I just love how today’s beautiful and intimate wedding travels from city chic to seaside bliss in just a few stunning frames! Beautiful bride Jade wears a minimal and graceful dress from The Pretty Dress company and Gboyega is super stylish in a fitted suit from T.M. Lewin. They describe their September wedding as private, simplistic, intimate, meaningful… and windy! And they chose the perfect Dorset wedding photographer – our lovely friend and English Wedding member, Linus Moran Photography (www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk)
With no theme in mind, Jade and Gboyega embraced the vintage and rustic feel to their reception venue (The Pig on the Beach, at Studland). They had use of the roundhouse and summer house, which they were able to decorate with fresh flowers the day before. Surrounded by trees and with a view of the sea, the natural location on the Dorset coast gives this wedding a destination flavour – and it’s beautiful.
“We had support from our family with all things creative on our big day which helped make it even more special. We were lucky enough to have a creative Grandma who made all the floral decorations in fresh flowers including my bouquet, chair backs, table candles and button holes for the men. My brother’s very talented girlfriend handmade our beautiful 3 tier wedding cake.”
Wedding photographer’s website:
We stumbled across Linus whilst searching on Instagram which then lead up to view his website for more info. We looked through Linus’s portfolio and read through reviews which gave us the confidence in choosing him for the day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Linus was good at blending into our day, making us feel at ease at all times without missing capturing precious moments through the lens. He was good with the pre-wedding communication and was keen to get to know us before our big day which really helped us feel relaxed.
We were both really excited to receive our wedding photos and we were not disappointed. We love how Linus captured our day in a very natural way, which we felt reflected our relationship perfectly. The app that Linus uses to share his photos makes it really easy to view them and share with family & friends which was an added benefit as everyone wanted to see them as soon as possible.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t have a big wedding so there’s no added pressure to save extortionate amounts, invite only your nearest & dearest (this made our day even more magical). We managed to have a fabulous day including a photographer, chauffeur, car, sit down meal, canapés & wine all for £2,000.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The choice of venue, although we didn’t spend much compared to the average UK wedding the venue actually made the day even more special. We had use of a private roundhouse which seated 12 which we could decorate as we pleased.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
All of our wedding invitations were handmade by us which meant we could incorporate some African fabric and some chic elements which we felt really represented us best being a couple from different cultures. We also had lots of fun making them one evening over wine.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes…took a few attempts to say yes to the dress…
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was purchased from The Pretty Dress company. I was drawn to the simplicity of the dress, which had a structured body, a slight off the shoulder detail and a high low skirt. I was really drawn to The Pretty Dress Company because all their items are designed & produced in the UK and are really reasonably priced.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My earrings were something borrowed from a close friend, my Grandma gave me my garter which was old, my engagement ring stone is tanzanite blue & my best long term friend bought me a really pretty bracelet for the special day which was new. I splashed out on some nude Valentino Heels & a matching small Mulberry bag which I have enjoyed wearing/using many times since which always reminds me of our wedding day.
And what did the groom wear?
The Groom wore a double breasted blue check suit from T.M.Lewin, white shirt and black shoes. The suit was tailor fitted to give it that added sharpness.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
No bridesmaids due to the simplicity of the wedding…we only had 11 guests! The girls on the bride’s side of the family all looked smart & fabulous in dresses & heels, the women on the groom’s side of the family all wore traditional African dress which injected lots of colour into the day.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hair was styled by my lovely mobile hairdresser Gemma, a simple half up half down design. I did my own make-up to ensure I looked at much like me as possible for the big day.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I chose my wedding flowers with my Grandma from our local florist Jane Bidwell Flowers and all the arranging from my bouquet, chair backs to the mens button holes were created by my Grandma! We had great girlie fun in the lead up to the wedding pulling the flowers together, and we went to the venue together the day before to tie on all the chair backs and arrange the room.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Due to us only having one table for 13 to dress decoration was minimal, we just included a few personal touches.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
All the homemade elements of our day helped it to feel more special & meant that we could be hands on in the lead up to the big day. This also meant that it felt like our wedding lasted for a whole week instead of just one day creating memories with family members along the way.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Our wedding cake was 3 tiers. The 1st/2nd tier was dark choc dipped in white choc, with a choc chip filling & a white choc butter cream. Top tier was lemon with lemon syrup & elderflower buttercream, it was incredible!
The above flavours were chosen as we both love chocolate as do the guests, & lemon drizzle was a personal fave of both of ours so thought it had to be included. We are glad it was as we spent a week devouring the cake after the wedding (the beauty of only having 11 guests means there is more cake left for the Bride & Groom to eat!)
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t sweat the small stuff, remember what’s important at a wedding (each other) & don’t break the bank trying to please others, sometimes less is more!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. Marriage marks the beginning of a new journey together and helps give a new focus and energy to the relationship no matter how long you have been together.