Welcome to the Easter weekend! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely, lazy day (and sunshine! Isn’t this wonderful?!) – but do take a moment to scroll through today’s fabulous wedding on the blog. Our bumper week of real weddings continues with this gorgeous celebration at Larmer Tree Gardens. Tamzin & Martin’s wedding is a jewel coloured abundance of quirky but classy, with glorious pops of colour and the prettiest peacock-inspired details! Images are by our amazing and talented friend Sheryl at Oobaloos Photography – I hope you love them as much as I do!
Wedding photographer’s website:
I have known of Sheryl’s work for a couple of years as she has shot friends’ bump pics & an acquaintance’s wedding, so as soon as we were engaged I got in touch with her. I honestly didn’t even care about the cost as I just love Sheryl’s style of photography & knew she would make our wedding memories so beautiful!
We had this loose theme of “quirky but classy”… well, I think Sheryl brings the quirky & her photos bring the classy! All of her styling of the shots worked brilliantly for our venue, she was happy to add a couple more family shots for us, & not to mention she was accommodating when it came to taking pictures of our dog too!
The most iconic shot from our wedding was online the morning after the wedding….it was breathtaking! We couldn’t stop looking at it! Then she sent us a few more by that evening, & all of our friends loved seeing them & reliving the day so soon after.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We tried to use as many local suppliers or friends we had links with – the florist was at the Garden Centre near my work, & the DJ was a former pupil of a school I worked at!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make little bits in advance, & the homemade touches bring a sense of sentimentality to the day
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The DJ & Videographer combo. We hadn’t thought of having a videographer but the DJ suggested it as a package & now we have the added bonus of a beautiful video
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
A friend kindly designed our stationery invites & gifted them to us as our wedding present. I made the table names & place settings, & the running order for the day was printed by the venue as this wasn’t something I was so focused on.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I did…..I think I could’ve fallen in love with trying on wedding dresses for the rest of my life but I was ready to find “the one”. My Mum only got emotional over one dress, which was ruched satin, but I really didn’t like it, & then I went & fell in love with a ruched silk dress instead!! I kept referring to it as my Swoosh Swoosh dress because I could feel an ease of movement & elegance in it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ian Stuart’s Constantine, found at Abbey Brides in Sherborne
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I had to have Irregular Choice shoes!! It was the second thing I sourced, after the photographer! I went for gold/bronze glitzy shoes & they were actually comfortable! I wore a necklace & earring that I had been gifted when I was bridesmaid for my oldest friend 7months previously, & wore a cameo ring that was my late Grandma’s.
And what did the groom wear?
Martin wore a gorgeous grey suit with a Prince Edward cut dress jacket, as did the Best Man & the Father of the Bride.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We found my girls simple yet elegant dresses by Issa in House of Fraser. I had two bridesmaids who suited slightly different shaped dresses but we found two in the same fabrics so they looked perfect & meant they were comfortable throughout the day
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I went professional! I am not the most girlie girl so there was no way I was doing my own! And I needed someone to keep the make up natural ish so we had a lovely girl from a local salon come to the house. For our hair we had a client of mine come to style my up-do, & do a simple half & half for the girls.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We used a local florist called Laura Williams of Floristic in Gillingham. I originally took in some pictures of what I liked & we went from there. I wanted to include white roses as a nod to my late Grandparents who were from Yorkshire, & I love orchids so we had some in our bouquets too.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue is very beautiful, with building of different ages but that gel together well, so we didn’t need much. I bought some gold mosaic tea light holders that we had on the fireplaces, & some sparkly peacock feathers, & some tissue paper decorations for in the ceiling but that was it. I didn’t want to go overboard & detract from the venue itself.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I loved the wedding favours we made! We asked for favourite love songs on the rsvp & had enough to compile two playlists which we burnt on cds, Martin made the labels & I decorated the cases with a stamp & ribbon….I just loved them!
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Ooo we had four flavours – carrot cake was the largest tier, then we had white chocolate & raspberry, then red velvet & then ginger….it was sooooo delicious! And our cake maker also supplied some gluten free carrot cupcakes for those who needed them!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a DJ who played our entrance music, & then from the reception onwards. We had a lovely friend sing a few songs accompanied by her guitar through the ceremony & then she came back to play our first dance – I was so entranced in my new husband I don’t even remember her going wrong & restarting apparently!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Take your time to savour the moments! You never really believe people when they say it goes so fast until you are there in that moment & suddenly it’s over!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being with my best friend every day.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
I hate to say it but we got lots of bits from Amazon! We did use a few people on Etsy for unique gifts.