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Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (5)

Clare and James’s fabulously floral wedding at Homewood Park, with Simon Biffen Photography

Today’s featured wedding was a classic white wedding with the most beautiful church arch. A very relaxed elegant feel with lots of involvement from the family – and the prettiest florals you can imagine. I just love the archway covered in flowers and foliage by lovely Caroline, owner of Foxy Buds Floral Design – it makes the prettiest backdrop for photos and has a traditional feel to it which I think is wonderful.

Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (11)

The brief I gave my florist (Caroline at Foxy Buds) was “White with greenery presented in a natural/wild style.” And Foxy Buds completely delivered. I was really nervous before the big day because I had completely overdosed on Pintrest and Instagram and so I thought it would be impossible to bring that picture in my head to life. That nervousness was a complete waste of time – Caroline’s flowers were more beautiful that anything I had seen elsewhere. James and I constantly referred to the word “relaxed” when talking about what we wanted from our big day and that’s exactly the same feel I wanted (and got) from the flowers.

Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (12)

{Follow the English Wedding Blog on facebook for an exclusive interview with designer Caroline, where she tells us all about creating Clare and James’s statement florals this lunchtime!}

Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (14)

Wedding photographer’s website:

https://simonbiffenphotography.co.uk/

We chose Simon without ever having met him in person! Neither of us consider ourselves photogenic people – so much so that James even suggested we didn’t bother with a photographer when we started to plan our wedding. Incidentally, that would have been a huge mistake as the photos are the main lasting memory of the day. We went and met a few photographers for coffee, but didn’t really feel like we clicked with any of them. I finally found Simon through a blog and started following him on Instagram to see if I liked his photos. Having liked what I saw, I arranged for James and I to meet Simon over Skype. Despite James being a little stressed on the day of the Skype chat (I would recommend not booking wedding related activities on a day you are moving house), we both instantly felt like Simon could be one of our friends and so we would feel relaxed with him on the wedding. I think we booked him that very same day.

Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (18)

Simon was an absolutely brilliant wedding photographer. His pictures are incredible and really tell the story of the day. I was really nervous about having my photo taken, but Simon’s couples shoot felt like just a chance for James and I to spend some very special alone time together after getting married. The fact that we love the pictures is just an added benefit!

Simon surprised us with a video of some of the highlights of our big day whilst we were away on honeymoon. We were curled up with a bottle of red wine and watched the video over and over. It was so cool, both in remembering things we hadn’t talked about yet and also seeing things we didn’t know had happened (like a press-up competition) – it made us wish we could have been guests at our own wedding!

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Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (28)

Our venue didn’t need any decoration as it was a hotel. However, I really didn’t want our wedding just to be a replica of every other wedding at that hotel, and so I felt the personal touches were all the more important as a result. We therefore tried to add a lot of things which were related to us. We had retro barber signs throughout, including some with important song lyrics on. Our tables were all named after a place important to us, and we added a fun fact about that place to make it ever more personal. We brought bubbles and spacehoppers and extra garden games to add complement that “garden party” feeling.

Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (30)

We made our table plan using heart blackboards from Poundland and hanging them up on a wooden board James made. Having the table plan written in chalk was incredibly helpful to deal with late drop outs – we were able to move people around to ensure the table still balanced. I sprayed a ikea frame with gold paint and then strung wire across it to make a notice board to hang all of the polaroid pictures (being taken by my flower girl) on. We made signs and painted them in blackboard paint to give directions (both relevant ones, and to more personal places such as where we met and where we got engaged). I attended a letterpress class with @thecolourpress1 from Instagram a couple of weeks before our wedding and made a few extra signs there – notably a happy feet print for the flipflops! The top tip I have here is to make sure any crafts are completed well before the big day. There was a frantic time the night before trying to figure out how to put the orders of service together and, worse still, our signs were still being built by my sister’s boyfriend 10 minutes before I left for the ceremony!

Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (1)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (2)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (3)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (4)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (5)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (6)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (7)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (8)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (9)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (10)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (13)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (15)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (16)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (17)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (19)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (20)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (21)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (22)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (23)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (24)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (25)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (26)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (27)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (29)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (31)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (32)
Florals by Foxy Buds for a beautiful English wedding near Bath, image credit Simon Biffen Photography (33)

Wedding venue:

Homewood Park Hotel & Spa – we chose it because we visited for a spa day 7 years before our wedding and had the most amazing day together.

Wedding month:

August

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

I can describe it in one – happiness

Your wedding style or theme:

A relaxed English garden wedding with croquet, spacehoppers and espresso martinis.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Recommendations from other suppliers were key – for example, I found my makeup artist on the recommendation of Simon (our photographer). Instagram also played a massive role in finding my suppliers – once I had found somebody on a blog or through a recommendation, I would check out their Instagram before deciding whether to get in touch.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Having a joint account?! James was in charge of the budget, and I would definitely have got more carried away with the “little bits” if I hadn’t known he could see what I was spending. I’m really glad he stopped me getting carried away, although, admittedly I didn’t think so at the time of the telling off for spending £60 on children’s activity books (a complete waste of money incidentally).

