I try to not have favourites. But I do. And this is my favourite of the year so far, it has tweed, glorious flowers, an exquisite Cymbeline dress, a dog and chickens. On top of this, it was taken by one of my favourite photographers. Nick Tucker is on my “if I were to get married tomorrow” list that I get asked about daily. Whilst I loved so much about this wedding, one thing I did really adore were Katy and Luke’s guests, they should consider renting them out to other weddings as they look like they are a bloody hoot. See latter images. Nick has such an excellent eye. Please do have a look at more of his weddings, if you are undecided on the photographer front I would definitely suggest you flick through his amazing portfolio.
Katy also brought something to my attention that I had not even thought about before, she said that if you hire the marquee you can gift the remaining days (usually the Monday) rental to a charity and they can use it for a lunchtime function etc to raise money. Something to definitely consider. Katy’s parents have given to Cancer Research and the RNLI both of whom helped clear out the marquee (bonus).
Venue: A Raj Tent Club marquee in my parent’s garden in Great Altcar, Lancashire. The main part had a beautiful duck egg blue lining with gold stars and chandeliers and the dancing bit was a navy-blue star cloth with Moroccan lanterns. The church – St Michael & All Angels – was just across the road so we all walked there and back.
Wedding photographer: Nick Tucker, wedding photographer extraordinaire
Flowers: blue and white hydrangeas, pale pink blousy vintage roses by a local florist.
Bride’s dress: Cymbeline Guirlande (for sale!). It has a light corseted bodice/underskirt and the vintage lace tiered dress is pulled over the top.
Bride’s veil: I bought the tulle, lace and comb from a haberdashery for £20 and a friend made it. Also for sale!
Bride’s hair /makeup: My friend Joanna Francis, who is a make-up artist, did my make-up (I went for a sort of rose/gold colour palette) and I had my hair loosely up with a plait over the top of my head.
Bridesmaids’/dresses/shoes/accessories: I had two grown up bridesmaids – my sister Joanna and one of my oldest friends Nellie. Dresses were made by ElochkaHandmade on Etsy . I just had to post her the pastel blue polka dot material. Their shoes were from Next. The flower girls were my nieces Jemima, 5, and Matilda, 3, whose dresses were from John Lewis.
Groom’s outfit/accessories/shoes: Bespoke green tweed suit with a rust check in it from Walker Slater Tailors in Fulham. First time ever worn and Luke tripped over a chair (in the latter stages of the evening) and ripped the seat of his pants open on it. The clever tailors at Walker Slater have since done a brilliant patch-up job). Boots by Grenson. The tie was a present from me from Reiss.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Three piece brown herring bone tweed suits from Walker Slater Tailors in Fulham, Ted Baker polka dot ties and their buttonholes were made from sprigs of herbs like rosemary, heather and lavender.
I made little Monty’s coat (the dog) out of a bit of extra tweed left over from making Luke’s suit. The vicar said no to him being a ring bearer, which was probably a blessing the church had mice.
Cake: A friend iced the cake to match the bridesmaids’ polka dot dresses and the white porcelain birds on top were ornaments from an interior design shop. The cake was red velvet inside.
DJ/entertainment: We had a Spanish guitar player in a Buena Vista Social Club style while we had drinks on the lawn and then a band called Friends of the Bride for after dinner, which I found online. I originally wanted a kind of folky band but actually these guys probably did a better job of getting everyone on the dance floor with classics for the fossils and more contemporary stuff for us. Our first dance was to Richard Hawley’s Tonight the Streets are Ours.
Stationery: I went for a simple traditional (unfolded) card invitation and we used one of Nick’s photos for the thank you cards.
Décor/wedding details: Luke and I love the countryside and we wanted a relaxed informal wedding. The brilliant thing about having it at home meant there were fewer constraints on numbers, noise and curfews. It also kept costs down on things like corkage which is a very boring thing to spend money on, when it could be spent on wine. Because I was mainly organising it myself, it meant I could tailor it pretty much exactly how much I wanted which I loved. That said I now totally get why wedding planners exist and people use them. I did it in 9 months and although it’s entirely possible, it is insane how many decisions you have to make.
Catering/food/drink: Pink Tattinger Champagne on the lawn, c/o of Luke’s parents, with canapes. Then the main meal was lamb shank with braised red cabbage, green beans and dauphinoise potatoes. Desert was an assiette of 3 different mini puds. Then coffee and cake. Then my sister and her boyfriend did sausage sandwiches on the BBQ at 10.30pm. Oof.
Honeymoon Destination: On the wedding night, Luke & I slept in my bell tent in the garden which I’d tried to do up with lanterns and rugs etc and Monty cleverly didn’t pop the air bed with his claws. We went to the beautiful higgledy piggledy Greek island of Santorini for our honeymoon. Most amazing misty seascapes ever and the octopus supply should’ve restocked itself by now after Luke had it 3 times a day, every day. Delicious.