I have the most wonderful wedding to share with you today from sunny San Diego....
Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have had a good week so far? Are you looking forward to the weekend? With spring now officially here I am looking forward to spending some more time outside enjoying the (hopefully) good weather and enjoying some Easter celebrations. This weekend we have a family fundraiser on Saturday and then Sunday an Easter bunny hunt, so lots of family fun to be had. Saturday night, Nik and I are off to the theatre to watch some contemporary dance, which I’m very much looking forward to. Today though it is the turn of Jenny and Sam, who are sharing their adorable relaxed country wedding with us. This laid back day took place in Leicestershire and features lots of homemade details, as well as a pretty pastel colour scheme and of course their pet dog. Thanks to JLM Wedding Photography for the images.
Jenny and Sam were married on 24th August 2018 at St.Philip & St.James church Groby, with the reception at The Old Stables in Swithland, Leicestershire. ‘The church was in the village I grew up in, some of my school friends had also got married there and I had been a bridesmaid so it had big sentimental value to me. The reception venue was just what we were looking for, somewhere relaxed and low key. We ahd 120 guest ad it took a year to plan.’
How they met
We met through a mutual friend and have been together 5 years.
We were skiing in Austria, Sam proposed to me on top of a mountain, it was a total shock/surprise!
How did you allocate your budget?
We tried not to go over the top and spend money on unnecessary things.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We saved money by making a lot of things ourselves as we are both creative in that way. We wanted a photo booth or something for people to take a photo with, but didn’t fancy paying £400 for a proper booth so we made a giant photo frame ourselves.
I wouldn’t say we splurged on anything in particular, it was important to have a good photographer and good entertainment so we didn’t scrimp on either of those things.
How did you choose your photographer?
I was asking for recommendations in a Facebook wedding group and got a lot of replies. The one we chose (JLM wedding photography) was a good price and just the style of relaxed wedding photography we were after.
Dress was by Maggie Sottero, church shoes were from Office, reception shoes were Converse. Hair accessories eBay
The suit and bridesmaids
Suits from Marc Darcy, bridesmaid dresses ASOS
Theme or colour scheme
Pastel shades of coral, lilac and green
Country garden style flowers from Colledge’s Florists
Paper lanterns, horse shoes, rustic wood
Cheese tower and various flavoured sponge cake made by one of my bridesmaids
We had a Ceilidh band barn dance, followed by a singer (Chloé Chadwick)
Who supplied the stationery?
I made the stationary myself as I am an artist & illustrator, so I designed the invites and order of service, it was important to us to make everything totally personal, my horse supplied the horse shoes for the decorations!
It’s hard to pick out a particular highlight, we both loved the whole day! But it was particularly special when our dog Bella turned up at the reception for some photos.
Advice for other couples
My advice is make the day personal to you. It sounds obvious but think about what makes you an awesome couple? Don’t worry about what other couples do, or what’s particularly fashionable at weddings, just do what you want to do. Don’t sweat the small stuff, your guests won’t care if the bridesmaid’s nails are manicured or not, or if the ribbon in the church is the wrong shade of blue. Oh and make it fun!
Biggest surprise was that I was able to organise an awesome wedding having never organised so much as a birthday party in my whole life. It was the perfect day.
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