Morning all! I love love love this job, I get to look at beautiful weddings all day, however I also get very jealous of weddings, wishing I had seen them before my own. I wish I had tried on a dress similar to Kirstie’s, I think the fit is so beautiful, but alas, I went floor length. Next time perhaps. This wedding is full of beautiful September colours, when leaves start to slowly turn, the light always seems so glorious in Autumn do you not think? Anywho! Enjoy.
Photography by Joanne Withers
Venue – Brooksby Hall
We looked at about 6 or 7 different venues but Brooksby just seemed to tick all the boxes for us, not only budget wise, but also we thought the Old Hall where our ceremony and wedding breakfast took place was beautiful. It also has stunning grounds so our photographer was able to get some cracking shots. We also liked the fact that we had the whole place to ourselves all day so it was private and intimate without feeling like our guests were on top of each other. The food and staff were lovely too, we couldn’t fault the service we received from the start the day itself went like clockwork.
Photographer – Joanne Withers Photography.
We first met Jo at a wedding fayre and although she was one of the first photographers we’d met, I think we both knew that we would eventually choose her for our big day. We just loved her relaxed yet professional approach, and she understood exactly what we wanted to achieve with our photos. Some of the best photos are those taken when the subject or subjects aren’t even aware, and Jo was fantastic at taking these unobtrusive shots. She captured every moment of our day perfectly, we love you Jo!
Flowers – Just Flowers
Justine did a beautiful job of creating our bouquets, buttonholes, table centres and my hair flowers. I really wanted to keep our flowers quite rustic and natural looking instead of having perfectly rounded bouquets. Justine very kindly came to our house for a personal consultation, and instantly grasped what we wanted. She used a vintage pink rose as the signature flower, and then interspersed these with other smaller flowers and herbs to create that “just picked from the garden” look. She even sourced tiny fresh roses for my hair and made teeny weeny buttonholes for our 3 and 6 year old pageboys, adorable!
Bride’s dress/shoes –
My dress is by Justin Alexander
Being just 5ft tall, the idea of a long dress with loads of material just didn’t appeal to me and although I tried a few on, they just seemed to swamp me. I have always loved vintage, tea length style dresses and the combination of a fitted bodice with lace appliqué and Swarovsky crystals teamed with a full tulle skirt just seemed perfect for me. As soon as I saw a picture of this dress, I knew it was the one!
My shoes are by Irregular Choice.
Having picked a shorter dress I knew I wanted my shoes to have the wow factor. All other shoes I had looked at just didn’t do anything for me. But when I found these little beauties, I knew I had to have them! I’ve had so compliments about them too.
Hair/Make up – Provided by family friend.
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Alfred Angelo.
I always visualised a really fresh colour and floaty material for my bridesmaids, and these chiffon ones by Alfred Angelo were just perfect. The beautiful sweetheart neckline and side detail in vibrant turquoise meant they suited any body shape and skin tone. My very talented auntie kindly handmade the vintage lace shrugs. My girls did me proud!!
I gave them their pearl necklace and earrings as a gift when we were all getting ready in the morning. They were by Debenhams.
Groom and Groomsmen outfits –
The gents’ lovely charcoal grey suits were hired from Quorndon Formal of Quorn, Loughborough.
The shop offered fantastic service and even matched up the ties and handkerchiefs against a swatch of material taken from the bridesmaid dresses.
Cake – Sharon’s Sugarcraft
Sharon’s skill for baking and decorating cakes is amazing. We knew we wanted to keep the turquoise and ivory theme running with the cake too, and I loved the idea of picking out the lace appliqué on my dress. Sharon painstakingly recreated this lovely effect on our delicious cake too. We had 3 tiers of Vanilla, Chocolate and Lemon Sponge.
Sharon also made our favours which were personalised chocolate place cards. A lovely accompaniment to after dinner coffee or as an edible keepsake to enjoy another day!
Our entertainment was provided by the Rutland based band Real Monsters. My brother in law is their drummer so we knew they’d put on a great show for us. They specialise in 90’s indie and rock covers and had our guests up and dancing from the word go.
Stationery – N/A
We made it ourselves!
Decor/Wedding details –
Our decor was provided by More Production who decorated the room for our evening reception perfectly. The ceiling was adorned with a stunning fairy light canopy and ivory drapes were hung along each wall.
The end result was simple but very effective.
We also hired an old fashioned ice cream trike which was provided by Steve Tilsley of Ice Cream Dreams.
This provided a great little extra surprise for our guests between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Steve rode in ringing his bicycle bell right on cue and ready to serve us and our guests with lovely ice cream. The trike was decorated beautifully and the look on our guests’ faces, priceless!
Catering – All provided by Brooksby Hall
Wedding Favours – See above
Honeymoon Destination – We spent a few days in London immediately after the wedding which was wonderful. However we had a honeymoon fund at the wedding instead of asking for gifts, so we will be going on a proper honeymoon in the new year.