Happy Friday everyone! Before I share today’s wedding I have a special offer for anyone who can make it to Manchester next Friday (7th December) – there are a handful of places left at my modern calligraphy workshop and you can SAVE 10% if you book your places today! It’s a festive calligraphy class so lots of fun… it’s for absolute beginners and BRILLIANT for anyone with wedding place names to write or invites to send in 2019! Book your places in my Etsy shop if you’d like to come along!
So today’s wedding… it’s just gorgeous, with so many elegant DIY styling touches. Jen & Mick got married on 28th July 2018 at the Granary Estates in Woodditton. Jen was a really chilled bride and the wedding was really relaxed and full of smiles all day. Jen’s Jenny Packham dress suits her perfectly – she’s absolutely stunning, don’t you think? And Mick looks fabulous in a Ted Baker suit with a coral and ivory buttonhole to match Jen’s gorgeous bouquet! Images are by lovely Sally at Rose Images, and the venue is The Granary Estates. Flowers are by Clare Jones Floral Design.
Our ceremony backdrop was a real labour of love, I hung hundreds of flowers and sprigs of soft ruscus on fishing line from a tree branch and hung it at the top of our ceremony room. The first time I saw it finished and hung was when I walked down the aisle! I also made the seating plan, favours, photo booth, guest book and confetti.
Our florist was Clare Jones (http://clarejonesfloraldesign.co.uk/) and my flowers were one of my favourite parts of the whole day. Clare was amazing, I had total faith in her that she understood what we wanted but what she created was above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I cried when Clare delivered our bouquets, I was so overwhelmed – they were absolutely perfect! She used a mixture of dahlias, David Austen roses, astilbe and eucalyptus with little sprigs of blackberries, finished with long ribbons.
Our venue was a beautiful old barn that didn’t need much decoration. Our caterer Hall and Co. (https://www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk/) hung festoon lights and foliage across the barn and Clare created relaxed floral centre pieces in a mixture of brass and glass vases.
Wedding photographer’s website:
Sally is a friend from university and we knew we wanted her to photograph our wedding from the very beginning. We love her style and were excited to have her be part of our day.
We were over the moon with our wedding photos. Sally captured so many lovely candid shots as well as the group photos we’d planned, somehow managing to be in the centre of the action yet so discreet that we barely noticed she was there. It was so lovely to relive the day looking through the photos when we got home from our honeymoon.
We were totally blown away when we first saw our wedding photos – Sally captured the feel of the day so perfectly. I was a bit anxious before seeing them as I normally hate photos of myself but I’m so in love with all of Sally’s photos.
The Granary Estates. Woodditton. It was the only venue we viewed and knew it was perfect for us as soon as we saw it.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Full of fun, love and food!
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t really have a theme, we just knew we wanted it to be as fun and relaxed as possible.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Our caterer and florist were recommended to us by our venue, everything else came courtesy of Google.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
It’s easy to get swept up in the wedding blogs and Facebook groups and feel like you need to have everything, don’t fall into the trap of spending lots of money on things just because you think people expect it. Spend your budget on the things most important to you and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Our band! We totally blew our budget when it came to entertainment but it was the best money we spent on the whole wedding.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Mick’s best man and his wife are graphic designers and they designed all of our wedding stationery for us then we printed it through Printed.com
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I first saw my wedding dress online and couldn’t stop thinking about it after I tried it on in store. I bought it 18 months before the wedding and had a few worries about whether I made the right decision as the wedding drew closer but I absolutely loved wearing it on the day and am so glad I stuck with it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Jenny Packham from David’s Bridal
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore blush pink shoes (a bargain from Tesco!) and my engagement ring as my only jewellery.
And what did the groom wear?
Mick wore a blue suit from Ted Baker with a white shirt, navy tie and Liberty pocket square
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The girls wore dusky lilac dresses from ASOS. Our flower girl wore a white dress from Debenhams and we added a long bow to match the bridesmaids.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I did my own makeup but had the amazing Elly (http://www.ellyjaynemakeup.co.uk/) to do my and the bridesmaids’ hair. It was such fun having Elly there in the morning with us, she is so talented – we absolutely loved our hair and it stayed in place all day despite rather blustery conditions!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose to have a dessert table rather than a traditional wedding cake, instead our guests had lemon tart, brown sugar panna cotta and pimms jelly.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a live 7 piece motown band called The Milestones (http://www.themilestoneslive.com/), they were incredible and kept the dance floor full for the entire night.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Do a speech! I was nervous to get up and do it but I’m so glad I did.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing it’s forever.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: