Happy weekend everyone! I have a really special wedding to share with you today – our handsome couple are Samuel and Paul, whose joy on their wedding day just bursts from my screen from the very beginning! I love their smiles, their tears, the breathtaking setting of Rhinefield House and their images by lovely Katie Winter Photography.
The guys describe their wedding simply as “The most magical day of our lives.” – and it shows. They were blessed with beautiful sunshine, and the day was relaxed, elegant and romantic as can be – for me, the perfect wedding!
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Over the moon, Katie was a joy from the very first email. Katie put everyone at ease on the big day, it felt more like an old friend was our photographer.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Tears!!! we were overwhelmed, they were stunning we looked at them all evening.
Your wedding style or theme:
Natural and relaxed.
Where did you find your suppliers?
Either through word of mouth from friends and family or good old google!
Best bit of budget advice?
Use a budget planner to keep track even the little things add up and having everything in black and white really makes you think and budget correctly.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We created all our invitations and on the day stationery online. Found a design that was just what we wanted. Very simple and easy to do. We had save the dates, day invitations, evening invitations, place cards, menu cards and a seating plan/chart.
Suited and booted – the grooms wore:
We were styled by NEXT.
Scents of Occasion, Totton- Hampshire.
We wanted something in keeping with the venue and the new forest so our flowers were a little bit rustic but still managing to be elegant.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our venue didn’t need styling at all. Rhinefield house is absolutely stunning, the grand hall where we got married takes your breath away.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We made our own favour bags, we went for retro style sweets so something for everyone. We did have love hearts which the wrappers had our names and wedding date on them, however the first lot of love hearts had Mr and Mrs on them instead of Mr and Mr but we thought it would be fun to put them in as well to see who would be the first person to notice….. didn’t take long!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional…. however it was 5 tiers with something for everyone’s taste.
We had a Dj playing throughout the day and we also had giant jenga and croquet on the lawn supplied by the venue. We were incredibly lucky to have beautiful weather (29 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!) so our guests enjoyed soaking up the sun and enjoying the stunning grounds.
On the day tips and advice:
Stay calm and don’t panic! Don’t surround yourself with too many people when getting ready – you have all day to see family and friends. A gin and tonic definitely helps!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that you get to spend the rest of your life with the most wonderful person and looking forward to all the adventures that await you.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Stationery https://www.optimalprint.co.uk/ , https://www.etsy.com/uk/ , https://www.zazzle.co.uk/
DJ equipment- IDH Disco services Hampshire
I would LOVE to be able to share more same sex weddings on the English Wedding Blog: sadly, we don’t get nearly enough in our submissions! If you’ve recently got married and would like to have your day featured, or if you’re a wedding photographer with a gorgeous same sex or non-binary wedding you can share, please get in touch! Mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org