Today’s wedding is wonderfully luxurious and beautifully styled – and our bride and groom are more than gorgeous! Lisa works at a wedding venue, and her natural talent for styling a wonderfully elegant celebration totally shines through in the images of her wedding to Joe. The look is simple and sophisticated with lots of white, silver and gold with hints of dusty pink & grey green.
Luckily I have some amazing contacts in the dressmaking business & designed my wedding dress myself! I designed an off the shoulder Mikado silk trumpet flare wedding dress with a dramatic ball gown over skirt for the ceremony & photos! My wedding dress was very simple with no lace or detailing, I wanted a very elegant look & had a train that was longer than cathedral length! I absolutely adored my dress!
My drop diamond earrings, diamond necklace & bracelet were all from Next. My shoes; ivory pointed heels with diamond detail buckle, were from Jenny Packham – they were so comfortable!
Joe wore a traditional morning suit from Deane & Sons in Cheddar. Shoes were black shiny patent from Bertie. Our 1 year old son had similar matching patent t bar pram shoes to match his daddy! We love this beautiful photo of Charlie & Joe in the gardens comparing shoes!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We looked for photographers that had shot at our wedding venue before & came across John Barwood on a wedding blog. The pictures were amazing! Once we had seen John & Soph’s work, we didn’t look anywhere else!
We couldn’t have been happier with the photos. We have so many favourites but one in particular is of the 2 of us under a weeping willow tree – such a magical photo! John & Soph are complete professionals with a relaxed style which helped us to stay relaxed on the day!
When we saw our wedding photos for the first time we cried. Then cried some more. Happy tears of course!
Eastington Park in Gloucestershire.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Just a perfect day.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
As I work at a wedding venue most of the suppliers I chose were from seeing their work first hand for other weddings!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
I very much love making things, a self confessed DIY bride right here! I loved making our floral centre pieces for our wedding breakfast. They were made from artificial hydrangeas & roses & saved us a lot of money compared to real flowers.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our photographer. Photos are what stay with you after the day has been & gone & to have a photographer that can capture the day so brilliantly & take you back to that moment is just priceless. Our wedding photos now decorate our house walls & take pride place in our house!
I would also recommend splashing out on a videographer. A lot of couples, us included, saw a videographer as something extra to have if budget allowed, but after speaking with our married friends, they said a videographer is a must, & we completely agree! Our videographer Chris from Babalu Films recently sent us our video & we honestly don’t know how we could be without it. To watch the day back, to see things we missed on the day, hear the speeches, & relive the emotions of the day. Our video is so special to us & we would advise bride & grooms to put a videographer at the top of their list!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We created our invitations, menu cards, table plan & order of the day on photoshop & then had them made for a bargain at Vista Print! Make sure you always contact them directly for discount codes!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I also designed the bridesmaids dresses and as my dress was simple, I went for a lace & Swarovski crystal bodice with chiffon skirt for them. My bridesmaids were in different complimentary colours, to suit their hair colours & skin tones, which really worked well.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Danny Williams done an amazing job on our make up & Stacey Jade Hair worked her magic on our hair!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets & button holes were provided by Bijoux Florist https://www.bijouxfloral.co.uk The bouquets were an amazing mix of my favourite flowers, hydrangeas, roses, eucalyptus & astilbe. They were dreamlike!
Our centre pieces were high conical vases of artificial hydrangeas & roses – which I had made myself by attaching dry oasis to trays on top of the conical vases & then working around in a circle placing the stems in the oasis. I was very pleased with the result!
I then got carried away & made a floral table plan frame & 2 long a low displays for the entrance hall! Our wedding was very floral heavy – we loved it!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Eastington Park is already dressed very elegantly so we just added lots of fresh & artificial flowers & candles to decorate some areas. We also dressed their beautiful spiral staircase with artificial foliage from Friends of Faux which really gave it that wow factor. We have a beautiful silver antique frame mirror at home which we used as our “Welcome to our wedding” sign, by sticking on vinyl stickers! The end result looked really professional!
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made lots of our decorations which I would highly recommend to do as it gave our wedding such a personal touch! I also have a real passion for crafts so it was an enjoyable part of the lead up to the wedding for me! We made our flower centrepieces in the ballroom, our flower table plan, all our stationery, our mirror welcome sign, I also designed the wedding & bridesmaid dresses!… think the only thing we didn’t make was the cake!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our wedding cake was made by Claire from Cake Daydreams. When you walk through the doors of Eastington Park the first thing you see is the elegant spiral staircase. We needed a cake that would compliment the grand nature of the staircase. We chose a 5 tier white wedding cake with blush peonies & monogram L & J detail. It looked exceptional! & the best part?…We actually had 2 fake tiers in our cake to make it a tall, elegant 5 tier to fit the space underneath the staircase perfectly, but paid the price of a 3 tier cake! Shhhh don’t tell anyone! 😉
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had the most amazing trio from Essence Music. Vince Freeman known from The Voice, sang & played guitar alongside a saxophonist & percussionist for our reception drinks. We then had them sing the ushers, bridesmaids & lastly the new Mr & Mrs Nicholls into the ballroom for our wedding breakfast. I would most certainly recommend this as it got all our guests standing on their feet, clapping, dancing & made for such great atmosphere!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Sometimes wedding planning can be stressful & when you are having one of those days, just remind yourself that the main reason for the day is the commitment that you are making to each other. Remind yourself how fortunate you are to have each other & your love for each other is what really matters.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The pride you feel when saying “That’s my Husband. That’s my wife”.