Hey lovelies! How are you on this lovely Wednesday morning? I’ve been beavering away at my calligraphy accounts since yesterday, and all the numbers are breaking me – so I thought it would be lovely to stop for a moment or two and write about Ella and Will’s gorgeous countryside wedding. Oh, and to swoon over their beautiful florals and all the pretty handmade touches they incorporated into the day. They’re the loveliest couple, and their wedding was captured perfectly by lovely Guildford wedding photographer Charlotte Razzell Photography. Enjoy! Claire xxx
Zelie from The Homegrown Flower Company made our beautiful bouquets and large arrangements for outside the chapel and marquee. She knew I wanted something totally wild and colourful to tie in with the flowers we were doing ourselves and that I really didn’t want a bouquet that looked formally arranged. She certainly exceeded expectations plus my bouquet smelt truly amazing! I still have it now dried and in a frame.
All the small arrangements for the tables and chapel we did ourselves in jam jars. We got the most amazingly fragrant selection of wild flowers from Laines Organic Farm where they just grow fields of them for the bees. We arranged them ourselves and the morning of, the marquee was filled with bees and butterflies because of the flowers, it was wonderful.
We did all the decorations ourselves but kept it very simple. We wanted it to be colourful and rustic so we made use of things we had at home and in the garden. We made hessian bunting, used a whisky barrel for the cakes, terracotta plant pots for flowers, collected pebbles for name places and vintage china for guests to use for after dinner coffee and cake. We used hand arranged jam jars of wild flowers for the tables and inside the chapel, they just brought the marquee to life with colour, they were beautiful. At the end of the night we told guests to take a jar home with them so everyone could continue to enjoy them after the big day!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We were very lucky to come across some of Charlotte’s beautiful wedding photographs online and we knew immediately that they were exactly how we had discussed wanting our own, natural, relaxed and capturing all the best moments. I contacted Charlotte straight away through her website and it was meant to be! She was free for our date and after a Skype chat to meet each other and run through our plan for the day, we knew she was the one.
We were absolutely thrilled with Charlotte – she truly was amazing and made us both feel so comfortable and relaxed on the day, she felt very much like a friend. Charlotte is such a lovely person, she is well organised, really friendly and made us feel so relaxed. She is always there capturing all the best moments even in the rain, and takes the most amazing firework photographs in the dark. She was brilliant all day, many of our guests commented on how great she was and we couldn’t have been happier with our wedding photographs.
When Charlotte first sent us the link to our online gallery we were so excited! We both felt a bit down from post-wedding/honeymoon blues (yes, this is a thing!) so we sat down together that evening with a cup of tea and we couldn’t stop smiling! Charlotte had really captured a true documentation of our day and we have certainly come away with wedding photographs better than we could have imagined!
We got married in Eastbourne College Chapel, we met whilst at school together so it means a lot to us both. We then came back to my family home for the reception where we had a beautiful marquee on the lawn.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The happiest day ever full of love, tears and smiles.
Your wedding style or theme:
Us! We wanted every decision we made to just be relevant to us rather than go with a theme so I suppose it ended up being a combination of relaxed country coastal.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We used any recommendations we were given as this way, it saved us a lot of research and we knew someone we know, knew they were good. In fact the catering, marquee, florist, dress boutique and hair and makeup artist were all recommendations from friends and family and we were really pleased with them all. Definitely use recommendations!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
There is more you can do yourself than you think but only if you are willing to do it. Anything can be done for you for a price but if you love being creative, it can look just as beautiful if not more, if you do it yourself. Also think outside the box, we grew our own flowers and got wild ones from a local farm for the chapel and tables. We collected pebbles for name places, a family friend very kindly made our delicious cakes and my godmother made our beautiful personalised rings. Do as much as you can bare yourself and get family and friends involved to help, everyone is good at something!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We had bouquets and button holes done by the amazing Zelie at The Homegrown Flower Company. We were happy to make small wild arrangements, but I didn’t fancy having the stress of making bouquets and buttonholes the day before! Zelie did an amazing job at tying them in with the wild flowers we did ourselves and they were just as wild, colourful and beautiful as I imagined.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Save the dates we made ourselves as this was the one we could have fun with. The official invitations we wanted very simple and traditional so we got them printed by David at Harquil Printing. We sorted it all through email, he sent us some samples and the final invitations were beautiful letterpress with gold foil.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted and what I would like. The first dress I tried on was exactly the same shape and style, so I knew once taking it to a seamstress to add all the extras I dreamed of, it would be perfect. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t have that initial ‘This is the one!’ moment at the dress shop that everyone talks about. I didn’t have that moment until I went for my final fitting with my seamstress, this is when I fell in love with my dress, it was very emotional and that was my ‘This is the dress!’ moment.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My original dress was from the Morilee collection by Madeline Gardener which we found in The Bridal Lounge in Trowbridge.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were Rainbow Club, super comfy with memory foam. I wore simple pearl earrings to match my late grandmas beautiful pearl tiara that she wore on her wedding day. I wore the necklace that Will gave me as a gift the morning of, which actually happened to match the cufflinks I gave him as his gift, completely coincidentally!
And what did the groom wear?
Will wore a classic morning suit with his Old Eastbournian tie and cufflinks that were a gift from me that morning. A beautiful wild flower button hole to match our bouquets containing a maroon scabious to match his tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We found some great multi-way floor length dresses in a beautiful lilac colour to match the scabious in our bouquets. They were perfect because they could all wear the same dress differently. Finding a dress they all like can be really difficult so I would definitely recommend these for bridesmaids.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Myself, mum and my bridesmaids all had hair, makeup, nails and lashes done by Tracie and Nina from The Green Room near Crowhurst. They were amazing and so helpful and understanding, they got my hair and makeup exactly how I wanted and were both lovely to have around the morning of.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
As I said earlier we made as much as we could ourselves for two reasons, to save money but also just to made the day as personal as we could. I think it’s very easy to flick through Pinterest for ideas, and although it is very helpful and certainly was for us, it is important to remember it’s your day. Make sure you make it what you want rather than do what someone else has done just because it look’s pretty.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My wonderful godmother and her family are very special to us both, so her daughter Katy (who I will add had only just turned 17!) made us a selection of three truly delicious wedding cakes. We wanted something a bit different and unusual so we had three cakes, 3 different sizes and 3 different flavours. A victoria sponge (Will’s favourite) a lemon sponge (who doesn’t love a lemon cake!?) and my favourite which happened to be the biggest, a rose and rhubarb and it was honestly the best cake I have ever eaten! Katy covered all the cakes in edible flowers from the garden and it looked and tasted wonderful.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a real struggle finding our band, we knew exactly what we wanted but it took us a while to find it but when we did, we were thrilled. The Blue Jeans are a vintage skiffle band from Brighton and they were amazing. They got everyone up dancing and having a good time! We would highly recommend them.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy every single moment of the day being with each other, but also having all your friends and family together. It flies by so quickly and when you wake up the next day it feels like a dream so make it a dream you will never forget!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing you get to spend the rest of your life sharing everything with your best friend.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
The Blue Jeans- http://www.thebluejeansband.co.uk/page/bio
Charlotte Razzell Photography- http://www.charlotterazzellphotography.com/
The Homegrown Flower Company- http://www.thehomegrownflowercompany.co.uk/
Meridian Marquees- https://www.meridian-marquees.com/
Green Fig Catering- http://greenfigcateringcompany.com/
The Green Room- https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenRoomExperience/
The Bridal Lounge- https://www.bridal-lounge.co.uk/