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Kirsty & Simon’s perfect sunny wedding at home on the farm in Essex, with Laura-Jane Photography

Beautiful bride Kirsty and Simon’s wedding is wonderfully summery with beautiful florals in the most idyllic setting. The couple had gone to great lengths to set up their marquee reception at home, and Simon’s mum had been working on their garden for a very long time to ensure it was just perfect and full of blooming flowers and greenery. Their wedding celebrations made for a lovely relaxed afternoon, complete with ice cream and croquet on the front lawn.

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“We decorated the marquee with bunting. Our friend had made us a beautiful bar out of used pallets. The tables had hessian and lace runners and log slice centre peices with an assortment of silk flowers in milk bottles and jam jars. As we were having an afternoon tea the tables were laid out with mismatched vintage China which added to the decor. We made all of our own stationery, even cutting out hundreds of small triangles in different floral patterns to make bunting which was the theme of the invites. We had rubber stamps made up of our names and wedding date for the front of the invite and printed the inserts ourselves. We made all of our wedding favours which were small jars of sweets which also doubled as place settings as they had guests’ names on.”

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Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.laura-janephotography.com

We had heard she was really good and then we saw her at a wedding fair and booked her. When we looked through her portfolio we were sure we wanted her. Both of us are awkward having pictures taken but when we had pur engagement shoot she made us feel so comfortable so we knew we had made the right choice for the wedding day. After that I had no reservations.

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Laura got some amazing shots and really put us at ease when taking pictures so they were really natural. She had some great ideas for pictures that we never would have come up with ourselves so they were really creative and look great.

When we saw the previews she sent us we were so pleased we couldn’t have been happier with the pictures.

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Wedding venue:

Ceremony at st James church in dengie essex. And reception in marquee at home on farm.

Wedding month:

June

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Laid back rustic farm wedding.

Your wedding style or theme:

Rustic. Vintage.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Recommendations

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Do things yourself. Get crafty and make the invitations and order of services. Look out for used bargains on eBay. The vintage China was all collected from different charity shops instead of hiring. We made our table plan and other decorations from used pallets. A friend even made our bar for us out of pallets.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The wedding singer. He kept everyone entertained all day.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

We made all of our wedding stationery.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes I saw the Catherine Deane website and I knew it wanted one from them they were my laid back yet girly style. It was a toss up between two I saw online but when I tried them both on mine was a definite winner.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Catherine Deane website

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

Shoes were from asos bridal and the head peice was from Essex Bridal Outlet which I also brought at a wedding fair.

And what did the groom wear?

The groom and best men/ushers all wore waistcoats from asos, chinos from topman, ties from next and Simons bow tie was also from asos. Was much cheaper than hiring suits and also they can all wear the outfits again.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

The bridesmaids were in dresses from Little Mistress.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I did my own makeup but had a hairdresser do my hair as I didn’t want the stress of hair not going to plan on the day.

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

I brought all of my wedding flowers on eBay. They were silk flowers which means I get to keep my bouquet forever. Simon had a buttonhole to match my bouquet but I made the other buttonholes myself.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

We chose a naked cake from Waitrose and then decorated ourselves with berries.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had a wedding singer called Joe Boshell and he was amazing.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Make things yourself, gives it the personal touch and saves money.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Being married to your best friend.

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

https://www.gatherandfeastevents.co.uk

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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