Natalie and James’s cycling themed Rockbeare Manor wedding, with Martin Dabek Photography
If your husband to be is out on his bike this Sunday afternoon, then this is for YOU! If you’ve both been cycling today and you’re relaxing after an exhilarating day in the saddle, then you’re going to love this more than anything you’ve ever seen on a wedding blog. Natalie and James – who’s a keen cyclist! – had a cycling themed wedding at Rockbeare Manor in August, and incorporated some ingenious styling touches into their day. Their photographer was our wonderful friend and English Wedding member Martin Dabek Photography, who captured the day so beautifully! I love the bicycle wheels with foliage on the walls, the table plan with a shelf full of cyclists… actually I love the whole day. And can we skip straight to that cake?!! The beautiful cake was made by Yvonne at Cherry Blossom Cakes and decorated with flowers by Emma at Brompton Buds.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We researched wedding photographers and found Martin’s website. We arranged to meet and were really impressed with Martins work, and calm and reassuring manner.
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We were very pleased, most of the time we did not even notice Martin taking photographs, he captured really natural moments which bring back wonderful memories of the day.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We received the email from Martin whilst we were watching a TV programme, we immediately turned it off to scroll through over 500 images, they brought back so much emotion it was really exciting.
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Emma at Brompton Buds provided our flower arrangements, from bouquets and button holes to a beautiful staircase display, floral bicycle wheels, and of course flowers on our cake. Emma was fantastic at listening to our vision and bringing it to life. I love crafts, a family friend helped me handmake 80 small ceramic pots in which we potted up succulents as favours for our guests. We also grew the succulents, propagating them from leaves!
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
exciting, emotional, totally surreal
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We attended a wedding fayre in Exeter where we found our florist. All our other suppliers we found through researching online.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
It’s really up to you to decide which are the areas where you’re happy to cut back costs. We used an online printing company ‘printing.com’ to print all our invitations, and stationery which I designed. That saved a small fortune!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The big things, our photographer, my dress, and the venue.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A labour of love, I’m quite a creative person so designed save the dates, invitations, menus myself and had them printed.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Oh yes- I tried it on a few times to be sure, but knew that it was the one when I didn’t want to ever take it off
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Sottero Midgely from Prudence Gowns
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My mum bought my shoes for me. My accessories were from Ivory & Co- their showroom is absolutely stunning, I visited with my mum and sister and had the best morning trying on all things sparkly.
And what did the groom wear?
James wore a grey/silver tail suit from Tux & Tails suit hire Bristol.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My lovely ladies wore dresses from Prudence Gowns.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A bit of both. My sister is an exceptional hairdresser and did my hair for me. I had therapists from Beauty Time- Cleeve come to our house for makeup. I had been for a trial with them previously- they were wonderful.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Rockbeare manor is quite grand with high ceilings, we went for décor that we felt would make an impact
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired The Blue Lion Band, who allow you to request any size of band, and tailor the songs to your preference. We had a 7 piece band who were amazing. We saw them play at a practice session, we were one of two couples there, it was very intimate.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy the build up to your wedding as much a possible, when the day finishes, it’s all over!
What’s the best thing about being married?
We have been together for 14 years so know each other very well. Being married feels like we are officially together because we have the same last name.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Martin Dabek Photography; https://martindabek.com/
Prudence Gowns; https://www.prudencegowns.com/
Beauty time; https://www.beautytimemariamason.co.uk/
Cherry Blossom Cakes; http://www.cherryblossom-cakes.co.uk/
The Blue Lion Band; https://www.bluelionband.co.uk/
Rockbeare Manor; https://www.rockbearemanor.co.uk
Saks Hair and Beauty Bristol; https://www.saks.co.uk/Bristoldl
Brompton Buds; http://www.bromptonbuds.com/
Tux & Tails; https://tuxtails.co.uk/
Bristol-based wedding photographer Martin Dabek has had weddings featured on our blog from so many favourite wedding venues. Click the links to see his beautiful photography from The Matara Centre, Priston Mill, Upcote Barn, Quantock Lakes, The Mansion House, Dartington Hall, Kings Weston House, SS Great Britain, Pennard House and Bridwell Park.