Anita and Naoto’s vintage picnic wedding at Shenley Cricket Club, with Linus Moran Photography
Gorgeous Hertfordshire bride Anita is making a splash of fabulous colour on the English Wedding Blog today. Her vintage inspired styling is balanced with vibrant accents, and I’m in love with her Sally Beam wedding dress – isn’t it fab? Together with groom Naoto they planned the perfect day, and I love how refreshing their styling is. I hope you’ll adore it too!
“I had mixed, bright flowers including roses and gerberas. I wanted the flowers to add a burst of colour and fun to the church and venue. Florist Sioned Rogers works alongside ‘Dress it Yourself‘ who did an amazing job of decorating the venue. I wanted a vintage picnic feel so I went for gingham tablecoths, bunting and lots of vintage containers and books to dress the tables. I made the table plan with a chalkboard and then had silk flowers stapled around the frame. It was actually quite fun to make and lots of people complemented it!
Images are by Oana Brasoveanu at Linus Moran Photography. I had to look online for wedding photographers as me & my husband live in Tokyo. We were looking for some cool and edgy photographers to capture our day. I found Linus Moran’s website through a wedding blog and loved all the photographers’ work.
Contact & bookings: Linus Moran Photography, Dorset
Oana & Vali shot the day and we had such a laugh with them. They were so fun, energetic and creative. They made us feel really at ease. We don’t usually like posing for photos, so we really liked the natural shots they captured.
We were so excited to see our photos for the first time. It was like having the wedding all over again! It was nice to see all the different perspectives of the day too and reminisce.
Wedding photographer’s website: www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk
Shenley Cricket Club
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Informal and fun-filled!
Your wedding style or theme:
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Have your wedding in the U.K! It’s much cheaper than Japan! Lol!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The routemaster wedding bus and vintage cars
Having hired people to do the decor (it would have been so stressful to do it myself!)
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It was the first dress I tried on, but I knew it was the one. I could tell I’d be able to dance all night in it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My veil and jewellery were borrowed from my mum
And what did the groom wear?
A slim cut navy suit and bright red tie
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Navy jumpsuit and a navy dress with lace overlays and silver shoes
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Make up DIY as I like doing my own!
But I wanted a professional hairdresser to get the perfect style and volume for my hair.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I had a fruit cake and Victoria sandwich with white icing made by my mum because she makes the yummiest cakes! And it all got eaten up on the night!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My dad is Indian and my mum is Irish so we had quite an international mix of music from Bhangra to the Pogues. It was awesome an awesome party!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Just enjoy your day and don’t stress about things you can’t control like weather. Just be prepared and get some brollies in case!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Even if you’ve lived together before it’s just a great feeling of togetherness once you get married. You know that your husband or wife will always be there for you and you for them.