Gorgeous couple Chris & Beena tied the knot at North Cadbury Court in Somerset, on a beautifully sunny August day. Their day is fabulous with classic countryside styling and the prettiest flowers: greens and neutrals were the brief provided to Julia Moore who is based in North Cadbury and she did an amazing job.
Beena and Chris made lots and lots of crafty, personal touches for their day: homemade hessian bows for the church… (hessian gets EVERYWHERE so be careful when cutting lots of this up!), homemade bracelets and gents’ leatherette bands as favours; beads direct is a great online site to use!
They also made all the gents ties as they couldn’t get a colour match. “I was lucky enough to find a really easy pattern online and youtube always helps!” The images of their day really capture the lively and beautiful atmosphere – they’re by our lovely friend and Somerset wedding photographer Linus Moran Photography, who gets a brilliant review from the happy couple!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We were given a list of photographers from our venue and the hairdresser that had been booked for the big day and Chris was assigned the big task of selecting the photographer. He went over a number of websites and was just taken instantly by Linus’ style and the way he captured real ‘candid’ moments. It’s exactly what we were looking for. After speaking with Linus via Skype we just knew he was the man for the job and that he understood our needs entirely.
We were over the moon with his work! We had a good few days that we spent together including the site rec’ and pre-shoot day so got to know his style very well and we loved how unobtrusive he, and his associate Will, were. We were also able to have a laugh with them which helped put us both at ease for the more ‘formal’ photos. During the ceremony and drinks reception, we received pictures from Linus that we hadn’t even realised that they had been taking. All of our guests had nothing but high praise for them as they seemed to get on well and just blend in; exactly what you want to be able to capture the real essence of the day. Thank you gents for capturing all the moments we wanted and more.
When we first saw our images, Linus teased us with a ‘highlights reel’. We were both so excited and couldn’t believe that from a few pictures our wedding day came flooding back so vividly. There were some real wacky moments during the ceremony where we had everyone singing in Church with their arms in the air and when we saw these we both burst out laughing as the family… I’m so glad he had caught these!
Contact & bookings: Maunsel House wedding photographer Linus Moran
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly online through lots of hunting around but then once the venue was booked, recommendations came flooding in.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Shop around, don’t look for things marketed for ‘weddings’ and if you’re happy to do lots of little bits yourself it will save you £100’s. We were fortunate enough to have a 3-day wedding/ mini holiday for the cost of most friends half-day affair! Also, if you can, having a weekday wedding is worth the saving.
Don’t feel like you have to have your bridesmaids match – it can be painful and expensive! I bought off the shelf complimentary dresses which just happened to be in the sale.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photography and bride and grooms outfit.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
This was all designed ourselves online using the free site Canva and then getting it printed via a website (hunt for discount codes!) and either handmade e.g. the place sittings were hand-written envelopes with little handmade bracelets inside that doubled up as favours.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes!! I loved my wedding dress and would wear it again if I could… it was bought from a designer outlet store.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Wed 2 b – Hinckley.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I didn’t really wear much in terms of accessories as I wanted to keep it quite simple and elegant; plain pearl studs and my wedding ring!
My shoes were Miss KG, Kurt Geiger as I needed a block heel or wedge to avoid getting them stuck in the heating grates in the middle of the church aisle! Knowing the terrain of the venue helped with making this decision.
And what did the groom wear?
A 3-piece tailor-made suit from Moss Bros. Chris chose to wear a different suit to the rest of his best men/ groomsmen and this was made with little details including the inside being embroidered with his name and our wedding date (no excuses for forgetting future anniversaries!)
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The two bridesmaids were totally different in taste, style and body shape so no one style suited both. I knew I wanted them in a pastel colour or even cream so ordered about 50 dresses for them to try and eventually we whittled it down to a pale pink Lipsy cutaway stroppy dress for my bridesmaid Claire, and a high neck lace Phase 8 dusty pink dress for my sister and maid of honour Manisha. Both dresses were maxi dresses and although different, suited each girl well as well as working well together.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We hired Tracy Pallari for hair for all 4 ladies (including my mum) and she had Maria Lucas join as an associate make up artist.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our friends perform in a band and we have seen them many times so when they agreed to play for us we were delighted… Mischa and his Merry Men. Please look them up; Dorset based and so talented.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t expect perfection, just enjoy and go with it… the planning will pay off for the big day and after all it’s the marriage that is the most important thing not the wedding.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that we’ll be spending the rest of our lives with our best friend. We also love reminiscing and thinking back to our wedding day… it was so special for both of us having our closest friends and families celebrating with us and bringing two amazing families together.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
ebay and pinterest of course!