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

Without a doubt, I am most glad about the incredible flower arch produced by Foxy Buds. A flower arch is definitely a luxury, which probably isn’t justifiable when you consider cost versus time seen, but I do not regret it a tiny bit! I will always remember arriving at the Church feeling a bit emotional, and then looking at it and thinking, just WOW. Two smaller things which I’m also really glad we brought were the spacehoppers and the bubbles. They made for some absolutely brilliant photos. All of the above were absolutely not necessities, but were bits which made my vision of the day complete. The espresso martinis post dinner were also a great idea – the perfect way to get the party started for the evening.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

I was completely obsessed with wedding stationery – my study is still overflowing with all the samples which I ordered! We got our save the dates from Minted.com and our Invites / Menus / Orders of Service from Strawberry Sorbet. We also had a wedding website hosted by gettingmarried.co.uk.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes – I felt like a princess (and I am so not a princess-type person!) I remember putting the dress on for the first time and my bridesmaids and mum telling me it was amazing. I immediately told them off and said they weren’t allowed to say that until we knew the price! My dress was definitely not what I had imagined and every time I was away from it, I started to have doubts (particularly when I saw another girl wearing it on a blog). However, each time I went back to Suzanne Neville and put it on, I knew I had made the right choice!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Suzanne Neville designed my wedding dress, which I purchased from her Knightsbridge boutique. I was lucky enough to have a fitting with Suzanne (which came as part of the package when you brought your dress from her Knightsbridge store). Their head fitter, Lottie, is incredible. She had champagne on ready supply, and, more importantly, always made me remember the fun parts of the wedding and not the elements I was worried about. Visiting Suzanne Neville was my absolutely favourite part of wedding planning!

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I wanted to keep my accessories very simple, which is how I approach accessorizing in real life. I wore a star sapphire necklace which my parents brought for me when we were in Sri Lanka for my 17th birthday. The Groom surprised me with diamond studs for my 30th birthday a month before our wedding, which I wore in my ears. My headband was by Jennifer Behr, which I found in Liberty in London about a week before the wedding!

And what did the groom wear?

The Groom hired tails from R. Scott & Co in Cirencester. Shoes from Russell and Bromley. Cufflinks from his Godfather.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My bridesmaids wore a lace top and tulle skirt from Dessy. My flower girl was in an ivory dress (also Dessy) with a bow to match the colour of the bridesmaids skirts.
It took ages for me to find somewhere to look for dresses which would suit the range of people involved – I had a bridesmaid who had a baby 2 months before the wedding, another adult bridesmaid, a 13 year old and a 9 year old. As the 9 year old and 13 year old were sisters and wanted to dress the same, I tried to find junior dresses. In reality, the 9 year old was just too young to be in a bridesmaid dress, and so we converted her into a flower girl. This was absolutely fine as soon as she tried on the dress. She just stood there twirling!

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I am really lucky to have a friend, Luci Green, who is a colourist at Four London, and she kindly agreed to do my hair. I was so confident that she would do an amazing job that I forgot to look at the back of my hair on the wedding day until about 9pm – it’s a good job she is awesome! Sarah McCoyne, also of Four London, helped Luci in giving the bridesmaids brilliant blow-dries. I hired the amazing Annabella to do my and the bridesmaids make-up. She was an incredibly calming influence whilst we were getting ready and was so friendly to my flower girl who was fascinated by what was going on!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We chose a cheese wedding cake from Godminster. We both prefer cheese to cake, so it was an obvious choice for us. A side benefit was that having a cheese cake as opposed to a normal one also made us a huge financial saving – we were able to serve it as part of the evening food. In terms of the different cheese cakes on offer, we picked the Godminster one solely on looks! I think it’s pretty hard to go wrong on taste when you have a whole cake made of cheese!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Our band, “The Way” were absolutely brilliant – there were full-on sing-along’s from about the third song in. The Way surprised us with a version of “I bet you look good on the dancefloor” which they had learnt especially for our wedding when they found out we had a lightboard with that song title on it. The dancefloor went wild and it was one of our highlights of the day. James also surprised Clare with a Sax player for the drinks reception. It was amazing background music which was completely perfect to complete the garden party atmosphere we had been so keen to have.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Make sure that some of your wedding cake is held back for you or put in your room to eat when you go to bed. We are absolutely gutted that we didn’t get to try any of ours!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being married. Having made that commitment to each other feels very special (even though day to day life isn’t any different). I love getting home and saying “hello husband”!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

https://www.foxybuds.co.uk/
https://simonbiffenphotography.co.uk/
http://www.thewayband.co.uk/
http://www.byannabella.co.uk/
http://www.strawberrysorbet.co.uk/wedding-stationery/
https://www.minted.com/
http://www.madebywoodandwood.com/
http://www.fourlondon.com/
https://www.eventpropshop.co.uk/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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1 COMMENT
  • Robert Burress
    2 years ago

    I particularly enjoyed the advice offered by Clare regarding holding back a piece of wedding cake to have before bed. Sometimes its those really tiny things that before the wedding get lost but after seem so important. Great wedding.

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