Hey lovely! Thank you so much for coming back to English Wedding. I just know you’ll adore today’s feature, with beautiful bride Julia and her gorgeous new husband Joe celebrating their marriage at Shiplake College, Henley on Thames. They’re a fabulous, fun couple whose wedding is full of personality – from their first look (the photos are just wonderful!) to the floral styling around the venue. Images are by my lovely friend Ayshea Goldberg Photography, who gets such a fantastic review from the happy couple.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We came across Ayshea’s website while browsing online and really liked her style of photos.
Ayshea was a pleasure to work with! From the moment we met her, we knew we wanted her to be our photographer – she was professional but also fun and relaxed, and put us at ease immediately. She was great on the wedding day – she helped calm any nerves and was unobtrusive the whole time but captured the day perfectly.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
It felt like we were reliving the day! Everyone says to you the day flies by – and it’s true! So it’s great to look through the photos together and reminisce and also to see things that you missed on the day. We were really impressed with the quality and creativity of the photos – we will treasure them forever.
Contact & booking: Shiplake College wedding photographer Ayshea Goldberg
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
The happiest day shared with our most favourite people
Your wedding style or theme:
A relaxed rustic style with a coral and green colour scheme
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Blogs, online searches, personal recommendations
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Decide what the most important things to you are and spend money on those.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Venue/catering – we are both foodies so we wanted the food to be top quality, we weren’t disappointed.
Photographer – I think you get what you pay for and we loved our photos.
Band – they are the evening entertainment so it’s worth getting a good one!
Favours – we spent a few hundred pounds getting some German Lebkuchen hearts decorated and personalised for each guest but it was worth it as everyone loved them and it was nice reminder of the day
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We bought quite a few things from Hobbycraft such as the table card stands and mini easel holders and we ordered a few bits from Etsy.com including the wedding book and direction sign. We borrowed some bits from friends who had got married before us. One of our friends created the table plan and table name cards.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
YES! As soon as I walked in The Tailor’s Cat in Cambridge, I knew I’d find my dress there – they have so many beautiful dresses! I knew exactly what I wanted and when I told the sales assistant, she pulled out three dresses which fitted my brief perfectly. I loved the long lace sleeves, fitted lace bodice and flowy Grecian-style skirt.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore a pearl and crystal flower hair piece from Ivory and Co and similar style earrings also from Ivory and Co. I ordered my shoes online from Light in the Box – they were satin ballerina pumps with a sparkly strap.
And what did the groom wear?
A DKNY blue suit from Moss Bros, a white shirt from M&S and a Liberty-print tie with coral flowers.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Teal lace dresses from M&S
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired a professional make-up artist and a hair stylist – they were both recommended to me. I thought about doing my make up myself but I was glad I didn’t have to on the day and I loved my hair and make up.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
The flowers were one of our favourite things – the florist did a beautiful job of them! I had a large rustic style bridal bouquet and bouquets for my bridesmaids composed of coral coloured Roses, Hypericum berries, Antirrhinums, Spray Roses, Dianthus, Astilbe, Lisianthus with loosely trailing Asparagus, Thalaspi foliage and bound with hessian ribbons. These were also used for the table decorations, pedestals and the corsages/button holes. We also had Gypsophila chair decorations for the ceremony.
Erica Cunningham, Brambles, Sonning Common, https://www.brambles-sonning-common.co.uk
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No, we kept it to a minimum as The Great Hall at Shiplake is a stunning building with oak panelling on the walls and wooden beams. The flowers were our only real decoration.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We roped in friends and family to help with these elements so Julia’s sister made a beautiful photo board and our friend made the table plan and table name cards.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We decided not to have one big cake. Instead, the venue offered to make us an array of cupcakes in various flavours which were delicious!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our band, Switch, were fantastic – we can’t recommend them highly enough! They really got the party started and had nearly everyone on the dance floor the whole night. We received a lot of compliments on them from our guests.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Enjoy every moment! The day flies by so make sure you take a few moments out with your partner just to soak it all in.
What’s the best thing about being married?
We had been together a long time before we got married so for us it is continuing to share your life with the person you love and building more memories together.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Bride’s dress and accessories
Hair and make-up