Reams of bunting, oodles of delicious summer florals and a stunning couple make today’s blog the most beautiful thing you’ll see on the internet all day! We’re talking stunning English country garden style blooms with fabulous hydrangeas and a stunning BIG bouquet which our beautiful bride Jess held all day long 🙂 Being six months pregnant on the wedding day didn’t stop Jess from dancing the evening away – she’s absolutely gorgeous, as is Jake – these two are made for each other, you can just tell!
They celebrated at The Keeper and the Dell in Norfolk – a pretty natural environment for a summer wedding. A few extra special touches made the space their own – all the bunting, garlands, signage, handmade crochet blankets and table decorations really bring their wedding to life!
“The venue is a boho rustic venue anyway so foilage was plentiful and wooden crates, glassware and buildings were tasteful and not an eyesore.
We made our wedding stationery – our save the dates and buttonhole badges were designed by myself and laser cut at school after work. Invitations were hand-drawn by ourselves and printed off on a mass scale. Place names were hand drawn on the serviette ties. The table plan was a mirror drawn on with chalk pen. Signs around and to the venue were made ourselves and hand painted. Chalkboards were our own and drawn on by ourselves except 2! Order or services- designed and made by myself. I love making things and I love stationery!
We also made and designed our wedding rings ourselves in Birmingham with ‘The Quarter Workshop’. It was the BEST experience in the wedding planning and they are so personal. 110% reccommend and would do it again. The 300m of double sided bunting made for the marquee alone took me all of the summer holidays beforehand to make! I also made a rag garland to decorate table sides.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We went to several wedding fairs and researched photographers A LOT.
I (Jess) am an art teacher so detail, composition, overall outcome and mood of the images we saw were really important to us.
Even down to Nikkalas font used on her website helped make our decision very easy and we knew her style was the one!
We really liked the types of perspectives, close ups and soft tones she captures.
Nikkala is both friendly and professional. Shes the type of person you can have a joke with, say what you feel and still get great shots. She put us at ease with having our photographs taken.
We were so excited to receive our wedding photos, they came packaged in a beautiful wooden engraved box. The personal touches to her products are beautiful.
Our photos were as expected: beautiful. We gathered everyone other to watch the USB unravel our day all again – was a good experience.
The Keeper and the Dell, Ringland, Norwich, Norfolk.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Handmade, Outdoor, DIY, British, Romantic, Family, Personal, Pinterest, Summer and Vintage.
Your wedding style or theme:
Handmade, Vintage Summer wedding.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Wedding fairs, magazines and pinterest!
The most curious wedding fair – Norwich
The vintage wedding fair – Cambridge
Rock and Roll Bride Magazine
Norfolk Brides Magazine
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Use what you have, borrow where you can and make what you are able to.
Go to car boots/ jumble sales and charity shops well in advance to give you time to source items.
We used our grooms dad classic car for transport, borrowed cake stands, mirrors and easels from friends and made LOTS.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Flowers, Photographs, Food and Entertainment.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
My dress was a style of which I did not have in mind.
I was 6 months pregnant when we married and never imagined to be wearing a maternity dress but actually it suited the venue well and was a good choice as I could dance as much as I wanted without being restricted.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Jewellery was picked by Jake and given to me on the wedding morning.
Shoes – ASOS. Can wear them over again if I wanted. I didn’t want ‘traditional’ wedding shoes as our venue was outdoors in the grass.
I have a wedding bouquet charm put on in memory of my late papa.
I wore a cathedral length veil with chantilly lace on the trim which is beautiful and one day when/if we have a little girl I will make her a bed canopy out of it.
And what did the groom wear?
A navy slightly checked suit from Next with waistcoats and pale pink floral ties.
Teamed with tan leather brogues and silver tie clips and cufflinks.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls wore a pale dusky nude pink midi chiffon dress from ASOS. Bought for £20 each in the sale!
I bought some heavily embellished headbands from Accessorize and stitched them onto the bodice to give them some well deserved sparkle!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hair – Hemstocks hair and beauty, Drayton, Norwich.
2 girls who are lovely helped us get ready on the day.
Makeup- Chloe Nason from MAC in Norwich came to the house in the morning to do us all up.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Ragged Robin Florist – Wymondham.
I loved my flowers!
I even had them preserved with Everbloom florist so I now have them framed in our hallway.
I had peonies and 2 types of roses: sweetheart and spray bubble as the focal flowers.
I wanted that Matilda thrown together look whilst having a BIG bouquet.
Eculptypus framed the bouquet and draped out and down.
Astrantia and thistles made great fillers for the bouquet.
I held my bouquet all day!!
I bound my bouquet with different coloured ribbons from the colour scheme. This was something the bridesmaids had on theirs aswell – it just made the bouquets more fun and more beautiful!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
A semi naked cake.
1 tier of white chocolate sponge and ganache.
1 tier of vanilla sponge and white chocolate ganache.
Decorated with wedding flowers and set up on a log stand.
The bottom of the cake was rimmed with rose cupcakes which were lemon flavours under the pink icing.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
The Hedge Monkeys – a skiffle group.
They were the best! They got everyone dancing in the marque.
Was the perfect end to the wedding breakfast and the start of the evening.
Lee Van – A solo singer.
He sung our first dance song and got everyone moving with some classic 90’s cheese.
DooBeeDoo Faces – Face/glitter painting.
Everyone was able to have their face painted. Was a great addition to the evening when everyone had started to relax and enjoy themselves getting painted.
Sparkler Send off:
We lit the way to saying bye to everyone on the terrace.
Marshmellows and firepit:
Haybales circled the firepit to toast marshmallows.
The little lending company: Garden games.
We had giant garden games on the lawn to play with.
A pick of classic sweets for everyone to help themselves too.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
It goes so quickly, it will not matter if you miss something.
It is one day and just to enjoy it.
We drove to our venue on our own and it was lovely to have that time alone together.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Sharing everything and everyday together.
We now have a son and its the best feeling, being a little family.