Katie & Jonathan’s elegant rustic Unitarian Chapel wedding, with Jennifer Jane Photography
Hello beautiful – how was your weekend? I do hope you’re staying safe in this still very unsettling times. Still on a little mission of sharing life’s joyful moments, today we’re wishing a very happy anniversary to this lovely pair! Gorgeous Katie & Jonathan were married on the 10th of August 2019, and their flower-filled, beautiful country wedding is simply perfect. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
Wedding photographer’s website
How did you choose your photographer?
We came across Jen in a South West wedding magazine and were instantly drawn to her style.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Absolutely! Jen clearly LOVES what she does. She is very approachable and provides just the right level of contact before and after the big day. On the day she was really supportive, took everything in her stride and made it feel like she was honoured to be photographing our wedding. Jen captured some wonderful natural moments from the day, where those being photographed had no idea she was there – everything was just natural.
The images Jen produced are a wonderful reminder of our day. They also showed us lots of aspects of the day that we were not even of, as you are so busy on the day and cannot be there for everything and everyone all of the time! They really captured the joy and happiness of everyone there and transport us back to that day.
Jen is the best photographer you could wish for. Her photography captures the moments that you want to remember for ever; it feels that even when you’ve been married for 50 years her work will transport you back to that special day.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
Our ceremony was held at the Chapel in the Garden in Bridport, Dorset. We are both agnostic yet spiritual people, and this venue – a Unitarian Chapel – provided us with our perfect service. From here we took a short journey to our reception at Symondsbury Tithe Barn. This is a special place for us, being very close to where Katie grew up as a child. The location, grounds and barn are simply stunning. It has a lovely romantic and rustic feel.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
We loved wearing our outfits! Katie had a lovely dress from Romantica of Devon which she found at the Bridal Emporium in Exeter. The service was fantastic and encouraging. Jonathan went for morning wear from Bakers of Bond Street in Yeovil. Again the service was exemplary, with a good selection of options. The measuring up was absolutely spot on for everybody.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We used Lavender Blue in Bridport for the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, together with corsages and button holes. Lavender Blue also created two pedestal arrangements for the Chapel and provided us with ivy which we used to decorate some features in the Tithe Barn. We created the centre pieces and pew ends ourselves, using mainly homegrown cottage garden style flowers.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
We had a lovely semi-naked three tier cake, with each tier having a different flavour. This tied in wonderfully with our rustic, country style theme. We also had a seperate gluten free cake and this was absolutely no bother to make. Both cakes were made by the superb GC Cakes from Beaminster, Dorset.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
As mentioned we created a lot of the flower arrangements and table settings ourselves. The table theme was places across the SW that were really special to both of us. We found vintage style cards for each location and had these jauntily resting against the rustic jugs with the flowers. Our wedding favours were “forget me not” seeds from Cancer Research.
Katie and I planned everything ourselves – from the suits to the table arrangements and centre pieces, order of service, wine and welcome drinks, entertainment and music (Jonathan even created a Spotify playlist for the wedding breakfast).
Jonathan’s sister provided us with a beautiful personalised image which we used on our wedding invites and orders of service that we made through Optimal Print.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
We used the suggested vows by our amazing celebrant – Lizzie – at the Chapel in the Garden. She asked us each to write a short piece about ourselves and our love for each other in advance, which she incorporated into our beautiful wedding service. We had four readings – “The Art of Marriage” by Wilfred Peterson, “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” by Christopher Marlowe (as a nod to Jonathan’s work as a vet), “A reading from the Apistles of St Paul”, and “On This Joyful Milestone” by anon.
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
At Last by Etta James. It is a beautiful song that we both love. It really resonated with us – especially after being together for over 10 years before getting married!
Favourite wedding suppliers
https://amazing-face.co.uk/ – hair and make up
http://thetommygunsband.co.uk/ – live band for evening
https://dorsetfinedining.co.uk/ – caterers
http://www.lavenderblue-flowers.co.uk/ – florist
https://symondsburyestate.co.uk/venue/the-tithe-barn/ – reception venue