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Happy Monday everyone and welcome along to another fun packed week on the blog. Did you have a good weekend? I do hope you did and that you ar now ready for another fab week of weddings ahead of us. We have a week filled with the most amazing real weddings for you this week, starting off with this lovely September wedding from Photography by Krishanthi. Harriet and Ed got married in Buckinghamshire and the day is super pretty and filled with the most wonderful handmade decorations. I am especially in love with the hanging flower wheels in the marquee, the mint green bridesmaids dresses and Harriet’s amazing Jenny Packham gown.
Harriet and Ed were married on the 17th September 2016 in a ceremony at St.Mary’s Church, Long Crendon and then a reception at Bakers Close, Long Crendon, Bucks. ‘Harriet’s parents live in the village and its where she grew up. Harriet’s parents have lived at Bakers Close since before she was born and she was christened in the church where her and Ed were married. We had 165 guests (plus 19 children!). We begun to plan about 9 months before but there was lots to do at the beginning and then just before the wedding but not so much in between.’
How they met
We met at a party hosted by mutual friends who are now married. We had been together two years when Ed proposed and nearly three when we were married.
We went away on a cycling weekend in Sussex and Ed had planned to propose on the ride, but apparently Harriet kept cycling off at all the right moments (Harriet says this is not true). Harriet then got injured and so in the end Ed proposed on the sofa when they got home.
How did you allocate your budget?
Most of the budget went on food, drink and marquee
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the caterer as we tried their food and it was so much better than the other ones we had tried that we decided we had to do it.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Harriet has known Krishanthi for years through mutual friends and loved her photography so had always wanted Krish to do the photos, if she ever got married. Plus Harriet hates being photographed so it made her feel much more comfortable having someone she knew and trusted to take the photos.
The gorgeous dress was from Jenny Packham, called Azalea. Head piece and earrings were also Jenny Packham. My shoes were from Peter Kaiser.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Ed’s suit was from Massimo Dutti and we hired the ushers and Best man navy suits from Moss Bros.
The bridesmaids had free rein to choose their own dresses but in the same colour.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We went for a rustic look but the colour scheme for the ushers ties and bridesmaids was mint green
The flowers were purple, blues, greens and straw. Lots of flowers in the church (done by local florist), subtler flowers in the marquee (put together by Harriet’s mum and friends)
In the marquee we hung old bike wheels from the ceiling which were covered in moss, blackberries and flowers (all made by Harriet’s mum and friends)
We enjoyed Canapes during the garden reception then: Starter – mezze sharing platters, Main – Slow cooked lamb with various greens and potatoes, courgette fritters, Dessert – a dessert station with various different mini-desserts to choose from. We also had espresso martinis with dessert which livened everyone up after dinner!
Harriet’s mum made a meringue roulade tower
We had a steel band for the garden reception, a magician (mostly for kids) and a band in the evening
Ed (the artistic one) designed and put together all the wedding stationary and sent it the local printers to print.
All the wedding stationary was done by us and therefore was very personal. We also did all the flowers and décor in the marquee and garden.
We also spent ages making mini-glitter champagne bottle for favours and other little things using Ed’s designs
Special Moments or Highlights
We loved the whole thing but it went so quickly. The ceremony was particularly special. We had a great dance too at the end of the night with everyone.
Advice for Other Couples
Enjoy the planning. Book in the big things early i.e. venue, caterer, band etc. and then you can be much more relaxed about the rest. Its hard to get round and speak to everyone but try your best.
That it all actually went to plan and it didn’t rain!!