It’s Christmas Eve! Yay! Just one more sleep and the big day will be upon...
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely day so far and are looking forward to the weekend, I know I certainly am. To end the week in style I have a cracking wedding brought to you courtesy of the lovely Nicola from Daffodil Waves Photography. It’s a beautiful spring wedding filled with lots of gorgeous pastel flowers, which really make this wedding come to life. I do love flowers at weddings, I really think they can add so much to any ceremony space or reception venue and todays flowers do just that. Filled with some super cute decoration ideas and some lovely grey accents this wedding is just lovely. Big thanks to Nicola for the wonderful images.
Laura and Kenny were married on 28th May 2015 at Mythe Barn. ‘We had been together since we were 16, and had recently celebrated our ten year anniversary, no romantic proposal to tell you about, I’m afraid! We have two children together, and was really just the last little piece of our jigsaw. We had around 70 for the day and 100 for the night and it took 18 months to plan.’
How they met
We vaguely knew each other from school, Kenny was in the year above. The summer after leaving school I was working as a waitress, with a friend of Kenny’s. He would come to the pub often, and we began to get to know each other. We were 16/17 and haven’t looked back!
How did you allocate your budget
We didn’t really have a budget…well I didn’t! I’m rubbish with money and Kenny often has to reign me in! If we did have a budget then we went well over!! Every single element cost much more than we expected! Photography was important to me as it’s the one thing that you keep forever, we also decided to have our day filmed by Craig at AmazingDayz. The flowers also blew the budget but made such an impact on the day, worth every penny!
How did you choose your photographer
I had seen Nicola’s work on the venues Facebook page, and wedding blogs and loved how she captured the day without lots of formal line up photography. We both hate having our photos taken so liked Nicola’s in the background style. When we chatted via email Nicola was like talking to an old friend, and when we met in person I knew she was the right woman for the job!
On the day we were so relaxed in her company we felt completely at ease. I love how Nicola captured each and every little detail we had added to the day- without being told she identified key characters in our family and took candid shots of them. Our photographs are stunning and really document our day perfectly.
The dress I chose was Asli by Maria Senvo. However, I cannot praise enough Sophie from Coco & Kate Atelier. My shoes were also from Coco & Kate- Mimosa in ivory by Rachel Simpson. I also had a gorgeous hair piece from Klaire Von Elton, but decided to go for fresh flowers on the day- I was going to put it in for the evening reception but time just flew!
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Kenny wore a DKNY suit from Moss Bros and the men wore a Moss Bros suit in a very similar colour, with tie and pocket square from Dessy. This matched the bridesmaids dresses, Dessy style 2897, in Taupe, purchased from Wedding Belles of Four Oakes. The original dresses came with a belt, however, we customised the belts, removing the bow and added beaded applique purchased from eBay.
Our daughters wore tutus from Etsy. They did look so cute on the day.
Theme or Colour Scheme
I originally began pinning lots of pastels to my Pinterest board, but didn’t really have a colour scheme in mind. When we went to look at bridesmaids dresses we originally went looking at shades of pink, but left with a grey tone- which I think was definitely the best choice in the end. This then meant the flowers were going to inject the pop of colour.
My flowers were insane! I don’t really know much about flowers but went along to my consultation armed with pictures of the sorts of arrangements I liked online. As soon as I met with Kerry from Tineke Floral Designs and Karen from Darby & Joan / (styling and prop hire), I just knew what they ‘got’ me my vision for the day, and I was super confident they would deliver. We emailed back and forth, sharing pictures and ideas. On the day there were heaps of flowers everywhere, it smelt delicious.
My bouquet was a natural hand tied design to incorporate soft pinks and peaches, more floral, no foliage, pink Sarah barnardt and cream Peonies, soft pink sweet avalanche Roses, pale pink Astilbe, white gypsophilia, blush bombastic spray roses, white and lilac stocks and peach Jana Spray Roses finished with grey ribbon.
The venue was filled with jam jars, and a mix of vases with single stems, and larger arrangements, and the tables were decorated with large domed bowls to match the bridal bouquet with added hydrangeas.
The venue is stunning and really could be left empty, the flowers really did make a huge difference to the look on the day. Throughout the planning process I collected a few props, signs, and lots of prints which I dotted around the venue. Other props and styling features were provided by Karen at Darby & Joan, such as the suitcases, ribbons, and ladders for the table plan.
The table plan, table numbers and felt doily garlands were brought from etsy, an amazing shop called LittleDovie , and the items came lovingly packaged from America. Hana created bespoke items for me after we exchanged many emails to get the colour combination just right. I absolutely adored the poms poms and plan to use them to decorate our daughters playroom as a lasting reminder.
We also hired a photo booth back drop with props from Pudding Bridge, and styled it with a guest book from Paperchase, advice cards from The Wedding of my Dreams and a Fujifilm instax mini camera- this went down a storm.
Kenny is literally the worlds fussiest eater but the Galloping Gourmet team really catered for our needs.
Starter: Chicken goujons served on abed of Caesar salad, croutons, shaved Parmesan and classic dressing.
Main: Traditional Roast British Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and all the trimmings
Dessert: Trio of sweet treats- Triple chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, glazed lemon tart with raspberry coulis and a tower of vanilla shortbread with fresh raspberries and clotted cream.
The cake was from Tracy at Cotton and Crumbs. Her designs are out of this world, we opted for two, two tier cakes in three flavours, lemon, chocolate and salted caramel and vanilla and raspberry. It was stunning and I really didn’t want to cut in to it!! We also ordered 100 Krispy Kreme donuts in a variety of flavours to be served during the evening.
During the ceremony we had live music by Amelia Alice, I found her whilst googling and as soon as I heard her rendition of Latch I was sold! She was amazing- I was just gutted that I missed most of her set! Friends of ours booked her on the day for their wedding so I have now seen the full set! Amazing!!
After the wedding breakfast guests were thoroughly entertained by Christian Fletcher- a close up magician. This was one of our best decisions a time of day when they is normally a lull was kept exciting by his mix of tricks and banter. Everyone has been raving about him- would recommend 100%.
For our evening entertainment we also booked the Hot Shots, also from Alive Network who played great love music to modern pop and rock songs- keeping the dance floor filled all night.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
Our stationary was from Norma & Dorothy they provided save the dates, invitations, menus, place cards and table plan cards.
Personal or Handmade Touches
The children had pastel buckets filled with crayons and an activity book and a jar of sweets, numerous signage and props around the room, guest book table, photos of family members who have passed.
We loved every minute- getting ready so a lovely part of the day- special thanks to Chloe McCall for make up and Kira for the hair for making the morning so stress free. I was so nervous about walking in to the ceremony, but I was remarkably chilled and once I was in the room it really did feel like there was nobody else around- very surreal. We did make an effort to spend lots of time together on the day as past advice was that you hardly see each other on the day.
Our daughters did a reading during the ceremony and totally stole the show! It was an adaptation of a poem I found online- personalised to our day.
Advice to other couples
Enjoy every second of the planning and preparation- it shouldn’t be a stressful time- make the most of it as it only happens once.
Just how fast the time goes- I know everyone says the same but really the whole day flew in an instant!