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Claire and Andy’s rustic Trevenna Barns wedding, with Alexa Poppe Photography

Hey lovely! How has your week been? I’m having a relaxing day after spending the week wrestling with my calligraphy website and uploading a bunch of brand new modern calligraphy workshops! Head over to http://calligraphy-for-weddings.com if you’d like to find out about those. And Bolton / north west brides and grooms, my next one will be at Smithills Hall on the 6th of October – we have places available and I’d love to see you there!

But onto today’s wedding – and forgive me for waffling because it is a STUNNER! Gorgeous couple Claire and Andy married at Trevenna Barns in April, choosing a rustic feel for their day with the most beautiful colourful flowers. It’s all so romantic and this pair are clearly SO much in love it almost bursts from my screen.

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“Trevenna Barns really didn’t need much styling at all. I collected jam jars, lots of jam jars and wrapped hessian around them and used them to hang from the chairs down the aisle with flowers in them.

It was all about the flowers for me and the lighting was by Alex Darling (Light Up Weddings). My flowers were truly stunning. I wanted a large bouquet full of bright spring colours and that is exactly what I got. I recently lost my dad so I had his wedding ring tied into my bouquet which was very special to me. My florist was Alexandra Sylvester and she was so lovely. The flowers in the venue were a talking point and they were all so beautiful.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

www.alexapoppeweddingphotography.com

I found Alexa on Instagram and loved her adhoc style.

We met Alexa before the wedding and liked her straight away and knew that we’d made the right choice. On the day Alexa was amazing, we wanted all natural pictures and that’s exactly what we got. Most of the time we didn’t even notice photos were being taken but the end result was fantastic. Alexa put a few photos on instagram and I loved them all!

 

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Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

I found most of the suppliers on instagram. As we live a couple of hours away from the venue I looked at the hashtags to find exactly what I was looking for.

What’s your top tip for saving money?

I saved money by not buying unnecessary extras. I knew what I wanted and just went with it.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

I’m so pleased I spent money on the photographer and videographer and also a great band.

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

My sister in law did all our invites for us and I did the table plan and centre pieces with the help of a stationery company.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I only went to one wedding dress shop and it was the fourth dress I tried on, I just knew!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

I bought my dress from Wed2b

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I’m not a heel wearing girl so I chose white converse and used flashing led laces! They were great fun!

And what did the groom wear?

The groom is a RAF pilot so was in his full uniform and I wouldn’t have wanted him to wear anything else.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

I had my two nieces as my flower girls (ages 8 and 7) they wore gorgeous white dress with pink sashes and sparkly shoes. They loved dressing up.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

I am very lucky and I work with a make up artist (Lisa Want MUA) so she did my hair and makeup.

 

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

I wanted a naked cake on a tree slice. My uncle did all the tree slices for the tables and the cake. Andy said he could make the cake so I left it in his capable hands. He’s never baked a cake before but he did it and it looked and tasted amazing. Everyone was very impressed!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We had the band I Love Amp and they were fantastic. We also used Westcountry Photobooths for our photo mirror.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Don’t get stressed. Enjoy every moment of the planning and try and do everything that you want and not what anyone else wants you to do. I loved the planning and actually miss it!

What’s the best thing about being married?

We’ve been together for seven years now but being married just adds something extra. It’s not just a piece of paper, it really does mean a lot more than that and I just love it!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

https://www.alexapoppeweddingphotography.com/
http://www.iloveamp.co.uk/
https://fmpvideos.co.uk/
https://www.trevenna.co.uk/
https://www.alexandrasylvester.co.uk/
http://www.lisawant.co.uk/
http://www.westcountryphotobooths.co.uk/

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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