As I write, the sunshine is peeking through the clouds up here in Cumbria, and the autumn leaves are glowing with fiery colours – it truly is a beautiful time of the year! Today’s couple Sophie and Chris chose to be married in the autumn, and used the most incredible florals to capture the magic of this time of year. Their images are by Kent wedding photographer Terence Joseph Photography, who I’m delighted to say is one of our newest English Wedding members.
The gorgeous pair were married at The Archbishop’s Palace, Maidstone and went on to The Weald of Kent Golf Club and Hotel at Headcorn – despite missing their OWN wedding bus as it left for the venue! They laughed and took it in their stride, grabbing the opportunity to have a couple of extra portraits taken with Terence as they waited for their bus to come back!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We liked the photos on Terence’s website and he just came across as so personable! After a long chat on the phone we knew we’d get along really well and that’s what we wanted – a photographer who we could have a laugh with!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely! Terence was great, we felt so relaxed around him that after some initial awkward smiles we really relaxed and had lots of fun (and ice cream) together! All our guests really liked Terence as well, and he captured some truly wonderful carefree moments.
We were both so excited to see them they couldn’t load fast enough! It was like reliving the day from each other’s and our guests’ perspectives.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Light-hearted and traditional with a personal twist!
Your wedding style or theme:
Star Wars (in the details!) and autumnal.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found lots of suppliers through our venues, usually ones they’d worked with before. Also through internet searches combined with online reviews and a few recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Get married on a weekday and out of season! Prioritise where you want to spend your money and be prepared to compromise – are the extra decorations really worth it and who’s going to remember them in a year’s time? Check with friends and family if they’re willing to lend you things, perhaps they’d like to make it a wedding gift.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photos and wedding rings! We figured these were the things we were going to keep forever and wanted to get them absolutely right.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We made a funny save the date video which we emailed out and designed and printed the invites ourselves. Some of our family also donated their talents and time to make place names and table names.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely! I kept it at my parents’ house and occassionally popped over to try it on, even before I had it adjusted to fit! I tried every style and ended up with something that wasn’t quite what I thought I’d get, but it wasn’t far off.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I knew I wanted coloured shoes rather than white or ivory and managed to grab a pair of Rainbow Club low heels on sale which I got dyed burgundy to match our colour scheme. I wore pearl jewellery which was all Christmas or birthday gifts from my husband, and snagged a pearl and sparkly headband on sale from Debenhams. Lastly, I borrowed a veil from one of my bridesmaids – which doubled as my something borrowed!
And what did the groom wear?
Since he was used to wearing suits, Chris wanted to wear something really special on our wedding day, so we hired full tails and a top hat. He also bought some new formal shoes from Debenhams (that store was great for inexpensive wedding bits and pieces!).
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
It was tricky to find full length burgundy dresses in budget – they were either too expensive or shorter than we wanted. Fortunately after religiously checking the department stores, we found some dresses from House of Fraser (again on sale!).
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My bridesmaids and I went to a local hairdresser for styling and I had a make up artist for mine and my mum’s makeup – it was a bit of a last minute decision! My bridesmaids preferred to do their own makeup.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We limited the flowers to just the bridal party bouquets and found the florist through the reception venue. The flowers were beautiful, they really listened to what I wanted and I highly recommend them: Sweet William Florist, Headcorn (https://sweetwilliamflorist.co.uk/). My bridesmaids had informal posies of lilies, roses, freesias, berries and foliage, and I had a waterfall style bouquet with the same flowers.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Archbishop’s Palace didn’t need anything – the venue is stunning and they decorate with white/ivory flowers regardless. The reception venue was a bit plainer and we had drapes, fairy lights and bunting to decorate.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
Our friends and family were so generous in donating time and talents to our wedding; having things made by them really made it *our* wedding. The cake, bunting, table centres, table and place names and buttonholes were all crafted by our more creative friends and family! We were quite relaxed about what we wanted which meant they could have fun with it.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
The groom’s mother wanted to make the cake and she sent us a photo for a Star Wars themed cake she found. It was epic! We couldn’t decide on just one flavour and ended up with four, each tier different – carrot, chocolate, coffee and coconut!
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Another last minute decision, we hired a pianist for the wedding venue, who played covers of some of our favourite songs and accompanied a family member singing during the signing of the register. It was well worth it – the music was beautiful! Other than that, we had a DJ in the evening playing some cheesy dance sings (the macarena, night fever, etc)!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Be organised but accept it won’t go to plan! We hired a wedding a bus which ended up leaving us behind whilst we had some photos taken; instead of stressing about it, we laughed and had some more photos whilst we waited for it to come back! Enjoy every moment because the day really does pass in a blink!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing we’ll spend the rest of our lives together!
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Photography: https://terencejosephphotography.co.uk/ (can’t recommend Terence enough, he’s fantastic!)
Wedding Venue: http://www.akentishceremony.com/kcc-register-offices/the-archbishop-s-palace (beautiful venue and the staff were really helpful and friendly)
Reception Venue: https://www.weald-of-kent.co.uk/ (so much is included in their wedding packages, making it so easy and the staff are fantastic, they really go above and beyond)
The flowers were beautiful, they really listened to what I wanted and I highly recommend them: Sweet William Florist, Headcorn (https://sweetwilliamflorist.co.uk/)
Department stores are also great to getting a bargain!