7 speeches, pretty spring florals and a Swedish twist make this wedding totally unique, beautiful and captivating. Gorgeous bride Malin wears a beautiful dress from Isabella Grace Bridal with the prettiest lace detailing – and groom Simon looks dapper in Ted Baker. I adore the florals and simple, summery colour palette and I know you will too! Images are by lovely English Wedding Directory member Damion Mower Photography, based in Buckinghamshire.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We looked for photographers online for quite a while. Damion’s portfolio really stood out for us. We also liked his documentary and personal style which really shone through on his website.
Damion was outstanding. He went above and beyond what we expected. We originally had a lower budget for a photographer and learning from friend’s mistakes in the past we opted to pay more and he was worth every penny. Right from the start he insisted on a FaceTime call to really engage and connect about our requirements. The engagement shoot went fantastically well and really built on our relationship with him so we had no doubts on our big day.
We first saw the photographs when we were on our honeymoon (perfect timing) and immediately we were amazed and brought a tear to both our eyes.
“Simon and Malin’s Swallows Oast wedding was an absolute belter. I wasn’t really sure what to expect of my first Swedish style wedding, but the emotional and humorous touches made it a fabulous wedding to capture and a real pleasure to be a part of. Swedish weddings traditionally have lots of speeches and I counted 7 for Simon and Malin, delivered from loved ones and making the day entirely unique. After the speeches, as is also traditional in Sweden, male guests are invited to kiss the bride, creating some embarrassment for the younger boys! As the light started to fade we nipped outside to the gorgeous settings at Swallows Oast and captured a final few couple shots before the party really kicked in.” ~ Buckinghamshire wedding photographer Damion Mower
Swallows Oast, Ticehurst.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Fun, heartfelt, personal, intimate, English with a Swedish twist.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Google, recommendations and friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Excel spreadsheet. Give a realistic budget and stick to it! Do plenty of research and be creative with your decorations and wedding invites.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photographer, caterers and wedding outfits.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Simon (the groom) is a designer by trade so we did it all ourselves and sourced our own suppliers, hard work but worth it!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, it was the first bridal shop I went to and the second dress I tried on. I just knew it was the ONE. I had one of my bridesmaids visiting from Sweden and my parents were on FaceTime. The decision was unanimous!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Isabella Grace – Tunbridge Wells.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
The jewelleries were bought from Swarovski and shoes from Isabella Grace (rainbow is a brilliant brand for wedding shoes).
And what did the groom wear?
A rather dapper 3 piece tailor made light blue suit from Ted Baker.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Beautiful nude pink dresses with matching shoes.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Two professionals we knew though the Chapel in Tunbridge Wells.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
A true professional who came highly recommended. An award winning independent florist who really cared about our big day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, the venue was beautiful already so only needed fairy lights, flowers and subtle décor to enhance it’ features.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Yes, we did almost all of it. It was a labour of love but in hindsight we would have preferred to delegate some to external suppliers.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
A traditional Swedish princess cake. The bride’s preference which she always envisaged having. It was made by the groom’s cousin.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired an amazing duo (singer and guitarist) for the welcome drinks and award-winning Mint DJ’s from London. www.alivenetwork.com
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Plan your budget well, do your research and add 10% contingency (which will always get used). Don’t take on too much and just enjoy the day, it’s one of the only times all of your friends and family will be at the same event.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Unionising your relationship and being a husband and wife!
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