Kathie and Mike’s wedding is one of those glorious days which reminds me just what it’s all about. It’s not the colour palette or how many bridesmaids there are; it’s not the dress or the flowers in your hair – it’s the love, the laughter and the once-in-a-lifetime memories you’re making together. This is exceptionally beautiful, and grabbed my heart as soon as I saw the pics by our lovely friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography.
We kept things simple with cut flowers in bottles with some succulents for table decorations and then slightly more dramatic for the evening in the basement bar with hoops, cloches and lots of candles. Our flowers were by Emma at www.the-flower-girls.co.uk. She did a stunning job: romantic but simple, incorporating my favourite flowers and colours.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Mike’s a professional photographer and we knew we had high expectations when it came to our own wedding photography. For us it was about capturing those special informal moments, rather than the pressure of having to pose for shots. Sheryl’s gallery was full of relaxed looking couples who seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Sheryl captured us perfectly. I don’t like having my photo taken and I need some direction or I freeze. She struck a perfect balance between letting us be us but also giving us some ideas and instructions based on the kind of images we talked about. Looking back at the photos you can see how happy we both are, even though it was freezing cold and raining!
A selection were available online for us the next day. They took my breath away to be honest. It felt like each one told a part of our story from the day and I was immediately transported back to the ceremony and party.
St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham then on to Jessop House at the Wild Beer Company, Cheltenham.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed, romantic and unforgettably happy with precious family and friends.
Your wedding style or theme:
Vintage inspired town wedding with a touch of Star Wars
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Online and recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
You don’t always have to think ‘wedding’. For example my blue shawl, was a blanket from a high street home store, and my shoes were indoor ballroom dance shoes that I asked our local cobbler to put a soles on. Our biggest saving was on our reception though. We avoided a traditional venue and asked one of our favourite pubs if they’d host us. Luckily they said yes.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We treated ourselves to a suite in a luxury hotel for our wedding night.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Mike has his own graphic design business (www.litchy.co.uk) so he designed them. I think I was a difficult client!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
When I first tried it on, I didn’t want to take it off. It was the perfect dress for me.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Wedding Days in Cheltenham designed by Augusta Jones
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I kept my jewellery very simple with some drop earrings I found online through a vintage site. I also wore my dad’s signet ring – he passed away 8 years ago so it was important I had something of his with me on the day.
And what did the groom wear?
Mike wore an ASOS own brand suit with John Henric shirt and shoes by Call It Spring
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did them both myself, with some help from my mum.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a fabulous cake made by Mike’s sister-in-law. It was a complete surprise, looked stunning and tasted fabulous.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We choose traditional organ music for the church mostly, but we walked out to Future Islands Sun in the Morning. The pub played our own Spotify playlist we created a few weeks before the wedding which had the most random mix of songs you can imagine.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Your wedding should be about you two, so make choices based on what you want and enjoy. And take some time after the ceremony if you can. We went to have photographs taken at the local bandstand where Mike and I first met and it was a special time for us to reconnect after a busy morning.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Life hasn’t really changed for us, apart from referring to each other as husband and wife which makes us smile.