Good morning lovely! Are you feeling the nip in the air today? I have been looking forward to sharing this pretty winter wedding with you all – a November celebration which makes the most of pretty, sparkly fairy lights and has a warming, romantic vibe to the day. Gorgeous bride Hannah wears a shimmery, lace dress from Yours Truly in Maidstone, and the images of the day are captured by our friend and Kent wedding photographer Terence Joseph Photography – who gets a wonderful review from the happy couple!
Hannah and Tom told me their wedding style was centred around the fact it was more of a winter wedding – the wood fire, fairy lights and candles all added to the effect. Their venue was The Plough at Leigh, and they found suppliers via recommendations from family, from internet research and reading reviews, and from the venue’s open day.
Wedding photographer’s website:
We wouldn’t describe ourselves as particularly photogenic, or people that love posing in front of a camera. So, for us, it was important we felt comfortable with our photographer and it wasn’t someone who would make us do lots of awkward poses on the big day! We met Terence, our photographer, when we attended an open day at our wedding venue. He was very easy to talk to, and looking through his previous work, we could see he had a very natural style – which suited us down to the ground. So the choice was very easy!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Very much so! We absolutely made the right choice. Terence just fit right into the wedding – we didn’t even notice him taking photos, which is always a sign of a good photographer!
We got married in November and Terence had our photos ready before Christmas – which was a lovely present! We absolutely loved the photos when we first saw them – the colours were stunning. He captured the spirit of our wedding day perfectly – you could how much fun we, and all of our guests, had.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Don’t worry about all of the extras – you don’t need them!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Photographer – definitely! And my wedding dress!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Definitely not a labour of love! We went online to create it. We chose navy blue invites (as our wedding colours were navy and pale pink) with gold writing. As we were getting married in the early winter we wanted that feel across the whole wedding.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Of course! Who doesn’t? At the end of the night, I was so sad to take it off.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Yours Truly – http://www.yourstruly.uk.com/
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My wedding dress was quite ornate – it had a shimmering layer and then a lace layer and so I went for simple satin 1950’s style shoes and sparkly jewellery (necklace and bracelet) to set off the sparkles in my dress.
And what did the groom wear?
He wore a blue ted baker suit with a cream waistcoat – and looked very smart!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The two bridesmaids wore floor length navy blue dresses and my five flower girls wore pale pink dresses – they were adorable. And the colours worked perfectly together.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Treated myself! My hair felt like a work of art! I had a lot of people come and ask me on the day if it was all my own hair (which it was..!)
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We used a local, independent florist – Flowers by Enchantment. https://www.flowersbyenchantment.co.uk/ I’m so glad we did as they were fantastic. I was really worried as I knew November wasn’t time of the year for the type of flowers I liked (peonies, hydrangea), but they found brilliant alternatives. They also helped me realise you don’t need to spend hundreds and hundreds and over decorate the venue – especially as our venue was so beautiful.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
No – it was perfect.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
My younger sister and I made the jam for the wedding favours – which was a lot more faff than I had originally anticipated! My younger sister also painted a beautiful welcome sign for guests and my older sister made the table decorations – I loved those personal touches.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
My aunt made me my wedding cake as her present to me – and it was stunning. It was a four layer, semi-naked cake. Each layer was a different flavour, and we also served it to our guests as the pudding. It was decorated with hand made icing flowers – the same colour and kind as were in my bouquet.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We chose an upbeat number for your first dance – Twist and Shout by The Beatles – and it was a winner! Everyone joined in which is exactly how you want to get the party started.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try and enjoy wedding planning – it will come round so quickly, and then you’ll wonder what you did with all of your spare time before!
What’s the best thing about being married?
There’s no one thing really. For us, we had been together a very long time so it was about making that commitment to each other in front of all of our friends and family.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Yours Truly – http://www.yourstruly.uk.com/