Happy Friday everyone! Whatever you’re doing, have an amazing day and don’t work too hard! I’ll be blogging, planning some worksheets for my next calligraphy workshop and getting ready for a weekend of exploring and reaching new heights in the Lake District 🙂 First though, I have this beautiful wedding to share with you, submitted by lovely David of Married To My Camera. I will let him introduce beautiful Sarah and Ben and tell you all about their day. Enjoy!
Sarah and Ben’s wedding was at the gorgeous Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. The couple are actually my neighbours, so no pressure there then! Both families were staying at King John’s House near to Larmer Tree Gardens and this is where both bride and groom got ready in the morning. It was an outdoor ceremony followed by some garden games and speeches outdoors too, before the wedding breakfast. All the 1000 paper cranes were made by Sarah!
Wedding photographer’s website:
David is our neighbour and we remembered he mentioned he was a wedding photographer so when we got engaged we thought we’d have a look at his website. It turned out we loved his natural style of photography so it was an easy choice!
We were thrilled and felt all the photos really captured the day. Everyone commented on how smiley we were in all the photos! David also managed to be everywhere at the venue, all without us realising, he just blended in! We also loved having David take photos the evening before at a family BBQ, as it captured a different side of the wedding weekend.
The email arrived during a workday saying they were ready to view, but as we’d decided to look through them together for the first time, we had to wait until that evening! As soon as we started looking through we were reminded of all the memories, and got to see moments of the wedding which we weren’t around for – like our guests playing giant jenga!
Larmer Tree Gardens
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A relaxed outdoor wedding
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Internet searches, and those local to the venue.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do as much as you can yourselves!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photography, food and venue.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
I ink-printed some leaves from the garden and then we designed the stationery from there, with lots of iterations to get them as we wanted!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
The dress was actually the first I tried on, but I waited a few months and tried others to make sure it was right!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Enzoani, Surrey Brides in Weybridge
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes were from Dune, and my Dad had a family diamond ring converted into studs for me to wear.
And what did the groom wear?
A dark grey suit, with ivory waistcoat and cravat. Shoes were from Ted Baker.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Pale green long dresses
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you?
I grew all the flowers, with help from both Mum’s, for the table centrepieces. The bouquets and buttonholes were all green and white, and put together by Fork and Flowers in Shaftesbury.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Not really as it was a really beautiful, unique setting.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We made a lot! I folded 1,000 paper cranes to hang as decorations which was fun but did take a few months to complete!!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I made the cake myself 2 days before the wedding. I decided on 3 different flavour layers – white chocolate and pistachio, Victoria sponge, and a lemon madeira. All covered with a simple buttercream and decorated with fresh jasmine.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our band, The Sparks, were fantastic! We also had a string quartet playin modern songs through the ceremony and reception drinks.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy the planning – it’s only stressful if you make it that way!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being with your favourite person, and starting a new stage of life.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Dress: Surrey Brides, Webridge (Designer: Enzoani) http://surreybrides.co.uk
Venue: Larmer Tree Gardens www.larmertree.co.uk
Hair: Sloanes in Shaftesbury www.sloanesbespokehair.co.uk
Makeup: Beth Cox www.bethcoxbeautytherapist.co.uk
Florist: Fork & Flowers https://forkandflowers.co.uk
Caterers: Forking Out www.forkingout4food.com
Band: The Sparks www.thesparksband.co.uk