Sometimes, when deciding to go intimate, especially with a wedding ceremony, you might be tempted...
I have a real treat for you as today’s wedding comes courtesy of the incredibly talented and super lovely Lisa Devlin. Lisa is a world-class photographer so it’s a real honour to have her work on the blog, and especially with such a stunning wedding as this one! The bride went bare foot for this Bohemian style wedding, complete with an amazing floral marquee, a blessing by the water, a beautiful handmade dress from Kate Halfpenny , a seafood buffet (yum yum!) and a beautiful collection of decorations. I just LOVE everything about this wedding!
Lilleth and Guy were married on 7th September at St. Wilfred’s Church, Thornton with the reception in the garden of The Old Vicarage, Thornton. ‘The garden and the house of my parent’s house are so beautiful that I was desperate to get married there, especially before they move, we had 110 guests.Straight after Guy proposed I started looking at marquees and dresses online so that’s 14 months before the wedding, but planning in earnest probably took 4 months.’
How they met
Guy’s best friend is my half-brother’s half-brother so we met through them a couple of years ago.
We went on holiday with a couple of friends to Gili Trawangan in July last year and had the most horrendous journey, missing a flight, losing a bag, having to pay for another flight, an extra night’s hotel somewhere we weren’t planning on stopping and an extra boat ride. The first night we eventually got there I tripped over and broke my two front teeth, split my lips and cut my chin so was pretty miserable for a few days. The first evening Guy could get me out of the house he proposed to me on the beach at full moon.
How did you allocate your budget
We had a spread sheet of what everything was going to cost and things that we could do ourselves or ask friends we did to keep costs down as much as possible.
How did you choose your photographer?
Lisa Devlin is a friend of my sisters so, Jess, my sister suggested her from the off but we did a bit of research looking at lots of different photographers online and kept coming back to Lisa, she’s exactly what we wanted in terms of her style. We knew we didn’t want anything too posed and someone who would capture the little details of the day.
My dress was bespoke from Kate Halfpenny. I went to a few different shops and wasn’t finding what a wanted and the closest thing I came to was far too expensive for just off the rail so I went to Kate with the ideas of what I wanted and she and her team were able to make it possible. Her shop is lovely and she has some gorgeous vintage dresses and some from her line, which are cheaper than bespoke. I borrowed some jewellery from my mum and didn’t wear shoes. I had intended to get some shoes just in case the weather was bad but forgot…
The suit and bridesmaids
A friend of ours Poppy made Guy’s suit, and a matching little waistcoat for my nephew. The bridesmaid dresses were from Ghost.
Theme or colour scheme
As we chose the William Morris print for our marquee from Arabian Tents we went for a green and cream theme.
The Arabian Tent was very decorative so we didn’t need to worry about decorating so much inside the tent. Guy’s mum and sister put lots of flowers in jam jars for the tables which looked beautiful along with flowers in the church in big jugs and wine boxes. Arabian Tent’s supplied some lights for the trees and we also put some extra ones in other trees and recruited some friends to hang lots of bunting everywhere. One friend made some lovely bunting for us fitting our colour scheme and then the rest we borrowed off our sisters or were given. We also put lanterns in the trees with tea lights.
A family friend Rosie Dicker did the catering. It was fantastic food. We had a seafood buffet to start with, instead of canapés, oysters, salmon rillettes, scallops, langoustines etc, followed by lamb, a Barnsley chop stuffed with herbs and then chocolate marquise and lemon posset. We also had a selection of three of our favourite cheeses served on the tables. The food was locally sourced as much as possible.
Guy’s mum made the wedding cake. We just wanted something really simple and she did it perfectly. A big sponge cake with edible flowers piled on top, along with mini little French fancies, again with flowers.
My dad asked a friend of his to bring his blues band, who were fantastic and then a friend of ours got some really good music to appeal to everyone towards the end of the evening.
Buy or DIY your Stationery?
Guy designed all of the stationery on the computer after we’d trawled the internet for what we wanted. After he’d printed it we spent a few evenings tying lots of bows and guillotining. The day before the wedding we had a team of friends guillotining menus and folding the orders of service and tying bows as well!
Personal and handmade touches
• We made cherry brandy favours ourselves. We had intended to make sloe gin but there weren’t many sloes in Lincolnshire last year and in the end my parents had tonnes and tonnes of cherries we could use, it was delicious!
• Something we discovered, on Pinterest I think, was a quirky RSVP card which they’d displayed on strings at the reception so we did the same thing lining a pathway hanging from a tree, which worked really well along with the bunting!
The weather held out amazingly for us. We took everyone on buses up to my parents’ farm for a blessing and it started spitting for about 5 minutes and the sky was full of dark clouds and then the sun broke through. I mixed everyone up quite a lot with the seating plan, it made us so happy to look around and see all of our friends and families getting to know one another and enjoying themselves.
Advice for other couples
Take time to enjoy the planning and plan for every eventuality. The day goes so quickly so you don’t want to be worrying about any of the boring stuff like transportation for the guests on the day.