The details and styling of Camilla and Richard’s day are just so perfect – this is wedding blog gold with so much inspiration for you lovely lot… and a day simmering with romance and love which just melts my wedding blogger heart every time I see it! Our bride and groom are breathtakingly gorgeous, and their day has to be one of the loveliest I’ve seen all year. I hope you love it too!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We came across through Jason through a friend who highly recommended him, we took a look at his website and loved his style so quickly booked him.
From the moment we met Jason we felt at ease and were excited for him to shoot our wedding day. He was so enthusiastic and passionate about photography and we felt like he too was genuinely really excited for our wedding. He was just amazing on the day too, he made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and his enthusiasm just shone through. He had some brilliant ideas and his quick thinking meant we got some really unique shots. Several of our guests and family members commented how much they liked Jason and good they thought he was, especially with the children. He just fit in with everyone really well which meant that he got some really good natural action shots.
We were blown away by the photos once we received them, it was very emotional to look through them for the first time as he absolutely caught the essence of the day and they really did tell our wedding day story perfectly.
Flora Nora did our buttonholes, flowers for my hair, maid of honours hair, flower girl garland and bridal bouquets. The theme was meadow flowers and English garden flowers so I had a mix of chamomile daisies, stocks, cornflowers, roses, peonies etc.
My mother did the flower arches around the barn door/ church door, decoration on the tables (chamomile daisies draping from the candelebras), flowers in the church (pew ends and flower displays using large vintage milk urns she had sourced- she added some sunflowers in for colour which looked amazing). My sister decorated the hanging candelabras in the church and barn by using greenery she had foraged locally. I have a very artistic family!
We were very lucky with our wedding venue as it is not a commercialised wedding venue and we came about it purely by word of mouth and my parents passing it on a walk. As soon as we saw the listed barn- a former working granary we knew it was for us. We loved the simplicity of the barn and knew that little decoration would be needed to bring it alive. The quintessentially English setting suited us perfectly as we are both countryside lovers and I (bride) was raised in the West Sussex countryside.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
It was a beautiful traditional country wedding
Your wedding style or theme:
We wanted it to be a traditional country wedding- so we used my stepfather’s classic car and had tin cans on the back. We welcomed family children and having all the different generations added to the family/ relaxed vibe.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Our wedding caterer was my sisters school friend – Bear Claw Catering and I had been following her blogs online and loved her style of cooking. We used a local butcher who did the spit roast lamb so that we would have locally sourced meat. The bridal bouquets/ hair flowers and pinholes were by my favourite florist ‘Flora Nora’ in Arundel. My mother did the flower arches and all other flower decorations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Try and make stuff yourself or borrow where you can. For example we made our rustic bar out of two old wooden ale barrels which we borrowed for free from the local brewery we brought our ale from.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I am glad we spent money on the food as that is really important to us and we wanted our friends and family to enjoy the meal.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We pretty much made everything ourselves, we particularly enjoyed making the wedding favours which were little brown boxes with truffles in them, the boxes had ribbons round them and little buttons.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes absolutely, I tried on 50 and started to despair but when I found the right one I cried as I could imagine walking down the aisle to my husband and feeling amazing in it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
It was from White leaf bridal in Brighton
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had natural flowers in my hair that matched my bouquet- the theme was meadow flowers so I had chamomile daisies and cornflowers- my flower girl and maid of hour had the same. My flower girl had a flower garland that matched.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom, being tall, as was his best man and the brother of the bride decided to go for tails. Although a simple country wedding he wanted to be at his smartest for the day.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I only had a maid of honour – although I had a large selection of bridesmaids to have I wanted the emphasis to be on me and my husband. My maid of honour wore a two bird dress which was perfect as she was heavily pregnant and my flower girl wore a traditional bridesmaid dress with lace details on the arms like my dress- her sash I had made to match the colour of the grooms tie/ page boys bow tie.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had a professional do both. I had a charlotte tilbury make-up artist do my makeup which was very fitting as charlotte tilbury is an English artist and her style is very ‘English rose’. I had my hair done by a stylist as I love up styles and wanted something special.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, the church was medieval and had no electricity so the candebras with candles were a lovely feature and just needed a bit of greenery. The white washed walls in the church were so simple and understated so all the church needed was some foliage as it was oozing with character anyway. The barn had such beautiful beams and charm it also didn’t need much so we wanted to keep it as natural as possible. At night when looking in through the candle lit windows from outside is was spectacular.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Homemade wedding favours- mentioned above, homemade bar- mentioned above, homemade sloe gin bottles we had as an option at the bar, my brother made the homemade sign saying ‘ good times’ ‘ceremony’ to direct people, I used a wooden vintage ladder of my mums as our seating plan, we also used some wooden pegs and string to hang peoples hats on.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My sister in law made our cake as she makes all the family cakes and it just special to have her do our wedding cake. We chose traditional 3 tier royal icing and decorated it with fresh edible flowers to match the floral theme. We were using it as desert so we had a chocolate layer, red velvet for dramatic effect as its red and a Victoria sponge with raspberry jam.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a band called ‘Gold beat’ who are three young males with a swing/ jazz vibe. They sing lots of contemporary songs but with an edge. They were amazing!!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t worry about anything on the day, your vows are the most important bit.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you are weathering the storm of life together oh and being able to say ‘my husband…my wife’ ha!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Bear claw catering https://www.bearclawcatering.co.uk/