Well, hasn’t the weather taken a turn for the crazy! It’s a good job we have this glorious sunny wedding to see us through. Emily not only looks gorgeous in her Olivia Grace gown, she did SO much DIY for this wedding (as did her mum, wait till you see the cake!!). Somerleyton Hall looks like an incredible venue, it includes a maze. A maze!! So…enjoy this aMAZing wedding.
Dress – Dream by Olivia Grace at La Crème Norwich.
Shoes – Next
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Hair vine – Designer Tiara, Norwich. Veil – Jade Daniels
Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk – We loved the venue and knew we wanted to book it from the moment we arrived. The maze and gardens are beautiful and perfect for guests to explore and a great setting for garden games. The Winter Garden for the ceremony was light, airy and relaxed. Anna, the events manager at Somerleyton was simply brilliant. Replying to my many emails with helpful advice and providing help throughout the planning process, ensuring our day was perfect.
Suits and cane – John Field Formal Hire, Norwich. http://www.johnfieldformalhire.co.uk/ Shoes – Next. Cufflinks and socks: The Wedding Party, Norwich
Karen Fuller at Fuller Photography – Karen was absolutely amazing and as well as her incredible photos and video, she was much more than just a photographer. She fitted in seamlessly with our day, providing support in all sorts of roles from early morning until well into the evening. She played a big role in making our day memorable and most importantly fun and enjoyable! Her photos are romantic and beautiful, capturing all our favourite moments in her distinctive style. SweetlyChic Balloons provided the photo props. There’s also a fusion film of their wedding https://vimeo.com/99013313
Our favourite moment was during the ceremony when we were exchanging rings, Dave had to untie the bow on the ring holder and passed me his cane with the words ‘hold that honey’ much to the amusement of our guests. We also staged a race to the centre of the maze and the effort put in by our friends was outstanding, seeing the winners round the corner of the hedge in their wedding suits was a highlight of the day
Vintage/English Country Garden – Using pastel shades and silver glitter accents to match the flowers and dresses. Most handmade by Emily. We included personal touches such as a bike wheel photo holder, bikes on the cake and the race to reflect our shared hobby of triathlon. The tables were named after tree houses from where we got engaged – Cabanes als Arbres in Catalonia. The pine cone place settings also reflected the pine forest where the tree house was situated. The wooden tea-light holders, table names and ring holder were handmade by Emily’s Dad. Family and friends all made a square of bunting and brought them on the day to hang up, a great alternative to a guest book. The children’s place settings had a colouring book, pencils and playdoh to keep them entertained during the speeches.
Following an assortment of canapes we had roast loin of Blythburgh free range pork with caramelised shallots, roast potatoes, prune compote & cider gravy or red onion & feta tart tatin with green herb salad, caperberries & balsamic glaze. For dessert we had baked vanilla cheesecake with blueberry compote. For the evening we served the wedding cake as well as a savoury ‘cheese’ cake including layers of pork pies and topped with wedding mice made by Emily’s mum Betty.
Drinks – Adnams of Southwold. Evening pork pies by Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies. http://www.perfectpie.co.uk/
We planned everything using spreadsheets and lists, allowing the day to go without any hitches. Once all the big things like the venue and theme were decided we enjoyed choosing all the details and I had a big book of magazine cuttings and ideas. Involve the venue in the planning of your day as they have experience of what works. Finally try and enjoy the build up as the day itself goes by so fast.