I am desperate for summer to kick in! I know it’s only the 4th of February, but still… I can taste spring in the air, I’m sure I can. Maybe it’s these sunflowers…
Katie and Richard are gorgeous. Katie’s dress is just divine, and (as I think I mentioned yesterday!) I do love a couple who choose outfits with something just a little different. Honestly – this is such a personal and individual wedding and I think it’s fabulous. The day is bright and summery, their smiles are infectious, the styling touches they chose for their tipi reception are fabulously colourful and creative…
Wedding photographer’s website:
We met Becky at a wedding fair at Knebworth House. We were so pleased with everything. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day. She was super chilled out and relaxed which is very much like me and Richard. Her photos were super relaxed and natural. She was so easy to have around which I think added to why her photos were so good as people were relaxed and she was never invasive with the camera. She managed to get some lovely natural photos of the kids who are very camera shy but you wouldn’t know it looking at the pictures. We couldn’t have been happier.
We saw our photographs for the first time at the airport just before flying home from our honeymoon. Waiting at the terminal it was a very fitting end to an amazing wedding and honeymoon. We loved the photos straight away and the more we looked at them the happier we got.
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Me and my bridesmaids and my mum and dad decorated the barn and tipi with the help of Jules and Belinda from Henry Moore. I made origami cranes with some help from my bridesmaids, I did enjoy it to begin with but after about 100 they became a bit boring to say the least. It looked effective and was worth it in the end. The birds were hung from the ceiling and each person had one on their plate.
I made sloe and blackberry gin as my favours which was totally worth it and cost effective in comparison to buying it.
I also made my table runners, sewing daisies into the hessian. It was a bit time consuming but again cost effective in comparison to decorated hessian runners. I order a large roll of hessian which i then cut to size. I also made wine glass tags that acted ask name cards. I bought metal rings, pegs and some card to create them.
Me, my mum, Richard’s mum and my bridesmaid Jess made bunting which went round the whole of the inside and outside of the tipi. My Bridemaid Jess spent a long time sewing all the triangles together. We used an old suitcase for our cards, and pallets for the seating plan and the plan of the day. We also used them as mini tables outside.
I chose a naked cake as they look so lovely and always look so fresh, fun and natural. My bridesmaids Shelley and Lauren made and decorated the cake using flowers and fruit matching the sunflower and daisies around the venue and on the tables.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A fun, chilled country wedding with a couple of twists
Your wedding style or theme:
Country chilled wedding
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Blogs, word of mouth. I made a lot of the decorations and made my own favours. Jules and Belinda at Henry Moore were amazing to work with and again so relaxed. I would recommend a wedding there if you are interested in Henry Moore or like his sculptures. Was a lovely venue to get married in.
Tipis4hire were awesome. The actual tipi was so lovely and they were so easy to deal with. Nice and relaxed.
Our band were amazing and worth every penny. PYT’s!! AMAZING!!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make your own. Saves money but defiantly not time. If you have the patience, time and ability try and make as much as possible. Makes the wedding way more personal than buying everything.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The venue and the band!!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We designed them on vista print then added our own personal touch with stamp and sticker
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I wouldn’t say I fell in love with it, I am not that kind of girl. Before finding my dress I really hadn’t found anything I was comfortable in. It was either to puffy, to bling, to much lace, to tight etc. When I tried the dress I bought, when I came to show my mum and bridesmaids it was the only one they said I had come out not rolling my eyes, not hunched and I was actually smiling. So I suppose I knew it was going to be the dress just by me actually being confident within it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Water bride from London Bride Couture
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore pearl style studs, no necklace and I wore my Nans daisy ring.
I wore daisy sandals which matched all my bridesmaids. I don’t wear heels very often and defiantly didn’t want to wear them on my wedding day. Flat daisy sandals fit the wedding perfect, super relaxed.
And what did the groom wear?
Richard wore a tweed waistcoat and jacket with a white shirt, black chinos and brown shoes. The best man and ushers matched him as did both his and my dad and we even had my little nephew a matching waistcoat made
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls wore a white lace stop with a sky blue pleated midi skirt with gold daisy sandals.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair was done by Claire Broadribb (Who is amazing, if you want relaxed style and like plaits she is brilliant. Couldn’t of asked for someone better)
Make up was done by Vicki Maria Make up (She again was great, she totally went with what I asked and was completely adaptable for the girls different skin and style)
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Claire McNamara from Hello flowers in Arlesey did my flowers. Again she was brilliant and so helpful. Would defiantly recommend.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a band called PYT’s and they were amazing – couldn’t recommend them more. Everyone loved them and they sang our first dance so well. Brilliant!!!!
Hello Boothy we used for a photo booth and they were great!!!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make sure there are elements of you as part of your wedding. All our guests that came said how personal our wedding was and that it was so ‘Us’
That was really important to me. Personal touches make a wedding.
What’s the best thing about being married?
I think knowing you have so much ahead of you as a couple and whatever comes you have someone there to have fun with, cry with, love with and share life with.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Photographer: Becky Harley http://beckyharleyphotography.co.uk
Band: PYT’s https://www.entertainment-nation.co.uk/pyts
Venue: Henry Moore Foundation
Flowers: Claire McNamara at Hello Flowers
Hair: Claire Broadribb on Instagram