Natalie and Joe’s Earthy Nature Loving Rustic Wedding in West Virginia by Southern & Grace Photography
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Yay for Friday! I do hope you have all had a good week? I have to say I’m super happy it’s the weekend soon. Our whole house hold has been ill this week, full of coughs and colds, but we all seem to be getting over the worst now, ready to enjoy the weekend ahead of us. We have Dexter’s best friends birthday party on Saturday and Sunday we are off to a children’s festival which I can’t wait for! We have a Boho Glam wedding for you today and it’s a real stunner! Syon Park House & Conservatory is SUCH a beautiful venue, I’m sure you will agree with me it is totally jaw dropping. I can see why Jaclyn and George decided on this as their perfect wedding venue. With accents of pale pink and nude mixed with vivid green, the colour scheme and decor is both whimsical and classic but most importantly totally gorgeous, as is the whole wedding. Big thanks Will Patrick Wedding Photography to for the images.
Jaclyn and George were married on the 8th April 2017 at Syon Park House & Conservatory in Brentford ‘We had visited venue after venue in the city and outside with no luck. After 5 months of searching we finally found the wonderful venue, Syon Park! By chance were at a pub with some friends talking about our mission to find the perfect wedding venue, when a good friend said ‘I was just at a wedding last weekend and it was insane.’ Hoping that insane meant insanely wonderful, we proceeded to ask him for more details. A week later we toured Syon House & Conservatory and oh my goodness did we fall in love! We left the venue with our names on the waiting list for 08 April 2017. Holding our fingers crossed for a few days, we finally received a phone call saying the date had been released to us and asking if we wanted to take it. UM, YEAH! We had 100 guests on the dot, and the wedding took 10 months to plan.’
How they met
I hate that I can’t see the look on people’s faces that read the answer to this one, as they’re usually pretty funny, but we met on Tinder! Perhaps Tinder isn’t the most romantic of stories to share when people ask how you met, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. How else would an American living in a city of over eight million strangers have been able to find her perfect person?
Maybe to compensate for the ‘not-so-romantic-how-did-you-meet,’ George gave the most romantic proposal of all time! We’re on our second date and George takes me for a picnic to Hampstead Heath. It was a beautiful, summer day and we spent 8 hours eating food, drinking rosé and sharing every single thing we could think of about ourselves. Somewhere in the mix of me sharing every detail of my life with him, I told him about my love for a certain piano piece called River Flows in You by Yiruma. I guess he was actually listening to me babble on and on because 6 months later he still remembered me telling him that and decided he wanted to use in it his proposal. Little did I know, he had actually hired a piano and was making frequent trips home to teach himself how to play this piece. Once he successfully channelled his inner Beethoven, he took me to a piano bar with a small number of friends. After a few drinks he excused himself to go to the bathroom, and 2 minutes later my eyes find my future husband, on stage, playing my favourite piano piece. To make it all the better, secretly stowed behind him were many more of our friends and family all there to share the moment with us. His speech left the entire place laughing (and crying) and when I said yes the room roared. When it comes to proposals, this one has got to be somewhere at the top!
How did you allocate your budget?
I’m sure couples have different ways that work for them when it comes to budgeting, but for us it was as simple as making a list of every single thing we knew we would have to pay for and writing a estimated cost next to each. Two very important things to do here, is ALWAYS over estimate and leave some money next to miscellaneous. Next, it was time to prioritize. We decided on 5 things that were the most important to us, and decided that these were the non-negotiables. From there we put everything else in sequential order from most important or ‘gotta have’ to least important or ‘we could live without it.’
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We each got one really big splurge. For George it was the band and for me it was the flowers. For savings, it had to be the wedding cake, luckily for us, the wedding venue put us in touch with Jen’s Cakery and boy are we glad they did. It was 4 layers of absolute perfection. I still cannot get over how delicious it was. Thanks, Jen!
Why did you choose your photographer?
