Hollie and Jimmy’s unique and personal Bristol wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography
Today’s wedding at King’s Weston House is absolutely gorgeous! The little touches Hollie and Jimmy used to decorate tables and entertain guests are just fabulous – and the bride and groom are a stunning couple – Hollie is so very beautiful. Images are by our lovely sponsor and Bristol wedding photographer Martin Dabek. Use the little icon at the top of each image to save to your Pinterest boards – there are SO many ideas to fall in love with here!
We planned our wedding in under a year. It’s achievable, you just have to be flexible with dates and stick to your decisions. We wanted to create a shabby chic, informal feel and chose a colour scheme of grey and dusky pink with sparkly accents. To help us stick to our budget we borrowed decorations from friends and shopped around charity shops for bargains.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We wanted someone local and liked the fact that Martin had photographed weddings at the venue before. We really liked his natural shots and the way he uses reflections. Everyone said how brilliant Martin was on the day and he made everyone feel at ease. At some points we didn’t even notice he was there! He was friendly and professional and we would highly recommend him. The beautiful photos speak for themselves!
It was amazing seeing our photos for the first time. The first ones we saw were in a slideshow to music which Martin posted on facebook which had us in tears. We couldn’t help but keep watching it over and over again! It told the story of our day beautifully.
Contact & Bookings: Martin Dabek Photography
Our wedding took place at Kings Weston House in Bristol.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A unique and personal celebration, packed full of fun!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our suppliers were from google searches as we wanted to use local companies.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Decorations we’d collected throughout the year complemented the venue and gave the day a personalised and handmade touch. We collected old mirrors from charity shops to use as signs and spray-painted lots of jam jars copper for the table decorations, which we filled with shop bought flowers.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We’re so pleased we had an excellent photographer to capture all of the moments from the day as they are so lovely to look back on. We’re also glad we spent more on food which kept everyone happy!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made all of our wedding stationery ourselves. We used a mixture of hand drawing and a handwriting style font to create a handmade feel and printed them all at home!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I loved my wedding dress and it was absolutely true that I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on! Jan at Bride at Home picked it out for me and it was perfect.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I wore an ivory satin wedding dress by Allure Bridals from Bride at Home in Downend, Bristol
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I bought my sparkly flats in the Next sale. I also had a hair clip from Jon Richards and a handmade silk garter from The Wedding Garter Company
And what did the groom wear?
Jimmy wore a dark charcoal three-piece suit from Next, white shirt and dusky pink tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They all chose their own dresses which were a mixture of ASOS, Jenny Packham at Debenhams and Little Mistress. They were a mixture of greys and mink with sparkly bits!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Emma Dawson Hair and Makeup did the bride and bridesmaids hair and the brides makeup.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Rachel at The Rose Shed put together our beautiful bouquets which perfectly complimented the colour theme. She also provided a large floral decoration for the top table.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
As well as all our decorations which we collected over the months, Liz Wong from Elizabeth Weddings hung grey, pink and white paper lanterns in the ceremony room, and strung fairy lights and lanterns in the dining space, making them feel more intimate. She also lined the stairs with glass lanterns as well as dressing the chairs with grey sashes.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made a DIY photo booth with a large picture frame bought from a charity shop and used lots of fancy dress props which went down well. We also created the table plan and various signs around the venue ourselves.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a three tiered wedding cake with fruit, sponge and chocolate sponge layers. It was made by a friend who suggested the idea for the icing. We loved it and thought it was very unique!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The Shuffles played live music during the evening and a family friend played the guitar during the wedding breakfast and before the ceremony. Jimmy’s sister also played the piano during the post ceremony drinks which was a lovely touch.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being happy and secure in the knoweldge that your best friend is in love with you just as much as you are with them!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
https://theroseshed.co.uk/, https://elizabethweddings.wordpress.com/, https://www.shropshirepetals.com/, http://www.brideathome.co.uk/, http://emmadawsonmakeuphair.vpweb.co.uk/, http://www.theshufflesband.com/, https://www.weddinggarterco.com/