Claire and Richard’s gorgeous Italian Villa wedding, with Beatrici Photography
Hey lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Who else dug out their favourite jumpers this weekend? I’m loving feeling all snuggly in mine today!! We have a lovely week ahead on English Wedding with some gorgeous real weddings lined up, a stunning dress feature and expert tips on floral styling for barn weddings… but first, let’s start the week with something truly beautiful. Richard and Claire married at The Italian Villa in Poole last October. Claire looks super cute in her lovely Galina Couture gown which has to be one of the most amazing dresses we’ve ever seen on the blog! WOW!! The wedding is full of smiles and gorgeous styling which I hope you’ll love as much as I do!
Kim Robbins of Signature Flowers https://www.signature-flowers.com put together our bouquets, button holes, a corsage for my mum and a stunning flower arch. She was great, and happily helped with our (very) last minute requests!
The Italian Villa is stunning venue already, so luckily we didn’t need to do too much decorating. We dressed each table with a wooden slice and 3 jam jars of flowers (sourced from Tesco, M&S and Morrisons!) We also used some pastel bunting and for the reception room had string lights on each table. The feature of the wedding was our beautiful flower arch which was moved downstairs after our ceremony, into the reception room. It really made for some extra special photos.
I made our jam jar decoration using a hot glue gun, hessian and floral material, our place names were designed by Rich and we used corks (purchased on Amazon) to hold them in place. Our table numbers were also designed by Rich. Towards the end, we did get a few numb hands from cutting out card and hot glue burns from decorating the jars, but I’m glad we made them ourselves. It just adds that personal touch. And if they’re not perfect, it’s no big deal!
Wedding photographer’s website:
This was probably something we took the most time to look into. We spent a long time scrolling through photographer websites, whittling it down, and from the start Alline from Beatrici Photography stood out with her natural, candid shots. We can both a bit awkward when it comes to posing, but Alline made us feel at ease and she has a great eye for detail! We shortlisted and met with a few photographers, but we clicked straight away with Alline. She felt more like a guest than a photographer, and was perfect for us.
Alline Beatrici kept in touch after the wedding and sent us a sneak preview of some shots which we were so excited about. When she sent us our final images they arrived on USB with a lovely handwritten note and some Polaroid sized snaps. It was a lovely way to receive them.
Rich and I were actually away on our honeymoon when Alline emailed over the sneak previews. I remember it because we were at the airport about to leave Barcelona after a lovely trip and I felt sad to be going home, but Rich surprised me with the pictures! He had met with Alline before we went away to go through and choose the final images as a surprise. So it was really exciting! I think I may have shed a couple of happy tears haha!
The Italian Villa in Poole, Dorset.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Emotional, intimate and full of love and laughs!
Your wedding style or theme:
Rustic with pastel touches.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Through friend recommendations, wedding fayres, wedding blogs and eBay.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Buying in bulk from eBay! Utilise charity shops for items such as frames and material, and Freecycle always has treasures such as jam jars for flowers. And aways shop around, a lot of times, by having the patience to scroll through eBay and Amazon I saved on quite a few items such as photo booth props and bunting. Start shopping for decorations a few months in advance once you have your theme decided and that way you can spread the cost a bit easier.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
My dress! I had originally opted to go with a simple dress from Phase Eight but then I spotted my dream dress in David’s Bridal, and I knew I had to have it! I definitely went over my original budget, but I never regretted it!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made it ourselves, my husband Rich designed everything from our invitations, save the dates and seating plan and we had them printed via Vistaprint who I would really recommend. We hand cut each one.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Galina Signature from David’s Bridal. I had originally opted to go with a simple dress from Phase Eight but then I spotted my dream dress in David’s Bridal, and I knew I had to have it! I definitely went over my original budget, but I never regretted it!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Galina Signature from David’s Bridal.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Because I overspent on my dress, my shoes were a New Look bargain, my hair clip, necklace and earrings were from Jenny Packham, through Debenhams.
And what did the groom wear?
Rich wore the M&S official England football suit and his shoes were also from M&S. His tie was from T.M Lewin, and his personalised tie clip was from Etsy. He also got each of his groomsmen one.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I bought the bridesmaids dresses from Chi Chi London, via Asos. They wore their own shoes. I got each of them a personalised necklace from www.littlesmith.co.uk.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired Jenny D Makeup http://jennydmakeup.co.uk she is amazing, and did my bridesmaid, mum’s and my makeup and hair. She’s based in Dorset but she travels all over for her work.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We opted for a two tier cake, in the flavours chocolate mud cake (my choice!) And zesty lemon flavour chosen by Rich. I know Emma the cake designer through a close friend so before I was even engaged I knew I wanted her to make my cake one day! Emma’s designs are really beautiful, delicate and really suited our theme. We chose pastel coloured flowers to match my bouquet, and the table flowers. Emma also made us gluten free cupcakes and a selection of lemon cake pops which were insanely good. We have our top tier in the freezer, ready to take a slice from each anniversary!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We booked a band Happy Hour. They were really great and got everyone up and dancing! They even conga’d around the dance floor at one point! They covered lighting, music and a playlist in between sets. We were really happy with them – Happy Hour on Alive Network. We also booked a photobootbooth
(www.pixelmachinephotobooth.co.uk) which was so much fun! Guests really got into it, and i remember there being a queue for it a few times!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Dont stress about speaking to everyone, take the day at your own pace and make time to enjoy your food and hit the dancefloor! Also, don’t let little details stress you out. Guests won’t be worried about a few petals missing from the table, they are there for you. Also, get wedding insurance once you start buying your supplies!
Rich: ‘Have tiramisu!’
What’s the best thing about being married?
Becoming a family! Sharing a name definitely made me feel more like Rich’s family rather than girlfriend. It’s a nice feeling! I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
https://www.beatriciphotography.co.uk – Wedding Photographer
https://davidsbridal.com – Galina Gown
EBay (seller Personocco is great if you opt for love hearts for favours. She is able to put a message and date on the packaging.)