also so much fun to have around – with her straight-talking, infectious enthusiasm, she charmed the whole family.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We’d had a few sneak peaks on Instagram before we got the full set so we knew we were in for a treat. We then spent an evening flicking though them all over a glass of wine on the sofa.
Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Classic English country wedding, with gin toasts and plenty of fizz
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
A mix – the caterer came with the venue; the photographer we knew from a friend’s wedding; band via AliveNetwork (The Supertones); string quartet from venue recommendation; florist from a recommendation; plus a lot from Google!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We did a booze cruise to Champagne with a group of friends, via Calais for the rest of the wine. Top tip is probably to focus on the key things (venue, food, drink, band) and skip the unnecessary extras that no-one remembers though (easier to say than do!). We didn’t have a fancy wedding car as the ceremony and reception were at the same place so guests wouldn’t see it.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue and food – it was stunning and the food was incredible
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We edited a design on Vistaprint which was amazing value, and very good quality for the premium options
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I found this so difficult! I was torn between 2 dresses so kept going between stores to try them on again! In the end, I had a second dress for dancing in which I will definitely wear again.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Pronovias dress; bought from Mirror Mirror in Islington
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
– Shoes from Dune (I had some LK Bennett courts as a back up, but the Dune pair were so comfy I didn’t need them)
– Veil borrowed from one of my best friends, to which I added a lace trim
– Earrings from Accessorize
– Bracelet from Tiffany (wedding gift from Joe
– headband found on Amazon
– evening dancing dress from Ghost
– Sapphire ring as my something blue (gift from Joe)
And what did the groom wear?
Lounge suit from Suit Supply with tie and pocket square from Charles Tyrwhitt
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Lavender coloured infinity dresses from The Dainty Yard (via Etsy). I was a bit hesitant about these, but they were a great way for all three bridesmaids to suit a style for them (especially as one of my best girls was 6 months pregnant). Plus, they looked more expensive than they actually were.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own make-up, having splurged on some good stuff following lesson at Bobbi Brown.
A local hair stylist came over to do my hair, as well as my bridesmaids and Mum.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a cheese tower as Joe loves cheese. But my Mum couldn’t bear for us not to have a ‘traditional’ cake so she made a single tier fruit cake and topped it with an incredible macaron tower!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The string quartet for the ceremony and drinks reception was lovely, and I would say a great band to get everyone dancing is well worth the extra money.
Our guests seemed to have fun with the Polaroid guest book, and we have a lovely (and hilarious) memento.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
I didn’t want the speeches to be the traditional all male affair, so I gave one at the drinks reception and absolutely loved it (despite being a nervous public speaker). My bridesmaids also gave a speech. Highly recommended, ladies!
Also, try not to get carried away with all the styling and extras you can have. Organising them all can be stressful but, when it comes to it, they don’t really add much to how much everyone enjoys the day.
We also enjoyed having a few dance lessons beforehand.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being a team, officially! And being able to call each other husband and wife – I still love saying that.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Various wedding blogs, including this one.
Music – http://www.alivenetwork.com/
Florist – http://orchard-flowers.com
Celebrant – http://www.celebrantofsurrey.co.uk/
Caterer – http://www.caperandberry.co.uk/
Venue – http://www.loseleypark.co.uk/weddings/
Dress – http://www.mirrormirror.uk.com/
Bridesmaid dresses – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/thedaintyard
Photographer – http://verityquirk.com/
Gift list – prezola.com
Candelabra hire – http://www.weddingandeventhire.co.uk/