This gorgeous pair just make me SMILE!!! Their joyful, colourful and relaxed wedding is all kinds of perfect. Andreia’s dress is divine – and is extra special because it was designed by her (now) brother-in-law! Isn’t it beautiful? The delicate shoulder detail is just exquisite!! And I adore how fun and playful Andreia and Antonio are with each other – you can just tell they’d be so much fun to be around, and they’re SO much in love! The colourful flowers are fabulous; the venue is full of character and the fun of this Bedfordshire wedding just doesn’t stop! I hope you love it as much as I do!
“My wedding dress was the true labour of love for our wedding. My now brother-in-law designed a few wedding dresses and then, both of us made a few adjustments until we got to the final design. Because I had a flower crown, I wanted quite simple accessories so I only wore earrings from a Portuguese shop, www.catavassalo.com. My shoes were by Ted Baker.
Antonio wore a Ted Baker champagne linen suit, with a flower pattern tie and Ted Baker beige leather trainers.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We met Lorna at a Wedding fair and after seeing her portfolio we immediately knew she was our photographer.
We were very pleased with Lorna, neither of us is a big fan of having pictures or being the centre of attention but Lorna made it super easy and fun. We wanted something simple but unique and she understood exactly what we wanted and made it even more perfect. We couldn’t have wished for a better photographer. Lorna was fantastic, all our guests loved her and she made us feel really special.
When we saw our wedding photos we were thrilled. They were even better than we were expecting. They reflected perfectly the happiness of our wedding day. Lorna sent us a little sneak peek of the photographs after just a couple of days when we were on our honeymoon and it just kept us all excited waiting while we waited for the rest of them.
The Shuttleworth – Swiss garden and the House.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We researched a lot on wedding-themed websites and magazines, we went to two wedding fairs and also followed some recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
DIY…nowadays it’s so easy and there are so many beautiful things you can create with all sorts of different budgets. Something that really helped us was to talk to the professionals at our venue and ask for their advice regarding aspects we were not quite sure of, i.e number of flower arrangments needed and other logistics.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We chose to spend a bit more on the venue itself, on the basis that it would be the stage for the whole day and for us, the environment to spend the day with our family was the most important. This is also linked to the previous question in the sense that, for us, the venue was so perfect and beautiful that we ended up saving money in decorations and flowers.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
This was our DIY project.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
In charge of Makeup were Beauty and Bee, from Baldock.
For my hair, I hired a local hairdresser that I met through word of mouth.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Having the swiss garden as our background, we wanted to have wildflowers for our wedding, We met Sarah, from the Flower Hut at a wedding fair and she delivered exactly what we wished for.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
For us, the Shuttleworth is such an amazing venue that we didn’t feel the need to add any decoration at all, apart from the table centres, entrance and the gift and cards table.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We are photography enthusiasts so for the favours we took Polaroid pictures to offer our guest, we also made the entrance/gift table decorations with the letters of our names in paper mache and lavender that we picked up at the Hitchin Lavander farm
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We found two little cats bakery online, it was absolutely delicious and we had a three-tier sponge cake, each tier had a different flavour so that our guests would have options.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
DJ Graeme Smith was in charge of music and after we gave him a few of our preferences he was spot on with the music he played. We heard of him through a friend but you can find him in The wedding jam website
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Come up with a plan that pleases yourselves first and foremost. Your guests are there for you and will be happy to see you happy.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being Mr and Mrs. something, making our tag team (and family) official.