I’m completely in denial of the blustery Monday outside my window and 100% smitten with today’s STUNNING festival wedding on the blog. I do love to begin a week with a wedding to knock your socks off, and I think we’ve really nailed it today with our gorgeous couple Charlotte & Will. Their day combines rustic styling touches with elegant looks for the bride and groom – their tipi reception is absolutely lovely; the top table with their children is a joy (I love this idea!) – and the florals in white with oodles of greenery are just exquisite. We’ve lots of love for English Wedding member Mamad at Twig & Vine Photography who has captured their day beautifully. Have a lovely Monday everyone!
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How did you choose your photographer?
We liked his style – his photos are very natural. We don’t like staged photos, and neither does Mamad. Instead, he captures the little moments that really make the day.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Definitely. First, we booked an ‘engagement shoot’ which was six weeks or so before the wedding and was really so Mamad could coach us through the dos and don’ts of taking a good picture. It also gave us the opportunity to go through the photos and say what we liked and didn’t like, and got us all more comfortable with each other before the big day. He also had a lot of advice on how quickly the day would go and how to handle it. On the day, Mamad had lots of great ideas for shots and settings, but most of the time blended into the background and got lots of natural shots. His photos really capture the feeling and atmosphere of the day, and we love them.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
Will’s parents live on an old farm in the Cotswolds, and we put a tipi up in a field there. It’s a stunning place, with great views, and the tipi fitted in perfectly. We wanted something quite informal, and a bit different. We love that we can revisit our venue and remember the day whenever we visit the in-laws.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
Charlotte’s dress was the third she tried on. She wanted quite a low key dress, and went shopping with her mum. When her mum saw her in ‘the dress’, she cried. Charlotte had doubts a few weeks later though and only wanted to know Will’s opinion but couldn’t show him. This drove her mad until the wedding day but Will was blown away!
Suit shopping was difficult. We had to do it during lockdown, so everything was online and difficult to get an accurate idea of the colour/fit. We went through quite a few deliveries and returns where suits that looked good online didn’t look right after they’d arrived. On top of that it was a nightmare finding a suit we liked that was available in all the sizes we needed for groomsmen, fathers etc. We finally found the right one, but most of the groomsmen didn’t try it on until the wedding day (again, because of the lockdown restrictions)… but thankfully everything fit!
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
We used The Lily Pad Florist, and Gemma was great. We were both a bit clueless (especially Will) about what we wanted, but she sat down with us and after getting an idea of the feel of the wedding, had loads of suggestions on how to expand the few basic things we’d thought about. The end effect was so much better than we could have imagined and we were really pleased.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
We used Hannah Culley’s Cakes and had a two tier cake. The first tier was Oreo flavoured, and the second was white chocolate and passion fruit. We both work for an airline, and so we had a gold world map iced onto it. Finally, it had golden macaroons scattered over the tiers. It was delicious and we still have some in the freezer!
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
We love a good gin, and collected a few unusual bottles to use for the different table names, then put a gin and tonic cracker at each place. We wanted something a bit different from your standard wedding food, so had a food van provided by Hunger Foods. They made a curry for the wedding breakfast, a barbeque in the evening, and their food was stunning. The tipi had a fire pit, and there were marshmallows to toast for anyone who was still hungry! Finally, we had heard that often the people who have to make a speech don’t enjoy their food at the wedding breakfast, because they’re so nervous. So we decided to have our speeches before the meal and then let everyone get on with enjoying themselves!
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
The Lumineers – Ho Hey. It’s difficult to explain why. We both like the song and when we sat down to discuss the first dance it was one we’d both thought about. We listened to it, and a few others, but Ho Hey just felt right.