I hope you fall in love with today’s wedding! The florals were one thing which I fell in love as soon as I saw gorgeous bride Lorna and hubby Ryan’s beautiful images – the signage is fab (best use of an old pallet, ever!) – and the venue is spectacular. (Check out those shots taken from a distance, within Leez Priory’s breathtaking gardens – Lorna told me that was an amazing part of their day.)
“I used a small florist called ‘Poppydots‘. I actually discovered her at a wedding fair and she was brilliant as well as being reasonably priced. My color scheme was lilac grey, cream and blush pink. I wanted a wild feel to my flowers so nothing too structured. Sophie (my florist) used a lot of foliage as well to make the flowers look less prim and give the bouquets and center pieces a more rustic feel.
Wedding photographer’s website:
A family member had used Ayshea’s services at their wedding and we thought she was brilliant. We quickly got her details and arranged a meeting.
From the very offset Ayshea was so approachable and accommodating. Her professionalism and love for her job really showed and that’s what we loved about her. Considering I was the kind of bride who didn’t really know what I wanted, she was able to use the few ideas I did have and turn them into amazing photos. I have been to many a wedding where the photographer has come across as brash and bossy. This was definitely not the case with Ayshea.
We saw our photos slightly unconventionally as normally our photographer would have a viewing date. However, myself and my new husband could not wait. We asked Ayshea if we could view them at home as the anticipation was too much. I’ve always been incredibly impatient. As soon as I saw the photos I cried. I had already forgotten so much of the day so to see them brought back many happy memories.
Contact & Bookings: Ayshea Goldberg Photography
“Lorna and Ryan were married at Leez Priory Wedding Venue – and what a fabulous day it was! All Lorna had wanted was an outdoors wedding – she’d said it from the first moment we met and while she was relaxed about pretty much everything else and left a lot of the creative elements to her talented mum and sister, she had her heart set on marrying outside underneath the tower. The weather was kind enough to allow this and the rain showers held off until the afternoon! Lorna looked enchanting and Ryan looked pretty handsome too. The colour palette was gorgeous, the guests were fun and so welcoming and their day was set in a beautiful venue. What more could I ask for?!!? :0) Their dream came true!” ~ Essex wedding photographer Ayshea Goldberg
Leez Priory– Great Leighs, Essex
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
busy, magical, full, amazing
Your wedding style or theme:
We went for a rustic/ shabby chic theme which included hand made vases, signage and decorations. This was also apparent in the venue we had chosen as it had so much character which is something we both loved
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We tried to use local suppliers that we had either found through wedding fairs or from recommendations of friends and family that had used their services before. We found the fairs to be the best source as we were able to see each suppliers designs first hand.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Try to do as much of the decorations and dressing of the venue yourself. We found so many good bargains on social media pages from brides that were selling their items second hand once their weddings were over.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Im so glad we didn’t skimp out on the flowers as to me thats an important part of the day. We also had a string quartet which made our ceremony and drinks on the lawn even more memorable. They were able to take requests (most of which being the Game of Thrones theme tune) which i know our guests thoroughly enjoyed. The photographer was also another one. Once the day is over, which it is very quickly your photos are really the only thing you will have to look back at when it comes to the day.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Most of our stationery was made by myself and family. For someone who is not creative this was something i didn’t enjoy doing. With the help of my mum and sister they were able to incorporate our theme whilst making everything look professional and as if it had been bought.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
As mentioned before i have never been someone who knows exactly what they wanted when it came to a wedding. This is also the case in regards to the dress. I tried ‘the’ dress on and at first overlooked it. I then tried it on for a second time with all the added accessories. Once i had done that i knew instantly it was the dress i was going to get married in.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The boutique was the ‘Essex Bridal outlet’
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
As im not particularly girlie i wanted my jewelry to be subtle. I wore a swarovski set which included earrings and necklace. Both of which were small and understated items as i had diamante detail on the dress, i didn’t want to go over the top with diamonds.
My shoes were bought by mother-in-law and were beautiful. They were bought from JJ’S House but im unsure of the designer. They were made even more special by the fact my husband to be wrote a beautiful note on the bottom of the shoes without me knowing so when i when to put them on i balled my eyes out.
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a three piece navy suit from a shop in Billericay called Anthony’s. The groomsmen wore lilac grey ties whilst my husband and best man wore pink. They were very smart suits but still relatively understated each with brown matching tassel loafers.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had 5 bridesmaids in total and 1 flower girl. My bridesmaids wore a lilac grey Jarlo dress from ASOS and my flower girl wore a monsoon dress
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I had my hair and makeup done by Emma Dallimore who was absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to have a friend who was a hairdresser and she offered to do my bridesmaids hair which was a massive bonus.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Part of the reason we chose our venue was due to the fact it had so much character. Because of the history and architecture there wasn’t much we needed to do in terms of decorating. Apart from the odd signage we really didnt have to do much at all.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made a few of my own candle jars and alot of the signage. I personally hated this element to my wedding. Being a mother to a 1 year and working full time i found it very time consuming. Luckily for me my sister and mother were amazing.They pretty much took over the design and plan of the homemade items as they were in their element.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I chose a 4 tiered wedding cake which had 3 layers to each layer. It was decorated by natural flowers that were the same colors and my scheme. This was then dusted in icing and topped with a batman cake topper. 2 X tiers were lemon drizzle and 2 x tiers were Victoria sponge.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
During our ceremony and canapes we had a string quartet playing which was absolutely amazing. They played an array of old and new and also handled requests. Throughout the evening the venue had their own DJ who better than i had anticipated considering we hadn’t even met him.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
One of my favorite parts about my wedding was the fact that Ayshea (photographer) took us aside for 20 minutes so we could just spend some time as husband and wife. She still took shots of us but they were unstructured so it gave us time to take the whole day in. This was something i really cherished as the day went so quickly and you find the time spent with your new husband is minimal after the ceremony.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Saying HUSBAND 🙂