I love all the thought and time Jess put into styling her wedding to Antony! The detail of her dress and hairpiece are so pretty; I adore the bunting too. Everything about this day sings of summer, and I know you’ll love it as much as I do! Have a glorious day, everyone!
“The wedding was all my brainchild. It was as much as a surprise to Antony on the day as it was with everybody else. Luckily I had time 2 and half years of planning time which was important to me as I wanted to be involved in every process! It started with a mood board on Pinterest, lots and lots of car boot sale and charity shop trips hunting for tea cups and saucers, craft weekends and days spend tackling the Amazon which was my inlaws’ garden. I can’t take all the credit: I have a fantastic family who helped make my dream come true. In particular my mother in law who spent hours and hours shopping, painting and gluing!
Wedding photographer’s website:
I’d been to various wedding fairs and signed up to countless photographers email lists however they were all so similar and posed. Anyone who knows Antony and I know we are not mushy or posers we just like a good time and a good party, so we wanted a photographer who could capture our special day as naturally as possible. Capturing all the laughs and emotion without being in your face.
Kathryn at Delicious Photography did everything and more – her pictures are beautiful! She’s captured it all but we don’t ever seem to remember her being there. We’ve had countless comments on how beautiful, natural and timeless the pictures are and we agree, we could not be happier.
The Church was Holcombe Emmanuel in Holcombe Brook followed by the wedding breakfast and party in a Marquee in my in laws’ garden in Rawtenstall.
Your wedding style or theme:
I was very particular about what I wanted and although I couldn’t put my finger on what the style was I knew exactly what I didn’t want- Pinterest was my best friend! I’d say shabby chic, rustic garden party but I wanted it to feel like a party.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Rather than hire a bar to come a provide the booze we came up with the idea of a ‘free bar’ which didn’t cost us a fortune. So we told every guest to bring a bottle of either gin, vodka or rum to be put behind the bar and we provided three barrels of real ale. It worked out very well although it did mean people were very intoxicated by the end!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
My dress. It was a Justin Alexander, my dress and all accessories were bought from The White Gallery in Ramsbottom.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My actual dress wasn’t the first one I bought. My first one was from a vintage wedding fair and it was lovely but just didn’t feel like ‘the one’. I’d seen the Justin Alexander dress online and LOVED it. So when I saw it in the shop window of The White Gallery I had to go see it in person. One week later it was mine and I got a refund on the original. So glad I changed my mind I felt like a princess!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The White Gallery in Ramsbottom
And what did the groom wear?
One of the only aspects of the wedding which Antony was adamant about being involved in. He wanted a dark blue suit with brown shoes and bow ties which matched my bridesmaid dress colours. Antony knew what he wanted and knew he wanted his best man and ushers in the same so a trip to Next sorted us out, with suits and bow ties. Shoes were from Asos.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Always a difficult choice with so many super friends! I had my sister, cousin, sister in law, my friend Hannah and my chief bridesmaid was a uni friend Bethan. Their dresses were a bargain off Ali express, I’d heard the horror stories of Chinese dresses but my experience was very positive they sent me fabric samples and the communication between us was fabulous cannot fault them and the fit was beautiful!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My flowers were put together by a lady who used to own a florists in Ramsbottom but still dabbled with floristry. My mum knew her from going into the bank (my mum works in one of the banks in Ramsbottom) and asked her to do it. They were perfect exactly what I wanted. When she turned up with he flowers she thought I didn’t like them due to my overly emotional response. However that was due to my chief bridesmaid having just given me a beautiful gift of two pin on brooches for my flowers with a picture of my Gran and Nana who are no longer with us.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
All decor was hand made or upcycled and most is as a result of my mother in laws creative eye and amazing skills. I knew exactly what I wanted and was very particular about it being perfect. We didn’t have a big budget but luckily we had time so most weekends were spend in charity shops, goose clearance shops and hundreds of trips to various car boot sales throughout Lancashire!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I didn’t want a wedding cake as I saw it as a waste of money when we were already on a tight budget plus I knew it wouldn’t get eaten and we’d be left with loads of cake! So my Aunty made a five tier pavlova as it’s my favourite dessert.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
The best advice I could give is to enjoy every minute as it goes by so quickly! Find time throughout the day to stand back, take a deep breath and look around at everything that’s going on and drink it in. All the people having a good time, the decor, the music, your husband/wife and the amazing day which is yours.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing was at the end of the night the party was still going with but we decided it was time for us to leave. We only live down the road and we’re staying at home on our wedding night so we got a can of beer from behind the bar and walked home hand in hand and Antony carried me over the threshhold.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Delicious Photography http://www.deliciousphotography.co.uk
Videographer No.27 Media https://m.facebook.com/numbertwentysevenmedia/
Dress and head piece The White Gallery
Hair Gemma Foster at Studio One
Make up Laura Mercier
Suits by Next http://m.next.co.uk
Camper Van http://www.funcampers.co.uk
Bouquet Brooch http://www.hellohalfpenny.com
Toilet hire http://www.portableconveniences.com