This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
Well hello bank holiday Monday and how are you today? I hope you are enjoying your well deserved day off and if you are working I hope you are managing to have a good day! I have a week of truly wonderful weddings planned, starting off with this absolute beauty of a wedding from Matt Parry Photography. Matt is a truly wonderful photographer, his work is stunning and this wedding speaks volumes. He has created a beautiful collection of photos and I just know that Cordelia and Simon will treasure them forever. With some fabulous portrait shots, some beautiful details shots, while really capturing the fun aspects of this incredibly stylish wedding. I just love the venue, urban meets vintage, meets rustic. Fantastic!
Cordelia and Simon were married on 30th March 2015 at The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley and the reception was held at Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant in Hitchin. ‘Hermitage Rd is our favourite Bar & the food is amazing there. We always go there for special occasions and we weren’t sure if they did weddings… but thankfully they did for us! With that in mind we need a venue just for the ceremony…and stumbled upon the Priory Barn. We saw it and immediately fell in love with it. We had 85 guests for the full day and a total of 160 for the Evening. We only got engaged on the 18th May 2014 so we planned it all in about 9 months! I think we were unaware when we decided to get married so quickly that there was so much to plan…well for me as the Bride anyway.
How they met
We met at work in 2008 and got together in 2009. We were on tour in Thailand and New Zealand, and Whale & Dolphin Watching is a hard first date to top. Trust me! We have been together ever since.
I was working away and arrived in Edinburgh by train. Waiting on the platform was Si. He had flown up to meet me and told me he had chosen to just come and visit, as Edinburgh is his favourite city. He said that he had booked a hotel and dinner so to bring something nice to wear. I didn’t twig at all as Si is the best at surprises! We went for a walk up to the castle, and it was really sunny. We were walking around and we went past The Witchery, but Si said not to get my hopes up as we weren’t eating there. He then turned down the alley and walked in and said we had a room booked there! I didn’t even know they had rooms. We were shown to the Turret Suite and it was utterly beautiful! Then once the porter left Si got down on one knee!!!! Just amazing. We then had half an hour to just take it in over a bottle of champagne…then call everyone to tell them! We then went for cocktails at an amazing bar called Panda & Sons and a Michelin Starred dinner at Number One at The Balmoral. It was just so perfect. and the planning that had gone into it was incredible. The best part for me is that I didn’t know any of it was coming. Boy did good!
How did you allocate your budget
We didn’t. We were a bit rubbish with budgeting…but it was so worth it. We both saved really hard in the time we had, and my parents paid for the Hermitage Rd venue hire. We got married on a Monday which can make it a lot cheaper than a weekend wedding & being a bit of a DIY bride can help cut your costs too.
How did you choose your photographer
Have you seen his portfolio!!!!! Flawless…and just the way he captures the real moments. Nothing forced or awkward. Just art that we can keep forever.
Catherine Deane. Believe me her dresses are the most amazing ones I’ve ever seen. We went to her studio in Wapping and it was so hard to choose! They were all gorgeous. I bought my shoes in a department store in Perth on holiday and my earrings were from Wilde in Hitchin. My hair vine was from an Etsy seller online.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
The suits were great. We got them all in the sale at Burton. Cheaper than hiring them and they all have a great suit to keep. My girls dresses were from ASOS & their shoes were from Miss Selfridge. ‘Big up’ the High Street! Also my Flower Girls dress was from BHS.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We had a tie in colour of navy rather than a theme colour, as I think with a theme you can sometimes compromise what you like, just because it’s the right colour.
We had a rustic feel for our flowers. Baby’s Breath made up the bridesmaids bouquets and mixed with brunia for the button holes. My bouquet was mixed with desert roses, antique looking roses, brunia greenery and thistles. These were used for the room decorations too with a few carnations added in.
Mainly Rustic and Vintage decorations, including a tin bath and old books and tins. Stylenvy Ltd supplied all the decorations for both the Barn and The Herm. Ellene Nye runs Stylenvy and has a display of her rental props at the back of Hermitage Rd & co. She is amazing and was held fully responsible for how gorgeous Hermitage Rd looked! I also rented the original post box from a guy on Hitchin Market.
If you haven’t been to The Herm…go! The food is amazing. This is one of the reasons we chose the venue as we are both foodies! Our Menu was…
Starters: Beetroot cured salmon, pickled beetroot, crostini & dill crème fraiche. Pulled pork croquette with crackling & confit plum. Sweet potato and butternut squash soup.
Mains: Chump of lamb with pea puree, lamb dauphinois potato, spinach and a lamb jus. Pan fried hake with a lobster sauce, cofit fennel, spinach and anna potato. Red wine glazed shallot tart tatin, with goats cheese, baby tomatoes and a rocket salad. All served with market vegetables.
Dessert: Trio of desserts: Vanilla panna cotta with berry coulis, chocolate brownie with honeycomb & lemon cheesecake.
For the evening we had platters of American style food to match the band! We had mini burgers, pizza, fries, mini hot dogs and because they’re our favourite…fish finger sandwiches! We also had a popcorn machine and candyfloss machine which in full swing all day!
We went for a classic vanilla sponge with raspberry jam and a marshmallow cream! It was to die for! It was a Naked wedding cake supplied by Sylvie’s Cake Creations.
What didn’t we have! We had an acoustic set from Cara Beard, who also played at the Ceremony. We had our friends band Blues Brothers Banned and they really do put on a show and then we also had a DJ to finish off the night.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
DIY mainly. I made all the thank you flags for the favours, the table numbers and the table plan, and copied a lot of things like the Sip Sip Hooray sign from Pinterest! As a bride Pinterest becomes your new best friend.
Personal or Handmade Touches
I decided to have old pictures around the cake. We had one of both our parents on their wedding days and others of us when we were younger. My Godmother cut out hearts from sheet music as our confetti which was gorgeous too!
Highlights were getting ready in The Chapel which we rented for two nights in Hitchin. It’s stunning and was great for us girls to have the space to put my dress on easily. It’s a great moment, putting the dress on & knowing that this time you don’t have to take it off until the end of the day. The walk down the aisle of course. It’s overwhelming in a good way, and seeing Si at the bottom was just incredible. The photos we took of just us two were so great, because it gave us a little bit of time together on the day. The outcome was amazing too. They’re so fantastic. People were dancing all night. That’s what we wanted…everyone to enjoy themselves.We also had a photo booth at the evening doo, which was a great for all ages and a great memento that people could take home. Lots of fun as well!
It was actually the night before. My Mum gave me her old engagement ring that my Dad replaced with a new fancy sparkler. It was antique when she had it and it was originally set on yellow gold and platinum. It’s a diamond and sapphire ring which my parents had re-set on white gold for me, to be my Old, New and Blue. I was so overwhelmed. It was such an incredible gift. On the day the biggest surprise was the amount of people that are all there for you! It’s the most incredible feeling to know that so many people are there to share your special day with you.