Happy Wednesday lovelies! I have a wonderfully bright and beautiful wedding to share with you today – say hi to gorgeous couple Bethan & Tom, who were married at Brinsop Court in Hereford. Their wedding was relaxed and elegant, with a classic English countryside style – and it’s simply perfect. I adore the floral styling and Bethan’s dress is just perfect! Images are by lovely Joanna Briggs Photography.
“After trying on A LOT of gowns in many, many bridal boutiques and loving quite a few of them I didn’t think I would have that moment of ‘this is it!’… but on a spur of the moment visit to a store in Cardiff I tried on the gown which I would later walk down the aisle in, and twirled in front of my Mam, we both looked at each other and said ‘this is the one’.
I was a little in shock too as it was the complete opposite of what I had been looking at and thought I would wear – turns out that isn’t a cliche, it actually happens!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We were given a recommendation by a friend after Jo photographed their wedding, and we fell in love with her work.
We are absolutely over the moon with our wedding photos. Jo sent us some previews the day after our wedding and we were absolutely blown away by her beautiful work. When we received our full package (very quickly by the way) we could not stop staring at them. She had captured every moment perfectly. She was a pleasure to have on the day and nothing was too much trouble. The pictures we received were flawless and I would not hesitate to recommend her. She is not only extremely talented, but one of the sweetest and hard working people we have ever met.
When we saw our photos for the first time we could not stop staring at them. They arrived in beautiful packaging with a memory stick and a huge pile of prints ready for us. We were absolutely delighted with the photos and it brought back all of the amazing memories and moments of our day. We could not have asked for better photos, Jo captured every single previous moment perfectly. Her style, angles and colours are just gorgeous and we could not be happier with them.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Dream day, full of laughter and love at a perfect location.
Your wedding style or theme:
English country garden/country garden vintage
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Most of our recommendations were from the team at the venue – Brinsop Court.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
When setting your budget, decide on a few top points which are most important to you and spend your money there.
For us, we wanted an incredible venue, a fantastic photographer to capture everything and beautiful wedding rings. And we then did little things to help trim costs like making our own invitations, and creating our own table decorations by visiting a flower market.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photography and venue – without a doubt.
We knew the pictures were something which would last a lifetime and I’m so pleased Jo was available to capture our day.
And the venue was our dream venue, we saw many which come close but when we visited Brinsop there was no question that that was where our wedding should be. Plus the team were just incredible.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made it.
We picked out a country flower design online and Tom designed the invitations.
We then spent some time cutting and tying ribbon, which was actually a lovely thing to do together.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Wed2Be – The Signature Collection.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore a pair of white Peony shoes by British designer Harriet Wilde, my cathedral-length lace veil was my ‘something borrowed’ from a friend (the same one who recommended our photographer Joanna Briggs) and a hairpiece by Australian designer Tania Maras.
And what did the groom wear?
A navy slim-fit suit by Slaters with a blush cravat.
– our colours were blue and blush.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore multiwear dresses in navy, blush and purple in three different styles.
I wanted them to look individual, hence why I chose the multi-way dresses and different colours. I also let them decide on their hairstyles, but wanted curls or waves to be included – similar to mine.
Some also had braids included in their style to match mine.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired Maria Knight from Sprinkle Magic, who was an absolute dream.
My make up lasted all day, as did my curls, and she and her colleague made my bridesmaids’ hair look incredible too.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our wedding flowers had a country garden theme.
My bouquet, the groom, ushers’, best man and fathers buttonholes and both mothers’ corsages were made by the Herefordshire Flower Studio.
My bouquet was filled with David Austin roses, Sweet Avalanche Roses, lilac Spray Roses, lilac Delphiniums, light pink Astilbe, light pink Honeymoon Freesias, light pink Waxflower and mixed Eucalyptus.
My Mam and chief bridesmaid created the bridesmaids’ bouquets from a Bristol flower market – Brunel Flowers – which included white, purple and pink freesias and gypsophila. They coordinated with my bouquet perfectly!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Due to the incredible character of Brinsop extra decoration was not necessary.
The team at Brinsop has already put floral displays in the main hallways, the library and the Queen Ann dining room, as well as many church candles in the banqueting hall where we had our wedding breakfast.
We then added flowers to the banquet table and the windows in the dance room, as well as some bunting.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We created our flower vases with lace to create a vintage feel. We added spray roses, gypsophila, eucalyptus, freesias and iris’ to keep in tone with the country garden theme.
I had help making the jars from my bridesmaids and Mam – it was actually really therapeutic and I was pleased with how they looked.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We absolutely love cake and decided to have five.
They were all different flavours and made by a different member of our wedding party.
Victoria – groom’s Mum
Chocolate – bride’s Mam
Fruit – groom’s aunt
Lemon – bridesmaid (Charlie)
White chocolate and raspberry- bridesmaid (Claire)
They were absolutely delicious!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had musician Owen H play on the green following our reception dinner as evening guests arrived.
He was absolutely spectacular. We found him via Alive Network and his music was absolutely superb. So many guests commented on how wonderful he was and he was also an absolutely lovely guy.
We created a set list for the disco part of our evening and Brinsop gave us a recommendation for a sound system and lights manager.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Easy to say but try not to get too stressed – take a break if things are getting on top of you, as it is so important that you enjoy the process of wedding planning. Trust us, it goes by in a flash.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you will spend every day with the love of your life by your side.
A wedding day is a unique moment where pretty much everyone you love and care for is together in the same place at the same time, which does not happen very often!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Dress – The Signature Collection at Wed2B
Shoes – Harriet Wilde
Hair Piece – Tania Maras
Hair & Make Up – Maria Knight