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Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope the week is treating you well so far. Today we are heading off to Hertfordshire for this gorgeous wedding that took place at Brocket Hall. It’s a lovely relaxed day, full of homemade projects, beautiful details and some well thought through styling ideas. The Charlie Brear dress is just beautiful, as is Emily the bride. The whole day is chilled and full of a country Boho vibe that Fiona Kelly from Fiona’s Wedding Photography has captured beautifully.
Emily and Martin were married on 4th October 2014 at The Oak Room – Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire. ‘The venue ticked all the boxes for us. Barn like feel, ceremony and reception at the same location. accommodation on site for bridal party. Liked the atmosphere and very picturesque setting. We had a total of 120 guest and planning took Twelve months.’
How they met
Met at a local bar in 2007. Together for 7 years when we got married.
Emily lived in Brighton for university when we first met so we spent our first year together with me travelling down on the weekends to visit. So ever since we always go down a couple of times a year as it’s a special place for us. So sitting on Brighton beach in front of the old pier during sunset with a bottle of champagne, was the perfect place to propose.
How did you allocate your budget
Very lucky to have a lot of help from parents. We decided the most important things we wanted to spend on and where it wasn’t necessary.
Where did you splurge and where did you save
Splurged on food, free bar, photographer. Saved on doing a lot by doing most of the venue decorations ourselves. Including centre pieces with recycled bottles/tins, etc. Used our own equipment for music and lighting. Instead of a DJ we created our own playlists on Spotify with different moods for different parts of the day which one of the ushers was put in charge of.
Emily got her Charlie Brear dress in a sample sale.
How did you choose your photographer
Heard about her through a photographer friend who followed her blog. Met up with Fiona and got on with her really well. Loved the way she’d photographed previous weddings. Loved her whole style and felt she understood what we did and didn’t want. Wanted very natural photographs with nothing too posed and it was clear that her style suited this.
Dress by Charlie Brear. Shoes by Rachel Simpson. Earings Vivienne Westwood. Bracelet & necklace Tiffany. A ring left to Emily by her Grandmother. Hair accessory borrowed from sister-in-law, that she wore at her own wedding
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Suit from Ted Baker. Bridesmaids Debut at Debenhams
Theme or Colour Scheme
Natural colours. Liked greys and pinks so was an obvious choice
Wild and natural. Nothing too neat or structured. Wanted them to look like they’d been freshly picked that day.
Fairy lights hanging between beams. Home made bunting. Decorated recycled jars and bottles for flowers.
Pork belly to start. Beef for main and Blueberry Cheesecake for dessert.
Made by groom’s mum and dad. Wanted something simple and a bit rustic. Chocolate, lemon and fruit layers.
During the ceremony and the drinks reception, live acoustic music by Gavin Hayes. Incorporating many of our favourite songs into the day.
Place cards from ‘Katie Sue Design’ on notonthehighstreet. Invitations by ‘From Leoni With Love’ on Etsy. Made the rest ourselves.
Personal or Handmade Touches
Centre pieces – recycled jars/bottles for flowers. Favours – donation to macmillan and seed packets by macmillan. Menus. Evening music/disco. Seating plan made from old trunk, including pictures of family members weddings in one side. Card box in old suitcase linking to our travelling honeymoon.
Having pictures of just the two of us, really gave us an opportunity to relax and spend some time together as Fiona was very laid back and didn’t direct too much.
Dancing after dinner with all our friends and family. Speeches, especially a great speech by the maid of honour.
Advice to other couples
Be realistic from the start about what you want and can afford. Try and give yourself plenty of time to plan. Make enquiries as soon as you can, amazing how quickly dates can be taken up. Set monthly goals to achieve instead of doing everything at once. Do what you want, not what you think other people will want. Just enjoy it and don’t let it overwhelm you.
Festival themed wristbands for guests with our names and wedding date that groom’s parents got made without us knowing. As lovers of Glastonbury this was a nice touch.