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Kate and Ben’s military meets festival wedding at Bellows Mill, with Ayelle Photography

Gorgeous couple Kate and Ben held a festival inspired wedding with elegant and creative styling touches. I love the colourful sign on a pallet, the bathtub full of beers, Kate’s stunning dress and bouquet… and Ben’s change from dress uniform to a casual evening look. Images are by Adam and Liz at Ayelle Photography, who told me this was a wonderfully personal wedding – a wed fest style that really told the story of the couple, who love a party, are regular Ibiza goers and got engaged at the top of a mountain.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.ayellephoto.com

Ayelle Photography did the photography and videography for our wedding and it was fantastic. Well worth every penny we spent on them. Adam and Liz are a great team who went out of their way to find out exactly what we wanted for our day. They welcomed us into their home several times in order to make sure we were happy with what they were delivering. They worked individually on the day to follow both of us through all the preparation and as seasoned wedding photographers were also on hand to give a bit of calming advice if nerves were getting the better of us. They have an eye for what will make for a brilliant memory and will manoeuvre you or themselves into the best positions to get some beautiful photos.

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You don’t realise until the photos come back how much attention to detail they are paying to all the other things going on and they not only caught some great natural shots of our guests enjoying themselves but also some great scene setting shots which was brilliant for us as in conjunction with our decorator Fleur de Lace we had put a lot of time and effort into transforming our reception venue into a festival theme. Thanks to Ayelle Photography we have the proof!

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The couple shots were inspired, and again Adam and Liz combined to get some great shots there as you can see from their portfolio. We were chuffed we could get some with the dog too! They captured all the key moments and stayed a good twelve hours to ensure the whole day was recorded.

My biggest recommendation would be to get the videography. The official video is wonderfully edited and honestly looks like a trailer for a Hollywood movie. We can’t stop watching it and it’s moved some of our guests to tears. One guest even had ten of his female colleagues in the HR department watching it with him in amazement. Further to this video you also get the whole ceremony and all the speeches recorded too. We couldn’t be happier with our wedding package from Ayelle Photography. I would advise anyone considering professional photography to first of all: do it, and second of all: book Adam and Liz. They are so personable yet professional you won’t be disappointed. Even their presentation of the memory card was very cute and made it a little bit more special to receive. A class act from start to finish.

www.ayellephoto.com
Facebook: @ayellephoto
Instagram: @ayellephoto

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Your (first) names

Ben and Kate

 

Wedding venue:

Christ the King Church and Bellows Mill.

Wedding month:

June

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Sunny, bright, vibrant, happy, warm, friendly.

Your wedding style or theme:

Festival theme

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

Internet and word of mouth

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Write out a budget, prioritise.

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

The videographer was a great last minute addition. Decorations, flowers, entertainment and food.

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

Designed it on the internet or printed it at home.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Yes.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

Wed2B

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

Shoes were Kurt Geiger

And what did the groom wear?

Army No 1s

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

Pastel summer dresses from ASOS with floral crowns

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

Paid a professional. Emma at Alyssema beauty

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

Alice at Fleur de Lace

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

A fair bit. Florist did that too.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

Gin, gin bar, signs, table decorations, jars for flowers, seating plan.

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

Naked three tier – lemon drizzle, red velvet and Victoria sponge. Fitted the theme. Our caterers Caterers Etc supplied it.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Highly recommend Black Velvets – female two piece who learn songs for you and Riot! Covers indie band.

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

Get a videographer. It brings your day to life. Start as early as you can. Scrutinise every penny of the budget to see where you can save money. Aim for a good balance between posed and natural photos. Make sure the guests are never hungry or thirsty.

What’s the best thing about being married?

You’re guaranteed a best friend for life!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

Google the ones we’ve mentioned but support local vendors.

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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1 COMMENT
  • Groove Collective
    5 months ago

    Such a different, but an incredibly heartwarming wedding! Congratulations to Kate and Ben! Appreciating the elegance and creativity.

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