This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning...
Today’s wedding is bound to cheer up this cold wet February day, as it is FULL of sunshine, bright flowers and smiles! Hannah and Guy held their ceremony in Hannah’s mum’s back garden and what a beautiful laid back affair it was! Full of gorgeous flowers, deck chairs and so much sunshine, it looks like a wedding from a different country. This followed an equally relaxed drinks reception in the field next door. The whole day is completely chilled out and full of so much love and laughter. Many aspects of the day were DIY, including the decoration, flowers and stationery, while Hannah purchased her dress from Oxfam. A beautifully warm and inviting day photographed by Chris Cowley
Hannah and Guy were married on the 13th of October with the ceremony in Hannah’s Mum’s Garden and reception in marquee in her field in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. ‘It was where Hannah grew up. We had 110 guests at the wedding took about 9 months to plan, with all the details done in the 2-3 month prior.’
How they met
We met sailing. Both crewing on the same boat 4 years before we got married
On Hannah’s Birthday in Norway while on a sailing holiday. We had gone for an early morning swim and Guy popped the question in the water
How did you allocate your budget?
Biggest spends on marquee, catering and booze. Decorations, flowers, cake, transport were all a family affair and the dress came from Oxfam.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Chris’ photos best captured our idea of wedding photos of all the island photographers we came across
The dress came from Oxfam, necklace was a present from Guy, bracelet was a family “something blue”
The bridesmaids wore their own colourful choices
Theme or colour scheme
Mainly it was summery and colourful
Rose bouquets from the garden made by the bridesmaids, sweetpeas in the marquee, and home grown hanging baskets
We inherited homemade bunting and Guy made LED globes
We ate salmon pate, Lamb tagine and homemade Lemon tart with blackcurrant sorbet
The wedding cake
It was made by Guy’s sister; Chloe
We had a jazz quartet in the garden for the afternoon, and blues band for the evening
Buy or DIY your Stationery?
We DIY’d our stationery
Personal or handmade touches
• Save the dates,
• Milk bottle vases,
• Place names,
• Aisle flowers,
• Table plan,
Special moments or highlights
We had a week before to prepare, the whole build up with our families was very exciting. Having all our friends and family together in such a special place on the hottest day of the year while we got married made us feel very lucky. Guy gave a very good speech
Advice for other couples
• Relax and enjoy the planning and the big day
• Take up offers of help
• We encouraged our guest to come for weekend, meeting in a pub the night before and hosting a bbq brunch the next day. This was brilliant as gave us time to catch up and properly see people while being able to focus on us too!
• Don’t stress too much about the guest list, generally the people you want to be there will be the ones who make the effort to come!