Maybe I’m biased but I honestly think Will Patrick is the best photographer, though to support my claim, the keen photographers in my family were baffled by his skill. Will went to university with George and reached out to him when he saw that we were engaged. During our very first meeting, he was so eager to get to know us and our relationship. I can absolutely understand the importance in wanting to do so now, how can someone capture such a personal moment for two people perfectly if he/she hardly knows anything about them? It was after our first meeting that we knew we had to work with him.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Suits were Ted Baker with superhero inspired socks for detail. Bridesmaids were all different. I took a big risk and let the girls choose whatever dress they wanted so long it was pale pink. What happens when you take a risk like that? You get rewarded massively! Although all so very different, they complimented each other so well!
Theme or Colour Scheme
Boho theme all the way! I’ve always been a sucker for vintage inspired accessories, natural tones and fabrics and lace dresses. My colors were a lot of pale pinks and nudes with a pop of green to spice it up a little!
Ivory hydrangeas, white and pink sweet peas, ivory/cream/nude/dusty pink roses, blush peonies, blush ‘lilac’ flowers, soft pink astilbe and lots of foliage from Hayford & Rhodes!
One of the things that I loved the most about Syon Park house and conservatory was that they were both so incredibly beautiful as they were. You could almost just show up on the day, having not purchased any décor and still been blown away! That being said, I only added a few decorative touches. And when I said a few, I literally mean a few: lanterns and candles.
For starters there was oak smoked salmon and wild mushroom risotto cakes. For mains there was slow cooked English beef, roasted filled butternut squash and fillet of bream and for dessert double chocolate fondant pudding and baked vanilla cheesecake. FromTapenade
The bottom tier was banoffee, bottom middle was red velvet, top middle was chocolate and salted caramel and top tier was pistachio
During the ceremony and drinks reception we had classical guitarist, Joseph Warwick who played beautifully! Instead of a traditional wedding song to walk down the isle to, he played an acoustic version of The Beatles Here Comes the Sun! For our evening entertainment we had the band Cosmic who were talented musicians and incredibly energetic. They did well mixing up the music with some oldies and a little bit of new stuff too.
Who supplied the stationery?
Linda at Linvitations—she was amazing! Incredibly accommodating and super sweet! I also appreciated her willingness to tailor the stationary to match my theme. I get the impression that she is a ‘you want it? I’ll make it happen!’ type of person.
George and I decided to write our vows together and share them with our families and friends during the ceremony.
We added a candy bar which was so much fun to do!
We hired a photobooth which was so much fun! PropLtd was SUCH a good find for us! Instead of a traditional booth where you press a button and a machine takes your photo, they provide a screen, all of the equipment and a person to do the picture taking for you! They even allowed us to pick our props and tailored our photo design to match our theme. Best of all, they’re insanely affordable!
Special Moments or Highlights
George and I hired a dance choreographer and learned a dance to ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ by Blue Suede. It was hilarious! Our guests were totally surprised when we did our routine on the dance floor. Also, learning a dance with your partner is just fun! We’re horrible dancers but we still loved it.
Definitely just how great it was and how much we miss it now. We imagined it to be the best day of our lives, but we were still shocked by how amazing and memorable it was. If we could do it again tomorrow, we would. Truly unforgettable.
Advice for Other Couples
My first piece of advice would be to know your own abilities. Do this from the very beginning! Sit down and work out how much time you have to commit to planning a wedding and be realistic here! The absolute last thing you want is to feel stressed out during the ENTIRE wedding planning because you don’t have a lot of time. It’s supposed to be fun! If you don’t have a lot of free time then give yourself a long time for wedding planning or hire someone to do it for you if you can afford it!
My second piece of advice would be to limit your options. Unless you don’t have a budget, you’re not going to be able to do every single thing you want. Make that be okay and accept it from the start. Honestly if you haven’t yet, do it now! Pinterest and Instagram are wonderful for generating ideas but they can also be the contributing factors to the piling list of ‘must haves’ that you now have to figure out a way to afford. That gets seriously stressful.
Will is a wedding and engagement photographer based in London in the UK, with an informal, contemporary and relaxed wedding photography style. He’s addicted to cycling, coffee and marathons (of TV shows).
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