This afternoon we have some very wise words of advice from the guys at Diamond...
Today we head across to Cheshire for a gorgeous wedding from our good friends Paul and Kelly at Paul Joseph Photography. I am a BIG fan of Paul and Kelly’s work. Their photography is always amazing. Crisp and clear with a really artistic eye and some wonderfully creative shots. They always manage to capture the day with fun, energy and real emotion. Today’s lovely couples are Claire and Daniel, who after being together 12 years and raising 2 gorgeous children, decided to tie the knot. They went for a rustic, chilled out day in a stunning barn venue. They filled it with Gypsophillia, wooden slabs and lots of authentic detailing and really had a ball! Thanks to Paul and Kelly for capturing it so perfectly.
Claire and Daniel were married on 3rd June 2017 in a Church Ceremony at St Margaret’s Church, Altrincham in Cheshire followed by a wedding reception at Owen House Wedding Barn in Mobberley. ‘We decided to get married in our local church that the children and I regularly attend. I went to the church school and spent my time as a child regularly in the church. Summer our eldest child now goes to the church school now and I run a playgroup at that same church. We decided on Owen House as a reception venue as we lived in that area for around 4 years and got to know the locals including the Morgan’s and Daniel’s who own the barn. We are very country orientated and love the outdoors so the barn was just perfect for our rustic themed wedding. It took us 18 months to plan the wedding and we remained very chilled throughout. We had 85 day guests and around 100 in the evening.’
How they met
I was in the same school year as Daniel’s older sister Jade and Daniel was 3 school years above. We knew each other and would regularly see each other but we were young. We met up again 5 years after school had finished and started dating. We’ve been together for 12 years now with two children and Daniel asked me to marry him after 10 years of being together!
We were in our favourite place in the world on a family holiday in St Ives Cornwall. Cornwall means a lot to the both of us. I had absolutely no idea about what Daniel had planned. He had been shopping for engagement rings with his youngest sister Chelsey weeks before the holiday. They found one and he gave it to Chelsey to hide in her room on holiday. Daniel wanted a perfect sunset over looking our most favourite beach Porthmeor in St Ives. A sunny day finally arrived and this was his chance. We went for dinner in our favourite restaurant called the Mermaid in St Ives and afterwards I suggested that we go and see the sunset. Daniel had already bought a really expensive bottle of champagne to take with him so without giving anything away he said he needed to nip back to the house to go to the toilet but really he was going for the ring and champagne! We sat on the cliff edge watching the sunset, he told me how much me loves me and how happy he was that we have two amazing children then he got down on one knee!! I was in total shock but obviously really happy too.
How did you allocate your budget?
We knew exactly what we wanted and made sure we made a list of exactly what we needed for our wedding. Nothing more nothing less.
Where did you splurge and how did you save?
We had to make some tough decisions….we opted for a band instead of a videographer. I borrowed some bits and bobs from family and friends. We were really sensible when it came to spending.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Paul Joseph Photography stood out from all the rest. We didn’t want traditional and his photography was exactly what we wanted.
My wedding dress was by Altelier Pronovias and my wedding shoes were my something borrowed from a very dear friend of 30 years. The accessories were earrings from Marks and Spencer’s
The Suit and the Bridesmaids
Grooms suit was Alexandre Of England and bridesmaids were from ASOS. The flower girl’s dresses were from Etsy and paige boy outfit from H&M. The ushers were dressed in outfits from Slaters in Manchester.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We didn’t really have a colour scheme. We knew Daniel wanted something a little different to his ushers and I knew what would look lovely against my bridesmaids. We worked out theses outfits against what went well with the rustic colours.
Very rustic with a mixture of lavender, barley, gypsophila, and corn.
We had a massive Ball of gypsophila hanging from the barn and very simple rustic flowers in jars displayed on round log slices as our centerpieces.
Trio of starters: mini chorizo with red wine sauce, tomatoes and mozzarella and chicken pate with apple jelly. BBQ for main meal with pork belly, rib eye steak, chicken with coriander and chilli and Moroccan lamb served with salads and coleslaw. Trio mini deserts of profiteroles, vanilla cheesecake and apple crumble for dessert!
Rustic naked three tier cake. The bottom was Victoria sponge, the middle was salted caramel and the top was a Bakewell Tart. We ordered this from Bloomsbury’s in Altrincham.
We had a band called Under The Covers.
Who supplied the stationery?
I ordered personalised invites, and menus though eBay which were very rustic and very simple in style. The children had personalised games and colouring to keep them occupied!
We had a black and white picture of everyone of our guests instead of table place names. We had a table of pictures of loved ones who have passed. We had an Ibiza hour during the night time entertainment with all of our favourite Ibiza tunes.
Special moments or highlights
Watching all our loved ones having the best day and having our daughter and son being involved in the wedding. A special moment for me was having my Dad walk me down the aisle. Also the band and entertainment were spectacular.
Advice for other couples
Chill out.. it’s something that can easily be enjoyable if you don’t stress. Plan and save correctly don’t go stupid with accessories or table plans, favours, etc. Keep it personal and sentimental. It’s all about the the two of you and your journey. Make it count.
My Dads speech was by far the most amazing speech I’ve ever heard and everyone couldn’t believe how incredible it was. Everyone, even staff and suppliers, said they have never heard a speech like it.