Claire and Mike’s relaxed and beautiful Nancarrow wedding, with Alexa Poppe Photography
If you love flowers, designer gowns and wedding pics that tell a real story, you’ve come to the right wedding blog today! I absolutely loe everything about Claire & Mike’s wedding at Nancarrow Farm. They are such a lovely couple – and they’ve styled everything with so much personality, I love it. The portraits are gorgeous, the story of their day comes across wonderfully in the images by lovely Alexa Poppe Photography. Claire’s Catherine Deane gown is exquisite, matched only by the fabulous style of Mike’s Beggar’s Run bespoke suit! All the love for this beautiful day – enjoy!
We loved the venue for its natural rustic charm and decided to leave it as simple as possible to speak for itself. Mike’s mum bought all the flowers to be used in the bouquets and tables from a wholesale flower warehouse. She (with the help of bridesmaids and Claire’s mum) assembled all the table arrangements the day before. We also had a florist come and put white flowers around the arch to the big barn doorway where our ceremony took place. And she also did big, bright, colourful arrangements in the big milk urns in front of the barn doors – George Mackay.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We did quite a lot of research online and really liked Alexa’s style of natural / fun / reportage shots. We decided to meet Alexa and instantly knew we wanted her as our photographer. She was friendly, easy going and it felt like we were having coffee with a mate. I think she really understood what we wanted from our photos and we were confident from looking at her portfolio and speaking with her, she would be able to achieve this.
We were 100% satisfied with our photos, Alexa did an amazing job! We loved looking through her blog of a snapshot of the day and couldn’t wait to see more! She blended in on the day, which was a key requirement of ours and we couldn’t ask for a better photographer in terms of results but also as a person to share our special day with.
Seeing our photos for the first time was amazing – great to relive the day again and remind us of the details that we may have missed / forgotten while being swept along with the excitement on the day.
Nancarrow Farm, Zelah, Cornwall
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic, summer garden party chic
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Online searching and recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t get too carried away with the wedding industry! Think about what you really need – only you’ll know if you decide not to include something.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Having a weekend long wedding!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made it ourselves and had them printed at our nearest print shop.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes – LK Bennett
Jewellery – Dinny Hall
Hair pins – Eden b Studio
And what did the groom wear?
Beggars Run (London) – bespoke suit
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY make up
Hair – Ro Hair (Newquay)
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We are not very crafty people so to be honest we did not like this too much but also did not have that many homemade elements.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We went for a classic victoria sponge – Jon Rendle (Divine wedding cakes)
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a band after the wedding breakfast and they were a massive hit! We loved them when we heard them live but were super pleased to see everyone else loving their sound and style on the day too. They really got everyone up and dancing and ready for the evening party – Joe Hurworth and band.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy the planning – it’s stressful at times but it’s also fun so try to enjoy it. It’s was nice planning something where you both had to work together throughout, we felt it brought us even closer together (despite the occasional difference of opinions!). And to see and feel it all come together on the day when you’re surrounded by all of your friends and family makes it all more than worthwhile. And the special little personal touches really make a difference on the day, so they’re worth the extra effort in the planing stages.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We have been together for a long time, so we don’t think there is a huge difference, but I think declaring your love and commitment to each other in front of our nearest and dearest really reinforces us as a team.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Band – Joe Hurworth (and his band) – @joehurworthmusic
Cake – Jon Rendle, Divine Wedding Cakes – @divineweddingcakes
DJ – Dafydd Griffiths, Disco Wed by Disco Shed – @discoshed
Hair – Ro Abell, RO Hair – @ro.hair
Flowers (Rusty Barn doorway and big milk urns) – George Mackay Flowers – @georgemackayflowers
Flowers (Oak Barn tables, bouquets, buttonholes, Rusty Barn aisle) – Mike’s Mum