Happy June! Where did May go… is it just me or is 2018 flying by?! I’m delighted to be sharing a wedding from one of our exclusive little team of sponsors on the blog today – lovely Birmingham wedding photographer Clive Blair. Clive’s a documentary-styled wedding photographer, based in Birmingham and working throughout the UK and abroad for couples who want a relaxed and informal style of wedding photography. We think he’s fab!
James and Lizzie married at Bordesley Park Farm in Beoley Vale, Worcestershire – an exclusive wedding venue surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful countryside giving the perfect backdrop for a wonderful wedding. The weather was gloriously sunny from beginning to end – and Clive’s golden hour shots of the happy couple are just breathtaking!
I tried my dress on at a wedding fair with Jamie, to prove to him it wasn’t the kind of style I wanted. Little did I know I’d fall in love with it and so when I went to try on dresses at the store I made sure it was pulled amongst others to try, just to make sure it was what I wanted – even though I pretended to Jamie that I hadn’t bought that one and gone with another!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Mori Lee 2702 – The Cotswold Frock Shop
Some of the detailing on my dress was crystal and pearl. So I had a pearl bracelet and earrings gifted to me by Jamie.
However in all the excitment of the morning I forgot to put them on and whispered to Jamie after I realised when I got to him at the bottom of the aisle! (he’s never let me forget it). Jamie wore a blue tailcoat suit called ‘Tails of the Unexpected’ by Ted Baker rented through Moss Bros. My maid of honour wore a long sage chiffon gown with wide straps and ruched detailing and our flower girls all wore ivory dresses with lace top and pearl collar.
We made our invites and our orders of service and did some work on our centre pieces and dyed all of our napkins to suit the wedding colour, and we loved all of it. It just got us in the mood to celebrate all our hard work on the day! Our flowers were done through a friend who has been working in the floristry business for a couple of years. We had white and blush gerberas, roses and ranunculus with green foliage of asparagus fern, eucalyptus and wax flower.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We went to a wedding fair at our wedding venue and Clive had a stand there, we took information from him and other photographers there and researched online after the fair. After deciding on the kind of style we wanted for our day, Clive’s portfolio stood out beyond any of the photographers we had looked into this made it pretty clear to us that this was the photographer we wanted to use, And he didn’t disappoint!
We were so happy with Clive, he’s so professional and yet so down to earth. We had a pre wedding shoot with him a few months before the wedding and he made us feel so at ease with the whole process and told us exactly what he envisioned and the process he likes to take when photographing couples. Clive takes a very natural approach to his photography; as a documentary photographer, you’ll sometimes forget he’s even there yet the images are so elegant and he has a way of capturing a specific moment perfectly.
All of our guests commented on what a lovely person he was!
We got the email from Clive telling us our images were ready to view; he had put together a small video containing a few of his favourite shots to music for us to look at then proceed to all the other photos – we were completely blown away. Jamie cried! We were overwhelmed with the beauty and the essence of the day that he had managed to capture, summed up perfectly by his signature night shot with a back light that illuminated us in silhouette.
To say we struggled to narrow the images down for our album was an understatement!
Contact & bookings: Clive Blair Photography
Bordesley Park Wedding Venue
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A DIY laidback, intimate family celebration
Your wedding style or theme:
We wanted a vintage country theme. Bordesley park is the perfect backdrop for this with their beuatuful views over fields and hills and stunning grounds, teamed with their fairylit trees and fire pits that come as standard and our sage and ivory floral bunting we think our wedding fitted our desired theme perfectly!
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We did a lot of online research, we wanted to do as much as we could ourselves so we got ideas from wedding blogs and pinterest and tried to adapt them for our own needs. We also went to a couple of wedding fairs. It was good to physically see some of the things suppliers had to offer and from them we could decide whether to go with a supplier or whether it was something we could do ourselves.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t ever underestimate your own ability, give anything a try yourself first!
You might be surprised how much cheaper it is to do it yourself whether that be centre pieces or invitations and how professional you can make things look on a budget!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our photographer, the images are nothing short of amazing and we get to treasure them for the rest of our lives.
And our wedding venue, without the help of their wedding co ordinator Charlie and their flexibility on what you can do with the space provided we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the setting that we dreamed of.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made our stationery ourselves, we researched different styles, decided what we wanted and with the help of my amazing maid of honour Rachael we managed to create something that everybody thought we’d had professionally made.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired my usual hair dresser for hair, and makeup was done by a friend who has been training in makeup for a few years, the two worked together to create the elegant look I was going for.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
If we hadn’t have put in bunting, and centre pieces the venue still would have looked beautiful but we decided to add in those things to make it more personal.
Our venue boasts stunning grounds and a lot of little bits come as standard with the price.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had 4 tiers with ivory icing with two alternating tiers having sage lace iced detail and iced flowers cascading from the top.
We chose chocolate fudge cake with white chocolate ganache filling for two tiers and and a vanilla sponge with fresh cream and strawberries. And even though we don’t like fruit cake we did have a fruit layer for some of the guests.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We actually used Jamie’s brother for the music. We set up a playlist and he played them through speakers as we didn’t want a huge party!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Think about your guests, take them into consideration but always remember the day is about you and your husband to be it isn’t about please everyone.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Moving forward as a couple and feeling like a complete unit rather than two separate beings.