Sian and Stephen’s perfect English summer wedding, with images by Emily Crutcher
Good morning to all of you lovely folks – I hope your day is going well so far! Do you have sunshine? There’s plenty here for you to enjoy on your screens from Sian and Stephen’s wedding day which I hope will make you happy! I love this wedding: the images are lovely and light and fresh, and the styling of the day is pretty as can be – those dried flowers are lush! Words and images by Emily Crutcher Photography…
In August, I was granted the awesome privilege of being chosen to capture Sian and Stephen’s wedding day – and I really need to stress the word privilege here, because these are two of the sweetest, happiest people I have ever met who created a wedding around them that turned out to be absolutely spectacular. Hayne House, their venue, is a spectacular sight – with its private manor, beautiful ceremony pergola and beautiful gazebo and gardens. (Not to mention the Orangery that has now opened.) But even more stunning than the venue or the scenery were the people, the personalities and the effort that had clearly been taken to make Sian and Stephen’s day special. Between the perfectly placed flowers, a well-thought out walk-through that went straight from the bottom of the bridal stairs, to the aisle, to the gardens and gazebo, the wedding dress that may be my all-time favourite (seriously, take a look at the detail from the back) the gorgeous suits, beautifully baked chocolate cake (that’s a rare one to see for a wedding!), cleverly considered table decor and photo name cards and every other tiny detail that sweetened the moment, this couple’s day managed to create real magic in the atmosphere when everything came together. Don’t believe me? Just watch the love on their faces.
Our wedding theme was rustic / country with home made dried flower centrepieces (that took us ages to source and make!) with bases decorated in hessian and lace.
I bought lots of votive candle holders and decorated them with pretty paper flowers. The same paper flowers were used on the invitations and also the order of the day cards! Personalised photo name cards, and home made cookie favours made the guests feel special. We had bunting and the venue supplied hundreds of fairy lights in the gardens which were beautiful. As we had a lot of children at our wedding, we laid out lots of vintage games on the lawns which went down a treat!
We made the flowers ourselves, which were sourced from various online shops and local shops, including ‘the hop shop’ and ‘Essentially Hops’ in Kent. We found the bases we wanted in local charity shops and decorated with lace and hessian. A lovely lady at Essentially Hops made my bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets, and button holes for the groomsmen with a selection of dried flowers I chose.
Crystal Fairy Wedding Company Dresses in Birchington was where I found my dream dress, made by Mark Lesley, and my beautiful shoes were made by Rainbow Club.
Our wedding Cake was made by Mara Brown, London and was three different types of chocolate!
Our Master of Ceremonies, Harry Gilb was the man who pulled the day together and also provided the cracking disco which was amazing. He arranged guest tug of war, mr and mrs on the dance floor and even a DJ set for me and my husband!
My hair was beautifully done by Natalie Seymour, Lenham and my makeup by Bright eyes beauty founder, Charlotte Robertson.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We found Emily’s photos by accident online and instantly fell in love with her relaxed style of photography.
We arranged a meeting with Emily, and she was so down to earth and really listened to what we wanted from a photographer.
We couldn’t wait to get our photos back, as Emily had posted some ‘sneak peaks’ for us to view immediately after the wedding.
We loved almost every photo when we finally saw them all, Emily had caught moments that are really touching. My mum had a little cry when she saw them!
The first photo I saw was a beatifully shot picture of me and my husband, which was taken before we were ‘photo ready!’ It is an amazing shot as we didn’t know we were being photographed, and it’s captured a moment just after my husband told me he loved me. It made me very emotional when I saw it.
Hayne House, Hythe.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Home-made, relaxed, fun, family, love
What’s your top tip for saving money?
DIY. We saved a fortune by using dried flowers we could buy in advance and arrange ourselves, and also the vases which we decorated so that they were personal to us.
We made all of the stationary ourselves, and although it took ages, it was really fun and saved lots of money!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We’re so glad we spent more on our DJ/Master of Ceremonies than we planned, he really brought the day together and made sure all of our guests had a brilliant time.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I loved my dress! I found it with my daughter, Harriet, who was very honest about how I looked in the dresses (too honest sometimes!) when I tried the dress on she said ‘you HAVE to buy this!’
It was everything I wanted in a dress and made me feel amazing.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The Crystal Fairy Conpany – Mark Lesley dress
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
On my wedding morning my maid of honour gave me a present from my husband to be – some beautiful diamond earrings. They were understated and stunning, perfect for the dress.
My amazing hairdresser, Natalie
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a Ted Baker suit he bought a year in advance (if only the dress was that simple!) in Blue.
His groomsmen wore the same suit in shark grey and my two little boys wore John Lewis suits in light blue. It was a beautiful mix and match wedding.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I had two bridesmaids, who wore different dresses of the same dusky pink shade which I spent hours searching for! I knew exactly what I wanted for month my best friend and my daughter, I wanted them to look similar but their dress to suit their body shape and personality. Eventually I found my best friends dress at Littlemistress.com and my daughters dress on EBay!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hair was fine by the amazing Natalie Seymour who is a magician with hair!
My makeup was done by my good friend Charlotte Robertson of Bright Eyes Beauty, London.
Both girls are very dear to me and it was so lovely having them with me on the morning of my wedding.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
As above – dried flowers we sourced and arranged ourselves!
Essentially Hops provided my bouquets and button holes.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, we loved the laid back country theme Hayne Barn has, and only added bunting in the marquee.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Relax – 9 times out of 10 things will not go quite to plan, but the new direction of your day will be even better!
Even if things are not what you thought, you will be oblivious because you will be so happy.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing were completely each other’s, like two halves finally connected.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: