Danielle & Joe’s natural English country garden wedding in Hertfordshire, with Amanda Karen Photography
Hey lovely! I have another fabulous wedding to share with you today – this one I totally adore for all the pretty styling touches, and for our gorgeous couple whose stunning smiles are making me grin back at my screen today! I love the leafy, foliage-centred stationery and the cute knitted people (my mum used to make these! Anyone else?!), oh and the gloriously light and airy colour palette which just couldn’t be more perfect for a marquee wedding. Photos are by our wonderfully talented friends at Amanda Karen Photography (and Danielle & Joe’s review of one of my fave wedding photographers makes me a very happy wedding blogger indeed!).
Wedding photographer’s website:
Amanda Karen Photography was recommended by someone we knew and I looked on Amanda’s social media and website and knew it was the style I wanted – natural and in the moment.
We loved our pictures! Amanda and Hutch managed to capture all of our day perfectly, all the important parts of the day we have lovely pictures from and all the other moments that the bride and groom don’t get to see like guest reactions to speeches, lots of dancing shots and all the in the moment pictures that people didn’t know were being taken.
We loved seeing our photos for the first time and have still got them on the coffee table to look through and reminisce about our day! It’s a best keep sake and tells our wedding story just the way we wanted it to.
The Ceremony = Our Lady and St Michael’s Catholic Church, Garston Watford
The Reception = at home with a marquee
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
English Country Garden
Loads of dancing
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
A lot were from friends and family’s recommendations and also ideas from Pinterest.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Agree on what you think are the most important parts of your wedding day to spend your wedding budget on and try to keep this in the front of your minds. For us we knew our priority was the entertainment (the band) and having lots of lovely Italian food and everything else we tried to keep within our boundaries.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We had seen XS Showband at our friend’s wedding and we were desperate to have them at ours but we did debate whether we could stretch our budget for them but we were so glad we did, they were amazing!! Our guests still even now tell us how fantastic they were and that they haven’t heard a wedding band like them. They got everyone dancing before we even sat down for food and they kept the dance floor full all night!
Also our food was amazing with Joe’s family being Italian we knew we needed lots of good food and L’artista catering were brilliant, they went above and beyond what they needed to.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We ordered all of our wedding stationery from a company called Hip Hip Hooray. We were really pleased with the lovely flowery invites and matching table plan, numbers etc and they were helpful if I needed to call and ask any questions.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I tried on a number of dresses previously before finding 2 that were by the same designer and quite similar in style just different details and I couldn’t make my mind up but I booked another appointment at Brides of Berkhamsted and in between going back I kept looking at the pictures and thinking of one more than the other. So on my second visit I tried it on again and definitely knew that the one I picked was the one for me! Wish I could wear it again!
I was a great experience at Brides of Berkhamsted, the staff were all really lovely and knowledgable but just made everything seem easy and comfortable.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
It was a Stella York dress and brought from Brides of Berkhamsted.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes I loved and knew I wanted to get myself a designer pair but knowing the cost of them I knew I wanted to find something I could wear again, so I found a pair of Jimmy Choo silver/gold glitter peep toes and loved them, the heel height was great and have wore them on a few occasions since.
Jewellery and accessories I kept pretty simple. I love pearls so wore my favourite pearl bracelet and my Tiffany pearl and diamond earrings, they are classic and not something I wear all the time so knew this was the look I wanted.
I wore my hair down with a pearl and crystal hair slide (from Not on the High Street) that tucked nearly under my veil, was simple but enough of a sparkle.
And what did the groom wear?
He wore a navy suit from Marks and Spencer, a light blue tweed looking waistcoat by Marc Darcy and brown shoes by Siemar Italy.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My lovely bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast
My lovely Junior bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
We used professional to do both our hair and make up, it was lovely to see everyone look so glad and the make up and hair lasted all day!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our florist is a wonderful lady called Michelle (Flowers by Michelle) she works from her home studio in Elstree and she was recommended to us by two of my friends who had used her for their weddings and they flowers were great.
When meeting Michelle I showed her a few pictures from Pinterest and she was so excited and understood exactly the ideas that I had.
When the flowers showed up on the day and when I saw them all in the marquee I was happy with them, they looked amazing.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The marquee white drapes throughout, a black and white dance floor and chandelier light fittings, it was quite simple but looks fresh and bright but I knew once all the table were in with the lovely flowers arrangements on the tables that it would look great.
We did put a ladder, rustic crates and hay bails with flowers and pictures of us on outside the marquee as a little feature.
We also hired a flower wall, I seen lots of them on Instagram and really wanted one and with our flowery, garden theme it went really well and had people take there pictures against it.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I didn’t make lots for the wedding, only little brown luggage labels tags which I stamped S, M, L for the flip flops I brought for the guests.
Also I put together little kids packs for the children we had at our wedding, which included a wedding colouring book, word search, colouring pencils and lollipops.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We brought our wedding cake from Marks and Spencer, which was made up of two vanilla sponge tiers, a chocolate tier and a fruit cake tier and our florist put it together and decorated with fresh flowers.
We agreed that we didn’t want to spend a huge deal of money on our cake and the Marks and Spencer was good price and easy to order, we were pleased with it, it looked pretty and tasted good and all of our guest got to try some as we ordered the separate cutting bars which they do.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a local gospel choir called Gospel Arts Manna sing at our church ceremony, they were great and people commended saying how lovely they sang.
And we had XS showband from drinks reception until the early hours of the evening, they were amazing and I couldn’t recommend highly enough, so professional and the guest and myself couldn’t get over how great there were.
My dad and me did take the guests a bit by surprise when our father daughter dance came on, as we jumped and hopped around to Madness baggy trousers, not quite the traditional slow dance they were expecting!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy every minute because we found it went so fast, try and take it all in.
And don’t stress or get hung up on all the little things on the day because your guests won’t know things weren’t exactly what you’d planned or that something small is missing from the table etc, just enjoy it!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing you both made the commitment to stay together and always be there for each other good or bad, it’s a great comforting feeling.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: