It looks like this Justin Alexander gown was made for the bride, it fits her perfectly! I love all the details and home-made touches. Especially the favours, I am a huge jam and chutney advocate, especially when it is so simple to do in batch, cost effective and damn yummy!
Venue: We chose this venue because of the location, it felt very special when we first visited and we knew that it was the perfect setting for our big day. We loved the cobbles, the imperfections and gorgeous grounds next to the lake. We also liked the fact that guests would be in one room in the evening, this meant we had the full wedding party on the dance floor!
Halstead House Farm, Halstead, Leicestershire
Wedding photographer: We were highly recommended Lizzie by a close friend when we were on the hunt for our photographer. At our first meeting she showed us her previous photography work and wedding books. With this and her friendly and bubbly personality, we knew we wanted to book her straight away. Leading up to and during our day Lizzie was attentive and creative, we completely trusted her, she got on well with all of our guests and captured our day beautifully. Looking at the photos feels like we are reliving our day – perfect.
Do it Momma – Lizzie Adams.
Flowers: I loved anything vintage and really wanted the flowers to reflect this, with the help of our amazing florist, Abigail, we chose dusky pink sweet avalanche roses and gypsophila and we absolutely loved them! I had a dusky pink bouquet and all 7 bridesmaids had a cream, smaller version, all tied with lace. This theme ran through all of the flowers throughout the church and wedding venue.
I had roped a lot of people into saving jars for me before the weeding, these made perfect vases for single roses and gypsophila, wrapped with vintage lace. They were also handy for candle holders and looked great in the evening. I loved my flowers…one of my favourite bits!
Tippetts Florist, Oadby
Bride’s dress /shoes: My wedding dress was the first dress I tried on, I continued to look for months on end and it kept drawing me back! A gorgeous lace, Justin Alexander dress with a floor length veil. I stumbled across my Jenny Packham shoes whilst on a shopping trip with one of my bridesmaids – I loved them and they match the theme of the day perfectly.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: I didn’t want too much fuss as the dress had so much detail, continuing the vintage style theme I went for pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet – borrowed from my Mum and bridesmaid.
Bride’s hair /makeup: Waving hair put up into a messy bun at the back by Andrea Cook and make-up by Katy Short Mua.
Bridesmaids’/dresses/shoes/accessories: I am lucky enough to have so many close friends, so when coming to choose my bridesmaids I just had to have them all. This includes my sister Gemma and now sister-in-law Kirsty. All 7 bridesmaids wore light dusky pink floor length dresses by Debenhams, I found these before my own dress! To match they had pearl bracelets, earrings and silver heeled shoes. The three flower girls wore dresses by Debenhams, with cream fur shrugs.
Groom’s outfit/accessories/shoes: Light grey three piece suit and dusky pink cravat and pocket square, with Barker tan brogues.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Light grey three piece suits with cream cravat and pocket squares and tan brogues.
Cake: Made by my bridesmaid Laura, white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes with a top cake tier. Encased in pink polka dot cases or wrapped in vintage lace, decorated with avalanche roses and gypsophila, plus ‘eat me’, ‘love is so sweet’ and ‘I do’ vintage flags. Our cakes were a real feature in the wedding! Loved them!
DJ/entertainment: We wanted to ensure that everyone had a good time at our wedding party and include people of all ages. Our band was Wed Rock, they played indie and rock and a DJ called Karl. They both played throughout the evening. We also had an impromptu performance from our good friend Noel Fernandes, which got the party going even more!
Stationery: Susie Said designed all of our wedding stationery – invitations, RSVPs, menus, table plan and thank you postcards. As soon as we met with Tina she knew the type of theme we wanted, they were patient with our requests and went the extra mile to find the detailing we wanted. Susie Said also designed our table plan – this blew us away, we loved it. It was so different from anything we had seen before and captured our theme beautifully.
Décor/wedding details: This was our favourite part of the wedding – well probably not Jamie’s but definitely mine! My favourite things were the lace glass jars with flowers and candles, bunting, our suitcase table plan, handmade napkins, our fancy dress box with white vintage frames to capture our wedding party and our champagne cork and black and white guest photos for the place names. I enjoyed spending hours on end searching for funny photos of our friends and family to showcase on their place cards.
I think what we liked the most about our wedding day was all of the details; so many friends made things for our day and this added a personal touch!
Catering/food/drink: Our guests were welcomed with bucks fizz, Peroni and canapés. We then had a two course meal of pate and lamb, followed by our delicious cupcakes. The evening guests were served bacon butties!
Wedding favours: I managed to rope my mother-in-law into making little pots of homemade blueberry jam for the ladies and spiced apple chutney for the men. They had material tops and were tied with brown string, with a brown paper label.
Honeymoon Destination: Jamie and I thought we would have one last blow out and choose Las Vegas – we had a ball and have some great memories!