This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
Sunday weddings have become more and more popular over the past few years and what better Sunday to get married than Easter Sunday! Todays wedding takes place on Easter Sunday and includes an Easter egg hunt, egg cups as favours and plenty of spring flowers and a pretty pastel colour scheme. With a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, marquee reception and then a cute barn for the evening reception, Lauren and Jame really did choose the perfect venue to hold their wedding day. Thanks to Darren Gair Photography for the lovely images.
Lauren and Jamie were married on 5th April 2015 at Wethele Manor, Leamington Spa. ‘We really had our heart set on an outdoor ceremony and loved everything that Wethele had to offer; a beautiful outside space licensed for weddings, heated marquee and a little hidden barn at the back to dance in – there was nothing not to like. The team at Wethele were all so professional as well. There was nothing for me to set up or worry about on the day as Wethele had done everything I had asked and more. It took us 7 months to find a venue we were happy with but it was worth it. We had around 80 day guests and 100 in the evening. Once we found the venue we had about 8 months to plan everything’
How they met
We met via a dating website which neither of us ever thought would happen! But we had heard good things from friends who had met their S.Os online so gave it a go. Jamie lived in Manchester and I lived in Nottingham at the time so we met halfway in Sheffield for our first date. Within a minute of meeting Jamie I accidentally knocked over a full pint of cider into his lap! But it was a good ice breaker! Jamie proposed two years later to the day we met and we’ve been together almost four years now
Jamie surprised me by taking me to a romantic cosy log cabin on a wintery January weekend. He told me he was so nervous he almost lost the ring as he was checking his pockets so often!
How did you allocate your budget
Choosing the venue was one of the most important things to us and this was our biggest outlay. We held off planning or booking anything else until we had done that. Once the venue was booked our next priority was our photographer and then the entertainment. And my dress of course! Everything else then fell into place after that. We got a lot of help from friends and family in hand-making our centrepieces and decorations.
How did you choose your photographer
We looked at a lot photographer portfolios but we were really impressed by how beautiful Darren’s were in capturing the whole story of the day. When we met Darren we knew immediately that we wanted him to be our photographer. He was friendly, warm and allowed us to make decisions in our own time.
My dress was by Allure Bridal; I had my heart set on a lace dress and fell in love with this one. My shoes were from the Rainbow collection and I got personalised decals from Etsy to put on the bottom of the shoes which were a bit of fun and had our wedding date on. My bag and earrings were from Liberty In Love.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Jamie’s suit was from John Lewis. The bridesmaids dresses were from Dessy; I really liked the idea of the girls being in different spring pastel shades of the same dress.
Theme or Colour Scheme
I went for pastel blues, mint green, yellows and peaches – I really wanted a fun and colourful spring palette. The wedding party all wore pastel yellow ties.
Judith from Pollen Floral Joy did the flowers; I really wanted a colourful and slightly wild looking bouquet and was overjoyed with how beautiful my bouquet was, the colours really popped in the photos. I even had some tiny flowers from the bouquet woven into my hair.
We got beautiful paper lanterns from the Hanging Lantern Company in different colours of our spring theme to decorate the marquee and little glass lanterns with flowers in to decorate the ceremony space. Our centrepieces were inspired by something I saw on Pinterest – miniature hot-air balloons with flowers in the basket. My very talented friend Kirsty (of Kips Krafts) hand-made them just based on the photo she saw. They looked wonderful.
We had Mediterranean soup starter, chicken breast stuffed with leek and feta for main course and a trio of puddings for dessert; mini sticky toffee pudding, summer fruit meringue and profiteroles. Jamie is a pudding person
The wedding cake was a ‘naked’ layered Summer Fruit sponge cake by The Cakery in Leamington Spa. The sponge was so fluffy and moist and everyone commented on how delicious it was. The cake-topper was miniature handmade bunting from Etsy.
We were lucky enough to book an eight-piece soul and Motown band, Junction 2. They were fab and got everyone on the floor!
Buy or DIY your Stationery
The stationary was another Etsy purchase but was a purse-friendly option! To make the invitations feel more special I bought stationary accessories online and ‘upgraded’ them by adding hand made touches, like adding a vintage luggage label with our date stamped on them.
Personal or Handmade Touches
As we got married on Easter Sunday, our wedding favours were engraved egg cups with little chocolate eggs in them, they looked really cute and our guests loved them. We also had a really fun easter egg hunt across the garden grounds for the children, it went down really well with the little ones and the grown-ups! My mom reclaims old battered vintage pieces of furniture and up-cycles them – she found a steamer trunk suitcase and did this up beautifully which we used as somewhere for guests to leave cards and presents. It now keeps all of my wedding memories in and is a wonderful keepsake
The whole day was so wonderful I don’t think there is one thing I could pick out! One of my favourite moments was walking up the aisle and seeing Jamie for the first time. The sun came out just at that moment which the registrar later commented that must have been a good omen!
Advice to other couples
I was a real Pinterest bride, it became a bit of an obsession but was a great source of inspiration! Some advice that I was given which was also really good was to try and get some time on the day just to spend alone with your new husband to let it all sink in and to watch the wedding as it unfolds; if you’re not careful it can all whiz by in the blink of an eye!
It didn’t rain! No April showers for us