Let’s start this week off with a fabulously colourful, joyful, vibrant and exciting wedding, shall we? Knowing we’d be featuring this beaut of a wedding today, I smiled SO much when I spotted Jennie & Verity’s happy faces on the home page of Artisan X Photography‘s website this morning! These two gave their Birmingham wedding photographer an amazing review – and well deserved, because the overwhelming happiness of this wedding comes across so strongly in their photos. The rainbows splash colour everywhere; the bouquets are just stunning – and a spot of punting along the river Cam makes this one of my favourite weddings we’ve featured so far this year! Oh – and it makes me happy and proud to share this as a reminder that not every wedding has a groom. I’d love to feature more weddings with two brides or two grooms – any wedding photographers reading, please check our submissions page right now!
Shall we dive right into this glorious rainbow wedding then? I think so!
Special thanks to our family who trekked up from Devon and Norwich to be with us on our special day – battling bank holiday traffic. We were truly blessed and thankful to be surrounded by the people we love and hold so dearly – it is a day we will never forget full of love, care, happiness and rainbows.
Wedding photographer’s website
How did you choose your photographer?
Chris Denner was the photographer at a friend’s wedding a few years earlier. So quirky and original his photography captured their day beautifully. With his eye for detail, his effervescent personality, quirky style and arms full of tattoos- we knew Chris was the guy for us. We planned our wedding from start to finish within 10 weeks and thankfully Chris had two days free in his schedule and one was our date – August Bank Holiday Sunday. Everything clicked into place and in our eyes it was meant to be.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Chris thinks outside the box, he takes risks and captures moments in time with a natural feel. As a photographer he is full of love, time and creativity – nothing is too much to ask. He seamlessly integrated into our day and captured treasured memories of family that we will cherish forever. Being an intimate wedding with only 18 of us he was more like one of the family than our photographer. Making us both feel at ease, laughing with us constantly and being there to capture those emotional moments we all fell in love not only with his personality but also his stunning photography. He is by far the best wedding photographer we have seen, he effectively fuses tradition and contemporary styles – his fresh look on photography is modern and eye-catching however, he is still able to snap those formal moments.
Videographer details if applicable – and any thoughts for other couples about having a wedding video?
We didn’t have a videographer – family cameras snapped old school, wobbly home video style snapshots of the day. Perfect for our informal and relaxed day.
Tell us about your venue – what made this place special for you?
We got married in the Double Tree Hilton, Cambridge on the hottest day of the year – a scorching 35 degree heat made for a beautiful yet sticky day. The rainbow parasols and air conditioning were very much welcomed. The hotel meant a lot to our family as we regularly visited for special occasions and Sunday carveries. The setting alongside the River Cam is beautiful and picturesque and we would spend hours in the hotel grounds watching the world and punts go by. The hotel staff always went above and beyond and treat us again like family – nothing was too much bother with Eloy and Gary going above and beyond. They catered beautifully to the needs of our guests and ensured everything ran as planned and was presented beautifully. From the booking team (Natasha), to the front of house staff and the chefs everyone went above and beyond to make our day perfect. Punting along the River Cam was the cherry on top – not everyday does a wedding party travel down the river getting attacked by the famous Cambridge asbo swan whilst singing ‘We all live in a yellow submarine’. The Beatles being the soundtrack to most of the day.
Did you love wearing your outfits? How was the dress / suit shopping experience?
Jennie shopped for her outfit with her mum Hilary and opted for an Ivory suit from Next designed by Emma Willis. Simple, tailored and elegant it was Jen all over – comfortable and alternative. Jen spent weeks searching for the right top to accompany her suit / tie in with the Rainbow theme – thankfully Phase Eight came up trumps. Verity hunted for something different and quirky – shopping alongside her Mum and Dad, Ann and Keith. I remember being laughed away from a few bridal shops due to the short timescale – 6 weeks ‘no way could we turn around a dress around in that time’. Morgan Davies Bridal in Hitchin however came to the rescue and said if anything in the store fitted I could purchase a sample dress. The amazing host at Morgan Davies could feel my quirky energy and brought something out alongside the words ‘this one is like marmite – you will either love it or hate it…’ and guess what – it fitted like a glove and was meant to be. A few alterations in the length by the amazing Baubo Fashion Design and Alterations Hitchin and we were good to go. Brogan and Paige’s Rainbow flower girl dresses were sourced from Monsoon whilst George, Bertie and Arthur’s ring bearer suits were from Next accompanied by Rainbow ties and converse pumps. Again the good auld high-street coming up trumps.
