Kate and Jack’s beautiful homespun wedding was photographed by Kindred Photography, and stole my heart with its gorgeous wildflower meadows, cute dog and epic tipis!
The atmosphere of the day shines from the photos – this is how a wedding in a wildflower meadow should be. Love and laughter, pretty florals and simple, homely styling with a focus on having the best party of your lives! And aren’t Kate and Jack just the loveliest couple?
Photo credits: Kindred Photography, Sheffield
For us we were looking to find someone who would go the extra mile to capture the real essence and emotion of the day in a very natural way rather than the more traditional often cliché shots and so finding the perfect team took a lot of time and research, mainly through personal recommendations and social media. Through previous experience of family weddings we were also keen to have a video and so it was important to find someone who could do both.
We were absolutely thrilled with the team at Kindred Photography, whilst unfortunately Shelley was already booked three of her amazing team, Priscilla, Danni and Jack were available and produced some stunning images. Whilst Priscilla and Jack were in charge of photography, Danni turned her hand to her new venture and created a video that really captured the emotional and celebratory nature of the day.
Honestly I wish I could say we grabbed a bottle of bubbles and looked at them for the first time together but the excitement got too much so I had to take a peek before Jack came home from work!
Based in the heart of the Peak District, the ceremony took place at the very quaint Holy Trinity Church in the picturesque village of Ashford in the Water and followed by a short trip to the my childhood home with canapes in the garden and the reception took place in a gorgeous tipi in a field with fantastic food and dancing with a lovely surprise of late night fireworks.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Absolutely everything we dreamed of and more.
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic enchanted with a twist of Scottish (the grooms clan tartan added a small personal touch)
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Many of our suppliers were found via good old google but many also came by personal recommendations and social media. One of our best finds was at an open day organised by the tipi company where we found our caterers, Taste Events and convinced then to come all the way from Warwickshire to the Peak District where they produced food that our guests are still raving about months later.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Having the wedding at home meant that much of our wedding was DIY and involved asking many favours of friends and family. The gardens were a work of art and included a new wild flower meadow to wander through and the days before the wedding we very much a team effort to get everything ready.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
100% the venue and the food! Having had two previous family weddings in the same location we wanted to have something a bit more rustic and in keeping with the surroundings and so the tipi was a perfect choice however they are a little bit more expensive than a normal white marquee. The food was also an expense that could have been avoided- there are many ways to cut back on the cost of catering but it was some of the best event food we have ever tasted and one of the first things people gushed to us about after the day.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We are very lucky to know an amazing illustrator Lucy, who created a stunning image for our wedding stationary but it was also a labour of love with hours spent adding tartan ribbons to the invitations and stringing each order of service individually but after seeing the final product it was well worth it.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Did I love my dress? Yes but it I certainly didn’t love finding it! For me finding the dress was one of the least enjoyable parts of wedding planning. With only 11 months from engagement until wedding day I was against the clock and being a more curvy girl I often couldn’t fit into the sample sizes plus I am a very fussy person- I knew after a couple of visits to different bridal houses I knew I was unlikely to have “that moment” when I found my dress. By the time I found it I had already been to one bridal show and seven bridal shops and was getting a bit lace fatigued but the lovely Ally who owns Alexandra Anne completely understood, made me feel completely relaxed and comfortable and low and behold I found everything I ever wanted in a dress and felt incredible on the day.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The boutique was Alexandra Anne a stunning little place hidden away on the Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District. Ally has everything from the traditional to the more unusual and a fantastic collection of beaded dresses that I was too close to the date to even consider looking at. My dress was called Moira made by St Patrick, a part of the Pronovias group.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Unlike the dress, the shoes I found quickly and fell whole heartedly in love with against my better judgement- they were white and rose gold Ted Baker heels and whilst stunning were far too high so I also had to get some lower gold Ted Baker heels and ended up with flip flops on the dancefloor! The wedding rings (as well as the engagement ring) were made my father, a jeweller and the back necklace and a pearl bracelet by my very talented normally non jewellery making mother. On my other wrist I wore a simple bracelet given to me by Jack on our 7 year anniversary. The belt and hair slides were hand crafted by a lady in Paris bought from Ally at Alexandra Anne.
And what did the groom wear?
A tailored three piece blue Reiss suit finished with a family crest tie pin and as a gift we bought our wedding shoes for each other with some burgundy Loake brogues for him. For the best men navy Next suits and for all the men in the bridal party a tie and pocket square from Mrs Bow Tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
After lots of research I found exactly the design I wanted and a lovely lady called Liza- a seamstress from one of the bridal houses recreated what we had seen- no easy task with one new mother, one pregnant and the other in Australia who could only be at one fitting. As a present for the bridesmaids my father also created some beautifully simple rose gold necklaces which we have all rarely take off since.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Four months before the date the MUA I had booked had to back out so I was very fortunate to find someone I liked at short notice. Using a company called Make Up by Jodie they were able to put me in touch with Ariana Rose who did all our hair and makeup.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
A friend of mine Marianne runs Frances and Rose and specialises in wedding flowers and created our bridal bouquets, button holes and decorated the church with wonderful arrangements. Neither of us knows much about flowers and so following a meeting with Marianne and her mum Alison we left it with them to pick what they knew would be best and they came out so much better than I could have imagined. Table flowers were done by ourselves and were simple sweet peas grown by a close family friend and when his sweet peas were attacked last minute by hungry birds friends of friends were on hand with more flowers than we knew what to do with!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We found that tipis are stunning enough in their own right and so didn’t require too much decoration aside from a bit of freshly cut ivy draped here and there. The tables were kept simple with hessian runners, candles and the sweet peas.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
The DIY element of the wedding was a lovely way to add a personal touch to the day and included everything from the wedding stationary, bridal accessories and reception décor.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
It is also a great way to add a more personal touch to the day- our tasty rustic Victoria sponge cake was created by Jacks mum Sheila.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We actually found our wedding band at my brothers wedding two years previously. The DeeVines are an great funk and soul band from Manchester who we knew would keep the dancefloor rocking all night long and in between and after we created our own playlist.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
The best piece of advice we had came from our friends Joel and Natalie, recent newlyweds who messaged us shortly before the big day to advise us to make sure that we find time together away from everyone else to really take it all in.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Getting married exactly a month before our 10 year anniversary we knew being married wouldn’t be a huge change but the wedding day was an opportunity to celebrate our commitment to each other with those we love, many of whom we do not get to see as often as we would like. Looking to the future we are moving to Australia early next year and it feels great to be making the exciting move together as husband and wife.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
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