Is anyone else dreaming of summer breezes and pretty country flowers already? I know I’m a little early… but already we’re planning blog features for late spring and I’m excited to see long, golden wedding days on my screen again! Let’s spoil ourselves this cold Wednesday morning and pretend we’re back in July with gorgeous Alex & Jamie’s wedding, shall we?
The venue was Pendley Manor, a magnificent country home with 33 4-poster bedrooms and expanses of immaculate lawns and landscaped gardens. The hotel is grade II listed and set in 35 acres of beautifully landscaped and wooded parkland close to the picturesque Hertfordshire town of Tring.
Alex chose pretty daisies as the key flower for the nine bridesmaids bouquets, which I think looks really lovely with a touch of gypsophila. For her own bouquet she added bright summery flowers: – lisianthus and pale pink roses along with the softest blue delphiniums. Overall styling was sweet and simple – feather-shaped kraft place names stamped with guests’ names, and more summer garden flowers on the tables. I LOVE the milk churns full of flowers outside the church, don’t you?
Alex and Jamie’s photographer was our lovely sponsor Nicola Norton.
Contact & Bookings: Nicola Norton Photography
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
Googled a few local photographers and we chose Nicola because we really liked her aesthetic and all her pictures looked beautiful.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, the pictures were beautiful and she took some really lovely candid shots
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
I had to wait for Jamie to get home from doing a really long day with extra overtime at work and I was SO tempted to look at them myself. We viewed them together quite a few times and loved them.
St Giles Church, Cheddington and Pendley Manor, Tring
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Sunny day filled with love, happiness, friends and family.
Your wedding style or theme:
Summer, pastel colours, country wedding
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Recommendations and local suppliers
What’s your top tip for saving money?
DIY as much as possible. Borrow things from friends and ebay! People only use wedding decorations once so are usually looking to sell them on cheaply.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Videographer and Photographer
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Bridesmaids and me made all our invites
Jamie and I made our table names
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, I’d tried on quite a few which I didn’t feel comfortable and was feeling quite disheartened by it all. Then a few weeks later I tried on THE dress and knew it was the one straight away.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Links London Silver bracelet from my bridesmaids
Earrings from asos
Shoes from asos
Flowers in hair from our florist, Petals
And what did the groom wear?
Suit – Hawes and Curtis
Tie – TM Lewin
Shirt – Emmetts
Shoes – Jones Bootmaker
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
All dresses were from asos. Different styles but same colour
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Style hairdressers in Wing did my hair. My friend Holly did make up and helped with hair for all bridesmaids
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Petal florist in Berkhamsted.
I went in with an iPad to show him my pinterest page. I threw a load of different colours, flowers, and styles at the florist and he came up with the most beatiful assortment.
The church flowers were created by the flower ladies who arrange all the church flowers. They followed our colour scheme and ideas.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue was beautifully decorated and once the flowers were in place we didn’t need to do too much.
I hand made some bunting and my sister in law lent us some birdcages from her wedding.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made the bunting which was really easy and fun. The invites were also hand made with mini bunting stuck on them after seeing an idea on pinterest.
We made our table names board by buying a big mirror and painting the frame. Then we strung up polaroids of each guest so they could see which table they were seated at.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My neighbour made the cake for us. It was a simple vanilla sponge with cream frosting and decorated in flowers. I wanted something simple and easy.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our batsman, Steve’s band provided all the music for the evening. And Steve sang our first dance song too.
We had a Photo Booth and a sweets table.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try not to make the day too regimented and “perfect” otherwise if something tiny does go wrong it could ruin your whole day.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being a family unit.