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Happy Friday everyone, how are you all today? I am super excited as today is Dexter’s 6th birthday. I have been decorating, baking and wrapping presents for what seems forever, but the house is finally ready for him. He woke up early and opened his presents, and now he is off to school for the day. We bought him a set of golf clubs so we are taking him to the driving range after school to try them out. Then we are having an afternoon socially distanced tea party (I have been baking for days) with a few of his family in the garden (hopefully weather permitting!) Tomorrow is party day, he is having 3 friends round in the afternoon and we have a comedy magician coming to keep them entertained. It’s sad that he can’t invite everyone he wants to, but at least he can have some sort of party! Sunday we are off to walk alpacas at a local farm as birthday /fathers day treat! It is so nice to have stuff to look forward to! On with today’s wedding and it’s the turn of Jason and Lisa, who chose an autumn wedding in Berkshire. This gorgeous barn wedding comes with warm rustic tones, a gorgeous naked cake and pretty dried flowers. Thanks to Jodie DC Mitchell for the images.
Jason & Lisa were married on 6th October at Ufton Court in the Berkshire/Hampshire borders. ‘We loved the location, and unlike other venues, they were super flexible in letting us plan the day however we wanted it. Loretta was the best! We had 100 guests and it took just 3 months to plan’
How they met
We met at secondary school and have been together for 9 years (8 when we got married)
It was a simple proposal that was a surprise at home on Christmas Eve 2018. Our little cockatiel, Rory, joined in too which made it special.
How did you allocate your budget?
We didn’t have a budget, we just knew we wanted to limit overall spending and knew when something was “out of budget”
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We were happy to spend whatever on the food (our biggest spend by far!) but this was still very affordable. We did the decorations ourselves, we didn’t have a florist, family made the cake (and cupcakes), the dress was simple and Ufton Court had amazing deals for dates that same year.
How did you choose your photographer?
We actually thought we might just get photos taken by guests, but knowing how much time and effort goes into figuring out the whole day it didn’t feel right. Then we (we being Lisa) were ranting about how expensive things were to our caterer (oops), and he recommended Jodie, we looked at her website and when we saw she predominantly photographs live music we were pretty sure that was everything we needed!
The dress was found by chance at Bride To Be in Reading – and in a sale, jackpot. My bouquet and hair accessories were from the English Flower Farmer on Etsy, and the “shoes” from primark! (no one sees your shoes – so just make sure they’re comfy!).
Also, Jo Stringer gave me a nice face and knew 100% what to do with my hair. Love her.
The suit and bridesmaids
Jason’s suit was from T.M.Lewin – he knew what he wanted, it was really easy. We didn’t have bridesmaids.
Theme or colour scheme
We just stuck with an autumnal feel – orange and red, we borrowed some antlers to flank the cake, seemed to work okay.
Dried flowers for the bouquet. And we just bought loads of gypsophila and red/orange roses from the local florists to put in the jars on the tables
Not much! The barn at Ufton Court is basically already decorated, so we added some lights (oakwood events), jars of sweets and some extra bits hired from Ufton Court.
Amazing BBQ food, and wedding cake, cupcakes and doughnuts for dessert.
Made by Lisa’s sister. A 3 tier naked cake with fresh berries and little needle felted wrens sitting on top.
Spotify! A photobooth and lots of alcohol – which lead to a very entertaining drunk cousin. We also hired some games from Ufton Court for the kids to play outside.
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We are still waiting to go away on our honeymoon, but we’re hoping to head to Iceland or Norway to see the Northern Lights.
We did most of it ourselves, along with family.
Just seeing everyone chilled, full of food and beer and having fun. We also expected rain, but it was really lovely, that was a highlight!
Advice for other couples
Make the wedding whatever you want it to be – people will tell you all the time, “it’s your day”, so just do what you want. For us this meant minimal fuss and simple, delicious, unlimited food and drinks. And wear comfortable shoes!
Not really any surprises, just a chilled and easy-going day, exactly what we wanted.
I’m a Berkshire based alternative photographer, specialising in music, fashion and wedding photography, marrying elements of each into every photo I take (pun intended). The energy of live music, the creativity of fashion and the authenticity of wedding photography make up the DNA of my style of work, stepping away from a traditional style but still telling your story.
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