Did you hire a florist? Tell us about any floral amazingness
Mosaic Floral in Hitchin created our vibrant and eye-catching flowers for the day. We wanted something we could treasure forever so chose artificial silks for all the bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. Sam was so helpful, creative and energised by our ‘out of the box’ rainbow requests and created striking arrangements that really gave a pop of colour to our special day. The bouquets were made even more meaningful as they included lockets of our loved ones who had passed – meaning that their love and presence was with us every step of the way.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
No we didn’t have a wedding planner. It was a proper DIY wedding with us sourcing, designing and arranging everything. Our wedding link at the Hilton (Natasha) was great and ensured our menu was to our taste and catered for family with dietary requirements. Being a Performing Arts teacher and planning school shows for 100+ students, a wedding for 18 seemed like a walk in the park. The planning of a wedding from scratch in 10 weeks seemed like a joke to most people however, this intense period was creatively exciting a little bit like ‘Challenge Anneka’. Having been together for 10 plus years, the decision to marry was a random spur of the moment one when we saw another couple marry whilst we ate a carvery by the river. We enquired that day, booked an intimate package two days later and the rest is history…. The planning was a beautiful collaborative time, knowing each other so well decisions came easily, thoughts were the same and ideas ping ponged between us in terms of inspiration.
As cake lovers here at English Wedding we’d LOVE to know who made your cake, and how delicious it was?
A two tiered cake by the Great British cake makers Mr Marks and Mr Spencer (M&S) adorned with miniature Lego brides was finished off with a rainbow ribbon and a vibrant cake topper from DreamcakesandToppers at Etsy.
Tell us about any special personal touches, or creative projects you made yourselves
Wedding favours included bright rainbow coloured socks, pens, personalised Lego figurines of the wedding party and rainbow tote bags. We wanted to spread love and colour.
Gifts to each other included vintage vinyl records of our wedding songs alongside jewellery that that was bespoke..
Wedgewood figures of the Balloon Man and Women holding Rainbow balloons were gifts for Ann and Keith whilst rainbow inspired jewellery from local artists were gifted to Hilary.
Did you personalise your vows or have any wedding readings? What were they?
Once in a lifetime was read beautifully by Jen’s mum – Hilary…. there was not a dry eye in the house!
‘I love you. You are my best friend. Today I take you to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I promise to encourage and inspire you and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart and my love, from this day on, for the rest of our lives.’
What was your first dance song? Why did you choose it?
‘Grow Old With You’ from the Wedding Singer film – sung by Adam Sandler. We didn’t have an ‘evening do’ so to speak – just chill time on the lawn playing games, punting and enjoying each others’ company. The first dance and cake cutting actually came prior to the wedding breakfast – so Chris could capture the moment before scooting to his next booking the following day.
Favourite wedding suppliers
https://artisanxphotography.co.uk/ – Photography
https://morgandaviesbridal.co.uk/hitchin-boutique – Dress
http://baubofashion.co.uk/ – Alterations
https://www.fratellihair.co.uk/ – Jen’s hair
http://www.maxwellshair.com/ – Rainbow Nails by Maxwells Biggleswade
https://www.mosaicfloraleffects.co.uk – Flowers
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DreamcakesandToppers – Cake Topper
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/900PinkTulips – Bunting
https://www.theleafpress.co.uk/ – Rainbow Invites
https://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/cambridge – Make Up – Mac Counter – John Lewis Cambridge
https://www.graduatehotels.com/cambridge/ – Hotel (formally Double Tree Hilton – Cambridge)