Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a happy, sunny day, wherever you are. I actually wrote this yesterday because I’m planning to be on my way down from a big mountain in time for Sunday lunch… which means a dawn start! Eeek! So anyway – these two are one of my favourite couples because they really didn’t conform to the ‘normal’ wedding expectations (and for me that word normal isn’t the most exciting of words, so this is a good thing!) Alice describes their day as ‘unweddingy’ – and this makes me very happy. Safe to say most wedding bloggers are on a bit of a mission to encourage couples to do things their way – and for me at least, wearing something completely different to a standard wedding dress is a brilliant place to start! Needless to say, Alice looks incredibly beautiful; Sam’s gorgeous and together they made their wedding as perfect as can be. Images are by English Wedding Directory member Siobhan H Photography.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We really wanted natural and relaxed photographs. When we saw Siobhan’s website her photos looked perfect – lots of happy, smiling and laughing people – nothing too stuffy or posed. After swapping some emails and having a Skype call, we really felt Siobhan understood us. It was an easy decision once we found her!
Siobhan was amazing! The photos are perfect and exactly what we wanted – she even made it look sunny despite the weather!
It was great to look through the photos when we got them. Siobhan captured some amazing moments and it was lovely to look back over them and see details that perhaps we’d missed on the day.
Our wedding was at Hertford Castle (in Hertford) with just our immediate families. We found it hard to find somewhere that would have a wedding with only 15 guests but that still felt special, but as soon as we visited Hertford Castle we knew it was the right place for us. The Mayor’s parlour was small and intimate for the ceremony and then we had drinks in the lovely, light and airy conservatory and could have some photos outside in the gardens. We had a party a few days later at Cobham Village Hall. It can be harder work to arrange all the individual pieces at a village hall, but you get much more flexibility. However, if you are a perfectionist, it might not be for you. There had been a children’s birthday party in the hall the day before and a batman balloon was stuck on the ceiling!
Day one – an intimate wedding and celebration at Cobham Castle
Day two – a gorgeous village hall DIY wedding celebration at Cobham Village Hall
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Relaxed and true to us.
Your wedding style or theme:
It wasn’t the most ‘wedding-y’ of weddings. We just wanted to marry each other and then celebrate with friends and family.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Our caterer runs our local deli and was an easy pick. We had also seen the band perform before.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Think about what you really care about and spend money on that. A village hall will be much less than a traditional wedding venue and it allowed us to buy our wine from Majestic and beer direct from the breweries, so we were able to offer an open bar all evening.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our photographs are worth every penny.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Invites were sent with Paperless Post and then we made the labels for food and drink by hand.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress as it isn’t very ‘me’. It took me a while to decide what I wanted and then to find it, but I’m so happy with it in the end.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Bought online and then some alterations done locally as I’m not very tall!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Earrings were one of my favourite pairs that I bought at a market in Cambridge 10 years ago. Shoes were just basic heels, that came in a size 3!
And what did the groom wear?
Sam had a custom-made blue suit.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Bridesmaids (and man) was an ‘honorary’ title and they wore their own outfits.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
My Mum grew all of the plants – we spent an afternoon in early May planting them into the tubs and she then lovingly looked after them for nearly 3 months and they looked amazing on the day.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Yes! We had a lot of help from friends and family and this is one of my favourite things about our party – it was made by our friends and family.
My Mum brought the flowers and plants, Sam’s Mum bought the tablecloths, we borrowed all the lights from some close friends and we had an ingenious homemade photo stand. We had a big group decorating the hall before the others arrived. Village Halls have lots of posters – we covered these with Kraft paper and Sam’s sister decorated the bar.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I made a lot of bunting….
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had lots of cakes made by friends and family plus donuts from the local deli and gluten-free cakes from M&S.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
I loved choosing our wedding music as it was a chance to be very personal to us and I now love listening to those songs. Again, not so traditional with David Bowie, Eagles, The Kinks, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Noah and the Whale, The Beach Boys and The Monkees. Our band – Truly Medley Deeply were very good fun and had everyone up dancing.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
It’s your day – do what you want.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being with each other.