Chris and Cara’s relaxed English garden wedding at Woodhall Manor, with Ayshea Goldberg Photography
Happy Sunday, lovelies! I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend – and staying toasty warm, wherever you are! Today we have a pretty wedding from Woodhall Manor in Suffolk. Bride Cara looks beautiful in a sleeveless, lace embroidered dress by Ronald Joyce. Handsome hubby Chris and their nearest and dearest kept it quiet that they’d arranged for Cara’s horse Nero to be brought to the venue on the day, as she’d always dreamed of having him there on her wedding day! The photos, needless to say, are just wonderful. They’re by our lovely friend and English Wedding member Ayshea Goldberg Photography.
Wedding photographer’s website:
I met Ayshea at a wedding fayre and loved the natural relaxed feel of the photos she had taken so I made an appointment with Chris to meet at her gallery to discuss what we wanted and he instantly fell in love with her images too
From the moment me and Chris met Ayshea we knew she was the lady to photograph our special day! we loved the relaxed natural style of her photos and how she made everyone feel so relaxed in front of the camera. As stunning as her photos are Ayshea herself is equally a lovely person full of passion for what she does and always so happy and bubbly and just a joy to be around! we’ll definitely be booking another shoot with her in the future when the time comes to add a new addition to our little family!
When we first viewed our photos Ayshea had put them into a slideshow with love songs playing along with the images, we both got a bit teary watching the bits we missed in the morning, I loved seeing the photos of Chris and the boys all getting ready and just watching them all remembering everything and all the emotions behind each perfectly captured photograph.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Our flowers were supplied by a friend of the family, Chris’ mum made our cake and my dress was from a small wedding shop in town. Everything else we found online
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t stress about things like favours, hardly anyone takes them or remembers them!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Getting the right venue!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Our stationery came from card factory and hobby craft
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! I actually found my dress without intending to go to get one that day, the bridal shop is in town just round the corner from my parents, it’s usually by appointment so my mum just said let’s just go look at styles and prices. When we got there the lady that owns the shop had no more appointments that morning so asked if I wanted to try a few on, it was the fifth dress I put on and I just knew! Though the style was nothing like I ever imagined my wedding dress to be!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Ashton Jayne Bridal
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My veil, hair vine and centre piece were all from Britten Weddings
Earrings were from Beaverbrooks
Shoes are pink paradox
And what did the groom wear?
Chris bought his suit, tie, shoes etc from Next
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My girls both wore stunning dresses by Emma Bridal
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Our hair and make-up was done by Kirsty Woolnough
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Flowers were done by a friend of the family Sally Marchant
They were a beautiful mix of ivory roses
lilac & white freesia (in memory of my nan who passed away a few years ago) lilac & lisianthus, eucalyptus parvi, pittosporum &
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Luckily it was a beautifully sunny clear day so we were able to get married outside so we just left the gardens, grounds and manor house to do their thing which added to the relaxed day we wanted
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I decorated the flower jars for the tables which I did enjoy doing
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Chris’ mum actually made our wedding cake – a delicious 3 tiers of strawberry and champagne cake garnished with fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We had a harpist playing whilst guests were seated and through the ceremony which just added a magical feel to an already magical day.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Dont let small things stress you out and remember it’s your day to celebrate you as a couple no one else’s so plan it how you want it not how you think others will want it. We had food stations so we just had tables set up around the garden so people could sit where they wanted – no seating plan! And actually all the guests said they really liked being able to choose where to sit rather then being told where to sit
What’s the best thing about being married?
The feeling of being closer to your partner
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Wedding cake topper by Cheryl at Artlocke Designs: www.artlockedesigns.co.uk
Dress designer: Ronald Joyce
Bridal boutique: Ashton Jayne Bridal
Hair: Kirsty Woolnough
Bridesmaids dresses: Emma Bridal
Veil, hair vine and centre piece: Britten Weddings
Shoes: Pink Paradox