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We are heading back to winter today with this gorgeous winter pub wedding, courtesy of Lesley-Anne from Purple Pear Tree Photography. After having to cancel their first wedding due to Amy’s mothers ill-health, they decided on a much more low-key celebration, so opted for a pub wedding, taking advantage of the Christmas celebrations. The wedding even though simple, is still gorgeous in design. Both Amy and Adem look stunning, I am especially loving Amy’s look, her flower crown is just gorgeous.
Amy and Adem were married on the 29th of December at The Adam & Eve, Mill Hill. ‘We had arranged a big wedding for August but the previous December my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer, so after her 4th operation I knew she wouldn’t be able to attend a big wedding. We were looking for a small and intimate venue that allowed a wedding and a reception and after trying out the food a few times in the pub we decided to book with them, plus the staff were all lovely! We had 32 guests for the ceremony and diner, and then 70 evening guests. The wedding took about 3 months to plan.’
How they met
We met at my cousin’s Halloween party – although we actually met once years before! I think it was my PVC cat suit that caught his eye this time round. We were both just on the new side of coming out of long term relationships so we became firm friends very quickly but it really didn’t take long before we realised it was so much more that we both wanted. We were together over 2 years before tying the knot.
We were on holiday in Northern Cyprus. Adem took me to a bar/restaurant overlooking the sea he had been visiting since he was a child. He wanted it to be a special night, so after a dinner in town he took me back there out onto the veranda where there was one table lit up. Anyone who’s been to Northern Cyprus will know there are 100’s of cats everywhere so after I had been playing with a few he finally got down on one knee and asked me if I’d do him the honour of spending the rest of my life with him as his wife.
How did you allocate your budget?
I had a fair idea of what things cost as I had done a lot of research so we didn’t have a set budget and we didn’t allocate a budget, we just paid what we thought would get us what we wanted from that day. I also knew I could get a lot of the smaller items from independent sellers on ebay or Etsy and having a venue that doesn’t charge for hire or to hold a ceremony really saved a lot of money for us
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
I splurged on the catering for the day time guests especially as the food is so good at the venue – we really wanted our guests to be happy with the food as that’s what a lot of people talk about or remember from weddings. I saved on the hair and make-up, as I had help from my sister and cousin. I had family help out with the cake making and supplying the music for the night.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Lesley-Anne is the sister of one of my longest and best friends and I had taken notice of the photo’s she had started to post. All of the pictures captured my imagination and when it came down to it I couldn’t have thought about going with anyone else. Lesley- Anne’s style fitted ours exactly.
My Dress was by Phase Eight and my shoes were Kurt Geiger. My beautiful flower headpiece was by Rock n Rose and my veil was bought in a pop up vintage shop in Islington – I had bought 5 dresses before settling on the one I wore for the day. I still have another one up in my mum’s loft, you know for the renewal of the vows!!
The suit and bridesmaids
The suit is by Reiss and purchased from ASOS, and his boots are from Hudson London. My sister also wore a bridesmaid dress from ASOS
Theme or colour scheme
Because it was a winter wedding, we wanted a rich colour scheme of dark reds and winter greens.
I had a full spray bouquet and the groom had a stunning winter button hole with a thistle and winter flowers
We were lucky as it was Christmas the venue was already decorated in our colour scheme plus all Christmas decorations up.
For starters we had a choice of Mediterranean vegetable stack with Halloumi, Pork & Rabbit terrine or Goat’s cheese tart. Mains: West Devon lamb rump , Braised short ribs of beef, or monk fish. Dessert:
Warm chocolate brownie, Pear & almond tart, Kiwi creme brulee
We had a number of cakes but our main wedding cake was a stunning and very delicious three tier naked wedding cake of Victoria sponge decorated with winter berries – this was made by a family member
We had a play list for the day time and then one of my cousins DJ’d for us
I used a site called Wedding Chicks where I designed my own stationary, and then used a company called Print Guy to print it
Any personal touches
Both me and my husband are Arsenal fans so I had an Arsenal garter made. I bought lotto scratch cards as wedding favours. My father-in-law’s best friend brought us to the wedding in his black taxi which was brilliant – and I bought my husband, the dad’s and his brother a Romeo & Juliette cigar each for after the wedding breakfast.
Special moments or highlights
My parents are divorced so getting all of my family around a table at a happy occasion is always special. After the tough year that my mum had been through, having breast cancer and a mastectomy was extra special that she got to be with me on my wedding day. Saying ‘I do’ to Adem was special and highlights of the day having all our nieces and nephews there and seeing our friends and family enjoying themselves
Advice for other couples
One bit of advice I would happily give anyone who is planning a wedding is remember it’s yours and your partner’s day – don’t plan a wedding for what you think other people would want. Also, take some time during the day to spend with each other as it goes so quickly whisking from one guest to another. And one last thing, if something goes wrong on the day, don’t worry, people either won’t notice, won’t care or won’t remember
The weather! It was warm, sunny with a beautiful sunset
UK Wedding & Lifestyle photographer, based in Essex. I offer imaginative, natural and creative documentary wedding photography. Specialising in wedding photography with less cheese and more fun.
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