Hey lovely! How’s your weekend going so far? I’m so excited to be sharing such a pretty celebration with you today – beautiful Sophie and gorgeous hubby Stephen were married at Eversholt Hall in October and chose a dream team of East of England wedding suppliers for their wedding day including Matt Bishop Photography and lovely Lorraine from Wild Orchid Floral Design. The look is wonderfully romantic and the images are light and fresh and oh-so-beautiful.
Our florist was Wild Orchid, based in Leighton Buzzard. Lorraine was amazing and created some stunning displays. The flowers were full of blush, ivory and amnesia roses, which matched perfectly with my bridesmaid dresses.
My bouquet was stunning, Lorraine created an antique styled bridal bouquet filled with amnesia, mini rose (mimi eden), large headed David Austin roses and sweet avalanche and soft foliage of eucalyptus.
We had tall, gold hollow stands for the centre piece tables, which were full with the flowers that were in my bouquet and included trailing ivy and eucalyptus. The top table had a stunning end to end floral runner, filled with all the bridal flowers throughout as well as all foliage and hidden tealight holders to be super romantic. One of my favourite displays were the floral hoops that were hanging on the wall behind the top table, this made a great backdrop.
The reception venue (Eversholt Hall) is very much a blank canvas, however we didn’t want to fill the hall with too many decoration pieces as we were having the tall centre piece flower displays on the tables and we didn’t want to distract from them. We added fairy lights and used lots of candles on the tables, as well as lanterns in the entrance.
Wedding photographer’s website:
I first saw Matthew at the Ashridge House wedding fair and instantly loved his wedding albums. I then looked at other photographers at other wedding fairs and online but we ended up booking Matthew as I just loved his style of photography.
We were so pleased with Matthew’s work, I loved how he managed to capture our wedding day. The photos were so light and natural, which we were really pleased with. It rained on our wedding day, however from most of the photos you can’t even tell it’s raining and all I can say to other brides is not to worry about the weather as you can still get great photos, even if it’s raining!
We were so happy with our wedding photos, Matt caught some lovely moments and reactions. We looked at them over and over again, we couldn’t stop as we just loved them!
We got married at the Holy Cross Church in a village called Slapton, in a village just outside of Leighton Buzzard. We then went to Eversholt Hall in Woburn for the reception.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A traditional wedding, with a romantic feel.
Your wedding style or theme:
I wanted our wedding theme to feel as romantic as possible on the day, so we created this by using lots of fairy lights, candles and lots of fresh flowers on display.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We mainly found most of our suppliers via online, Etsy became a regular for me.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
We made a spreadsheet from the start of our wedding planning and made sure we always kept it up to date once we had booked something and paid deposits. This was a great way to track our spending.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
I am glad we spent more money on the photographer, videographer and our wedding rings as these are all the sentimental pieces that you get to keep after the day is over.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We used a website called Zazzle and created all our own wedding stationery.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes I loved my wedding dress, it ticked all the boxes that I was looking for.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The wedding dress designer was White Rose.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My jewellery was kept minimal, I wore a silver tennis bracelet from Swarovski, which I haven’t taken off since the wedding day as it also makes a great everyday bracelet, which is a lovely reminder of our special day. I then wore dangly crystal drop earrings, I knew I wanted to wear dangly earrings as I was wearing my hair up and therefore wanted a statement pair of earrings. My heels were from Dune and were ivory, they weren’t too high as I wanted to feel comfortable on the day, they also ended up getting trashed so I was glad I didn’t spend a fortune on them!
And what did the groom wear?
Stephen wore a navy suit, with a grey waistcoat and navy tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They were pleated dresses from ASOS, two of the bridesmaids were in a dusky grey and the other two bridesmaids were in a dusky pink. My flower girls dresses were from Monsoon and they were in ivory.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a make up artist and hair stylist for myself and my bridesmaids as I wanted to make sure I had little to worry/stress about on the day and was also a lovely treat for us all. http://www.bridalmakeupbyjuliet.co.uk
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I enjoyed creating the invitations online, we then we also created our own sweet table.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We had a naked wedding cake, covered in fruit and decorated with silk flowers. My auntie made our wedding cake, which made it so special and personal to us.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a magician for a couple of hours after the wedding breakfast, this worked well as the evening guests also got to see the magician and didn’t miss out. We also had a wedding singer in the evening, he was great and got everyone up and dancing.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t panic and get stressed out towards the big day, try to relax and enjoy the end part of the planning.
What’s the best thing about being married?
It’s a great feeling being married to your best friend and makes everything feel so complete.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
We loved our flower wall display, this was perfectly displayed and our guests loved it- https://www.bellaoccasions.co.uk/
Our videographer- https://www.janelouisefilms.com/
I would recommend Zazzle for wedding stationery- https://www.zazzle.co.uk/
Etsy for personalised gifs.