Hannah and Paul’s 1950s retro wedding at Kersey Mill, with Ayshea Goldberg Photography
Happy Sunday lovelies! I hope you have a relaxing day ahead 🙂 We’ve been stargazing at Kielder Observatory so today will be spent roadtripping back home and thinking about how big the sky is! I totally recommend it by the way – visit Kielder if you ever get the chance! But anyway… today’s wedding is creative and pretty with little touches of vintage decor. Gorgeous Hannah and Paul chose our lovely friend and sponsor Ayshea Goldberg to capture their day at Suffolk’s charming Kersey Mill.
We didn’t have a theme as such but incorporated aspects of 1950’s into the day. Our colour scheme was pale pink and yellow, our favours were pretty bottles of sodas, our cake topper was a vintage bunting which said “Just Married” and we asked everyone to keep their phones and cameras away until after the wedding speeches. The Groom and Groomsmen wore bowties and braces all the way from the USA and we gave our Mum’s and Paul’s Grandma a wrist corsage. We had The House Hop DJ play 1940’s and 1950’s music on two wind up gramophones before the main evening disco.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Ayshea captured my sister’s wedding back in September 2016 where I was Maid of Honour and Paul was Best Man. Ayshea was brilliant, very approachable, friendly and organised the group photos beautifully. Emily and Neil’s photos were stunning and there was no question about using any other photographer for our day.
We cannot recommend Ayshea highly enough, she’s brilliant and we have the most wonderful photos to remember our special day – Ayshea really captured every moment.
We first viewed our wedding photos on our return from our three week honeymoon in Australia & New Zealand so it was a bit of a wait. We were so excited to finally see them. Ayshea has a gorgeous office with a comfy viewing area – there were even cookies and home made flapjacks! We viewed our photos on a forty minute video and Ayshea had really taken the time to compliment the background music to the photos – our first dance photos had Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” playing in the back ground which was our song.
Contact & Bookings: Ayshea Goldberg Photography
The Venue at Kersey Mill was the perfect choice for us. Located in a quiet, country setting with a warm atmosphere and beautiful Kiln room, it was the ideal venue for a cosy, winter wedding. There were pretty fairy lights throughout so there wasn’t too much extra decorative work needed which was a bonus. The team at The Venue were brilliant and helped tailor our day to suit us. Their on site caterers, Jamie Lee Smith Catering were amazing. The food was lovely and everyone was so friendly and helpful.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Retro, cosy, fun, relaxed, warm, intimate and unique.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We tried to keep our suppliers local or if not local, use small businesses through websites such as Etsy and Not On The High Street.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
There are so many wedding extras out there that it was really important to us to only choose ones we felt strongly about. You could have everything but to us, we wanted the day to reflect our personalities and to be a celebration of our commitment.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photos and the catering.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We found a wonderful lady on Etsy called Niki, located in Scotland who made the most beautiful handmade stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I really did! I was nervous about dress shopping to start with as I had no idea about the different styles and it was really important to me that I would feel comfortable on the day, and most importantly, feel like myself. I also had a budget in mind which I didn’t want to go over so there was that element as well to take into consideration. Luckily the first shop I went to was the wonderful Bridal Lounge in Hadleigh – Charlotte was amazing, gave me a range of styles to try on within my budget, listened to how I felt in the dresses and there was absolutely no pressure to buy.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The Bridal Lounge, Hadleigh. My dress was by White One Pronovias and the style was Saturn.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I’m not really comfortable wearing high heels so I decided very early on to wear Converse. The pair I chose matched my dress perfectly and my Mum replaced the shoe laces with pink ribbon. My veil was borrowed from my sister, I had ivory gloves with pearls for when my hands got cold during the photos, a Hobbs bolero and a fresh ivory rose in my hair. My earrings were pearl studs and I had a cream blanket with faint pink checks for our photos afterwards to keep us warm.
And what did the groom wear?
Paul wore a light grey suit from Next along with pink and white striped bowtie and matching braces. His shoes were light brown from Office. He wore bicycle cufflinks following his achievement in June 2017 of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats in eight days.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had one Bridesmaid/Maid of Honour – my sister who was seven months pregnant with twins when we got married. We purchased her dress very late on from ASOS so that we knew she would be comfortable on the day. It was a pretty pale pink colour and matched the colour scheme really well.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own make up. My hair was done by the Hair Sanctuary who have I been going to regularly for several years. I was thrilled with the results and my hair stayed in place all day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We had pale pink and yellow gerbaras for the backs of the chairs and germinis for the bouquets.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue didn’t need much decoration and the wonderful Sarah at Flowers by Nature did everything else – not only bouquets and button holes but also the flowers for the chairs, aisle decoration and table centerpieces.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We had bottles of Posh Pop for our wedding favours and added stripey paper straws and pretty “Just Married” labels to them. We did the same for the glass bottles of Coca Cola which we had in an old Coca Cola wooden crate.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for a lemon sponge with lemon curd and lemon buttercream filling and a Victoria sponge with home made strawberry preserve and buttercream filling. Paul loves lemon and Victoria sponge is my favourite. The icing was fondant icing in our colour scheme and we had handmade sugar craft flowers on the cake which matched the colour of our actual flowers.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Martyn, The House Hop DJ is amazing! He played a range of 1940’s and 1950’s music on two wind up gramophones before Phil from Stargazer Roadshow kept us entertained with the main disco for the rest of the evening.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
The most important thing is getting married and as long as you are both happy, your day will be perfect.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Sharing the same surname and having a ring on to remind us of our special day and our commitment to each other.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: