I know a lot of guys who’d agree with me that Rushia and David’s wedding is damn near perfect. There’s a bathtub full of cold Budweiser bottles, a chilled out firepit, music, a BBQ buffet – the groom looks awesome in a skull patterned waistcoat and his groomsmen are rocking very cool, mismatched (ie their own) suits! Of course perfection comes from having such a beautiful bride with the prettiest bouquet, gorgeous Sophia Tolli dress and bridesmaids in pink sparkly dresses… this is a really amazing wedding and I just know you’re going to love it! Watch out for creatively-named place settings(!), vintage vehicles and a confetti cannon!
We had Capri tents and the styling was key to making it feel cosy and comfortable! I made some signs for the wedding using calligraphy and I absolutely loved doing it! I also made the place names and favours. A good friend of mine did two huge chalk boards for us: one the order of the day and the other the table plan. We didn’t really have a theme, but I knew I wanted pale pink bridesmaid dresses so that would be our main colour and white. We had lovely invitations with foliage around the edge so we incorporated this in to the wedding, decorating the tents with huge tree branches.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We were struggling to find anyone we liked who had a natural style of photography, until a friend recommended Laura.
We knew from the moment we saw Laura’s website that we wanted her to capture our wedding, and then when we met her our minds were made up. She is the most wonderful person and doesn’t just take photographs, she captures every moment of the day, all the small important things that most photoghraphers seemed to lack. She slotted so perfectly in to our day that we had a chair dragged up to one of the tables so she could eat with the guests as everyone loved her.
Laura sent us a small handful of shots the next day, and we were absolutely chuffed, it made us so excited to get the rest! She then sent the rest though within two weeks, we were on our honeymoon so spent that evening looking through them all, and they were all incredible. We were going from pic to pic saying ‘oh now this one is amazing!’ But this was said at every picture! They were better than we ever could have asked for.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We were lucky that my sister got married the year before and had the most amazing caterer (Charlie at soul street kitchen) so we used him but had a different menu! The rest we pretty much got from searching the internet!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Get creative at home!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Alterations on my dress…. I knew I needed little things tweaked and it was costly but worth every penny to have it perfect.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A few great supplies – save the dates we had Polaroid pictures printed from LALALAB. our invitations and order of service for the church were from Papier!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
It was a Sophia Tolli dress and came from The Ozone in Brighton
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I didn’t wear any jewellery at all as i had such beautiful detailing on my dress I didn’t want to take away from that. My shoes were ballet shoes from the school uniform shop!
And what did the groom wear?
He had an amazing talor made three price suit from Gresham Blake in Brighton, it was so cool, all navy with a burgundy skull print on the lining and back of his waistcoat. He loves all the small details so had gold arm bands, cufflinks and watch.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My bridesmaids wore quite simple pale pink dresses with a sequin top, and tulle skirt, there was two different styles though!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had my hair done by a professional Charlotte Wilson, she came out to the house we got ready at and did a fantastic job!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Pale pink peonys and greenery, super simple and relaxed. They were done by the lovely ladies at Beckie-Lou in Bosham
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My auntie makes the most amazing cakes In her spare time! It was her wedding present to us, it was as a classic strawberry Victoria sponge with vanilla butter cream!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
My husband Dave is in a band himself so the lead singer Damo (and his best man) and his other best friend did a slowed down acoustic version of brown eyed girl for our first dance. Damo also organised our band for us, getting a group of session musicians he knew to come together just for our wedding… they were amazing! Daves band also surprised us all and played a couple of songs!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t get too stressed…and be prepared to argue…the napkins caused all kinds of issues!
What’s the best thing about being married?
nothing has changed for us since being married, but that’s best thing as we know we made the right decision.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Food – http://www.soulstreetkitchen.co.uk
Florist – www.beckie-louflorist.co.uk
Hair – http://charlottedaisy.co.uk
Capri tents – http://www.partyonthegrass.com/marqueehire/Marquee.html